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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5:17am

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.
Quoctrung Bui

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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6:54am

Mon November 24, 2014
Planet Money

Experts Suggest OPEC's Power Over Oil Prices Is Waning

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:02 pm

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4:46am

Thu October 30, 2014
Business

The Independent Oil Producer You Usually Don't Hear From

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

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3:58pm

Thu October 9, 2014
Planet Money

How College Students Battled Textbook Publishers To A Draw, In 3 Graphs

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 1:18 pm

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College textbooks are expensive. You probably already know this. A new biology or economics book can cost $300.

And prices have been soaring, doubling over the past decade, growing faster than the price of housing, cars, even health care.

But, surprisingly, the amount students actually spend on textbooks has not been rising. In fact, the best data we could find on this shows students have been spending a bit less over time.

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3:36am

Thu August 21, 2014
Planet Money

Typewriters, Underwater Hotels And Picturephones: The Future, As Seen From 1964

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 4:56 pm

General Motors

The 1964 World's Fair showcased jet packs and new miracles of science. There was an entire house made of Formica. You could wipe it clean with a sponge!

The people who put the fair together tried to imagine how the future would look. Here are a few predictions, and how they actually turned out.

1. We had picture phones back then?

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7:14am

Fri August 1, 2014
Business

Everyone Goes To The Store To Get Milk. So Why's It Way In The Back?

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