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.
December 1st, 2012
Episode 536 of 902 episodes
Note: This week's Congressional hearing on dollar coins prompted us to re-run this episode today. It originally ran in April of this year.Legislation in Congress would get rid of dollar bills and replace them with coins. Proponents say coins are easier to use and save the country money in the long run. The bill people say none of this is true.So should we kill the dollar bill?On today's show we go deep into the nature of money itself, and we find a clear answer to this question.