NPR Planet Money Summer School – Great Educational Resource For Teens And New Investors

Every summer NPR’s Planet Money releases a series of summer school podcasts on economics and investing. In 2020, the focus was on microeconomics. For 2021, the topic is investing.

The episodes are crash courses on the topics and explain complex topics in an easy-to-understand way. Each podcast is about 25 to 35 minutes.

NPR’s Planet Money Summer School Podcasts

Who is the podcast for?

Teens and people getting started with investing will benefit the most from these podcasts. If you have been investing for 20 years, the podcasts may be a good refresher but you will be easily bored because they cover only the fundamentals.

Planet Money Summer School Season 2: Investing (2021 season)

  • Planet Money Summer School 1: The Stock Market
  • Planet Money Summer School 2: Index Funds & The Bet
  • Planet Money Summer School 3: Smooth Spending & The 401K
  • Planet Money Summer School 4: Bonds & Becky With The Good Yield
  • Planet Money Summer School 5: Bubbles, Bikes, & Biases

Planet Money Summer School Season 1: Microeconomics (2020 season)

  • SUMMER SCHOOL 1: Choices & Dating
  • SUMMER SCHOOL 2: Markets & Pickles
  • SUMMER SCHOOL 3: Profit & Cocaine
  • SUMMER SCHOOL 4: Scarcity & Pistachios
  • SUMMER SCHOOL 5: Trade & Santa
  • SUMMER SCHOOL 6: Taxes & Donald Duck
  • SUMMER SCHOOL 7: Advertising & Race
  • SUMMER SCHOOL 8: Risk & Disaster

Where can you listen?

You can listen to these podcasts directly on the NPR Planet Money Summer School website. You can also listen to it on Sticher, Apple Podcasts, Overcast, and many other apps. Many of these apps allow you to listen at 1.25 to 2 times the speed saving you time.

Bottom Line

NPR’s Planet Money Summer School podcasts are a great way for teens and new investors to learn about investing and economics. You can get through most episodes in about 20 minutes if you listen at 1.25 to 1.5 times the speed.

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