Fries of the Future

Planet Money | 23 October 2019 | 0h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Backgrounds the development of coatings to ensure french fries stay hot and crisp rather than cold and soggy – especially given the challenge of fast food delivery times.

The Chicago Boys, Part I

Planet Money | 11 April 2019 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
In the late 1950’s and early ’60’s a handful of Chilean students went to study economics at the University of Chicago. What they learned changed their country.

A Bet On The Future Of Humanity

Planet Money | 19 January 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted a population bomb that will lead to global catastrophe. Economist Julian Simon saw a limitless future for mankind. The result is one of the most famous bets in economics.

All In

Planet Money | 9 January 2019 | 0h 20m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Tells the story of a big payday for a losing poker player to background the way professional poker players stake each other and trade stakes in each others’ winnings.

Blacklisted In China

Planet Money | 26 October 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Describes China’s experiment developing a social credit score, which expands beyond financial credit to such things as work and traffic behaviours in order to help people trust each other more. Low scores effectively blacklist you from society.

What Causes What?

Planet Money | 17 October 2018 | 0h 19m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Charles Wheelan, author of Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data. Uses stories about school performance and hormone replacement therapy to show how clever natural experiments can distinguish cause from correlation.