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Episode 552: Blockbusters, Bombs And The Price Of A Ticket

Jul 11, 2014

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The price of tickets for lots of things — baseball games, many Broadway musicals, plane trips — rises and falls based on how much demand there is.

But when you go to the movies, a ticket to the empty theater playing a bomb is exactly the same price as a ticket to the sold-out blockbuster.

On today's the show, we try to find out why.

Music: Daniel Reichard, Ensemble feat. Tituss Burgess's December 1963 [Oh, What A Night] and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons's "December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!)." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/ Spotify. Download the Planet Money iPhone App.

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Prediction

Jul 11, 2014 (Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!) — Our panelists predict the next public figure to be embarrassed by their private writings.

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Bluff The Listener

Jul 11, 2014 (Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!) — Our panelists tell three stories of promotions gone wrong, only one of which is true.

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Jul 11, 2014 (Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!) — All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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Panel Round Two

Jul 11, 2014 (Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!) — More questions for the panel: All Together Now, Idle Hands, and Lie-brary.

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