Robert Smith http://wuwm.com en These Days A Penny Doesn't Buy Very Much http://wuwm.com/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 09:22:00 +0000 Robert Smith 31929 at http://wuwm.com Varying Auto Safety Standards Interfere With Trade Negotiations http://wuwm.com/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 30319 at http://wuwm.com Four Years Later And One Round Earlier, The Game Ends The Same http://wuwm.com/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 21:21:00 +0000 Robert Smith 25295 at http://wuwm.com World's Best Slalom Skier Prepares For Olympic Event http://wuwm.com/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 25237 at http://wuwm.com The Sound Of Cowbells Haunts Olympics Reporter http://wuwm.com/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 25130 at http://wuwm.com Roundup At The Rink And On The Bobsled Track http://wuwm.com/post/roundup-rink-and-bobslep-track Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now, a roundup of some of the big stories out of Winter Olympics in Sochi today. A Norwegian athlete became the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time. And there was a bruising loss for host country Russia. Its men's hockey team lost to Finland and is out of the Olympic tournament. Russian fans like Alexander Ustinov(ph) were devastated.<p>ALEXANDER USTINOV: You know, it's so bad because we lose. We lose. I can't believe it. It's so bad.<p>SIEGEL: NPR's Robert Smith has been following the tournament and joins us now from Sochi. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Robert Smith 25105 at http://wuwm.com In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go' http://wuwm.com/post/bobsled-you-learn-you-go If there's one sport in the Winter Olympics you can do with your eyes closed, it's bobsled.<p>The bobsled brakeman does about five seconds of hard work, jumps in the sled and can then relax a bit. During the women's bobsled competition tonight in Sochi, we should keep our eyes open, because it's fun to watch.<p>The women call themselves brakemen — not brake women or brake person — in a nod to the fact that bobsled was an all-male sport until 2002.<p>Even now, the women only race two-man — not four-man — bobsled.<p>Elana Meyers is the No. 1 driver on the U.S. team. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Robert Smith 24984 at http://wuwm.com In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go' U.S. Women's Bobsled Team Features 2 Summer Olympians http://wuwm.com/post/us-womens-bobsled-team-takes-center-stage Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>There is one sport in the Winter Olympics you can do with your eyes closed. To be precise, you have to do a few seconds of work, after which you can close your eyes and hope for a gold. I am referring to the brakeman in bobsled. That's the athlete who pushes the sled. Tonight, the woman's two-person bobsled starts in Sochi.<p>NPR's Robert Smith introduces us to the team.<p>ROBERT SMITH, BYLINE: Let's get this out of the way. The women call themselves brakemen. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Robert Smith 24964 at http://wuwm.com Bronze In Bobsled For A Team Of Steves http://wuwm.com/post/bronze-bobsled-team-steves Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Team USA has been struggling to win gold. There were some hope today. Two pairs of American athletes went into their events as the best in the world. And we're going to hear now how they did, starting with two-men bobsled. America driver Steve Holcomb and his brakeman Steve Langton sounded like this on the bobsled course.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SHOUTING)<p>CORNISH: The Steves were going 82.7 miles per hour. The Russian sled, piloted by Alexander Zubkov, sounded like this...<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SHOUTING)<p>CORNISH: All right. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Robert Smith 24948 at http://wuwm.com U.S. Looks To Bobsledder Steve Holcomb To Add To Medal Count http://wuwm.com/post/olympic-update-sochi Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Let's check in on the Winter Olympics now. It's been a rough time so far for team USA. They have only won four gold medals in ski and snowboard slope style and in women's snowboard half pipe. The U.S. has struggled in the more traditional sports of the Winter Olympics. That could, though, change today. The U.S. has the best bobsledder in the world, Steve Holcomb. And he races the two-man today.<p>NPR's Robert Smith joins us from the Sanki Sliding track in the mountains above Sochi. Robert, good morning.<p>ROBERT SMITH, BYLINE: Good morning. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Robert Smith 24901 at http://wuwm.com