Robert Smith

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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.


Planet Money's Perfect Presidential Candidate

Monday, October 22, 2012

Robert Smith, reporter for NPR's Planet Money, discusses the Planet Money project to design a presidential candidate who embraces economic policies both the right and the left can agree on.


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Why New York Is A Hub In The Global Trinket Trade

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Buyers from all over the world still come to vendors in Manhattan to buy cheap toys and tchotchkes. We find out why.

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Does New York City Need More Taxis?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The City of New York wants to add 2,000 more taxi cabs onto its streets. That would make it easier to hail a cab, but it might make it harder to get where you're going.