The Indicator from Planet Money podcast

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.Try Planet Money+! a new way to support the show you love, get a sponsor-free feed of the podcast, *and* get access to bonus content. You'll also get access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without interruptions. sign up at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

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.Try Planet Money+! a new way to support the show you love, get a sponsor-free feed of the podcast, *and* get access to bonus content. You'll also get access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without interruptions. sign up at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

 

#300

Reddit's public Wall Street bet

Any day now, social media platform Reddit is expected to launch an initial public offering (IPO), earmarking shares for its most dedicated users. On today's show, our friends at [WBUR podcast Endless Thread] (https://www.wbur.org/podcasts/endlessthread) help us unpack why Reddit is making this move, and what it might mean for Reddit's stock. Related episodes: [r/boxes, r/Reddit, r/AIregs] (https://www.npr.org/2023/06/16/1182896830/r-boxes-r-reddit-r-airegs) ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000617322873) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/2Wd3Q4jHcYKEMVal1Lkl3c?si=7c61ac4cdae44560) ) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

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#299

An oil boom, a property slump and dental deflation

Indicators of the week is back! This time, we explore why oil and gas companies are pulling in record profits, whether bad commercial property debt is likely to spark a financial crisis and how much a lost tooth goes for in this economy. Related EpisodesWhat could break next? ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000623728174) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/7xNJhlOARp93hlVWJuMjpN?si=0ab490f39bfd4610) ) What's really happening with the Evergrande liquidation ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000645095247) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/0mphl8c01SJgEpznZzhg7K?si=0b36f4fef6f64acb) ) [How an empty office becomes a home ] (https://www.npr.org/2022/03/23/1088272830/how-an-empty-office-becomes-a-home) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

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23 Feb 2024


#298

A Supreme Court case that could reshape social media

Next week, the US Supreme Court will hear a case that pits the Attorneys General of Texas and Florida against a trade group representing some of the biggest social media companies in the world. Today, how we got here, and now the case could upend our online experience.Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

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23 Feb 2024


#297

Why Capital One wants Discover

Capital One Financial Corporation plans to acquire Discover Financial Services in a $35 billion deal that would combine two of the largest U.S. credit card companies. Today on the show, five big questions about the deal, and the opaque system behind every swipe, tap or insertion of your credit card. Related:Planet Money's TikTok on the secret behind [credit card rewards] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney/video/6949239470772194565) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

21 Feb 2024

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21 Feb 2024


#296

Could fake horns end illegal rhino poaching?

In business, the million-dollar question is how to get people to buy stuff. But in wildlife conservation, the challenge is: how do we get people to not buy stuff? How do we bring down demand for fur, ivory and rhino horns? Today on the show, the story of a business trying to make lab-grown rhino horns and the backlash that followed. Check out more of Juliana Kim's reporting for NPR [here] (https://www.npr.org/2024/01/17/1224271419/endangered-rhino-horn-conservation-poaching) . Related: [Supply, demand, extinction] (https://www.npr.org/2023/06/30/1185313253/poison-dart-frog-black-market-smuggling) ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/planet-money/id290783428?i=1000618918719) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/5jtjTSSKOdPVKCs4rHdVNm?si=jbcDGjCvQACWR1MioJbTyA) ) [Rhino Bonds] (https://www.npr.org/2019/07/23/744612775/rhino-bonds) [Shooting Bambi to Save Mother Nature] (https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2019/01/22/687530630/shooting-bambi-to-save-mother-nature) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

20 Feb 2024

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20 Feb 2024


#295

Chocolate, Lyft's typo and India's election bonds

It's Indicators of the Week — our weekly look under the hood of our global economy. Today we look at why cocoa prices are soaring, whether India's electoral bonds are bad for democracy and how a typo sent Lyft shares (briefly) soaring. Related: [Cocoa prices hit a 47-year high before Valentine's Day] (https://www.npr.org/2024/02/12/1230120289/valentines-day-chocolate-cocoa-prices) [Can India become the next high-tech hub?] (https://www.npr.org/2023/03/02/1160640017/can-india-become-the-next-high-tech-hub) ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000602560476) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/5rSkn2UWmMvvVLznPO0vj5?si=LboApxWkSqKcYS60EKmNTA) ) [Lyft going public: The dual-class share dilemma] (https://www.npr.org/2019/03/21/705320799/lyft-going-public-the-dual-class-share-dilemma) [Big donors and pay-to-play politics] (https://www.npr.org/2020/09/30/918871445/big-donors-pay-to-play-politics) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

