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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.

The Indicator from Planet Money NPR

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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.

    Indicators Of The Week: Evergrande, Stuck Ships, Town Managers

    Indicators Of The Week: Evergrande, Stuck Ships, Town Managers

    From ghost apartments empty in China, to a backlog of ships in Los Angeles, to towns struggling to find city managers... yes, it's time for Indicators of the Week!

    • 9 min
    Why An Aging China Matters

    Why An Aging China Matters

    For decades China exported better and cheaper stuff. But now China's experiencing a factory worker crunch. It's been a long time coming.

    • 9 min
    The Unicorn Next Door

    The Unicorn Next Door

    A real estate startup says it's the fastest company in American history to achieve a billion-dollar valuation, but the neighbors aren't buying what they're selling: fractional home ownership.

    • 9 min
    Trust Us, 2020 Brought Us Together

    Trust Us, 2020 Brought Us Together

    Political upheaval! Conspiracy theories! Global spread of disease! Sounds like a recipe for... trust? Today on the show, how 2020 increased trust, and how that trust underpins so much of our economy.

    • 9 min
    All In On Malls

    All In On Malls

    With the pandemic shutting down in-person life, thousands of retail stores closed up shop. But, some retailers see an opportunity for growth by moving into American malls. Let's go to the mall.

    • 9 min
    Indicators Of The Week: Colleges, Poverty, Airlines

    Indicators Of The Week: Colleges, Poverty, Airlines

    It's that time of the week again! On today's show, we bring the indicators on airline vaccine mandates, U.S. poverty after all that pandemic aid and a surprising shakeup in college rankings.

    • 9 min

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