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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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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.

    Metabucks: Microsoft offers $69 billion to buy Activision Blizzard

    Metabucks: Microsoft offers $69 billion to buy Activision Blizzard

    Microsoft just announced its intention to buy video game developer, Activision Blizzard, for almost $70 billion. This has some people speculating about Microsoft's future metaverse aspirations.

    • 9 min
    TikTok made me buy it

    TikTok made me buy it

    TikTok has become one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, and increasingly, a powerful tool for marketing. Today, we learn why TikTok makes us buy.

    • 9 min
    What nails can tell us about the economy

    What nails can tell us about the economy

    Despite being fairly simple items, nails can actually reveal a lot about the greater economy. Today, we talk to economist Dan Sichel about the history of nails and what they can teach us about economic trends.

    • 9 min
    The beef over price controls

    The beef over price controls

    Inflation reached a 40-year high today of 7%! There's been a storm of debate about an old anti-inflation policy: Price controls. So we dust off the history books and see what happened in World War II.

    • 9 min
    Why are McDonald's ice cream machines always broken?

    Why are McDonald's ice cream machines always broken?

    McDonald's is notorious for frequent malfunctions of its ice cream machine. What's behind those malfunctions and why is the government getting involved?

    • 9 min
    Inland port priority

    Inland port priority

    Disruptive backlogs at west coast ports in the U.S. have caused some shippers to get creative with their routes. Today, we tell you why one vessel took the long route from Shanghai to Cleveland, Ohio.

    • 9 min

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