Robert Smith

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Why Aren't Auto Safety Standards Universal?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Why do the U.S. and Europe have different safety standards? Every country feels like it knows the best way to protect motorists. (This piece initially aired on April 30, 2014 on Morning Edition.)


Uber, Lyft And No More Loans: Twilight Is Here For Big-City Taxi Barons

Friday, August 07, 2015

Not too long ago, a New York taxi medallion was worth more than a million dollars. Gene Friedman managed to buy more than 1,000. But that was before Uber, and now people like Friedman face bankruptcy.


Some Greeks Are Finding Opportunity Amid Their Economy's Uncertainty

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In Greece, not all the smart, young people are leaving. Some are using the crisis as an opportunity to start a new business — including one woman who want to make trucking in Greece more efficient.


'Planet Money' Does The Math On 'The Six Billion Dollar Man'

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Six Million Dollar Man TV show is being rebooted. Mark Wahlberg will star in the movie remake: The Six Billion Dollar Man. We Examine why the inflated number, and what the number should really be.


How A Swiss Cheese Cartel Made Fondue Popular

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The popularity of fondue wasn't an accident. It was planned by a shadowy association of Swiss cheese makers. A cheese cartel basically ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years, until fairly recently.


How Success Almost Killed A Game, And How Its Creators Saved It

Thursday, April 16, 2015

When Magic: The Gathering became a hit, its creators faced a surprising problem.


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 Ame...


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 w...


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 wit...


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.