Alex Blumberg

Alex Blumberg is a contributing editor for NPR's Planet Money. He is also a producer for the public radio program This American Life, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University. He has done radio documentaries on the U.S. Navy, people who do impersonations of their mothers and teenage Steve Forbes supporters. He won first place at the 2002 Third Coast International Audio Festival for his story "Yes, There is a Baby." His story on clinical medical ethicists won the 1999 Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) award for best radio documentary.

In 2008, Blumberg collaborated with NPR economics correspondent Adam Davidson on a special This American Life episode about the housing crisis. Called "the greatest explainer ever heard" by noted journalism professor Jay Rosen, the Giant Pool of Money became the inspiration for NPR's Planet Money.

Blumberg has a B.A. from Oberlin College.

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1:32am

Mon December 31, 2012
Planet Money

The Fiscal Cliff: A Love Story

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 3:46 am

America, if you're scared by all the talk you've been hearing about the fiscal cliff, take heart: There are reasons for people across the political spectrum to love the cliff.

There's a lot for liberals to like in the fiscal cliff, says Matthew Yglesias, who writes wonky articles about economics for Slate.

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12:54am

Fri December 7, 2012
Planet Money

Why The Falling Birthrate Is Bad News For My 2-Year-Old Son

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 5:26 am

Please don't make me pay for your retirement.
Alex Blumberg NPR

The U.S. birthrate just fell to its lowest point since we've been keeping track. Here's why that may be a problem for my 2-year-old son.

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3:59pm

Tue July 3, 2012
Planet Money

Does Medicaid Make People Healthier?

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 3:08 pm

Karen Roach iStockphoto.com

A while back, Robin Boros lost her job, and she and her husband couldn't afford health insurance.

One time, Boros passed out, and her husband called an ambulance.

"The hospital bill, it was atrocious," she says. "We couldn't pay it."

They never figured out why Boros passed out. But after that, she and her husband avoided going to the doctor. At times, she says, she even bought blood pressure medication on the street.

"That was awful," Boros says. "But you do what you got to do."

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12:56am

Wed June 6, 2012
Planet Money

Why Does The Mortgage-Interest Tax Deduction Still Exist?

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 10:07 am

Alex Brandon AP

This is the latest story in our series on money in politics.

If you have a mortgage on your home, you can deduct the interest from your taxes. It's a popular, well-entrenched policy. But according to one policy adviser to a U.S. senator, "the mortgage-interest deduction, from a purely policy perspective ... makes no sense."

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1:26am

Fri April 20, 2012
Planet Money

When Lobbyists Pay To Meet With Congressmen

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:49 pm

Charles Dharapak AP

Yesterday, we reported on the fundraisers that lobbyists hold for Congressmen every day in Washington. Today, we hear what happens inside those events. The stories are part of our series on money in politics.

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