The story of federal disability programs — who goes on them, and why, and what happens after that — is, to a large extent, the story of the U.S. economy.
This American Life
Planet Money has done several long stories for This American Life. Here's a complete collection.
What happened when a poor country took a small part of its territory and said: Here, we're going to start from scratch.
An attorney who profited from a scheme involving the terminally ill has pleaded guilty to identity theft and wire fraud.
A robber baron who spent his billions on finger paint and changing tables. Decades-long studies that found preschool made a huge difference in the lives of poor children. And a Nobel prize-winning economist.
We imagine lobbyists stalking the halls of Congress, trying to influence lawmakers with cash. But often, it's the other way around: Members of Congress stalk lobbyists, looking for contributions.
Guilt! Betrayal! Monetary policy! On this week's TAL, we tell the story of the European debt crisis.
Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a billionaire physicist, a 40-pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries.
How do you create a job? Is there a magic formula? A secret cure-all? Planet Money explores the question this week on This American Life.
Chana Joffe-Walt explains why prescription drug coupons could actually be increasing how much we pay, and prevent us from even telling how much drugs cost.
This weekend on This American Life: The wild life and tragic death of Toxie, Planet Money's pet toxic asset.
Planet Money, ProPublica and This American Life collaborated on a project that's airing this weekend on This American Life. It's a story about a hedge fund called Magnetar that made millions of dollars when the housing market collapsed. The show...
On today's podcast, Alex's story finally gets its due. We hear the full version of the story about corporate personhood pitched by Alex's dad on This American Life.