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The Indicator from Planet Money podcast

The Indicator from Planet Money

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  NPR  

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.

 

#300

BTS: The Band That Moves The Economy

Korean boy band BTS is a global music phenomenon. The group has millions of fans called A.R.M.Y., who happily support the group with their wallets. Today on the show, we dive deep into the economic impacts of BTS and what makes the group special. ... Read more

28 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:41

28 Jul 2021


#299

Nudge Vs Shove: A Conversation With Richard Thaler

Nobel Prize laureate Richard Thaler is a rockstar in the world of economics. His book Nudge introduced many of us to the field of behavioral economics and how it could be used in public policy. Today we speak with Professor Thaler on his latest and final edition of Nudge, and go beyond nudge to the land of sludging and shoving. ... Read more

27 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:44

27 Jul 2021


#298

Relax, Millennials! You're Doing Great.

According to new data from the Federal Reserve millennials are struggling. A closer examination of economic data, however, paints a different picture. ... Read more

26 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:58

26 Jul 2021


#297

Mailbag: Children Edition

On today's show, kids ask everything you were too afraid to admit you didn't know about money — what is it, where did it come from, what happens if a government goes bananas printing it. ... Read more

23 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:36

23 Jul 2021


#296

Saving Birds With Economics

The Pacific Flyway, one of the major bird migration routes in North America, has lost over 90% of its original wetland habitat in California. Purchasing and restoring these lands would cost a lot of money. But one economist had an idea: What if we paid rice farmers to flood their fields? ... Read more

22 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:54

22 Jul 2021


#295

The Tequila Boom And Agave Bust

The demand for tequila is booming, but it wasn't always the case. We speak with a fifth generation tequila distiller and a tequila scholar on the history of tequila and what will happen with this current boom. ... Read more

22 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:40

22 Jul 2021


#294

Burnout, Poaching And Robots Taking Our Jobs: The Beigie Awards!

The Beigie Award is out for July! This time our winner talks about employee burnout, increased talent poaching, and a special cameo from someone we all know and love. ... Read more

20 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:29

20 Jul 2021


#293

Should Business Mandate Covid Vaccines For Employees?

Only 3 to 4 percent of small businesses in many states require workers to show proof of vaccination but in Puerto Rico, the number is 20 percent. Why? We speak with an economist and two business owners to find out. ... Read more

19 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:45

19 Jul 2021


#292

In Tech We Antitrust: Indicators of The Week

President Biden signed an executive order promoting competition and large technology firms came under fire. We speak with economists Luigi Zingales and Carl Shapiro on the history and implications of antitrust. ... Read more

16 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:58

16 Jul 2021


#291

The COVID Small Business Boom

After millions of people lost their jobs during the pandemic, many of them started their own businesses. In June people started over 440,000 new businesses. We speak with a hot dog stand owner about his journey and an economist on this trend. ... Read more

15 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:55

15 Jul 2021


#290

Australian Wine: Political Football

Australian wine exports to China have gone from about $1 billion a year to nearly nothing overnight. Australia blames geopolitics, saying the Chinese government wants to send a message to the world. ... Read more

14 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:43

14 Jul 2021


#289

How Do You Measure Inflation?

The Consumer Price Index helps to understand prices and inflation, but where do the numbers come from in the first place? We tagged along with an economist to find out the prices of socks, butter, and daycare. ... Read more

13 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:58

13 Jul 2021


#288

Keeping Up With The Kandasamys

Streaming services have changed how people consume films and TV shows, but they've also changed what viewers are able to consume. For example, a rom-com about two Indian families who live next to each other in South Africa, is now available to a global audience. ... Read more

12 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:53

12 Jul 2021


#287

Used Car Silver Lining: Indicators Of The Week

Used cars are expensive right now. Bloomberg writer Conor Sen thinks it might be a reason behind recent inflation. We explore how used cars got so expensive and used cars' relationship with the CPI. ... Read more

09 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:48

09 Jul 2021


#286

Shrinkflation: Inflation's Sneaky Cousin

Inflation is the talk of the town recently, but some companies are shrinking the size of their products and charging the same price, aka "shrinkflation". Today we explore the booming market of inflation's sneaky cousin. ... Read more

08 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:59

08 Jul 2021


#285

How Do You Reduce Child Poverty?

The Biden Administration and Congress have introduced expanded child tax credits for families in 2021. Senator Michael Bennet, the author of the original plan, hopes to make the bill permanent. We speak with him and economist Hilary Hoynes on the implications of child tax credits. ... Read more

07 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:28

07 Jul 2021


#284

Beach Reads For Econ Nerds

It's summer, which means time to read at the beach. We asked professor Tyler Cowen for his picks. His three books cover scientific progress, the rocket business, and how to cope with doomsday. ... Read more

06 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:26

06 Jul 2021


#283

Are We Looking At The Wrong Jobs Numbers?

The world of unemployment rates can get confusing. We are here to help. What is U-3 and what is U-6? Of course, U-2 is here as well. And now, the Indicator presents... the U-Blend! ... Read more

02 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:45

02 Jul 2021


#282

Desperately Seeking Construction Workers

Demand for homes has increased dramatically this year and supply can't keep up. One of the biggest issues is a labor shortage in the construction industry. So employers are increasing wages and getting creative to entice people into the trades. ... Read more

02 Jul 2021

09 MINS

09:33

02 Jul 2021


#281

That Time America Paid For Universal Day Care

When millions of women entered the workforce during World War II, what happened to the children? The government stepped in and created the first federal child care program. What happened to it? ... Read more

30 Jun 2021

09 MINS

09:42

30 Jun 2021