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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.Try Planet Money+! a new way to support the show you love, get a sponsor-free feed of the podcast, *and* get access to bonus content. You'll also get access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without interruptions. sign up at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

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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.Try Planet Money+! a new way to support the show you love, get a sponsor-free feed of the podcast, *and* get access to bonus content. You'll also get access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without interruptions. sign up at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

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    Oil gluts, Russian bucks, and Starbucks

    Oil gluts, Russian bucks, and Starbucks

    Indicators of the Week is back! This week, we've got indicators about oil gluts, big bucks for Ukraine and fewer bucks at Starbucks. (Apologies for the slurping.)

    Related episodes: How to get Russia to pay UkraineAn oil boom, a property slump and dental deflation

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    • 9 min
    Is Google search getting worse?

    Is Google search getting worse?

    There are many anecdotal complaints about Google search not being what it used to be. A German computer scientist and his colleagues put this theory to the test recently focusing on product reviews. Today on the show, we bring their findings to Google's chief search scientist.

    Related episodes: How Fortnite brought Google to its knees (Apple / Spotify) Microsoft vs. Google: Whose AI Is better? (Apple / Spotify)

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    Has the Fed lost the dot plot?

    Has the Fed lost the dot plot?

    The Federal Reserve introduced a visual tool called the "dot plot" in 2012 to communicate where officials think interest rates should be in the coming years. The dot plot is eagerly dissected by Fed watchers looking for insight on future policy, but others think that the dot plot has become a visual example of just how little the Fed can predict where the economy is going.

    Today on the show, we decode the dot plot and hear why some think that the Federal Reserve's artistic exercise should be scrapped altogether.

    The Federal Reserve's latest dot plot (page 4)

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    Is the 'border crisis' actually a 'labor market crisis?'

    Is the 'border crisis' actually a 'labor market crisis?'

    Politicians on both sides of the aisle call the surge at the US Southern Border a "border crisis."

    One camp says we need to focus on addressing the conditions in other countries that cause people to leave. The other says we have to focus on deterrence and enforcement.

    But...what if both camps are actually ignoring a major piece of the picture? Today on the show, an overlooked cause and potential solution to the situation at our southern border that has nothing to do with the border at all.

    Related episodes:Why Venezuela is no longer in freefallWelcome to the USA! Now get to work.

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    • 9 min
    Is chicken getting cheap? And other questions

    Is chicken getting cheap? And other questions

    We are back to answer your questions that you, our listeners, have been sending. On today's show, is chicken actually getting cheaper? Why doesn't the Federal Reserve use different interest rates around the country? And: is election spending an indicator of economic health?

    If you have a question you'd like us to answer, email us at indicator@npr.org.Related episodes:Can an old law bring down grocery prices? (Apple / Spotify) How political campaigns raise millions through unwitting donorsHow mortgage rates get made The rat under the Feds hat (Apple / Spotify)The interest-ing world of interest rates (Apple / Spotify)

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    • 8 min
    Ghost jobs

    Ghost jobs

    Today's jobs report shows a slight rise in unemployment to 4%. And some frustrated job seekers are growing tired of applying for job after job with no replies, sometimes asking whether the listings are even real. And this isn't just vexing for applicants. It's also haunting economists when trying to figure out how much slack there is in the labor market, and whether interest rates should be raised or lowered. Today on the show: the rise of ghost jobs. Where they're happening and why.

    Related episodes: Not too hot, not too cold: a 'Goldilocks' jobs report The Beigie Awards: From Ghosting to Coasting

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