"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.
Planet Money posts about Currency
On today's show, every single dollar bill in the world — every $20, every $100, everything — is printed on paper made at one small mill in Massachusetts. That's been the case for 130 years.
Roughly $5 trillion worth of currency is traded every day. Here's how that money is spread among the world's currencies — and how the picture has changed in the past few years.
If you're a high school student and you dream of holding the U.S. economy in the palm of your hand — if you want the power to control interest rates and to print money out of thin air — the Fed Challenge is for you.
Making fake dollars is big business in Peru, where counterfeiters hire people to finish each bill by hand.
Like people in other countries that have gone through economic turmoil, people in Myanmar want U.S. dollars that look like they just rolled off the presses.
Colbert wants to know: Should he buy bitcoin?
The share of $100s held outside the U.S. has been rising for decades. That's good news for the U.S. economy.
The value of the virtual currency is skyrocketing. Is that good or bad for bitcoin's future?
You'd be free to leave the state, as long as you left your money behind. That's essentially what it's like now for people in Cyprus.
A snake-eating-its-tail thing happens when you think certain thoughts about money and the Federal Reserve.
Before the Civil War, there were 8,000 different kinds of money in the United States. On today's show, we figure out how this world worked. And explain how the war changed everything.
National currencies are defunct in the euro zone. So why do receipts still show prices in francs, pesetas and drachma?
On today's show we go deep into the nature of money itself, and we find a surprisingly clear answer to this question.
Forcing everyone to use dollar coins would essentially create a voluntary tax on people with extra coins lying around.