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.
Keep calm, it's just the bullwhip effect
The Indicator team plays a beer game to understand how the bullwhip effect tangles supply chains. And no, it's not beer pong.
Labor market trick or treat
Trick or treat! As we all know, some indicators are sweet, but others are scary. Luckily, one economist is here to help us separate the tricks from the treats in our labor market.
BRAND new friends
In advertising, there's always been an unspoken rule — never praise your competition. But one marketing professor's research shows that approach can actually be good for businesses and their brand.
Indicators of the Week: strikes, prices, Black Friday deals
Indicators of the Week! Prices are up again, but is it fair to call this 'transitory' inflation? Black Friday deals are early at stores anticipating supply-chain shortages. And America is on strike.
Congressional game theory
For months, lawmakers have been negotiating two big spending bills with no end in sight. Game theory could explain the hidden strategies behind the congressional chaos.
Simon says we're stuck with the debt ceiling
The debt ceiling approaches. A congressional standoff ensues. It wasn't always this way. So why did the debt ceiling get built? And how do other countries control their debt?
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Episodes hit or miss, 80/20 content/ads or fluff
Some episodes are actually interesting, but they manage to squeeze in two ads in the span of less than 9 minutes, so I feel my time can be better spent listening elsewhere