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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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The coronavirus pandemic, distrust of the government, and a surprising political battle have the 2020 Census count.
The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy

2020-10-1609:461

Just before Broadway shut down, team Indicator saw The Lehman Trilogy, about the origin of Lehman Brothers. We talk with playwright Ben Power about the firm, the family and the consolation of history.
The coronavirus has devastated the U.S. economy, but it hasn't affected everyone equally. Today on the show, four ways the pandemic has deepened inequality.
Daymond John and what he thinks is overrated and what's underrated
How the Vikings trading with a North American Indigenous group shortly after the year 1000 connected global trading networks and kicked off the first version of globalization.
There's a long history of bars playing a vital role in innovation and economic growth. What happens when they all close down?
WFH From Barbados

WFH From Barbados

2020-10-0909:251

The Barbados economy depends on tourism, so travel restrictions have been devastating. But the island nation has come up with an innovative stopgap: A visa that lets visitors work remotely from Barbados for a year.
Remember all the predictions about the pandemic pushing people to quit big, expensive cities? Six months in, the data is providing some clues about which cities Americans are leaving, and where they're moving to. An update on the "urban exodus."
For months now, there's been a shortage of refrigerators and freezers across the U.S. Shoppers can't find appliances to buy and stores can't find enough appliances to sell. Alina Selyukh joins The Indicator to explain why.
As the trade war continues, China hasn't purchased nearly as many exports from the United States as it previously agreed to. There was one bright spot though: semiconductors — but that may soon change.
The coronavirus has caused a massive downturn in commercial real estate. As the pandemic continues and companies back out of leases, the future of commercial real estate is brought into question.
The U.S. is experiencing the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression. Meanwhile, some employers claim that they can't find the workers they need. What's going on?
Shinzo Abe served as Japan's Prime Minister for nearly eight years before suddenly announcing his retirement in August. Today on the show, the lessons of Abenomics for the US and other countries.
The Center for Public Integrity joins The Indicator with an excerpt from The Heist, a new podcast exploring money and politics in the Trump Administration.
The Indicator World Tour

The Indicator World Tour

2020-09-2909:343

The Indicator brings listeners economic indicators from the other six continents.
Stacey talks to Tony Schwartz, co-author of Trump: The Art Of The Deal, about the book and the recent New York Times report exploring President Trump's tax records.
Some Listener Questions!

Some Listener Questions!

2020-09-2526:241

Cardiff and Stacey answer some listener questions about the rebounding demand for gas, the rise of contactless payments, and how wages have changed for low-income workers over the past few years.
RIP Business Suit?

RIP Business Suit?

2020-09-2439:52

For 400 years, the business suit has been a staple in men's fashion...then the pandemic struck. Today on the show, the end of the business suit?
Paper currency has become standard around the world, but that wasn't always the case. Planet Money host Jacob Goldstein tells the story of how paper money came to be — and why it temporarily went away.
A Few Freaky Facts

A Few Freaky Facts

2020-09-2209:543

Stacey and Cardiff discuss some of the non-obvious ways the coronavirus pandemic — and the policy response to it — has reshaped the U.S. economy.
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Comments (129)

Maarten Kuiper

as s so Asia's we

Oct 17th
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Nelsonomics Runs

The Coronavirus itself Did NOTHING to the economy in any way whatsoever. It was 100% The Lockdowns that destroyed the economy, killed 10s if not 100s of millions of people around the world via starvation and poverty and caused the commercial real estate reckoning you ignorantly and fallaciously bring up. This like every other topic shows how biased, illogical and based in Fallacies NPR is

Oct 6th
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zq

We will never open at this rate

Sep 4th
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zq

Not sure I can follow Lisa's logic here. Many STEM industries do not produce patents.

Sep 3rd
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Tony Zac

This was an Eggcellent episode.

Aug 25th
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zq

That's a lot of eggs

Aug 25th
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ID18795072

I wonder if this guy has any evidence whatsoever for his position. This episode contained nothing but conjecture. He might be right, but he makes no attempt at all to present anything more than an opinion you’d see on Twitter.

Aug 20th
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John Bibbs

what about heard immunity

Aug 18th
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BC

It must be so stressful, to be trying to keep your business afloat while being attacked by what must feel like everyone.

Aug 6th
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Joshua Davis

Awesome reporting, really helps us understand what small businesses are going through. Thank you.

Jul 16th
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John Bibbs

there are more houses in foreclosure than for sell In my neighborhood

Jul 9th
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evildonut

It's the 1918 Flu.

Jul 3rd
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Joshua Davis

@Fallonjustice rooting for you

Jun 24th
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BC

nice

Jun 10th
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SeyedEbrahim S.

So informative, thanks a world.

Jun 2nd
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Tony Zac

Avatar is awesome! Funny, I just started to watch it again in Netflix

May 29th
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Linda Susan Erickson

Now wait a minute. That family should have received.a $4900 check from the Feds. Should that have fixed them over for 6 weeks?

May 16th
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Debra Dukes

#nprindicator You know you enjoy their Podcasts when they go so fast yet get awesome info.Thanks so much for sharing Deb.P.S.Hope we don't get like this for anyone especially children.

May 6th
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Debra Dukes

Although it has been a while I wish All nothing but luck and hope that they can have some normalcy back and much Prayers to All. Deb

May 6th
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Debra Dukes

# DonnaBrazile A Good Read is the Book from Donna Brazile Excellent read all I can say is I don't care if you call me Donald Duck best Caption in the Book.You have to read to understand.

Apr 30th
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