Dec 26, 2012 — In the East Bay area outside of San Francisco, a community has turned against its firefighters. The Contra Costa Fire Department is set to close four firehouses after voters failed to pass a tax to keep them open. Some say they want to see changes to firefighter pensions before they give the department more money. The firefighters say they feel like they are under attack.
Nov 9, 2012 — Taylor Swift's new album sold more than a million copies in its first week — a rare feat these days. She did it by answering a surprisingly complex question: What's the best way to sell an album?
Feb 24, 2012 — Artisanal food makers in Brooklyn have a lesson for America's manufacturers: Focus on the picky customers who are willing to pay extra for quality products.
Feb 17, 2012 — "Twenty-two years ago China was a basket case — a very poor developing country. So I really feel quite proud."
Feb 15, 2012 — An uptick in hiring is leading to more optimism about the economy. But housing remains stuck in a funk. New figures on housing starts are released Thursday. Morning Edition has a musical preview in this Planet Money report.
Feb 10, 2012 — Greek politicians on Thursday agreed on massive cuts to bring their budgets in line with what the European Union has demanded. It's the latest act in a months-long drama to bring down the Greek debt load.
Feb 3, 2012 — Greece is trying to make a deal to slash the amount of money it owes bondholders. Hedge funds will take significant losses. But the International Monetary Fund also loaned Greece a lot of money, and it will be paid back in full. If the IMF isn't paid back, most countries will not lend Greece any more money.
Dec 30, 2011 — For people who see soda as a sugary poison and fruit juices as loaded with calories, coconut water evokes glowing, healthy people.
Sep 12, 2011 — Last year, Planet Money bought a toxic asset — a bundle of bad mortgages that quickly went bad. We declared our toxic asset dead last fall. But a recent lawsuit could bring it back to life.
Aug 12, 2011 — The dollar's role in the global economy is a boon to the U.S. But in the coming years, its place in the world may slip.