Robert Smith

Robert Smith appears in the following:

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.


Episode 471: The Eddie Murphy Rule

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

We answer one of the most important questions in finance: What actually happens at the end of Trading Places?


Episode 786: Rest of the Story 2017, Vol. 1

Friday, July 28, 2017

News moves fast. Some of our best stories from this year have new chapters. Here, we catch up on three: Dirty trademarks, trading bots, and the war against the bald eagle.


Episode 784: Meeting The Russians

Friday, July 14, 2017

That meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was two decades in the making. It began in 1996, when an adventurous American went to Russia, trying to make a buck.


Episode 586: How Stuff Gets Cheaper

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

We visit a company where people work on figuring out how to make stuff get cheaper.


Episode 286: Libertarian Summer Camp

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We visited a libertarian summer paradise. What we found: People paying in gold. Exotic bacon dishes. A nine-year-old selling alcohol.


Is It Realistic? Trump Budget Relies On 3 Percent Economic Growth

Thursday, June 22, 2017

President Trump's budget proposal assumes the U.S. economy will grow at 3 percent a year. Most economists call that improbable. We try to figure out what it would take to hit the magic 3 percent.


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.


Episode 776: Here We Grow Again

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The president's budget promises 3% growth. Is that doable? Yes, but he won't like what it would take.


Episode 771: When India's Cash Disappeared, Part Two

Friday, May 12, 2017

What happened when India's Prime Minister declared most of the paper money in India worthless? We travel to India to see what happened after the country's demonetization.


Economists Take Cues From Speed Dating With Job Search System

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Economists don't look for jobs in the same way the rest of us do. They are way too rational. They have a system that looks a lot like speed dating.


Episode 769: Speed Dating For Economists

Friday, May 05, 2017

We visit a job market created by economists, for economists. It's a hyper-efficient, optimized system, tested by game theorists, tweaked by a Nobel Prize winner, but it requires comfortable shoes.


Episode 553: The Dollar At The Center Of The World

Friday, April 28, 2017

Today on the show, how a New Hampshire hotel filled with boozing economists saved the global economy.


Episode 764: Pub In A Box

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One man figured out how to reproduce the magic of an Irish pub, and ship it in a container to anywhere in the world.


The Mastermind Behind The International Irish Pub

Friday, April 07, 2017

NPR's Planet Money team explores why Irish bars look so similar all over the world and what happens when you take an authentic national experience and turn it into an export.


Episode 531: The Tough, The Sweet, The Nosy

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The tricks and mind games tax collectors use to get people to pay up.


Bees Travel Cross Country For The California Almond Harvest

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Each year, millions upon millions of honey bees go on a cross country road trip to make the California almond harvest possible.


Trump's Possible 'Border Adjustment Tax,' Explained

Friday, February 10, 2017

President Trump has made American manufacturing a central concern. Can a complicated approach called a border adjustment tax make it happen? Planet Money looks at how it's supposed to work.


The Mysterious Missing Trillions In Donald Trump's Tax Plan

Thursday, November 10, 2016

There are two possible versions of a Trump tax plan. He hasn't confirmed which one he plans to pursue. There's a $1.5 trillion difference between the two of them over 10 years.


How Venezuela's Economy Collapsed And Led To Political Unrest

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Venezuela has one of the worst economies in the world with food shortages and massive inflation. NPR's Planet Money team explains how it got so bad.