David Kestenbaum http://wmot.org en Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack http://wmot.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 39515 at http://wmot.org Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin? http://wmot.org/post/stradivarius-just-violin The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him: No one has ever been able to duplicate the sound of the violins or violas he made.<p>His instruments have taken on a mythical quality. Fri, 16 May 2014 18:42:31 +0000 David Kestenbaum 38644 at http://wmot.org Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin? In 4,000 Years, One Thing Hasn't Changed: It Takes Time To Buy Light http://wmot.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 38086 at http://wmot.org How One State Convinced Its 'Young Invincibles' To Get Health Insurance http://wmot.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 37739 at http://wmot.org How One State Convinced Its 'Young Invincibles' To Get Health Insurance Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs? http://wmot.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 35602 at http://wmot.org Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?