Archive for the ‘Currency’ Category

The Birth Of The Dollar   Leave a comment

Two-dollar note from a New York bankLink:

Summary: At one point in U.S. history there was close to 8,000 different types of currency circulating. The Civil War became a bottleneck and forced innovation, thus creating one unified currency.

Original Air Date: December 7, 2012

Length: 10 minutes 37 seconds

The Stock Market Has Been and Always Will Be Volatile   Leave a comment

Markets Open One Day After Dow's Biggest Drop In A YearLink:

Summary: Many people are worried about the stock markets, especially with everything going on in the world (Germany’s bad news, Ebola, etc). However, the stock market is a volatile place–and, according to Quincy Crosby, a financial market strategist at Prudential Financial, it’s meant to be that way.

Original Air Date: October 10, 2014

Length: 2 minutes 11 seconds

A World Without Banks   Leave a comment

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Summary: What would the world look like without its financial institutions? Without its banks? Thats the very thought that has been circulating since the Great Recession. The Planet Money team considers a world without banks.

Original Air Date: May 30, 2014

Length: 14 min

What’s A Penny Worth   Leave a comment

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Summary: Planet Money explains the history of the penny through three perspectives: its worth, its potential in the internet age, and who is betting on the government killing it.

Original Air Date: May 16, 2014

Length: 19 min

Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves It: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast   Leave a comment

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Summary: Freakonomics explains the new digital currency Bitcoin and its potential capabilities as well as its shortcomings. Economists and internet pioneers such as Marc Andreeseen and Susan Athey provide their opinions on  this emerging currency.

Original Air Date: March 27, 2014

Length: 36 min

When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt   Leave a comment

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Summary: NPR outlines the history of the U.S. national debt, from the first decision to create a government debt to the first and only time of paying off the complete debt, to the $16 trillion debt that the U.S. is currently facing.

Original air date: August 07, 2012

Length: 20:03 min

The Little Lie That Rocked The Banks   Leave a comment


Summary: The Planet Money team analyzes the externalities of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) scandal and its effects on the international financial sphere.

Original air date: July 03, 2012

Length: 20:42 min

Where Dollar Bills Come From   Leave a comment


Summary: NPR visits Dalton, MA where the dollar bill paper mill is located. The podcast outlines the historical relevance along with the contemporary role of paper money in today’s society.

Original air date: May 15, 2012

Length: 19:03

Posted January 21, 2013 by leonidhapulluqi in Currency, Finance, Planet Money, Politics & economics, Production costs

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China’s Giant Pool Of Money   1 comment


Jacky Jiang and Rosalia Yang

Summary: NPR visits China to shed light to the economic trade surplus which the country is experience in relation to the U.S. To understand how 8 percent of the U.S. debt is held by China and how this giant pool of money has been gradually growing, NPR takes a tour around a fake-wood flooring export factory.

Original air date: March 2, 2012

Length: 15:10 min

Who Loaned Money To Greece, Anyway?   Leave a comment


Man burning a euro

Summary: NPR interviews Hans Humes, CEO of an American hedge fund called Greylock Capital management who explains the complexity of the Greek financial crisis and its impact on the Eurozone.

Original air date: January 24, 2012

Length: 15:05 min