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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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#495: The Weird Inner Workings Of The Payday Loan Business

November 14th, 2013

Episode 644 of 910 episodes

Payday lenders made about $49 billion in high-interest loans last year. More than forty percent of those loans were made online. On today's show, we go looking for the people making these loans and find a bizarre online marketplace where people's personal financial information is bought and sold. Plus, we talk to state regulators about why it's so hard to police high interest lending happening online.

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