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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.

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#853: Peak Sand (Jul 13th, 2018)

Sand. It's in buildings, windows, your cell phone. But there isn't enough in the world for everyone. And that's created a dangerous black market.

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#427: LeBron James Is Still Underpaid (Jul 11th, 2018)

The best player in basketball is getting hosed. The NBA team owners, the players, the fans and even LeBron James himself want to keep it that way.

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#852: Two Summer Indicators (Jul 6th, 2018)

Two stories from our Indicator team. There's a province in China that makes many of the world's flags. It's a unique window on global trade right now. And we find out why so few teenagers are working summer jobs these days.

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#700: Peanuts And Cracker Jack (Jul 3rd, 2018)

It takes strategy and skill to sell snacks at a baseball game. Meet the hot dog vending legend of Fenway Park.

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#851: The Rest Of The Story Summer 2018 (Jun 30th, 2018)

A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.

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#850: The Fake Review Hunter (Jun 27th, 2018)

Fake product reviews are wrecking the internet. But help is on the way: From a bodybuilding fake review hunter.

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VIDEO: The Chicken Tax (Jun 25th, 2018)

Which came first, the frozen chicken or the tax on foreign trucks? Just kidding, it was the frozen chicken — then came the American tax that helped shape the domestic market for trucks.

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#682: When CEO Pay Exploded (Jun 22nd, 2018)

Politicians have argued for decades that CEOs are overpaid. But there's this precise moment in the 1990s when CEO pay suddenly shot up. We find out what happened.

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#849: It Takes Two To Make A Trade War Fight (Jun 20th, 2018)

President Trump says China is stealing U.S. technology. So we looked into one case. And things got a little complicated.

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#848: The World's Biggest Battery (Jun 15th, 2018)

California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: How to bottle the sun.

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#847: Inventing Accidents (Jun 13th, 2018)

The medical world has been trying to cure color blindness for centuries. Then a glass scientist figured it out. By accident.

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#846: Ungerrymandering Florida (Jun 9th, 2018)

When Florida outlawed partisan gerrymandering, politicians tried to sneak it back in...in disguise.

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#660: The T-Rex In My Backyard (Jun 6th, 2018)

Meet Sue, the dinosaur who sparked a gold rush for fossils buried in the badlands of North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.

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#845: REDMAP (Jun 2nd, 2018)

Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places.

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#844: Nice Game (May 31st, 2018)

In game theory, sometimes the best way to win, is to lose.

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#843: Swamp Gravy (May 25th, 2018)

Today on the show: A small town stakes its future on writing, directing, and starring in a musical.

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#643: The Taxi King (May 23rd, 2018)

Gene Freidman built a taxi empire. We visited him before he was in legal trouble.

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#842: Showdown at the WTO (May 18th, 2018)

The World Trade Organization: Can't live with it, hard to crush your trade opponents without it.

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#696: Class Action (May 16th, 2018)

Class actions run from big civil rights cases to arguments about pepper. Are they noble, or silly?

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#841: The Land Of Duty Free (May 11th, 2018)

We meet the man who invented duty free shopping and find out if these tax free stores are really saving us any money.

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