Stacey Vanek Smith

Stacey Vanek Smith appears in the following:

The Economy Aboard The International Space Station

Friday, January 22, 2021

For astronauts living at the International Space Station, money is practically useless. There's nowhere to spend it. Instead astronauts developed a functioning barter economy.


Latest Relief Package May Not Save Some Small Businesses From Bankruptcy

Friday, January 08, 2021

The latest pandemic relief package includes hundreds of billions of dollars in funding for small businesses. But for many companies, the money hasn't targeted one of their biggest overheads: rent.


INTERPOL Warns People About Counterfeit Coronavirus Vaccines

Friday, December 25, 2020

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccines are being administered. Our Planet Money team delves into the dark web to learn more about the counterfeit vaccines that are being sold around the world.


Planet Money: The Lemon Plays A Critical Role In The Mafia's Creation

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The essential ingredient in the birth of the mafia wasn't the threats or the murders or the other stuff that's great for Hollywood movies. It was lemons. Our Planet Money team explains.


How More Women Than Men Are Being Impacted By The Recession

Friday, October 30, 2020

Of the 1.1 million people who left the job market in September, more than 860,000 were women. We examine why women are dropping out of the workforce, and what it will mean for the economy.


What's The Impact of Bars Shutting Down on Innovations and New Ideas?

Friday, October 16, 2020

There's a long history of bars playing a vital role in innovation and economic growth. NPR discusses what may happen now that the coronavirus pandemic has shut down so many of them.


What Will Happen To Commercial Real Estate As More People Work From Home?

Friday, October 09, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic forced many people to work from home. NPR looks into what remote work from home could mean for commercial real estate.


Lego Fans Tricked By Counterfeit Kits

Friday, September 18, 2020

Discontinued Lego sets can be worth a lot of money. Counterfeit Lego kits, made illegally in China, are scamming collectors.


Egg Prices Skyrocket During The Pandemic

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

The price of eggs skyrocketed at the start of the pandemic. That had some states crying foul — and filing suits against egg companies.


Why Millions Of Americans May Soon Face Eviction

Friday, August 28, 2020

With government support programs suspended and no immediate prospect of a resolution, millions of renters in the U.S. could soon be facing evictions.


'Planet Money': What Will It Take To Speed Up The Vaccine Process?

Thursday, August 27, 2020

It seems everyone wants to develop a coronavirus vaccine. But vaccine development usually takes years. The White House is betting money can speed things up.


Riots That Followed Anti-Racism Protests Come At Great Cost To Black-Owned Businesses

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The Black Lives Matter demonstrations have brought huge protests against racism. But alongside the protests came riots — at a great cost to some Black-owned businesses.


U.S. Sees Housing Boom Amid Economic Crisis

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Most of the U.S. economy is in decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but home sales are skyrocketing at a record pace. NPR's The Indicator from Planet Money discusses the boom.


With $600 Unemployment Aid Gone, Homelessness Is What Keeps This Mother Up At Night

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Sandy Villatoro, a housekeeper who lost her job in March, doesn't know how she'll pay the bills for her family of four now that the additional $600 weekly in federal aid she was receiving has expired.


NHL Commissioner On How The League Keeps Athletes Safe: 'Be As Flexible As Possible'

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The National Hockey League has resumed its season in two "bubbles" in Edmonton and Toronto, Canada. The league says it's administered 7,000 coronavirus tests to players, with zero positive cases.


FDA Adviser: Not Realistic To Expect A COVID-19 Vaccine In 2020

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Dr. Paul Offit, who serves on the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory board, says he doesn't think an effective vaccine that's undergone adequate testing can be ready this year.


Pandemic Puts Restaurant Owners In The Business Fight Of Their Lives

Friday, July 31, 2020

Restaurants are going out of business in droves. But some are battling hard to keep their doors open.


Companies Are Getting Creative To Find Ways To Store Crude Oil Surplus

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The oil market is oversupplied, partially due to the global economic slowdown. And companies have to come up with creative ways to store excesses of oil.


How Racial Inequality Manifests In The U.S. Banking System.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Black-owned financial institutions are a shrinking part of the U.S. financial system. NPR's podcast The Indicator from Planet Money looks at what that means for America's racial disparities.


A Town In N.D. Is Facing Hard Times As Oil Prices Plummet

Friday, June 26, 2020

Williston, N.D., had doubled in size during the oil boom a decade ago — oil companies rushed in to drill, creating thousands of jobs. Now, oil prices have fallen, and the town is facing hard times.