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Recession referees

Whenever the economic data start to look rough, we're forced to confront a familiar question: Are...

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The tale of the Onion King (Update)

How one man's quest to dominate the onion market changed commodities trading, and potentially how...

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The debate over what's causing inflation

The last few months have made us acutely aware of inflation. We all agree that it's making our...

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Let them eat lunch

For many Americans, desk lunches are the norm. You might even be having one right now. But what...

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The Gecko Effect

Years ago advertising was dominated by cars and beer. Today on the show, how a simple slogan and...

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On The Case: Recession, Formula, and Greenbacks

It was just another day at the office. Then the phone started ringing and the caseload kept...

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Homer Simpson vs. The Economy

When the beloved Simpsons family made its TV debut in 1989, it squarely represented middle-class...

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The bank war (Classic)

In the 1800s, populist president Andrew Jackson went head-to-head with the most powerful banker...

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PM Live: The Most Collectible Comic Book Ever?

What transforms a regular object into a collectible? At our live show earlier this month, we went...

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The NRA's Secret Tapes

Soon after the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, leaders of the National Rifle...

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Investing in mediocrity

Is the key to success in financial markets a matter of luck or skill? One former bond manager...

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How the burrito become a sandwich (Classic)

A sandwich is generally defined as something delicious slapped between two slices of bread. New...

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Buy now, pay dearly?

A wave of companies that allow customers to pay for items from their favorite stores in four...

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A 12-year-old girl takes on the video game industry (UPDATE)

When Maddie Messer was 12 years old, she noticed an unfair dynamic in the video games she loved:...

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The day Russia adopted the free market

In the early 90s, American economist Jeffrey Sachs was a part of a team that tried to transform...

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Escheat show (Classic)

If you're looking for money you've forgotten about, there's a chance the government might have...

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Planet Money book club

Behind every Planet Money episode is a ton of reading. Today, we share some of our favorite books...

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Risky business

Two stories on how businesses are using insurance to navigate new kinds of risks. First, how...

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Finally, our comic book

After many, many delays, the Micro-Face comic book is here! And we answer the burning question:...

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TikTok to the top

Thanks to TikTok, Tai Verdes went from struggling musician to Top 40 hitmaker. But first, he had...

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