Jess Jiang

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What Happens When A Nation Goes To War, And A Small Few Bear The Costs

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.


Have You Ever Been Conned? NPR Wants To Hear From You

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Millions of people are defrauded each year. NPR wants to hear your stories.


Episode 661: The Less Deadly Catch

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.


Episode 454: The Lollipop War

Friday, March 16, 2018

What do sugar farmers have against candy? A lot, according to candy manufacturers.


How Fossil Fuels Helped A Chemist Launch The Plastic Industry

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.


After Hurricane Sandy, Many Chose To Move Rather Than Rebuild

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.


To Lure Patients, Pennsylvania Hospital Refunds Unhappy Customers

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.


Economists On Candidates' Proposals: Mostly Bad

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 ...


Once Prone To Danger On The High Seas, New System Protects Alaska Fishermen

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.


How The Desperate Norwegian Salmon Industry Created A Sushi Staple

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.


With Fares Constantly In Flux, Price Tags May Be On Their Way Out

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.


A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry

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.


Trash Travels: One Teddy Bear's Journey

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 ...


One Reason To Get Whatever Size Pizza You Want

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.



When The Supreme Court Decided Tomatoes Were Vegetables

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 ...


Millions Of Americans Are Leaving The Workforce. Why?

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 ...


Video: Secrets From The Potato Chip Factory

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 ...


How We Use Energy: Then And Now

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 ...


'Today,' 'Tomorrow,' and Nine Other Words You Can't Search For In China

Monday, June 04, 2012

It's the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. China's Internet censors are blocking even more than usual.


Seeing Double

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 ...

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