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:
Flexible spending accounts are back to use-it-or-lose-it
Friday, December 09, 2022
During the pandemic, the IRS allowed Americans to roll over the balances in their health flexible spending accounts. But the end of 2022 marks the return of the use-it-or-lose-it policy for most FSAs.
Taiwan faces a global feud. Its defense may be its powerful semiconductor industry
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
The NPR podcasts Throughline and Planet Money collaborate to tell the story of how Taiwan transformed into the world's semiconductor superhub, and the man who helped lead the way.
Planet Money: The carried interest tax loophole survives another challenge
Friday, August 19, 2022
The carried interest loophole was central to the debate over the Inflation Reduction Act signed by President Biden this week. It's part of a bigger story about a tax code riddled with loopholes.
It's Bobby Bonilla Day, the day each year the Mets pay the former player $1.2 million
Friday, July 01, 2022
Each year on July 1, the New York Mets must send a $1.2 million check to an All Star player named Bobby Bonilla. The strange thing is: Bonilla hasn't played baseball in over 20 years.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.