On today's show, we tell the creation story of the Federal Reserve — one of the most powerful financial institutions on the planet.
Companies are replacing paper resumes with tests designed to collect data from job applicants. They're finding some surprising results.
We sit in on a tense conversation where doctors argue about why it's so hard to start surgery on time. And we hear what happens when you change the way hospitals and doctors get paid.
In the past five years, the Fed has created $3 trillion out of thin air. In that context, today's news is vanishingly small.
Over the past 50 years, both the way the federal government spends money and what the government spends money on has changed a lot.
We open up the books and explain how much went to cotton, how much went to workers in Bangladesh, and how much went places we would never have imagined.
There is a whole world of commerce inside a traffic jam in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and the shrewdest businessmen are the teenage boys.
The U.S. exports over a billion pounds of used clothing every year — and much of that winds up in used clothing markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
Clothes donated to charity in the U.S. often wind up for sale in African markets. Here's the story of one shirt that started out at a bat mitzvah in Michigan and wound up in a market in Nairobi.
Alex Blumberg talks T-shirts with Stephen Colbert.
Video games are huge. But when you factor in everything — rentals, on demand, etc. — Americans still spend way more on movies.
Many rich countries, like the U.S. and Japan, are getting old. Meanwhile, countries in the developing world are staying young. Here's what that looks like over the course of a century.
On today's show, the Planet Money T-shirts arrive at the Port of Miami. But they're not quite here yet.
Here are pictures of some used shirts we found for sale in Kenya. If you recognize one of them, please let us know.
Friday morning, we'll learn what happened last month in the job market. But whatever happened last month, it won't change the big picture: The job market is still very bad.