Thomas Peterffy's life story includes a typing robot, a proto-iPad, and a vast fortune he amassed as one of the first people to use computers in financial markets.
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On today's show, we meet two businessmen in Yangon. One is launching a startup. The other works for Coca-Cola — which is going back into Myanmar after a 60-year absence.
*Note: The country is only getting richer on paper, but that change may make a difference in the real world.*
On today's show, how do you get a country to join the world economy when the people there don't even trust their own banks.
Jim Logan did not create the technology to podcast. He himself is not a modern-day podcaster. But he claims to have the patent on podcasting. On today's show, he says all the people out there podcasting today, owe him money.
On today's show: Three short stories from the far flung shores of New Zealand, Ireland and New Jersey.
Meet a single mother who makes $16,000 a year — and who managed to fund a vacation at a Caribbean resort with an interest-free loan from one of the world's largest banks.
A retired contractor from Colorado has spent the past two years building a school in Haiti. If he had it to do over, he tells us, he might do things differently.
On today's show: Three short stories about trying to figure out what things are really worth. Also, an update on our t-shirt project.
The Planet Money men's t-shirt will be made in part in Bangladesh.
On today's show: What the color of the Planet Money t-shirt has to do with a painting from 1969.
Nearly 20 states have legalized marijuana to some degree. As it turns out, this has profound economic consequences for dealers all across the country.
Meet a Brazilian who took on the world's largest superpower, a Texas cotton farmer who's tired of hearing the Brazilians complain, and a guy named Renato — a.k.a. Retaliation Master.
We're making a t-shirt that tells the story of its own creation.
Sugar costs more in the U.S. than in the rest of the world. If you're in the candy business — if, say, you make 10 million lollipops a day — that's a big deal.