October 17, 2019

China is the world's biggest rice producer. So why did it agree to buy two shipping containers of rice from the U.S.? Planet Money reporters explain the other trade battle between the two countries.

September 24, 2019


In the aftermath of catastrophic events such as a mass shooting or natural disaster, politicians often offer up their thoughts and prayers to victims. Critics then hit back, condemning the phrase as meaningless — with no real value or impact. Now a new study from econ...

September 24, 2019

Amazon is opening new stores — in the real world. And in true Big Tech fashion the experience is meant to emphasize convenience. All you need to do is walk in, grab your stuff, and go.

August 10, 2019

Workers in sales jobs, or those who have access to a company's trade secrets, are often asked to sign noncompete clauses as part of their employment contracts. By signing noncompetes, employees often agree — in the event they quit or are terminated — not to go and work...

August 8, 2019

Attendance at most sporting events has dropped in the last decade — and continues to fall. Sports teams have put most of their efforts into getting to fans to watch games on screens. But now they are faced with empty seats they are trying to fill.
 

Today on the show, h...

July 24, 2019

Niche sports, such as cornhole, axe throwing and even professional arm wrestling, are beginning to attract interest and money. These less traditional sports are gaining sponsors.

July 1, 2019

The online food delivery industry has managed to solve an issue that has managed to stifle online retailers-- the so-called "last-mile"delivery. But the companies that can pull it off and turn a profit, tend to be local.


The logistical challenge of the last mile is, in...

June 26, 2019

Games that may have been played at a party with a beer cup in hand, or before that big college football game — like cornhole, darts or beer pong---are now trying to monetize themselves, just like the major league sports that they've been opening for.


Investors are looki...

June 12, 2019

When a small town in Texas changed its name to DISH, the satellite TV company gave its residents free TV for a decade. What DISH Network didn’t know was that the name change was a way for one local politician to get revenge on another. PLUS: we take to the phones and a...

March 19, 2019




That pricing disconnect comes from a lot of moving parts in the industry. For example, there's an oversupply of coffee beans, and industry-wide moves towards less coffee-reliant drinks, like pumpkin spice lattes or Ariana Grande's "cloud macchiato." Today on The Indica...