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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.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. You'll also get access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without interruptions. sign up at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

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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.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. You'll also get access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without interruptions. sign up at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Boeing's woes, Bilt jilts, and the Indicator's stock rally

    Boeing's woes, Bilt jilts, and the Indicator's stock rally

    Indicators of the Week are back! We are here, as always, to bring you the most fascinating snapshots from the week of economic news.

    On today's show, we're digging into the embattled aerospace company, Boeing. We look at how paying your rent with a Wells Fargo credit card is costing the bank millions of dollars a month. And we learn how much richer the Planet Money coffers are after we invested in the funds that track stock trading by congresspeople and their families on both sides of the aisle.

    Related Episodes:Invest like a Congress memberHelp Wanted at Boeing

    ICYMI, preorder our new Indicator t-shirt at the NPR shop. For more ways to support our show, sign up for Planet Money+ where you'll get sponsor-free listening, bonus episodes, and access to even more Indicator merch.

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    • 9 min
    A captive market: The high price of prison phone calls

    A captive market: The high price of prison phone calls

    When Diane Lewis' son, Jovaan, was sentenced to prison, she told him to call her every day. What he didn't know at the time is that those collect calls often meant Diane was unable to pay her other bills. Today on the show, how prison phone calls got so expensive, and the movement to make them free.

    Related listening: The Uncounted Workforce From Prison to the Workforce The Prisoner's Solution

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    • 8 min
    Invest like a Congress member

    Invest like a Congress member

    There are some new funds that track stock trading by members of Congress and their family. So we thought, why don't we get in on that? Today on the show, we crack open the Planet Money Investment Jar to learn more about how our political leaders play the market, investing in funds tracking Democratic and Republican stock trades.

    Whether Congressional stock trading should be limited is a hotly debated matter. So to test whether lawmakers are beating the market, Dartmouth College economist Bruce Sacerdote and his co-authors pitted lawmakers' stock picks against reindeer at a Christmas-styled theme park.

    Trust us for this ride! It'll all make sense with some intriguing results.

    Related listening: Stock traders are trying to beat the market — by copying lawmakers WTF is a Bitcoin ETF? (Apple / Spotify) Planet Money's Toxic Asset Planet Money Summer School: Investing

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    • 9 min
    Spud spat

    Spud spat

    The federal government classifies potatoes (whether they be baked, waffled, curly, fried) as a vegetable.

    Recently some nutritional scientists were questioning that logic as the feds updated their dietary guidelines for 2025.

    On today's episode, why potatoes have such sway on Capitol Hill and the real financial stakes spuds have in staying a veggie.

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    • 9 min
    Oil gluts, Russian bucks, and Starbucks

    Oil gluts, Russian bucks, and Starbucks

    Indicators of the Week is back! This week, we've got indicators about oil gluts, big bucks for Ukraine and fewer bucks at Starbucks. (Apologies for the slurping.)

    Related episodes: How to get Russia to pay UkraineAn oil boom, a property slump and dental deflation

    ICYMI, preorder our new Indicator t-shirt at the NPR shop. For more ways to support our show, sign up for Planet Money+ where you'll get sponsor-free listening, bonus episodes, and access to even more Indicator merch.

    For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org.

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    • 9 min
    Is Google search getting worse?

    Is Google search getting worse?

    There are many anecdotal complaints about Google search not being what it used to be. A German computer scientist and his colleagues put this theory to the test recently focusing on product reviews. Today on the show, we bring their findings to Google's chief search scientist.

    Related episodes: How Fortnite brought Google to its knees (Apple / Spotify) Microsoft vs. Google: Whose AI Is better? (Apple / Spotify)

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    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
8.9K Ratings

8.9K Ratings

prion_lover ,

Wonderful podcast

I have enjoyed listening to the podcast for several years including while I lived in Taiwan. I enjoy the bite-sized daily economic news peppered with the wit and humor of the crew. I have gained a better appreciation of economics through this podcast and its parent, Planet Money. This podcast helps keep one informed of current affairs. It’s well worth the listen for those who may not have a degree in economics.

Azr613 ,

Usually good

Episode on Israel was shockingly antisemitic. Stick to economics.

sunshine scooter ,

Keeps me in the loop

I enjoy the topics and helps keep me up to speed with just the right length of shows

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