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.
Metabucks: Microsoft offers $69 billion to buy Activision Blizzard
Microsoft just announced its intention to buy video game developer, Activision Blizzard, for almost $70 billion. This has some people speculating about Microsoft's future metaverse aspirations.
TikTok made me buy it
TikTok has become one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, and increasingly, a powerful tool for marketing. Today, we learn why TikTok makes us buy.
What nails can tell us about the economy
Despite being fairly simple items, nails can actually reveal a lot about the greater economy. Today, we talk to economist Dan Sichel about the history of nails and what they can teach us about economic trends.
The beef over price controls
Inflation reached a 40-year high today of 7%! There's been a storm of debate about an old anti-inflation policy: Price controls. So we dust off the history books and see what happened in World War II.
Why are McDonald's ice cream machines always broken?
McDonald's is notorious for frequent malfunctions of its ice cream machine. What's behind those malfunctions and why is the government getting involved?
Inland port priority
Disruptive backlogs at west coast ports in the U.S. have caused some shippers to get creative with their routes. Today, we tell you why one vessel took the long route from Shanghai to Cleveland, Ohio.
I haven’t miss a show ever!
Very engaging and informative. Topics are never boring.
One of the best podcasts out there
NPR itself has very high standards but podcasts like this takes it to the next level. Very informative, data driven and entertainment (yes, Beigie awards based on Beige book are real thing). Probably one of the best uses of your 10 minutes of the day.
Like Like Like
I lost count of the number of useless « likes » Adrian uttered in the « Powell pivots » episode. It was nauseating. If the word « like » didn’t exist, he would be mute.
In the following episode, « Cells for sale » the likes continue. As an example, he said:
« When you get the raw material, like, how that does arrive? Is it like one big oil drum full of stuff like, what does it look like? »
Did I like get my point? Just kidding.
Please, make the meanliness « like » a no no in your show. It will be more professional and enjoyable to listen to a like-free podcast.
cI love the show otherwise.