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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.


#500: The Humble Innovation At The Heart Of The Global Economy

December 5th, 2013

Episode 649 of 974 episodes

On today's show: the story of an often-overlooked innovation that's essential to the global economy. The innovation is a box. A big, metal box.The standard shipping container has completely transformed commerce in the past 50 years. It's part of the reason the Planet Money men's T-shirt comes from cotton grown in Mississippi, spun into yarn in Indonesia, and sewn together in Bangladesh.On today's show, we see the shipping container in action, and hear the story behind it.For much more, see the 'Boxes' chapter of our online T-shirt project.

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