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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

Coronavirus And The Gig Economy

4/7/2020
Many gig workers have suddenly found themselves providing essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. But many also feel like they have to work in an unsafe situation.

Duration:00:09:48

Pandemic-onomics: Lessons From The Spanish Flu

4/6/2020
Different cities responded in different ways to the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918. And their economies fared differently as a result.

Duration:00:09:48

The Jobs Crisis

4/3/2020
We had almost a decade of growth in the jobs market. But in the last two weeks, nearly 10 million people lost their jobs. Today, we look at the labor market — what's happening and where it's headed.

Duration:00:09:04

The Coronavirus Pivot

4/2/2020
Faced with the prospect of shutting up shop because of coronavirus, some companies are retooling and pivoting to keep their doors open and their workers employed.

Duration:00:09:39

Three Ideas To Fight The Recession

4/1/2020
Policymakers can still do more to fight the coronavirus recession. Here are three ideas that we haven't yet tried.

Duration:00:09:18

Scarcity In The Emergency Room

3/31/2020
Emergency rooms all over the country are struggling with limited resources: masks, ventilators, hospital beds, doctors. We talk to one ER doctor in New York about how she is managing those resources right now.

Duration:00:09:58

Listeners Ask, We Answer

3/30/2020
Coronavirus questions on the yield curve and refinancing. And some of the ways individuals can help.

Duration:00:09:58

When Should We Restart the Economy?

3/27/2020
President Trump got major backlash this week when he suggested businesses should reopen by Easter. Critics said that was way too early. How do we know when it's safe for businesses to reopen?

Duration:00:08:40

The Labor Market Catastrophe

3/26/2020
Layoffs and furloughs due to the coronavirus clampdown have pushed 3.3 million Americans to apply for unemployment benefits, the largest weekly increase in U.S. history.

Duration:00:09:58

Stimulus Rex

3/25/2020
The Senate has managed to negotiate a $2 trillion relief package to help keep the U.S. economy afloat as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic. What's in it and will it be enough?

Duration:00:09:07

Pandemic Bonds

3/24/2020
A few years ago, the World Bank issued bonds designed to get cash to needy countries in the event of a pandemic. Sounds like a great idea! But the bonds haven't paid out yet and they may never.

Duration:00:09:53

The Most Vulnerable Workers

3/23/2020
Because of social distancing, the U.S. restaurant industry has entirely disintegrated with unimaginable speed, leaving its workers to face an uncertain future.

Duration:00:09:11

Our COVID-19 Indicators Of The Week

3/20/2020
Zero and 27 are our indicators of the week. Zero (or nearly zero) is the Fed's new benchmark interest rate. 27 is the number of days that around half of small businesses in the U.S. can go without making money.

Duration:00:09:40

The Test Shortage

3/19/2020
A short supply of test kits, staff and equipment have put the U.S. behind in terms of coronavirus testing. We talk to one healthcare worker about what's been limiting their coronavirus testing ability.

Duration:00:09:49

China's New Normal

3/18/2020
China appears to have stopped the spread of coronavirus within its borders. People there are now beginning to adjust to a new normal.

Duration:00:08:37

Working From Home

3/17/2020
Millions of people all across the world are now having to work from home. Including team Indicator. Today, a look at how this might change the way we work... and what it's like to skip the office.

Duration:00:09:58

The Sudden Stop

3/16/2020
As social distancing kicks in and cities begin moving aggressively to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the U.S. economy is hitting the brakes. Hard.

Duration:00:08:50

Economic Fear Factor

3/13/2020
The global economy is being hammered this week - markets have tanked, businesses are closing down. The spreading virus is part of it, but most of the effect is coming from fear.

Duration:00:09:34

Healthcare And Economic Despair

3/12/2020
The U.S. spends more on healthcare as a share of its economy than any other wealthy country. In addition to making care less affordable, that also causes indirect damage to the rest of the economy.

Duration:00:08:58

Disease Detectives

3/11/2020
As the outbreak of COVID-19 becomes officially classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, we look at the role of the Epidemic Intelligence Service the CDCs "disease detectives".

Duration:00:09:58