The Indicator from Planet Money
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.
Thursday 02 July 2020
: The BLS jobs report for June was better than expected, but showed the U.S. economy is still suffering badly from coronavirus.
The Market For Student Loans
Wednesday 01 July 2020
: Americans owe about $1.5 trillion in student debt. But who actually owns those loans? One borrower goes looking for an answer—and uncovers...
Listener Questions: Past Pandemics And Property Prices
Tuesday 30 June 2020
: On the Spanish Flu, housing prices, and the resilience of Australia's economy. Indicator listener questions, answered.
The Uncounted Workforce
Monday 29 June 2020
: Incarcerated Americans make goods for American companies, and get paid next to nothing for their labor.
Sadie Alexander, America's First Black Economist
Friday 26 June 2020
: Sadie Alexander was the first African-American to earn a PhD in economics. We think her contributions deserve another look.
Thursday 25 June 2020
: Many businesses have been negatively affected by the pandemic. But some companies that have borrowed a lot of money are manipulating their...
Black Workers And The Fed
Wednesday 24 June 2020
: How the Federal Reserve manages the economy can have an outsize effect on Black workers. Here's how to make sure it doesn't leave them...
The Economics Of Vaccine Pricing
Tuesday 23 June 2020
: Governments and drug companies agree: We need to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. But their motives for developing a vaccine are different....
Poker, Markets And Life
Monday 22 June 2020
: How a psychologist who learned how to play high stakes poker as a way to study human behavior learned a lot about risk management, mendacity...
Daymond John: Swimming With Sharks
Friday 19 June 2020
: Daymond John, founder of the iconic brand FUBU and investor on the reality show Shark Tank, talked to us about how he got his start and...
When A Boomtown Goes Bust
Thursday 18 June 2020
: Williston, North Dakota doubled in size during the shale oil boom a decade ago. Now oil prices have fallen and the town's facing hard times.
How Other Countries Handled Their Jobs Crises
Wednesday 17 June 2020
: Not all countries approached the COVID-19 economic crisis the way the U.S. did. How different strategies on unemployment had radically...
Who Pays For The Police?
Tuesday 16 June 2020
: Police fines and fees have helped to fill city coffers, but they've done serious damage to community relations.
Monday 15 June 2020
: Five "high-frequency" indicators help us track the health of the U.S. economy
The Business Of Police Surveillance
Friday 12 June 2020
: The companies that lead the field in surveillance technology are turning against it.
Thursday 11 June 2020
: Why a groundbreaking paper by Lisa Cook on the effects of racist violence took ten years to get published.
The Cost Of Contact Tracing
Wednesday 10 June 2020
: Contact tracing is one of the most effective ways to contain a pandemic and dates back to the 1300s. But the modern versions are coming at a...
The Post Pandemic City
Tuesday 09 June 2020
: Big American cities might never look the same again, post coronavirus. And that could be the making of them.
The Minnesota Paradox
Monday 08 June 2020
: Minnesota is often touted as one of the best places to live in the U.S. — it has the numbers to prove it. And yet, the state has some of...
Unemployment And The Racial Divide
Friday 05 June 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...
The Business Of Antibody Tests
Thursday 04 June 2020
: Companies all over the world are jockeying for position in the lucrative COVID-19 antibody testing market, but are quality standards getting...
Police Unions And Civilian Deaths
Wednesday 03 June 2020
: There appears to be a relationship between police unionization and the number of people killed by officers.
Where Are The Business Bankruptcies?
Tuesday 02 June 2020
: When the coronavirus hit, economists predicted a tsunami of bankruptcies. But that hasn't happened.
Tuesday 02 June 2020
: The coronavirus pandemic has been called "the great equalizer." But in fact, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected African Americans in...
The Beige Book And The Pig Farmer
Friday 29 May 2020
: The Federal Reserve's Beige Book provides anecdotes from various parts of the economy. This month's edition illustrates the pain being...