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Three Reasons for the Housing Shortage

Listen to Three Reasons for the Housing ShortageAmerica's housing shortage has been decades in the making. A lot of people blame Baby Boomers — but is it really their fault? We unpack three big reasons for the shortage. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

SUMMER SCHOOL #1: The Stock Market & Penelope The Cow

Listen to SUMMER SCHOOL #1: The Stock Market & Penelope The CowThe first class of Planet Money Summer School starts off with a field trip. With the help of a cow, two economists, and three cute animals, we learn what a stock is and how stocks are priced, and we begin to see the psychological forces that make prices move up and down on the stock market. Keep an eye out throughout for our big theme for the course this summer: risk and reward.

Banque Worms

Listen to Banque WormsLast year, one of the biggest banks accidentally paid off a client's loan to its lenders — a $900 million mistake. Some of the recipients wouldn't give the money back. And then a surprising court ruling affirmed their no give-back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Video Gaming The System

Listen to Video Gaming The SystemTwo groups of people who would never meet in real life collide in a world of wizards and dragons. They battle it out in a low-tech video game, and it shakes the lives of a lot of real people living in a collapsing economy. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

The Great Inflation (Classic)

Listen to The Great Inflation (Classic)For much of the 1970s inflation was bad. Prices rose at over 10 percent a year. Nothing could stop it — until one powerful person did something very unpopular. Today's show: How we beat inflation. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

100 Years Since Sadie Alexander

Listen to 100 Years Since Sadie AlexanderIn 1921, Sadie Alexander became the first Black person in America to receive a PhD in economics. Then, she was functionally shut out of economics jobs, got a law degree, and became an attorney instead. A century later, economics has made notably little progress bringing Black women into the field. We work with The Sadie Collective to bring you three stories from three eras of recent history that show us how the field has changed, where it still falls short, and the unique joys of being a Black woman and loving economics. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Of Memestocks and Milk Bags

Listen to Of Memestocks and Milk BagsWe answer your questions about memestocks, milk in bags, the size of cereal boxes, and products exclusive to the rich, but not for long? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Two Indicators: Clogged Ports And Corporate Vets

Listen to Two Indicators: Clogged Ports And Corporate VetsWe bring you two stories from The Indicator on two industries that are undergoing rapid change: vets and container shipping. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

The Rest Of The Story, Summer 2021

Listen to The Rest Of The Story, Summer 2021We follow up on takeout cocktails, college athletes at the Supreme Court, bankrupt Hertz, and the new shape of pasta. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

What's A Bubble? (Classic)

Listen to What's A Bubble? (Classic)Can you tell if the economy is in a bubble? How? And why do bubbles happen? Robert Shiller and Eugene Fama shared the economics Nobel back in 2013 despite fundamentally disagreeing over the meaning of a bubble. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Bobby Bonilla Day

Listen to Bobby Bonilla DayHow the worst deal in baseball explains one of the most important concepts in economics. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Corporate Fugitive: Carlos Ghosn

Listen to Corporate Fugitive: Carlos GhosnJapan once served sushi in the shape of Carlos Ghosn's face. Then Japanese authorities arrested the celebrity CEO who remade Nissan. We bring you first hand accounts of his spectacular rise, sudden fall and dramatic escape. | This episode is a collaboration with HBR IdeaCast.

Predictions!

Listen to Predictions!Two forecasters predict the future of the U.S. economy — and promise to come back on the show to see who was right, and who was wrong. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

How Uncle Jamie Broke Jeopardy (Update)

Listen to How Uncle Jamie Broke Jeopardy (Update)James Holzhauer took a math degree, a gambling career, and a buzzer, and turned it into a fortune on a game show. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Used Car Talk

Listen to Used Car TalkHow supply and demand stalled out the used car industry. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

How Stuff Gets Cheaper (Classic)

Listen to How Stuff Gets Cheaper (Classic)In the world of consumer electronics, it pays to be cheap. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Amateur Hour at the Supreme Court

Listen to Amateur Hour at the Supreme CourtCollege athletes are considered amateur players. And amateurs don't make any money. But can they get more education paid for at least? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Black Wall Street

Listen to Black Wall Street100 years ago, Black Wall Street was destroyed. But how was it built? And what does it take to get restitution? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

One Hack to Fool Them All

Listen to One Hack to Fool Them AllHow a single hack pried open the networks of giant corporations and the U.S. government itself. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Runaway Recommendation Engine

Listen to Runaway Recommendation EngineRecommendation systems have changed how we choose what we want. But are they choosing what we want? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.