Episode 371: Where Dollar Bills Come From

Sep 26, 2013
Originally published on September 27, 2013 10:46 am

Every single dollar bill in the world — every $20, every $100, everything — is printed on paper made at one small mill in Massachusetts. That's been the case for 130 years.

On today's show, we visit the mill. And we hear the story of the guy who jumped out a hotel window to win the government contract to print all that paper.

Note: This episode was originally posted last year.

For more: Read David Kestenbaum's FOIA appeal and the Treasury Department's response.

Subscribe. Music: Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/ Spotify/ Tumblr.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit