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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

Metabucks: Microsoft offers $69 billion to buy Activision Blizzard

1/18/2022
Microsoft just announced its intention to buy video game developer, Activision Blizzard, for almost $70 billion. This has some people speculating about Microsoft's future metaverse aspirations.

Duration:00:10:12

TikTok made me buy it

1/14/2022
TikTok has become one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, and increasingly, a powerful tool for marketing. Today, we learn why TikTok makes us buy.

Duration:00:10:02

What nails can tell us about the economy

1/13/2022
Despite being fairly simple items, nails can actually reveal a lot about the greater economy. Today, we talk to economist Dan Sichel about the history of nails and what they can teach us about economic trends.

Duration:00:09:55

The beef over price controls

1/12/2022
Inflation reached a 40-year high today of 7%! There's been a storm of debate about an old anti-inflation policy: Price controls. So we dust off the history books and see what happened in World War II.

Duration:00:09:44

Why are McDonald's ice cream machines always broken?

1/11/2022
McDonald's is notorious for frequent malfunctions of its ice cream machine. What's behind those malfunctions and why is the government getting involved?

Duration:00:10:02

Inland port priority

1/10/2022
Disruptive backlogs at west coast ports in the U.S. have caused some shippers to get creative with their routes. Today, we tell you why one vessel took the long route from Shanghai to Cleveland, Ohio.

Duration:00:10:03

Why full employment doesn't mean everyone has a job

1/7/2022
Unemployment is at 3.9%. Is this full employment? Some Americans aren't so sure. We look at this complex situation through the eyes of someone who has been job hunting for a long time.

Duration:00:10:07

Nurses and the never ending shifts

1/6/2022
In hospitals, it's standard for nurses to work a 12-hour shift. But research shows that may not be such a good idea for patients — or nurses.

Duration:00:10:10

J&J tries the 'Texas Two-Step'

1/5/2022
For years, Johnson & Johnson has been entangled in lawsuits regarding its talcum based products being linked to causing ovarian cancer. And to save itself from future lawsuits, the company is betting big on a tricky legal move named after a famous dance.

Duration:00:09:02

Full (ware)house

1/4/2022
Although there are more warehouses in the U.S. than ever before, these warehouses are running out of space. Today on the show, we go behind the scenes into the warehousing world to understand why warehouses are running out of space.

Duration:00:10:14

How to keep your New Year's resolutions

1/3/2022
2022 is finally here, and many people are excited for their fresh starts. But, it's no secret that following through with New Year's resolutions can be challenging. Today on the show, behavioral economist Katy Milkman shares her tips on how you can follow through.

Duration:00:09:57

How do you measure inflation? (Indicator favorite)

12/30/2021
It's Encore Week at The Indicator! We're sharing some of our favorite episodes of 2021. Today, we hear one of Stacey's favorite episodes from this year. It's a deep dive into how the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates a key economic indicator, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the most widely used measure of inflation. This episode originally came out in July.

Duration:00:09:24

The COVID small business boom (Indicator favorite)

12/29/2021
It's Encore Week at The Indicator! We're sharing some of our favorite episodes of 2021. Today, we hear about people who became small business owners after losing their jobs due to the pandemic. AKA the hotdog guy episode! This episode originally came out in July.

Duration:00:09:26

Saving birds with economics (Indicator favorite)

12/28/2021
It's Encore Week at The Indicator! We're sharing some of our favorite episodes from 2021. Today, we hear Darian's favorite episode to work on this year. It's a story about one economist's idea to conserve wetland habitats and save birds from losing their homes. This episode originally came out in July.

Duration:00:10:21

The time the US paid off all its debt (Indicator favorite)

12/27/2021
Hey Indigators! It's Encore Week at The Indicator. We're sharing some of our favorite episodes of the year. Today, we're kicking things off with a listener favorite about the time President Andrew Jackson paid off all of America's interest-bearing debt...with disastrous results. This episode originally came out in August.

Duration:00:09:29

One indicator to rule them all

12/23/2021
Indicator family feud is back, and the stakes are higher than ever! Stacey is joined by our friends from Planet Money as everyone makes their case for the indicator of the year. Who will win?

Duration:00:10:02

The Beigie Awards: Great (inflation) expectations

12/22/2021
It's time to award our last Beigie of the year! And we find out that reading the Beige Book from back to front makes all the difference in the world.

Duration:00:09:57

The semiconductor founding father

12/21/2021
One Taiwanese company, TSMC, makes 90% of the most advanced semiconductors — the chips for your phone or car. From Hong Kong to Boston to Texas to Taipei: This is TSMC founder Morris Chang's story.

Duration:00:10:17

Cells for sale

12/20/2021
You can buy almost anything online, including ... human cells. Culturing and selling cells is a multibillion dollar global industry that supports all sorts of scientific research. But where do those cells come from?

Duration:00:09:35

Powell pivots, COVID spikes

12/17/2021
Concern about inflation has the Federal Reserve pivoting from its earlier plans. Meanwhile, a spike in COVID cases disrupts Broadway, ball games, and businesses.

Duration:00:09:44