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16 Feb 2024


#294

Why banks are fighting changes to an anti-redlining program

In 2023, The Federal Reserve and other banking regulators announced they were making changes to how they grade banks on servicing local communities. This all stems from a 1977 law called the Community Reinvestment Act, which was designed to encourage banks to better meet the needs of moderate and low-income borrowers. However, major banking trade groups weren't too excited about the new rules and filed a lawsuit against the banking regulators last week. Today on the show, we explain the history of racist housing policies in the United States and how that history informs the banks' fight with the government today.For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) .Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) .Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

15 Feb 2024

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15 Feb 2024


#293

How Egypt's military is dragging down its economy

Egypt's economy is facing its worst crisis in decades. The situation could further destabilize the Middle East if it goes unresolved. Now, the International Monetary Fund is working with Egyptian leadership to figure out another deal for a multi-billion dollar loan ... but will it be enough? Today, we look at how Egypt has fallen into economic crisis and whether its economy is too big to fail.Related episodes:What could convince Egypt to take in Gaza's refugees? ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000631931091) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/2lFvO3YqXfMt5IdOHt8ChO?si=d952fdd3df6346a7) )Red Sea tensions spell trouble for global supply chains ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000631931091) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/13mLknLCXNGsez2alfw9D7?si=4eb33a5f17b147c4) )For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) .Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) .Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

15 Feb 2024

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15 Feb 2024


#292

How's your defense industry knowledge?

Roses are red. Violets are blue. We have another Indicator Quiz for you! Today's episode tests one loyal listener on their econ knowledge about our recent defense series, and they give us their best Valentine's Day cocktail recommendation. Play along with us and see how you do! Are you interested in being a contestant on our next Indicator Quiz? Email us your name, city and phone number to indicator@npr.org and put "Indicator Quiz" in the subject line. Related episodes:Can Just-In-Time handle a new era of war? ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000643131944) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/3skvT4hoXPjMpJqSCViyZN?si=223928274f5a4860) ) Are we overpaying for military equipment? ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000643104054) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/5qbw12gf4Dnrux0SImHDcD?si=403171e4b6af44a5) ) How to transform a war economy from peacetime ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000643108854) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/1U5SJeA6ULyim1QszQPDLD?si=843586525d864082) ) How to transform a war economy from peacetime ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000643108854) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/1U5SJeA6ULyim1QszQPDLD?si=843586525d864082) ) How the world economy could react to escalation in the Middle East ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000641902982) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/3xT8dlxWnpobYtAoBacWVK?si=1e82d1f72d57468a) ) How niche brands got into your grocery store ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000642955236) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/0eo62gHjbH7VBCyQuwMluj?si=fe9dfff9024b4464) ) WTF is a bitcoin ETF ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000640587489) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/4iKQOoVetJccIRDKeRNVDi?si=1a414bb208924094) ) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org.Music by Drop Electric. Find us: TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Newsletter. Music by Drop Electric. Find us: TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Newsletter.Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

13 Feb 2024

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13 Feb 2024


#291

What's really happening with the Evergrande liquidation

China is in the economic doldrums in part due to its slumping real estate market. And one of the largest property developers in mainland China is a huge part of the story. Evergrande is drowning in about $300 billion of debt. And after months of attempting to restructure, one of its entities is now being forced to liquidate. We look at what that means and how the Chinese economy will be affected. Related episodes:China's weakening economy in two Indicators ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/th/podcast/chinas-weakening-economy-in-two-indicators/id290783428?i=1000627788167) / [Spotify] (https://podcasts.apple.com/th/podcast/chinas-weakening-economy-in-two-indicators/id290783428?i=1000627788167) ) Tumbling Chinese stocks and rapid Chipotle hiring ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tumbling-chinese-stocks-and-rapid-chipotle-hiring/id1320118593?i=1000643145031) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/2GdOjVCWsLEOAZC73os4TY?si=Iv1AYS6KR-moUFstGgx-Fg) ) The mess at the heart of China's economy ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000583748551) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/4NiBtnfkOi2wSkAVEP0IUT) ) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) .Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) .Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

