David Kestenbaum

David Kestenbaum appears in the following:

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.


What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Kenyans who received money with no strings attached started businesses and bought food for their kids, according to a new study. They didn't spend it on alcohol or cigarettes.


I Lent $999.78 To The Federal Government*

Friday, October 18, 2013

I bought a Treasury bill on Tuesday, before Congress made the debt-ceiling deal. It was unclear whether I would get paid back on time.


Ecuador To World: Pay Up To Save The Rainforest. World To Ecuador: Meh.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Oil sits under a pristine swath of the rainforest. Ecuador promised to leave the forest untouched — if the rest of the world would pay up.


Cash, Cows And The Rise Of Nerd Philanthropy

Friday, August 23, 2013

Most charities get money from donors and spend it on things they think will help people — schools, medicine, farm animals. GiveDirectly just gives money away. And that poses a challenge to the more traditional charities.


The Charity That Just Gives Money To Poor People

Friday, August 23, 2013

There are no strings attached. People can spend the money on whatever they want, and they never have to pay it back.


Better Accounting Will Boost U.S. GDP

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

On Wednesday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release new statistics on the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter. The main number — the total value of all goods and services produced in the United States — will be about 3 percent bigger than it would have been. It won't be bigger because of a change in the economy, but rather a change in accounting.


Why Doesn't Everybody Buy Cheap, Generic Headache Medicine?

Friday, July 05, 2013

After analyzing 66 million shopping trips, economists think they have the answer.


Economists Have A One-Page Solution To Climate Change

Friday, June 28, 2013

Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. That's it; that's the whole plan.


A Surprising Barrier To Clean Water: Human Nature

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Getting clean water to people in the developing world isn't just an engineering problem.


Who Hides Money Outside The Country?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Over the past decade, 39,000 people have come forward to tell the government they've been hiding money overseas. Here's what they tell us about offshore money.


Lady Gaga Writing A New Song Is Like A Factory Investing In A New Machine

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The government is about to change the way it accounts for the economic value of music and movies.


When A Famous Hospital Didn't Want An Expensive New Drug

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's remarkably rare for leading research hospitals to reject new drugs because of cost.


Million Dollar Microsecond

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Picture the scrum of the stock exchange -- the flurry of buying and selling, the split-second decisions that make and break fortunes. Then take out all the humans and accelerate everything until you literally can't keep up. Jad visits the inhumanly fast world of modern-day, high-speed trading with NPR's

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Why A New York Cheese Buyer Hangs On The Euro's Fate

Monday, November 21, 2011

Most of the cheese at Murray's Cheese Shop comes from Europe. And the cheese buyer's bonus hinges on the future of the euro.

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