Robert Smith http://kccu.org en These Days A Penny Doesn't Buy Very Much http://kccu.org/post/these-days-penny-doesnt-buy-very-much Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And let's go from billions to pennies. The penny occupies a strange spot on the economic landscape: It's worth almost nothing, but not quite. Tomorrow and today, our Planet Money team will be reporting on the penny, starting with this report from Robert Smith and Jacob Goldstein, who set out on the streets of Manhattan with a simple question: Can you buy anything for a penny?<p>ROBERT SMITH, BYLINE: We started with the guy who runs the fruit stand outside our office.<p>What if we wanted to buy one cherry?<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: No one cherry. Wed, 21 May 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Robert Smith 56520 at http://kccu.org Varying Auto Safety Standards Interfere With Trade Negotiations http://kccu.org/post/varying-auto-safety-standards-interfere-trade-negotiations The U.S. and Europe have different car safety standards. Some of them are small while others are more dramatic. All car makers agree that the different standards are a pain. So why the difference? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Robert Smith 55275 at http://kccu.org Four Years Later And One Round Earlier, The Game Ends The Same http://kccu.org/post/four-years-later-and-one-round-earlier-game-ends-same Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>For the second day in a row, there was heartbreak in Sochi for American hockey. Yesterday, the U.S. women's team fell to Canada. Today, it was the men's turn losing in the Olympic semifinals. Canada now goes on to fight for the gold medal in men's hockey while Team USA can still get the bronze. Today's match was supposed to be an opportunity for the Americans to avenge their loss to Canada in the Olympics four years ago. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Robert Smith 51267 at http://kccu.org World's Best Slalom Skier Prepares For Olympic Event http://kccu.org/post/worlds-best-slalom-skier-prepares-olympic-event Eighteen-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin is the favorite in Friday's women's slalom at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Three other Americans are also in the field of 88. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:29:00 +0000 Robert Smith 51219 at http://kccu.org The Sound Of Cowbells Haunts Olympics Reporter http://kccu.org/post/sound-cowbells-haunt-olympic-reporter On the slopes, athletes are cheered on by fans, family and friends ringing cowbells. Does it help? Is it too much? Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Robert Smith 51130 at http://kccu.org