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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at <em>Planet Money</em>. People seem to like it.


#209 Planet Money: Our Listeners Vs. The Budget Deficit

September 4th, 2010

Episode 304 of 901 episodes

On today's Planet Money, listeners suggest ways to cut the federal budget -- and experts evaluate their suggestions. Among the ideas: Get rid of manned space flight, cut "welfare and warfare," and stop paying Social Security benefits to high earners. This is the first of several stories we'll be doing in the coming months on government spending, and the way things like earmarks, subsidies and entitlements affect our lives. Music: Gomez's "How We Operate"