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#699: Kansas City Vs. Kansas City (Nov 17th, 2018)

A bunch of you asked why so many cities threw billions in tax breaks at Amazon. It reminded us of an episode we did in 2016.


#876: Patent Deception (Nov 15th, 2018)

How World Patent Marketing stole nearly $26 million. And how the acting attorney general was involved.


VIDEO: A Grave Promise (Nov 12th, 2018)

If you die in America, chances are the cemetery is going to promise to maintain your grave forever. Americans take this for granted, but it's a wacky, wild promise that we maybe should not be making.


#875: Why Did The Cow Cross The Border? (Nov 10th, 2018)

To take advantage of the surprising benefits provided by an interlocked economic system on the other side.


#874: Hot Dog Hail Mary (Nov 7th, 2018)

The Falcons are trying something radical: Making their food cheaper. It could break stadium economics.


VIDEO: Inventing Price Tags (Nov 5th, 2018)

For most of human history, you had to haggle over prices before you could buy something. Then came the idea of the price tag.


#873: The Seattle Experiment (Nov 2nd, 2018)

Seattle's radical solution to big money in politics: Flood elections with even more money.


#872: The Halloween Tapes (Oct 31st, 2018)

Something spooky has been happening here at Planet Money.


Video: The Miracle Apple (Oct 30th, 2018)

We're kicking off a quick season of our bonus video series, Planet Money Shorts. Watch how apples became brands, and started being more than delicious.


#871: Blacklisted In China (Oct 26th, 2018)

China is trying a bold experiment to help people trust each other more: The social credit score. Will it work? Does it go too far?


#676: The First Lottery & How To Beat The Odds (Oct 23rd, 2018)

The first lottery was a royal affair with poems, golden flatware and invited criminals. Also, how someone won the lottery over and over.


#870: Trump vs. Red Tape (Oct 19th, 2018)

President Trump promised to slash regulations. How has he done?


#453: What Causes What? (Oct 17th, 2018)

We try to tell the difference between correlation and causation.


#869: The Student Loan Whistleblower (Oct 12th, 2018)

Seth Frotman worked overseeing student loans for the government. He saw things that made him quit, and tell all.


#534: The History of Light (Nobel Edition) (Oct 8th, 2018)

Bill Nordhaus just won the economics Nobel. In this show: He shows how history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.


#868: Moneyland (Oct 5th, 2018)

We follow writer Oliver Bullough as he explores how stolen money moves around the world, and what that might mean for democracies.

#680: Anatomy Of A Scam (Oct 3rd, 2018)

Ever seen one of those signs asking if you want to work from home? We find out what happens when you call.


#867: Special Report: Asylum Crackdown (Sep 29th, 2018)

We tell the story of a massive crackdown on asylum fraud, and the fallout.


#866: Modern Monetary Theory (Sep 27th, 2018)

We rethink everything we know about government spending, taxes, the nature of money... All of it.


#865: Tweak This (Sep 21st, 2018)

We propose small fixes for baseball, weddings, salary negotiations and buying your morning coffee. Warning: They may be too rational.