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.
Traffic Jam: Cargo Style
Wednesday 23 June 2021
: Residents of a small town in Washington state are troubled by something big... container ships. Why are they there? What does this say about...
The Vet Clinic Chow Down
Tuesday 22 June 2021
: We love our pets, but do you know what Corporate America loves even more? Veterinary clinics. Today on the show, we explore the explosion of...
Kit Kat, Puppies, And Masks: Anthro-Vision
Monday 21 June 2021
: What do Kit Kat, dog food, and mask wearing have in common? You'll find the answer in the new book Anthro-Vision. We speak with its author,...
Bluer Skies Ahead
Thursday 17 June 2021
: Covid-19 has brought so much loss and hardship, but there was at least one pleasant surprise for Beijing - less hazy skies and air...
Millennial Myth-Busters: Housing Edition
Wednesday 16 June 2021
: It's time to bust some myths about millennials... real estate edition! Millennials are a big part of the real estate boom this year. How did...
Why Is The Fed So Boring?
Tuesday 15 June 2021
: Fed Chair Jerome Powell will speak tomorrow. His words will likely be boring, but the financial markets are watching carefully. Such words...
Is Movie Night Back?
Monday 14 June 2021
: Many people will watch movies on a big screen this summer, but the pandemic fundamentally changed the industry. How can movie theaters...
Taxes, Oil Prices And Why We're All Quitting Our Jobs: Indicators Of The Week
Friday 11 June 2021
: It's time for the Indicators Of The Week! Our three indicators are: tax, oil, and jobs. We will cover their importance and how they are...
The Case For Inflation
Thursday 10 June 2021
: The latest Consumer Price Index reveals 5% inflation over the last year. Should we be worried? Treasury Secretary Yellen says no. Two...
Women, Work And The Pandemic
Wednesday 09 June 2021
: Millions of women left the workforce during the pandemic. Today, a story about a mother's tough decision to leave work and an economist's...
Wagyu Steaks And Worker Shortages: The Beigie Awards
Tuesday 08 June 2021
: The Indicator gives out the special Beigie Award eight times each year, and it's that time today! We are honoring the Federal Reserve branch...
A Technology Tale: David Beats Goliath
Monday 07 June 2021
: Zoom is the most popular video conferencing software and many people's communications lifeline during COVID. How did the tiny company beat...
Jobs Friday: Rise Of The Self Employed
Saturday 05 June 2021
: It's Jobs Friday! It's not exactly the jobs report we wanted, but there were some bright spots. On the Indicator, we discuss the rise in...
Have A Missing Matisse? Call The Art Detective
Thursday 03 June 2021
: Art crime is a big business, and it requires special skills to investigate. Enter Christopher Marinello, one of the world's foremost experts...
Dear Class Of 2021...
Thursday 03 June 2021
: Dear graduating college classes of 2021: Congratulations! On The Indicator, Stacey and Cardiff present an economic guide to the future that...
Leveling The Playing Field
Tuesday 01 June 2021
: Several schools have cut women's sports teams during the pandemic, and some of the teams have lawyered up in response. Ultimately, these...
Unpacking President Biden's Big Budget
Friday 28 May 2021
: President Biden unveiled a massive budget proposal on Friday. We discuss the hefty price tag and ask two economists to weigh in on his plan.
Fighting A Racist 184-Year-Old Law
Thursday 27 May 2021
: The Chehalis Tribe had a plan to create jobs and revenue. The only problem? A racist law from 1834.
What Does It Take To Get Us To Try Something New?
Wednesday 26 May 2021
: You may have the best product in the world, but that doesn't mean people will try it. What does it take to get consumers to try something...
Who Let The Dogs Out?
Tuesday 25 May 2021
: When people were stuck at home during Covid lockdowns, the pet sitting business slowed to a trickle. But recently traveling has picked up...
The Growing Racial Divide In Millennial Wealth
Monday 24 May 2021
: Many white millennials have made amazing progress in building wealth in recent years. Meanwhile, Black millennials keep falling further and...
Dogecoin, Retail And The Cafe Table Indicator
Friday 21 May 2021
: For this edition of Indicators of the Week, we hear from economists Kate Waldock and Ben Ho about what they're looking at to signal the...
America's Best-Selling Truck Goes Electric
Thursday 20 May 2021
: The Ford Lightning is the first electric F-150 pickup truck, and it could be a historical tipping point for the US auto industry. The only...
We're Bad At Calculating Risk
Wednesday 19 May 2021
: Life constantly requires us to calculate risk, and we're just not very good at it.
Blood And Treasure
Tuesday 18 May 2021
: Obsessing over hidden treasure isn't just for pirates and conquistadors. In 2010, an eccentric art dealer launched a modern day treasure...