Julia Simon

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Could This Tree Be An Eco-Friendly Way To Wean Indonesian Farmers Off Palm Oil?

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Palm oil plantations have led to widespread deforestation in Indonesia. But now some farmers are turning to a different crop — damar, a kind of anti-palm oil, grown in forest-based farms.


To Some Solar Users, Power Company Fees Are An Unfair Charge

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Alabama has some of highest solar fees in the U.S. and critics say it's hurting solar customers. It's one of several states where utilities are proposing or raising fees for homes with rooftop solar.


Why An Indonesian Rehab Center Doesn't Insist On Abstinence

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Sam Nugraha of Indonesia says that in his country, a smile can be a mask covering inner turmoil. So how do you get addicts to be honest?


The Evolution Of Antitrust Laws In America

Thursday, March 14, 2019

With presidential candidates talking about breaking up big companies, NPR's Planet Money looks at the origins of America's antitrust laws.


Antitrust 1: Standard Oil

Friday, February 15, 2019

At the turn of the 20th century, Ida Tarbell investigated John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil. What she discovered changed the economy of the United States.


The Changing Economics Of Giving Birth In Alabama

Thursday, September 13, 2018

In the next few months, Alabama plans to allow certified professional midwives to deliver babies again, by starting to license them.


Call The Midwife Back

Monday, September 10, 2018

For more than three decades, it was illegal in Alabama to have your baby delivered by a midwife. But last year the state finally legalized midwifery and now it could lead to serious cost savings.


When It Comes to Clothes, Amazon Is Not The First Choice For Online Shoppers

Thursday, June 07, 2018

A new NPR poll shows clothes and shoes are the main things Americans buy online. Regular Amazon shoppers say they often go elsewhere to buy clothes and shoes, but some of them don't realize that they are in fact shopping at Amazon, which owns Zappos, and a few smaller labels Lark & Ro.


Episode 837: The Belt, The Road And The Money

Friday, April 20, 2018

Today on the show, we connect the dots between New York, Uganda, Prague, and China's thirst for resources.


The Mining Act Of 1872 Digs Up A Lot Of Issues

Friday, March 30, 2018

President Trump has opened land to mining in California and Utah. But what does that mean? Planet Money explores the rules for mining on public land, which have been around since the 1870s.


Episode 831: The Golden Rules

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Planet Money joins the gold rush 170 years late. And the rules are still about the same. How did that happen?


Why A Lot Of Very Expensive Art Is Disappearing Into Storage

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The global art market is booming. Much of the art being bought and sold at record prices will not be seen by many people. There are too many financial incentives to keep the masterpieces in storage.


Clashes Over Grazing Land In Nigeria Threaten Nomadic Herding

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Nomadic herders who live across West Africa are having to travel further and further south for their cows to graze. Some are letting cows graze on cropland, leading to deadly conflicts with farmers.


Stealing Oil Is Easy, Selling It On The International Market Isn't

Monday, January 12, 2015

To steal oil, lots of people need to be in on it: small time crooks and criminal bosses, the owners of oil tankers, corrupt officials and even traders in the United States looking the other way.


Liberia's 'Flags Of Convenience' Help It Stay Afloat

Friday, November 07, 2014

The weak Liberian economy has been hit by the Ebola crisis. One thing Liberia does have going for it is an unusual export — its flag. The Liberian flag is the second most popular flag...


Egypt May Not Need Fighter Jets, But The U.S. Keeps Sending Them Anyway

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Every year, the U.S. Congress appropriates more than $1 billion in military aid to Egypt. But that money never gets to Egypt. It goes to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, then to a trust fund at the Treasury and, finally, out to U.S. military contractors that make the ...