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The carried interest tax loophole is a way that wealthy Americans – often the people who manage hedge funds or private equity firms – avoid paying billions of dollars worth of taxes. It has been one of the most controversial yet durable features of the U.S. tax code. But where did it come from? Today we romp through space and time to piece together the origins of this loophole. There will be pirates and mutiny. A 50s tax-dodge-a-palooza. And perhaps the Michelangelo of tax lawyers. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
You can learn a lot about a person from their job. The same can be said of an economy. The market for jobs can us a lot about how the economy is doing, but more importantly, it is where we look to see who the economy is working for, and who is left behind. In today's lesson we'll visit two workplaces each facing a different labor puzzle. At one end, there's the question of when to replace a worker with a robot, and what it is like to be that worker waiting for the robots to come. We'll also visit a farm where raising wages aren't enough to attract the workers needed to do the work. How wages are set, and who gets the raises on this session of Summer School. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney. |At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's PM TikTok! | Listen to past seasons of Summer School here.
College has gotten incredibly expensive. And some colleges are offering students a new way to pay. It's not a scholarship. It's not quite a loan. It's more like the students are selling stock in themselves. We check in on how income share agreements at one school have been working. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
Inflation can be one of the scariest forces in the economy. As prices rise and your dollar doesn't go as far, you feel poorer, and it's all out of your control. To better understand inflation, we turn to the story of Brazil, where, in the 90s, hyperinflation threatened to derail the whole economy until the country turned to a group of unlikely heroes: four drinking buddies. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney. |At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's PM TikTok! | Listen to past seasons of Summer School here.
This episode, Micro-Face: The Musical. A full concert recording of a one-of-a-kind Planet Money superhero musical, taped during our recent live show at the Roulette Theater in Brooklyn, New York. Here's more from our project We Buy A Superhero.Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
Two recession Indicators

Two recession Indicators

2022-07-2921:054

So are we in a recession or not? The jury is still out, but there are some warning signs. GDP is down and inflation is up. But how much do we know about the 'indicators' that tell us how the economy is doing? Today, the stories of two of our most important indicators, the Consumer Price Index and GDP, and what they can and can't tell us about our current economic predicament.| Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
Life has its ups and downs. Same for the economy. Today we ask, can the business cycle be tamed? Two stories of recession and techniques for moderating the ferocity of booms and busts. Plus, how bankruptcy is a secret weapon of the American economy. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney. | At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's PM TikTok! | Listen to past seasons of Summer School here.
It has great bones, three bedrooms and one and half baths, and it comes with its own machine that mines cryptocurrency. But in a year of reckoning for crypto, how interested are potential buyers? | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
What even is "the economy"? And how do you measure it? Our path out of the economic darkness and into the light has been guided in large part by one single statistic: GDP. This week: the origins, history, and problems with the economic indicator to rule them all. | At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's PM TikTok! | Listen to past seasons of Summer School here.
Best by, sell by, use by

Best by, sell by, use by

2022-07-1627:2313

Wait, wait...don't throw that out! What if much of what you've been told about food expiration dates is... wrong? | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
It's macro time! Today: Keynes vs. Hayek. Season 3 of summer school is here asking the biggest economic questions about what makes an entire economy grow or contract? Things like, is there a "right" level of unemployment? Who gains from trade? What rhymes with 'paradox of thrift'? Also, inflation, we'll get to inflation. Episode 1 begins with the rise of macroeconomics as a field, with one of the great economic debates of the 20th century: what causes booms and busts, and what can the government do about it? How free should a free market be? It's a debate (over beats and with an actual rap battle) between John Maynard Keynes and F.A Hayek.Watch this Tik Tok to learn more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. | Listen to past seasons of Summer School here.
A tale of two cityhoods

