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:

Episode 825: Who Started The Wildfire

Friday, February 16, 2018

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?

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How D'Wayne Edwards Became A Sneaker Legend

Friday, February 16, 2018

D'Wayne Edwards created the Pensole Footwear Design Academy to try and diversify the sneaker business. Edwards was one of the first black designers in the business and created the academy, in part, because of how difficult it was for him to get started.

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Finding Your Lost Bitcoins

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The digital currency bitcoin used to only be a big deal in small circles of libertarians, but has exploded over the last year. Some early investors are now trying to find bitcoins they lost.

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Bruce Springsteen On Broadway Comes With An Economics Lesson

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The hottest ticket on Broadway is for a one-of-a-kind, one-man-show. For a limited time, Bruce Springsteen is playing songs and telling stories in a 960-seat theatre. And those lucky fans are now learning a valuable, Nobel Prize Winning economics lesson. Something called: The Endowment Effect.

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American Richard Thaler Wins Nobel In Economics

Monday, October 09, 2017

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded to Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago for his pioneering work in behavioral economics. The announcement was made in Stockholm.

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The Art Of The Pitch: Vendors Hawk Items At The Ohio State Fair

Friday, August 11, 2017

Many people go to the fair to ride the tilt-o-whirl or eat funnel cake. NPR's Planet Money team traveled to the Ohio State Fair to witness the ancient art of product salesmanship.

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When An NBA Star Used His Name To Make Shoes Less Expensive

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Famous basketball players usually charge more when their names appear on them. But what happened when an NBA All-Star tried to use his name to charge less?

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Change My View On Reddit Helps People Challenge Their Own Opinions

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Four years ago, a Scottish teenager set out to do the impossible: cordon off a space for measured, civil conversation between people who believe different things — on the Internet! Now there are over 300,000 members of the Change My View subreddit. The founder talks about the surprising rules he had to implement in order to make the space work, and a researcher tells us who discovered a kind of agree-to-disagree inflection point by studying the group.

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Episode 780: On Second Thought

Friday, June 23, 2017

Flip-floppers, this one's for you. Changing your mind is hard, but it's one of the smartest things you can do.

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Saudi Arabia's Beef With Qatar Reflects Long Simmering Tensions

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia announced it had closed its border and cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Qatar. Other Gulf countries joined in, and the tiny gas-rich monarchy became a pariah seemingly overnight. But tensions have been simmering for some time. To understand what's happening to Qatar, Planet Money traces the long, dramatic relationship between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two brother monarchies.

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Episode 778: What the Falcon's Up With Qatar?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Qatar was on top of the world. Seemingly overnight, it became a pariah. On this episode, we drill into a rift years in the making: It's a tale of falcons, kidnapping, and a glowing Saudi Arabian orb.

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LeBron James' Return To Cleveland Illustrates Remarkable Economic Experiment

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Professional sports generate a tremendous amount of money, but it's tricky to know exactly what part of sports generates that money. LeBron James unintentionally ran a nearly perfect economic experiment by unexpectedly leaving Cleveland and then, three years later, returning with almost no warning. A pair of economists have now used James' prodigal son data to look at the financial impact a single superstar can have on a local economy.

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Fidget Spinner Emerges As Must-Have Toy Of The Year

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Toys R Us has literally scrambled the jets trying to meet the demand of this year's break-out toy, handheld whirligig known as a "fidget spinner." Unlike other toy explosions like the Tickle Me Elmo or the Furby, the fidget spinner seemed to have hit without warning and without a brand. NPR's Planet Money set out to try and figure out where this thing came from and why it seemed to appear out of nowhere.

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Funky Hand Jive

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Neil Degrasse Tyson and some new microbiome science help answer the question - when we touch greatness how much of it stays with us? 
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It's National Garlic Day. Who Is Making Up These Weird Holidays?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Why is it National Deep-Dish Pizza Day or National Splurge Day, or maybe National Watermelon Day? Our Planet Money podcast tries to find out who or what is behind all the new strange holidays.

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“I Got Indian in My Family”: An Another Round Takeover

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another Round co-host Tracy Clayton enlisted Only Human to help her with an experiment, on the science behind DNA ancestry tests and finding her roots.

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Episode 765: The Holiday Industrial Complex

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Where do holidays like National Potato Chip Day and Argyle Day come from? We trace the roots of one made-up holiday until we find out who is running the global holiday machine.

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Episode 762: The Fine Print

Friday, March 31, 2017

On today's show: Snuggies, printer toner, and a banking road trip. Three stories about what happens when you actually read the fine print.

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How The Case Of The 'Snuggie' Impacts Tariffs And Trade

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Last month the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled on a question with millions of dollars at stake: Is the Snuggie a blanket with sleeves or a sleeved garment that looks like a blanket?

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How The Tooth Fairy Helps Explain The Rising Cost Of Parenting

Friday, March 17, 2017

How much is a tooth worth to the tooth fairy and has that price changed over time? This is a silly question of course, but the answer is serious. It gives us a way to understand how the costs of parenting have changed over time.

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