This site is a curated library of economics-themed podcasts, primarily from Planet Money, but also from Freakonomics, EconTalk, This American Life and others. The site is designed for economics instructors with searchable categories created with the instructor in mind, as well as suggestions for podcast-related assignments they might incorporate into course instruction. Audioecon will also be of interest to anyone who enjoys learning more about economics. Audioecon and related assignments is featured in the Journal of Economics Education article Podcasts as a Tool for Teaching Economics Vol.45, Iss.3, 2014.
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Summary: Marketplace addresses the negative economic and health impacts fracking can have on a community, particularly those resulting from a lack of clean drinking water.
Original Air Date: March 29, 2016
Length: 3 minutes 20 seconds
Summary: The Federal Housing Finance Agency begins to help 33,000 homeowners who financed their mortgages through Freddie Mae or Fannie Mac and are are more than 15% underwater and 90 days delinquent on payments. Assistance includes lowering interest rates and the balance of principal owed
Original Air Date: April 15, 2016
Length: 2 minutes 12 seconds
Summary: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement between 12 countries. This comprehensive deal covers issues such as protecting marine animals and the digital economy. However, the fate of the TPP is uncertain as it still needs to be approved by Congress and has no support from any presidential candidate.
Original Air Date: March 25, 2016
Length: 6 minutes and 26 seconds
Summary: Brazil was an emerging economy and a member of the BRICS. However, in March 2016 a huge corruption scandal exploded into an economic crisis and demand for the impeachment of the president followed by a political regime change. Marketplace looks into how Brazil changed course of progress in the last 10 years.
Original Air Date: March 21, 2016
Length: 3 mins 53 seconds
Summary: Is China the future global center of money laundering? Marketplace speaks to investigative reporter Erika Kinetz about how Gilbert Chikli got away with millions by using the mechanism of trade through China to launder money.
Original Air date: March 28, 2016
Length: 3 minutes
Summary: Sellers hope to maximize profit. So what incentives do distillery owners have to start their business if they can only make a profit after 20 years? Marketplace tackles this question and the history of selling whiskey in this podcast.
Original Air Date: March 7, 2016
Length: 5 minutes 42 seconds
Summary: According to the Marketplace Economic Anxiety Index, 35-54 year olds are the most worried age group in the U.S. Children’s college tuition and retirement loom over these folks and they also felt the aftershocks of the housing crisis and stock market crash. Marketplace speaks to a couple about their economic concerns and decisions.
Original Air Date: March 18, 2016
Length: 5 minutes and 4 seconds