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Summary: Money makes the world go around, faster and faster every day. On NPR's Planet Money, you'll meet high rollers, brainy economists and regular folks -- all trying to make sense of our rapidly changing global economy.

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 #625: The Last Job | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 999

What if robots did all the work? In today's show, we imagine a world without jobs.

 #624: I, Waiter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1016

We go out for pizza and meet the latest group of workers getting replaced by machines: servers.

 #623: The Machine Comes To Town | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1457

In Greenville, SC, the best job option isn't to compete against the robots, but to make friends with them. Note: Today's show originally aired in January 2012.

 #622: Humans vs. Robots | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1420

If you aren't already worried about being replaced by a robot, maybe you should be. Today on the show, three races pit humans against machines.

 #621: When Luddites Attack | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1201

Today on the show, the true story of the Luddites.

 #620: Why Batteries Suck | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 971

While most technology is getting smaller and cheaper, batteries still suck. Today on the show, we learn exactly why, and meet some of the people trying to make batteries better.

 #372: How Do You Decide Who Gets Lungs? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1044

You're not allowed to buy and sell organs. So doctors created a different system. Today on the show: how do you decide who gets lungs?

 #619: The Free Throw Experiment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1073

Casinos are worried that young people aren't interested in playing slots or other games of luck. They're turning to games that require skill, like basketball.

 #399: Can You Patent A Steak? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1133

We visit the workshop of the meat inventor who came up with Steak-Umm and KFC's popcorn chicken. And we try to figure out what meat inventors tell us about patents and innovation. (Today's show originally ran in August 2012.)

 #618: The Square Deal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 895

In the early 1900s, the president of the largest shoe company in the world tried to create a Utopia for his workers. He called his big experiment in welfare capitalism: The Square Deal.

 #617: How Do You Feel? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1110

Today on the show: how a bunch of rational economists try to deal with our feelings. And the story of a man who came up with five simple questions that he hoped would predict the future.

 #616: How Solar Got Cheap | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 959

Just a few years ago, solar power was an expensive luxury for the environmentally conscious. Now it's a good deal for lots of people. How did solar power get so cheap, so fast?

 #361: The Matzo Economy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1231

How do you make money manufacturing a dry, bland cracker that a tiny percentage of the population eats just one week a year?

 #615: A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1025

Maddie Messer is 12, and she loves a good video game. One of her favorites is called Temple Run. In fact, it's one of the most successful games out there. Temple Run is free to play—if you play as the default character, Guy Dangerous. But playing as a girl character can cost extra. Maddie found out this was true for a lot of games, and she didn't think that was very fair. Today on the show: a 12-year-old girl takes on the entire video game industry.

 #614: Two Radio Guys Walk In To A Bar | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 840

We got on stage at a comedy club to read a bunch of weird economics jokes. We bombed. Today on the show, we do what you're never supposed to do: explain the joke.


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