300 episodes

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.

The Indicator from Planet Money Planet Money

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    • 4.7 • 8.3K 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

    Burgers in Russia, Juul vaporized, THE trademarked

    Burgers in Russia, Juul vaporized, THE trademarked

    This Friday, we're looking at fast-food companies who are still hanging on in Russia. Juul getting banned. And as a cherry on top, THE Ohio State University deciding to patent you guessed it, "the."

    • 9 min
    Does Bitcoin have a grip on the economy?

    Does Bitcoin have a grip on the economy?

    The crypto market has taken a beating lately, and even though Bitcoin and other crypto assets are risky, they're becoming more mainstream. How concerned do we need to be about the recent crypto collapse?

    • 9 min
    What took the Fed so long?

    What took the Fed so long?

    What took the Fed so long to address high inflation? Today on the show, we're exploring six reasons behind the Fed's hesitancy to hike interest rates, according to Bill Nelson, who spent two decades working for the Federal Reserve. For more background, check out our episode last week, Jerome Powell's ghosts.

    • 9 min
    The price of free stock trading

    The price of free stock trading

    Everyone's a stock trader these days. With a press of a button, companies like Robinhood allow everyday people to buy and sell shares with no fee. But, this practice is just a tad bit controversial.

    • 9 min
    The housing shakeup

    The housing shakeup

    With rising interest rates, this economy has got us scratching our heads. To rent, or not to rent? To borrow money, or not to borrow? To qualify for a mortgage...or maybe not. Maybe our three indicators on the housing market will give clues.
    Hey, we're off for Juneteenth but The Indicator will be back on Tuesday!

    • 9 min
    Going backwards on child poverty

    Going backwards on child poverty

    School's out, and so are pandemic-era relief measures for families with children. But when universal free lunches and expanded child tax credits roll to a halt, what are the consequences?

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    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
8.3K Ratings

8.3K Ratings

fledgling DM ,

Edutainment at its best!

I started listening to this podcast in one of my periodic “self-improvement” phases - normally a quickly passing trend. Yet here I am multiple years later still looking forward to each new show, eagerly listening to old shows, and with a vastly improved understanding of how economics touches every part of my life. Thank you for making economics easy, enjoyable and applicable!

mmish27 ,

This is the one !

As an A level student always searching for ways to make real life connections to economic issues and current affairs, these short and informative episodes are the absolute best! I 100% recommend for anyone who is interested in economics outside the scope of the classroom or academic reading :)

Team T travelers ,

Love for The Indicator!

I’ve been listening to the Indicator since 2018 and have always found my time well spent. The episode are informative, concise, and peppy/entertaining for folks like me into economics IRL. Love it, & keep up the great work you all are doing!!

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