is co-founder and co-host of Planet Money, a co-production of NPR and This American Life. He is also an economics writer for the New York Times Magazine.
His work has won several major awards including the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and the Polk. His radio documentary on the housing crisis, "The Giant Pool of Money," which he co-reported and produced with Alex Blumberg, was named one of the top ten works of journalism of the decade by the Arthur L. Carter of Journalism Institute at New York University. It was widely recognized as the clearest and most entertaining explanation of the roots of the financial crisis in any media.
Davidson and Blumberg took the lessons they learned crafting "The Giant Pool of Money" to create Planet Money. In two weekly podcasts, a blog, and regular features on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and This American Life, Planet Money helps listeners understand how dramatic economic change is impacting their lives. Planet Money also proves, every day, that substantive, intelligent economic reporting can be funny, engaging, and accessible to the non-expert.
Before Planet Money, Davidson was International Business and Economics Correspondent for NPR. He traveled around the world to cover the global economy and pitched in during crises, such as reporting from Indonesia's Banda Aceh just after the tsunami, New Orleans post-Katrina, and Paris during the youth riots. Prior to coming to NPR, Davidson was Middle East correspondent for PRI's Marketplace. He spent a year in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2003 to 2004, producing award-winning reports on corruption in the US occupation. Davidson has also written for The Atlantic, Harper's, GQ, Rolling Stone, and many other magazines. He has a degree in the history of religion from the University of Chicago. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and son.
Boyd Stephens is the founder of Netelysis which is an internetwork design and services firm where he is currently employed within the network deployment and management division. For the last 15 years, Boyd has had the privilege of leveraging entrepreneurship to follow both his scientific and technically oriented passions and over the last few years, has more fully embraced the intricacies of another type of scientific interest – the science of creating and sustaining business start-ups, especially those in the technology sector. The quest to more fully understand this particular economic development landscape has led to the creation and co-founding of a number of start-up community building initiatives throughout both Central Alabama and the nation. A few of these efforts include RevolutionMGM Initiative, S-Quad (Single Sheet Start-up Strategy) Training Program, Silicon Black Belt News Portal, and Montgomery Machine Hacking Movement.
Maj. Gen. Steven L. Kwast is Commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and Vice Commander, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The center is responsible for the research, development, and production of Air Force doctrine and input for joint and multinational doctrine development activities. The center is also responsible for advocating the proper doctrinal representation of airpower in exercise scenarios, war games, models and simulations, and providing policy and guidance of Air Force doctrine through education and focused outreach. Air University is responsible for Air Force enlisted and officer professional military education, professional continuing education and graduate education, as well as officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.
General Kwast was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1986. After completing a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, he was assigned to undergraduate pilot training where he earned his pilot wings in June 1989. General Kwast has served as military aide to the Vice President and completed a National Defense Fellowship with the Institute for the Study of conflict, Ideology and Policy at Boston University, Mass.
The general has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, including the 47th Operations Group at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. He also served as the Deputy Director for Colonel Matters, Air Force Senior Leader Management Office, Washington, D.C., and as the Commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. General Kwast was the Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, NATO, and Russia, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Prior to his current assignment, General Kwast was the Director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He has more than 3,300 flying hours, including more than 650 combat hours during operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom.