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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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#402: Free Heroin, And Other Ideas That Won't Get You Elected

September 14th, 2012

Episode 514 of 910 episodes

Earlier this summer, we assembled five prominent economists from across the political spectrum and gave them a simple task: Identify major economic policies they could all stand behind.They agreed on a broad economic platform that would sink any political candidate that supported it. (Here's theshowwe did on their platform; here's ablog post.)Today, we talk to those economists again. This time, we hear a bunch of the ideas some of them liked but others shot down — including free heroin for addicts, a new tax on financial speculation, and $2 trillion in new, deficit spending on infrastructure projects.

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