Robert Smith

Robert Smith appears in the following:

Why Aren't Auto Safety Standards Universal?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Why do the U.S. and Europe have different safety standards? Every country feels like it knows the best way to protect motorists. (This piece initially aired on April 30, 2014 on Morning Edition.)

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Uber, Lyft And No More Loans: Twilight Is Here For Big-City Taxi Barons

Friday, August 07, 2015

Not too long ago, a New York taxi medallion was worth more than a million dollars. Gene Friedman managed to buy more than 1,000. But that was before Uber, and now people like Friedman face bankruptcy.

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Some Greeks Are Finding Opportunity Amid Their Economy's Uncertainty

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In Greece, not all the smart, young people are leaving. Some are using the crisis as an opportunity to start a new business — including one woman who want to make trucking in Greece more efficient.

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'Planet Money' Does The Math On 'The Six Billion Dollar Man'

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Six Million Dollar Man TV show is being rebooted. Mark Wahlberg will star in the movie remake: The Six Billion Dollar Man. We Examine why the inflated number, and what the number should really be.

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How A Swiss Cheese Cartel Made Fondue Popular

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The popularity of fondue wasn't an accident. It was planned by a shadowy association of Swiss cheese makers. A cheese cartel basically ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years, until fairly recently.

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How Success Almost Killed A Game, And How Its Creators Saved It

Thursday, April 16, 2015

When Magic: The Gathering became a hit, its creators faced a surprising problem.

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These Days A Penny Doesn't Buy Very Much

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The penny occupies a strange spot in our economy — it's worth almost nothing. Our Planet Money Team goes on an expedition through the streets of Manhattan to find something they can buy for one cent.

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Immortalized In Wax

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Madame Tussauds unveiled the life-size statue of the Facebook CEO at their museum in San Francisco. The museum says Zuckerberg did not make himself available for a sitting, so artists used photos.

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Varying Auto Safety Standards Interfere With Trade Negotiations

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The U.S. and Europe have different car safety standards. Some of them are small while others are more dramatic. All car makers agree that the different standards are a pain. So why the difference?

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In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go'

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

If there's one sport in the Winter Olympics you can do with your eyes closed, it's bobsled.

The bobsled brakeman does about five seconds of hard work, jumps in the sled and can then relax a bit. During the women's bobsled competition tonight in Sochi, we should keep our eyes ...

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Foggy Weather Throws Events Off Course In Sochi

Monday, February 17, 2014

The blue skies couldn't last forever.

A fog as thick as Russian borscht rolled into the mountains above Sochi on Sunday night. From the vantage point of the relatively low-altitude bobsled track, the gondolas heading up to the cross-country center and alpine venues disappeared into the clouds.

The weather is ...

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Photos: The Planet Money T-Shirt Goes To Indonesia

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This week, Jess Jiang and Robert Smith visited the factory in Indonesia where U.S. cotton was spun into yarn for the Planet Money T-shirt. (They also visited several other factories.) Here are some of the pictures Robert posted to our T-Shirt Tumblr.

Other than this woman ...

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Bodies On The Boardwalk: Murder Stirs A Sleepy Jersey Shore

Thursday, August 01, 2013

When writer Chris Grabenstein plots his mysteries, the murders happen in the corny nooks of New Jersey's Jersey shore. After all, there's something delightfully cheesy about a beach town.

"I guess I'm a cheesy guy. I like this kind of stuff," Grabenstein says. "Ever since I was a kid I ...

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What Actually Happens At The End Of Trading Places?

Friday, July 19, 2013

It's been 30 years since Trading Places came out. And, to be honest, I never really understood what happened at the end of that movie. Sure, Louis Winthorpe (Dan Aykroyd) and Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) get rich, and the Duke brothers lose all their money. But what actually happens? ...

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The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Beige Book is weird. It's an economic report released by the Federal Reserve every few months, but it doesn't have many numbers in it. Mostly, it's a bunch of stories gathered by talking to businesses around the country. A Fed economist once described it as the "Ask Your Uncle" ...

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Translating The Coca-Cola Experience

Friday, June 07, 2013

For more about Coke's return to Myanmar, listen to Robert Smith's story on Morning Edition.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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How To Sell Coke To People Who Have Never Had A Sip

Friday, June 07, 2013

For years, there were only three countries in the world that didn't officially sell Coca-Cola: Cuba, North Korea and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Now, after 60 years, Coke is back in Myanmar. Sanctions were lifted last year on the country. Just this week, Coca-Cola opened its new bottling plant ...

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