Keith Romer has been a contributing reporter for Planet Money since 2015. He has reported stories on risk-pooling among poker players, whether it's legal to write a spin-off of the children's book Goodnight Moon and the time one man cornered the American market in onions. Sometimes on the show, he sings.
Romer has also worked as a producer and story editor at ESPN's 30 for 30 Podcast where he reported on WNBA players who played overseas for a former KGB spy and — more gamblers — the World Series of Poker that launched the international poker boom. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.
Debates about who should pay for the U.S. Postal Service go back 50 years. It's a story of the long fight about whether the Postal Service should rely on Congress for funding or pay for itself.
At the time Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, a new social science was just taking root: economics. Dickens did not like it. NPR visits a high school performance of the play to understand the economic commentary laced throughout this holiday classic.