Robert Smith

Robert Smith appears in the following:

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.


Universal Postal Union Tries To Divvy Up Countries' Stamp Money Fairly

Friday, October 14, 2016

Planet Money digs into the complex economics of international postage. When we send a letter to a foreign country, how should the stamp money be shared with the people delivering the letter?


Planet Money's Oil Ends Its Journey In A Gas Tank

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NPR's Planet Money team follows the oil they bought on the final part of its journey — into someone's gas tank.


In The Oil Business, Why Timing Is Everything

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NPR's "Planet Money" team embarked on a quest to buy, transport and refine crude oil. The team learns that you have to be as savvy as possible because oil prices go up — and down.


Planet Money Watches Crude Oil Transform Into Gasoline At Refinery

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

After buying 100 barrels of crude oil and delivering it to a pipeline, NPR's Planet Money team goes to a refinery to see it turned into gasoline.


Planet Money Explores The Value Of Crude Oil

Monday, September 19, 2016

NPR's Planet Money team embarked on a quest to buy, transport and refine crude oil, and met all the people who make gasoline possible.


'Planet Money' Team Heads To Kansas To Get Into The Oil Business

Monday, September 19, 2016

NPR's Planet Money team embarks on a quest to buy, transport and refine crude oil. We'll meet all the people who make our gasoline possible.


What Keeps Poor Farmers Poor?

Friday, September 09, 2016

The simple answer is a lack of money: no money to expand their fields or use the latest seeds and technology. But economists have a more complicated theory. Perhaps, farmers face too much risk.


Before Britain's EU Departure, We Fly To Some European Destinations

Thursday, July 14, 2016

One of the perks of being in the European Union is easy travel. Flights are cheap and there are no border checks between most of the countries.


Was It Worth It For Lesotho To Sell Its Water To South Africa?

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

What happens when a country decides to sell its water then hits a drought? Our Planet Money team takes us to a country in Africa that might have given away its most valuable resource.


When Temporary Toilets Become A Fixture In Poor Communities

Friday, June 03, 2016

We've all seen those portable plastic toilets at festivals and street fairs, but what happens when a community has to use them for more than a decade? Robert Smith from Planet Money takes us to a slum outside of Cape Town, South Africa where a temporary solution has lasted too long.


Shoemaker New Balance Challenges Obama On Trans-Pacific Partnership

Friday, April 22, 2016

Shoemaker New Balance is criticizing the Obama administration over the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The company is trying to make a running shoe with 100 percent American parts and feel the trade deal will doom shoes made in the U.S.


Puerto Rico Credit Union Builds Confidence With A New Headquarters

Friday, April 01, 2016

As Puerto Rico faces a debt crisis, the island's banking institutions are trying to keep their customers calm. One great trick: making your building look solid.


After 14 Years Of Lawsuits, Argentina Reaches Settlement To Repay Debt

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Argentina is paying up. After a lengthy legal battle that could change how countries borrow money, Argentina has come to a settlement with its most stalwart creditors.


Encore: Housing Costs Inspire London Builders To Create Underground Mansions

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

High housing costs are encouraging Londoners to build down instead of up. They're digging out basements to create underground mansions. This story originally aired on Jan. 4, 2016 on Morning Edition.


British Homeowners Build A New Superhighway — For Hedgehogs

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hedgehogs are starting to disappear from the English countryside, threatened by cars, garbage and even fences. But now there's a campaign to save one of England's favorite animals.


In London, Builders Dig Deep To Offer More Room

Monday, January 04, 2016

The high cost of housing is encouraging Londoners to build down instead of up. They're digging out basements to create underground mansions — often to neighbors' dismay.


Britain's National Archives Releases Thatcher's Secret Cabinet Papers

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The documents are from Margaret Thatcher's time as prime minister. Among the daily bureaucratic memos: Ronald Reagan told Thatcher that she must read Tom Clancy novels to understand the Soviet Union.


England And Wales Expand The Meaning Of Domestic Abuse

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A groundbreaking law on domestic abuse takes effect today in England and Wales. It expands the meaning of domestic violence to include psychological and emotional torment. So it is now a crime there to control your spouse, say, through social media or online stalking. Experts in domestic violence say it ...