Jacob Goldstein

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Too Much Empty Space In Pepper Tin Prompts Class-Action Lawsuit

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A large spice company recently started putting less pepper in its tins — and leaving empty space at the top of the tin. There's a technical term for that empty space: "non-functional slack fill."


How To Make Tax Forms Easier? Break The Math Up, One Step Per Line

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Our "Planet Money" team introduces us to a delightfully precise man who helped design the 1040 tax form.


The Story Of Line 24: How Performing Artists Landed On The Tax Form

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Many of the lines on tax forms like the 1040 seem oddly specific. Some are for farmers, some for divorcees, some for servicemen and women. Behind each of those we can see the process that shapes our tax code. NPR looks at one line — for performing artists — and how it came to be.


Armed With An Index Fund, Warren Buffett Is On Track To Win Hedge Fund Bet

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Eight years ago, Warren Buffett made a $1 million bet with some hedge fund managers. We learn what the bet tells us about one of the most important questions in investing.


Why Did America's CEOs Get Such A Big Raise?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

There was a time when heads of corporations made a lot less money. And then suddenly, average CEO pay shot up. Planet Money explores why America's CEOs got a big raise.


As Skilled Workers Abandon Greece, Rebuilding Its Economy Gets Harder

Friday, January 22, 2016

If Greece isn't a good place to do business anymore, then businesses will leave. When solid businesses close up or leave, then Greece becomes even worse for the remaining firms.


An Insider Trader Caught On Tape Tells All

Thursday, January 07, 2016

A former accountant convicted of insider trading tells his story to our "Planet Money" podcast team: what he did, how he did it and why. Though he's still struggling with that last one.


Not All Santa Costumes Are Created Equal: A Tariff Dispute Over Red Suits

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Not all Santa costumes are equal under the eyes of the law. U.S. trade regulations draw a line between costumes and clothing. But it's a fuzzy line with real business consequences. Ja...


Food Banks' Pickle: Getting Food To The Right Place At The Right Time

Friday, November 27, 2015

On any day, a food bank could end up with heaps of pasta sauce, but no pasta. To solve the problem, a network of food banks created a currency of fake money and embraced trade.


The Strike That Birthed The United Auto Workers

Friday, October 23, 2015

United Auto Workers has ratified a new contract with Fiat-Chrysler. It was settled across a conference table, in a time-frame agreeable to both parties. But, it hasn't always been that way.


The Secret To Club Stores' Success: Breaking The Rules Of Retail

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Take every standard lesson about how to sell stuff to people and then break all the rules. That's the secret to some of the nation's biggest retail chains.


Planet Money Asks: What Small Thing Would You Do To Improve The World?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NPR's Planet Money team asked three smart people: What little thing would they do to change the world?


How Much Does This Cow Weigh?

Friday, July 17, 2015

We're running an experiment. We're going to use the results in a podcast in a few weeks. The rules are simple: Guess how much this cow weighs.

The cow's name is Penelope.

That's me standing next to her for scale.

Here's your one clue: I weigh 165 pounds. ...


Greece's Bailout Referendum Boils Down To: Yes Or No

Friday, July 03, 2015

On Sunday, the people of Greece will vote on their country's future. What happens when voters are asked to choose between two options that could send their country down two very different paths?


Retailer Arbitrage: How Internet Middlemen Are Scaring Traditional Stores

Thursday, June 04, 2015

We have comparison tools just a swipe away, but yet the Internet is still full of middlemen who buy retail and sell it online. NPR follows a middleman and finds out how he can possibly make money.


When 'Luddites' Attack: Destroying Machines To Save Their Jobs

Monday, May 18, 2015

Today, it's an insult to call someone a Luddite. But that's not fair to the original Luddites — cloth workers who launched a war against the machines that were taking their jobs.


Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference

Monday, May 04, 2015

Poor kids who moved to neighborhoods with less poverty did much better than those who didn't move.


How Solar Power Has Gotten So Cheap, So Fast

Friday, April 10, 2015

Solar power has long been seen as something that's coming in the future — a promising technology that's just too expensive for widespread use. In the past few years, that has started to change.


The Fed's Next Move Is A Delicate One

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

One of the Federal Reserve's main jobs is creating money. And the central bank has created a lot of it since the financial crisis — more than $3 trillion. One of the next jobs for the Fed is to make that money disappear.


Does NCAA Ban On Paying Student Athletes Violate Federal Law?

Friday, March 13, 2015

The top college basketball teams face off next week in the NCAA tournament. And, a panel of judges will hear arguments over whether colleges should be allowed to pay basketball and football players.