Developing Economies

Episode 607: Captive Market

Friday, February 27, 2015

Kidnapping is big business in Nigeria. One man analyzed the industry, to find its weak points and better protect the people he loved.


Episode 591: War? What War?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Today on the show, the revolution in Ukraine was supposed to make the country a better place for Western investment. But it ended up sparking a war that is scaring that investment away.


All Things Considered

Hello, I'm Calling From 'La Mafia'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. That means jobs that in the U.S. are relatively safe and boring, like driving a bus, can be incredibly dangerous. It all starts with a phone call.


Episode 589: Hello, I'm Calling From La Mafia

Friday, December 12, 2014

On today's show: What it's like to live and work in the most dangerous country in the world.


Episode 271: A City On The Moon

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

How did a barren, icy island become a thriving, modern economy?


Episode 474: The North Korea Files

Friday, November 21, 2014

We got a stack of letters from American citizens who wanted to buy stuff from North Korea. On today's show, we try to figure out who sent the letters, and why.


Morning Edition

Guarding The Ebola Border

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ivory Coast is determined to keep Ebola out. The government shut down the border, and enlisted local villagers to serve as informal border security.


Episode 571: Why Raising Money For Ebola Is Hard

Friday, September 26, 2014

On today's show, the psychology of giving. Charities raised $1.4 billion to help rebuild Haiti after the earthquake. But when something like Ebola happens, so far, people look the other way.


All Things Considered

Why Raising Money To Fight Ebola Is Hard

Monday, September 22, 2014

Donors like being part of a recovery story. It's hard to tell that kind of story about Ebola.


Inequality Is Falling On Planet Earth

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Yes, inequality is rising in the U.S. But it's falling when you look at all of humanity.


All Things Considered

Episode 337: The Secret Document That Transformed China

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In 1978, a group of farmers in a Chinese village wrote a contract and hid it in the roof of a hut. They were afraid the document might get them executed. Instead, it transformed the Chinese economy.


All Things Considered

In Somalia, Collecting People For Profit

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Distributing aid can be an incredibly risky job for Westerners in Somalia, so local entrepreneurs have filled the gap. But what happens when aid become a profitable business in a lawless place?


Episode 534: The History of Light

Friday, April 25, 2014

On today's show: How we got from candles made out of cow fat to as much light as we want. The history of light is the history of economic growth, of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.


Episode 511: Rule Breakers

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On today's show: Three stories about people who, intentionally or not, found themselves breaking the rules.


Watch The World Grow Older*, In 4 GIFs

Monday, December 09, 2013

Many rich countries, like the U.S. and Japan, are getting old. Meanwhile, countries in the developing world are staying young. Here's what that looks like over the course of a century.


Episode 501: A Shirt, A Meat Grinder And The Book Of Everything

Friday, December 06, 2013

On today's show, the Planet Money T-shirts arrive at the Port of Miami. But they're not quite here yet.


Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The business that transformed the nation is the product of an obscure but hugely influential trade deal — and a cultural struggle over Korean food.


'Our Industry Follows Poverty': Success Threatens A T-Shirt Business

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Colombia's economy has been growing, and wages have been rising. That's good for the country as a whole, but it may wind up driving away the T-shirt industry.


Two Sisters, A Small Room And The World Behind A T-Shirt

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The rise of factory jobs in Bangladesh has brought profound cultural changes to the country — and to the lives of two sisters who made the Planet Money T-shirt.


Episode 498: The Last T-Shirt In Colombia

Friday, November 22, 2013

In the latest installment of our T-shirt series, we move from Bangladesh to Colombia — and we see an entirely different world.