Planet Money

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Planet Money
File:NPR Planet Money cover art.jpg
Hosted by Hosts:

Robert Smith, Stacey Vanek Smith, David Kestenbaum, Jacob Goldstein, Noel King

Supervising Producer: Alex Goldmark

Producers: Jess Jiang, Nick Fountain

Former: Alex Blumberg, Zoe Chace, Chana Joffe-Walt, Adam Davidson [1] Lisa Chow[2]
Language English
Updates Twice weekly
Length About 20 minutes
Debut September 6, 2008
Provider National Public Radio / Chicago Public Media

Planet Money is an American podcast and blog produced by NPR, in association with Chicago Public Media, producers of the program This American Life.[3]


The podcast launched on September 6, 2008 to cover the global financial crisis of 2008–2009 in the wake of the Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It was created after the success of "The Giant Pool of Money", an episode of This American Life.[4] Currently, episodes are produced two days a week and are around 15 minutes in length.[5] As of May 2012, podcasts were hosted by Adam Davidson, David Kestenbaum, Alex Blumberg, Chana Joffe-Walt, Jacob Goldstein, Robert Smith, Caitlin Kenney, and Zoe Chace.

Planet Money also provides regular reports for Morning Edition and All Things Considered and occasional episodes of This American Life. Planet Money was the first to report the small print in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 that allowed deviation from the original Paulson plan.[6] Senator Max Baucus praised the show's attempts to explain the financial crisis "in terms the average American starts to understand".[7] Planet Money episodes have been incorporated into undergraduate microeconomics and macroeconomics courses at some universities.[8][9]


  1. Episode 521: The Town That Loves Death. Planet Money. February 28, 2014.
  2. Episode 520: Duke's $30,000 Tuition Discount. Planet Money. February 26, 2014.
  3. Schumacher-Matos, Edward (June 22, 2011). "Planet Money Misfires on Local Economic Developers". NPR Ombudsman Blog. NPR. Retrieved February 18, 2012. Planet Money is a joint venture between NPR and This American Life.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "'Giant Pool Of Money' Named To Decade Top 10 List". Planet Money. April 5, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 'The Giant Pool of Money'—the hour-long This American Life episode that explained the housing bust and gave rise to Planet Money—was just named one of the top 10 works of U.S. journalism of the past decade.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Podcast Directory: Planet Money". NPR.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Fine Print: A 'Back-Door' Bailout?". Planet Money Blog. October 3, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Treasury Sec. Geithner explores ways to pay for health care". C-SPAN archives. March 4, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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