David Kestenbaum

David Kestenbaum appears in the following:

3 Economists Answer This Question: What Keeps You Up At Night?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

It's been 7 years since the financial crisis nearly took down the global economy. Our Planet Money team wondered what the next big mess might be, so they asked three economists for their thoughts.


Experts Debate: Will Computers Edge People Out Of Entire Careers?

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Machines have been taking jobs forever. Computers and software are doing things people were paid to do. They are booking airplane flights. Filing our taxes. And they are getting better all the time.


What Would The World Be Like If Machines Did All The Work?

Friday, May 29, 2015

The economist John Maynard Keynes imagined a future world where people no longer need to work. NPR's Planet Money podcast brings you a work of audio fiction inspired by Keynes' question.


Obama's New Budget Plan Proposes Closing Social Security Loophole

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Obama administration's new budget plan proposes closing a Social Security loophole. The loophole allows some couples to get up to $50,000 extra.


Casinos Bet On Change After Younger Players Ignore 'Boring' Slot Machines

Friday, May 08, 2015

When young people go to casinos, they aren't playing slot machines. Our Planet Money team talks to a man who thinks he can make slot machines that younger people will want to play.


Casinos Trading Slot Machines For Games Requiring Skill

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Some casinos are trying to attract players by switching out games based on luck for games relying on skill. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on April 29, 2015.


Casinos Switch Out Slot Machines For Games Of Skill

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Some casinos are trying a new strategy to attract players. They're switching out games based on luck for games of skill. NPR's Planet Money goes to Atlantic City to try one of these experiments.


'We Built A Robot That Types': The Man Behind Computerized Stock Trading

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NPR's Planet Money profiles a Hungarian immigrant who pioneered computerized trading. Thomas Peterffy struggled for years and experimented with many techniques, including a typing robot.


CEO Describes What It's Like When Investors Bet Against You

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The online furniture company Wayfair is now one of the most shorted stocks. Our Planet Money team talks to its CEO about what it's like to be running a company when investors are betting on your fall.


On April Fools' Day, Planet Money Tries Out Economics Jokes

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Economics jokes can be hard enough to understand, let alone laugh at. NPR's Planet Money team recently tried some of its own jokes out on a live audience at a small comedy club in Brooklyn, N.Y.


Computer Models Play 'What If' Game With Our Economy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Economists often use computer models to try to understand the economy. Planet Money checks back in on a model it used a few years ago to predict what would happen with unemployment.


What Does NPR's Planet Money Team Have In Common With George Soros?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Our Planet Money team shorted the entire U.S. stock market. The team learned they had some good company in their short, billionaire George Soros also shorted the S&P — but his strategy was different.


What Do Shorted Stocks Tell Us About The Economy?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Looking at the list of the ten most shorted stocks out there can tell a lot about the economy and human nature. David Kestenbaum from our Planet Money podcast takes us through the list.


Greek Finance Minister Gets A Chance To Fix Beleaguered Economy

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Greece has been renegotiating its bailout deal with the European Union. The man guiding the country is new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. A few years ago he was working for a video game company.


Bakers And The Birth Of The Minimum Wage

Friday, February 20, 2015

For most of U.S. history, there was no minimum wage. Politicians passed laws tiptoeing toward one. But the Supreme Court struck those laws down. We look at how the U.S. finally got a minimum wage.


Winning At Short Selling May Not Be A Reason To Celebrate

Friday, January 30, 2015

Our Planet Money team talks to a well-known short seller who tells the story of one stock he bet against. He made a bunch of money, betting against a stock a lot of people liked.


Why Don't More People Short Stocks? It's A Great Way To Lose Big Bucks

Thursday, January 29, 2015

If you own a stock, you're betting that the company will be worth more in the future. But there is another kind of bet you can place: A bet that will make you money if things go bad.


Scandium Middleman Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Our Planet Money team has a story about a man who realized at the time that he was the only person in the world with his job. It was a job selling something almost no one wanted.


Iceland Experiments With A Jubilee Of Debt Forgiveness

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A jubilee is an idea that dates back to Biblical times. The idea was that every 50 years or so there would be this moment where debts would be forgiven. The jubilee has not gotten a lot of traction in the modern world, but right now, Iceland is actually trying it.


Experts Suggest OPEC's Power Over Oil Prices Is Waning

Monday, November 24, 2014

Members of OPEC meet this week. It used to be the world held its breath when this happened, worried what the meeting would mean for oil prices. But experts say times have changed.