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.
2021: The Year Of The Recovery?
2020 was a horrific year for the economy. We're hoping 2021 will be better, but will it? We discuss 3 indicators that suggest this year is shaping up to be better than last year.
The $1,000 Power Bill
The recent winter storm caused thousands of Texans to see their power bill climb to hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Can economics explain what happened?
Seeking Refuge On The Open Road
Living on the open road is more than just an Instagram photo opportunity; for many it's both an economic necessity and a countercultural movement. Just ask Bob Wells, the evangelist of nomad life.
Alabama: The Newest Union Battleground
Amazon workers in Alabama are voting on whether to form the company's FIRST U.S. union. We explain how the union has succeeded in getting this far, and the potential ramifications of the vote.
Cold Fronts, Propane And New Jobs - Indicators Of The Week
For our indicators of the week, we're talking about shortages of heating sources during the recent cold snap and trends amongst unemployed Americans.
Bitcoin - The Religion
As the value of a bitcoin recently passed $50,000, market watchers struggled to explain how a virtual currency could reach such dizzy heights. One possible answer? It's kind of like a religion.
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Short, educational, and funny
Great basics of economics in an entertaining but accurate manner. Wish they would return to a daily “indicator” with each episode.
Excellent daily reporting in turbulent times
Excellent daily reporting in turbulent times. The hosts manage to cover a lot of important and often complex information in a short 10 minute podcast.
Ordering food on podcast
Show listeners a bit more respect you couldn’t wait 10 minutes to record?