Prior to working as a staff reporter at Marketplace David freelanced for Marketplace from New Orleans and St. Louis. Prior to that he worked odd jobs in Seattle, Alaska, Mexico and New York. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog.
Posted In: Star Wars, quantitative easing
In a week when markets have cringed at the mention of a retreat from the Fed's quantitative easing, or QE, we take a look at the history of the measure some have called a Jedi mind trick...with a little help from 'Star Wars.'
Posted In: drones, defense
Drones are a hot topic these days and the industry is heating up to potentially become big. What's the payoff and what other industries might suffer for it?
Posted In: tesla, carbon-dioxide emissions, california
Luxury electric car maker Tesla is expected to report a profit on Wednesday. The profit comes not from the $100,000 cars, but from California Zero Emission Vehicle Credits that amount to thousands of dollars a car when resold to other car makers.
Posted In: Obama, defense, prison
The Department of Defense wants to spend nearly $200 million to upgrade facilities at Guantanamo Bay. President Obama wants to shut it down for good. We take a look at the numbers behind the planet's most expensive prison.
Posted In: state budgets, Ohio
State tax receipts have rebounded and are set to exceed the pre-recession peaks. After severe budget cutbacks, states are spending the new money on...what?
Posted In: natural gas, fracking, North Dakota, Black Gold Boom
Natural gas prices are at a two-year high. Does this mean even more natural gas in our lives?
Posted In: waiting
An industry is devoted to occupying your time while you're on hold, waiting for customer service. But the best on-hold experience? Not being put on hold.
Posted In: advertising, billboard
On the day digital billboards spread news of the Boston Marathon bombing among Boston drivers, a judge's decision turned off digital billboards in Los Angeles. Cities and advertising companies argue over the bright billboards' value.