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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

#766: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part One  

For the residents of a small Louisiana town, there's always been a question about their past: How'd they get there? Solving the mystery only raised more questions.

#765: The Holiday Industrial Complex  

Where do holidays like National Potato Chip Day and Argyle Day come from? We trace the roots of one made-up holiday until we find out who is running the global holiday machine.

#381: When Business Loves Regulation  

One in three American jobs require a license. Today on the show, why those licensing rules hurt the U.S. economy.

#764: Pub In A Box  

One man figured out how to reproduce the magic of an Irish pub, and ship it in a container to anywhere in the world.

#763: BOTUS  

On today's show, we get in on the future of investing. We build an automated stock-trading bot. It analyzes the twitter feed of President Donald Trump, then trades stocks with real money. Our money. You can follow our bot on twitter, @BOTUS.

#531: The Tough, The Sweet, The Nosy  

The tricks and mind games tax collectors use to get people to pay up.

#762: The Fine Print  

On today's show: Snuggies, printer toner, and a banking road trip. Three stories about what happens when you actually read the fine print.

#650: The Business Genius Behind Get Out  

Jason Blum makes a lot of movies and makes them cheap. So why are so many turning into blockbusters?

Episode 761: The Bank War  

A populist president versus the most powerful banker in America.

#760: Tax Hero  

One professor had a way to make filing taxes easy and painless. It worked. People loved it. But then a big tax lobby heard about it...

#759: What's It Worth To You?  

Three short stories about putting a price on something hard to value precisely. We go from $4.66 under a pillow all the way up to $1 trillion across every inch of highway in America.

#522: The Invention Of 'The Economy'  

A hundred years ago, nobody talked about "the economy." That's because easy ways to measure and talk about it hadn't been invented. On today's show: how we started boiling nations down to a number.

#758: Can Trump Take The Money?  

The Constitution contains a paragraph known as the Emoluments Clause. It's 49 words meant to prevent foreign influence on US officials. How does it apply to a president with a global business empire?

#596: Hacking The iPhone For Fun, Profit, And Maybe Espionage  

Wikileaks released documents listing the hacks the CIA uses to spy on people. So we revisit our story on hackers for hire: people hunting for flaws in your phone to sell to people, or even the CIA.

#757: Strong Feelings About Dodd-Frank  

President Trump does not like Dodd-Frank, the 2010 law that transformed banking regulation. On today's show, we ask: What are the key parts of the law? And how are they likely to change?

#513: Dear Economist, I Need A Date  

Here at Planet Money, we often wonder: how useful is economics in our everyday lives? Could the principles of economics be applied to the most intimate of human experiences, like, say, love?

#756: The Bees Go To California  

Early every year, 30 billion bees make their way across the country to California's Central Valley. Here's why.

#654: When The Boats Arrive  

In the span of a few months in 1980, more than 100,000 Cuban immigrants arrived in Miami. So what happened to Florida's economy with all these new people coming in? And what can we learn from it?

#755: The Phone At The End Of The World  

A charismatic populist president wanted to boost manufacturing and create jobs. She told companies, 'if you want to sell your stuff here, you have to build it here.' This is what happened.

#754: I'm So Happy For You!  

Here at Planet Money, our favorite stories are the ones we wish we'd done ourselves. On the show, we call out rivals and colleagues who did what we try to do better than we could have done it.

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