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Episode 690: All In

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

We go inside a professional poker tournament. It turns out some of the smartest players aren't just betting on themselves, but are actually staking their competition.

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'A Christmas Carol' Offers Critique Of What Was Then A New Social Science: Economics

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

At the time Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, a new social science was just taking root: economics. Dickens did not like it. NPR visits a high school performance of the play to understand the economic commentary laced throughout this holiday classic.

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Episode 883: A Very Planet Money Christmas Carol

Friday, December 21, 2018

Charles Dickens wanted to pick a fight with economists. So he invented Ebenezer Scrooge. But did he get it right?

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Episode 657: The Tale Of The Onion King

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

How one man took the onion market hostage.

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To Raise Interest Rates Or To Leave Them Alone? The Federal Reserve Must Decide

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

As the Federal Reserve considers whether or not to raise interest rates, they have a growing complication to factor in: raising interest rates doesn't seem to have the same effect on the economy that it used to.

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Episode 864: The Central (Bankers') Question

Friday, September 14, 2018

We crash a party of central bankers to get an answer to one of the biggest economic questions of our time.

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Episode 783: New Jersey Bails Out

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

California just did away with cash bail. But credit where credit is due. New Jersey already tried something similar.

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Episode 685: Larry vs. The IRS

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

What exactly would happen if you didn't pay your taxes? Today on the show, we follow one man who did just that.

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Episode 783: New Jersey Bails Out

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bail is broken. In New Jersey, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges banded together to try a dramatic solution: Blow it up.

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Episode 773: Slot Flaw Scofflaws

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

As long as there have been casinos, people have tried to cheat them. The latest attempt was by a group of hackers who tried to take down slot machines using math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.

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Using The Blockchain To Change Prisons

Friday, February 17, 2017

Charlie Shrem went to prison for his involvement in Bitcoin trading. Now he's out and part of the next evolution of Bitcoin's future, investments that trade using Bitcoin's underlying technology.

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When A Wall Street Firm Took A Stab At Casino Capitalism

Thursday, January 05, 2017

It's illegal for casinos in Nevada to take bets from out of state. But that didn't stop one subsidiary of a Wall Street firm from trying.

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When A Game Show Contestant Almost Won Too Much Money

Thursday, July 28, 2016

There's an art and a science to running a business that has to pay out money, like a casino or insurance firm. See how game shows craft the appearance of risk while trying to limit it.

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What A 'Goodnight Moon' Spinoff Tells Us About Copyright Law

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Our reporter wanted to write a prequel to Goodnight Moon. He ended up on the phone with lawyers.

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Why Does Random Chance Decide Who Gets Housing Subsidies?

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

When the federal government gives out social benefits such as food stamps, if you qualify, you get them. But housing vouchers are often distributed through a lottery.

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Do Felons Make Good Employees?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Employers often rule out applicants with felony convictions. Data show when the military made an exception and allowed people with felony convictions to enlist, they performed better than their peers.

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Hedging Their Bets: How The Pros Diversify Their Poker Portfolios

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Big league poker tournaments put millions of dollars at stake for the players. But behind the scenes there is another money game going on, something of a mini-Wall Street.

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Tax Protester Takes Extreme Action To Avoid Paying

Friday, March 04, 2016

Each year thousands of people don't pay the taxes they owe. They claim all kinds of reasons from penury to protest. The Planet Money team brings us the story of Larry Williams who dec...

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Why Even A Bad Review Can Help Sell A Book

Thursday, February 25, 2016

There's an adage that says all press is good press. Our "Planet Money" team tests the theory by talking to authors who have had their books panned in The New York Times.

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Auction Fever: Buyers Share Tricks On How To Grab A Bargain

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Not everything can be sold like a box of cereal with a price tag on the side. If something needs to be sold right away, an auction might be the right approach. For buyers, auctions ca...

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