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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.Got money on your mind? Try Planet Money+ ? a new way to support the show you love, get a sponsor-free feed of the podcast, *and* get access to bonus content. A subscription also gets you access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without interruptions.

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The economics behind sorority rush

How does sorority rush relate to organ donations, doctors, and New York high schools? Put on your best pearls because we're market matching with a Nobel Prize economist today.

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2022-10-05
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A Marshall Plan for Ukraine

What will rebuilding Ukraine look like after the war with Russia ends? No one knows, but some are taking a page out of the history textbook for inspiration. Perhaps, a Marshall Plan 2.0 for Ukraine.

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2022-10-05
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AAPI and the problems of categorizing race

When confronted with racial categories, which box do you tick? For Asian Americans, the grouping called AAPI ? that's Asian American and Pacific Islander ? is a strangely broad and ambiguous category.

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2022-10-04
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Indicators of the Week: Markets Edition

Sound the alarms because Britain's financial markets are in turmoil. That, plus the upticking 'fear gauge,' and Porsche's vrooming public debut on indicators of the week. Markets edition.

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2022-10-01
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The financial web connecting Afghanistan, the US, and Switzerland

What happens when a country's foreign reserves are stored in another country, and then part of that is run by a third? No, it's not the start of a bad joke. It's the story of Afghanistan, the U.S., and Switzerland.

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2022-09-30
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The mighty US dollar (Encore)

According to the U.S Dollar Index, the U.S Dollar reached a twenty year peak. Today, we're revisiting a classic episode to ask: What exactly are the pros and cons to U.S dollar dominance?

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2022-09-29
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Is your new CEO a liability?

What's cooking in the executive suite? Today, delve deep into the world of corporate investigations. Learn how checking the facts can avoid some seriously salacious scandals.

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2022-09-28
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How new words get minted

Shrinkflation, yeet, supply chain, unbanked. What do these terms have in common? They're some of Merriam-Webster's newest dictionary entries!

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2022-09-26
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Housing, yen, supply chains vs. the Fed

When interest rates are on the up and up, the housing market tends to slide down and down. That, plus the declining value of the Japanese yen, and updates about the global supply chain on indicators of the week.

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2022-09-24
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Are you being tricked into working harder?

"Gamification" as we know it has become increasingly common since the late 2000s. And proponents say adding game-like features to non-game activities ? especially boring ones ? can make us healthier, happier, and more productive. But Adrian Hon, who has made a career out of 'gamifying' mundane activities like jogging, says the trend has gone awry. Today on the show, Adrian argues that companies are using gamification to confuse, manipulate, or coerce people into doing things they wouldn't have done otherwise.

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2022-09-23
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Killing the economic polar bear

When Knut the polar bear was rejected by his mother at the Berlin Zoo, a debate caught fire over whether it was more humane to keep him alive or euthanize him. Today, as the Fed raises interest rates again, another polar bear is in danger: The economy.

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2022-09-22
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Patagonia's tax break, explained

Surf's up with the IRS! Patagonia's founder Yvon Chouinard recently gave his company and billionaire status away. But how he did so entails a complex tale of trusts, exemptions and a whole lot of taxes.

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2022-09-21
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The fake market in crypto

According to a Forbes report, half of all Bitcoin trades are fake. Today, we unveil crypto's cryptic facade by diving deep into a classic concept: Wash trading.

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2022-09-20
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Poverty, heists, .eth: Coulda been worse

Hands up! A bank heist with a toy gun exposes the chaos in Lebanon's financial system. That, plus declining child poverty rates, and Ethereum's "Merge" on indicators of the week.

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2022-09-17
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The Beigie Awards: Tough choices for ranchers

The September Beige Book is an emotional roller coaster. We crown the Federal Reserve bank who gave us the funniest and most poignant anecdotes about the economy.

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2022-09-16
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A super-sized labor experiment

How would you like your burger? With a side of higher wages? Today on the menu, California's FAST Recovery Act is rethinking labor relations for the fast food industry.

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2022-09-15
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The push and pull of inflation

Argentines party hard in the bustling bars of Buenos Aires, despite the stubborn cloud of inflation. Across the pond, German companies switch gears in response to high gas prices, as Russia shuts off its supply. Today on the show, the push and pull of inflation.

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2022-09-14
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A firm without its Queen (Encore)

From the aftermath of World War II to the coronavirus pandemic, Queen Elizabeth has lived through it all. But after her death, what happens to the future of the royal family... and its fortune? Today on the show, we're revisiting our classic episode to ask: Can "The Firm" really survive without its CEO?

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2022-09-13
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Heat waves, remote work, iPhones

Crank up that AC because a record-breaking heat wave is sweeping through the American West. That, plus workplace surveys, and Apple's newest drop on indicators of the week.

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2022-09-10
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ESG bans cost Texas

What happens to local government projects when the big banks that back them leave the state? A Texas-sized experiment in values-based financing.
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2022-09-09
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When GDP and GDI part ways

Welcome to the Global Growth Gym, where countries are working out their economies. Over in the corner, the U.S. is standing there on a weight scale, just a tad confused...

