The U.S. exports over a billion pounds of used clothing every year — and much of that winds up in used clothing markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
Planet Money posts about Trade
Clothes donated to charity in the U.S. often wind up for sale in African markets. Here's the story of one shirt that started out at a bat mitzvah in Michigan and wound up in a market in Nairobi.
Video games are huge. But when you factor in everything — rentals, on demand, etc. — Americans still spend way more on movies.
On today's show, the Planet Money T-shirts arrive at the Port of Miami. But they're not quite here yet.
Here are pictures of some used shirts we found for sale in Kenya. If you recognize one of them, please let us know.
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.
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 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."
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.
"Is everyone so nervous about losing this program or is it just me? I'd like to stay far under the radar. I love my Vine."
Lincolns used to be the coolest cars in the world. On today's show, we hear how Lincoln is trying to regain its former glory.
"I have so many Bluetooth speakers, it's ridiculous," Amazon's top reviewer says. He's also received headphones, laser printers and a spin bike.