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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.


#216 Planet Money: How Four Drinking Buddies Saved Brazil

October 2nd, 2010

Episode 313 of 964 episodes

Brazil's economy is booming now, but for most of the 20th century it was an economic mess. In the 80s and 90s, Inflation was so high that grocery stores were raising their prices every day. So the government brought in in four economists who had been talking to each other for years about how to fix Brazil's inflation problem. Their solution: Create a currency that doesn't exist. No coins, no bills. Music: Hey Marseilles' "Rio."

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