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The Indicator from Planet Money

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A little show about big ideas. From the people who make Planet Money, The Indicator helps you make sense of what's happening today. It's a quick hit of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else. Listen weekday afternoons.

A little show about big ideas. From the people who make Planet Money, The Indicator helps you make sense of what's happening today. It's a quick hit of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else. Listen weekday afternoons.

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United States

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A little show about big ideas. From the people who make Planet Money, The Indicator helps you make sense of what's happening today. It's a quick hit of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else. Listen weekday afternoons.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Beigies: Some Economic Bright Spots

12/3/2020
The Federal Reserve's Beige Book focuses on stories from the economy. The latest edition shows some hopeful points of light in an otherwise gloomy economic landscape. | Support The Indicator here.

Duration:00:09:59

The Economics of America's Nurse Shortage

12/2/2020
Early in the pandemic, there were national shortages of protective equipment and hospital supplies. Now, there's a shortage of nurses.

Duration:00:09:48

What Biden Could Do On Immigration

12/1/2020
As President-elect Biden prepares to take office, there's a lot of speculation about how his administration might change the federal approach to immigration.

Duration:00:09:42

Electric Car Chargers: When Supply Drives Demand

11/30/2020
People are hesitant to buy electric cars because fast chargers still aren't widely available. The irony? Most people charge at home, not with fast chargers. NPR's Camila Domonoske explains.

Duration:00:09:58

What's The Story? Narratives And The Economy

11/27/2020
The great toilet paper shortage of 2020 wasn't caused by the virus or by a disruption to manufacturing. It was caused by a story: one that we told ourselves. On the Indicator: how stories can affect the economy.

Duration:00:09:41

Thanksgiving Dinner Is The Cheapest In 35 Years

11/25/2020
Each year, the American Farm Bureau estimates the cost of Thanksgiving dinner. The main finding this year? Thanksgiving dinner is the cheapest it's been since the survey started 35 years ago.

Duration:00:09:17

Should I Travel For Thanksgiving This Year?

11/24/2020
The CDC recommends we all stay home for Thanksgiving to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. But tens of millions of Americans are expected to travel anyway. If you're one of them, here's how you can think about the risk you're taking.

Duration:00:09:52

Opening A Hotel During A Pandemic

11/23/2020
The U.S. is down around 3.5 million hospitality jobs since the pandemic took hold. But in spite of setbacks, hotels continue to open.

Duration:00:09:52

A Face-Punching Legal Battle

11/20/2020
Over the past few decades, the UFC has become the biggest name in mixed martial arts. But a lawsuit argues it has held down fighter wages by restricting competition.

Duration:00:09:50

Make Trade Stale Again

11/19/2020
President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration will have massive implications for trade policy. Soumaya Keynes explains how Biden's approach to trade might differ from Trump's.

Duration:00:09:52

Winter Is Coming For The Restaurant Industry

11/18/2020
Idaho is the leading nation in restaurant revenue growth. But that doesn't mean its restaurants are having an easy time. There are mask mandates and robust restrictions on gathering in many cities in the state, and with winter coming, restaurateurs are working hard to innovate, compensate and stay in business.

Duration:00:09:50

Evaluating The Washington Consensus

11/17/2020
In 1985, then Treasury Secretary James Baker gave a speech in South Korea laying out a series of economic proposals that would transform economics around the world.

Duration:00:09:42

How Investment Advisors Invest Their Money

11/16/2020
Financial advisors counsel people on what stocks and bonds and other investments to buy, and how to balance portfolios. But where do they put their own money?

Duration:00:09:55

Turkey Business

11/13/2020
COVID-19-related travel and get-together restrictions are impacting small businesses across the U.S. this holiday season. The Indicator talks to a turkey farmer about how the pandemic has affected business this year.

Duration:00:09:44

Ant's IPO Woes

11/12/2020
Ant Group is a fintech firm that was set to launch with the world's largest ever IPO. But just before its shares started trading, Chinese regulators pulled the plug. NPR's Emily Feng explains why.

Duration:00:09:32

The Lessons Of Pets.com

11/11/2020
The tech bubble of the 90s was a time when companies with weak business models and flashy advertising secured massive investments. This is the story of perhaps the most infamous case study: Pets.com.

Duration:00:09:57

The Case Of The Soaring Car Prices

11/10/2020
Since April, the price of used cars has surged. Some cars have even gained in value, which is highly unusual for an asset that usually depreciates. Turns out the usual suspects are behind this mystery: supply and demand.

Duration:00:09:49

The Other Climate Crisis

11/9/2020
In the 1980s, a massive hole was discovered in the ozone layer. Since then, economic incentives, innovation, and a historic United Nations conference in Montreal set it on a path to close completely.

Duration:00:09:58

Jobs Friday: Not Bad, Not Not Bad

11/6/2020
The US economy added more than 600,000 jobs in October. Team Indicator assembles the Jobs Friday Ninja squad to get their take.

Duration:00:09:17

When Life Gives You Lemons...Start The Mafia?

11/5/2020
The essential ingredient in the birth of the mafia as we know it wasn't the threats or the murders or the other stuff that's great for Hollywood. It was...lemons.

Duration:00:08:55