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The impact of California's environmental regulations ripples across the U.S.

Friday, September 09, 2022

California is home to some of the country's strictest environmental regulations. Those standards can sometimes spread to other states and beyond. It's known as the "California Effect."


Books We Love: Recommended reading for nonfiction

Sunday, August 28, 2022

NPR's Books We Love includes dozens of recommendations for new books. Today, we hear about "The Last Slave Ship," "The Power Law," and "The Letters of Oscar Hammerstein."


How Spotify did an IPO on its own terms

Friday, August 26, 2022

Here's an open secret: IPOs, Initial Public Offerings, aren't actually public. Insider investors buy all the shares the night before. Spotify tried to change that.


People in Britain may have to cut down on their afternoon tea

Friday, July 22, 2022

Food prices in the United Kingdom are going through the roof, and wages are stagnating. Can the next prime minister who will take over for the departing Boris Johnson handle the heat?


Behind the scenes: How the monthly jobs report is put together

Thursday, July 07, 2022

The monthly jobs report will be released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To help put this critical economic indicator together, hundreds of people work the phones.


The Fed's mistakes that led to this inflation mess

Friday, June 24, 2022

Inflation has reached levels not seen since 1981. Could the Federal Reserve have acted sooner? One former Fed official points to some human errors he says led to the inflation mess we're in today.


College enrollment is down, but applications are rolling in at 'elite' schools

Friday, June 10, 2022

Ah, college — the classes, the parties, the debt. Is it still worth it? While most schools have seen enrollment declines during the pandemic, there's been a jump in applications at "elite" schools.


Russia has blocked 20 million tons of grain from being exported from Ukraine

Friday, June 03, 2022

20 million tons of grain are trapped in Ukraine because of a Russian blockade of its ports. Getting the grain out by rail or truck is proving to be a huge logistical challenge.


It may be time to look at the I-bond, a savings bond that protects you from inflation

Thursday, May 05, 2022

With inflation over 8.5%, it's perhaps time for a long-ignored investment option to shine: the I-bond. It's a U.S. Treasury savings bond, and its interest payments are linked to inflation.


China's tech crackdown has disrupted its financial markets

Friday, April 22, 2022

China has enforced strict regulations on its tech platforms over the past year. But this crackdown has sparked such instability in financial markets that the government may be having second thoughts.


What happens when insurance companies decline to cover losses due to a pandemic?

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Throughout the pandemic, music venues have had to close across the country. Many owners believed their business insurance would help. But, it turns out, their policies weren't designed for COVID-19.


Environmental laws can be an obstacle in building green energy infrastructure

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Green energy, like wind or solar power, is one solution to fighting climate change. But sometimes it's environmental laws that get in the way of building the infrastructure to produce it.


The number of people working in nursing homes is down. So who takes care of elders?

Friday, March 11, 2022

There's a crisis in elder care: not enough nurses and nurse aids to provide for the needs of older folks. Some economists believe immigration can help.


The Indicator from Planet Money: What to know about SWIFT

Friday, February 25, 2022

Russia faces exclusion from a key bank messaging system known as SWIFT. We walk through what it is, why it's important, and what a ban of Russia from the system could mean for its economy.


Why this 1990s McDonalds burger showed promise of being a wild success — but flopped

Thursday, February 10, 2022

The McDonald's Arch Deluxe is one of the most infamous product failures in history. In his new book, The Voltage Effect, economist John List says it's an example of a good idea failing to scale up.


How one venture capitalist fought back against Uber's founder

Friday, January 28, 2022

Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick grew the company fast, but a venture capitalist wanted him out due to scandals. What ensued was a story about the tug-of-war between venture capital and founders in tech.


What a ban from the global messaging system for banks would mean for Russia

Friday, January 21, 2022

As Russia places troops on the Ukrainian border, there's a financial nuclear weapon that Europe and the U.S. can use: ban Russia from the system most banks use to transfer money internationally.


With western port backups, ships are getting cargo to the U.S. via the Great Lakes

Friday, January 14, 2022

The shortest route to get a ship from Asia to the U.S. is through America's West Coast ports. But given the pileup there, some ships are going the long way through eastern Canada into the Great Lakes.


As prices rise, some debate whether price controls should be reinstated

Friday, January 14, 2022

There's been a storm of debate about an old anti-inflation policy: price controls. So we dust off the history books to see what happened in World War II.


You might go easy on Adele — the fragile vinyl record supply chain isn't her fault

Friday, November 19, 2021

The vinyl record supply chain has always been a little fragile. But can it withstand the economic force that is Adele? She reportedly pressed over 500,000 vinyl records for her new album, 30.