Robert Smith

Robert Smith appears in the following:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.