David Kestenbaum

David Kestenbaum appears in the following:

Why Do We Sign For Things? A Rabbi, A Lawyer And A MasterCard Exec Explain

Monday, September 08, 2014

The signature is supposed to say, "This is me." But why do we still use it?


Typewriters, Underwater Hotels And Picturephones: The Future, As Seen From 1964

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The 1964 World's Fair showcased jet packs and other miracles of science. Here's how people back then thought the future would look (and how it actually turned out).


Everyone Goes To The Store To Get Milk. So Why's It Way In The Back?

Friday, August 01, 2014

It's one of the most popular items, but often it seems to be as far as humanly possible from the entrance. The Planet Money team looks at two very different theories about why that is.


Evaluating The Benefits And Costs Of Patents

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The electric car company Tesla recently announced it was putting its patents in the public domain. Our Planet Money team looks at what would happen if we got rid of patents all together.


When Ikea Raises Its Minimum Wage, Where Does The Money Come From?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ikea plans to raise its minimum hourly wage for retail workers to $10.76, and it's betting that the raise will pay for itself.


Volatility Index Indicates Wall Street Is Bored

Thursday, June 12, 2014

An economic indicator commonly called the VIX, volatility index, is also known as the fear index. Whatever you call it, the index is hitting lows not seen since before the financial crisis.


Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack

Thursday, June 05, 2014

One hungry reporter goes on a quest to find out why his package of Peanut Butter M&M's weighs 0.06 ounces less than a package of Milk Chocolate M&M's.

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On The Internet, A Penny Is Nothing To Sneeze At

Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's hard to find anything in a store that costs 1 penny. There is one place where people still dream of 1 cent sales: the Internet. NPR's planet money team reports on the value of the virtual penny.


Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

Friday, May 16, 2014

How much of what we think of as the beautiful sound of a Stradivarius is the instrument itself — and how much is the brand?


U.K., France Compete For China's Tourists

Friday, May 16, 2014

People from China are considered the world's top tourists, spending more on average than people from other countries.


Reading The Tea Leaves Of The Upcoming TV Season

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This week, the television networks announced their new season lineups. NPR's TV critic, Eric Deggans, talks with host Audie Cornish about some of the new shows and the trends that they reveal.


The Mystery Of Tappan Zee: Why Build A Bridge Where The River's Wide?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

If you've ever driven up the East Coast, you may have driven over the Tappan Zee Bridge. The span — north of New York City — was built in the spot that seems to make the least economic sense. Why?


In 4,000 Years, One Thing Hasn't Changed: It Takes Time To Buy Light

Friday, May 02, 2014

You can trace 4,000 years of economic growth through the history of light. The ways we got from a candle, made from of animal fat, to the LED lights we have today tell a lot about our modern economy.


How One State Convinced Its 'Young Invincibles' To Get Health Insurance

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Buying insurance doesn't always feel like it makes economic sense, especially for young healthy people. So why are they still willing to pay?

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New Web Addresses Provide Alternatives To Crowded Domains

Friday, April 04, 2014

We all know .com and .edu, but now hundreds of new Internet domain names like .fish and .xyz are available. If all these new domains take off, what will become of .com?


'The Numbers Are Getting Better, The People Are Getting Worse'

Friday, March 21, 2014

Greece's economy is expected to rebound this year. But for one couple living in Athens, things don't feel better.


Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Multiple economists have studied the fast-food industry to answer the question. They've found very different answers.


A Venture Capitalist Is Betting A Pair Of Socks (And $50 million) On Bitcoin's Future

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

A leading investor thinks bitcoin is going to change the world. A prominent writer disagrees. They make a bet about what we'll be using for money in 2019.


Meet The Humble Container That Moves The Global Economy

Thursday, December 05, 2013

NPR's Planet Money team is manufacturing its own T-shirt. After the women's shirt was assembled in Colombia, they voyaged by container ship to Miami. The container, a big standardized box that moves easily from truck to ship to train, is the unsung hero of the global economy. It was invented in the 1950s and dramatically reduced shipping costs, ushering in a new era vastly different than the world retired stevedores remember. There's a whole lot more about what it takes to make a simple T-shirt — the journey from cotton to completion — here.


A Bitcoin Insider On Crime, Congress And Satoshi Nakamoto

Friday, November 22, 2013

"This little baby — what my wife used to call my 'pretend money project' — is really going mainstream," says the chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation.