Host Ira Glass talks to producer David Kestenbaum about what it was like to be a kid magician.
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Magicians say it can take years to create and polish a new magic trick. Teller (of Penn and Teller) shows host Ira Glass how he invented one of his most beautiful and puzzling routines.
Producer David Kestenbaum became obsessed with one trick he loved as a kid—when David Copperfield made the statue of liberty disappear.
If there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, why haven’t we heard from the extraterrestrials yet? Producer David Kestenbaum explains The Fermi Paradox to host Ira Glass. The possibility that we are alone in the universe makes David sad.
David Kestenbaum finds that the most unforgettable person in this county is a dead guy. A guy named Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Producer David Kestenbaum explains how teachers at his sons’ preschool installed a “tattle phone” where kids could register their complaints about each other. David rigged it up to record those complaints and document the unfairnesses of preschool.
Senior Editor David Kestenbaum talks with a different kind of advocacy group: animal scientists doing their best to save a particular species before it winks out of existence. (16 minutes)
Our senior editor David Kestenbaum introduces us to someone who is literally running around the block as a way to solve one of his problems. David tries to figure out why it works.
Our producer David Kestenbaum spoke with some people who are in the grand gesture business: skywriters.
Donald Trump has promised to get rid of Obamacare. Producer David Kestenbaum talks with someone who’d lose their insurance.
Planet Money correspondent David Kestenbaum investigates the growing popularity of pet insurance, and what it reveals about insurance for people.
David Kestenbaum retraces the steps of Steve Snyder, a man who found himself running for love.
Producer David Kestenbaum tells the story of an astronaut who returns with a very unexpected view of the great beyond.
Producer David Kestenbaum took issue with the entire premise of today’s show, and explains why.
Where do we go when we die? Producer David Kestenbaum learns that the answer's pretty bureaucratic.
David Kestenbaum tells the story of a man on the verge of one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time … right on the verge. (4 minutes)
David Kestenbaum finds out about a speech that, in another world, President Clinton gave on August 17, 1998.
Host Ira Glass talks with David Kestenbaum about a phone app that can create alternate universes with the press of a button.
Guest host David Kestenbaum talks to producer Diane Wu about a list she keeps of things she means to know. Sweet potatoes vs. yams.
A judge in a suburban New Jersey courtroom wants the people who come before him to see the rules as fair. Including our reporter, David Kestenbaum.
Two civil servants who do not like our new President weigh their options. Quit? Stay? Stay and fight? Producer David Kestenbaum reports.
David and Chana's toxic asset, which has acquired the nickname Toxie, gets sick. And the payments that it's supposed to provide them every month stop.
A private basketball coach teaches a young student some things his parents don't agree with. David Kestenbaum has the story.
When health care premiums went up in New York State, a bunch of people got mad and wrote letters to the state.