On today's show: the story of an often-overlooked innovation that's essential to the global economy. The innovation is a box. A big, metal box.
In the debate over whether to cut the food stamp program, members of Congress are looking at two pretty arcane provisions in the law.
The U.S. exports a billion pounds of used clothes every year. Much of that winds up in used clothing markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
The book lists the tax that importers have to pay on approximately every single thing in the universe — and raises a key question about the Planet Money T-shirt.
The business that transformed the nation is the product of an obscure but hugely influential trade deal — and a cultural struggle over Korean food.
Colombia's economy has been growing, and wages have been rising. That's good for the country as a whole, but it may wind up driving away the T-shirt industry.
The rise of factory jobs in Bangladesh has brought profound cultural changes to the country — and to the lives of two sisters who made the Planet Money T-shirt.
The Planet Money team followed the making of a simple T-shirt from cotton fields, to factories, to container ships.
"We asked ourselves, 'What the hell do we want?'" Answer: "We need employment. We need dollars."
Surgeons are comparing how much each patient and operation costs the hospital. It's one of many experiments set in motion by the Affordable Care Act.
For the first time, doctors have a financial incentive to keep patients out of the hospital. That's leading to some interesting changes.
Minimum wage workers are concentrated in the service industry, are disproportionately women, and are mostly young.
In the latest installment of our T-shirt series, we move from Bangladesh to Colombia — and we see an entirely different world.
If you want to raise money, charge a sales tax. If you want people to smoke less, tax producers. Traditional economics says this shouldn't make a difference, but it does.
"This little baby — what my wife used to call my 'pretend money project' — is really going mainstream," says the chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation.