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<p>Super PACs let rich people, corporations and unions spend as much money as they want to try to influence the outcome of elections.</p><p>On today's show: How a Harvard professor created a<span class="Apple-converted-space">&#160;</span><a href="https://mayday.us/" target="_blank">super PAC</a><span ...
<p>In most parts of the world, refugees are not allowed to work. But Mohammed Osman Ali is a refugee in Uganda, and there, he legally runs a video game arcade and a variety store.</p><p>Today on the show, why most countries won't let refugees work. And why Uganda is trying something different.</p>
<p>Today we build our show from three short Planet Money stories. We look at when a dollar is not worth a dollar; publishing without a publisher; and, of course, Ikea.</p><p>For more:</p><p>*&#160;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/07/11/329586422/when-ikea-raises-its-minimum-wage-where-does-the-money-come-from" ...
<p>Milk is often in the very back corner of the grocery store, as far as humanly possible from the entrance. It's a strange location for milk, because it's one the most popular items.</p><p>A common explanation for this location is that by forcing customers to walk through the whole store, they will ...
<p>We all know what a sandwich is. It's something delicious, slapped between two slices of bread.</p><p>But when it comes to taxes, nothing is simple.</p><p>Today on the show, what regulating sandwiches and all other takeout food tells us about taxation. And how something as simple as the sandwich sales ...
<p>As World War 2 was ending, world leaders realized they had a problem. Countries no longer knew how to trade with each other. Their economies were devastated. So representatives from 44 nations gathered in the small town of Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to come up with the solution.</p><p>It came down ...
<p>The price of tickets for lots of things &#8212; baseball games, many Broadway musicals, plane trips &#8212; rises and falls based on how much demand there is.</p><p>But when you go to the movies, a ticket to the empty theater playing a bomb is exactly the same price as a ticket to the sold-out blockbuster.</p><p>On ...
<p>Tesla, the electric car company, recently decided to, basically, give up its patents. Anybody who wants to is now free to steal the company's ideas.</p><p>Elon Musk, the company's CEO said he isn't really into patents &#8212; and, he said, he thinks giving them up is best for everybody.</p><p>On today's ...
<p><em><em>Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran on <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/07/09/200401407/episode-471-the-eddie-murphy-rule">July 2013</a>.<br /></em></em></p><p>On today's show, we talk to commodities traders to answer one of the most important questions in finance: ...
<p>In most workplaces, salaries are secret. But what if they weren't? What if everybody knew what everyone else made?</p><p>On today's show, we visit a company in New York that practices pay transparency &#8212; and we hear how it changes the dynamic between employees and the boss.</p>
<p><span>The dream of socialist North Korea was that the government would control every part of the economy. No need for private businesses or stores - the state would give you everything. People were not supposed to sell to each other. Ever. On today's show: how markets sprung up anyway.</span></p>
<p><em>Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran on&#160;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/05/11/152511771/the-real-price-of-college">May 11th, 2012</a>.&#160;</em><em><em>You can find more recent data on college costs&#160;<a href="https://trends.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/college-pricing-2013-full-report-140108.pdf">here</a>.</em></em></p><p>On ...
<p>Planet Money's Steve Henn wanted to know how much someone could learn about him by just sitting back and watching his internet traffic flow by. So he invited a couple computer guys to bug his internet connection for a week.</p><p>On today's show: What they discovered, and what that tells us about ...
<p>One of the biggest banks in the world, BNP Paribas, is about to be punished. The financial cops are in the middle of deciding what they are going to do. They're trying to figure out how to punish a bank in a way that actually makes it change.</p><p>There are some standard ways to punish a bad bank. ...
<p><span>Today on the show: Stories about bored traders, a bank that charges customers to deposit money, and a pawn shop for the rich.</span></p>
<p>Certain things are just hard to improve on. The classic example: the mousetrap. Also: the paperclip. And, the super-size version: the pallet.</p><p>In its way, the pallet is perfect. A few pieces of cheap lumber nailed together, without an extra nail or board. It keeps things a few inches off the ...
<p>The other day we noticed something strange: a pack of Milk Chocolate M&M;'s weighs 1.69 ounces, but a pack of Peanut Butter M&M;'s weigh a tiny tiny bit less, 1.63 ounces. The two packs are same price, but you get slightly less of the Peanut Butter M&Ms;! 0.06 ounces less! It turns out there is a ...
<p><em>Note: Today's show is a re-run. It originally ran in July 2013.</em></p><p>Climate change seems like this complicated, intractable problem. But maybe it doesn't have to be.</p><p>On today's show, we talk to a couple economists about a very simple idea that could solve the climate-change problem: ...
<p>There's this big idea floating around right now. It sounds crazy and fringey, but it turns out some non-crazy, non-fringey people are into it. The idea is this: let's get rid of the banks. Don't make them safer. Don't make them smaller. Just get rid of them.</p><p>On today's show: A world without banks.</p>
<p>When we talk about European economy, we usually focus on the screw ups &#8211; the sunny South, with the big deficits.</p><p>But the strangest report recently came out of Brussels&#8212;saying how well Germany's economy is doing. And how that's a big problem for the rest of the countries in the Eurozone.</p><p>Today ...
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