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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.

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The Indicator from Planet Money Planet Money

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 8.4K Ratings

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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.

Got money on your mind? Try Planet Money+ — a new way to support the show you love, get a sponsor-free feed of the podcast, *and* get access to bonus content. A subscription also gets you access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without interruptions.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Three inflation indicators

    Three inflation indicators

    The economy cooled off a bit, but inflation is still really, really high. But, not all goods and services respond the same to a high inflation environment. Today on the show, we're talking about sticky prices, bonds, and that old chestnut, transitory inflation.

    • 9 min
    Paying for the Inflation Reduction Act

    Paying for the Inflation Reduction Act

    The Inflation Reduction Act has it all, from fighting climate change to cutting drug prices. But today, we're zooming in on one aspect of the bill. The changes to corporate taxes.

    • 9 min
    What Japan's "Lost Decade" teaches us about recessions

    What Japan's "Lost Decade" teaches us about recessions

    Not all recessions are created equal. Some look like Vs, while others look like Ks. But the scariest one of all is the L-shaped recession. Travel back to Japan's "Lost Decade" with us to understand why.

    • 9 min
    Double agents and drug discounts

    Double agents and drug discounts

    The cost of pharmaceuticals has been rising for years, well before inflation became the big economic talking point. Today on the show, why some policymakers suspect an obscure middleman is partly to blame.

    • 9 min
    The secret to upward mobility: Friends

    The secret to upward mobility: Friends

    Who your friends are may be the key to your economic success story. In a groundbreaking study by Harvard researchers, find out why cross-class friendships may be the key ingredient to the American Dream.

    • 9 min
    What's really going on with unions

    What's really going on with unions

    Baristas and warehouse workers unite! After decades of decline, we're hearing a lot about new unions starting around the country. But union membership actually declined last year. We look at what's really happening.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
8.4K Ratings

8.4K Ratings

Buck Wild Grizz ,

Love it

I’ve listened to every episode. You guys are great. The hosts are amazing. Thank you so much.

raven1537 ,

Woke NPR

This podcast used to be pretty good. Sadly it’s become just another intellectually simple work product that u would expect from NPR. 90% of the podcasts revolve around climate change, sexism, or racism. Well, perceived climate change, sexism and racism.
According to this podcast climate change is responsible for literally every single negative thing that happens in your life. Netflix doesn’t have anything good on this month? Climate change. No more chicken fries at Burger King? Climate change. Maybe racism too though….

CQ CPANYC ,

So woke

I can’t stand this show anymore, after year's following this one, I have to draw a full stop.

This is the last NPR program that I kepted for years. It has became so unbearable. The world gets messed up with programs like NPR. Stop fund it with taxpayers’ money. Shame of people who are working for creating fake news.

Good bye NPR!

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