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Money Is Made-Up

Jacob Goldstein of Planet Money joins to talk about the history of money.


Episode Notes

Jacob Goldstein of Planet Money joins Felix Salmon, Emily Peck, and Anna Szymanski to talk about his book Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing and explain the history of this thing we call money.

In the Slate Plus segment: A deeper dive into Jacob’s wonky Numbers Round number.


Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.


About the Show

A weekly roundup of the most important stories from the worlds of business and finance, hosted by Felix Salmon, Emily Peck, and Elizabeth Spiers.

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  • Emily Peck is a veteran journalist who has worked as a writer and editor at national outlets like HuffPost, the Wall Street Journal, and the American Lawyer.

  • Felix Salmon is a host of the Slate Money podcast.

  • Anna Szymanski is a columnist at Reuters Breakingviews. She previously worked in emerging markets investment and is a CFA charterholder.