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.
Of Puppies and Profits: The Beigie Awards
Friday 05 March 2021
: The Covid-19 pandemic has been a tough time for everyone, so many people have turned to a familiar source of comfort: pets!
The Biden Relief Bill: Who Gets What
Thursday 04 March 2021
: President Biden's Covid relief plan calls for about $1.9 trillion in government spending. Where is all that money going? We discuss a few of...
Are The Simpsons Still Middle Class?
Tuesday 02 March 2021
: The Simpsons were the quintessential American family when the show first aired back in 1989. But while the Simpsons have stayed largely the...
Empty Houses, Reclaimed
Monday 01 March 2021
: Homes owned by California's department of transportation lay vacant. So people reclaimed them.
Unemployment Insurance And Vaccines: Who's Left Behind?
Friday 26 February 2021
: Two of the most important ways the government is supporting Americans right now is through distributing vaccines and providing unemployment...
2021: The Year Of The Recovery?
Thursday 25 February 2021
: 2020 was a horrific year for the economy. We're hoping 2021 will be better, but will it? We discuss 3 indicators that suggest this year is...
The $1,000 Power Bill
Wednesday 24 February 2021
: The recent winter storm caused thousands of Texans to see their power bill climb to hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Can economics...
Seeking Refuge On The Open Road
Tuesday 23 February 2021
: Living on the open road is more than just an Instagram photo opportunity; for many it's both an economic necessity and a countercultural...
Alabama: The Newest Union Battleground
Monday 22 February 2021
: Amazon workers in Alabama are voting on whether to form the company's FIRST U.S. union. We explain how the union has succeeded in getting...
Cold Fronts, Propane And New Jobs - Indicators Of The Week
Friday 19 February 2021
: For our indicators of the week, we're talking about shortages of heating sources during the recent cold snap and trends amongst unemployed...
Bitcoin - The Religion
Thursday 18 February 2021
: As the value of a bitcoin recently passed $50,000, market watchers struggled to explain how a virtual currency could reach such dizzy...
Inside A Restaurant's Final Days
Wednesday 17 February 2021
: We've heard about how hard it's been for restaurants to stay open during this pandemic. But what we often don't hear is that closing can be...
Unsung Economists: Arthur Lewis
Tuesday 16 February 2021
: Arthur Lewis changed our understanding of how poor countries can improve their economies — and became the first Black economist to win the...
Days Of COVID And Roses
Saturday 13 February 2021
: The Covid-19 lockdown sent the flower market into free fall, but recently, flower prices have been picking up again. Who are the culprits...
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Suit
Thursday 11 February 2021
: The Hollywood Writers Guild just declared victory in their fight with talent agencies. Who do they have to thank for their historic win?...
China-U.S. Trade Agreement Fail
Wednesday 10 February 2021
: Last year, China pledged to vastly increase its U.S. imports during 2020 and 2021. We ask economist Chad Bown if actual spending has been...
Who Let The Doge(coin) Out?
Wednesday 10 February 2021
: Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency created in 2013 as a joke, recently broke a $10 billion market cap. The coin's creator tells us how the joke...
The Power of Humor
Monday 08 February 2021
: Everyone enjoys a good laugh, but could humor be the secret to success in the workplace?
Jobs Friday: Extremely Not Good
Saturday 06 February 2021
: The US economy created 49,000 jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's a lot less that people had hoped and...
Diamond Hands To The Moon! Reddit's Market Movers
Friday 05 February 2021
: Over the past couple of weeks, the WallStreetBets Subreddit were responsible for the surge in GameStop stock, among others. Who are these...
Wednesday 03 February 2021
: The price of silver shot up this week. Theories abound about what drove the trading.
Tuesday 02 February 2021
: What secretive forces were behind getting the pickup truck emoji onto phones and laptops around the world? And how much did it cost?
Fisher Vs. Keynes: Investing Tragedy And Triumph
Monday 01 February 2021
: Irving Fisher and John Maynard Keynes suffered terrible losses in the Great Wall Street Crash of 1929. But they responded in different ways,...
Should We Raise The Minimum Wage?
Friday 29 January 2021
: Biden is calling for a $15 federal minimum wage. Is that a good idea for workers and small businesses? Stacey and Cardiff duke it out.
Why Consumer Confidence Is So High
Thursday 28 January 2021
: The nation is reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdowns and layoffs have devastated the economy. But consumer...