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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

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    • 4.7, 6.3K 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.

    Unemployment And The Racial Divide

    Unemployment And The Racial Divide

    How well a family can endure a spell of unemployment depends on how much of a buffer it has to fall back on. And there are big racial and ethnic disparities in how big those buffers are.

    • 9 min
    The Business Of Antibody Tests

    The Business Of Antibody Tests

    Companies all over the world are jockeying for position in the lucrative COVID-19 antibody testing market, but are quality standards getting lost in the shuffle?

    • 9 min
    Police Unions And Civilian Deaths

    Police Unions And Civilian Deaths

    There appears to be a relationship between police unionization and the number of people killed by officers.

    • 9 min
    Where Are The Business Bankruptcies?

    Where Are The Business Bankruptcies?

    When the coronavirus hit, economists predicted a tsunami of bankruptcies. But that hasn't happened.

    • 9 min
    Racism And Economics

    Racism And Economics

    The coronavirus pandemic has been called "the great equalizer." But in fact, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected African Americans in all kinds of ways.

    • 9 min
    The Beige Book And The Pig Farmer

    The Beige Book And The Pig Farmer

    The Federal Reserve's Beige Book provides anecdotes from various parts of the economy. This month's edition illustrates the pain being suffered by pig farmers.

    • 9 min

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6.3K Ratings

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LWOS Matt ,

Detailed and easy to learn

Great daily podcast. Bite size. Easy to learn economics from.

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Racism and Economics- WRONG

It’s not about blacks being disproportionately hurt by the Coronavirus pandemic as was posited by this episode. It’s about poor people being hurt disproportionately.

My assertion is that wealthy people (whether they are white, black, or polka-dotted) are doing better than poorer people (whether they are white, black, or polka-dotted).

So it’s about poverty and not ethnicity. Plain and simple. People in poverty lack resources (resources may include money, skills/education, emotional stability, social capital, etc). They are less likely to do well when the unexpected happens.

Yes, race relations are fraught and they must improve but please identify the right problem so it may be properly addressed.

selectivedata ,

Selective data

Women are more likely to hold an “essential job” but 2/3 of the deaths are male

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