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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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Gold Rush 2.0

Gold Rush 2.0

2019-07-1800:09:50

The price of gold is at a six-year high and gold bugs say it's the safest place to put your money in uncertain times. But is it actually a good investment?
The yield curve is inverted! We answer a few questions we have gotten from our listeners about our beloved recession predicting indicator.
About 44 million people owe nearly 1.5 trillion dollars in student loans all together. But for some people — like our producer Darius Rafieyan — paying them requires some mental adjustments.
Can GIPHY Make It Rain?

Can GIPHY Make It Rain?

2019-07-1500:09:475

GIPHY makes those viral mini-videos that people use to color their texts and emails. They're super popular, but they're free. So how does GIPHY plan to make money?
Bitcoin's Energy Bill

Bitcoin's Energy Bill

2019-07-1200:20:536

The computers that mine Bitcoin use a lot of electricity. That's created some unique arbitrage opportunities in different parts of the world. And causing governments some concern.
Japan's Worker Shortage

Japan's Worker Shortage

2019-07-1100:09:597

Japan's worker shortage has gotten so bad it's forced some companies to declare bankruptcy. The solution? Telling workers to work less.
One of the biggest international banks--Deutsche Bank--is laying off 18,000 workers and cutting costs to try and save itself from going under. How did things get so bad?
Last week's California quakes have reinforced fears of "the big one", the high-magnitude trembler that seismologists say is inevitable. How ready is the city of Los Angeles?
Jobs Friday...On Monday

Jobs Friday...On Monday

2019-07-0800:09:512

The monthly pace of jobs growth has slowed this year. But that's not necessarily a problem.
The American Economy Of 1776

The American Economy Of 1776

2019-07-0500:43:0211

A look at the assets and liabilities of the American colonies on the eve of revolution.
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Comments (55)

Lily Pettinato

Thanks for telling me about The Big One podcast! I live in LA and this was really helpful. Trying to look up about this online few years back was more confusing. I love how they worked to give a good picture of the scenario that we are likely to experience when the big one hits. Great timing too, since it on everyone's mind in LA right now.

Jul 13th
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Joshua Davis

ready for my totally unoriginal quip, wait for it "what a douchebank"

Jul 12th
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Tony Zac

let's not encourage making babies in office time. lol

Jul 12th
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Jesse Therien

The battle "literally" came to your doorstep?

Jun 14th
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Harley

why not just call them illegal immigrants, considering that's exactly what they are? It seems like you're intentionally using dishonest terms to pretend it's just dumb racist Americans hating on poor foreign families looking to start a new life here.

Jun 3rd
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Harley

"Everyone should have just dropped everything and focused on food" "I was cheering for the Night King. I was irritated enough at this setting. You know, clearly they did not prepare enough food for winter, they clearly do not deserve to survive this." Uh...? what did Stacy and this guy think Sansa Stark was doing this whole time? Sitting on her hands? 😂 She DID get supplies.

May 21st
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D_Range 211

Dang... P.M. please use spoiler alerts

May 21st
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Ricardo Pereira

D_Range 211 Agree

May 21st
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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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