Radio Archive by Date

  • 396: #1 Party School 12.18.2009

    This year, The Princeton Review named Penn State the #1 Party School in America. It's a rotating crown—last year it was University of Florida, before that it was West Virginia University. So we ...

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  • 395: Middle of the Night 11.27.2009

    Stories of people who are up while the rest of us are sleeping—some for work, some for play, and some for a free sandwich. Including the story of a woman walking alone at night, who encounters ...

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  • 394: Bait and Switch 11.06.2009

    Stories about people who take the bait, and those who place it. Including the story of man who tries to investigate a neighborhood crime and ends up in jail himself. And the story of the pitfalls ...

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  • 393: Infidelity 10.30.2009

    Stories of cheating, cheaters and the cheated. Writer James Braly with a story about temptation (performed and recorded at The Moth), Dani Shapiro on being the mistress, and more.

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  • 392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    This week, we bring you a deeper look inside the health insurance industry. The dark side of prescription drug coupons. A story about Pet Health Insurance, which is in its infancy, and how it is ...

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  • 391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    An hour explaining the American health care system, specifically, why it is that costs keep rising. One story looks at the doctors, one at the patients and one at the insurance industry.

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  • 390: Return To The Giant Pool of Money 09.25.2009

    In which we mark the anniversary of the economic collapse and the anniversary of Planet Money: Recapping some of the original episode, The Giant Pool of Money, and finding out what's happened to ...

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  • 389: Frenemies 09.11.2009

    This week we bring you stories about friends. Or wait, enemies? How about both? Tales of estranged sisters, BFFs breaking up and making up and breaking up, and how reality stars walk the fine line ...

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  • 388: Rest Stop 09.04.2009

    Nine radio producers. Two days. One rest stop on the New York State Thruway. In this show, we'll bring you stories of people who are just passing through, and people who are at the rest stop every ...

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  • 387: Arms Trader 2009 08.07.2009

    The U.S. government spent two years on a sting operation trapping an Indian man named Hemant Lakhani, whom they suspected of being an illegal arms dealer.

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  • 386: Fine Print 07.24.2009

    Stories where the fine print changes everything, whether you read it or not.

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  • 385: Pro Se 07.10.2009

    It's tempting to act as your own lawyer, to argue your own cause. Who better to defend your position than you? This week, stories of pro se defenses: Some brilliant, some disastrous.

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  • 384: Fall Guy 06.26.2009

    Sometimes when things go wrong, parsing out who all is to blame and taking them to task is just too complicated and haaaard! What's easy is pinning it all on one person and watching them go down ...

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  • 383: Origin Story 06.19.2009

    This week we bring you little-known and surprising stories of how all sorts of institutions—from a controversial legal precedent to a Hollywood teen dance flick—began.

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  • 382: The Watchmen 06.05.2009

    Since Congress hasn't held 1930's-style hearings into the causes of the financial crisis, we stage one of our own.

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  • 381: Turncoat 05.22.2009

    A well-known activist—an anarchic, revolutionary activist—is accused of spying on other activists for the FBI. The strangest thing about the rumor is, it's true. How Brandon Darby transformed from ...

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  • 380: No Map 05.15.2009

    Stories of people who find themselves in situations far from the beaten path, where there are no guidelines and no useful precedents, including the return of Squirrel Cop.

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  • 379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    A live episode of the radio program, including stories told on stage by Dan Savage and Mike Birbiglia.

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  • 378: This I Used to Believe 04.17.2009

    Stories of people forced to let go of their firmly held beliefs. When the daughter of a pro-choice activist concludes that abortion is murder, her mother goes to extraordinary lengths to persuade ...

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  • 377: Scenes From a Recession 03.27.2009

    The economy works in mysterious ways. This week, we highlight the unusual circumstances our economic drought has left us in, and the newly hatched plans being made to survive it.

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  • 376: Wrong Side of History 03.13.2009

    Bernie Epton went down in history as the Other Guy: the white opponent who almost defeated the first black mayor of Chicago. But what's the real story of someone who ended up on the wrong side of ...

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  • 375: Bad Bank 02.27.2009

    The collapse of the banking system explained, in just 59 minutes.

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  • 373: The New Boss 01.30.2009

    Stories about what happens when someone new takes over—someone with a vision of how things ought to be. Including international economics correspondent Adam Davidson of the Planet Money podcast ...

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  • 372: The Inauguration Show 01.16.2009

    On the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration, we sent reporters out all over the country to talk to people about how they're feeling about this new president. Do they believe things will change? Do ...

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