iTunes description: "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 Planet Money. People seem to like it."

Why it's on the list: Week after week, the Planet Money crew takes timely, complex, original financial reporting and makes it human. That can't be easy. But as the world economy grows increasingly complex, this show is more important than ever.

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Episode to start with: The Great Inflation