12 Feb 2024

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12 Feb 2024


#290

A Swiftie Super Bowl, a stumbling bank, and other indicators

It is Friday, and Indicators of the Week is back — SUPER Edition. Today, what one New York bank's shakiness means for the wider economy, why Mexican imports in the US are super surging, and the T. Swift effect on the Super Bowl. Related Episodes:Economics, boosternomics and Swiftnomics ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000642805661) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/4usaBUAtx3rTwYxzoumdD8?si=uGAR6nKKTVu-QMXUgsXaWw) )Does the U.S. have too many banks? ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000613290775) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ejyGPpPz2t05amr9NM2FD?si=XLG1qDowRAi20BMsuBRjCg) ) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

10 Feb 2024

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08:46

10 Feb 2024


#289

Why Saudi Arabia is building a new city in the desert

For decades, Saudi Arabia's economy has been defined by its abundant oil reserves. Its ability to influence global oil supply propelled Saudi Arabia to one of the richest countries in the world. The Saudi royal family became important players on the world stage. However, waning dominance in the oil market is forcing the Saudi government to think differently about its reliance on the commodity.Today on the show, we explain Saudi Arabia's fantastical vision for its future and how the government is using its present influence in the oil market to fund it.Related episodes: [Why oil in Guyana could be a curse] (https://www.npr.org/2024/01/10/1197960933/why-oil-in-guyana-could-be-a-curse) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) .Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) .Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

08 Feb 2024

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09:15

08 Feb 2024


#288

Is Wall Street's hottest trend finally over?

WeWork, DraftKings, Lucid Motors. These are a few companies that have taken an untraditional route to go public through something called SPACs or special purpose acquisition companies. The obscure investment vehicle took off during the pandemic, but has since fallen back to earth. Today, we consider the rise and fall of SPACs and how recent rule changes will affect these deals.Related episodes: [The SPAC is back] (https://www.npr.org/2021/01/12/956169423/the-spac-is-back) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

08 Feb 2024

08 MINS

08:42

08 Feb 2024


#287

Did pandemic business support work?

The U.S. launched the Paycheck Protection Program in April 2020 to save jobs and businesses from the worst effects of the pandemic. Today on the show, a post-mortem on the controversial program and whether it fulfilled its objective. Also, we hear from one company that voluntarily paid back its PPP loan — with interest — even though it could have qualified for forgiveness. Related episodes: Could cash payments ease recessions? ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000644274745) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/3yLwgcwXy6YG4oD1UzcsjN?si=1d2e24431a094926) ) [Small banks' corona crunch] (https://www.npr.org/2020/05/15/857212304/small-banks-corona-crunch) [The big small business rescue] (https://www.npr.org/2020/04/10/832149266/episode-990-the-big-small-business-rescue) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

06 Feb 2024

09 MINS

09:22

06 Feb 2024


#286

Could cash payments ease recessions?

Although we have dodged the bullet for now, the threat of a recession is always a concern for policy makers. The question is: will we be prepared next time? In this episode, we consider an alternative approach to stabilizing the economy during a recession through automatic monthly cash payments. The hope: faster relief, a reduced racial wealth gap and predictable income. Can it work? Related episodes: [The Sahm Rule with the eponymous economist] (https://www.npr.org/2019/11/26/783120728/the-sahm-rule-with-the-eponymous-economist) Hear us out: We ban left turns and other big ideas ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hear-us-out-we-ban-left-turns-and-other-big-ideas/id290783428?i=1000642697393) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/7wgCMVZMatf5aGYdSlV84P) )For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

05 Feb 2024

08 MINS

08:41

05 Feb 2024


#285

How local government is propping up the U.S. labor market

The most recent jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the United States economy exceeded expectations by adding 353,000 jobs in January. This continues the labor market's years-long trend of resilience in the face of the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes. However, digging deeper into the numbers reveals figures that economists are keeping a close eye on.Today, we explain why it's not necessarily ideal for local government jobs to lift up a booming labor market.For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) .Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

