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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

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 8.1K Ratings

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 rise and fall (and rise?) of organized labor

    The rise and fall (and rise?) of organized labor

    In the wake of the "great resignation", organized labor may be having a moment in the U.S. Tens of thousands of workers have protested working conditions at companies like John Deere and Kellogg's and, in recent months, workers across the country have chosen or threatened strike action. Today on the show, author Erik Loomis shares how the history of America's unions explains today's labor movement.

    • 8 min
    Indicators-giving! How Much Does Thanksgiving Cost This Year?

    Indicators-giving! How Much Does Thanksgiving Cost This Year?

    How much will Thanksgiving dinner cost compared to last year? Today on the show, the Indicator team gathers around the virtual Thanksgiving table to let you know how much prices have changed for each holiday favorite.

    • 9 min
    Ticket scalpers: The real ticket masters

    Ticket scalpers: The real ticket masters

    Ticket scalpers. They're the bane of every fan's existence because they manage to snag concert tickets before fans can even get their webpages to load. An economist would tell you the story is more complicated than that.

    • 8 min
    Jeromonomics 2.0

    Jeromonomics 2.0

    Today President Biden reappointed Jerome Powell as chair of the Federal Reserve. So we revisit a recent episode about Jay Powell's first term and his approach to steering the economy — Jeromonomics.

    • 9 min
    BONUS: Wisdom From The Top

    BONUS: Wisdom From The Top

    This episode is from our friends at the podcast Wisdom From The Top, featuring our very own Stacey Vanek Smith!

    Stacey Vanek Smith has reported on business and the economy for over 15 years now, first for public radio's "Marketplace," and now as the host of Planet Money's daily podcast "The Indicator." Over that time, she's seen the same barriers blocking advancement for women in the workplace again and again. Recently, she's started to recognize that a lot of tools to move past those barriers can be found in the work of Italian philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli.

    • 52 min
    An exuberant bid for the Constitution

    An exuberant bid for the Constitution

    It's that time again! A crypto group fails to buy an original copy of the U.S. Constitution, Crypto.com succeeds in renaming LA's Staples Center, and warnings the economy might be too exuberant.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
8.1K Ratings

8.1K Ratings

ncDino ,

A podcast staple

Small , bite sized episodes, usually current, always informative!

The indicator is somewhere between a Netflix Holiday Special rom-com and an artsy French film! Alas, will Stacey, forlorn and spurned by Cardiff, find a co-host to share her pod? Or will Cardiff realize he should have never left ❤️ Indicator?! Tune in!

veggies&vodka ,

Usually great, occasionally confusing.

I like the format and topics discussed on this short but informative show. Even my kids like listening to this pod! The hosts are such fun to listen to bc you can tell they genuinely enjoy their reporting and interaction :)
But then every once in a while this show is such a disappointment.
Recent example: “should Americans buy less?”
Well, yeah. By ANY rational and logical measure we should. Considering the rate of natural resource usage, the speed at which technology becomes ‘obsolete,’ and general product replacement expectations so we can have the new shiny thing even if ours still works just fine. The only appropriate action in our own self-interest is to STOP buying all the crap we don't need. They were on the right track bringing up the increase of average home sizes needed just to store all the *stuff* we buy and the typical rate at which cheap clothing is tossed out but then the conclusion was a lackluster ‘maybe it would be good if we thought about buying less of some stuff at some point in the future...’ uhmmm that’s not a solid conclusion at all. Felt like they were tap dancing around it or afraid to just tell the truth: the way most Americans consume + other large and developing nations = untenable environmental disaster.
Disposable and cloth masks (that ppl can’t even be bothered to keep track of or throw away properly) are already littering every city and suburb’s public spaces & parking lots… Sheesh.
Swing and a miss.

Karen.A.238 ,

Tangled up in Beige episode

That episode was… Well, it got me. It got me to pause, consider, respect what you folks (economists) really do and how important your contributions are. It went beyond fascinating educational entertainment in this one.
- Karen Aboujaoude
(Yep. I’m putting my name on that)

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