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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.

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#261: Economists On Federal Funding For NPR

March 26th, 2011

Episode 360 of 913 episodes

Should NPR receive federal funding? On today's Planet Money, we try to look at the question through the cold, hard lens of economics. We go back to an idea we covered in a podcast last year: public goods. Here's how an expert defined a public good on that show: "...something that we all need that will make our lives better, but the market will not and cannot provide..." Sounds simple enough so far. But as we wade into the details, things start to get murky.

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