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<p>Last week, we solicited your questions about dating, sex and love. This one came from 17-year-old, Arthur, who lives in Pittsburgh:</p><blockquote><p>I am a senior in high school and I have never been on a date. Should I be worried about this? When I do finally meet someone, will I be hurt by my inexperience?</p></blockquote><p>On ...
<p></p><p>In the mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, there are basically no jobs. Villages are empty of young men, who go elsewhere in Mexico or to the U.S. to find work.</p><p>On today's show, we meet two cousins from Oaxaca who dream of bringing jobs to their village. Their strategy: Launch a ...
<p>On today's show: Three stories about people who, intentionally or not, found themselves breaking the rules.</p><p>1.&#160;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/13/250656131/a-gridlock-economy-springs-up-in-a-city-with-terrible-traffic" target="_blank">In A City With Terrible Traffic, A Gridlock ...
<p>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.</p><p>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 ...
<p>To hire new employees, some companies are paying less attention to resumes and more attention to data &#8212; and the data are leading to some surprising findings.</p><p>On today's show, we take a weird hiring test for a call-center job. And we hear what does (and doesn't) predict success for everyone ...
<p></p><p><em>Note: This episode was originally posted in 2011.</em></p><p>If you know the right people &#8212; and if you can get other criminals to vouch for you &#8212; you can go online and buy huge bundles of stolen credit cards.</p><p>As it turns out, Planet Money knows the right people.</p><p>On ...
<p>A famous biologist predicts overpopulation will lead to global catastrophe. He writes a bestselling book and goes on the Tonight Show to make his case.</p><p>An economist disagrees. He thinks the biologist isn't accounting for how clever people can be, and how shortages can lead to new, more efficient ...
<p>On today's show, we follow up on a few of the stories we did in 2013.<br /><br />We hear what happened to a billion-dollar bet against a company that sells weight loss shakes, how a Washington marijuana shop found a bank. Also, we find the owner of a 20-year-old bat mitzvah T-shirt that traveled from ...
<p>On today's show, a story on a Christmasy theme: Handbells!</p><p>But also, a not-so-Christmasy theme: A decades-long feud between two big bell companies, located right down the road from each other.</p><p>But then, a Christmasy ending: Peace!</p>
<p>On today's show, we tell the creation story of the Federal Reserve &#8212; one of the most powerful financial institutions on the planet.</p><p>The story includes a 70-year-old man with a bad head cold and a bunch of mistresses, a nation that's deeply ambivalent about a central bank, and a secret ...
<p>There's one part of Obamacare that doesn't get mentioned a lot, but that could end up being a big deal. It sets up experiments in hospitals all over the country to try to figure out how to save money without lowering the quality of care.</p><p>On today's show, we visit a hospital in Akron, Ohio that's ...
<p>Today's show is the final installment of the <a href="http://npr.org/shirt" target="_blank">Planet Money T-shirt project</a>.</p><p>In all, each shirt cost us about $12.42. We open up the books and explain how that breaks down &#8212;&#160; how much went to cotton, how much went to the workers in ...
<p>Charities like Goodwill sell or give away some of the used clothes they get. But a lot of the clothes get sold, packed in bales and sent across the ocean in a container ship. The U.S. exports over a billion pounds of used clothing every year &#8212; and much of that winds up in used clothing markets ...
<p>On today's show, the Planet Money T-shirts arrive at the Port of Miami. But they're not quite here yet. If you've ever waited at an airport to clear customs, you can understand where our shirts are now: waiting for permission to enter the country.</p><p>Standing between our shirts and the rest of ...
<p>On today's show: the story of an often-overlooked innovation that's essential to the global economy. The innovation is a box. A big, metal box.</p><p>The standard shipping container has completely transformed commerce in the past 50 years. It's part of the reason the Planet Money men's T-shirt comes ...
<p>The nation of Bangladesh was created out of chaos in the early 1970s, at a moment when millions in the country were dying from a combination of war and famine. The future looked exceedingly bleak.</p><p>Abdul Majid Chowdhury and Noorul Quader were Bangladeshi businessmen who wanted to help their country. ...
<p>The Planet Money men's T-shirts were made in Bangladesh. The Planet Money women's T-shirts were made in Colombia. On today's show, we move from Bangladesh to Colombia &#8212; and we see an entirely different world.</p><p>It's a world where workers make more money and work under better conditions than ...
<p>Today's show is about love and betrayal. It's about the lives of two sisters who worked on the Planet Money T-shirt. And it's about the social upheaval that has followed the rise of the garment industry in Bangladesh.</p><p>We'll have much more on Bangladesh and the rest of the T-shirt story in future ...
<p>After years of planning and months of production, the Planet Money T-shirts are here. They'll be in the mail soon. We promise.</p><p>The shirts were touched by people in rich countries with advanced degrees and by people working for some of the lowest wages in the world. They traveled thousands of ...
<p>Payday lenders made about $49 billion in high-interest loans last year. More than forty percent of those loans were made online.</p><p>On today's show, we go looking for the people making these loans and find a bizarre online marketplace where people's personal financial information is bought and ...
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