One of the core principles of The Atlantic's business coverage has always been that economics should be kind of fun. Not just "readable." Not just "informative." Actually fun.
So, one month ago, we announced a new video explainer series called "Economics in Plain English" and asked you to submit questions. We sifted through more than 300 submissions, which ranged from the super-serious ("explain monetary policy's effect on long-term interest rates") to the super-not-serious ("why are cupcakes cheaper than Banh Mi sandwiches?").
We've picked our six favorites across a wide range -- from highbrow to lowbrow, trivial to weighty, practical to theoretical -- and filmed three-minute videos answering each question in a way we hope is not just watchable and not just informative (although hopefully both of those things) but also just plain fun.
In the next two weeks, we'll be rolling out the videos on the following topics, in roughly this order:
2) Are bottomless drinks actually a good business?
3) Are the machines taking our jobs, and should we be scared?
4) Are the rich hoarding the economic pie?
5) What's the difference between fiscal policy and monetary policy?