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#889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment

This Panera Cares store in Chicago switched from for-profit to non-profit, and it started asking customers to pay whatever they want. Niala Boodhoo/NPR hide caption

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#889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment

In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: How this charitable experiment worked out.

#889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment

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#888: The First Shutdown

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#888: The First Shutdown

In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.

#888: The First Shutdown

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#887: You Asked For It, Yet Again

You asked, "how does Venmo make money?" We answer that and much more today on the show. Rachel Cohn/NPR hide caption

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#887: You Asked For It, Yet Again

On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!

#887: You Asked For It, Yet Again

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#690: All In
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#690: All In

We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.

#690: All In

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#886: The Price of a Hack

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#886: The Price of a Hack

Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix.

#886: The Price of a Hack

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#885: Do It For Your Country
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#885: Do It For Your Country

People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?

#885: Do It For Your Country

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#884: The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018
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#884: The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018

We check in on some stories we did this year to see what's changed. Find a full list of the episodes we referenced at our website, NPR.org/money.

#884: The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018

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#609: The Curse Of The Black Lotus
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#609: The Curse Of The Black Lotus

How the card game "Magic: The Gathering" deflated a speculative bubble. You can support our show at donate.npr.org/planetmoney.

#609: The Curse Of The Black Lotus

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BONUS INDICATOR: The Calculator That Time Forgot
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BONUS INDICATOR: The Calculator That Time Forgot

Most products in this world are vulnerable to creative destruction: as new products are developed, they make old ones obsolete. But there are some exceptions — products that persist, resisting change while economic evolution continues without them. For instance: the graphing calculator. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)

BONUS INDICATOR: The Calculator That Time Forgot

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#883: A Very Planet Money Christmas Carol

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#883: A Very Planet Money Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens wanted to pick a fight with economists. So he invented Ebenezer Scrooge. But did he get it all right? Also: If you want to support our show, head over to donate.npr.org/planetmoney. We appreciate it.

#883: A Very Planet Money Christmas Carol

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