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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.
313 Episodes
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Many gig workers have suddenly found themselves providing essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. But many also feel like they have to work in an unsafe situation.
Different cities responded in different ways to the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918. And their economies fared differently as a result.
The Jobs Crisis

The Jobs Crisis

2020-04-0345:005

We had almost a decade of growth in the jobs market. But in the last two weeks, nearly 10 million people lost their jobs. Today, we look at the labor market — what's happening and where it's headed.
The Coronavirus Pivot

The Coronavirus Pivot

2020-04-0226:222

Faced with the prospect of shutting up shop because of coronavirus, some companies are retooling and pivoting to keep their doors open and their workers employed.
Policymakers can still do more to fight the coronavirus recession. Here are three ideas that we haven't yet tried.
Emergency rooms all over the country are struggling with limited resources: masks, ventilators, hospital beds, doctors. We talk to one ER doctor in New York about how she is managing those resources right now.
Listeners Ask, We Answer

Listeners Ask, We Answer

2020-03-3040:282

Coronavirus questions on the yield curve and refinancing. And some of the ways individuals can help.
President Trump got major backlash this week when he suggested businesses should reopen by Easter. Critics said that was way too early. How do we know when it's safe for businesses to reopen?
Layoffs and furloughs due to the coronavirus clampdown have pushed 3.3 million Americans to apply for unemployment benefits, the largest weekly increase in U.S. history.
Stimulus Rex

Stimulus Rex

2020-03-2509:092

The Senate has managed to negotiate a $2 trillion relief package to help keep the U.S. economy afloat as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic. What's in it and will it be enough?
Pandemic Bonds

Pandemic Bonds

2020-03-2409:542

A few years ago, the World Bank issued bonds designed to get cash to needy countries in the event of a pandemic. Sounds like a great idea! But the bonds haven't paid out yet and they may never.
The Most Vulnerable Workers

The Most Vulnerable Workers

2020-03-2301:13:052

Because of social distancing, the U.S. restaurant industry has entirely disintegrated with unimaginable speed, leaving its workers to face an uncertain future.
Zero and 27 are our indicators of the week. Zero (or nearly zero) is the Fed's new benchmark interest rate. 27 is the number of days that around half of small businesses in the U.S. can go without making money.
The Test Shortage

The Test Shortage

2020-03-1901:36:38

A short supply of test kits, staff and equipment have put the U.S. behind in terms of coronavirus testing. We talk to one healthcare worker about what's been limiting their coronavirus testing ability.
China's New Normal

China's New Normal

2020-03-1808:382

China appears to have stopped the spread of coronavirus within its borders. People there are now beginning to adjust to a new normal.
Working From Home

Working From Home

2020-03-1709:59

Millions of people all across the world are now having to work from home. Including team Indicator. Today, a look at how this might change the way we work... and what it's like to skip the office.
The Sudden Stop

The Sudden Stop

2020-03-1609:09

As social distancing kicks in and cities begin moving aggressively to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the U.S. economy is hitting the brakes. Hard.
Economic Fear Factor

Economic Fear Factor

2020-03-1309:35

The global economy is being hammered this week - markets have tanked, businesses are closing down. The spreading virus is part of it, but most of the effect is coming from fear.
The U.S. spends more on healthcare as a share of its economy than any other wealthy country. In addition to making care less affordable, that also causes indirect damage to the rest of the economy.
Disease Detectives

Disease Detectives

2020-03-1109:59

As the outbreak of COVID-19 becomes officially classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, we look at the role of the Epidemic Intelligence Service the CDCs "disease detectives".
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Comments (101)

BC

I don't like thinking about the triage associated with this pandemic.

Apr 3rd
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Chuang Spring

So only people with serious conditions can get tested in New York and the number of Covid-19 cases has already been very high😱

Mar 31st
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Tony Zac

I like to Scough owner's attitude towards the situation. lol. the end of the episode is funny

Mar 5th
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Tony Zac

I like to Scough owner's attitude towards the situation. lol. the end of the episode is funny

Mar 5th
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Kurben Nnm

Stacey, that's part of the Witcher character, Witchers are known for being emotionless, and based on that, he has a lot of range

Feb 26th
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John Smith

What happened to all the 2020 episodes?

Feb 25th
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Brandon H

Whoa what happened to all the 2020 episodes???

Feb 25th
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laxmiii priya

gotta love economists' perspective

Feb 22nd
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Donna Milligan

nice ad you've got there. "seeming" and being are two different things. the transport of these items makes them even worse environmentally. nice subscription recurrence they've got planned, burn in hell along with micro transactions.

Feb 14th
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Patrecia Sapulette

I have love handles 🤣🤣🤣

Feb 12th
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muffen jr

WTF this is the coolest thing I've heard in ages!

Feb 12th
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Daniel Stevens

This is so true. My mother is 47 and a bit, and she is the most miserable person in the world. After listening to this podcast, it seems to be like that's the norm!

Feb 8th
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Patrecia Sapulette

it doesn't matter men or women who paint, art is art, in my opinion.

Jan 30th
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flavia garcia

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

Jan 14th
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Jan 7th
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Kay

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

Jan 5th
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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
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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
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Lorenzo Fiorini

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

Dec 13th
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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
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