Robert Smith

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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 ...


Under U.K. Law, Jail Time For Psychologically Abusive Partners

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A new law in the United Kingdom aims to help people trapped in an abusive marriage, even without physical abuse. The legislation makes it illegal for spouses to psychologically bully their partners.


Britain Inches Closer To Referendum On Whether To Leave EU

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The United Kingdom has been part of the European economic bloc since the 1970s. Britons will vote in a referendum, likely next year, about whether they want to stay in the European Union.


Big, Bold, Wild: We Re-Create Christmas Dinners Of Centuries Past

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Same Christmas dinner as last year? You're doing it wrong. In 17th-century Britain, Christmas dinner was a lavish, experimental, 12-day drunken affair. Think Mardi Gras with snow.


English Chef Recreates Dinners Of Christmas Past

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A chef in the North of England is recreating the Christmas dinners of two centuries ago.


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.)


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.