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Nick Fountain produces and reports for Planet Money. Since he joined the team in 2015, he's reported stories on pears, black pepper, ice cream, chicken and hot dogs (twice). Come to think of it, he reports on food a whole lot. But he's also lost money trying to sell Christmas trees out of his pickup truck, driven the world's longest yard sale, uncovered the secretive group that controls international mail and told the story of a crazy patent scheme that involved an acting Attorney General.