• #499: Richard Nixon, Kimchi And The First Clothing Factory In Bangladesh MP3

    The nation of Bangladesh was created out of chaos in the early 1970s, at a moment when millions in the country were dying from a combination of war and famine. The future looked exceedingly bleak.Abdul Majid Chowdhury and Noorul Quader were Bangladeshi businessmen who wanted to help their country. "We asked ourselves, 'What the hell do we want?' " Chowdhury recalls. The answer he and his friends arrived at: "We need ...

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  • #469: Rhino Horns And Clean Water MP3

    On today's show: Two stories from Kenya.1. Poachers kill rhinos for their horns. Some economists think legalizing the horns could save the rhinos. **Warning: this story contains graphic audio.**2. . Getting clean water to people in the developing world isn't just an engineering problem.

    28.06.2013

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  • #468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers MP3

    We live in a society full of people who are obsessed with making sure that prices are right and supply meets demand. And then there's the live-music business.Concert tickets are often too cheap, and the supply is too limited. Scalpers are the proof: If tickets were more expensive to begin with, or if venues were bigger, scalpers wouldn't be able to charge more than face value.On today's show, we talk to Kid Rock ...

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  • #467: Tires, Taxes And The Grizz MP3

    The price of tires has risen by about 40 percent in the past five years. That's partly because rubber prices have gone up. But it's also due to a tariff that the U.S. on Chinese tire imports.As tire prices have risen, more people have been renting tires rather than buying them outright. And renting tires, it turns out, is often a bad deal in the long run.On today's show: How a celebrated attempt to help one group...

    21.06.2013

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  • #465: Myanmar Opens Up MP3

    After decades of isolation, Myanmar is reconnecting with the rest of the world. On today's show, we meet two people who are trying to take advantage of the changes going on there.One is launching a tiny startup. The other works for Coca-Cola — a company that left Myanmar decades ago, and only returned to the country last year.For more, see our stories "Can This Man Bring Silicon Valley To Yangon?" and "How To ...

    11.06.2013

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  • #464: When A Poor Country Gets A Lot Richer* MP3

    *Note: The country is only getting richer on paper, but that change may make a difference in the real world.*People talk about GDP as if it means something solid, as if it's a mathematically derived and agreed upon fact. But in conversations we've had in the last few weeks, we've become more convinced that GDP is a wobbly fact. It's malleable, and it's mushy.GDP can change in a day. And when it does — even whe...

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  • #463: How To Get A Country To Trust Its Banks MP3

    It's something you can see on every block in most major cities. You probably see it every day and never give a second thought to. But in Yangon, Myanmar, an ATM is a small miracle.For decades, Myanmar was cut off from the rest of the world. There were international sanctions, and no one in the U.S. or Europe did business there.But last year, when the international sanctions started to be lifted, companies like Visa a...

    05.06.2013

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  • #462: When Patents Hit the Podcast MP3

    Back in the nineties, Jim Logan started a company called Personal Audio. The concept was simple — people could pick out magazine articles they liked on the internet, and his company would send them a cassette tape of those articles being read out loud. The cassette tapes didn't catch on like Jim hoped, but he had bigger dreams for the idea behind them.He dreamed that one day you wouldn't need a cassette pl...

    31.05.2013

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  • #461: Lawyers, Guns and Money MP3

    On today's show: Three short stories from the far flung shores of New Zealand, Ireland and New Jersey.First up, it's no secret that some Americans hide money offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Over the past decade, some 39,000 people have come forward voluntarily to tell the IRS about their offshore money. This group provides a small window into the world of people who are hiding money in offshore havens.Also: how ...

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  • #217: The Art Of Living At The Poverty Line MP3

    On today's Planet Money, we meet a single mother who makes $16,000 a year — and who managed to fund a vacation at a Caribbean resort with an interest-free loan from one of the world's largest banks.Edith Calzado gets credit cards with teaser zero-percent interest rates — then transfers her balance before the rate ticks up. She signs up for store cards to get discounts — then pays off her ...

    24.05.2013

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  • #459: Getting It Right MP3

    On today's show: Three short Planet Money stories about trying to figure out what things are really worth.When Lady Gaga writes a song, does that count as economic output? Is a $20 worth $20 in Myanmar (Spoiler: Probably not.) And economists help a young college grad think through what to do with his life.Also: An update on our t-shirt project.

    17.05.2013

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  • #458: Bangladesh's T-Shirt Economy MP3

    H&M, Zara, Wal-Mart and JC Penney all buy t-shirts from Bangladesh. Soon, Planet Money will too.As you may have heard, we're making a t-shirt and telling the story of how it's made. We decided a few months ago to work with Jockey to make our t-shirts. Our women's shirt will be made in Colombia. Our men's shirt will be made, in part, in Bangladesh.But horrifying news has been coming out of Ba...

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  • #457: Why Pink MP3

    We're making a t-shirt that tells the story of its own creation. Part of that story — color. It took long meetings, late nights and endless discussion to choose the exact hues for our Planet Money t-shirt.On today's show, we'll explain what the color of our women's t-shirt has to do with this painting from 1976, and we'll tell you how unfinished buildings halfway around the worl...

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  • #456: Marijuana Arbitrage MP3

    Nearly 20 states have legalized marijuana to some degree. As it turns out, this has profound economic consequences for dealers all across the country.On today's show, we meet a wholesaler who moves weed across the country, a California weed dealer seeking higher profits in New York, and a special agent who may be inadvertently helping the dealer out by trying to put him in jail.For More: See The Weed Trail, from WNYC

    07.05.2013

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  • #224: The Cotton Wars MP3

    On today's show, we meet a Brazilian who took on the world's largest superpower; a Texas cotton farmer who's tired of hearing the Brazilians complain; and a guy named Renato — a.k.a. Retaliation Master.And we hear why U.S. taxpayers are paying Brazilian cotton growers nearly $150 million a year.This show originally ran in 2011, near the beginning of our quest to make a Planet Money t-shirt. We're r...

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  • #455: The Planet Money T-Shirt Is Finally (Almost) Here MP3

    We're making a t-shirt that tells the story of its own creation. To help make it happen, visit our Kickstarter page.

    30.04.2013

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  • # 454 The Lollipop War MP3

    Sugar costs more in the U.S. than in the rest of the world. If you're in the candy business — if, say, you make 10 lollipops a day — that's a big deal.On today's show, we visit a candy factory in Ohio (where they want U.S. sugar to be cheaper) and a sugar-beet field in Minnesota (where they don't). And, perhaps inevitably, we hear from Washington, where the fight over sugar has been playing out ...

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  • #453: What Causes What? MP3

    What causes what? The human brain is programmed to answer this question constantly. This how we survive. What made that noise? Bear made that noise. What caused my hand to hurt? Fire caused my hand to hurt.We are so eager to figure what causes what — that we often get it wrong. I wore my lucky hat to the game. My team won. Therefore, my lucky hat caused my team to win.On today's show we dive deep into the worl...

    23.04.2013

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  • #357: How Much Should We Trust Economics? MP3

    Three years ago, Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff published a study that quickly became one of the most famous, most talked about economics papers since the financial crisis. It got so much attention because it answered a basic question everybody was asking: How much debt is too much?Reinhart and Rogoff looked at what had happened in many different countries over many years. And they found a what looked like a clear de...

    19.04.2013

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  • #356: The Surprisingly Entertaining History of The Income Tax MP3

    The U.S. has a really conflicted history with the income tax. For most of American history, there was no income tax at all. At one point it was ruled unconstitutional.Today, income tax is the federal government's main source of revenue. That raises a question: How did something that was once so strange to us become so central?The answer includes a few wars, a Supreme Court justice on his deathbed, and Donald Duck.For...

    16.04.2013

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