Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke talks to educators Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C. At their most recent meeting, many Fed members backed action to boost the economy. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Planet Money

The Moonshine Stimulus

On today's podcast we explain how Prohibition, a divisive moral issue, became a celebrated business stimulus plan.

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