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:
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
How Robert Bork won the fight over antitrust law, changed the meaning of competition in America, and paved the way for some of the biggest companies we've ever seen.
Friday, February 15, 2019
At the turn of the 20th century, Ida Tarbell investigated John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil. What she discovered changed the economy of the United States.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
After a wildfire, teams of investigators start combing the wreckage for clues. Finding the cause means, maybe, finding someone to pay. But where's the line between a natural disaster and a human one?
Friday, January 25, 2019
We go to a harbor in Santa Barbara where the wait for a spot to park your boat used to be as long as 200 years. Today on the show, we're on a mission to figure out how to divide resources fairly.
Friday, January 11, 2019
On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?