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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 • 7.9K 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 Origin of Value: The Greater Fools Theory

    The Origin of Value: The Greater Fools Theory

    History is full of financial bubbles. People speculate on real estate, stocks, coins, even flowers. Why do bubbles happen? The answer may lie in a concept known as the greater fools theory.

    • 9 min
    The Time the US Paid Off All Its Debt

    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.

    • 9 min
    The Rise And Fall Of WeWork

    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.

    • 9 min
    Indicators of the Week: Family Feud Edition

    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.

    • 9 min
    Marriage Boom: Sin City Edition

    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.

    • 9 min
    BTS: The Band That Moves The Economy

    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.

    • 9 min

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Thoughtful and immensely informative!

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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.

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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

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