David Kestenbaum

David Kestenbaum is a correspondent for NPR, covering science, energy issues and, most recently, the global economy for NPR's multimedia project Planet Money. David has been a science correspondent for NPR since 1999. He came to journalism the usual way — by getting a Ph.D. in physics first.

In his years at NPR, David has covered science's discoveries and its darker side, including the Northeast blackout, the anthrax attacks and the collapse of the New Orleans levees. He has also reported on energy issues, particularly nuclear and climate change.

David has won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

David worked briefly on the show This American Life, and set up a radio journalism program in Cambodia on a Fulbright fellowship. He also teaches a journalism class at Johns Hopkins University.

David holds a bachelor's of science degree in physics from Yale University and a doctorate in physics from Harvard University.

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5:03am

Thu April 9, 2015
Planet Money

CEO Describes What It's Like When Investors Bet Against You

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:29 pm

The online furniture company Wayfair is now one of the most shorted stocks. Our Planet Money team talks to its CEO about what it's like to be running a company when some investors are betting on your fall.

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5:58am

Thu March 12, 2015
Planet Money

What Does NPR's Planet Money Team Have In Common With George Soros?

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:37 am

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4:36pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Business

What Do Shorted Stocks Tell Us About The Economy?

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 10:40 pm

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5:25am

Thu February 26, 2015
Business

Greek Finance Minister Gets A Chance To Fix Beleaguered Economy

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 7:52 am

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4:46pm

Fri February 20, 2015
Planet Money

Bakers And The Birth Of The Minimum Wage

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 10:43 pm

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On January 1, 20 states raise their minimum wage and several states have additional increases planned in the coming months. Yesterday, we learned that Walmart will raise its base pay to $9 an hour this April.

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5:17am

Fri January 30, 2015
Planet Money

Winning At Short Selling May Not Be A Reason To Celebrate

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 7:46 am

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5:43pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Planet Money

The Spicy History Of Short Selling Stocks

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 10:07 am

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6:29am

Thu January 29, 2015
Planet Money

We Shorted America!

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 11:02 am

We bet against this.
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A lot of people buy stocks, hoping they will go up in value. But it is possible to bet in the opposite direction. You can bet against a stock, hoping it will plunge. It's called "shorting" a stock.

Most people don't short stocks, and we wondered why. So we decided to short something ourselves.

We had no idea what to short, or how to do it. So we asked the well-known short seller Andrew Left of Citron Research for advice. He interrupted me before I could finish explaining our plan.

"Don't do it," he said.

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6:33am

Wed January 21, 2015
Business

Scandium Middleman Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:35 pm

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4:30pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Planet Money

Iceland Experiments With A Jubilee Of Debt Forgiveness

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 8:51 pm

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