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.
August 17th, 2012
Episode 505 of 920 episodes
Maastricht is the home of the euro. It's the Dutch town where European leaders signed the treaty that created the single currency. It's also a place where it's legal for "coffeeshops" to sell marijuana. Tourists from around Europe used to come to Maastricht to get high. Recently, though, Maastricht's mayor soured on marijuana tourism, and the town banned the sale of the drug to foreigners. On today's show: Even in the home of the euro, the European Dream still isn't a reality.