Frito Prices Rise Despite Corn Prices Falling : The Indicator from Planet Money This favorite episode comes in the form of a mystery. Corn prices were falling, but the price of Fritos in the White House press corps break room went up by 20%. The Indicator was on the case.
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Indicator Favs: The Case Of The Pricey Fritos

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Indicator Favs: The Case Of The Pricey Fritos

Indicator Favs: The Case Of The Pricey Fritos

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Note: This episode originally ran in 2018.

This week we're revisiting some of our favorite episodes. When NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley (now economics correspondent) asked us to solve a mystery for him we jumped on the case. He'd been reporting on corn prices, which had been falling in 2018, but when he went to get a bag of Fritos corn chips from the vending machine in the press corps break room in the White House, he discovered the price had risen 20%.

This classic episode is a tale of transportation costs, tariff penalties and our deep love of salty snacks.

Archival tape from Suspense.

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