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#914: Trump and Deutsche, A Long Affair

Listen to #914: Trump and Deutsche, A Long AffairAfter Donald Trump's companies declared four bankruptcies, several major banks stopped loaning him money. But Deutsche Bank didn't.

#913: Counting The Homeless

Listen to #913: Counting The HomelessFrom renting hotels to a jobs report-like census in the night, we look at ways communities are helping the homeless.

#407: A Mathematician, The Last Supper, And The Birth Of Accounting

Listen to #407: A Mathematician, The Last Supper, And The Birth Of AccountingThe story of an innovation that changed the way the world works, and of the man who made this innovation possible: Luca Pacioli.

#912: How Uncle Jamie Broke Jeopardy

Listen to #912: How Uncle Jamie Broke JeopardyJames Holzhauer took data, probability and a lot of practice with a fake buzzer, and turned it into a fortune on a game show.

#911: You Asked The Listener Question Hotline

Listen to #911: You Asked The Listener Question HotlineWe answer a bunch of the questions you asked — and even one you *didn't* ask.

#910: Economics, Sexism, Data

Listen to #910: Economics, Sexism, DataA young economist holds a mirror up to her field. And starts a national conversation about women in economics.

#416: Why The Price of Coke Didn't Change For 70 years

Listen to #416: Why The Price of Coke Didn't Change For 70 yearsFor 70 years, the price of a bottle of Coca-Cola stayed a nickel. Why? The answer includes a half a million vending machines and a 7.5 cent coin.

#909: Dollar Stores Vs Lettuce

Listen to #909: Dollar Stores Vs LettuceEvery six hours a new dollar store opens in the U.S. Are they killing grocery stores?

#908: I Am Not A Robot

Listen to #908: I Am Not A RobotThe remarkable story of the online "CAPTCHA" tests we've all taken to prove that we're not robots.

#907: Two Spring Indicators

Listen to #907: Two Spring IndicatorsThe Indicator from Planet Money explores trade wars, peanuts, hurricanes, and happiness.

#644: How Much Does This Cow Weigh?

Listen to #644: How Much Does This Cow Weigh?We wanted to understand an eerie phenomenon that drives everything from the stock market to the price of orange juice. So we asked you to guess the weight of a cow.

#906: The Chicago Boys, Part II

Listen to #906: The Chicago Boys, Part IIHow a ruthless dictator, and a bunch of economists known as the Chicago Boys, took Chile from socialism to capitalism.

#905: The Chicago Boys, Part I

Listen to #905: The Chicago Boys, Part IIn the late 1950s and early '60s a handful of Chilean students went to study economics at the University of Chicago. What they learned changed their country.

#904: Joke Theft

Listen to #904: Joke TheftCopyrighting comedy is expensive. So comedians have devised an informal system of sanctions to protect their jokes from theft. Sometimes it works.

#760: Tax Hero

Listen to #760: Tax HeroJoe Bankman, professor at Stanford, figured out a way to make filing your taxes easy and painless. Then the tax lobby found out about it.

#903: A New Way To Pay For College

Listen to #903: A New Way To Pay For CollegeSome colleges are offering students a new way to pay. It's not a scholarship. It's not a loan. It's more like the students are selling stock in themselves.

#902: The Phoebus Cartel

Listen to #902: The Phoebus CartelThe story behind two sneaky forces that drive us to buy more products, more often: Planned obsolescence and psychological obsolescence.

#901: Bad Cops Are Expensive

Listen to #901: Bad Cops Are ExpensiveThere's an industry of people working to eliminate bad police behavior. They're not activists or protestors. They're insurers.

#189: Why A Dead Shark Costs $12 Million

Listen to #189: Why A Dead Shark Costs $12 MillionToday's show is about the fickle market for art. What makes a dead shark cost $12 million, and a photo of steel wool that looks like a tornado cost only $1,265?

#900: The Stolen Company

Listen to #900: The Stolen CompanyWhen an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.