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The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.

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The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.

    Who Gets To Vote In Florida?

    Who Gets To Vote In Florida?

    Angel Sanchez was 17 and in prison when he learned felons couldn't vote in Florida. When he got out, he tried to change that. It was working – until money got involved.| Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

    • 23 min
    Frame Canada

    Frame Canada

    For years, Wendell Potter ran a campaign to terrify Americans... about health care in Canada. Now he explains how he did it, and why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

    • 24 min
    Hey Google, Are You Too Big?

    Hey Google, Are You Too Big?

    The government just filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. In this episode, we talk about why, and why it matters. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

    • 18 min
    Opening Schools And Other Hard Decisions

    Opening Schools And Other Hard Decisions

    Emily Oster wanted to understand the risks of opening schools. So she started a massive data collection campaign. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

    • 17 min
    Caste Arrives In Silicon Valley

    Caste Arrives In Silicon Valley

    For some Indian employees of big U.S. tech companies, caste discrimination is real. To combat it, first people have to talk about it. That's hard. | Today's episode is from our friends at Rough Translation.

    • 17 min
    Political Ad Nauseam

    Political Ad Nauseam

    It's presidential election season, and that means it's political ad season. But who do ads target, anyway? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
24.9K Ratings

24.9K Ratings

Planet J. ,

Love Every Topic

I love listening to every episode by Planet Money, especially unexpected ones. They make topics that would normally not grab my attention some of the most interesting (and funny!) content. I enjoy the political episodes, as the economy and our politics are predictably intertwined, and the hosts break it down in an accessible and fair way. Planet Money is not a hardcore economist podcast. It makes all of its topics approachable for anyone of any background, such as myself who has never stepped foot into an economics or business class (I studied sciences). Thank you, Planet Money, for making long drives less mundane.

katetheswan ,

binge listening rn

this show is the only thing i can listen to because it reports important things but also isn’t in that news cycle. i learn so much, the characters are great. it’s keeping me going

Faramir3 ,

Why Are My Tax Dollars Paying For This Propaganda?

I’ve listened to Planet Money for about a year. This podcast has promoted bias and closed-minded, shortsighted thinking. They neatly packaged stories while saying little more than: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” to anything that does not agree with their worldview.

In the spirit of their economic bent, I will vote with my feet to work to keep my tax dollars from supporting NPR and unsubscribe to keep them from using me for additional advertising support.

One thing they fail to mention: by supporting policies that encourage big government, they are self-interestedly promoting themselves by gaining more financial support from government. At its most basic level: they are actively working behind the scenes to take money out of your pocket and put it into theirs without your consent and whether or not you agree with them.

In fairness, I did give them a second star because the stories they tell are often interesting. However, they lack perspective, balance, and often draw myopic conclusions.

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