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Planet Money

Planet Money
Hosted by

Adam Davidson, David Kestenbaum, Jacob Goldstein, Caitlin Kenney, Robert Smith, Amy Stevens.

Former: Alex Blumberg, Zoe Chace, Chana Joffe-Walt,[1] Lisa Chow[2]
Language English
Updates Twice weekly
Length About 15 minutes
Debut September 6, 2008
Provider National Public Radio / Chicago Public Media

Planet Money is an American podcast and blog produced by NPR, in association with Chicago Public Media, producers of the program This American Life.[3]


The podcast launched on September 6, 2008 to cover the global financial crisis of 2008–2009 in the wake of the Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It was created after the success of "The Giant Pool of Money", an episode of This American Life.[4] Currently, episodes are produced two days a week and are around 15 minutes in length.[5]

As of May 2012, podcasts are hosted by Adam Davidson, David Kestenbaum, Alex Blumberg, Chana Joffe-Walt, Jacob Goldstein, Caitlin Kenney, and Zoe Chace.

Planet Money was the first to report the small print in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 which allowed deviation from the original Paulson plan.[6]

The Planet Money also provides regular reports for Morning Edition and All Things Considered and occasional episodes of This American Life. Senator Max Baucus praised the show's attempts to explain the financial crisis "in terms the average American starts to understand".[7]

Planet Money episodes have been incorporated into undergraduate microeconomics and macroeconomics courses at some universities.[8][9]


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  3. ^ Schumacher-Matos, Edward (June 22, 2011). "Planet Money Misfires on Local Economic Developers". NPR Ombudsman Blog. NPR. Retrieved February 18, 2012. Planet Money is a joint venture between NPR and This American Life. 
  4. ^ "'Giant Pool Of Money' Named To Decade Top 10 List". Planet Money. April 5, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 'The Giant Pool of Money'—the hour-long This American Life episode that explained the housing bust and gave rise to Planet Money—was just named one of the top 10 works of U.S. journalism of the past decade. 
  5. ^ "Podcast Directory: Planet Money". NPR. 
  6. ^ "Fine Print: A 'Back-Door' Bailout?". Planet Money Blog. October 3, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Treasury Sec. Geithner explores ways to pay for health care". C-SPAN archives. March 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ Moryl, R. (2013). "T-shirts, moonshine, and autopsies: Using podcasts to engage undergraduate microeconomics students". International Review of Economics Education 13: 67. doi:10.1016/j.iree.2013.02.001.  edit
  9. ^ Luther, W. J. (2014). "Using NPR's Planet Money Podcast in Principles of Macroeconomics". SSRN Electronic Journal. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2391013.  edit

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