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Today on Planet Money:

We spend a lot of time worrying about money, working for money, spending money, saving money — but what, exactly, is money? Where does it come from? Where does it go? Today, we begin a series that we hope will answer those questions (and, you know, more).

Eric Rauchway, author of a new history of the Great Depression, looks at President-elect Obama's pick for Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner.

Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money, defines money in a rather surprising way.

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