Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi is a host and reporter for Planet Money.
Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi
Stories By

Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi

Aman Desai
Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi
Aman Desai

Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi

Host and Reporter, Planet Money

Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi is a host and reporter for Planet Money, telling stories that creatively explore and explain the workings of the global economy. He's a sucker for a good supply chain mystery — from toilet paper to foster puppies to specialty pastas. He's drawn to tales of unintended consequences, like the time a well-intentioned chemistry professor unwittingly helped unleash a global market for synthetic drugs, or what happened when the U.S. Patent Office started granting patents on human genes. And he's always on the lookout for economic principles at work in unexpected places, like the tactics comedians use to protect their intellectual property (a.k.a. jokes).

He's reported from Iceland on the dramatic crash of the country's budget airline, from Denmark on the global trade for human sperm, and from Germany on the country's (uncannily familiar) obsession with returning the things they buy online. He also produced Planet Money's 2020 Murrow-award-winning collaboration with the NPR Ed Desk, the show's audiobook rendition of the Great Gatsby, as well as collaborative episodes with Pro Publica, and Gimlet Media's How to Save A Planet.

Horowitz-Ghazi hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico, studied history at Reed College, and got his start in radio at Oregon Public Broadcasting. He was selected as a 2014 AIR New Voices Scholar and a 2019 Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He previously worked with Michel Martin's team at All Things Considered, where he produced breaking news and feature stories, led film coverage, and directed the live broadcast.

At All Things Considered, Horowitz-Ghazi reported on how a national clown scare affected professional clowns, who was behind of a wave of succulent poaching on the California coastline, what happens to a musician's legacy after they die, and why his hometown burns a giant human effigy every year. He also pitched and produced "Brave New Workers," a series of profiles on people adapting to the changing economy, and has interviewed coal miners, rock climbers, coyote hunters, porn stars, cowboys, truck drivers, drone pilots, Carrie Brownstein, Werner Herzog, and George R.R. Martin, among many others. In his free time, he enjoys riding bicycles, playing squash (middlingly), and sleeping out of doors.

Story Archive

Customers sit on outside terraces, in Paris, on May 19, 2021. BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images

Let them eat lunch

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1104647327/1105402499" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Who actually pays with buy now, pay later companies like Klarna and Affirm

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1104460692/1104460693" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Buy now, pay later plans help to reduce online cart abandonment

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1100327227/1100327228" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Courtesy of Amelia Schmarzo

Buy now, pay dearly?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1097885472/1098930630" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Planet Money: How Florida's manatees got hooked on fossil fuels

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1098735684/1098735685" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Boris Zhitkov/Getty Images

Cryptocurrency Is An Energy Drain

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1093760075/1094442408" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Courtesy of Switched on Pop /Switched on Pop

TikTok to the top

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1093882880/1093938537" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A rehabilitated manatee prepares to be released back into the wild at the Manatee Viewing Center, at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach, Florida. Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi/Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi/Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi/NPR

Burrkey, a rehabilitated manatee prepares to be released back into the wild at the Manatee Viewing Center, at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach, Florida. Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi/NPR

How manatees got into hot water

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1091736131/1091826688" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

2 resellers go on a treasure hunt to find returned goods they can flip for profit

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1074664359/1074664360" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

People wait in line to test for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Long Beach, Calif. Ashley Landis/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Ashley Landis/AP

The Hodgepodge Of COVID Testing In The U.S.

The U.S. government has launched a website where people can request up to four free coronavirus tests per household--shipping is scheduled to begin in late January. They're responding to the fact that many Americans are really struggling to find tests as omicron surges across the country. (https://special.usps.com/testkits) Today on the show, our colleagues at Planet Money try to get tested — and they run into problems. From scammy testing sites to no tests at all, they explain what's behind the nation's COVID testing mess.

The Hodgepodge Of COVID Testing In The U.S.

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1074103353/1074215700" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">