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'Planet Money' explores the specialized workforce in Britain known as working royals

Friday, April 19, 2024

The British royal workforce, like that of the global economy, is aging rapidly. But what do these working royals do all day, anyway?


Diving into diaspora bonds, and how they keep Israel afloat

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Israel's war with Hamas is squeezing the country's finances. That's where diaspora bonds come in.


How one tech startup aims to disrupt the market for illegal rhino horns

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Could the same economic forces that helped propel lab-grown diamonds and lab-grown meat forward help a startup end illegal rhino poaching? The answer is elusive.


How Saudi Arabia is using its oil influence to fund fantastical plans for the future

Thursday, February 15, 2024

For decades, Saudi Arabia's economy has been defined by its abundant oil reserves. But with a plan known as Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is trying to pivot away from that economic base.


FTC cracks down on companies that glean location data without users' consent

Friday, February 09, 2024

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on companies that handle sensitive location data, gleaned from data via mobile apps often without a user's knowledge or direct consent.


'The Indicator from Planet Money': The tensions behind the sale of U.S. Steel

Friday, February 02, 2024

Concerns about Nippon Steel's plans to acquire U.S. Steel are reminiscent of the anti-Japanese industry sentiment of the 1980s and early 90s.


How Chinese company BYD went from battery maker to dominate EV manufacturer

Friday, January 26, 2024

To get to the top, it took a mix of obsessive attention to detail, scale, government support and guitar-string-related quirks. Can BYD can crack the U.S. market.


How political campaigns are raising millions through unwitting donors

Friday, December 01, 2023

Our Planet Money team explores how much money has been raised by political campaigns that automatically sign up donors to weekly donations without their knowledge.


'Planet Money': Why offshore wind is facing headwinds

Friday, November 03, 2023

The Gulf of Mexico this summer saw the first-ever opening of an auction of leases for offshore wind production. But the expectations for robust bidding haven't been realized.


How the consumer sentiment index is made

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

When the Fed wants to see if its policies are working to tamp down inflation, it looks to the Consumer Price Index. But to see into the future, policymakers look to the consumer sentiment index.


The story of an Indigenous woman in Colombia who fought back against Coca-Cola

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The coca leaf has been a part of Andean culture for thousands of years. But when an indigenous woman used it in a drink she calls Coca Pola, her company entered into the crosshairs of Coca-Cola.


China's urban youth unemployment rate rose to 21% in June

Friday, September 15, 2023

One of the most alarming indicators in China is the skyrocketing urban youth unemployment rate. Many college grads in China can't find work in their chosen field.


Indigenous nations still feel the devastating effects of bison's near extinction

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

In June, members of Blackfeet Nation released their first herd of bison to roam. The program director spoke about why the near-extinction was so devastating and how he's helping to bring them back.


How a home mortgage 'lock in' impacts the entire housing market

Friday, August 25, 2023

The average mortgage rate in the U.S. is now over 7%, its highest level in more than 20 years. That has some homeowners feeling locked in, tethered to their low interest rates and unable to move.


'Planet Money': The FTC finds that breaking up big business is hard to do

Friday, August 18, 2023

Is the Federal Trade Commission on a losing streak? Critics argue that under Linda Khan's leadership it is bringing cases to court that it can't win.


Planet Money's 'The Indicator': The life and death spirals of social networks

Friday, August 11, 2023

Meta's new social media platform Threads had a rocket-like start when it launched a month ago as a challenger to X, formerly known as Twitter. But it's hard to tell which platform will dominate.


The evidence on remote work is changing

Friday, August 04, 2023

New evidence suggests working from home, at least full time, may not be as productive as we once thought.


Why public transportation is especially expensive to build in the U.S.

Friday, July 21, 2023

U.S. public transit is notoriously expensive to build compared to other countries. A $837 million subway station in New York City illustrates why these projects come with such a high price tag.


How fast-fashion behemoth Shein became so controversial

Friday, July 14, 2023

A combination of tech savvy, controlled supply chains and tariff relief have all helped Chinese online retailer Shein become a fast-fashion behemoth. Can it withstand the backlash?


The Explosive Growth Of The Fireworks Market

Tuesday, July 04, 2023

Over the last few decades, states and counties across America have liberalized the use of fireworks. It's just one reason why sales of fireworks have exploded.