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NPR: Planet Money Podcast

Money makes the world go around, faster and faster every day. On NPR's Planet Money, you'll meet high rollers, brainy economists and regular folks -- all trying to make sense of our rapidly changing global economy.

Episodes

Podcast: NPR: Planet Money Podcast: #647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?
posted by schmod on Sep 2, 2015 at 7:14 PM - 8 comments

Podcast: NPR: Planet Money Podcast: #604: Hey Big Spender

Today on the show, we bring you three short stories. One about a guy at the center of a high stakes international negotiation. Another about poker players trying not to win money, but give it away. And finally, that thing everyone loves to hate, but maybe we should love: airplane baggage fees. For more: http://n.pr/17srUMx
posted by bq on Feb 24, 2015 at 9:57 PM - 1 comment

Podcast: NPR: Planet Money Podcast: #603: A Rose On Any Other Day

Red roses are a unique product — a commodity worth double the price for a very short, 24-hour period: Valentine's Day.To cash in on this demand, flower growers have to figure out how to make millions of roses bloom exactly the right amount, at exactly the right moment, in the middle of February — get them from farms in Africa and South America to your doorstep.On today's show: the logistical miracles and wild risks behind getting red roses to your Valentine.
posted by bq on Feb 22, 2015 at 6:51 PM - 2 comments

Podcast: NPR: Planet Money Podcast: #599: The Invisible Wall

Hernando de Soto wanted to figure out what was trapping people in poverty. "There's gotta be an invisible wall someplace," he thought. "Let's find the wall."
posted by radioamy on Jan 29, 2015 at 8:11 AM - 2 comments

Podcast: NPR: Planet Money Podcast: #597: We're Short America

A simple primer on (and multiple warnings about) short-selling stock. Fun fact: Unlike the risk of buying a stock, shorting one opens the trader to possibly losing much more than the original investment. [more inside]
posted by psoas on Jan 22, 2015 at 10:56 AM - 2 comments

Podcast: NPR: Planet Money Podcast: #222: The Price Of Lettuce In Brooklyn

Kaitlin Kenney dives in to the data behind the Consumer Price Index. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Jan 7, 2015 at 10:11 PM - 0 comments

Podcast: NPR: Planet Money Podcast: #592: Bell Wars

On today's show, a story on a Christmasy theme: Handbells! But also, a not-so-Christmasy theme: A decades-long feud between two big bell companies, located right down the road from each other. But then, a Christmasy ending: Peace! [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM - 7 comments