Steve Henn

Steve Henn appears in the following:

Episode 610: The Prisoner's Solution

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.


Episode 650: The Business Genius Behind Get Out

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jason Blum makes a lot of movies and makes them cheap. So why are so many turning into blockbusters?


A/B Testing Goes Mainstream: Used By Stores, Campaigns, Even Schools

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

As our world moves more and more into the digital realm, industries that used to be aligned with art and craft are becoming more scientific. Design in particular is increasingly done by the numbers.


After Paris Attacks, Encrypted Communication Is Back In Spotlight

Monday, November 16, 2015

Security officials say the Paris attacks are an example why law enforcement needs to access encrypted data. Privacy advocates and the tech industry say such "back doors" are not the best solution.


App Allows Shy Students To Ask Questions Anonymously

Friday, November 06, 2015

Close to a million college kids use Piazza. Pooja Sankar, the apps' creator, says her company can't solve all the problems for women in computer science but she hopes it's making a difference.


As New Tools Bust Down Barriers For The Blind, Schools Struggle To Keep Up

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Apps can read a book aloud, and screen readers can translate websites into spoken language. These technologies have created opportunities for blind people, but many institutions have been slow to open up.


Tech Company Hyperloop Doesn't Pay Its Employees — At Least Not In Cash

Thursday, October 15, 2015

We've come to expect a steady stream of flashy new gadgets from the booming tech sector, but another area of innovation in Silicon Valley is how we work, mainly the structure of our o...


How Skyscraper Construction Ties Into Tech Bubbles

Thursday, October 08, 2015

There's a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about a tech bubble.Our Planet Money podcast team examines one possible indicator of a bubble: architecture. Very, very tall architecture.


M. Night Shyamalan Embraces Latest Hollywood Trend: Low-Budget Films

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shyamalan's film The Visit has earned more than $25 million so far. It cost $5 million to shoot. We examine why the new movie might be better because it was made on a micro-budget.


How The Architect Of Netflix's Innovative Culture Lost Her Job To The System

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Netflix is famous for pioneering a company culture that demands standout results from every employee. One of the architects of this philosophy ended up losing her job to the system she created.


How Marketing Machines Can Make Lousy Movies Financially Successful

Friday, August 21, 2015

Planet Money was puzzled when it discovered that by one measure, the most profitable movie made in the last 5 years is also widely considered to be one of the worst. The film is: The Devil Inside.


Netflix's Parental Leave Plan Is Groundbreaking — And Unlikely To Spread

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Netflix decision to offer unlimited paid leave to new parents grew out of a culture that already offered unlimited vacation. It's part of a plan to attract the most talented employees possible.


Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into Self-Driving Cars

Friday, July 31, 2015

Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.


Remembering When Driverless Elevators Drew Skepticism

Friday, July 31, 2015

These days, the idea of a driverless car makes a lot of people nervous. Our Planet Money team goes back in time when automatic elevators made people just as worried.


Baltimore Man's Plan To Fix Parking Problem Meets Opposition From Cities

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Baltimore man created an app that allowed people to sell their parking space after they left it. But many residents weren't thrilled with the idea of paying for a once free parking space.


A Suit That Turns A Person Into A Robot (Sort Of)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Robots are really bad at many simple human tasks. One possible workaround: Combine the person with the machine.


Silk Road Founder Sentenced To Life In Prison

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ross Ulbricht, creator of the website Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison Friday. The website was a sophisticated criminal enterprise that specialized in selling illegal drugs.


Robots Are Really Bad At Folding Towels

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Machines are surprisingly bad at doing things an average 8-year-old can do with ease.


Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tesla is building the biggest battery factory in the world. It hopes to drive battery prices down so far that lithium ion batteries are no longer just for laptops, phones or cars.


Why Do Courts Still Deliver Many Legal Documents By Hand?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A judge in New York recently allow one woman to serve her husband divorce papers through Facebook. The case made national news because this almost never happens.