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<p>If you thought Daft Punk was saying something about a Mexican monkey when they were actually singing "up all night to get lucky" &#8212; you're not alone. There are more than five million searches for lyrics on Google every day.*</p><p>And there is a big fight going on over who should make money off ...
<p>In a lot of ways, the job looks the same as ever &#8212; the brown truck, the dogs, the lady coming out to apologize about the dogs.</p><p>Underneath the surface, though, Bill Earle's job as a driver for UPS, has changed a lot. When Bill started back in the '90s, he was a guy out there by himself, ...
<p>When a famine swept through Somalia in 2011, it was hard for aid workers to get food distributed. Most of the country was too dangerous for non-Somalis to do the work. Instead, the United Nations looked at satellite images of camps filling up with tents and dispatched locals to deliver the food. A ...
<p>On today's show: How we got from dim little candles made out of cow fat, to as much light as we want at the flick of a switch.</p><p>The history of light explains why the world today is what it is. It explains why we aren't all subsistence farmers, and why we can afford to have artists and massage ...
<p><em>Note: Today's show is a re-run. It originally ran in&#160;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/03/15/174430619/episode-444-new-jersey-wine" target="_blank">March, 2013</a>.</em></p><p>Sometimes your success depends on how your competitors behave. People judge you not just by your product, ...
<p>When a car is sold in the United States, the safety features on that car — the airbags, the bumper — they are built to US safety standards. There is a different set of standards in Europe. To sell a Jeep Wrangler in Europe, Chrysler has to redesign and replace a bunch of seemingly random parts ...
<p>There are over 100 million websites ending in .com. But new options for website names are becoming available. Not only is there .com and .gov .edu, but now .ninja has been added. Also .bike, .plumbing and .cool. In all, over 1000 new &#8216;top-level domains&#8217; as they are called will be added. ...
<p>Millions of tax cheats never get caught. And the IRS seems powerless to stop them.&#160;</p><p>This isn&#8217;t just a problem in the U.S. American taxpayers are Dudley Do-Rights compared to people in some other countries. On today's show, we head to some of the cheating-est places on earth to bring ...
<p>After today's show, you'll be ready to design a tax on marijuana, pick a law school, and explain centuries of inequality &#8212; and the hottest book in economics &#8212; without having to read a page.</p><p>For more on these stories, see:</p><p>* <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/11/22/246743018/whats-the-best-way-to-tax-marijuana-it-depends-on-what-you-want">What's ...
<p>People love to complain about their internet service, but the thing that seems to make people the craziest is they can't switch. No matter how slow. No matter how bad the customer service. There isn't much choice. But, this isn't true for people in lots of other countries. In Europe, in parts of Asia, ...
<p><em>Note: Today's show is a re-run. It originally ran in&#160;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/02/15/172108399/episode-436-if-economists-controlled-the-borders" target="_blank">February, 2013</a>.</em></p><p>For the first time in a while, there's political momentum building to change the ...
<p>On today's show: Three Planet Money stories that aired on the radio but haven't yet made it into the show.</p><p>For more on these stories check out: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/03/27/295144689/who-pays-when-everyone-wants-to-watch-house-of-cards" target="_blank">When Everyone Wants ...
<p>For the past few years, life in Greece has been like that movie&#160;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/" target="_blank">Groundhog Day</a>. Every year, it's been the same thing over and over. The official statistics come out, and the news is bad. The economy shrank this year, the economy ...
<p>There are reportedly tens of thousands of Russian troops on the Eastern Ukrainian border. The Russians have already taken control of the Crimean Peninsula; what was once Ukraine is now Russia. But, the United States and the rest of Europe refuse to recognize this. There might be an actual war soon, ...
<p>We all know how lousy a recession feels. And we know how much long-term damage a recession can cause. &#160;</p><p>But there's still a lot we don't know about recessions &#8212; like, if you're in a recession, what's the best way to get out? &#160;</p><p>Today, we tackle the question of how to escape ...
<p><em>Note: Today's show is a re-run. It originally ran in&#160;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/02/12/171814201/episode-435-why-buying-a-car-is-so-awful" target="_blank">February, 2013</a>. &#160;</em></p><p>In survey after survey, people rank buying a car as one of their least favorite ...
<p>If you want to send a bunch of oranges by truck from Florida to Baltimore, no one cares who made the truck. Or if you want to fly computer chips across the country, it's fine if the plane is made in France. But if you want send cargo by ship, there's a law that the ship has to be American made.</p><p>Here's ...
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<p><span>If you asked someone on the street 100 years ago, "How's the economy doing?" They wouldn't have had any idea what you were talking about.</span></p><p><span>&#160;</span></p><p><span>On today's show: How we started boiling down entire nations into a single number. And how that number made people ...
<p>People in La Crosse, Wisconsin are used to talking about death. In fact, 96 percent of people who die in this small, Midwestern city have specific directions laid out for when they pass. That number is astounding. Nationwide, it's more like 50 percent.</p><p>In today's episode, we'll take you to a ...
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