Robert Smith

Robert Smith appears in the following:

How Economists Fought Back Against Senegal's Septic Cartel

Friday, July 27, 2018

Competition between companies is supposed to keep prices down, but if companies stop competing and start colluding, how do you stop it? In this case economists used text messages and clever design.

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Episode 855: The Poop Cartel

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What happens when a group of economists applies the number one rule of economics... to number two?

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Episode 472: The One-Page Plan To Fix Global Warming ... Revisited

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tax carbon emissions. That's basically the whole plan. What's the hold up?

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Episode 700: Peanuts And Cracker Jack

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

It takes strategy and skill to sell snacks at a baseball game. Meet the hot dog vending legend of Fenway Park.

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The Beautiful Indicator

Monday, June 25, 2018

Team Indicator takes on the World Cup. We drink, we cheer, we watch the game and, of course, we bring our economic indicators.

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Episode 848: The World's Biggest Battery

Friday, June 15, 2018

California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: How to bottle the sun.

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Episode 844: Nice Game

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

In game theory, sometimes the best way to win, is to lose.

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Episode 643: The Taxi King

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Gene Freidman built a taxi empire. We visited him before he was in legal trouble.

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Episode 842: Showdown at the WTO

Friday, May 18, 2018

The World Trade Organization: Can't live with it, hard to crush your trade opponents without it.

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A Look At Where Those Duty Free Shops In Airports Got Started

Friday, May 18, 2018

The origin story for those duty free shops in airports go back to a port town in Ireland trying to cash in on the early days of air travel. Since then, the bargains have become much harder to believe in.

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Episode 841: The Land Of Duty Free

Friday, May 11, 2018

We meet the man who invented duty free shopping and find out if these tax free stores are really saving us any money.

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Episode 575: The Fondue Conspiracy

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Today on the show: How a cheese cartel abandoned the rules of economics and convinced the world to eat fondue.

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Episode 640: The Bottom Of The Well

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Today on the show: the economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.

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Episode 835: Tariffied

Friday, April 13, 2018

We're in a full-fledged trade war with China. We dig into the list of Chinese tariffs on American products. It gets weird...and delicious.

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How Sometimes Just A Threat Of A Tariff Can Change The Flow Of Global Trade

Friday, April 13, 2018

A tariff is not a targeted strike. China has not placed a tariff on U.S. soybeans, but the mere suggestion that it might, has already begun shifting the global flows of the crop across four continents, creating arbitrary winners and losers well beyond U.S. soy producers.

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Episode 661: The Less Deadly Catch

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Today on the show: how an economic fix helped made the deadliest job in America safer, and why people are angry about it.

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Episode 832: Mulvaney Vs The CFPB

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What happens when you put someone who wants to close an agency, in charge of that agency? Today on the show, we find out.

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Countdown Begins As 'Planet Money's' Satellite Gets Placed On Rocket

Thursday, February 01, 2018

In the final part of the three-part series, the Planet Money satellite gets placed on top of a rocket and the countdown begins. There is a lot that can go wrong when going to space, and it's a nail-biting ride for everyone on launch day.

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After Acquiring A Satellite, 'Planet Money' Had To Find The Fuel To Get It In Space

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Once you get a satellite, you need to find a large tube filled with explosive fuel to take your satellite to space. Luckily, there is fierce competition among rocket makers to give you a lift. In the second of three-part series, Planet Money travels from California to New Zealand to see which rocket with blast their satellite to the stars.

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What Happened When 'Planet Money' Went On A Mission To Adopt A Spacecraft

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Getting to space is easier and cheaper than ever in a new age of tiny satellites one can hold in their hand. With that ease, NPR's Planet Money podcast wanted in, so in this first episode of three, they went on a mission to adopt a satellite. Along the way, they meet the man behind the revolution of tiny satellites and meet their new spacecraft.

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