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Hire power

Listen to Hire powerNoncompete agreements have become an integral part of job contracts. A show about what they are and how we got here. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

How Do You Feel? (Classic)

Listen to How Do You Feel? (Classic)We tend to think of economists as cold, unfeeling, attempting to be as rational as possible. But once a month, economists pick up the phone to just... check in with us. How are we feeling? Good, bad, worse than a year ago? It's a very specific phone call with very specific questions and a few years ago we looked into the origins of this very important survey that factors into economic decision making. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

LIBOR pains

Listen to LIBOR painsFor decades, banks used one rate to help set all other rates: LIBOR. After it came out that it'd been rigged, regulators said: no more. Now it's a race — and a road trip — to find an alternative. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

We set up an offshore company in a tax haven (Classic)

Listen to We set up an offshore company in a tax haven (Classic)The Pandora Papers released this week reveal how many world leaders allegedly hold wealth through the use of shell companies. We listen back to when we set up our very own Planet Money shell companies.

The Rent Help Is Too Damn Slow

Listen to The Rent Help Is Too Damn SlowCongress created a massive pile of money to help people pay rent during the pandemic. Why have so few people gotten help? We follow the money. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt (Classic)

Listen to When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt (Classic)There was one time the U.S. federal government stopped borrowing and paid off every penny of national debt. It did not end well. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

When Luddites Attack (Classic)

Listen to When Luddites Attack (Classic)A couple centuries ago, a group of English clothworkers set out to destroy the machines that had been taking their jobs. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Original Sign

Listen to Original SignA request for dozens of stop signs flummoxes a town and angers a resident. A show about infrastructure, decision making and stop signs. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Two Indicators: Women And Work

Listen to Two Indicators: Women And WorkWomen start a lot of businesses, but when it comes time for them to grow, many hit a wall, or the women founders end up losing control. Why? We bring you two indicators on women and work from our daily podcast The Indicator. Also, Amanda and Stacey go on a picnic to prove a point. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Afghanistan's Money Problem

Listen to Afghanistan's Money ProblemAfghanistan's economy changed — almost overnight — after the Taliban retook control of the country | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Flood Money (Classic)

Listen to Flood Money (Classic)Bill Pennington's house floods a lot: Three times over the course of three years. And every time his house floods, the government pays to help him repair the damage. Is something wrong here? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

This Is Your Brain On Drug Ads

Listen to This Is Your Brain On Drug AdsApologies to listeners who received two episodes in their feed today. The U.S. is one of two countries in the world that allows pharmaceutical companies to advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers. Why? And what does that do to us Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Two Indicators: Water Pressure

Listen to Two Indicators: Water PressureIt's another extremely dry, hot summer for the American West. Our daily podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money, brings us two stories about the water shortage in the West with economic ideas that may help. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

SUMMER SCHOOL 6: Crypto & Commencement

Listen to SUMMER SCHOOL 6: Crypto & CommencementIn the last class of Planet Money Summer School Season 2, we cover one more important market — cryptocurrency. If you're thinking about investing in crypto, do you know exactly what it is that you're buying? Or how it should (if at all) fit alongside the rest of your investments? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here and take don't forget to take the Summer School Final Quiz.

The Lost Archives of Sadie Alexander

Listen to The Lost Archives of Sadie AlexanderThe work of our first Black economist was lost to history. Professor Nina Banks set out on a quest to find it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

SUMMER SCHOOL 5: Bubbles, Bikes, & Biases

Listen to SUMMER SCHOOL 5: Bubbles, Bikes, & BiasesInvesting during a bubble can leave you bust. But how to tell the difference between a bubble before it bursts and an investing rocket ship taking off? We'll run through a historical example and look inside our own thinking to find the mental biases that can contribute or exacerbate bad bubble thinking. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Two Indicators: Will Remote Work Kill The Office?

Listen to Two Indicators: Will Remote Work Kill The Office?It's Stacey vs Greg in a face off on the future of the office. Each takes a side, armed with studies, historical examples, theories on efficiency and happiness and from their closet studios, they bring their indicators for the future of the office. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. And our daily podcast The Indicator hosted by Stacey here.

SUMMER SCHOOL 4: Bonds & Becky With The Good Yield

Listen to SUMMER SCHOOL 4: Bonds & Becky With The Good YieldA few years back, Cardiff asked for an unusual Christmas present: a junk bond... Parallel to the stock market, the bond market offers different levels of risk and reward. In this class, what is a bond, how do they differ from stocks, and how do they help companies grow? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Big Little Ideas

Listen to Big Little IdeasThere are a lot of fancy terms for the things we experience — but are they really useful? Yes! We explain four social-science terms that can help us understand our world. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

SUMMER SCHOOL 3: Smooth Spending & The 401K

Listen to SUMMER SCHOOL 3: Smooth Spending & The 401KEven if you don't own stocks, there are a lot of reasons to care about investing. We meet some of the folks left out of the stock market who deploy sophisticated economic thinking, even creating their own alternate financial systems. Our professors help us understand how consumption smoothing and life-cycle hypothesis apply to personal finance. And we meet the creator of the 401(k). | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.