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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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 #403: What Can We Do With Our Shell Companies? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1278

And how can we meet our fake shareholder and fake director?

 #692: The Secret Life Of Line 24 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1270

On today's show, we tell the stories of a few mysterious lines on IRS form 1040 — the basic tax form. In its own, maddening way, the 1040 is a great American document.

 #691: The Great Unbundling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1750

There's a revolution underway in the world of cable TV--more and more people are getting rid of it. And there are some unforeseen consequences when we cut the cord and go our separate ways.

 #690: All In | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1057

We talk to a professional poker player who lost on the first day of poker's most famous tournament--but went on to get a huge payout. Turns out there's a game behind the game.

 #390: We Set Up An Offshore Company In A Tax Haven | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1720

In this show, we dive deep into the world of hiding money. We look for the easiest place to shelter a bank account and set up our own shell company in an offshore tax haven. Good times.

 #689: A Hedge Fund, A Country, And A Big Sailboat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 962

Argentina decided that it could take on the world. They had a bunch of debt and said, 'we're not paying.' Then a group of hedge funds took the entire country to court.

 #418: The Government's Fake Bank For Drug Money | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 998

One day in the early 1990s, a man walked into the U.S. embassy in Ecuador. He said he had information on how to go after some of most powerful drug traffickers in the world.

 #688: Brilliant vs. Boring | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1268

A million-dollar bet pits a bunch of really smart money managers against the simplest investment idea in the world.

 #687: Buy This Passport | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1216

Most of us don't think of citizenship as a product. It's something more: It's part of who you are. On today's show, we look at what happens when citizenship goes up for sale.

 #686: If Elected President | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1231

Today, we bring you the future as dreamt up by presidential candidates. Also: sober economists poking holes in the candidates' dreams.

 #424: How Much Is A Firefighter Worth? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1093

Firefighters don't go to fires as much as much as they used to. Yet the fire department is still set up the same way. What should change?

 #685: Larry vs. The IRS | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1218

A lot of people dream of not paying their taxes. Larry Williams scoured the fine print of IRS code, talked to lawyers, settled on a plan, then just stopped paying taxes.

 #684: The Return Of The Colonel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 902

There's a secret war going on inside every franchise. At KFC, it all goes back to a guy with a white beard and a black string tie: Colonel Harland Sanders.

 #683: Our Valentines | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1447

Regret. Self-loathing. Jealousy. Happy Valentine's Day! We bring you little stories that we love so much, we wish we had thought of them ourselves.

 #466: DIY Finance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 874

He has thousands of dollars stashed around his house. She's part of an informal savings club. And Miguelo Rada has a whole bank in his pocket.


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