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NPR: Planet Money

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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    #606: Spreadsheets!

    Spreadsheets used to be actual sheets of paper. Sometimes, a ...

    Spreadsheets used to be actual sheets of paper. Sometimes, a bunch of sheets of paper taped together. Then, in the late '70s, a bored student invented the electronic spreadsheet. It transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that. As one journalist wrote more than 30 years ago, "The spreadsheet is a tool, and it is also a world view — reality by the numbers." For more: http://n.pr/1DVdMIv

    Feb 26, 2015 Read more
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    #605: 'What Goes Up'

    Today on the show, the story of Roger Babson, a ...

    Today on the show, the story of Roger Babson, a guy who made a very, very bold prediction, and got it right.  He correctly forecast, really, one of the biggest things you could imagine predicting. It’s the story of how he did that, and what happened to him.

    Feb 20, 2015 Read more
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    #604: Hey Big Spender

    Today on the show, we bring you three short stories. ...

    Today on the show, we bring you three short stories. One about a guy at the center of a high stakes international negotiation. Another about poker players trying not to win money, but give it away. And finally, that thing everyone loves to hate, but maybe we should love: airplane baggage fees. For more: http://n.pr/17srUMx

    Feb 19, 2015 Read more
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    #603: A Rose On Any Other Day

    Red roses are a unique product — a commodity worth ...

    Red roses are a unique product — a commodity worth double the price for a very short, 24-hour period: Valentine's Day.To cash in on this demand, flower growers have to figure out how to make millions of roses bloom exactly the right amount, at exactly the right moment, in the middle of February — get them from farms in Africa and South America to your doorstep.On today's show: the logistical miracles and wild risks behind getting red roses to your Valentine.

    Feb 14, 2015 Read more
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    #510: The Birth Of The Minimum Wage

    Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran in January ...

    Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran in January 2014. For most of U.S. history, there was no minimum wage. A few times, politicians passed laws tiptoeing toward a minimum. But the Supreme Court struck those laws down. On today's show: how the U.S. finally got a minimum wage. It's a story of exploding bakeries, a blue eagle, and a guy who may or may not have been drunk. For more: http://n.pr/16U53ZW

    Feb 11, 2015 Read more
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    #602: Big Weed

    Pot is now legal in some states. But on the ...

    Pot is now legal in some states. But on the federal level, it's illegal. The legal gray area means banks in the U.S. are wary to give pot businesses access to basic financial