Planet Money Podcast started in September of 2008, just as Americans began to realize the breadth and depth of the global financial collapse. The collapse was not only wide ranging, it was confusing. What in the hell happened?! Planet Money wasn’t the only attempt by NPR to examine and explain what went wrong but it was remarkably popular and has remained so for the past ten years.
There is so much about money to be confused about. I welcome anything that can explain to me why so many people who deal in blockchain end up in prison. Or how Doordash impacts the future of the fast food french fry. My favorite episode of late is the one that explains how negative interest rates are possible. Yes. Money is lent out and then less than the principle is paid back. Whaaaat?!
At about 20 minutes an episode, Planet Money is an excellent listen for laundry folding sessions. I usually get through 2 episodes a week which is good, since this podcast comes out with new episodes twice a week. In my attempt to educate myself as I bundle socks, I often end up sitting on the side of the bed with my laundry unfolded avidly listening to stories about where social security numbers came from and why female employment has stagnated over the past 20 years. I apologize in advance for slowing your laundry folding regime but I promise this podcast is worth it.
Here’s a recent episode I enjoyed about women in the workforce.