David Kestenbaum appears in the following:
Friday, April 29, 2016
The government is getting $100 billion this year, essentially from nowhere. It is the profit made by the Federal Reserve. The Fed is in charge of managing how many dollars are in the economy. It turns out to be a very profitable business, especially since the financial crisis, when the Fed threw an extra $3 trillion into the economy.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Two years ago, in January 2013, oil was about $100 dollars a barrel. At that time, towns near new oil fields expanded rapidly, filling up with workers and overflowing revenue. But how...
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Inflation is so low that it's nearly nonexistent now. But it most certainly wasn't always that way. The Planet Money team tells the story of former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volck...
Monday, December 14, 2015
The Fed created the money after the financial crisis to try to help the economy, but the money could eventually create inflation or cause bubbles. (This piece initially aired on Oct. 23, 2015 on
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has been hashed out line-by-line. All 6,000 pages of it. It will set the rules for roughly one-third of world trade. It has precise requi...
Friday, October 23, 2015
The Planet Money team explains how to make $3 trillion disappear, which is what the Federal Reserve will be trying to do. It created the money after the financial crisis to try to hel...
Friday, October 09, 2015
We shop around when we get a plane ticket or buy a couch. But we spend thousands of dollars on health care without comparing prices. What happens when you pay patients to choose the cheaper option?
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The original chocolate sandwich cookie was discontinued in '99. Ellia Kassoff, who grew up with Hydrox and wanted to bring it back, learned that if someone isn't using a trademark, it's up for grabs.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Economic news coming out of China often rattles or rallies global markets. But how reliable is that news? It turns out basic measures like Gross National Product may be far from accurate.
Friday, September 04, 2015
Some people write a squiggle. Others just write an initial. Our
Planet Money team takes a look at the history of the signature. (This piece initially aired on Sept. 14, 2014 on All Things Considered).
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
You can spend millions on lobbyists or ads to influence the presidential election, but it is mostly illegal to bet on who will win the White House. But centuries ago, people bet on the papal election.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Planet Money put a picture of a cow on the Internet and asked how much it weighed. The idea was to understand the phenomenon that drives everything from the stock market to orange juice prices.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that his grandkids would work just 15 hours a week. He imagined by now, we would basically work Monday and Tuesday, and then have a five-da...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.