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 897: New Orleans Vs. Airbnb

Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Orleans has become a battleground for Airbnb. Preservationists want to save the city. Landlords want to open it up. Can either win without destroying the other?


Episode 887: You Asked For It, Yet Again

Friday, January 11, 2019

On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!


Episode 884: The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

We check in on some stories we did this year to find all kinds of updates.


Episode 877: The Laws Of The Office

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Parkinson's Law says work expands to fill the time allotted. Goodhart's Law says you get what you measure. Has anyone ever tested these laws of the modern workplace?


The Odds Of Winning The Lottery Are Not Good, But This Man Managed To Flip Them

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Buying a lottery ticket is a bad deal. The odds are against you, even with a giant pot. But there was one time someone figured out how to flip the odds in his favor by buying all the tickets.


Episode 676: The First Lottery & How To Beat The Odds

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The first lottery was a royal affair with poems, golden flatware and invited criminals. Also, how someone won the lottery over and over.


Episode 870: Trump vs. Red Tape

Friday, October 19, 2018

President Trump promised to slash regulations. How has he done?


Episode 866: Modern Monetary Theory

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

We rethink everything we know about government spending, taxes, the nature of money... All of it.


For Our 10th Anniversary, Episode #1

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

In honor of our 10th anniversary, we revisit our very first episode.


Episode 856: Yes In My Backyard

Friday, July 27, 2018

There's a simple way to solve the housing crisis in U.S. cities. Only problem is, almost everybody hates it.


Episode 851: The Rest Of The Story Summer 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.


Episode 844: Nice Game

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

In game theory, sometimes the best way to win, is to lose.


Episode 835: Tariffied

Friday, April 13, 2018

We're in a full-fledged trade war with China. We dig into the list of Chinese tariffs on American products. It gets weird...and delicious.


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.