Jacob Goldstein

Jacob Goldstein appears in the following:

Planet Money Asks: What Small Thing Would You Do To Improve The World?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NPR's Planet Money team asked three smart people: What little thing would they do to change the world?


How Much Does This Cow Weigh?

Friday, July 17, 2015

We're running an experiment. We're going to use the results in a podcast in a few weeks. The rules are simple: Guess how much this cow weighs.

The cow's name is Penelope.

That's me standing next to her for scale.

Here's your one clue: I weigh 165 pounds. ...


Greece's Bailout Referendum Boils Down To: Yes Or No

Friday, July 03, 2015

On Sunday, the people of Greece will vote on their country's future. What happens when voters are asked to choose between two options that could send their country down two very different paths?


Retailer Arbitrage: How Internet Middlemen Are Scaring Traditional Stores

Thursday, June 04, 2015

We have comparison tools just a swipe away, but yet the Internet is still full of middlemen who buy retail and sell it online. NPR follows a middleman and finds out how he can possibly make money.


When 'Luddites' Attack: Destroying Machines To Save Their Jobs

Monday, May 18, 2015

Today, it's an insult to call someone a Luddite. But that's not fair to the original Luddites — cloth workers who launched a war against the machines that were taking their jobs.


Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference

Monday, May 04, 2015

Poor kids who moved to neighborhoods with less poverty did much better than those who didn't move.


How Solar Power Has Gotten So Cheap, So Fast

Friday, April 10, 2015

Solar power has long been seen as something that's coming in the future — a promising technology that's just too expensive for widespread use. In the past few years, that has started to change.


The Fed's Next Move Is A Delicate One

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

One of the Federal Reserve's main jobs is creating money. And the central bank has created a lot of it since the financial crisis — more than $3 trillion. One of the next jobs for the Fed is to make that money disappear.


Does NCAA Ban On Paying Student Athletes Violate Federal Law?

Friday, March 13, 2015

The top college basketball teams face off next week in the NCAA tournament. And, a panel of judges will hear arguments over whether colleges should be allowed to pay basketball and football players.


How The Electronic Spreadsheet Revolutionized Business

Friday, February 27, 2015

At the beginning of the personal computer era, a student in Boston dreamed up the first electronic spreadsheet. It was a $99 piece of software that changed whole industries — and created a new worldview.


How Sunk Cost Fallacy Applies To Love

Friday, February 13, 2015

Megan McArdle spent years in a doomed relationship. The reason, she says: She fell victim to a common economic fallacy. Our Planet Money team has a love story with an economic idea at its heart.


How Corruption Affects The Time It Takes To Do Business

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Hernando de Soto wanted to figure out why his country, Peru, was stuck in poverty. His answer transformed poor countries around the world.


Poker Players Use Science To Effectively Give To Charities

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

There's a new movement to get professional poker players to give a share of their winnings to charity — but most charities don't make the cut. Our Planet Money team explains why.


Making Electronics Cheaper Requires Detective Work

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Consumer electronics get cheaper year after year. Our Planet Money team visited a company called Monoprice, where employees spend their days trying to figure out how to make stuff get cheaper.

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Spreadsheets, Ex-Cons And A Karate Studio: Life At The Bottom Of The Debt Business

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Not all debt collectors work at banks or big, corporate agencies. Many work at small, storefront shops. At least one worked in a former karate studio.


Bedbugs, Lava And Bowling Balls: Inside My Homeowners Insurance Policy

Friday, October 03, 2014

What the fine print in my policy says about how insurance works.

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The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A new SuperPAC aims to reduce the influence of big money in politics — and it's starting by raising millions of dollars, in part from wealthy donors.


Money Markets: Easy To Ignore, Occasionally Dicey

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Money market accounts are so dull that many people use them like checking accounts. But they're riskier than checking accounts, and federal regulators are proposing new rules to deal with those risks.


Why Blockbusters And Flops Cost The Same At The Box Office

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

At the movies, a ticket to a sold-out blockbuster costs the same as a ticket to a bomb playing in an empty theater. Jacob Goldstein of the Planet Money team finds out why.


CHEP Builds A Better Pallet And It's Blue To Boot

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Simple wooden pallets make transporting items, loading and unloading easier. Our Planet Money team dives deep into the pallet world to see how this ubiquitous item is changing.