David Kestenbaum appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
The price of new textbooks has gone through the roof. But what students spend on books has barely budged.
Monday, September 08, 2014
The signature is supposed to say, "This is me." But why do we still use it?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Friday, May 16, 2014
People from China are considered the world's top tourists, spending more on average than people from other countries.