Robert Smith

Robert Smith appears in the following:

These Days A Penny Doesn't Buy Very Much

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The penny occupies a strange spot in our economy — it's worth almost nothing. Our Planet Money Team goes on an expedition through the streets of Manhattan to find something they can buy for one cent.


Mark Zuckerberg Is Immortalized In Wax

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Madame Tussauds unveiled the life-size statue of the Facebook CEO at their museum in San Francisco. The museum says Zuckerberg did not make himself available for a sitting, so artists used photos.


Varying Auto Safety Standards Interfere With Trade Negotiations

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The U.S. and Europe have different car safety standards. Some of them are small while others are more dramatic. All car makers agree that the different standards are a pain. So why the difference?


In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go'

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Olympic event was all-male until 2002. Often, the "brakemen" are plucked off a land sport, like track and field. "It's not like you get a tutorial or something, or you grow up doing bobsled," says American Aja Evans.


Foggy Weather Throws Events Off Course In Sochi

Monday, February 17, 2014

Olympic planners are racing to reschedule events such as the biathlon and snowboard cross because of limited visibility.


Emotions Run High For Olympic U.S.-Russia Hockey Game

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Among the highlights of the weekend at the Winter Olympics: The U.S. men's hockey team faces off with the Russians on Saturday. Ice and sparks are expected to fly.


Planet Money Spins A Yarn And Makes A 'Perfect' T-Shirt

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

NPR's Planet Money team has manufactured a T-shirt. All this week we're following its journey around the globe. Today, the T-shirt makes a detour in the Pacific Ocean. Cotton from America gets shipped to a factory in Indonesia where it gets transformed into yarn.


How Technology And Hefty Subsidies Make U.S. Cotton King

Monday, December 02, 2013

NPR's Planet Money team is manufacturing its own T-shirt. More than 25,000 of the shirts were sold online. And then the team set out to follow the process around the globe. All this week, we'll hear the step-by-step journey of the Planet Money T-shirt. In this installment, a search for the place where the cotton was grown. Find out more about cotton and the Planet Money T-Shirt project here.


Photos: The Planet Money T-Shirt Goes To Indonesia

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This week, we visited the factory in Indonesia where U.S. cotton was spun into yarn for the Planet Money T-shirt.


Bodies On The Boardwalk: Murder Stirs A Sleepy Jersey Shore

Thursday, August 01, 2013

When he was a kid, writer Chris Grabenstein loved tourist towns, so he set novels in one of his favorites — the Jersey shore. He says one of the great joys of writing is coming up with an interesting place to drop the body, like a roller coaster or a tilt-a-whirl.


What Actually Happens At The End Of Trading Places?

Friday, July 19, 2013

A definitive answer to one of the most important questions in the history of finance.


The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Beige Book — a big, official report — is mostly a bunch of stories gathered by talking to businesses around the country.


Translating The Coca-Cola Experience

Friday, June 07, 2013

For 60 years, Myanmar was officially without Coca-Cola. Now, Coke is back, and the new Myanmar bottle says a lot about the challenges of re-establishing a brand.


How To Sell Coke To People Who Have Never Had A Sip

Friday, June 07, 2013

Coca-Cola is returning to Myanmar after 60 years. They'd been kept out of the country by international sanctions. This week they officially opened their new plant outside of Yangon.


In A Single ATM, The Story Of A Nation's Economy

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

In Myanmar — a country that's been cut off from the world for decades — it's still a surprise when money pops out of the ATM. That may soon change.


Can This Man Bring Silicon Valley To Yangon?

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Stanford MBA who used to work for Google returned to Myanmar to be an Internet entrepreneur. But it's tough to start an Internet company in a country where the power goes out every day.


Why (Almost) No One In Myanmar Wanted My Money

Friday, May 10, 2013

Like people in other countries that have gone through economic turmoil, people in Myanmar want U.S. dollars that look like they just rolled off the presses.


The Trick To Selling Fancy Wine From New Jersey: Don't Say It's From New Jersey

Friday, March 29, 2013

Instead, say it's from the "Outer Coastal Plain." (It's part of a plan to kick the state's reputation for making cheap wine.)


A Computer Fit For The Amish

Monday, February 25, 2013

The key selling point is all the things it doesn't do. No Internet, no video, no music.


Will A $1.9 Billion Settlement Change Banks' Behavior?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

For punishments to work, they need to be both swift and meaningful. The HSBC settlement may be neither.