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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.

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Seeking Refuge On The Open Road

Living on the open road is more than just an Instagram photo opportunity; for many it's both an economic necessity and a countercultural movement. Just ask Bob Wells, the evangelist of nomad life.
2021-02-24
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Alabama: The Newest Union Battleground

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 this far, and the potential ramifications of the vote.
2021-02-22
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Cold Fronts, Propane And New Jobs - Indicators Of The Week

For our indicators of the week, we're talking about shortages of heating sources during the recent cold snap and trends amongst unemployed Americans.
2021-02-19
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Bitcoin - The Religion

As the value of a bitcoin recently passed $50,000, market watchers struggled to explain how a virtual currency could reach such dizzy heights. One possible answer? It's kind of like a religion.
2021-02-19
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Inside A Restaurant's Final Days

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 just as tough.
2021-02-17
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Unsung Economists: Arthur Lewis

Arthur Lewis changed our understanding of how poor countries can improve their economies ? and became the first Black economist to win the Economics Nobel
2021-02-16
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Days Of COVID And Roses

The Covid-19 lockdown sent the flower market into free fall, but recently, flower prices have been picking up again. Who are the culprits behind this? Our old friends supply and demand, of course!
2021-02-13
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The Pen Is Mightier Than The Suit

The Hollywood Writers Guild just declared victory in their fight with talent agencies. Who do they have to thank for their historic win? Among other factors, possibly ... the pandemic?
2021-02-11
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China-U.S. Trade Agreement Fail

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 keeping pace with what was promised.
2021-02-11
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Who Let The Doge(coin) Out?

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 became real and if he has regrets.
2021-02-10
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The Power of Humor

Everyone enjoys a good laugh, but could humor be the secret to success in the workplace?
2021-02-08
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Jobs Friday: Extremely Not Good

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 shows that the recovery has slowed.
2021-02-06
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Diamond Hands To The Moon! Reddit's Market Movers

Over the past couple of weeks, the WallStreetBets Subreddit were responsible for the surge in GameStop stock, among others. Who are these people? And what do they want?
2021-02-05
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Hi Lo Silver

The price of silver shot up this week. Theories abound about what drove the trading.
2021-02-04
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Emojiconomics

What secretive forces were behind getting the pickup truck emoji onto phones and laptops around the world? And how much did it cost?
2021-02-03
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Fisher Vs. Keynes: Investing Tragedy And Triumph

Irving Fisher and John Maynard Keynes suffered terrible losses in the Great Wall Street Crash of 1929. But they responded in different ways, leading to tragedy for Fisher and triumph for Keynes.
2021-02-02
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Should We Raise The Minimum Wage?

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.
2021-01-30
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Why Consumer Confidence Is So High

The nation is reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdowns and layoffs have devastated the economy. But consumer confidence is higher than expected.
2021-01-28
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GameStop And The Short Squeeze

The price of GameStop shares have surged this week, in part because of something called a short squeeze.
2021-01-28
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The Hispanic Economic Outlook

Hispanics in the US have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, in terms of job losses, household income and schooling. Their road to recovery could be long and hard as a result.
2021-01-27
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The College Buyout Boom

Small liberal arts colleges across the US have been struggling for years. COVID has made things worse. Now many are facing the prospect of closing down. Or being gobbled up in a merger.
2021-01-26
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The Straw That Broke The Bucatini Supply Chain

Bucatini is a specialty pasta that looks a lot like spaghetti with a hole in it. For pasta lovers, it's a fan-favorite...but it has mysteriously gone missing from grocery stores across the U.S.
2021-01-23
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Economics In Space

Economics is the earthiest of the social sciences. But its principles apply equally in space. The difference is how certain goods, services and even experiences gain currency in zero gravity.
2021-01-21
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Biden's Econ Plan: 3 Indicators To Watch

President Biden recently announced his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, targeting pandemic relief and economic recovery. We discuss 3 indicators to watch to measure the Biden economic agenda's success in the coming years.
2021-01-20
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The Social Media Crisis

Social media played a big part in the demonstration and riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. For many it was a surprise, but to social media watchers, it was simply the culmination of 10 years of influence.
2021-01-20
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The Beigies: Traffic Jam At The Ports

The economy might be down, but Americans are buying a lot of stuff right now. Today on the show, we break it down and pick our favorite economic story from the Beige Book.
2021-01-15
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Making Sense Of Pandemic Stats

Statistics and the information we get from them have a massive influence on our worldviews and the decisions we make, but how can we ensure we're interpreting them properly? Today, we find out.
2021-01-14
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Companies Get Political

Politics used to be off limits for most American companies ? at least publicly. Most would usually take a neutral position when a big political story hit the news. But that has changed.
2021-01-13
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The SPAC Is Back!

