NPR's Multimedia Team on the Global Economy
“Planet Money” is an award-winning economic explanation team hosted by primary correspondents Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg. In two weekly podcasts, a blog, and regular features on “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and “This American Life,” “Planet Money” helps listeners understand how dramatic economic change is impacting their lives. It also proves, every day, that substantive, intelligent economic reporting can be funny, engaging, and accessible to the non-expert. Read More >
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