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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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#882: Synthetic Reefer Madness
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#882: Synthetic Reefer Madness

How a professor invented a formula for synthesizing cannabinoids and unintentionally helped launch a drug revolution.

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BONUS INDICATOR: The Measure Of A Tragedy
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BONUS INDICATOR: The Measure Of A Tragedy

Ricardo Hausmann, a Harvard-based Venezuelan economist, has constructed his own indicator, one that captures the horrifying scale of the economic catastrophe in Venezuela. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)

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#881: The Prisoners of the Trade War

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#881: The Prisoners of the Trade War

A truce in the U.S.-China trade war seemed close. The leaders of China and the United States were meeting to discuss a fix. And then arrests started. It got even more confusing, so today, we call up our man on the ground in Shanghai to make sense of it all. The key to understanding the latest turn in the trade war centers around a giant company most Americans haven't heard of called Huawei. Its rise traces the rise of China's economy and Chinese-style capitalism.

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#539: What's A Penny Worth?

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#539: What's A Penny Worth?

We try to figure out what makes cents.

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#880: Is Amazon Good For New York?

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#880: Is Amazon Good For New York?

It feels like all of New York City is arguing about Amazon's new office in Queens. But what do the people in Long Island City think?

#880: Is Amazon Good For New York?

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#533: Why Car Safety Is A Trade Barrier

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#533: Why Car Safety Is A Trade Barrier

The U.S. and Europe just can't agree on car safety standards. That puts car companies in a weird position, makes cars cost more and just seems kind of random and wasteful.

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#879: The Secret Target
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#879: The Secret Target

Their plan was dangerous, risky, and extremely unpopular. But America copied them anyway. Today on the show: how a tiny country on the other side of the world changed how America runs its economy.

#879: The Secret Target

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#468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers
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#468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers

We talk to Kid Rock about how he tried to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.

#468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers

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VIDEO: The Price Of Coke Stayed The Same For 70 Years — Why?
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VIDEO: The Price Of Coke Stayed The Same For 70 Years — Why?

For 70 years, a Coca-Cola cost a nickel. The price didn't change. How is that even possible? You can also watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Bcz0BJGEVUY

#878: Mugshots For Sale
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#878: Mugshots For Sale

We go deep inside the market for online mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?

#878: Mugshots For Sale

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#877: The Laws of The Office
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#877: The Laws of The Office

You get what you measure. Work expands to fill the time allotted. Who comes up with this stuff? And is it true?

#877: The Laws of The Office

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VIDEO: Put A Chip On It
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VIDEO: Put A Chip On It

A quick history of slow credit cards. This video also available here: https://youtu.be/2IksSNiEo2g

#699: Kansas City Vs. Kansas City

In Kansas City, which straddles two states, Kansas and Missouri, there's a war raging — a war over jobs. Fotosearch/Getty Images hide caption

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#699: Kansas City Vs. Kansas City

A bunch of you asked why so many cities threw billions in tax breaks at Amazon. It reminded us of an episode we did in 2016.

#699: Kansas City Vs. Kansas City

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#876: Patent Deception
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#876: Patent Deception

How World Patent Marketing stole nearly $26 million. And how the acting attorney general was involved.

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