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  • 88.5 WFDD
  • WBUR
  • Houston Public Media
  • WLRN
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On The Case: Recession, Formula, and Greenbacks

It was just another day at the office. Then the phone started ringing and the caseload kept growing...on today's show, your favorite Planet Money gumshoes investigate your listener questions. | Fill out our listener survey here. → Read More

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When bricks were rubles

For a brief, strange period after the U.S.S.R. collapsed, "real" money was less valuable than tradeable objects like bricks or towels. We look back at the Russian barter economy and we see the nature of money and value underneath all currency. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. → Read More

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The Hodgepodge Of COVID Testing In The U.S.

The U.S. government has launched a website where people can request up to four free coronavirus tests per household--shipping is scheduled to begin in late January. They're responding to the fact that many Americans are really struggling to find tests as omicron surges across the country. () Today on the show, our colleagues at Planet Money try to get tested — and they run into problems. From… → Read More

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The rapid testing show

The Planet Money team fans out across the nation with one goal: to get a Covid test in 24 hours. It is easier said than done. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. → Read More

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You asked for real raises, free shipping, and a special delivery

It's listener question time. We've got answers about "free" shipping, full employment, when a raise isn't a raise, Taylor Swift, crypto seizures and our very own Micro-Face comic. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. → Read More

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Fighting A Racist 184-Year-Old Law

The Chehalis Tribe had a plan to create jobs and revenue. The only problem? A racist law from 1834. → Read More

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Barry Lopez, Acclaimed Author And Traveler Beyond Many Horizons, Dies At 75

Lopez — who won a National Book Award in 1986 for Arctic Dreams — wrote about his travels to far places. But his writings aren't just travelogues, they remind us of how precious life on Earth is. → Read More

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On 'McCartney III,' Paul McCartney Is A One-Man Show Again

McCartney has been busy in quarantine. The artist speaks about his new album, McCartney III, the quirks of writing love songs and remembering his late friends John Lennon and George Harrison. → Read More

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Family Reigns Supreme On Jeff Tweedy's New Album, 'Love Is The King'

The leader of Wilco isn't touring anytime soon, but he's kept creating with help from his sons, who appear with him on a new solo album and in a playful livestream series on Instagram. → Read More

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Inside The Controlled Chaos Of Dan Deacon's 'Mystic Familiar'

The composer and electronic musician hit a wall while making his first solo album in five years. Finishing the record meant finding inspiration in everything from Brian Eno to a tree in his yard. → Read More

'General Hospital' Was 'The Dope' In Prison — And Kept Him Out Of Trouble

Christopher Scott served over a decade in prison, and there he developed a passion for soap operas. Now free, he still keeps his appointment with General Hospital. → Read More

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'General Hospital' Was 'The Dope' In Prison — And Kept Him Out Of Trouble

Christopher Scott served over a decade in prison, and there he developed a passion for soap operas. Now free, he still keeps his appointment viewing with General Hospital. → Read More

'General Hospital' Was 'The Dope' In Prison — And Kept Him Out Of Trouble

Christopher Scott served over a decade in prison, and there he developed a passion for soap operas. Now free, he still keeps his appointment with General Hospital. → Read More

Babies And Baseball: A Dad Plants The Seeds For A Shared Love Of The Game

Pete Van Vleet is a devoted Houston Astros fan. His daughter loves the Detroit Tigers. To help his infant son pick a team, he asked all 30 of them, "Why should my son choose you to be a fan?" → Read More

Babies And Baseball: A Dad Plants The Seeds For A Shared Love Of The Game

Pete Van Vleet is a devoted Houston Astros fan. His daughter loves the Detroit Tigers. To help his infant son pick a team, he asked all 30 of them, "Why should my son choose you to be a fan?" → Read More

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Babies And Baseball: A Dad Plants The Seeds For A Shared Love Of The Game

Pete Van Vleet is a devoted Houston Astros fan. His daughter loves the Detroit Tigers. To help his infant son pick a team, he's asked all of them, "Why should my son choose you to be a fan?" → Read More

Babies And Baseball: A Dad Plants The Seeds For A Shared Love Of The Game

Pete Van Vleet is a devoted Houston Astros fan. His daughter loves the Detroit Tigers. To help his infant son pick a team, he's asked all of them, "Why should my son choose you to be a fan?" → Read More

A Lifetime Of Finding Peace, Purpose And Voice In The Pages Of Comics

Becoming a fan of something often means becoming a part of a community. And finding that group of like-minded people can feel like finding a place you → Read More

A Lifetime Of Finding Peace, Purpose And Voice In The Pages Of Comics

Stephanie Williams discovered comics young, drawn early to X-Men, which she saw as an allegory for the persecution of black Americans. An adult now, she co-hosts a podcast about black superheroines. → Read More

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Musk's Warning Sparks Call For Regulating Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk is warning that artificial intelligence is a "fundamental existential risk for human civilization." Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is looking into how states can respond. → Read More