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Planet Money

Planet Money

Planet Money

355 episodes


Wanna see a trick? Give us any topic and we can tie it back to the economy. At Planet Money, we explore the forces that shape our lives and bring you along for the ride. Don't just understand the economy – understand the world.Wanna go deeper? Subscribe to Planet Money+ and get sponsor-free episodes of Planet Money, The Indicator, and Planet Money Summer School. Plus access to bonus content. It's a new way to support the show you love. Learn more at

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Rooftop solar's dark side

4.5 million households in the U.S. have solar panels on their homes. Most of those cust...

27 minutes
Jul 12, 2024

Summer School 1: An Economic History of the World

Planet Money Summer School is back for eight weeks. Join as we travel back in time to f...

34 minutes
Jul 10, 2024

How flying got so bad (or did it?)

We often hear that air travel is worse than it's ever been. Gone are the days when airp...

25 minutes
Jul 05, 2024

The two companies driving the modern economy

At the core of most of the electronics we use today are some very tiny, very powerful c...

20 minutes
Jul 03, 2024

Do immigrants really take jobs and lower wages?

We wade into the heated debate over immigrants' impact on the labor market. When the nu...

25 minutes
Jun 29, 2024

The Carriage Tax (Update)

(Note: A version of this episode originally ran in 2019.)In 1794, George Washington dec...

18 minutes
Jun 26, 2024

The Vapes of Wrath

When the vape brand Juul first hit the market back in 2015, e-cigarettes were in a kind...

27 minutes
Jun 21, 2024

Why is everyone talking about Musk's money?

We've lived amongst Elon Musk headlines for so long now that it's easy to forget just h...

28 minutes
Jun 19, 2024

What's with all the tiny soda cans? And other grocery store mysteries, solved.

There's a behind the scenes industry that helps big brands decide questions like: How b...

24 minutes
Jun 14, 2024

Bringing a tariff to a graphite fight

Graphite is sort of the one-hit wonder of minerals. And that hit? Pencils. Everyone lov...

25 minutes
Jun 12, 2024