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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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Why economists hate gifts (Encore)

10m · Published 16 Dec 22:20
When economists see holiday gifts, they see waste: sweaters that never get worn; books that never get read. Many recommend cash or no gift at all. Economist Tim Harford proposes a different solution in this encore episode from 2019.

The growing discontent within the National Guard

9m · Published 16 Dec 00:15
The recruiting message for the National Guard, "one weekend a month, two weeks a year," is well known. But the job has changed. Today on the show, we discuss the growing discontent among Guard members and why some want to unionize.

How much did fried chicken cost in 1915?

9m · Published 15 Dec 00:06
With inflation on the rise, some of our favorite menu items have gotten a little more expensive. So we wanted to know if eating out is now cheaper or more expensive than in the past, adjusted for inflation. We look at a New York City restaurant menu from 1915 and compare it to today's.

The toymakers' (supply chain) nightmare before Christmas...

9m · Published 13 Dec 23:33
Supply chain delays are always challenging. But during the holidays, slow shipping can make or break a company's bottom line. Today on the show, a toy company that makes Tonka trucks musters a shipment tracking war room.

Inflation indicators: The dollar store, the dollar slice and SPAM

9m · Published 10 Dec 23:57
Inflation has officially reached a nearly 40-year high and some businesses have been forced to raise their prices. But it becomes a bit of a dilemma when being 'cheap' is your brand. Today on the show, how are businesses with price-centric brands dealing with inflation?

Baseball's major league monopolies

9m · Published 09 Dec 23:52
Since last week, the MLB has been in a lockout due to ongoing labor negotiations between players and owners. Today on the show, how a 100-year-old court case gave the MLB an 'antitrust exemption' and how that set the stage for the labor unrest we see today.

Becky the junk bond: Where is she now?

9m · Published 08 Dec 23:52
In 2019, we bought a junk bond and named her Becky. Two years later, Becky has been on a journey that's included Chapter 11 bankruptcy and reorganization. On today's show, Becky's journey finally comes to an end as we see how much we made on our investment.

The U.K.'s most famous family firm in crisis

9m · Published 07 Dec 23:29
The last couple of years have been rough for most of us, the British royal family included. Due to a pair of scandals and Queen Elizabeth's recent poor health, the future of the royal family feels less certain than it has in years. Today on the show, the finance that drives "The Firm" and can it survive without its CEO?

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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