Alex Goldmark

Alex Goldmark is the senior producer of Note to Self, a storytelling show about how technology is changing society. Subscribe here to get Note to Self shows delivered right to your devicesFollow him on Twitter @alexgoldmark.

He covers how technology is changing the way we live and work without getting all obsessed by the gadgets and gizmos. Previously his reporting focused on sustainable transportation from bike lane planning to high-speed rail. He is an occasional contributor on business and social impact stories for Marketplace and NPR News programs as well as magazines like GOOD and Fast Company. He is a visiting assistant professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter @alexgoldmark.

Alex Goldmark appears in the following:

Episode 786: Rest of the Story 2017, Vol. 1

Friday, July 28, 2017

News moves fast. Some of our best stories from this year have new chapters. Here, we catch up on three: Dirty trademarks, trading bots, and the war against the bald eagle.


Trading Bot BOTUS Will Buy And Sell Stock Based On Trump's Tweets

Friday, April 14, 2017

Planet Money built a stock trading Twitter bot. The big puzzle is figuring out which company to buy or sell, and how to get a computer to tell the difference between Apple the company and the fruit.


Using 'Sentiment Analysis' To Understand Trump's Tweets

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Planet Money tries to make a program that reads Donald Trump's tweets and then trades stocks. The first step is training the program to interpret the tweets using something called sentiment analysis.


As Computer Programs Choose To Buy Or Sell, Wall Street Looks To Data

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Big investment firms on Wall Street are replacing human stock pickers with computer programs. That has created a big demand for data to feed into the computer programs.


Episode 763: BOTUS

Friday, April 07, 2017

On today's show, we get in on the future of investing. We build an automated stock-trading bot. It analyzes the twitter feed of President Donald Trump, then trades stocks with real money. Our money.


Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist: Thanksgiving Edition

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Don't throw a turkey leg. Don't go ALL CAPS rage over racism on Twitter. This Thanksgiving, when the conversation makes your blood boil, take some deep breaths and just LARA.

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Donald Trump Expected To Have A Hard Time Draining The Swamp

Thursday, November 17, 2016

During the campaign, Trump said he wants to keep lobbyists out of his administration, but it isn't so easy. President Obama tried. Most people agree, running a government without lobbyists isn't easy.


What Happened When Planet Money Bought 100 Barrels Of Crude Oil

Monday, September 19, 2016

It's pretty easy to buy a tank of gasoline. It's not so easy to buy a tanker of crude oil. Here's what happened when a team of radio reporters tried it.


Update: Eye In the Sky

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ross McNutt has a superpower — he can zoom in on everyday life, then rewind and fast-forward to solve crimes in a shutter-flash. But should he?
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Nigeria, You Win! Your Development Plan May Be The 'Best In History'

Friday, May 20, 2016

The idea of just giving away nearly $60 million to tiny businesses seemed crazy. Did it work?


Money Transfer Companies Fight Back Against IRS Scammers

Friday, May 20, 2016

There's a phone scam going around where an intimidating caller pretends to be from the IRS, demanding money immediately. There is also an anti-scam going on. At check cashing outlets, employees are dealing with terrified victims demanding to send money to fake IRS agents. Intervening requires awareness, compassion, and a script, just like the scammers use.


National Contest Spurs Economic Growth In Nigeria

Friday, May 13, 2016

It's especially hard for developing countries to create jobs and foster small businesses to promote growth. But Nigeria took a risk on a massive national contest to find thousands of people with ideas for businesses and did something radical. It gave away millions of dollars to thousands of people who asked for it — and it worked. It is a rare success story for bold economic development programs.


So You've Got A New Chip Credit Card, But Why Won't Stores Accept It?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Our credit cards have chips on them. Stores are supposed to be accepting them, but the Planet Money team explores why many aren't.


Listen to Your Voicemail

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Love it or hate it, there's at least one important thing only voicemail can do.

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So Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist. Again.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The time is ripe for our step-by-step guide on handling offensive posts on your social media feeds. This works for the Thanksgiving table, too.

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Back to School Guide: How to Think About Kids and Tech

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A round-up of all the big questions we should be asking as the kids head back to school.

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What Is Our Attention Actually Worth?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tech entrepreneur Tristan Harris imagines technology without constant notifications - and a funding system that incentivizes techies to build it.

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What Do Txts Do To Actual Writing?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Book of Numbers" author Joshua Cohen answers our listener's question about serious writing in a world of texts, Twitter, and fleeting attention. 

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Would You Go?

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

We check back in with two pioneers in space travel: businesswoman Anousheh Ansari, returned space tourist, and longtime space-enthusiast Lina Borozdina.

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I'm Introverted. How Do I Find Quiet Space in the Digital Age?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Author and introvert advocate extraordinaire Susan Cain answers a listener's question about finding quiet places in a buzzing world.

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