Planet Money Podcast


Fri June 28, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 469: Rhino Horns And Clean Water

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On today's show: Two stories from Kenya.

1. Can Economics Save The African Rhino? Poachers kill rhinos for their horns. Some economists think legalizing the horns could save the rhinos.

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Fri June 14, 2013
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Episode 396: A Father Of High-Speed Trading Thinks We Should Slow Down

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 11:15 am

Thomas Peterffy, shown here in 2010
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Thomas Peterffy's life story includes a typing robot, a proto-iPad, and a vast fortune he amassed as one of the first guys to use computers in financial markets.

On today's show, Peterffy tells us his story — and he explains why he's worried about the financial world he helped create.

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Mon June 3, 2013
Planet Money

The Haiti School Project Responds To Our Show "It's Hard To Do Good"

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:53 am

Tim Myers, founder of the Haiti School Project, talks with his construction foreman, Gilberte, and his translator, Matt.
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The folks over at the Haiti School Project recently sent us this letter in response to our show on their project, Episode 460: It's Hard To Do Good.

Two questions were discussed in the podcast that interest us greatly.

First, was donated money used effectively and efficiently to help people in Haiti?

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Fri May 24, 2013
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Episode 217: The Art Of Living At The Poverty Line

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On today's Planet Money, we meet a single mother who makes $16,000 a year — and who managed to fund a vacation at a Caribbean resort with an interest-free loan from one of the world's largest banks.

Edith Calzado gets credit cards with teaser zero-percent interest rates — then transfers her balance before the rate ticks up. She signs up for store cards to get discounts — then pays off her bill on time. She gets food stamps and lives in subsidized housing. Her son is doing well in school.

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Fri May 17, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 459: Getting It Right

How much is it worth?

On today's show: Three short stories about trying to figure out what things are really worth.

When Lady Gaga writes a song, does that count as economic output? Is a $20 bill worth $20 in Myanmar? (Spoiler: Probably not.) And how should a young grad decide what to do with his life?

Also: An update on our t-shirt project.

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