Kenny Malone

Kenny Malone is a reporter for Only Human. He joins WNYC from WLRN-Miami Herald News where he dug into everything from abuse at Florida's assisted living facilities to express lane fatalities to a mysterious "ñ" that showed up in Jim Larrañaga's name when he became head basketball coach at the University of Miami. Malone's stories have won the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Use of Sound, the National Headliner Award, the Scripps Howard Award and the Bronze Third Coast Festival Award. He studied mathematics at Xavier University in Cincinnati and proudly hails from Meadville, Penn., where the zipper was invented.

Kenny Malone appears in the following:

Why rent help from Congress has been so damn slow getting to people who need it

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Congress approved $47 billion to pay back rent and prevent evictions. But after nearly 10 months, the vast majority of that money has not reached the millions of people who desperately need it.

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Planet Money investigates the logjams that keep renters from receiving aid

Friday, October 08, 2021

Millions of Americans are at risk of eviction, and billions of dollars in help from Congress isn't reaching most of them. What's taking so long for people who need rental assistance to get the money?

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Looking Back On When President Reagan Fired The Air Traffic Controllers

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Thursday marks 40 years since former President Ronald Reagan fired more than 11,000 striking air traffic controllers. That dealt a serious blow to the American labor movement.

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NPR's Planet Money Team Sets Out To Buy A Vintage Superhero

Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Planet Money team discovered an old superhero languishing in the public domain, a superhero that seems perfect for a radio network. Could NPR rescue him?

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How Could A Biden Administration Change Banks?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

What can President-elect Joe Biden do without his party in charge of the Senate? One idea that's gaining steam: Force banks to offer low-cost, no overdraft bank accounts.

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Planet Money: Has The Hole In the Ozone Been Fixed?

Thursday, November 12, 2020

There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the time the world came together to plug the hole in the ozone layer.

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Why Wilson, N.C., Became Its Own Internet Provider

Friday, June 12, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic forced an unprecedented shift to remote working, and at the same time, it highlighted a big problem for small cities: slow Internet speed.

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How His Small Factory Got Drafted Into Crafting A Key Component For Ventilators

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Todd Olson is CEO of a Minneapolis manufacturer that played a key role in a project to help General Motors make ventilators for the pandemic. He calls the effort "our biggest moment."

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GM Makes Ventilators Now — Which Means Safely Reopening A Factory

Friday, April 10, 2020

General Motors has begun ventilator production in Kokomo, Ind. In addition to the challenges of making medical devices instead of cars, the company has had to safely recall around 1,000 workers.

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Planet Money: The Parable Of The Piston

Thursday, April 02, 2020

The scramble is on to manufacture new ventilators fast. Our Planet Money team sees what it takes for a company that normally makes auto parts to turn on a dime and make pistons for a ventilators.

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How Buying A Gift Card Can Help Keep A Small Business Afloat

Friday, March 20, 2020

Many customers are turning to gift cards to support small businesses. Normally, gift cards are a bad deal. But right now, that is exactly what makes them useful as a goodwill gesture.

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How The New York City Marathon Allocates Its Entries As Fairly As Possible

Friday, January 31, 2020

Interest in running the New York City Marathon far outnumbers available slots. Yet the organization behind the race has devised a system that, overall, keeps people from being upset at not making it.

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Some Baseball Players Are Entering 'Income Pooling' Agreements To Fix Imbalance

Friday, October 25, 2019

A career in baseball is a gamble. A few guys make a ton of money, and most make very little. Some baseball players are taking advantage of that imbalance and entering into "income pooling" agreements.

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A Look Back At 50 Years Of Comic-Con

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Comic-Con in San Diego is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It has grown into one of the biggest pop culture events in the world, and doors opened Wednesday night to this year's event.

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'Jeopardy!' Record Breaker James Holzhauer Challenged To Happy Birthday Uncle-Off

Thursday, May 16, 2019

James Holzhauer is destroying records on Jeopardy. He's also dominating a battle with Kenny Malone of NPR's Planet Money podcast.

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Concerns Of Trump's Involvement Rise As Federal Reserve Board Candidates Announced

Friday, April 26, 2019

President Trump has taken several actions that could be seen as trying to influence the economic decision-making of the Federal Reserve board. He is not the first president to test their independence.

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Episode 903: A New Way To Pay For College

Friday, March 29, 2019

Some colleges are offering students a new way to pay. It's not a scholarship. It's not a loan. It's called an income share agreement. It's like the students are selling stock in themselves.

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Episode 785: The Starbury

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

The Starbury shoe was affordable and endorsed by NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury. The big challenge was convincing the world that a cheap sneaker wasn't a crappy sneaker.

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Episode 898: Happy Fed Independence Day

Friday, March 01, 2019

How the Federal Reserve won its independence, and then held on during an attack—a physical attack—by the President of the United States.

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Antitrust 3: Big Tech

Friday, February 22, 2019

We talk to Lina Khan and Scott Hemphill about the rise of companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google, and the state of competition and antitrust law.

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