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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Planet Money
4:58 am
Thu March 12, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 6:37 am

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3:54 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

What Do Shorted Stocks Tell Us About The Economy?

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 9:40 pm

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Planet Money
4:36 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Greek Finance Minister Gets A Chance To Fix Beleaguered Economy

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 6:52 am

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Planet Money
4:06 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Bakers And The Birth Of The Minimum Wage

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 9:43 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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Planet Money
4:17 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Winning At Short Selling May Not Be A Reason To Celebrate

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 6:46 am

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Planet Money
4:43 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

The Spicy History Of Short Selling Stocks

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 9:07 am

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Planet Money
3:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Iceland Experiments With A Jubilee Of Debt Forgiveness

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:51 pm

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Planet Money
5:54 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Experts Suggest OPEC's Power Over Oil Prices Is Waning

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 12:02 pm

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3:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The Independent Oil Producer You Usually Don't Hear From

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 1:25 pm

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Planet Money
3:14 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

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

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Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:18 pm

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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