Jacob Goldstein appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Our "Planet Money" team introduces us to a delightfully precise man who helped design the 1040 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
NPR's Planet Money team asked three smart people: What little thing would they do to change the world?
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. ...
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?