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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
As 20 years of war draw to a close, a divide separates those who served and those who haven't. The "civ-mil divide" can leave veterans alienated and civilians unfamiliar with what it means to serve.
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Millions of people are defrauded each year. NPR wants to hear your stories.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Today on the show: how an economic fix helped made the deadliest job in America safer, and why people are angry about it.
Friday, March 16, 2018
What do sugar farmers have against candy? A lot, according to candy manufacturers.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
A century ago, people relied on nature to make basic things: toothbrushes were made of silver, combs were made of ivory, and clothes were made of cotton. In a lot of ways, life as we know it today, is possible because of plastic. We can now afford phones, computers and medical devices in part because of one chemist's discovery a century ago. But his descendants have some regrets.
Friday, August 26, 2016
After catastrophic flooding, it might make sense not to rebuild and insure homes that were damaged. Some neighborhoods have retreated rather than rebuilt and insured. That has a lot of advantages, but it is hard to pull off.
Friday, April 29, 2016
As patients increasingly have more choice in hospitals, hospitals look to stand out. Geisinger Health is taking cue from retail and refunding unsatisfied customers. Experts say that's smart business.
Friday, February 26, 2016
Presidential candidates are making a slew of promises on the campaign trail.
We took a sample of the most economically novel proposals and asked a panel of economists: Are they good or bad?
Our panel includes 22 economists from across the political spectrum. They identified themselves as left, right and ...
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
When regulations were imposed to protect Alaska's fisheries it led to a dangerous race to catch fish as fast as possible. A new system to manage sustainable fishing is making the job safer.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Salmon is a staple of sushi now, but it used to be unheard of in Japan to eat raw salmon. The story of how Norway convinced Japan to love salmon sushi.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
It's easy to forget that the price tag was only invented 150 years ago. It's a fairly recent innovation, and the Planet Money podcast explains how it might be on its way out.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
In a lot of video games, the default character is a man. If you want to play as a woman, you often have to pay.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Last week, for our show on the global business of trash, we talked to the MIT trash trackers. The researchers attached small trackers to three thousand pieces of garbage — an old cell phone, a sofa, a soda can, a banana peel, anything that people in Seattle ...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
My Planet Money colleague Quoctrung Bui argues that you should always buy a larger pizza. Using a fancy infographic, he shows that often for just a small amount of money, you can get a lot more pizza.
The only problem with his argument: negative marginal returns on pizza.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
In a recent show, we talked about an importer that sold pillows shaped like stuffed animals. Or maybe they're stuffed animals that can be used as pillows.
It turns out, this distinction — is it fundamentally a pillow or a stuffed animal? — is important, because there's a tariff on ...
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Earlier this year, the percentage of Americans who are working or looking for work fell to its lowest level since 1979.
The figure (wonks call it labor force participation rate) rose for decades, as more women entered the workforce. It started falling over a decade ago. And the decline is ...
Thursday, April 04, 2013
For more on potato chip innovation, look at these five animated GIFs.
We took a tour of Herr's potato chip factory in Pennsylvania to find out how making chips has changed (and gotten more efficient) since 1946.
A note: Ed Herr says workers whose jobs were replaced by ...
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Manufacturing in the U.S. still uses the most energy. But its share has been decreasing. That's partly because we've moved from energy-intensive manufacturing to a more service-based economy. And also partly because of a slowing population growth and improving energy efficiency.
And while homes have become more energy ...
Monday, June 04, 2012
It's the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. China's Internet censors are blocking even more than usual.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Mention "the shower scene" and everyone knows what you're talking about, even if they haven't seen "Psycho." Turns out the actress Janet Leigh was never completely nude for the filming. That silhouette behind the shower curtain was Playboy bunny Marli Renfro, Leigh's body double. Renfro ...