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The Indicator from Planet Money

The Indicator from Planet Money

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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Episodes

Questions From Kids

Stacey and Cardiff answer questions from kids...also, a few animal facts.
2020-10-27
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A New DAWN On Broadway

As arts workers continue to struggle, they're trying their hand at something new. Not a new performance or show, but a piece of legislation which would keep their industry alive through the pandemic.
2020-10-26
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The Great Remittance Mystery

In 2019, migrants sent a record $500 billion back to their countries of origin. Then COVID hit, and the World Bank predicted a 20 percent drop in that flow of cash. But now the data is in, and it turns out remittances have held steady.
2020-10-23
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The Case Against Google

A few days ago, The Department of Justice filed a massive antitrust lawsuit against Google. The case focuses on the company's dominance in search, but what about the rest of Google's empire?
2020-10-23
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Hope Vs. Despair

Should we feel hope or despair about the future of the American economy? Cardiff and Stacey debate.
2020-10-21
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Why Women Are Leaving The Workforce

Of the 1.1 million people who left the job market in September, over 860,000 were women. Today we look at why women are dropping out of the workforce and what it will mean for the economy.
2020-10-21
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Economic Consequences Of The Census

The coronavirus pandemic, distrust of the government, and a surprising political battle have the 2020 Census count.
2020-10-20
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The Lehman Trilogy

Just before Broadway shut down, team Indicator saw The Lehman Trilogy, about the origin of Lehman Brothers. We talk with playwright Ben Power about the firm, the family and the consolation of history.
2020-10-17
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Inequities Of The Pandemic

The coronavirus has devastated the U.S. economy, but it hasn't affected everyone equally. Today on the show, four ways the pandemic has deepened inequality.
2020-10-16
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Daymond John Plays Overrated Or Underrated

Daymond John and what he thinks is overrated and what's underrated
2020-10-14
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How Vikings Launched Globalization 1.0

How the Vikings trading with a North American Indigenous group shortly after the year 1000 connected global trading networks and kicked off the first version of globalization.
2020-10-13
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An Economist Walks Into A Bar

There's a long history of bars playing a vital role in innovation and economic growth. What happens when they all close down?
2020-10-13
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WFH From Barbados

The Barbados economy depends on tourism, so travel restrictions have been devastating. But the island nation has come up with an innovative stopgap: A visa that lets visitors work remotely from Barbados for a year.
2020-10-10
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Where's Everyone Moving To?

Remember all the predictions about the pandemic pushing people to quit big, expensive cities? Six months in, the data is providing some clues about which cities Americans are leaving, and where they're moving to. An update on the "urban exodus."
2020-10-09
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The Great Fridge Freeze-Out

For months now, there's been a shortage of refrigerators and freezers across the U.S. Shoppers can't find appliances to buy and stores can't find enough appliances to sell. Alina Selyukh joins The Indicator to explain why.
2020-10-07
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The Semiconductor Standoff

As the trade war continues, China hasn't purchased nearly as many exports from the United States as it previously agreed to. There was one bright spot though: semiconductors ? but that may soon change.
2020-10-06
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Commercial Real Estate's Great Reckoning

The coronavirus has caused a massive downturn in commercial real estate. As the pandemic continues and companies back out of leases, the future of commercial real estate is brought into question.
2020-10-06
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Jobs Friday: The Worker Shortage Mystery

The U.S. is experiencing the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression. Meanwhile, some employers claim that they can't find the workers they need. What's going on?
2020-10-03
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The Economic Legacy Of Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe served as Japan's Prime Minister for nearly eight years before suddenly announcing his retirement in August. Today on the show, the lessons of Abenomics for the US and other countries.
2020-10-02
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Big Donors & Pay-To-Play Politics

The Center for Public Integrity joins The Indicator with an excerpt from The Heist, a new podcast exploring money and politics in the Trump Administration.
2020-10-01
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The Indicator World Tour

The Indicator brings listeners economic indicators from the other six continents.
2020-09-30
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Behind The Art Of The Deal

Stacey talks to Tony Schwartz, co-author of Trump: The Art Of The Deal, about the book and the recent New York Times report exploring President Trump's tax records.
2020-09-29
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Some Listener Questions!

Cardiff and Stacey answer some listener questions about the rebounding demand for gas, the rise of contactless payments, and how wages have changed for low-income workers over the past few years.
2020-09-26
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RIP Business Suit?

