David Kestenbaum http://wcqs.org en Typewriters, Underwater Hotels And Picturephones: The Future, As Seen From 1964 http://wcqs.org/post/typewriters-underwater-hotels-and-picture-phones-future-seen-1964 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!<p>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.<p><strong>1. We had picture phones back then?</strong><p>Vito Turso was at the fair when he used one of the first <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47xTOTFoTfc&t=7m14s" target="_blank">picture phones</a>. Back then, he was a boy selling pizza at the fair. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:36:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 22501 at http://wcqs.org Typewriters, Underwater Hotels And Picturephones: The Future, As Seen From 1964 Everyone Goes To The Store To Get Milk. So Why's It Way In The Back? http://wcqs.org/post/everyone-goes-store-get-milk-so-whys-it-way-back <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Everyone+Goes+To+The+Store+To+Get+Milk.+So+Why%27s+It+Way+In+The+Back%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Milk is one of the most popular items in a supermarket. And yet, it is often found at the very back of the store. One theory is that stores want you to walk further through the aisles so you'll buy more stuff. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:02:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 21649 at http://wcqs.org Volatility Index Indicates Wall Street Is Bored http://wcqs.org/post/fear-index-rate-reflects-investor-boredom An economic indicator commonly called the VIX, volatility index, is also known as the fear index. Whatever you call it, the index is hitting lows not seen since before the financial crisis. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 19301 at http://wcqs.org Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack http://wcqs.org/post/why-pack-peanut-butter-mms-weighs-tiny-bit-less-regular-pack The other day I went down to the little shop in the lobby of our building for a snack. I couldn't decide whether I wanted regular M&M's or Peanut Butter M&M's so I bought them both. On the way back upstairs to the office, I noticed something strange on the labels. Each had cost $1, but the pack of Peanut Butter M&M's was a very tiny bit lighter: 0.06 ounces lighter!<p>I wanted to know why, so I called a couple of experts and asked for their theories:<p><strong>Theory No. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:08:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 19055 at http://wcqs.org Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack On The Internet, A Penny Is Nothing To Sneeze At http://wcqs.org/post/internet-penny-nothing-sneeze <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=On+The+Internet%2C+A+Penny+Is+Nothing+To+Sneeze+At&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Our Planet Money team this week is taking a look at the lowly penny. People discard pennies in bowls by cash registers. They walk by them on the street without a thought of picking them up. In fact, a lot of us don't even pick them up when we drop them. Thu, 22 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 18375 at http://wcqs.org In 4,000 Years, One Thing Hasn't Changed: It Takes Time To Buy Light http://wcqs.org/post/4000-years-one-thing-hasnt-changed-it-takes-time-buy-light Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>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.<p>DAVID KESTENBAUM, BYLINE: Before you could get light at the flick of a switch, there were other options - none of them very good. Jane Brox wrote a book called "Brilliant: The Evolution Of Artificial Light." In the tropics, she says, people would catch fireflies and make a sort of firefly lantern. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:44:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 17531 at http://wcqs.org How One State Convinced Its 'Young Invincibles' To Get Health Insurance http://wcqs.org/post/how-one-state-convinced-its-young-invicibles-get-health-insurance Buying insurance doesn't always feel like it makes economic sense, especially for young healthy people. So why are they still willing to pay? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:37:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 17161 at http://wcqs.org How One State Convinced Its 'Young Invincibles' To Get Health Insurance New Web Addresses Provide Alternatives To Crowded Domains http://wcqs.org/post/new-web-addresses-provide-alternatives-crowded-domains Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Friday it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. Think of the Internet as a group of islands. There's one island for all the Web addresses with .COM. That one's very crowded. There is the less popular .NET island. Also our personal favorite, .ORG. Well, now the number of islands is expanding dramatically. There's .BIKE and .PLUMBING, .NINJA and more islands to come. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:59:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 16224 at http://wcqs.org Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs? http://wcqs.org/post/does-raising-minimum-wage-kill-jobs President Obama has called for increasing the minimum wage, saying it will help some of the poorest Americans. Opponents argue that a higher minimum wage will lead employers to cut jobs.<p>Figuring out the effect of raising the minimum wage is tough. Ideally you'd like to compare one universe where the minimum was raised against an alternate universe where it remained fixed.<p>Economist David Card found the next best thing. In 1992, New Jersey was about to raise its minimum wage. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:41:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 14961 at http://wcqs.org Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs? The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America http://wcqs.org/post/birth-minimum-wage-america In 1895, legislators in New York state decided to improve working conditions in what at the time could be a deadly profession: baking bread.<p>"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."<p>New York passed a law called the Bakeshop Act. It didn't set a minimum wage — the minimum wage didn't exist yet in the U.S. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:33:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 13010 at http://wcqs.org The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America