July 31, 2012 Republican and Democratic leaders have agreed on a plan to fund the government for the first six months of fiscal 2013. Still left to debate: whether to extend the so-called Bush tax cuts and looming, deep automatic cuts in some spending.
July 26, 2012 Getting economists of different stripes to agree on Planet Money's six policy proposals wasn't easy — and panel member Dean Baker says the disagreements matter.
A marijuana cigarette in British Columbia. Our panel of economists agrees that criminalizing pot is a huge waste of resources.
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July 19, 2012 A summary of the economic policies that won a thumbs-up from our broad spectrum of economists — and would probably prove toxic to any actual presidential candidate.
July 18, 2012 On today's show: The Planet Money economic platform. Backed by the brightest minds in modern economics. Pure poison to any politician that embraces it.
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July 13, 2012 Documents suggest Mitt Romney was chief executive at Bain Capital for longer than he has said. That's significant — but only to a point.
June 13, 2012 There were calls for civility last year after a gunman killed six and wounded 13 at an event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. The election of her successor has commenters renewing that appeal.
The percentage of newborns given the trendiest names is much smaller than it was a generation ago.
May 14, 2012 There's a real difference in the type of names people give their children in red states as opposed to blue states. It's the opposite of what you might expect.
April 18, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, guest political junkie Matt Bai recaps the week in politics, and news from the Summit of the Americas. In the second hour, 'The Byrds' frontman Roger McGuinn performs, and the future of 'Google Glasses.'
April 11, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie, and is it time to do away with the penny? In the second hour, why we hate doing our taxes, and what's REALLY in our food.
April 4, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie, and family members in combat. In the second hour, Marketplace's David Brancaccio talks about his series, "Robots Ate My Job," and the Falkland Islands.
March 21, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie recaps the week in politics, and C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb talks about the future of C-SPAN and why he's stepping down. In the second hour, the evolution of the NFL quarterback, and the effectiveness of aspirin as a prevention drug.
March 15, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, what's at stake in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the limits of diplomacy in dealing with Iran. In the second hour, signs that things are looking up in the economy, and advice for former governor Rod Blagojevich as he heads to prison.
Sometimes bipartisanship does shine down on the Capitol.
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March 8, 2012 The "Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act" passed the Republican-controlled House with the administration's support. The legislation's fate is less certain in the Senate, but Democratic leaders have said they will take it up.
Mitt Romney campaign headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 30, 2011
January 3, 2012 You might expect grandeur from a political campaign, but here's what they really look like.
December 23, 2011 The Obama administration is trudging ahead with policies designed to protect the integrity of scientific research. But critics of the process say the policies that have been released so far don't do enough to prevent political manipulation of science.
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