The Planet Money Shirt

Planet Money T-Shirt Kickstarter

Do any of you guys listen to Planet Money? I’ve been a fan since they started covering the financial collapse here in the US a few years ago with their This American Life episode “The Giant Pool of Money.” So why am I blogging about Planet Money? They’ve been talking about making a t-shirt for quite a while and it’s now finally happening. This isn’t just a buy a t-shirt and screen print an NPR logo on it, they’re doing it Planet Money style, from cotton to final shirt. They’ll be following the shirt from start to finish, interviewing the people involved in each step and then reporting back to us exactly how and where it was made. This was really exciting to me and I thought perhaps some of you might enjoy this as well. The final shirt will have a QR code on the back that links to a page with every story, interview, detail, everything they uncover in the process of making this shirt which is pretty cool. They started a Kickstarter page to take pre-orders with any additional funding going to pay for their travel in following the t-shirt around the world.  I’m so pumped to follow this journey!

18 replies on “The Planet Money Shirt

  • Michelle

    Sounds intriguing, but I don’t know if I need to buy a shirt to learn about the modern production of clothing. It’s probably something I could read about, like in the book mentioned in the Kickstarter page. I do think the data they collect will be a very interesting and eye-opening read, but do I want to buy a shirt to learn about the potentially horrible working conditions? That might make me NOT want to wear the shirt anymore…

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    • jen | grainline

      You are correct, you don’t need to buy a shirt to learn about the modern production of clothing, that’s one of the beauties of this project! Whether you support their project with the purchase of a shirt or not, you still have access to listen to the entire thing. Not only does making the shirt enable them to conduct their own research and interviews on how a shirt is made from farming and purchasing the cotton to the finished project, the purchase of the shirt is your way of supporting their endeavor to bring this story to a larger audience. Of course, you could read about this in a book but personally I love the work that Planet Money does. How many people pool their money together to buy a toxic loan, nickname it Toxie and watch it desperately fail in an attempt to explain to people exactly how toxic loans work and how they caused the gigantic mess they did. I’m excited that my $25 will enable them to travel around the world interviewing the people who make each part of the shirt and share that with others who might not actually sit down and read an entire book on the subject.

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      • Michelle

        That’s true, this project could potentially raise more awareness to the various practices involved in clothing production. Which is great! I might just have to share this Kickstarter with my friends who are inquisitive, but do not want to sit down and read a book about it.

        I’ll have to check out Planet Money. I’m a fan of the This American Life podcast (who isn’t?), and certainly another NPR podcast will be worth the listen.

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  • yesilikethat

    Thanks so much for sharing this – I love Planet Money but am very behind on my podcast listening so hadn’t heard about the t-shirt. This is such a great idea and the perfect project for them.

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  • ebonyh

    I love that you posted about this! I’ve been listening to the updates about this project on the podcast & kept forgetting to checkout the squirrel+martini logo, so thanks for sharing. Liked you before & like ya even more now that I see the fellow radio geek in you. 😉

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    • jen | grainline

      It’s so funny because I NEVER would have imagined this would be the t-shirt design and then even after knowing what it was it still didn’t look like how I thought it would! High five for radio geeks!!

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  • Zoe

    Holy shitballs that’s exciting! I LOVE This American Life and the few Planet Money-made podcasts they aired. Thanks so much for highlighting this, can’t wait to hear what they come up with. xx

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