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David Kestenbaum

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Textbook Arbitrage: Making Money Off Used Books

Monday, November 10, 2014

Two Planet Money listeners had an idea for how to make money off used textbooks. They gathered a year's worth of data to test their theory.

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The Independent Oil Producer You Usually Don't Hear From

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Most Americans feel relieved when they see a drop in prices at the pump. Jason Bruns feels the opposite. A higher price of oil is good for him. He owns 10 oil wells in Kansas that produce about two barrels a day.

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How College Students Battled Textbook Publishers To A Draw, In 3 Graphs

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The price of new textbooks has gone through the roof. But what students spend on books has barely budged.

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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?

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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