Jacob Goldstein

Jacob Goldstein appears in the following:

Episode 772: Small Change

Friday, May 19, 2017

How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.


Episode 606: Spreadsheets!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The creation of the electronic spreadsheet transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.


Episode 381: When Business Loves Regulation

Friday, April 14, 2017

One in three American jobs require a license. Today on the show, why those licensing rules hurt the U.S. economy.


Episode 762: The Fine Print

Friday, March 31, 2017

On today's show: Snuggies, printer toner, and a banking road trip. Three stories about what happens when you actually read the fine print.


Episode 761: The Bank War

Friday, March 24, 2017

A populist president versus the most powerful banker in America.


An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet: Bald Eagles Prey On Farmer's Chickens

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Picture an organic farm, with thousands of free-range chickens roaming wide-open land. Now picture it from above, from the vantage of a soaring bald eagle. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet.


The House Always Wins. Then He Came Along

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ed Thorp used math to become the first person to beat the casinos at blackjack. Then he changed the way Wall Street thinks about investing.


2008 Bank Bailout Chief Has A Plan To Prevent The Need For Another One

Thursday, December 29, 2016

At 35, Neel Kashkari was in charge of the bank bailout program. He's now the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and has a plan to make future bank bailouts much less likely.


Why The Fed Keeps A Close Eye On Consumer Prices

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Federal Reserve targets an inflation rate of 2 percent. Why 2 percent? And how close are we to the target?


How The Idea Of Free Trade As A Way To World Peace Gained Traction

Friday, October 07, 2016

Free trade is taking a beating in this election year. But the man who created the free-trade world we live in now, thought free trade was the way to world peace. He even won the Nobel Peace Prize.


Who Sets The Price Of Oil? Wall Street Speculators?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Members of our "Planet Money" team recently got into the oil business. They learned one of the most basic questions about the business is: who sets the price of oil? Speculators are often blamed.


Federal Court Blocks Challenge To Social Cost Of Carbon

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Economists call it the social cost of carbon. A single number that is supposed to reflect all of the costs society incurs when people burn fossil fuels. That number is now part of federal regulations, and some industries aren't happy.


Retired Professor Tries To Teach Robots To Sew Clothes

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Atlanta company SoftWear is trying to create a robot that can sew. If the project succeeds, it could have a huge effect on the global economy, and clothing manufacturing could return to the U.S.


Who Buys Bonds With A Negative Interest Rate?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Many developed countries are issuing bonds at negative interest rates. That means people are buying them expecting to get paid back less than they invested. Why then are people buying them?


'This Is Going To Be Bad': Economist Reacts To Brexit Vote

Monday, June 27, 2016

In the campaign leading up to the Brexit vote, economist Tim Harford played the role of independent fact checker. Now that it has passed, he's letting out some strong feelings.


Charity Organizations Throw Strength Behind Risky Big Bets

Thursday, June 09, 2016

The MacArthur Foundation wants to give away $100 million to a single project. This is part of a growing belief in the philanthropy world that piecemeal solutions aren't as effective as huge bets might be. But bigger bets can be risky.


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.