For 400 years, the business suit has been a staple in men's fashion...then the pandemic struck. Today on the show, the end of the business suit?
2020-09-25
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The Invention Of Paper Money

Paper currency has become standard around the world, but that wasn't always the case. Planet Money host Jacob Goldstein tells the story of how paper money came to be ? and why it temporarily went away.
2020-09-24
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A Few Freaky Facts

Stacey and Cardiff discuss some of the non-obvious ways the coronavirus pandemic ? and the policy response to it ? has reshaped the U.S. economy.
2020-09-23
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Jamaican Monetary Policy: Behind The Music

Jamaica's Central Bank has a unique way of explaining its policies: Reggae music videos. The Indicator talks with the Central Bank about why they've taken this unique approach.
2020-09-22
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Downturn Start-Ups: A Conversation With Guy Raz

Since the pandemic started, nearly 100,000 businesses have closed permanently. Opening a business now might seem crazy. But downturn start-ups have some advantages.
2020-09-18
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DIY Firefighting

Emergency services are spread so thin in the West that some property owners are taking a D-I-Y approach to firefighting.
2020-09-17
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How Immigration Is Changing The U.S. Economy

Nearly 17 percent of the U.S. labor force is made up of immigrants. That's up from 12.4 percent in 2000, and 6.7 percent in 1980. What that means for the economy.
2020-09-16
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A Smarter Approach To Lockdowns

The coronavirus has put millions of people out of work. Greg Ip talks about his recent article in the Wall Street Journal and argues that lockdowns are "an overly blunt and economically costly tool."
2020-09-15
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The Birth Of The Greenback

In the mid-1800s, the US had 8,370 kinds of money. How that happened, and what it meant for the US economy.
2020-09-14
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The Science of Hoops

The three-point shot has revolutionized basketball, but its unintended consequences could mean trouble for the sport's future.
2020-09-11
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Making The Most Of Scarce Space

Lockdowns, working from home, and remote learning have all made personal domestic space more scarce. Emily Anthes has some solutions.
2020-09-10
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Parenting In The Time of Corona

COVID, lockdowns and working from home made life complicated for parents. Trying to educate kids from home has made things even tougher, so tough many women are dropping out of the workforce.
2020-09-10
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The Great Lego Scam

Counterfeit Lego kits, made illegally in China, are giving collectors a headache.
2020-09-08
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More Job Growth, But Slower

The August unemployment numbers were better than expected. But doesn't mean the labor market is the picture of health.
2020-09-05
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Overrated Or Underrated: The Nobel Edition

Nobel economics prize winners Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee on whether foreign aid, french bread and dating an economist are overrated or underrated.
2020-09-03
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Opening Schools: Mission Impossible

The question of whether to reopen schools or educate children at home is medically sensitive, logistically complicated and politically fraught. How one superintendent is handling it.
2020-09-03
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Your Brain On Retail Trading

Stock-picking retail traders have been jumping into the market this year. They may not understand the risks.
2020-09-02
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The Inclusion Payoff

Women and non-white men are gaining ground when it comes to science and engineering degrees, but not when it comes to patents.
2020-08-31
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An Ode To Taxes

Taxes get a bad reputation, but they were central to the formation of representative government and even the written word.
2020-08-28
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What A Piece Of Work Is The Post Office

The rather Shakespearean situation of the U.S. Postal Service
2020-08-28
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5 (More) Ways Life Has Changed

From smoking more cigarettes to stocking up on meatless meats, the pandemic has changed consumer behavior in some unexpected ways.
2020-08-26
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A Conversation With Janet Yellen

Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen talks about her New York Times op-ed with Jared Bernstein, proposing a two-punch solution for boosting the economy.
2020-08-25
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Egg Prices: States Cry Foul

The price of eggs skyrocketed at the start of the pandemic. That has some people crying foul ... and filing suit.
2020-08-24
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Why Do Diamonds Cost More Than Water?

The Diamond-Water Paradox: If we need water to survive and we don't need diamonds, why are diamonds expensive and water cheap?
2020-08-21
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The Looming Eviction Crisis

Millions of renters in the US are facing the prospect of eviction from their homes.
2020-08-20
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Becky, We Hardly Knew Ye

We bought a junk bond back in December. Then COVID-19 sent the economy into a tailspin, and the company that issued the junk bond declared bankruptcy. But that wasn't the end of the story.
2020-08-19
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Making the Middle Class Great Again

The argument that the key factor that boosted the middle class post WW2 ? and could help the middle class again ? is access.
2020-08-18
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