Planet Money Podcast


Tue January 15, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 430: Black Market Pharmacies And The Spam Empire Behind Them

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:33 am

Krebs on Security
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Chances are you've received an email with a subject line like this "The hottest method to please your beloved one" or this "Want to get good health for low prices?" Emails offering "low cost med pills!"

You've probably wondered — who is sending these emails? Does anyone actually click on these links? What happens when they do?

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Fri January 11, 2013
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Episode 429: The Price Of Things We Love

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 9:11 pm

Shapeways, Hannelore Foerster/ Getty Images, NPR
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On today's show: Three short stories about the stuff we buy — books, toys and clothes.

1. Are E-Books Actually Destroying Traditional Publishing? Conventional wisdom says e-books are destroying the traditional publishing business model. People pay less for e-books and that drives down price. When you talk to publishers though, you realize the story's not that simple.

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Tue January 8, 2013
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Episode 428: Turning A Boom Town Into A Real Town

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 9:53 am

Coming soon: A town.
Joshua Marston NPR
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Williston, North Dakota is in the middle of an oil boom. Thousands of workers have flooded into the town, but they're reluctant to call it home. Instead, they live in bleak rentals, often sleeping in dorm-like trailers known as "man camps."

Local officials are trying to turn Williston into a real town, where people want to bring their families. But it's a tough sell.

On today's show, we visit Williston, and we learn why one guy endures a thousand-mile commute, why a one-bedroom apartment costs $2100 a month, and why the town is building an indoor lazy river.

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Tue January 1, 2013
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Episode 297: A Big Bridge In The Wrong Place

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 4:05 pm

The Tappan Zee Bridge in New York
Stuart Ramson AP
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This episode was originally released in August, 2011.

You would never look at a map of the Hudson River, point to the spot where the Tappan Zee Bridge is, and say, "Put the bridge here!"

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Tue December 25, 2012
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Episode 238: Making Christmas More Joyful, And More Efficient

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 1:40 pm

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This episode was originally released on December 21, 2010.

Gift-giving makes economists crazy. It's so inefficient!

So we wondered: Is there a way to make the holiday season both more efficient and more joyful?

On today's Planet Money, we try to answer that question by conducting a wildly unscientific experiment. We go into a seventh-grade classroom and give a bunch of kids some small gifts — candy, raisins, fig newtons.

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