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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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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...


The Great Onion Corner And The Futures Market

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Farming is unpredictable. So many farmers count on complicated financial agreements to ensure they have a steady source of income. But one time, these futures markets led to two inves...


The Strange History Of Betting On Elections: It Wasn't Just About Money

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It wasn't always illegal to bet on presidential elections. Before polling, the practice used to be so commonplace that it actually increased public engagement with elections.