How Desi Invented Television

Enlarge this image Desi Arnaz, seen in 1955, was one of the first characters to speak Spanish on English-language television. nc/AP nc/AP I Love Lucy made television history when it first aired in 1951. Lucille Ball is the godmother of the situational comedy or “sitcom,” and with her husband and co-star, Desi Arnaz, made a […]

The Great Gatsby

Enlarge this image The Planet Money team reads The Great Gatsby. Franziska Barczyk for NPR Franziska Barczyk for NPR Today on the show, the staff of Planet Money reads F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel, The Great Gatsby. All of it. And we can do that, because of copyright law. Copyright law is a balancing […]

Nervous TikTok

Enlarge this image SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett Last autumn, President Trump’s executive order about TikTok shook the social media. The popular app, the order claimed, posed a “threat” to national security, foreign policy, even the American economy. But the U.S. isn’t the only place that’s had it out for TikTok. Last June, the Indian […]

Fork The Government

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Biden Time

Enlarge this image Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images When President-elect Joe Biden takes office in two months, the Senate will likely be controlled by Republicans. Biden will probably be facing a start of term mired in congressional gridlock. What this means: don’t expect many laws to get passed in the next couple years. Still, there’s […]

Hacking the Perfect Auction

Enlarge this image Pamphlets at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) booth provide information on the FCC spectrum dashboard at the CTIA Wireless conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Thursday, March 25, 2010. Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg via Getty Images Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg via Getty Images In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission held a very special auction. […]

What's Next for the Economy?

Enlarge this image Ed Lefkowicz/VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images No matter who gets voted into office, the next Congress and the next president will have to design a plan to help the economy. They’ll have to figure out who to send money to, exactly how much — and they’ll have to do it stat. […]

What Economy Are You Voting For?

Enlarge this image CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images The 2020 presidential candidates are juggling a lot of priorities. Voters are asking questions about the newest Supreme Court justice, climate change, and of course, the pandemic. And with increasing unemployment, unpaid rent piling up, and no hope of another relief bill on the horizon, Americans will […]

Who Gets To Vote In Florida?

Desmond Meade (right) and Angel Sanchez (left) speak at voting rights event after Florida voters gave people with felony convictions back their right to vote, with Amendment 4. Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Angel Sanchez was 17 years old and in prison when he learned that Florida banned anyone with a felony […]