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:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Antitrust 2: The Paradox

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.


Antitrust 1: Standard Oil

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.


Episode 825: Who Started The Wildfire?

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?


Episode 890: The Division Problem

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.


Episode 887: You Asked For It, Yet Again

Friday, January 11, 2019

On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!


Episode 885: Do It For Your Country

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?


Episode 884: The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

We check in on some stories we did this year to find all kinds of updates.


Seattle's Voucher Test Tried To Flood Local Politics With Small Money

Friday, December 21, 2018

Seattle tried an experiment to increase citizen participation in elections by mailing out thousands of vouchers good for donating to local campaigns. How did the Democracy Vouchers work out?


Episode 882: Synthetic Reefer Madness

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Synthetic drugs like "Spice" and "K2" have helped jumpstart a revolution in the drug trade.


Episode 877: The Laws Of The Office

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Parkinson's Law says work expands to fill the time allotted. Goodhart's Law says you get what you measure. Has anyone ever tested these laws of the modern workplace?


Episode 873: The Seattle Experiment

Friday, November 02, 2018

Seattle's radical solution to big money in politics: Flood elections with even more money.