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.
Politicians have argued for decades that CEOs should earn less money. But there was a moment in the 1990s when CEO pay suddenly shot up. What happened?
For years, Saudi Arabia has been living off one resource and one resource only: Oil. But now, the price of a barrel has plummeted, and the country is scrambling to adapt.
You've seen these ads: "You can work from home and get rich. It's easy. Call this number!" So, what happens when you respond?
We ponder the origins of money, the economics of Santa, and the business of cemeteries. Why? Because you asked.
We uncover the secrets of the auction world. There is conniving. There are tricks. Also: Hydraulic hammers.
According to one theory, we tip because we feel guilty, not because we want better service.
How much of published scientific research is false? Scientists are trying to figure it out.
If those are the winning Powerball numbers, this will be our last show. Also: The story of Queen Elizabeth's 1567 lottery, and we meet a man who has won multiple jackpots, no luck needed.
Sneaking people across the U.S.-Mexico border is a well established, booming business. Today on the show, we meet a businessman and a client in the evolving industry of human smuggling.
On today's Planet Money, the complex economy of one elementary-school lunchroom.
In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. On today's show, we cook a recipe from the spice trade days.
Not every story has an ending. Sometimes after we finish a podcast and send it to you, the facts change, a new chapter unfolds. Today on the show, we update some of our favorite episodes from 2015.
There are people with Birkin bags and there are the rest of us. Today on the show: the elaborate, upside-down strategy that has kept a $60,000 purse the "it" bag for 30 years.
Today on the show: A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why. Though he's still struggling with that last one.
Today on the show: A lawsuit over a Santa suit. It's a window into countless hidden fights that shape the stuff we buy.