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The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. Want to really power up your fandom? Try Planet Money Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. Want to really power up your fandom? Try Planet Money Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

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The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. Want to really power up your fandom? Try Planet Money Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

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Episodes

Investing in mediocrity

5/20/2022
Is the key to success in financial markets a matter of luck or skill? One former bond manager shares his strategy: Win big by avoiding winning. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:24:45

How the burrito became a sandwich (Classic)

5/18/2022
A sandwich is generally defined as something delicious slapped between two slices of bread. New York tax code would beg to differ. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:17:39

Buy now, pay dearly?

5/13/2022
A wave of companies that allow customers to pay for items from their favorite stores in four interest-free installments has taken over the country. But is "buy now, pay later" lending too good to be true? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:23:40

A 12-year-old girl takes on the video game industry (UPDATE)

5/11/2022
When Maddie Messer was 12 years old, she noticed an unfair dynamic in the video games she loved: playing as a man was often free, but she had to pay to play as a woman. So ... she decided to take on the video game industry. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:19:54

The day Russia adopted the free market

5/6/2022
In the early 90s, American economist Jeffrey Sachs was a part of a team that tried to transform Russia's economy. It did not go as planned. He tells us what he thinks went so wrong. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:32:53

Escheat show (Classic)

5/4/2022
If you're looking for money you've forgotten about, there's a chance the government might have it. The good news is that you can get it back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:22:46

Planet Money book club

4/29/2022
Behind every Planet Money episode is a ton of reading. Today, we share some of our favorite books from along the way. Here are our picks: From Mary, American Bonds: How Credit Markets Shaped a Nation by Sarah L. Quinn From Erika, The End of Globalization: Lessons from the Great Depression by Harold James From Alexi, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Duration:00:17:04

Risky business

4/27/2022
Two stories on how businesses are using insurance to navigate new kinds of risks. First, how music venues are handling pandemic-related risks. And how Russia's invasion of Ukraine is affecting cyber insurance. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:20:10

Finally, our comic book

4/22/2022
After many, many delays, the Micro-Face comic book is here! And we answer the burning question: Why did it take so long to make a comic book? | Come see Planet Money Live in NYC on May 10th! One night only. Tickets on sale here. And buy our now-ready Micro-Face comic book.

Duration:00:28:12

TikTok to the top

4/20/2022
Thanks to TikTok, Tai Verdes went from struggling musician to Top 40 hitmaker. But first, he had to crack the algorithm of how to go viral. | Come see Planet Money Live in NYC on May 10th! One night only. Tickets on sale here.

Duration:00:23:52

The student loan paaaaauuuuuse

4/15/2022
The pause on federal student loan payments was just extended for the sixth time in two years. So...what's that been like for the borrowers, and what's in store for them when the system eventually restarts? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. | Planet Money TikTok has been nominated for a Webby award! Cast your vote for us here.

Duration:00:20:48

Peanuts and Cracker Jack (Classic)

4/13/2022
Ballpark vendors share their strategies and other secrets to selling the most hot dogs at baseball games. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:22:06

How manatees got into hot water

4/8/2022
While on the brink of extinction in the 1970s, manatees found sanctuary in the warm waters of Florida power plants. Now, they're hooked on fossil fuels. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:25:31

Turkey's runaway inflation problem

4/6/2022
Turkey is facing really high inflation, over 60 percent. Its president is taking an unorthodox approach to dealing with it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:22:05

When bricks were rubles

4/1/2022
For a brief, strange period after the U.S.S.R. collapsed, "real" money was less valuable than tradeable objects like bricks or towels. We look back at the Russian barter economy and we see the nature of money and value underneath all currency. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:24:27

The Bond King

3/30/2022
Investing legend Bill Gross revolutionized the bond market, built an empire, and lost it all. Our very own Mary Childs talks about her new book, The Bond King. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:22:28

Fashion Fair's makeover

3/25/2022
Fashion Fair was the first big national brand to make makeup for Black women, but it slowly faded into obscurity. Now that it's relaunched, can it compete in an industry it helped create? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:26:49

Two inflation Indicators: Corporate greed and mortgage rates

3/23/2022
Corporate profits are soaring. So are prices. Can corporations just not raise prices? Would that fight inflation? We examine this theory making the rounds. Then, we go inside the pipes of the economy to see how mortgage rates connect to that recent rate hike by the Federal Reserve. | Subscribe to our sister podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money. It's daily, and always less than 10 minutes.

Duration:00:20:05

Tech giants and tiny dogs

3/18/2022
What a business that makes ramps for wiener dogs teaches us about the massive power of tech giants. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:21:54

Escape from Russia

3/16/2022
An American business owner with employees in Russia extracts her colleagues from the country. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:25:49