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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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Planet Money: Can I Borrow $20?

January 12th, 2009

Episode 82 of 910 episodes

If you can't get a loan from a bank, maybe you can get one from your friends or family. That's the idea, loosely, behind a peer-to-peer lending site like Prosper.com. Clay Shirky, New Media professor at New York University and author of Here Comes Everybody, says it appeared to be working, at least until the SEC shut it down. Plus: From Dayton, Ohio, an amazing layoff story.

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