Planet Money Podcast


Fri April 5, 2013
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Episode 449: The Hidden Digital Wealth In Your Pocket

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 8:09 am

The company, Redigi, wants to be the used record store of the digital age.
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We have secondary markets for almost everything. If you no longer want that old record or CD, you can sell it to a thrift store, used record store, or on eBay.

But what about songs from your iTunes library you no longer want? Or ebooks you've purchased and don't want to keep? Do you have the right to resell these digital goods?

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Tue April 2, 2013
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Episode 448: Coney Island Back In Business

When Hurricane Sandy struck, it devastated businesses all over New York City. One area hit particularly hard was Coney Island, an iconic New York beach at the tip of South Brooklyn. At the time, we reported on the damage to a family-owned amusement park, Deno's Wonderwheel Amusement Park, home to the Wonder Wheel, bumper cars, and the Spook-A-Rama.

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Fri March 29, 2013
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Episode 290: North Korea's Illegal Economy

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 5:31 pm

An idle North Korean factory, seen from the Chinese border.
AFP Getty Images

Note: This podcast was originally published in 2011. With North Korea in the news again this week, we're re-running it today.

North Korea relies on charity to feed its starving people. But the country's elites like their luxuries — imported wine, fine china, dancing shoes.

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Fri March 22, 2013
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Episode 446: The Invisible 14 Million

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 10:33 am

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

We're an economics show. We cover the economy. But it's come to our attention that, until now, we've missed one of the biggest stories in our economy: The startling rise in the number of people on federal disability programs.

It's the story of 14 million people who don't show up in most of the numbers we look at to understand the economy. These 14 million Americans don't have jobs, but they don't show up in any of the unemployment measures that we use. They receive federal assistance, but are often overlooked in discussions of the social safety net.

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Tue March 12, 2013
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Episode 443: Don't Believe The Hype

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 7:20 am

Despite all the celebration, the Dow Jones industrial average has not hit record highs recently. If you adjust for inflation, the highs just aren't as high as they seem.

And even if it does hit a real, inflation-adjusted high in the next few weeks, it won't mean much. The Dow is a seriously flawed stock index, and it's certainly not a good way to measure what's going on in the overall economy.

On today's show, we rain on the Dow's parade and explain why a lot of very smart people say we should ignore the Dow.

For more on the Dow:

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