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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

Unemployment And The Racial Divide

6/5/2020
How well a family can endure a spell of unemployment depends on how much of a buffer it has to fall back on. And there are big racial and ethnic disparities in how big those buffers are.

Duration:00:09:58

The Business Of Antibody Tests

6/4/2020
Companies all over the world are jockeying for position in the lucrative COVID-19 antibody testing market, but are quality standards getting lost in the shuffle?

Duration:00:09:58

Police Unions And Civilian Deaths

6/3/2020
There appears to be a relationship between police unionization and the number of people killed by officers.

Duration:00:09:02

Where Are The Business Bankruptcies?

6/2/2020
When the coronavirus hit, economists predicted a tsunami of bankruptcies. But that hasn't happened.

Duration:00:09:05

Racism And Economics

6/1/2020
The coronavirus pandemic has been called "the great equalizer." But in fact, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected African Americans in all kinds of ways.

Duration:00:09:04

The Beige Book And The Pig Farmer

5/29/2020
The Federal Reserve's Beige Book provides anecdotes from various parts of the economy. This month's edition illustrates the pain being suffered by pig farmers.

Duration:00:09:27

Melissa Dell On Security And Prosperity

5/28/2020
Mellisa Dell, this year's John Bates Clark Medal winner, explains the relationship between security, prosperity and the rule of law.

Duration:00:09:10

#WFH Forever?

5/27/2020
Many of us are working from home for now. Some could be destined to do it forever.

Duration:00:09:43

Rent In The Time Of Coronavirus

5/26/2020
The landlord-tenant relationship is often a tense one and it's becoming a national problem.

Duration:00:09:52

Stocks Are Up But The Economy's Down

5/22/2020
The stock market has recovered more than half the ground lost when it crashed nearly 34 percent starting in late February. But the economy hasn't recovered. Why is there such a stark disconnect?

Duration:00:09:45

Waiting For A Surge

5/21/2020
Hospitals lost millions of dollars preparing for a surge of COVID-19 patients. Some were swamped, but others only saw a handful of coronavirus cases. Now many are struggling to survive.

Duration:00:08:54

The Persistence Of Poverty

5/20/2020
Melissa Dell, winner of the John Bates Clark Medal for economics, on why poverty and insecurity are so persistent in certain parts of the world.

Duration:00:09:06

The Public Transit Problem

5/19/2020
Public transit systems are vital to cities. Many have been shut down or slowed during the pandemic. Now city administrators have to figure out how to reopen them.

Duration:00:09:40

Small Banks' Corona Crunch

5/18/2020
Many banks have changed the way they work, as they hurry to get billions in CARES Act cash to small businesses.

Duration:00:09:03

Waiting For A Check

5/15/2020
State unemployment offices have been slammed, as 36 million Americans have lost their jobs. And now individuals and the U.S. economy are depending on these often underfunded operations to step up.

Duration:00:09:44

Reopening Sports: Does MMA Point The Way?

5/14/2020
Mixed martial arts is the first major spectator sport in the U.S. to host live events since the coronavirus lockdown. Other sports are watching to see whether MMA could point the way.

Duration:00:09:42

Coronavirus, Farmworkers And America's Food Supply

5/13/2020
The working conditions on many farms mean that agricultural laborers are at high risk of getting COVID-19. That poses a real threat to those workers and to the country's food supply.

Duration:00:09:10

Pay Cuts Vs. Layoffs

5/12/2020
Companies hammered by the economic collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic are being forced to make a hard choice: lay staff off or cut their pay.

Duration:00:09:44

On Demand

5/11/2020
The U.S. economy depends on consumer demand. And demand is way down because of the coronavirus pandemic. What happens if it doesn't come back?

Duration:00:09:47

A Brutal Jobs Report

5/8/2020
The jobs report for this month was nightmarish. But as bad as it was, it hid some even worse news about the employment situation.

Duration:00:09:51