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The Indicator from Planet Money

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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.
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Episodes

What the data reveal about U.S. labor unrest

9m · Published 28 Feb 23:05
From "Hot Labor Summer" to "Striketober," 2023 was another big year for workers joining picket lines. Today on the show, we'll dig into two recent reports that shed light on the state of labor unrest in the U.S.. We'll look at what industries are driving this trend, how workers are feeling about their jobs and what that says about the American labor movement.
Related episodes:
Why residuals are taking center stage in actors' strike (Apple / Spotify)
The never-ending strike (Apple / Spotify)
The strike that changed U.S. labor
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How to make an ad memorable

9m · Published 27 Feb 12:00
Super Bowl ads this year relied heavily on nostalgia and surprise –– a few tricks that turn out to embed information into our brains. Today, neuroscientist Charan Ranganath joins the show to dissect the world of marketing to its biological fundamentals and reveal advertisers' bag of tricks.
Charan Ranganath's new book is Why We Remember: Unlocking Memory's Power to Hold On to What Matters .
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Reddit's public Wall Street bet

9m · Published 26 Feb 23:55
Any day now, social media platform Reddit is expected to launch an initial public offering (IPO), earmarking shares for its most dedicated users. On today's show, our friends at WBUR podcast Endless Thread help us unpack why Reddit is making this move, and what it might mean for Reddit's stock.
Related episodes:
r/boxes, r/Reddit, r/AIregs (Apple / Spotify)
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An oil boom, a property slump and dental deflation

9m · Published 23 Feb 23:46
Indicators of the week is back! This time, we explore why oil and gas companies are pulling in record profits, whether bad commercial property debt is likely to spark a financial crisis and how much a lost tooth goes for in this economy.
Related Episodes
What could break next? (Apple / Spotify)
What's really happening with the Evergrande liquidation (Apple / Spotify)
How an empty office becomes a home
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A Supreme Court case that could reshape social media

9m · Published 23 Feb 01:23
Next week, the US Supreme Court will hear a case that pits the Attorneys General of Texas and Florida against a trade group representing some of the biggest social media companies in the world. Today, how we got here, and now the case could upend our online experience.
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Why Capital One wants Discover

9m · Published 21 Feb 23:17
Capital One Financial Corporation plans to acquire Discover Financial Services in a $35 billion deal that would combine two of the largest U.S. credit card companies. Today on the show, five big questions about the deal, and the opaque system behind every swipe, tap or insertion of your credit card.
Related:
Planet Money's TikTok on the secret behind credit card rewards
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Could fake horns end illegal rhino poaching?

8m · Published 20 Feb 20:27
In business, the million-dollar question is how to get people to buy stuff. But in wildlife conservation, the challenge is: how do we get people to not buy stuff? How do we bring down demand for fur, ivory and rhino horns? Today on the show, the story of a business trying to make lab-grown rhino horns and the backlash that followed.
Check out more of Juliana Kim's reporting for NPR here.
Related:
Supply, demand, extinction (Apple / Spotify)
Rhino Bonds
Shooting Bambi to Save Mother Nature
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Chocolate, Lyft's typo and India's election bonds

9m · Published 16 Feb 23:33
It's Indicators of the Week — our weekly look under the hood of our global economy. Today we look at why cocoa prices are soaring, whether India's electoral bonds are bad for democracy and how a typo sent Lyft shares (briefly) soaring.
Related:
Cocoa prices hit a 47-year high before Valentine's Day
Can India become the next high-tech hub? (Apple / Spotify)
Lyft going public: The dual-class share dilemma
Big donors and pay-to-play politics
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Why banks are fighting changes to an anti-redlining program

9m · Published 15 Feb 23:41
In 2023, The Federal Reserve and other banking regulators announced they were making changes to how they grade banks on servicing local communities. This all stems from a 1977 law called the Community Reinvestment Act, which was designed to encourage banks to better meet the needs of moderate and low-income borrowers. However, major banking trade groups weren't too excited about the new rules and filed a lawsuit against the banking regulators last week.
Today on the show, we explain the history of racist housing policies in the United States and how that history informs the banks' fight with the government today.
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How Egypt's military is dragging down its economy

9m · Published 15 Feb 00:29
Egypt's economy is facing its worst crisis in decades. The situation could further destabilize the Middle East if it goes unresolved. Now, the International Monetary Fund is working with Egyptian leadership to figure out another deal for a multi-billion dollar loan ... but will it be enough? Today, we look at how Egypt has fallen into economic crisis and whether its economy is too big to fail.
Related episodes:
What could convince Egypt to take in Gaza's refugees? (Apple / Spotify)
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The Indicator from Planet Money has 618 episodes in total of non- explicit content. Total playtime is 96:19:45. The language of the podcast is English. This podcast has been added on February 22nd 2023. It might contain more episodes than the ones shown here. It was last updated on April 12th, 2024 04:42.

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