David Kestenbaum David Kestenbaum is a science correspondent for NPR. His job allows him to combine his extensive background in physics with his love of broadcast journalism.

Spring comes to Iceland. Saturday, May 21, 2011. Jon Gustafsson/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jon Gustafsson/AP

Why Iceland Isn't Just A Barren Rock

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136500381/136620206" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Montagu Norman, c. 1930 Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Why We Left The Gold Standard

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135604828/135605205" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Reykjavik graffiti. David Kestenbaum/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
David Kestenbaum/NPR

One Voter Tries To Decide Whether To Pay For Bankers' Mistakes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135445986/135447488" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Road crews rebuild a highway damaged in the earthquake. via Nexco hide caption

toggle caption
via Nexco

Why Japan Will Bounce Back

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/134830408/134845161" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"I'm finally going to go and get this pain looked after." -Mayor Thomas McMahon Chana Joffe-Walt/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Chana Joffe-Walt/NPR

A Failing City Calls In The Finance Doctor

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/134430495/134431356" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"Sex, mathematics, music, gold — all these things are universal." - Jim Grant David Kestenbaum/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
David Kestenbaum/NPR

A 'Wingnut Argument' For The Gold Standard

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133662179/133674904" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Note: Due to rounding, totals may not add up to 100 percent Alyson Hurt/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Alyson Hurt/NPR

Ranking Cute Animals: A Stock Market Experiment

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/132906135/132924379" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Students show off the results of their trades. Caitlin Kenney/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Caitlin Kenney/NPR

Why Economists Hate Presents, And How 7th-Graders Solved The Problem

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/132288035/132288398" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Hard to make. Kevin H./Flickr hide caption

toggle caption
Kevin H./Flickr

After The Crisis, An Economist Reconsiders Cappuccino

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/132115320/132129559" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript