David Kestenbaum

David Kestenbaum appears in the following:

Doctors Plan Database On Cancer Drugs, Showing Effectiveness And Cost

Friday, July 24, 2015

A group of cancer doctors is trying to create a database on cancer drugs. It would give a score for each drug, reflecting how well the drug works. It would also list how much the drug costs.


Casinos Offer New Ways To Win With Games Based On Skill

Monday, July 20, 2015

Some casinos are switching out slot machines for games of skill. This story originally aired on April 29, 2015, on All Things Considered.


Greece's Debt Crisis Exposes Its Hidden Financial Plumbing

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Greece is on the verge of an economic nightmare scenario of the modern world. The financial plumbing in Greece is starting to shut down, and the Planet Money podcast finds out the widespread and weird effects.


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.