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Planet Money

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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 #682: When CEO Pay Exploded | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1250

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?

 #681: The Oil Kingdom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 944

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.

 #680: Anatomy Of A Scam | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1343

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?

 #679: You Asked For It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1095

We ponder the origins of money, the economics of Santa, and the business of cemeteries. Why? Because you asked.

 #678: Auction Fever | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 897

We uncover the secrets of the auction world. There is conniving. There are tricks. Also: Hydraulic hammers.

 #283: Why Do We Tip? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1056

According to one theory, we tip because we feel guilty, not because we want better service.

 #677: The Experiment Experiment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1246

How much of published scientific research is false? Scientists are trying to figure it out.

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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.

 #675: The Cost Of Crossing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1143

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.

 #15: Delicious Cake Futures | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 918

On today's Planet Money, the complex economy of one elementary-school lunchroom.

 #674: We Cooked A Peacock | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1211

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.

 #673 The Rest of the Story, 2015 Edition | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1182

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.

 #672: Bagging The Birkin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1030

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.

 #671: An Insider Trader Tells All | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1138

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.

 #670: The Santa Suit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 998

Today on the show: A lawsuit over a Santa suit. It's a window into countless hidden fights that shape the stuff we buy.


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