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.
Thanksgiving Dinner Is The Cheapest In 35 Years
Wednesday 25 November 2020
: Each year, the American Farm Bureau estimates the cost of Thanksgiving dinner. The main finding this year? Thanksgiving dinner is the...
Should I Travel For Thanksgiving This Year?
Tuesday 24 November 2020
: The CDC recommends we all stay home for Thanksgiving to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. But tens of millions of Americans are...
Opening A Hotel During A Pandemic
Monday 23 November 2020
: The U.S. is down around 3.5 million hospitality jobs since the pandemic took hold. But in spite of setbacks, hotels continue to open.
A Face-Punching Legal Battle
Friday 20 November 2020
: Over the past few decades, the UFC has become the biggest name in mixed martial arts. But a lawsuit argues it has held down fighter wages by...
Make Trade Stale Again
Thursday 19 November 2020
: President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration will have massive implications for trade policy. Soumaya Keynes explains how Biden's approach to...
Winter Is Coming For The Restaurant Industry
Wednesday 18 November 2020
: Idaho is the leading nation in restaurant revenue growth. But that doesn't mean its restaurants are having an easy time. There are mask...
Evaluating The Washington Consensus
Tuesday 17 November 2020
: In 1985, then Treasury Secretary James Baker gave a speech in South Korea laying out a series of economic proposals that would transform...
How Investment Advisors Invest Their Money
Tuesday 17 November 2020
: Financial advisors counsel people on what stocks and bonds and other investments to buy, and how to balance portfolios. But where do they...
Friday 13 November 2020
: COVID-19-related travel and get-together restrictions are impacting small businesses across the U.S. this holiday season. The Indicator...
Thursday 12 November 2020
: Ant Group is a fintech firm that was set to launch with the world's largest ever IPO. But just before its shares started trading, Chinese...
The Lessons Of Pets.com
Wednesday 11 November 2020
: The tech bubble of the 90s was a time when companies with weak business models and flashy advertising secured massive investments. This is...
The Case Of The Soaring Car Prices
Tuesday 10 November 2020
: Since April, the price of used cars has surged. Some cars have even gained in value, which is highly unusual for an asset that usually...
The Other Climate Crisis
Monday 09 November 2020
: In the 1980s, a massive hole was discovered in the ozone layer. Since then, economic incentives, innovation, and a historic United Nations...
Jobs Friday: Not Bad, Not Not Bad
Saturday 07 November 2020
: The US economy added more than 600,000 jobs in October. Team Indicator assembles the Jobs Friday Ninja squad to get their take.
When Life Gives You Lemons...Start The Mafia?
Thursday 05 November 2020
: The essential ingredient in the birth of the mafia as we know it wasn't the threats or the murders or the other stuff that's great for...
What Elvis Can Teach Us About Vaccine Marketing
Wednesday 04 November 2020
: Development of a coronavirus continues apace. But as many as two-thirds of Americans say they likely won't take it. Which means a successful...
How Biden And Trump Plan To Reshore Jobs
Tuesday 03 November 2020
: Author and economics commentator Matt Klein joins the show to discuss the ways each presidential candidate plans to bring manufacturing jobs...
Probability, Gambling, And Death
Monday 02 November 2020
: The concept of probability may feel intuitive today, but for much of human history, that wasn't the case. Jacob Goldstein tells the origin...
What Is Trumponomics?
Friday 30 October 2020
: Danielle Kurtzleben from NPR's Washington Desk breaks down Donald Trump's economic policies and plans for a second term.
What Is Bidenomics?
Thursday 29 October 2020
: Danielle Kurtzleben from NPR's Washington Desk breaks down Joe Biden's economic policies.
The 99% Invisible City With Roman Mars
Wednesday 28 October 2020
: Podcast host and co-author of The 99% Invisible City Roman Mars joins the show to talk about his new book, the ways people shape their...
Questions From Kids
Tuesday 27 October 2020
: Stacey and Cardiff answer questions from kids...also, a few animal facts.
A New DAWN On Broadway
Monday 26 October 2020
: As arts workers continue to struggle, they're trying their hand at something new. Not a new performance or show, but a piece of legislation...
The Great Remittance Mystery
Friday 23 October 2020
: In 2019, migrants sent a record $500 billion back to their countries of origin. Then COVID hit, and the World Bank predicted a 20 percent...
The Case Against Google
Thursday 22 October 2020
: A few days ago, The Department of Justice filed a massive antitrust lawsuit against Google. The case focuses on the company's dominance in...