Helicopter money: Explained | CNBC International
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Helicopter money: Explained | CNBC International

Draghi, Kuroda, Yellen. The world’s most influential bankers, but since the Great Financial Crisis their arsenal of monetary policy tools is nearly at an end, or is it? Low Rates. Negative Rates. Quantitative Easing. And now talk of something new….Helicopter Money. But what is it and is it a good idea? Nobel winning economist Milton […]

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How Airlines Schedule Flights
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How Airlines Schedule Flights

This video was made possible by Clear. The first 200 people to sign up at clearme.com/wendover get three free months of speeding through airport security with Clear. Airlines are notoriously difficult businesses to run. Each and every flight operated is a multi-thousand dollar gamble on whether or not passengers will buy tickets. Aside from cost, […]

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Cities at Sea: How Aircraft Carriers Work
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Cities at Sea: How Aircraft Carriers Work

This video was made possible by Brilliant. Learn with Brilliant for 20% off by being one of the first 200 to sign up at brilliant.org/Wendover. A single aircraft carrier is enough to markedly change the level of a nation’s military might. These ships are one of the strongest single assets a military can have. In […]

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How the Hindenburg killed an entire industry
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How the Hindenburg killed an entire industry

This is the airship Hindenburg, burning up while trying to land in New Jersey in 1937. 97 people were trapped inside. It was a big deal at the time. The Hindenburg was the greatest passenger airship ever built. Imagine something the size of an ocean liner, but in the air. And it could make the […]

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The Little Plane War
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The Little Plane War

This video was made possible by Squarespace. Build your website for 10% off by going to squarespace.com/Wendover. The commercial airline industry is the classic duopoly. In the US there’s Boeing—the long successful manufacturer most known for its iconic 747—and in Europe there’s Airbus—the more recent entrant formed as a consortium of various European manufacturers—and that’s […]

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How Budget Airlines Work
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How Budget Airlines Work

Two weeks ago, I posted a video on why flying is so expensive, and, people seemed to like it, however, they wanted to know, how are budget airlines so cheap? Well it’s another complex answer but an interesting one. For the purposes of simplicity, and to keep our European friends from feeling left out, we’ll […]

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How Air Traffic Control Works
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How Air Traffic Control Works

This video was made possible by Hover. Buy your domain before its gone for 10% off by going to hover.com/Wendover. This is Heathrow Airport—Britain’s Busiest. Each day, about 650 flights take off from one of its two runways. At the busiest times, this represents one aircraft every 45 seconds. Of those 650, about twenty flights […]

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The real reason Boeing’s new plane crashed twice
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The real reason Boeing’s new plane crashed twice

This is an airplane engine. It’s sitting in a field in Bishoftu, Ethiopia— part of the wreckage of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed on March 10, 2019. 157 people died. This was just a few months after another flight, Lion Air 610, crashed in Indonesia and killed 189 people. These two flights were operating […]

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North Korea’s Tiny, Terrible Airline

This video was made possible by CuriosityStream. Watch for free for 31-days by signing up at CuriosityStream.com/HAI and using the code, “HAI.” North Korea—it would be great as a reality show, but it’s less great as reality. As much as this country likes to pretend that the rest of the world is made up exclusively […]

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