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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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 #200: The Moonshine Stimulus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1037

We travel to Warm Springs to find out if the rumors are true: Did FDR really buy moonshine during Prohibition? Did he violate the Constitution he had sworn to protect?

 #647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1146

Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?

 #502: The Afterlife Of A T-Shirt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1208

When used clothes are donated to charity, they begin a second life of sorting, refitting, and lots of travel. We trace used T-shirts to a clothing market in Nairobi, Kenya. For more:

 #646: Why Can't We Bet On Elections? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1141

In Las Vegas you can bet on all kinds of stuff. One thing you can't bet on: elections. But why? Not long ago, no election was too sacred to wager on, not even the pope's.

 #500: The Humble Innovation At The Heart Of The Global Economy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1196

Our women's Planet Money T-shirt got to you thanks to an overlooked innovation that's essential to the modern global economy. The innovation: a big, metal box.

 #645: How To Stop An Asteroid | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 766

Some smart people say we should be doing more to protect the Earth from asteroids. The technical issues are relatively easy. The economics — figuring out who's going to pay — are much harder.

 #497: The Sisters Who Made Our T-Shirt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1289

Like lots of other clothes, the men's Planet Money T-shirt was made in Bangladesh. On today's show, we travel to Bangladesh and visit two sisters who made our shirt.

 #644: How Much Does This Cow Weigh? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1086

We wanted to understand an eerie phenomenon that drives everything from the stock market to the price of orange juice. So we asked you to guess the weight of a cow.

 #496: Where The Planet Money T-Shirt Began | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1224

We made a T-shirt, and followed it every step of the way. First step: a high-tech cotton farm.

 #643: The Taxi King | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1066

Gene Freidman built a taxi empire in New York City. Now his empire is starting to crumble.

 #642: The Big Red Button | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 965

The big question surrounding automation isn't just about economics or technology. It's also about psychology. How do designers make us comfortable with something that can be really scary?

 #641: Why We Work So Much | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 791

The world economy is more productive than ever before. A lot of people could work fewer hours and still meet their basic needs. But we don't. Why?

 #640: The Bottom Of The Well | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1290

On today's show: the screwed-up economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.

 #639: Where To Hide €50,000, And Other Stories From Greece | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1146

On a visit to Greece, we talk to a guy who found an ingenious place to hoard his cash, a government-protected milk peddler, and a would-be olive oil tycoon.

 #638: Tweak The World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 951

Today on the show: We're going small. We ask some of the smartest people we know what little thing they would change to improve the world.


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