Podcast Suggestions: Planet Money

March is TryPod month and all my favourite podcasts are urging me to share my suggestions with friends to get them into listening to podcasts. I’ve already made a podcast suggestion before, but I’d like to make another on for you to try. One of my favourites for expanding my brain is NPR’s Planet Money.

I never thought I’d be interested in an economics podcast, but NPR does shows well, and Planet Money always seems to fascinate me. It’s not a Business Show, it’s an Economics Show. They look at some very cool segments of the market and explain them. One of my favourite episodes I re-listened to last night; Episode 700: Peanuts and Cracker Jack. They take the listener to the inside world of vendors at a Boston Red Sox game. You never would have thought of the amount of strategy that goes into the vendors selling things at a ballgame. I loved this episode and hearing about the strategy involved as the vendors have a draft to select what they’ll sell each night of the season at Fenway. Fascinating listening.

Planet Money is well produced, and has incredibly interesting topics. NPR always does a great job of reporting and just give this one a try. I know it sounds boring – an Economics Show – but trust me, this is storytelling at it’s best.

And while I’m on storytelling and NPR, as a TryPod bonus, have you listened to Embedded? It’s another NPR Podcast, and I’ve only heard one episode. This one, from March 9th, on Police Videos. An unarmed black man is shot by the police. Embedded took a look at the whole story four years after the shooting, one of the first of the Black Lives Matter movement. This podcast is amazing storytelling of such a difficult and divisive topic. It was the kind of podcast that had me sitting in the car in the garage after I got home. I haven’t heard any other episodes but this one was powerful listening.

Both Planet Money and Embedded are available from iTunes. Get listening, and give me your podcast suggestions below.


Kenneth “Scott” Huntley is an Instructional Designer, LMS and WordPress consultant, EdTech conference junkie and all-around general tech nerd.

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