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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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NPR

Description:

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

GameStop and the Short Squeeze

1/27/2021
The price of GameStop shares have surged this week, in part because of something called a short squeeze.

Duration:00:09:58

The Hispanic Economic Outlook

1/26/2021
Hispanics in the US have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, in terms of job losses, household income and schooling. Their road to recovery could be long and hard as a result.

Duration:00:09:46

The College Buyout Boom

1/25/2021
Small liberal arts colleges across the US have been struggling for years. COVID has made things worse. Now many are facing the prospect of closing down. Or being gobbled up in a merger.

Duration:00:09:58

The Straw That Broke The Bucatini Supply Chain

1/22/2021
Bucatini is a specialty pasta that looks a lot like spaghetti with a hole in it. For pasta lovers, it's a fan-favorite...but it has mysteriously gone missing from grocery stores across the U.S.

Duration:00:09:57

Economics In Space

1/21/2021
Economics is the earthiest of the social sciences. But its principles apply equally in space. The difference is how certain goods, services and even experiences gain currency in zero gravity.

Duration:00:09:57

Biden's Econ Plan: 3 Indicators To Watch

1/20/2021
President Biden recently announced his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, targeting pandemic relief and economic recovery. We discuss 3 indicators to watch to measure the Biden economic agenda's success in the coming years.

Duration:00:09:25

The Social Media Crisis

1/19/2021
Social media played a big part in the demonstration and riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. For many it was a surprise, but to social media watchers, it was simply the culmination of 10 years of influence.

Duration:00:09:38

The Beigies: Traffic Jam At The Ports

1/15/2021
The economy might be down, but Americans are buying a lot of stuff right now. Today on the show, we break it down and pick our favorite economic story from the Beige Book.

Duration:00:09:50

Making Sense Of Pandemic Stats

1/14/2021
Statistics and the information we get from them have a massive influence on our worldviews and the decisions we make, but how can we ensure we're interpreting them properly? Today, we find out.

Duration:00:09:42

Companies Get Political

1/13/2021
Politics used to be off limits for most American companies — at least publicly. Most would usually take a neutral position when a big political story hit the news. But that has changed.

Duration:00:09:54

The SPAC Is Back!

1/12/2021
Last year, more than half the firms that went public were special purpose acquisition companies, also known as SPACs. We explain what that means and how it impacts the world of finance.

Duration:00:09:41

Entrepreneurship On The Rise

1/11/2021
The coronavirus has been responsible for massive business closures...but at the same time, Americans are starting businesses at the fastest rate in more than a decade.

Duration:00:09:25

Jobs Friday: Reversal In The Recovery

1/8/2021
For the first time since April, the American economy lost jobs. Today, we break down the December jobs report and the slowing economic recovery.

Duration:00:08:30

How Political Instability Affects The Economy

1/7/2021
We're only seven days into the new year and we're off to a bumpy start. But as chaos rages through the capitol, the stock market and other signs of economic growth continue.

Duration:00:09:28

Fear And Loaning

1/6/2021
There's a fear radiating out from the commercial real estate market — a fear that some economists say could become a drag on any economic recovery. In fact, there's evidence it already has.

Duration:00:10:13

New Year, New Indicators

1/5/2021
2020 was a tough year for the economy. How different will 2021 be? Today on the show, we take a look at three of our favorite indicators for the new year.

Duration:00:10:28

The Economy In 2030

1/4/2021
What will the global economy look like in a decade? Mauro Guillen joins the show to talk about 2030, his new book where he analyzes the economic trends of the future.

Duration:00:08:52

How To Use Globalization To Fight Disease

12/31/2020
Globalization and urbanization historically have made the global economy more productive and efficient — and also more vulnerable to pandemics. But now they can be forces for good in the fight against pandemics.

Duration:00:08:57

Why The Housing Market Is Booming In A Bad Economy

12/30/2020
The coronavirus pandemic has brought with it a massive economic downturn. Another thing it's brought: A booming housing market. We explain why. | Support The Indicator here.

Duration:00:08:42

Why We Weren't Prepared For A Pandemic

12/29/2020
We've had plenty of warnings over the years that we weren't ready for a pandemic. Today on the show: the psychology and economics of why.

Duration:00:10:04