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 Time the US Paid Off All Its Debt
President Andrew Jackson was ruthless in reducing federal debt. The administration paid off all interest-bearing debt in 1835, but the results were not as rosy as people expected.
The Rise And Fall Of WeWork
WeWork was one of the most valuable startups in the world, until it wasn't. Today we speak with journalist Maureen Farrell, who covered WeWork extensively and recently wrote a book on its history.
Indicators of the Week: Family Feud Edition
There are so many indicators this week, so we invited our friends from Planet Money to compete for the best Indicator of The Week.
Marriage Boom: Sin City Edition
The wedding industry lost tens of billions of dollars in 2020. Now the numbers are roaring back, especially in Las Vegas. Today on the show, we explore the marriage boom in Las Vegas and elsewhere.
BTS: The Band That Moves The Economy
Korean boy band BTS is a global music phenomenon. The group has millions of fans called A.R.M.Y., who happily support the group with their wallets. Today on the show, we dive deep into the economic impacts of BTS and what makes the group special.
Nudge Vs Shove: A Conversation With Richard Thaler
Nobel Prize laureate Richard Thaler is a rockstar in the world of economics. His book Nudge introduced many of us to the field of behavioral economics and how it could be used in public policy. Today we speak with Professor Thaler on his latest and final edition of Nudge, and go beyond nudge to the land of sludging and shoving.
Thoughtful and immensely informative!
Love the safe echo chamber that NPR made for us
I really enjoy the signaler view. I don’t like my ideas challenged and this show is perfect in that way.
Waiting for a Check
Such a great report, an idea of how people are impacted that gets to the heart of it without the histrionics - a family who has worked hard for many years thrown into an extremely difficult and on going problem and even the people that are there to assist on the ground are limited in what they can do even in the immediate or short term which is critical. Such difficulties but the mother keeps on going knowing her family is dependent upon her - congratulations on this podcast