What’s In Your Wallet? Fiction, Says Author Jacob Goldstein

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Jacob Goldstein is co-host of NPR's Planet Money podcast and author of, “Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing.” (Sandy Honig)

Many of us take money for granted as a certainty, but what exactly is money? Jacob Goldstein, co-host of NPR’s Planet Money podcast, explores that question in his book, “Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing.” Goldstein argues that monetary systems depend on a collective belief that an object, such as a piece of metal or paper, is worth a given amount. The history of money stretches back centuries and continues to evolve in surprising ways. We’ll talk with Goldstein about the origin of money as a fictional concept that nonetheless shapes our lives.


Jacob Goldstein, co-host, Planet Money podcast, and author, "Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing"