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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. Afternoons, three times a week.

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. Afternoons, three times a week.

Location:

United States

Networks:

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. Afternoons, three times a week.

Language:

English


Episodes

Why Netflix Turned To Junk

2/25/2020
Netflix had to become a content producer to compete with other streaming services. To raise the money to pay for all that content, the company turned to junk bonds.

Duration:00:09:39

For Richer Or... Richer

2/24/2020
The effects of assortative mating, or, what happens when people increasingly marry only other people with similar incomes and education.

Duration:00:09:09

The Indicator The Candidates Should Be Talking About

2/21/2020
Political Economist Jared Bernstein watched this week's Democratic debate. Many economic issues came up, but he thinks the candidates need to start talking about how much U.S. households are saving.

Duration:00:09:52

Timecard Capitalists

2/20/2020
People who make the highest salaries are increasingly the same people who draw the highest incomes from their capital.

Duration:00:09:47

Meet Our Junk Bond!

2/19/2020
Last year, Team Indicator bought a junk bond! The bond was from a company called Hornbeck Offshore Services. On today's show, we learn more about the company and we check in on our investment.

Duration:00:09:11

Listener Questions: Minimum Wage & Gender-Fluid Tadpoles

2/18/2020
Cardiff takes on the national debt, minimum wage, and gender-fluid tadpoles to get answers to your burning questions.

Duration:00:08:58

How Economists Do Valentines

2/14/2020
It's an Economic Valentine! Economics isn't known as a language of love. But economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers say it's central to their relationship and to their decisions as a couple.

Duration:00:09:49

For Rent: Fast Fashion

2/13/2020
Buy or rent? That's becoming a question for manufacturers of more and more types of products. Now fast fashion brands are trying to get in on the movement, too.

Duration:00:09:13

The First Milestone In The History of Economics

2/12/2020
The first milestone in the history of economics was an 8th century B.C. poem — a lecture by an ancient Greek poet to his deadbeat brother.

Duration:00:09:50

Why Cheap Solar Could Save the World

2/11/2020
In the last fifteen years, the cost of solar energy has declined so sharply that it has recently become the cheapest form of energy in the world. Now, major companies are jumping in to invest, but will the markets follow?

Duration:00:09:39

Coronavirus And The Global Economy

2/10/2020
The coronavirus has sickened more than 40,000 people and killed more than 900. In addition to that devastating human toll, the outbreak is likely to have economically destructive effects as well.

Duration:00:09:38

Jobs Friday: The Racial Unemployment Gap

2/7/2020
The unemployment rate for black workers is roughly twice that of white workers - and has been for half a century. Today we discuss the reasons for the gap, and how to shrink it.

Duration:00:09:08

Betting On The Oscars

2/6/2020
Betting on the Oscars is now legal in New Jersey and Indiana, so we went down to Atlantic City to place a bet on Best Picture. And we spoke to a few experts beforehand to understand how to make a better bet.

Duration:00:09:54

Triple-A Ratings Are So Yesterday

2/5/2020
It used to be that companies strove for the best credit rating possible. Today, however, almost everyone's happy to slide by with a barely passing grade.

Duration:00:09:57

Peak Misery And The Happiness Curve

2/4/2020
How do you measure happiness? Economist David Blanchflower says age has a lot to do with it.

Duration:00:09:40

Even The Facts Are Polarized

2/3/2020
As Iowans prepare to make their selection for the Democratic presidential nominee, a new study sheds light on just how polarized Americans are, even when it comes to reality itself.

Duration:00:09:27

A Business Owner's View On Brexit

1/31/2020
Today is Brexit Day. As of 11:00pm tonight (GMT), the UK will no longer be part of the European Union. We spoke to a small business owner about what that might mean.

Duration:00:09:45

American Dynamism In Decline

1/30/2020
America has a hard-earned reputation for being the most dynamic economy on the globe. But that dynamism could be waning.

Duration:00:09:51

The Economic Impact Of An Infectious Disease

1/29/2020
As the coronavirus spreads internationally, we wanted to know what it looks like when an infectious disease shuts down one of the world's largest economies. We speak with NPR Beijing correspondent, Emily Feng.

Duration:00:09:36

Weird (Amazon) Flex, But Okay

1/28/2020
Nearly half of Amazon's packages are delivered not by UPS or USPS, but by the company itself. Amazon employs thousands of gig workers to make its deliveries, administering them through an app called Amazon Flex.

Duration:00:09:32