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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

Indicators of the Week: IPOs, ETFs, GHGs

It's Indicators of the Week! The U.S. is using a lot more coal for electricity, the first Bitcoin ETF is finally here, and WeWork officially debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. ... Read more

22 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:00

22 Oct 2021


#299

Say my name

Repeating a customer's name is a classic sales technique used by telemarketers to car salesmen. But can a salesperson use a customer's name too much? ... Read more

21 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:49

21 Oct 2021


#298

Keep calm, it's just the bullwhip effect

The Indicator team plays a beer game to understand how the bullwhip effect tangles supply chains. And no, it's not beer pong. ... Read more

20 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:51

20 Oct 2021


#297

Labor market trick or treat

Trick or treat! As we all know, some indicators are sweet, but others are scary. Luckily, one economist is here to help us separate the tricks from the treats in our labor market. ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:37

19 Oct 2021


#296

BRAND new friends

In advertising, there's always been an unspoken rule — never praise your competition. But one marketing professor's research shows that approach can actually be good for businesses and their brand. ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

08 MINS

08:54

18 Oct 2021


#295

Indicators of the Week: strikes, prices, Black Friday deals

Indicators of the Week! Prices are up again, but is it fair to call this 'transitory' inflation? Black Friday deals are early at stores anticipating supply-chain shortages. And America is on strike. ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:59

15 Oct 2021


#294

Congressional game theory

For months, lawmakers have been negotiating two big spending bills with no end in sight. Game theory could explain the hidden strategies behind the congressional chaos. ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:08

14 Oct 2021


#293

Simon says we're stuck with the debt ceiling

The debt ceiling approaches. A congressional standoff ensues. It wasn't always this way. So why did the debt ceiling get built? And how do other countries control their debt? ... Read more

13 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:09

13 Oct 2021


#292

A Nobel prize for an economics revolution

Joshua Angrist, Guido Imbens and David Card won the economics Nobel on Monday. On today's show, we talk to the Princeton professor who mentored two of the winners. ... Read more

12 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:03

12 Oct 2021


#291

Jobs Friday: Where are all the older workers?

Sure, some seniors took the pandemic as an opportunity to ride an RV into the sunset, but there's a darker story unfolding in today's jobs report. Today's show looks at the challenges many older worker can face as they try to reenter the workforce. ... Read more

08 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:45

08 Oct 2021


#290

A new decade for Bond

Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond is coming to an end with the release of No Time To Die. With Amazon acquiring MGM, where does the 007 franchise go from here? ... Read more

07 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:48

07 Oct 2021


#289

Technology brought to you by the s-curve

A lot of things grow slowly, then fast, then slow again. From the growth in smartphone users to the rise of vaccinations, the s-curve explains a huge part of technological, scientific and economic change. ... Read more

06 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:41

06 Oct 2021


#288

Facebook tries to save face

Facebook's status hasn't been so hot of late. From internal documents leaked by a whistleblower to outages of hours. How does a company with millions of dissatisfied customers turn its image around? ... Read more

06 Oct 2021

08 MINS

08:21

06 Oct 2021


#287

Revenge of the math club

In the high school lunchroom version of business school, finance majors were the popular jocks and logistics majors were... the math club. But nowadays, they're sitting at the cool kids' table. ... Read more

04 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:40

04 Oct 2021


#286

No Dental, No Power, No Agents: Indicators Of The Week

Indicators of the Week! Dentists resist the Biden administration's spending plan. China is rationing electricity. And Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson negotiates his own contract, agent-free. ... Read more

01 Oct 2021

09 MINS

09:53

01 Oct 2021


#285

Japanese Anime, Made In China

Anime is a twenty-billion-dollar industry and it is growing fast. But traditionally, anime is produced in Japan. What happens when other countries try producing Japanese-style animation? ... Read more

30 Sep 2021

09 MINS

09:58

30 Sep 2021


#284

Rebuilding Paradise

The 2018 Camp Fire burned down much of the town of Paradise, Calif. Over the years, wildfires in the West have become more frequent and intense. But Paradise is rebuilding for a more resilient future. ... Read more

29 Sep 2021

09 MINS

09:31

29 Sep 2021


#283

How WhatsApp Broke Lebanon

Lebanon's economy is in freefall. The World Bank calls it one of the worst financial crises in a century. We look back at Lebanon's optimistic years, zooming in on the one key decision that started this house of cards. And we ask what this can teach us about booms and busts in general. ... Read more

28 Sep 2021

09 MINS

09:07

28 Sep 2021


#282

The College Admissions 'Melt' Down

What is "melt" and why are college admissions departments sweating over it this year? ... Read more

27 Sep 2021

08 MINS

08:58

27 Sep 2021


#281

Indicators Of The Week: Evergrande, Stuck Ships, Town Managers

From ghost apartments empty in China, to a backlog of ships in Los Angeles, to towns struggling to find city managers... yes, it's time for Indicators of the Week! ... Read more

24 Sep 2021

09 MINS

09:45

24 Sep 2021