A friendship blossoms.
April 17, 2019 The wisdom of crowds is an eerie phenomenon that informs everything from the stock market to the price of orange juice. We put it to the test with a farm animal.
The famous work "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" by British artist Damien Hirst.
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March 20, 2019 Today's show is about the fickle market for art. What makes a dead shark cost $12 million, and a photo of steel wool that looks like a tornado cost only $1,265?
Special agents celebrate their fake offshore bank with apple juice.
February 13, 2019 To catch drug traffickers, the U.S. government tried something it had never tried before. It set up and ran a fake offshore bank for money laundering. Fake name. Fake employees. Real drug money.
A waitress shows how to pay for a coffee with bitcoins.
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February 1, 2019 Five years ago Ben Horowitz and Felix Salmon placed a bet about the future of bitcoin. Today we announce the winner.
John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group, died on Wednesday at the age of 89.
January 23, 2019 John Bogle died last week. His creation — the index fund — changed investing. Today, how his invention set off a million dollar bet between some of the biggest brains on Wall Street.
Planet Money's Jacob Goldstein and Robert Smith bought a washer for two cents in a hardware store in Manhattan.
December 12, 2018 We try to figure out what makes cents.
Planet Money tries to hit the jackpot.
October 23, 2018 The first lottery was a royal affair with poems, golden flatware and invited criminals. Also, how someone won the lottery over and over.
October 3, 2018 You've seen these ads: "You can work from home and get rich. It's easy. Call this number!" So, what happens when you respond?
August 15, 2018 The line between trash and recycling is moving a lot these days. It's a tough time to be a recycler.
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July 18, 2018 Tax carbon emissions. That's basically the whole plan. What's the hold up?
April 4, 2018 What exactly would happen if you didn't pay your taxes? Today on the show, we follow one man who did just that.
Insider trading in the act
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March 23, 2018 A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why.
March 7, 2018 There's something wrong with the way we're doing science. Today on the show, we find out how to fix it.
Yen Jingchang was one of the signers of the secret document.
February 7, 2018 In 1978, a group of farmers in a Chinese village wrote a contract and hid it in the roof of a hut. They were afraid the document might get them executed. Instead, it transformed the Chinese economy.
January 10, 2018 Why does it take days to send money electronically?
January 3, 2018 What does a country with no debt look like? To find out, we went back to the United States in 1835.
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December 4, 2017 The Internet Archive and the University of Maryland launch such a library, and it's free to anyone with an Internet connection. Kids helped design the library, and they had final say on the books.
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October 18, 2017 Bob Peterson claims to have found the thing people have sought for thousands of years — an investment guaranteed to double in value. He keeps it in a storage locker in Utah.
September 27, 2017 The government suspended the Jones Act last week, to allow non-US ships to move fuel to victims of hurricanes in Houston and Florida. Which once again made us wonder why the act even exists.
September 13, 2017 The National Flood Insurance Program was operates like an insurance company in many ways except one: it just about always loses money. This piece originally aired on Morning Edition in January 2013.
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August 23, 2017 Hidden in the trash heap of commerce there is buried treasure. Abandoned brands--including trusted, beloved brands--are waiting to be claimed and reborn. Today on the show: A cookie comeback.
Eugene Gagliardi, inventor of Steak-Umm
August 9, 2017 We visit the workshop of the meat inventor who came up with Steak-Umm and KFC's popcorn chicken. And we try to figure out what meat inventors tell us about patents and innovation.
A board room.
July 19, 2017 On today's show: The story of two guys who tried to cut the pay of a CEO at a small pneumatic tool company.
May 31, 2017 A man goes looking for the invisible wall that traps poor people in poverty. Finding it almost gets him killed.
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