Planet Money Podcast

6:52pm

Tue May 14, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 458: Bangladesh's T-Shirt Economy

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 12:25 pm

Garment workers sew T-shirts at a factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2009.
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H&M, Zara, Wal-Mart and JC Penney all buy t-shirts from Bangladesh. Soon, Planet Money will too.

As you may have heard, we're making a t-shirt and telling the story of how it's made. We decided a few months ago to work with Jockey to make our t-shirts. Our women's shirt will be made in Colombia. Our men's shirt will be made, in part, in Bangladesh.

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12:53pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 455: The Planet Money T-Shirt Is Finally (Almost) Here

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 12:23 pm

NPR

We're making a T-shirt that tells the story of its own creation. To help make it happen, visit our Kickstarter page.

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3:51pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 453: What Causes What?

W.W. Norton & Company Inc.
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What causes what? The human brain is programmed to answer this question constantly. This how we survive. What made that noise? Bear made that noise. What caused my hand to hurt? Fire caused my hand to hurt.

We are so eager to figure what causes what — that we often get it wrong. I wore my lucky hat to the game. My team won. Therefore, my lucky hat caused my team to win.

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2:08pm

Tue April 16, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 356: The Surprisingly Entertaining History Of The Income Tax

U.S. Treasury Department/Walt Disney

The U.S. has a really conflicted history with the income tax. For most of American history, there was no income tax at all. At one point it was ruled unconstitutional.

Today, income tax is the federal government's main source of revenue. That raises a question: How did something that was once so strange to us become so central?

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4:31pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 450: Bitcoin Goes To The Moon

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 1:46 pm

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Since the start of the year, the Japanese yen has risen by about 12 percent against the dollar. The euro has fallen by about 1 percent.

Then there's bitcoin, a virtual currency that doesn't even exist in the physical world. In the past few months, the value of bitcoin has risen by more than 1,000 percent — from less than $20 per bitcoin a few months ago to more than $200 today.

On today's show, we ask: Is a skyrocketing value a good thing or a bad thing for bitcoin?

For more, see our bitcoin stories from 2011:

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