Episode 566: The Zoo Economy

Friday, September 05, 2014

Zoo animals are different than most possessions, because zoos abide by a fundamental principle: You can't sell or buy the animals. Today: What do you do in a world where you can't use money?


All Things Considered

Episode 564: The Signature

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today on the show: the signature. It's supposed to say, "This is me." But where did it come from. And why are we still using it.


PRI's The World

A summit of African leaders in Washington tries to move beyond 'speed dating'

Monday, August 04, 2014

The US is hosting its first-ever summit of leaders from across Africa, but the short timeframe and large number of attendees means that meaningful dialogue might be hard to achieve.



Businesses Say Government Agency Helps Them Sell American Products Overseas

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

House Republicans want to de-authorize an institution that has many fans in the business community.

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Morning Edition

Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack

Thursday, June 05, 2014

One hungry reporter goes on a quest to find out why his package of Peanut Butter M&M's weighs 0.06 ounces less than a package of Milk Chocolate M&M's.

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Episode 537: Hold The Music, Just The Lyrics Please

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

If you use the words to someone else's song to make money-- do you have to give the songwriter some of that money?


Episode 444: New Jersey Wine

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lou Caracciolo is trying to make high-quality wine from grapes he grows in New Jersey. But Jersey wine already has a reputation — and fancy isn't it


Episode 533: Why Cars From Europe and the US Just Can't Get Along

Friday, April 18, 2014

On today's show, we talk to designers and car company executives about one of the biggest technical challenges they face: making all the different governments happy.


Episode 526: A Planet Money War

Friday, March 21, 2014

The US is responding to Russian tanks, artillery and special forces with its own weapon: money.


Europe Says Your Parmesan Isn't Really Parmesan

Friday, March 14, 2014

The European Union wants U.S. cheese makers to stop calling their Parmesan cheese Parmesan cheese.


Episode 435: Why Buying A Car Is So Awful

Friday, March 14, 2014

Why millions of Americans still haggle with car dealers in person, one brand at a time.


Episode 524: Me and Mr. Jones

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

There's an obscure law that governs just about anything that travels by ship in the US - bananas, hairdryers, gasoline, even people.


Quick Reminder: Russia Is A Petro State

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Russia is the world's biggest exporter of natural gas, and the second-biggest exporter of oil.


Episode 512: Can Mezcal Save A Village?

Friday, January 24, 2014

In rural Oaxaca, there are basically no jobs. Two cousins have a dream to change that.

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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.


Episode 282: Inside The Credit Card Black Market

Friday, January 10, 2014

If you know the right people — and if you can get other criminals to vouch for you — you can go online and buy huge bundles of stolen credit cards. As it turns out, Planet Money knows the right people.


Episode 506: Bell Wars

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

On today's show: a decades-long feud between two big bell companies, located right down the road from each other.


New Tech City

Price Check! Buying and Selling Bitcoins at Whole Foods

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Every Monday night, a Manhattan Whole Foods fills with a unique breed of "buy-local" enthusiasts. They're not there for the Brooklyn-made pickles or the Westchester apples. They come because they want to buy and sell bitcoins.

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Episode 503: Adding Up The Cost Of The Planet Money T-Shirt

Friday, December 13, 2013

We open up the books and explain how much went to cotton, how much went to workers in Bangladesh, and how much went places we would never have imagined.


Episode 502: The Afterlife Of A T-Shirt

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The U.S. exports over a billion pounds of used clothing every year — and much of that winds up in used clothing markets in sub-Saharan Africa.