May 30, 2012
Contact:
Anna Christopher, NPR


   

NPR'S PLANET MONEY APP: GET HOLD OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

FREE & AVAILABLE NOW IN APP STORE

PLANET MONEY EVENT IN NEW YORK CITY JUNE 13

Hold the global economy in the palm of your hand with the new iPhone app for NPR's Planet Money, now available as a free download in the App Store. The app collects Planet Money's trademark storytelling, insightful blog commentary and innovative economics and financial coverage in one place.

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 and informative evening. That's the gist of Planet Money, a reporting team at NPR that produces a twice-weekly podcast, a blog and radio stories for NPR's flagship news programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Now with the app, Planet Money is fully portable, with more stories available in one place, on demand.

Built in-house by NPR's digital media team, the app offers every piece of content since Planet Money began in 2008 - more than 5,000 reports, episodes and blog posts. The app makes it possible to:
- Listen to full episodes of the program with easy access to the most recent episode.
- Save multiple stories in a playlist for offline listening.
- Read stories posted on the blog with photos, videos and graphics.
- Easily share stories and episodes by email, Twitter or Facebook.
- Explore stories by type/format, such as audio or text, or by themes such as debt, trade or housing.
- Get recommendations of related content to decide what to listen to next.
Have that 'friend in a bar' moment when NPR presents an evening with Planet Money on Wednesday, June 13 at 8PM at 92nd Street Y in New York City. The reporting team - Adam Davidson, Alex Blumberg, David Kestenbaum, Chana Jaffe-Walt and Jacob Goldstein - will explain the seemingly inexplicable modern economy in three acts, tracing the history of money (from barter to the Fed), the crux of the crisis in Greece (and the guy left to clean up the mess), and what the future holds for the U.S. (where working with your hands no longer makes you middle class). Tickets are available now.

Planet Money was created at the beginning of the 2008 global financial crisis to explain complex and critical economic news in ways that make sense. Reports frequently air on NPR Member stations during Morning Edition and All Things Considered (find stations at www.npr.org/stations), and This American Life from PRI and Chicago Public Radio. Follow the team's every move @PlanetMoney and on Facebook.com/PlanetMoney. Planet Money is supported by Ally Bank.