Episode 782: Budget Time : Planet Money We run through the entire federal budget — in 10 minutes. More than $6 billion per second. Go.

Episode 782: Budget Time

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A stopwatch.
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On today's show, we are going to explain every dollar the federal government spent last year — nearly $4 trillion — in 10 minutes.

And to get a real feel for how the money is divided up, we're going to divide up our 10 minutes exactly the way the government divided up the money last year. The more money a program gets from the government, the more time it gets from us.

We dig into social security's origin story, find a nice thing lobbyists do, and write a haiku about infrastructure. Experience the budget in real time.

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