David Kestenbaum appears in the following:
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
The wisdom of crowds is an eerie phenomenon that informs everything from the stock market to the price of orange juice. We put it to the test with a farm animal.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Today's show is about the fickle market for art. What makes a dead shark cost $12 million, and a photo of steel wool that looks like a tornado cost only $1,265?
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
To catch drug traffickers, the U.S. government tried something it had never tried before. It set up and ran a fake offshore bank for money laundering. Fake name. Fake employees. Real drug money.
Friday, February 01, 2019
Five years ago Ben Horowitz and Felix Salmon placed a bet about the future of bitcoin. Today we announce the winner.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
John Bogle died last week. His creation — the index fund — changed investing. Today, how his invention set off a million dollar bet between some of the biggest brains on Wall Street.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
We try to figure out what makes cents.
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.
Monday, October 08, 2018
Bill Nordhaus just won the economics Nobel. In this show: He shows how history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
You've seen these ads: "You can work from home and get rich. It's easy. Call this number!" So, what happens when you respond?
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
The line between trash and recycling is moving a lot these days. It's a tough time to be a recycler.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Tax carbon emissions. That's basically the whole plan. What's the hold up?
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
What exactly would happen if you didn't pay your taxes? Today on the show, we follow one man who did just that.
Friday, March 23, 2018
A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why.
Monday, December 04, 2017
The Internet Archive and the University of Maryland launch such a library, and it's free to anyone with an Internet connection. Kids helped design the library, and they had final say on the books.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The National Flood Insurance Program was operates like an insurance company in many ways except one: it just about always loses money. This piece originally aired on Morning Edition in January 2013.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
On today's show: The story of two guys who tried to cut the pay of a CEO at a small pneumatic tool company.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
A man goes looking for the invisible wall that traps poor people in poverty. Finding it almost gets him killed.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The creation of the electronic spreadsheet transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.
Friday, April 29, 2016
The government is getting $100 billion this year, essentially from nowhere. It is the profit made by the Federal Reserve. The Fed is in charge of managing how many dollars are in the economy. It turns out to be a very profitable business, especially since the financial crisis, when the Fed threw an extra $3 trillion into the economy.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Two years ago, in January 2013, oil was about $100 dollars a barrel. At that time, towns near new oil fields expanded rapidly, filling up with workers and overflowing revenue. But how...