Last year, more than half the firms that went public were special purpose acquisition companies, also known as SPACs. We explain what that means and how it impacts the world of finance.
2021-01-12
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Entrepreneurship On The Rise

The coronavirus has been responsible for massive business closures...but at the same time, Americans are starting businesses at the fastest rate in more than a decade.
2021-01-12
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Jobs Friday: Reversal In The Recovery

For the first time since April, the American economy lost jobs. Today, we break down the December jobs report and the slowing economic recovery.
2021-01-08
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How Political Instability Affects The Economy

We're only seven days into the new year and we're off to a bumpy start. But as chaos rages through the capitol, the stock market and other signs of economic growth continue.
2021-01-07
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Fear And Loaning

There's a fear radiating out from the commercial real estate market ? a fear that some economists say could become a drag on any economic recovery. In fact, there's evidence it already has.
2021-01-06
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New Year, New Indicators

2020 was a tough year for the economy. How different will 2021 be? Today on the show, we take a look at three of our favorite indicators for the new year.
2021-01-05
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The Economy In 2030

What will the global economy look like in a decade? Mauro Guillen joins the show to talk about 2030, his new book where he analyzes the economic trends of the future.
2021-01-05
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How To Use Globalization To Fight Disease

Globalization and urbanization historically have made the global economy more productive and efficient ? and also more vulnerable to pandemics. But now they can be forces for good in the fight against pandemics.
2020-12-31
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Why The Housing Market Is Booming In A Bad Economy

The coronavirus pandemic has brought with it a massive economic downturn. Another thing it's brought: A booming housing market. We explain why. | Support The Indicator here.
2020-12-30
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Why We Weren't Prepared For A Pandemic

We've had plenty of warnings over the years that we weren't ready for a pandemic. Today on the show: the psychology and economics of why.
2020-12-29
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The Strategic Value Of Rare Earths

Rare earths are essential to a wide variety of strategically important components, but the vast majority of rare earths are produced by mines in China. That's something that the U.S. is working to correct.
2020-12-28
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Healthcare: The Pandemic's Financial Fallout

The coronavirus has strained healthcare systems ? and not just in their ability to deal with surges. We talk to one hospital administrator about the financial strain of COVID-19. | Donate to your member station here.
2020-12-24
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Coming Back From Covid

Chris Montana is a Minneapolis distillery owner whose business was destroyed in rioting early this year. Since then, he's committed himself to supporting local businesses and raised more than $770,000. | Support The Indicator here.
2020-12-23
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The State Of The Arts

Morgan Gould is a playwright who talked with us in April about the cancellation of her play. She describes what life has been like for people who work in the arts during the pandemic. | Support The Indicator here.
2020-12-22
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The View From Beijing

China effectively stopped the spread of the virus early in the global pandemic. Life there has subsequently been quite different this year. | Support public radio here.
2020-12-21
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The Road To Bankruptcy

When the pandemic hit, the government pumped large amounts of money into the economy. The support kept many families afloat, but for many small businesses, it wasn't enough. | Donate to your NPR member station here.
2020-12-18
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The Underground Market For Vaccines

We venture into the dark web and take a look at the world of black market vaccine sales. | Support The Indicator here.
2020-12-17
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Overrated/Underrated After The Great Stagnation

There's no denying that 2020 has been a rough year, but economist Tyler Cowen brings the show a source of hope: the possible return of productivity growth. And he plays overrated/underrated! | Support public radio here.
2020-12-16
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Who Gets A Vaccine? A Conversation With Alvin Roth

Right now, demand for a coronavirus vaccine far outweighs supply. Leaders are trying to figure out who should get the vaccine first. Dr. Alvin Roth, a Nobel Prize winning economist who specializes in game theory, has some ideas. | Support The Indicator here.
2020-12-15
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Pandemic Adaptation: Bookstore Edition

Early in the pandemic, things looked bleak for Source Booksellers, a bookstore in Detroit. But they survived. The secret? Adaptation and loyal customers. | Support public radio here.
2020-12-15
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Our Friends Give Us Hope

Some friends of The Indicator join the show and share some economic indicators that give them hope for the future. | Donate to your NPR member station here.
2020-12-11
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The Long, Slow Recovery

Team Indicator follows up with ice cream shop owner Molly Moon to look at the road to recovery for small businesses. | Show your love for The Indicator here.
2020-12-11
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