Robert Smith

Robert Smith appears in the following:

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.


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.