02 Feb 2024

08 MINS

08:01

02 Feb 2024


#284

Why the FTC is cracking down on location data brokers

It's no secret — your phone knows where you are, and if that data exists, someone else might have it. [Back in 2022] (https://www.npr.org/2022/11/01/1133397471/the-hidden-market-for-your-location-data) , we covered the murky market for smartphone location data. Now, the Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on this multi-billion dollar industry. In today's episode, we explain why the agency is trying to ban a data broker from selling information tied to sensitive places like medical facilities. Related episodes: Ad targeting gets into your medical file ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ad-targeting-gets-into-your-medical-file/id1320118593?i=1000641093447) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/6HeRrgELrt7QAqRJ79PjMH?si=pUBr01lYSd2uJLGBEIEueg) ) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

01 Feb 2024

08 MINS

08:59

01 Feb 2024


#283

How to transform a war economy for peacetime

In the 1980s, California was the heart of the aerospace industry. But when the Cold War ended, military spending cuts put those defense jobs in jeopardy. This week, we're bringing you a three-part series on the defense industry. In this episode: how the state redirected some of those defense dollars to another economic opportunity provides an example of how the "peace dividend" can be used effectively. Related episodes: Are we overpaying for military equipment? ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000643104054) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/5qbw12gf4Dnrux0SImHDcD?si=403171e4b6af44a5) )Can Just-In-Time handle a new era of war? ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000643131944) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/3skvT4hoXPjMpJqSCViyZN?si=223928274f5a4860) )Industrial policy, the debate! ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/industrial-policy-the-debate/id1320118593?i=1000627661989) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/4X3yDKgVTWRjSd6r0vhgo4) ) Giant vacuums and other government climate bets ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000627799094) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/52n8CvBGVGMtySrLWQMZjR?si=948bb1b1aa864594) ) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

31 Jan 2024

08 MINS

08:48

31 Jan 2024


#282

Can Just-In-Time handle a new era of war?

Just-in-time manufacturing began as a way to save space, remove costs and improve efficiency ... for Toyota. The U.S. defense industry has since incorporated this approach. Now, leaders in the defense industry question whether it's to blame for weapons and ammunition shortages. This week, we're bringing you a three-part series on the defense industry. Today on the show, we look at how a just-in-time mindset filtered through the military contracting system, and we ask whether bare-bones manufacturing styles are leaving the U.S. in a bind. Related EpisodesAre we overpaying for military equipment? ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000643104054) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/5qbw12gf4Dnrux0SImHDcD?si=403171e4b6af44a5) )How to transform a war economy from peacetime ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000643108854) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/1U5SJeA6ULyim1QszQPDLD?si=843586525d864082) ) [Toyota Camry, supply-chain hero] (https://www.npr.org/2021/11/16/1056278180/toyota-camry-supply-chain-hero) For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

30 Jan 2024

09 MINS

09:29

30 Jan 2024


#281

Are we overpaying for military equipment?

If the proposed defense budget is passed, it will account for roughly 3.5 % of U.S. GDP. The military buys everything from pens and paper clips to fighter jets and submarines. But the market for military equipment is very different from the commercial market. And sometimes the system results in the Pentagon, and taxpayers, overpaying. This week, we're bringing you a three-part series on the defense industry. Today, we unpack how defense costs are getting so high and why it's happening.Related:Can Just-In-Time handle a new era of war? ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000643131944) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/3skvT4hoXPjMpJqSCViyZN?si=223928274f5a4860) )How to transform a war economy from peacetime ( [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-indicator-from-planet-money/id1320118593?i=1000643108854) / [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/episode/1U5SJeA6ULyim1QszQPDLD?si=843586525d864082) )For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org] (http://plus.npr.org/) . Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . Learn more about sponsor message choices: [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) [NPR Privacy Policy] (https://www.npr.org/about-npr/179878450/privacy-policy) ... Read more

29 Jan 2024

09 MINS

09:29

29 Jan 2024