Greg Rosalsky
Greg Rosalsky
Since 2018, Greg Rosalsky has been a writer and reporter at NPR's Planet Money. Before joining NPR, he spent more than five years at Freakonomics Radio, where he produced 60 episodes that were downloaded nearly 100 million times.Source
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Secret Gyms And The Economics Of Prohibition

Secret Gyms And The Economics Of Prohibition

My friend Evelyn is an immigration lawyer, and she recently had a meeting at a foreign consulate in downtown San Francisco. (Her work makes it hard for her to talk to reporters, so we're not using her last name). As she walked toward the building's metal detectors, the security guards told her she couldn't bring her backpack in, so she had to leave. She worried this would make her late, so she frantically began searching for a safe place to stash it. She walked down the street, and her eyes caught a gym storefront with one of those garage-style, roll-down metal doors. It was slightly open. ...

August 11, 2020
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The Data On Legalizing Weed

The Data On Legalizing Weed

The Data On Legalizing Weed : Planet Money It's been close to a decade since the first states legalized recreational marijuana. And the data is coming in.Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can .Last month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed making it official: marijuana will soon be growing legally in the gardens of the Garden State for anyone over 21 to enjoy. The bills follow through on a marijuana legalization ballot initiative that New Jerseyans approved overwhelmingly last year. New Jersey is now one of a dozen states, plus the District of Columbia,...

Mar 16
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How Poverty Makes Workers Less Productive

How Poverty Makes Workers Less Productive

How Poverty Makes Workers Less Productive : Planet Money A new study adds to the growing mountain of evidence that says that poverty impairs people's ability to think.Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can .As Washington debates sending checks to Americans and increasing the minimum wage, offers evidence for how such policies could help eliminate poverty. Obviously, giving more money to people without much money helps them with money problems. But the study adds to a growing body of research that says that money really does help workers earn more money....

Feb 2
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What 1919 Teaches Us About Pent-Up Demand

What 1919 Teaches Us About Pent-Up Demand

What 1919 Teaches Us About Pent-Up Demand : Planet Money A hundred years ago, a world war and a pandemic wreaked havoc on baseball and other industries. But pent-up demand helped them come roaring back.Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can .1918 should have been a great year for baseball. A young left-handed pitcher named Babe Ruth began the year by pitching an opening-day victory for the Boston Red Sox. Shortly after, Ruth lobbied the team's manager to let him play other positions so he could spend more time at the plate. The strategy paid off, and Ruth...

Jan 12
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How To Make A New Year's Resolution

How To Make A New Year's Resolution

How To Make A New Year's Resolution : Planet Money A new study looks at ways to make New Year's resolutions succeed.Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can .2020 has been a disaster for meeting new people, which is why Per Carlbring's New Year's resolution is to spend next year trying to connect with someone new every day. Carlbring, a professor who heads Stockholm University's Department of Psychology, knows a thing or two about making a New Year's resolution stick. He and his colleagues recently published a on the topic. Carlbring was inspired to embark on...

Dec 29
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The Backcountry Boom

The Backcountry Boom

The Backcountry Boom : Planet Money In mountains across America, skiers and snowboarders are ditching ski lifts and heading into the backcountry. We talked with a pioneer of backcountry snowboarding about how we got here.Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can .In mountains across America, skiers and snowboarders are ditching ski lifts and heading into the untamed wilderness of the backcountry. Even before the pandemic, backcountry was the fastest growing segment of the skiing and snowboarding industry. Now with COVID imperiling ski resorts, the sport is...

Dec 15
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Amid Pandemic, Here's What Researchers Have Learned About The Economy

Amid Pandemic, Here's What Researchers Have Learned About The Economy

Amid Pandemic, Here's What Researchers Have Learned About The Economy : Planet Money Since COVID-19 hit our shores, economists have been crunching data to see how it's affecting our economy.Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can .COVID-19 has been a massive disaster. But it has also been like a massive natural experiment. During the last nine months, we've learned a lot about the coronavirus, its economic effects and effective interventions to help manage the pain of another wave. So we decided to sum up some of the economic research. Poverty ... fell? In...

October 20, 2020
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Secret Gyms And The Economics Of Prohibition

Secret Gyms And The Economics Of Prohibition

Secret Gyms And The Economics Of Prohibition : Planet Money COVID-19 safeguards have created a black market for gyms.Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can .My friend Evelyn is an immigration lawyer, and she recently had a meeting at a foreign consulate in downtown San Francisco. (Her work makes it hard for her to talk to reporters, so we're not using her last name). As she walked toward the building's metal detectors, the security guards told her she couldn't bring her backpack in, so she had to leave. She worried this would make her late, so she...

August 11, 2020
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Should We Shield Businesses From COVID-19 Lawsuits?

Should We Shield Businesses From COVID-19 Lawsuits?

Should We Shield Businesses From COVID-19 Lawsuits? : Planet Money The debate over liability and the coronavirus.Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can .As summer wanes, students at the University of New Hampshire are getting ready for school. They're buying school supplies. They're picking their classes. And they're having to decide whether to sign a strange document that might waive away legal rights to sue their school if they get sick or die on campus during a global pandemic. You know, typical back-to-school stuff. The university insists the document is...

July 28, 2020
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Is It Time To Kill The Penny?

Is It Time To Kill The Penny?

Is It Time To Kill The Penny? : Planet Money As America experiences a coin shortage, Planet Money takes a look at the value of the penny.Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can .Banks and laundromats are scrambling. Arcades and gumball machine operators are bracing for the worst. Grocery stores are rounding their prices to even dollars or rejecting cash altogether. The specter of the lurks everywhere. Blame COVID-19. The U.S. Mint cut back on coin production this spring to keep its workers safe. Meanwhile, the economy is constipated. "With the closure of the...

July 14, 2020
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