Steve Henn

Steve Henn appears in the following:

How Skyscraper Construction Ties Into Tech Bubbles

Thursday, October 08, 2015

There's a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about a tech bubble.Our Planet Money podcast team examines one possible indicator of a bubble: architecture. Very, very tall architecture.


M. Night Shyamalan Embraces Latest Hollywood Trend: Low-Budget Films

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shyamalan's film The Visit has earned more than $25 million so far. It cost $5 million to shoot. We examine why the new movie might be better because it was made on a micro-budget.


How The Architect Of Netflix's Innovative Culture Lost Her Job To The System

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Netflix is famous for pioneering a company culture that demands standout results from every employee. One of the architects of this philosophy ended up losing her job to the system she created.


How Marketing Machines Can Make Lousy Movies Financially Successful

Friday, August 21, 2015

Planet Money was puzzled when it discovered that by one measure, the most profitable movie made in the last 5 years is also widely considered to be one of the worst. The film is: The Devil Inside.


Netflix's Parental Leave Plan Is Groundbreaking โ€” And Unlikely To Spread

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Netflix decision to offer unlimited paid leave to new parents grew out of a culture that already offered unlimited vacation. It's part of a plan to attract the most talented employees possible.


Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into Self-Driving Cars

Friday, July 31, 2015

Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.


Remembering When Driverless Elevators Drew Skepticism

Friday, July 31, 2015

These days, the idea of a driverless car makes a lot of people nervous. Our Planet Money team goes back in time when automatic elevators made people just as worried.


Baltimore Man's Plan To Fix Parking Problem Meets Opposition From Cities

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Baltimore man created an app that allowed people to sell their parking space after they left it. But many residents weren't thrilled with the idea of paying for a once free parking space.


A Suit That Turns A Person Into A Robot (Sort Of)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Robots are really bad at many simple human tasks. One possible workaround: Combine the person with the machine.


Silk Road Founder Sentenced To Life In Prison

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ross Ulbricht, creator of the website Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison Friday. The website was a sophisticated criminal enterprise that specialized in selling illegal drugs.


Robots Are Really Bad At Folding Towels

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Machines are surprisingly bad at doing things an average 8-year-old can do with ease.


Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tesla is building the biggest battery factory in the world. It hopes to drive battery prices down so far that lithium ion batteries are no longer just for laptops, phones or cars.


Why Do Courts Still Deliver Many Legal Documents By Hand?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A judge in New York recently allow one woman to serve her husband divorce papers through Facebook. The case made national news because this almost never happens.


A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

In a lot of video games, the default character is a man. If you want to play as a woman, you often have to pay.


Ex-Inmate Uses His Sentence To Create Successful Business Plan

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Frederick Hutson disrupted the biggest captive market in America. While in prison, he honed a business plan and re-imagined that system as an untapped consumer base.


Clinton's Private Email Server Has Advantages, Vulnerabilities

Thursday, March 05, 2015

While many of those messages are tucked away from the prying eyes of the public, it's not clear they are well-protected from hackers.


How Banks Are Transforming Canada's Cannabis Industry

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In the U.S., possessing and selling marijuana is a federal crime, so banks have ignored this emerging market. In Canada, financial institutions are beginning to back corporate cannabis producers.


Federally Regulated Banks Begin To Work With States' Pot Businesses

Friday, February 06, 2015

For legal marijuana businesses, getting a bank account can be a challenge. Many banks are unwilling to do business with them. How do banks decide which marijuana businesses are worth the risk?


Silk Road Operator Ross Ulbricht Convicted On All Counts

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht has been on trial in New York on seven charges, including money-laundering and trafficking narcotics. On Wednesday afternoon, a jury found him guilty on all charges.


Finding, Selling Flaws In Apple's Code Can Be Lucrative Work

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Every time there is a big new release of some Apple software or operating system, hackers get to work โ€” finding a flaw in Apple's computer code can be very lucrative.