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Planet Money

Summary: Money makes the world go around, faster and faster every day. On NPR's Planet Money, you'll meet high rollers, brainy economists and regular folks -- all trying to make sense of our rapidly changing global economy.

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 #387: The No-Brainer Economic Platform | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1467

Behold the Planet Money economic platform, crafted by brilliant economists of all stripes, and pure poison to any politician who embraces it.

 #731: How Venezuela Imploded | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1140

Venezuela has just about every economic advantage a country could ask for: fertile land, good climate, educated population, and oil, lots and lots of oil. So how did it go so wrong?

 #730: Self Checkout | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1227

A doctor treating psychiatric patients in an emergency room created the first self-checkout machine in his spare time. Now he can't stand self checkout. So we take him shopping.

 #729: When Subaru Came Out | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1190

Subaru's sales had been slumping for years. So the car company took a big risk and targeted a group of consumers that just about everyone else was ignoring.

 #627: The Miracle Apple | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 847

How we got from mealy, nasty apples to apples that taste delicious. The story starts with a breeder who discovered a miracle apple. But discovering that apple wasn't enough.

 #728: The Wells Fargo Hustle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1112

We take you inside the headquarters of Wells Fargo bank. It's a place where a bunch of young, stressed-out workers were rewarded for doing some very bad things.

 #521: The Town That Loves Death | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1423

On today's episode, we'll take you to a place where dying has become acceptable dinner conversation. A place that also happens to have the lowest healthcare spending of any region in the country.

 #727: You Asked For It, Again | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1424

New show! You asked us questions about the economy and oddities in your world. We answer.

 #726: Terms of the Debate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1225

We made an audio glossary for the confusing economic jargon that came up during the first presidential debate.

 #725: Trade Show | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2233

On today's show: The fight over free trade. Come for the man who dreamed of world peace through trade. Stay for Robert Smith in the mean streets of Seattle.

 #555: Why Is The Milk In The Back Of The Store? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 969

We test two competing theories, from a food writer and an economist. Are customers being forced to walk through the store or is it just practical to keep the milk at the back?

 #573: Why Textbook Prices Keep Climbing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 912

Prices of new textbooks have been going up like crazy — faster than food, cars, even healthcare. On today's show: Why textbooks have gotten so expensive.

 #724: Cat Scam | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1265

The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.

 #566: The Zoo Economy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1042

If you're a zoo or aquarium and you want a new animal, you don't use money to get it. You have to find another way. In this episode, we investigate: How many mackerel is a flock of puffins worth?

 #723: The Risk Farmers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1235

There is a mystery in many poor countries. Why don't farmers specialize and grow more food? Two economists with very different theories go head to head to find out.


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