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2022-09-08
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The California Effect

From Sacramento to San Diego, the state of California is a tryhard when it comes to regulations. Today, we're singing about how the nation's strictest standards affect economies across state lines.
2022-09-07
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Long COVID and the labor market

Headaches, fatigue, trouble breathing...the lingering health effects of COVID-19 continue to haunt millions of Americans, and the labor market, too.
2022-09-03
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Hits of the Dips: Songs of recessions past

A new paper in the Journal of Cultural Economics says happy songs are more popular during a recession. So we thought we'd have a little fun on today's show. Armed with a new soundtrack, what can we learn about past recessions?
2022-09-02
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The Prudent Man Rule

Ever thought of spicing up your 401k with crypto? Well, we leave it up for the Prudent Man to decide. On today's episode, learn about how wonky pension regulations from the '70s opened a new era of riskier investments.
2022-09-01
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The promise and peril of mobile home ownership

At first glance, mobile home ownership seems like the happy medium between renting and buying a house. But what happens when a tug-of-war ensues between the landlords and the residents? For the full read, click here.
2022-08-31
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Economists take on student loan forgiveness

Biden is canceling student loans for millions of Americans. Love it or hate it, one thing is for sure ? many economists from the left and the right think that this plan is a not-so-good idea...
2022-08-30
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Indicators of the Week: Old problems, new solutions?

Canceled flights are the worst. So is inefficient healthcare and unaffordable college tuition. Today on the show, three indicators about new solutions to address age-old problems.
2022-08-27
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China's global lending binge

We learn about the Chinese government's global financing boom by zooming in on one country where controversy surrounding Chinese money is smoldering hot. We're going to the Pacific: The Solomon Islands.
2022-08-26
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SCOTUS: de facto pro-business?

The verdict is in: the current Supreme Court is the most business-friendly SCOTUS of the past century, according to a new study. But why the lean towards corporate?
2022-08-25
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China's slice of the US debt pie

China owns a LOT of Benjamins, greenbacks, whatever you like to call it, in the form of US treasury bonds. But it's been cutting back on some of those securities recently. So what would happen if Beijing decides to sell off all its holding of American debt, and is that the plan?
2022-08-24
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How Spotify changed the tune on IPOs

Ah, 2018, a good year in music. Don't agree? Just check out our playlist. It's also when Spotify rocked-and-rolled the finance world with its rebellious take on going public.
2022-08-23
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The Amazon, the Colorado River and a price on nature

From sea to shining sea, rivers in the United States are drying up, including the Colorado River. For indicators of the week, three environmental indicators about the state of Mother Nature.
2022-08-20
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The surprising economics of digital lending

Long gone are the days of hauling sixty books home from the local library. With eBooks, the worlds of Fahrenheit 451 to Harry Potter are at your fingertips with just a tap. But what's the price behind the click?
2022-08-19
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The drought in Europe

Even the sheep are complaining. A severe drought is drying Europe to its limits, and the effects are widespread. From crops to shipping energy, what are the economic consequences?
2022-08-18
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A market to bet on the future

Peer into the crystal ball with Kalshi.com. Will inflation stay high? Will daylight saving time become permanent? Place your bets.
2022-08-17
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AP Macro gets a makeover

Today on the show, why colleges and high school Advanced Placement Macroeconomics classes had to rip out old textbook pages and write a new chapter.
2022-08-16
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Three inflation indicators

The economy cooled off a bit, but inflation is still really, really high. But, not all goods and services respond the same to a high inflation environment. Today on the show, we're talking about sticky prices, bonds, and that old chestnut, transitory inflation.
2022-08-13
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Paying for the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act has it all, from fighting climate change to cutting drug prices. But today, we're zooming in on one aspect of the bill. The changes to corporate taxes.
2022-08-12
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What Japan's "Lost Decade" teaches us about recessions

Not all recessions are created equal. Some look like Vs, while others look like Ks. But the scariest one of all is the L-shaped recession. Travel back to Japan's "Lost Decade" with us to understand why.
2022-08-11
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Double agents and drug discounts

The cost of pharmaceuticals has been rising for years, well before inflation became the big economic talking point. Today on the show, why some policymakers suspect an obscure middleman is partly to blame.
2022-08-10
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The secret to upward mobility: Friends

Who your friends are may be the key to your economic success story. In a groundbreaking study by Harvard researchers, find out why cross-class friendships may be the key ingredient to the American Dream.
2022-08-09
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What's really going on with unions

Baristas and warehouse workers unite! After decades of decline, we're hearing a lot about new unions starting around the country. But union membership actually declined last year. We look at what's really happening.
2022-08-06
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If the world had no accountants

We crunched the numbers (on Excel of course), and the results are in. There's not enough Certified Public Accountants right now. Can the world of finance come up with a solution to address this issue?
2022-08-05
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Climate Change Is Tough On Personal Finances

More than three-quarters of adults in the United States say they've experienced extreme weather in the last five years, according to a nationwide survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

And events like floods, wildfires and hurricanes are emptying bank accounts ? especially when insurance doesn't cover the damage. Today on The Indicator, we bring you an episode of Short Wave, NPR's daily science podcast.
2022-08-04
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Lessons from the 'Pandemic MVPs'

After two long years, the results seem to be in. Which countries were the 'Pandemic MVPs,' the countries most resilient to COVID-19? And more importantly, what was the secret to their success?
2022-08-03
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The semiconductor shortage (still)

The world runs on semiconductors. From cameras to cars, tiny chips power most electronic devices. So why do we have such a shortage of them?
2022-08-02
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Drugs, electric cars, taxes

We assess the Inflation Reduction Act: Will there be unintended consequences from taking on Big Pharma? Will electric vehicles become cheap? And does the tax department need more money?
2022-07-30
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It's GDP... the remix!

Ah, GDP, the titan of all economic indicators. But are we breaking it down correctly? Today, we're remixing GDP to evaluate the true health of an economy.
2022-07-29
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Feeling inflation in the grocery store

Can you feel the inflation emanating from the milk aisle? Today on The Indicator, we explore how food prices ? and who does the grocery shopping ? affect how we think about inflation. Oh and don't forget your grocery list, because we're headed to the supermarket too.
2022-07-28
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