National Public Radio, Inc.

To deepen and expand Planet Money’s coverage of economics via podcast episodes, on-air radio stories, and participatory journalism

  • Amount $600,000
  • City Washington, DC
  • Investigator Christopher Turpin
  • Year 2017
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Radio

Funds from this grant continue support for the production of Planet Money, National Public Radio’s award-winning, signature foray into exploring the changing American economy via in-depth stories that examine key economic issues for a general audience in an accurate, accessible, and engaging way. Grant funds support production of the twice-weekly Planet Money podcast, shorter segments that air on NPR’s popular Morning Edition and All Things Considered, multipart series to explore complex subjects at greater depth, and experiments in  "participatory journalism" like "Planet Money Bought Some Oil," where Planet Money journalists directly participate in specific industries to help illuminate their processes. Planned activities over the two-year grant period include  a 10-part series on the history of the U.S. economy over the past 200 years that will examine subjects such as central banking, national debt, and the modern, multinational corporation; and new participatory journalism projects such as exploring the business of commercial space satellites.

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