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#889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment

In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: How this charitable experiment worked out.
00:19:19 1/18/2019

Past Episodes

In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.
00:15:26 1/16/2019
On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!
00:25:01 1/11/2019
We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.
00:20:54 1/9/2019
We check in on some stories we did this year to see what's changed. Find a full list of the episodes we referenced at our website, NPR.org/money.
00:23:40 12/28/2018
How the card game "Magic: The Gathering" deflated a speculative bubble. You can support our show at donate.npr.org/planetmoney.
00:20:10 12/26/2018
Charles Dickens wanted to pick a fight with economists. So he invented Ebenezer Scrooge. But did he get it all right? Also: If you want to support our show, head over to support.npr.org/planetmoney. We appreciate it.
00:26:55 12/21/2018
How a professor invented a formula for synthesizing cannabinoids and unintentionally helped launch a drug revolution.
00:28:36 12/19/2018
Ricardo Hausmann, a Harvard-based Venezuelan economist, has constructed his own indicator, one that captures the horrifying scale of the economic catastrophe in Venezuela. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)
00:10:36 12/17/2018
A truce in the U.S.-China trade war seemed close. The leaders of China and the United States were meeting to discuss a fix. And then arrests started. It got even more confusing, so today, we call up our man on the ground in Shanghai to make sense of it all. The key to understanding the latest turn in the trade war centers around a giant company most Americans haven't heard of called Huawei. Its rise traces the rise of China's economy and Chinese-style capitalism.
00:17:46 12/14/2018
We try to figure out what makes cents.
00:22:45 12/12/2018

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