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.


Do Americans Spend More On Video Games Or Movies?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Video games are huge. But when you factor in everything — rentals, on demand, etc. — Americans still spend way more on movies.


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.


Is This Your Old T-Shirt? (It's For Sale In Kenya)

Friday, December 06, 2013

Here are pictures of some used shirts we found for sale in Kenya. If you recognize one of them, please let us know.


Episode 500: The Humble Innovation At The Heart Of The Global Economy

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

On today's show: the story of an often-overlooked innovation that's essential to the global economy. The innovation is a box. A big, metal box.


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.


World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The tug of war over the future of Ukraine

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The tug of war over the future of Ukraine


Episode 462: When Patents Hit the Podcast

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Jim Logan did not create the technology to podcast. He himself is not a modern-day podcaster. But he claims to have the patent on podcasting. On today's show, he says all the people out there podcasting today, owe him money.


Amazon Reviewers Debate Whether To Keep Quiet About Free Stuff

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Is everyone so nervous about losing this program or is it just me? I'd like to stay far under the radar. I love my Vine."

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The Takeaway

President of Iceland on the Future of the Arctic

Monday, October 07, 2013

Olafur Grimsson, the President of Iceland, has launched the first international gathering on the Arctic, called Arctic Circle. This gathering will take place from October 11 to 14 in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, and will include international leaders and players from the worlds of business, science, politics and policy. President Gromsson explains the importance of the conference, and why the U.S. should be paying more attention to the arctic.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Elephant Poaching and the Illegal Ivory Trade

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The elephant population in Africa has been decimated in recent decades due to poaching to supply the illegal ivory trade. In 1989, a worldwide ban on ivory trade brought a dramatic drop in poaching, and black market prices of ivory slumped. But there have been sustained attempts to weaken the ban, and today, elephant poaching is on the rise. John Heminway, Chairman of WildlifeDirect and director/producer/writer of the National Geographic special “Battle for the Elephants,” and Paula Kahumbu, a wildlife conservationist, CEO of WildlifeDirect, and executive director of the Kenya Land Conservation Trust, talk about the demand for ivory and efforts to protect elephants and close down international ivory markets.

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Airline Chart Calls Mergers 'The New Holy Grail'

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The federal government has filed suit to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The complaint includes a US Airways chart that showing the recent wave of airline mergers.


Episode 479: Behind The Label

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

On today's show, three stories about what how products and people get branded and what happens when you peel back the label and try to get the full story.


Episode 478: Rocky Pipkin, Private Eye Vs. The Raisin Outlaw

Friday, August 09, 2013

Today on the show, raisin farmer, Marvin Horne, is a raisin rebel, a raisin outlaw. He refused to follow the rules of the Raisin Administrative Committee and found himself under surveillance by Rocky Pipkin's detective agency. Now he's being sued by the federal government.