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We are a team of multimedia reporters covering the global economy. We are going to make a t-shirt and tell the story of its creation.
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Planet Money

20,242 backers pledged $590,807 to help bring this project to life.

The World Behind a Simple Shirt, In Five Chapters.


Our t-shirt website full of photos, video, and audio is live. Check it all out here:

And don't forget to share a photo of yourself once you receive your t-shirt. Take a photo with your shirt, write your name and an interesting fact about yourself on Instagram, and tag it #seedtoshirt.


    1. Creator Joe Faliti on December 16, 2013

      Shirt received! Thanks!

    2. Creator Joe Spasiano on December 5, 2013

      Fantastic! You guys did a great job encapsulating a long journey into a beautiful, short omnibus. It was so much fun to watch that I showed it to my wife, and although her English is not great, the story and visuals really drew her in. Bravo! Looking forward to the shirt.

    3. Creator Tom Rhoads on December 3, 2013

      I was glad to see that I'm not the only person with no t-shirt and no way to track it. I got the t-shirt shipped email 9 days ago and the tracking number is not yet active. Hopefully it will show up eventually. Anyone who got theres have any idea how long to wait before I assume it isn't really coming?

    4. Creator Dianne Harris on December 3, 2013

      Tracking number still not active, still no t-shirt. Sadness. Please do a show about package tracking.

    5. Creator Christopher Collins on December 2, 2013

      Georgia here. The "teeshirt shipped" e-mail came 8 days ago. Can't track it on UPS and haven't received the shirt yet, but I'll wait another week or so before sending any e-mails about it.

    6. Creator David MacDonald on December 2, 2013

      Hi guys, I just wanted to share my experience with the tracking number. The number wasn't updated in the UPS system until the day my shirt was delivered (Saturday) in Florida. Don't worry about it. I'd give it another week before you start sending emails.

    7. Creator Justin Kidd on December 2, 2013

      I have the same tracking number problem. Planet money, would you like to do a show on the logistics of actually getting the shirts from your distribution facility to our doorsteps?

    8. Creator Marlan McInnes-Taylor on December 2, 2013

      I too am experiencing an issue with my tracking number. I received an email on 11/24 notifying me that the order had shipped, but UPS still does not show any tracking information, nor have I received the package. I am glad to know I'm not alone in experiencing this issue.

    9. Creator Richard Lee on December 1, 2013

      Also got my tracking number 7 days ago, but still does not show tracking status.

    10. Creator Joe Faliti on December 1, 2013

      Thanks Manic, at least we're not alone. Any ideas, Planet Money Team?

    11. Creator Manic on December 1, 2013

      Joe, you're not the only one - my tracking number has also yet to become active.

    12. Creator Joe Faliti on December 1, 2013

      Is something Wrong If My Tracking Number Is Still Without Information? I Don't Want To Wait Too Long To Ask And Be Left Without A Shirt :)

    13. Creator Michele C Mitsumori on December 1, 2013

      Is there some way other than Instagram to send you the photo? I don't have an Instagram account and wouldn't want to open one just to send a photo, but appreciate supporting the project. :-)

    14. Creator Kevin M. Brooks on December 1, 2013

      I mistakenly received a women's shirt. Is there any way I can swap it for a men's medium?