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

The Real Minimum Wage

2019-05-1601:02:04

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

The World's Identity Crisis

2019-05-1400:09:48

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

Does The Deficit Matter?

2019-05-1300:09:28

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?
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.
Will China Overtake The US?

Will China Overtake The US?

2019-05-0900:09:15

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.
Plastic bags are no boon to the environment — but banning them might be worse.
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.
Japanese Womenomics

Japanese Womenomics

2019-05-0600:09:58

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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Comments (47)

Steve Davis

interesting episode. never thought of these facts.

May 9th
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Mike Lukas

I would have liked to hear about the value of child care. They really portrayed working more as being only a good thing and didn't mention anything about children seeing their parents less.

May 7th
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Jason Salvo

Scarlet Widow? No one ever messes up the male Avenger names. Though, now I want to see some character designs for that.

May 4th
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Aidan Gardiner

Jason Salvo Lol subconscious implicit bias in an episode about a gender gap. that's too serendipitous

May 4th
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Remy

I was wondering what was happening with several of my NPR podcasts!

May 1st
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Remy Your comment was helpful because I didn't realize the problem was "just" NPR podcasts! I thought it was like castbox or something. THIS IS WHY I DO READ THE COMMENTS! {Thanks, Remy!}

May 2nd
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Kiar Holland

I would have liked to hear the hours worked, broken down by profession. I know on avg men work about 52 mins more a day but haven't seen it broken down in fields.

Apr 30th
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Aidan Gardiner

I can't imagine taking a cab to travel 2 miles in 22 minutes. Any alternative mode of transport seems more efficient

Apr 26th
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Harley

introverts aren't quiet or shy. the psychological definition is introverts being more energized from alone time and quiet.

Apr 23rd
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Antonio Andrade

have you seen the YouTube videos about full of food? this is something new. Well, this is due to two factors: 10% of the population is gone and with USD 3$ minimum wage a month! there is no change to afford to buy food and play for water, electricity, gasoline, etc... And that my friends, it is an indicator

Mar 27th
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Joshua Davis

thank you

Mar 21st
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Antonio Andrade

wow, thanks for sharing that's going on at Venezuela

Mar 21st
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Aidan Gardiner

there's plenty of proof that "other variables" are responsible for the wage gap. there's little evidence that "discrimination" is responsible for the wage gap, don't just throw it out there as fact when research can't prove it. listen to the freakonomics episode: "what Uber can teach us about the gender wage gap"

Mar 9th
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Lee Greathouse

I'm a male social worker and I've always worked in a female dominated environment. It's been a frequent topic of conversation in my office, but as one of 10 men in an office of 200 people it's something I've never felt comfortable talking about and it definitely creates an uncomfortable culture for those in the minority; I'm sure it's the same for women in male dominated environments.

Mar 9th
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Cory Lutz

Forget spotify, I use castbox and google pkay. Spotify took too long to join the podcast world. Am I right?

Mar 6th
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Ryan

And this is why you hold Bitcoin.

Mar 1st
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Feb 23rd
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Jan 12th
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G Scott

the workplace ghosting thing is definitely in full effect in this job market. Seen many of my fellow coworkers do this over the past 2yrs

Dec 20th
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Abhishek Banerjee

Still not easy to switch jobs

Nov 16th
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Bill Slikkerveer

Defined Benefits plans are expensive usually because Companies would use unrealistic earnings assumptions as well as using discount rates that were high driving the Liability lower. Finally under Federal law Companies are only required to fund the "minimum" which depending on the above assumptions generally resulted in a zero or close to zero required contribution. If this is done over many years, it is almost a certainty the Plan will be underfunded. My experience in this comes as a Union Treasurer for a Union at a major airline that eventually made a trip through Bankruptcy and attempted to Terminate the Plan unsuccessfully. Other airline pensions we're not so fortunate.

Nov 10th
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Jason D'Cruz

good episode

Nov 1st
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