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The Indicator from Planet Money

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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The Rise Of The Blue-Collar Noncompete

Traditionally, noncompete clauses have been reserved for whiter collar professionals. But as the labor market tightens, employers increasingly want blue-collar workers to adhere to these agreements too.
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Women's Soccer Sues For Equal Pay

The U.S. women's soccer team is way more successful than the men's. Yet they say they get paid less than half, on average, compared to the men's team.
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Slack Goes Public

Shares in the online chat service Slack hit the stock market today. But Slack went public in an unconventional way.
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This week Facebook announced plans for its own cryptocurrency, the Libra. Regulators are cautious, and no one really knows how it will work. But Wall Street is excited.
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Japan's Inflation Gamble

Japan is still recovering from a brutal recession that lasted ten years. The country has tried a variety of fiscal and monetary measures to bring its economy back.
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The Economic Expansion Turns 10!

The U.S is about to mark the longest economic expansion in its history. It's an impressive achievement, but in many ways the economy is still struggling.
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Animal Spirits

People hear the word 'economics' and probably think: numbers, equations, and percentages. But hidden underneath the math, is a force that can't be quantified.
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The Governor Is Suing My Hometown

The mayor of Huntington Beach says he wants less housing development in his city. The governor of California says that's against the law.
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The Water Marketplace

New rules governing water use in California have sparked innovation in agribusiness, including a brand new market for water.
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Your Questions: Meatless Meat And GDP

Today we answer listener questions: How does U.S. gross domestic product break down into different industries, and how do meat alternatives compare to the real thing?
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The introduction of the three-point line changed how people play basketball. And it has some compelling parallels to economics.
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Jobs Friday: Summer Slowdown Edition

Happy Jobs Friday! The labor market is showing signs of slowing down. The unemployment rate is still low at 3.6 percent, but only 75,000 jobs were added in the month of May ? a lot fewer than what economists expected.
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The Battle For The Office Thermostat

Office temperature can affect more than comfort; a recent study shows it has serious implications for productivity. We talked to one economist who quantified the effects of temperature on men and women.
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Returning To Paradise

The deadliest wildfire in California's history destroyed thousands of homes in Butte County. The area is still an active disaster zone. But insurance companies are making residents move back.
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All WeWork And No Play

Co-working spaces might just be the future of work. Take WeWork. It's been cropping up in cities all over the world--borrowing billions to fuel its growth. Now, it's planning to go public.
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Weaponized Interdependence: The End of Globalization?

The trade war between the U.S. and China is challenging a long-standing assumption about globalization ? that economic ties between countries would deepen with minimal political interference.
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Why Is Trump Threatening Mexico (Again)?

President Trump has threatened to impose new tariffs on Mexico unless the country stops the flow of migrants entering the U.S. But, Mexico is one of the biggest trade partner the U.S. has.
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The Super-Villain Economist

The Avengers super-villain Thanos saw the universe as a place of too many people and too few resources: a classic economic dilemma. His solution: Kill half the population.
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An Economist Goes To The Hospital

Economist Jared Bernstein recently survived a brain hemorrhage. The experience got him thinking about some of the economics in our healthcare system.
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Is Time Really On Your Side?

Economics is all about scarcity ? and time is a scarce resource. We talk to economist Daniel Hamermesh, whose new book Spending Time examines time's complicated relationship to money, stress, and gender.
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What Trump's Latest Aid Package Means For Farmers

President Trump announced an aid package for farmers yesterday worth $16 billion. It's meant to offset losses from the trade war with China. We spoke to one U.S. farmer about how helpful it will be.
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Canada's Tariff Hangover

Canada and the U.S. have come to an agreement on trade, and lifted their punitive tariffs on each other's goods. But some small businesses are still feeling the pain.
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What Surfing Can Teach Us About Risk

Surfing and financial markets have a lot in common when it comes to taking and managing risk.
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The Nordic Paradox

Norway is regarded as one of the most progressive nations in the world when it comes to encouraging female participation in the workforce. Yet the country still has relatively few female business leaders.
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Economy Of Thrones

We have five economic indicators to help you understand the world of Game of Thrones.
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Is Buying A Home A Bad Investment?

Home ownership used to be a central pillar of the American Dream. Today, maybe not so much.
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The Real Minimum Wage

Many states and cities have their own minimum wages, which are higher than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. One economist calculated a single measure that accounts for all those differences.
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Psssst...Want To Buy A Tarantula?

The market for animal smuggling is relatively new. But it's gotten really big, really fast.
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The World's Identity Crisis

Around one in seven people do not have any official ID, according to the World Bank.
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Does The Deficit Matter?

Budget deficits used to be seen as a bad thing. Today, not so much...and some economists even say they don't really matter. What changed?
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Wyatt Cenac On School Funding... And Thor

The comedian and former Daily Show correspondent takes on complex social issues in his HBO show, Problem Areas. He discusses his approach to melding comedy with social commentary.
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Will China Overtake The US?

China is so big and growing so fast that many people say it will inevitably become a bigger economy than the U.S. in every way. But there are several good reasons for skepticism.
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The Problem With Banning Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are no boon to the environment ? but banning them might be worse.
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Subway's Five-Dollar Footlong Fail?

Subway has more restaurants in the U.S. than any other fast food company. It did spectacularly well during the recession thanks, in part, to it's famous $5 footlong deal. But that deal has come back to haunt it.
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Japanese Womenomics

Women have long been an untapped economic resource in Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to change that. Six years after he launched "womenomics," is it working?
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Jobs Friday: The Part-Time Penalty

Part-time workers make less per hour than full-time workers do. That has big implications for women and mothers.
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All The Bucks On Broadway

The Tony nominations were announced this week and that got us does the business of Broadway work?
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The Fed's Messaging Dilemma

Right now the economy looks good, but inflation is lower than the Federal Reserve would like. A future rate cut could juice prices, but the messaging has to be right.
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How Grocery Shelves Get Stacked

The pay-to-play way your supermarket's shelves work.
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Where The Gender Pay Gap Is Widest

A report from Glassdoor reveals which industries have the starkest gender pay gaps.
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Why Superman Doesn't Take Over The World

Superman could easily take over the world. But there are some good economic reasons why he doesn't.
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Selling A T-Rex On eBay

On eBay right now: A baby T-Rex. The price? $2.95 million.
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Is Everything Awesome In The Economy?

The first few months of 2019 looked troubling. But now we seem to be on the upswing.
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What Happened To U.S. Workers?

The share of people ages 25 to 54 in the labor force has fallen in the past couple of decades. What happened? Listen to an excerpt from our live event with the Financial Times Alphachat.
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The Traffic Tariff

New York will soon charge drivers to enter the most crowded parts of the city. Congestion pricing: Does it work? Who's doing it? And is it coming to a city near you?
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A Brief History of Income Taxes

Taxes have been around forever. But the income tax? In the U.S., it's relatively recent.
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Why Do Introverts Get Paid Less?

There's a gap in career earnings between introverts and extroverts.
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Why Do We Still Use QWERTY Keyboards?

The story behind the first six keyboard letters are driven by economics.
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The Cost Of Measles

The cost of a measles outbreak - to individuals, families, communities, and the country - is high.
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Solving Problems Caused By International Trade

Free trade may solve problems for businesses transacting across borders, but it can make life painful for their workers.
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