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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.
300 Episodes
On average, work by women artists sells for 40% less than work by male artists. Their work also represents just a small sliver of what's displayed in museums. So, how did women get shut out of the art world?
Venezuela started 2019 with rolling blackouts, hyperinflation, and crippling food shortages. Things have actually gotten a little better, mostly thanks to the economic innovations of everyday people.
The U.S. and China signed a trade deal yesterday - one where China has pledged to buy $200 billion worth of U.S. goods over the next two years. Seems like a big win for the U.S., but is it?
In October 2019, Americans received a record number of robocalls: 5.7 billion. We talked to Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus about these pesky calls and how we can avoid them.
Over half of sales on Amazon are from third-party sellers, some of whom are selling counterfeit goods. Faulty car seats are threatening children's safety, but is Amazon being held liable?
How lobbyists' campaigns for exclusions to the trade war have skewed incentives and disadvantaged small businesses.
Episode 500! And Jobs Friday

Episode 500! And Jobs Friday


Two reasons to blow the airhorn today: it's Jobs Friday, and The Indicator's 500th episode!
What To Watch In 2020

What To Watch In 2020


Predictions can be a fool's errand. Instead, we take a look at economic trends that we're planning to keep an eye on this year.
Thirsty for yield, and eager for tax breaks, investors are falling over themselves to buy municipal bonds. That could be a problem if the economy turns sour.
A home is the largest purchase most Americans will ever make. Why single women are losing out in both buying and selling compared to their male counterparts.
Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has announced a "color of the year." This year's color: Classic Blue.
After a catastrophic accident, you may be rushed to the hospital in an air ambulance. It could save your life, but there's no way to predict how much it will cost.
The Bubble That Broke Kuwait

The Bubble That Broke Kuwait


How a simple financial innovation turned a parking garage in Kuwait into one of the most important markets in the world... and how it all came crashing down.
We continue our series on financial bubbles with the British bicycle mania of the 1890s and the trail of bankrupt companies it left behind.
What lessons should we learn from one of the earliest documented financial crises in history?
Economist Jared Bernstein thinks it's about time we admit that the unemployment rate is not as useful as it used to be. He offers three alternative indicators.
The most common jobs for men and the most common jobs for women tend to be different — and this separation has big effects for everyone.
The share of people aged 25 to 54 in the labor force has fallen in the past couple of decades. What happened?
The 1937 union agreement between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union ushered in a period of tremendous worker prosperity and union strength. But today, labor is nowhere near a powerful as it used to be. What happened?
Fun Fact Friday!

Fun Fact Friday!


Stacey busts out the funometer and casts judgment on Cardiff's facts.
Comments (86)

flavia garcia

this interviewer is so much better than the usual two: less goofing.

Jan 14th
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Jan 7th


just curious.. what is the history/evolution of the financial system we use today? Can you do an episode on that please?

Jan 5th

muffen jr

Oh. That's Cardiff isn't it. Always a bit strange to see what someone physically looks like when I've been hearing their voice for years. ......... for some reason I'd always assumed that he had severe male pattern baldness. Like a monk.

Dec 21st

EW Watson

On your Nov 21 pod cast John Newton stated that milk prices have increased by 18 cents per gal. this year. Your making this lady out to be a victim but she is trying to make a living for 4 adults with a tiny heard of cows.

Dec 17th

Lorenzo Fiorini

Asians are similar but we realized that the one in the pic is Shinzo Abe haha

Dec 13th

Erik Timmerman

I'm afraid that a dairy production of 52 cows cannot be categorized as "the dairy farmer". Even in the 1960 a farm with 52 cows would not have been a large farm. A statement about the farm's representativeness should have been included in my opinion.

Dec 13th

Asche Kingsley

What's their GoFundMe?

Dec 12th
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pls stop saying ROOsevelt

Dec 5th
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Tony McEnroe

What is it about Cavan men?

Nov 29th

Lan Ying Pin

interesting topic

Nov 7th
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Miss America

This is the White Claw episode again, not about Chinese luxury goods.

Oct 19th

علي علوشe

I love

Oct 4th

Hiroyuki Okamoto

Stacey is back!!

Oct 2nd

Cody Cook

surely no one listening to this is delusional enough to think that Trump has some grand plan. he just says trade War because he likes the way it sounds coming out of his mouth and a deal would make him look good and not having a deal and being of the " tough guy" is all just a gimmick

Sep 28th

Cody Cook

wow 😐

Sep 28th

John Kim

how about asians? what's their median wealth?

Sep 25th


Welcome to the 🌏💰 team, Mary!

Sep 23rd

Kurben Nnm

I wouldn't pay the debt

Sep 13th


"If humans are no longer needed to check out items, what's gonna happen to all those jobs?" - "Hi my name is Andrew Yang and I'm running for the president in 2020 to help with people who lost their jobs to automation, by providing all Americans $1000 every month"

Sep 7th
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