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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.

Location:

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

Unintended Consequences, Hidden Deaths

7/6/2020
The way organizations and governments respond to disasters often have hidden consequences; sometimes those consequences can be fatal.

Duration:00:09:58

Jobs In June

7/2/2020
The BLS jobs report for June was better than expected, but showed the U.S. economy is still suffering badly from coronavirus.

Duration:00:09:17

The Market For Student Loans

7/1/2020
Americans owe about $1.5 trillion in student debt. But who actually owns those loans? One borrower goes looking for an answer—and uncovers a multi-billion dollar shadow market.

Duration:00:09:38

Listener Questions: Past Pandemics And Property Prices

6/30/2020
On the Spanish Flu, housing prices, and the resilience of Australia's economy. Indicator listener questions, answered.

Duration:00:09:09

The Uncounted Workforce

6/29/2020
Incarcerated Americans make goods for American companies, and get paid next to nothing for their labor.

Duration:00:09:27

Sadie Alexander, America's First Black Economist

6/26/2020
Sadie Alexander was the first African-American to earn a PhD in economics. We think her contributions deserve another look.

Duration:00:09:17

Liar Loans

6/25/2020
Many businesses have been negatively affected by the pandemic. But some companies that have borrowed a lot of money are manipulating their numbers, to avoid breaking their debt agreements.

Duration:00:09:42

Black Workers And The Fed

6/24/2020
How the Federal Reserve manages the economy can have an outsize effect on Black workers. Here's how to make sure it doesn't leave them behind again.

Duration:00:08:19

The Economics Of Vaccine Pricing

6/23/2020
Governments and drug companies agree: We need to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. But their motives for developing a vaccine are different. And that will have a big effect on the vaccine's price.

Duration:00:09:58

Poker, Markets And Life

6/22/2020
How a psychologist who learned how to play high stakes poker as a way to study human behavior learned a lot about risk management, mendacity and the markets.

Duration:00:09:05

Daymond John: Swimming With Sharks

6/19/2020
Daymond John, founder of the iconic brand FUBU and investor on the reality show Shark Tank, talked to us about how he got his start and maintained his lead in the cutthroat world of fashion apparel.

Duration:00:09:38

When A Boomtown Goes Bust

6/18/2020
Williston, North Dakota doubled in size during the shale oil boom a decade ago. Now oil prices have fallen and the town's facing hard times.

Duration:00:09:54

How Other Countries Handled Their Jobs Crises

6/17/2020
Not all countries approached the COVID-19 economic crisis the way the U.S. did. How different strategies on unemployment had radically different outcomes.

Duration:00:09:45

Who Pays For The Police?

6/16/2020
Police fines and fees have helped to fill city coffers, but they've done serious damage to community relations.

Duration:00:09:48

High-Frequency Indicators

6/15/2020
Five "high-frequency" indicators help us track the health of the U.S. economy

Duration:00:08:48

The Business Of Police Surveillance

6/12/2020
The companies that lead the field in surveillance technology are turning against it.

Duration:00:08:37

Story Of A Paper

6/11/2020
Why a groundbreaking paper by Lisa Cook on the effects of racist violence took ten years to get published.

Duration:00:09:43

The Cost Of Contact Tracing

6/10/2020
Contact tracing is one of the most effective ways to contain a pandemic and dates back to the 1300s. But the modern versions are coming at a real cost.

Duration:00:09:41

The Post Pandemic City

6/9/2020
Big American cities might never look the same again, post coronavirus. And that could be the making of them.

Duration:00:09:51

The Minnesota Paradox

6/8/2020
Minnesota is often touted as one of the best places to live in the U.S. — it has the numbers to prove it. And yet, the state has some of the worst racial disparities of any state in the country.

Duration:00:09:54