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Monthly Archives: November 2010

How Four Drinking Buddies Saved Brazil

This is a story about how an economist and his buddies tricked the people of Brazil into saving the country from rampant inflation. They had a crazy, unlikely plan, and it worked.  Listen here.

Why U.S. Taxpayers Are Paying Brazilian Cotton Growers

Planet Money is making the most thoroughly explained t-shirt in the history of the universe. Last week, we nailed down the design. Today’s task: Buying four bales of cotton.
Turns out, the United States and Brazil are in the middle of a war over cotton. It’s an emotional and quiet war complete with global retaliation [...]