A tale of two cityhoods

2022-07-0826:159

There's a movement underway in Georgia. More and more communities around Atlanta are choosing to keep their tax dollars very local, and become their own cities. It's a story about equity and exclusion – and also potholes. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
Two stories of consternation from inside the crypto world. Can a crypto crash spread to the wider economy? How does contagion work? And ... why has crypto had such appeal with Black investors? | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
On today's show: the Watergate scandal you haven't heard about – that led directly to Citizens United and multi-billion dollar elections. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
In the early 90s, Subaru was struggling to stand out in a crowded automobile market. In their greatest time of need, they turned to an unlikely ally: lesbians | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Recession referees

Recession referees

2022-06-2525:227

Whenever the economic data start to look rough, we're forced to confront a familiar question: Are we in a recession, or about to be? But there are actually only eight opinions in the country that officially matter. Today on the show, we meet the committee that calls recessions. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
How one man's quest to dominate the onion market changed commodities trading, and potentially how much you pay at the grocery store, forever. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
The last few months have made us acutely aware of inflation. We all agree that it's making our lives harder, but economists disagree about what's causing it. | Fill out our listener survey: npr.org/podcastsurvey
Let them eat lunch

Let them eat lunch

2022-06-1624:247

For many Americans, desk lunches are the norm. You might even be having one right now. But what if it didn't have to be this way? | Fill out our listener survey here
The Gecko Effect

The Gecko Effect

2022-06-1130:087

Years ago advertising was dominated by cars and beer. Today on the show, how a simple slogan and a talking gecko helped the insurance industry become one of the most dominant forces in advertising. Now, we're all living with the consequences. | Fill out our listener survey here
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Amir Mohammad Hassan Zadeh

Nice!

Aug 15th
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Sid Mhmd

thankyou 👍🏻

Aug 2nd
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Sean Sweikow

huh weird helium has deleted both Salesforce and Lime from listed partnerships since the day you published this episode and I (regrettably) spent my time looking into this scam on planet money's quasi endorsement. Those were the most notable (non existent) affiliations in their $6500 a month global enterprise! I'm glad I didn't contribute to their 2 million a month in onboarding fees after listening to your 20 something minute ad. I hope real journalists pick up on this story, because the lack of integrity displayed in this episode is way more interesting than the surface level content.

Jul 30th
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Sean Sweikow

Oh wow a network valued at a billion dollars that makes 2m a month in onboarding fees and 6500 a month in usage revenue. That's right six thousand five hundred dollars as per the founder's Twitter account. Isn't npr partly publicly funded? And you use that money to cheerfully and with no semblance of diligence give air time to whatever the fuck this is? Shame on you, planet money.

Jul 27th
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Cheryl Barr

t g

Jul 19th
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Craig Schermerhorn

ohhh, the virtue signaling.... bad investment decisions somehow still makes victims victims, the lack of personal accountability and EQUAL expectations is itself profoundly discriminatory

Jul 13th
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Reza Tavakoli

Have a great time with NAVID SEIFI

Jul 3rd
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Charles Campson

Love te one sided reporting …textbook NPR.

May 28th
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ID22565400

Second

May 23rd
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Sean Everett

In this episode ... smart enough for college, but not smart enough to comprehend basic economics and how credit works

May 16th
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Alex McNaughton

one of the best episodes!

Apr 24th
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Sohail

Bricks or tea bricks?

Apr 2nd
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Dylan Thomas

i LOVEd learning about this

Mar 12th
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Helya Dadkhah

couldn't find Jakob's podcast "what's your problem?" . Could you share the link please?

Feb 20th
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Aninditya Wiji Asri

The story hits home after covid19

Feb 17th
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Aninditya Wiji Asri

congratulations!!

Feb 17th
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km

Criminality that transcends borders and generations. They got away with it.

Feb 17th
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Sveta Mobile

I would like everyone listen to this and stop believe if there is green arrows it means something.

Feb 15th
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Hurist Morgan

You're not the only one however I do return items when they do work. but seeing that we're paying for it anyway, I feel the need to return more when a product doesn't meet my expectations.

Feb 11th
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Mehrdad Jackson

I loved this chapter

Feb 1st
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