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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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#271: A City On The Moon

December 3rd, 2014

Episode 740 of 910 episodes

It's called "Iceland" for a reason. Polar bears sometimes wind up there floating by on chunks of ice. In the winter, there are only a few hours of daylight each day.Reykjavik feels like you took a European city — coffee shops, fancy cars, orderly streets — and put it on the moon.Which raises a question: How did a barren, icy island become a thriving, modern economy?The short answer: Fish, energy and books.The long answer starts back in the year 1075, with our Icelandic intern's great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandfather.For more: http://n.pr/1rYf8tC

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