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Two indicators: Congressional Game Theory and the Debt Ceiling ・22.10.2021

We bring you two stories from The Indicator on the recent battles being fought in Congress. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Burnout (Classic) ・21.10.2021

All types of companies are struggling with burnout. Many try to fix it. Most of them fail. One exception: A 26-year-old call center manager, with stress balls and costumes in her arsenal. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Bonus: Janet Jackson's 'Control' ・18.10.2021

On the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson's first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, our friends at It's Been A Minute look back at Control, her career-defining album that changed the trajectory of pop music in the late '80s and '90s.

Hire power ・15.10.2021

Noncompete agreements have become an integral part of job contracts. A show about what they are and how we got here. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

How Do You Feel? (Classic) ・13.10.2021

We tend to think of economists as cold, unfeeling, attempting to be as rational as possible. But once a month, economists pick up the phone to just... check in with us. How are we feeling? Good, bad, worse than a year ago? It's a very specific phone call with very specific questions and... Read More

LIBOR pains ・09.10.2021

For decades, banks used one rate to help set all other rates: LIBOR. After it came out that it'd been rigged, regulators said: no more. Now it's a race — and a road trip — to find an alternative. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

We set up an offshore company in a tax haven (Classic) ・06.10.2021

The Pandora Papers released this week reveal how many world leaders allegedly hold wealth through the use of shell companies. We listen back to when we set up our very own Planet Money shell companies.

The Rent Help Is Too Damn Slow ・02.10.2021

Congress created a massive pile of money to help people pay rent during the pandemic. Why have so few people gotten help? We follow the money.

That Time The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt (Classic) ・29.09.2021

There was one time the U.S. federal government stopped borrowing and paid off every penny of national debt. It did not end well. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Introducing + ・28.09.2021

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