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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2:44pm

Fri May 2, 2014
Economy

In 4,000 Years, One Thing Hasn't Changed: It Takes Time To Buy Light

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:17 am

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And now, 4,000 years of economic growth in seven minutes. This story comes, of course, from our Planet Money team. David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein bring us the history of light and how the world came what it is today.

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3:03pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Health Care

How One State Convinced Its 'Young Invincibles' To Get Health Insurance

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:45 am

A 2008 ad trying to convince uninsured Massachusetts residents to get signed up for health insurance.
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Buying insurance doesn't always feel like it makes economic sense, especially for young healthy people. So why are they still willing to pay?

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2:59am

Fri April 4, 2014
Planet Money

New Web Addresses Provide Alternatives To Crowded Domains

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:22 am

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On a Friday it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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5:43am

Fri February 7, 2014
Planet Money

A Venture Capitalist Is Betting A Pair Of Socks (And $50 Million) On Bitcoin's Future

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:26 am

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Ben Horowitz is a big-time venture capitalist. His firm invested in Facebook and Twitter. More recently, his firm invested some $50 million in startups related to bitcoin, the virtual currency that works like online cash. Ben thinks bitcoin is going to change the way people buy and sell stuff on the Internet.

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2:51am

Fri January 17, 2014
Planet Money

The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 2:46 pm

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In 1895, legislators in New York state decided to improve working conditions in what at the time could be a deadly profession: baking bread.

"Bakeries are actually extremely dangerous places to work," says Eric Rauchway, a historian at the University of California, Davis. "Because flour is such a fine particulate, if it gets to hang in the air it can catch fire and the whole room can go up in a sheet of flame."

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