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BONUS: The Indicator, From Planet Money
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BONUS: The Indicator, From Planet Money

We've made a new show. You can subscribe to it now. It's called 'The Indicator'. It's for those times you want Planet Money to explain the news, quickly. It's short (about five minutes) and three days a week.

BONUS: The Indicator, From Planet Money

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SPACE 4: 3 2 1

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SPACE 4: 3 2 1

We've got a satellite. We got a rocket. We're heading to the launch pad.

SPACE 4: 3 2 1

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SPACE 3: Rocket Shopping
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SPACE 3: Rocket Shopping

We found a satellite. We tried to figure out what it would do. Now we need to choose our rocket.

SPACE 3: Rocket Shopping

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SPACE 2: Wait, Why Are We Going To Space?

We hitched a ride on a satellite. Now we have to figure out what we're going to do up there.

SPACE 2: Wait, Why Are We Going To Space?

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SPACE 1: We're Going To Space
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SPACE 1: We're Going To Space

We really are going to space.

SPACE 1: We're Going To Space

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#807: Anatomy of a Hustle
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#807: Anatomy of a Hustle

What did Paul Manafort do, exactly? Robert Mueller's indictment is 31 pages of hard-to-understand financial crime. We try to figure it out.

#807: Anatomy of a Hustle

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#665: The Free Food Market
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#665: The Free Food Market

A while back, the charity Feeding America was a mess. It was sending pickles to food banks that wanted produce, and potatoes to Idaho. So they called some economists, and a free food market was born.

#665: The Free Food Market

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#806: Walmart's Pickle
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#806: Walmart's Pickle

Walmart and Amazon are in a battle to be the store where you buy everything. But when both companies sell everything, what sets them apart? Food inventions like a bright, red pickle!

#806: Walmart's Pickle

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#805: War And Peace And Cows
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#805: War And Peace And Cows

In South Sudan, there is a kind of money that works even through bank failures and unstable governments. But when war struck, it upended a whole economy: the economy of cows.

#805: War And Peace And Cows

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#672: Bagging the Birkin
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#672: Bagging the Birkin

Once you've got a Birkin bag, you've made it. But to get one, you need more than just money. Birkins always seem to be mysteriously out of stock. This is no accident.

#672: Bagging the Birkin

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