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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.

Episode Date
Why China's Buying Rice From America
459
China is the world's biggest rice producer. So why did China agree to buy two shipping containers of rice from the U.S.?
Aug 20, 2019
Trump And Trade: The Point Of No Return?
576
President Trump has kept his protectionist promises, but his scorched earth approach to dealmaking could have damaged global trading relationships for good.
Aug 19, 2019
The Gender Gap Series: The Problem With The Pink Tax
598
Women pay more than men for many consumer products. Why some economists say that's a good thing.
Aug 16, 2019
The Gender Gap Series: Tampons - That Bloody Sales Tax
543
Most states in the U.S. have a sales tax on menstrual products. Some states have repealed this so-called Tampon Tax, on the grounds that it's unfair to women. But the repeals come at a cost.
Aug 15, 2019
The Gender Gap Series: Saving Women
571
Women invest far less of their paychecks than men do. Sallie Krawcheck spent her career on Wall Street and she says this is a problem we need to solve.
Aug 14, 2019
The Gender Gap Series: Working Women- Why the U.S. is Behind
597
When it came to the female labor force participation rate, America used to lead the world. But we've fallen behind. Today on the show: What happened?
Aug 13, 2019
The Gender Gap Series: Where The Gender Pay Gap Is Widest
599
A report from Glassdoor reveals which industries have the starkest gender pay gaps.
Aug 12, 2019
Finance Fridays With Mary, Volume 2: Short Selling
597
Short sellers are investors who bet against companies. They're the detectives of the stock market, unearthing flaws and making markets more efficient, though they also attract controversy.
Aug 09, 2019
Sports Teams Need To Fill Stadiums
569
Sporting event attendance is down. So teams are trying out creative, new ways to win back fans.
Aug 08, 2019
Why Grad Students Are Taking On More Debt
547
Graduate students are increasingly shouldering the country's student debt.
Aug 07, 2019
Currency Wars & A Pepperoni Problem
599
Listener questions! How the U.S.-China trade war has escalated, including a move by China to devalue its currency. Plus the history of pepperoni on pizza.
Aug 06, 2019
The Delicate Macho Movie Brand
599
The stars of the new Fast & Furious movie will go to extraordinary lengths to protect their "tough guy" brands, even going so far as to negotiate to make sure their characters never lose a fight.
Aug 05, 2019
Jobs Friday Meets Listener Q&A
594
Happy Jobs Friday! The U.S. economy created 164,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged. But to send you into your weekend with more pep, we answer some listener questions.
Aug 02, 2019
The View From The Boardroom
599
Some presidential candidates have supported a policy — known as co-determination — that would see workers represented on corporate boards. We talked to one worker who already has a seat at the table.
Aug 01, 2019
Workers Take A Seat At The Table?
600
The board of directors for most U.S. companies is made up of shareholders--not workers. A corporate system called co-determination aims to put employees at the table where big decisions are made.
Jul 31, 2019
Stacey vs Cardiff: The Fed Cut Throwdown!
588
The economy's looking pretty good. So, do we really need a rate cut right now? Stacey and Cardiff duke it out.
Jul 30, 2019
It's Check-Up Time, America!
599
The Federal Reserve is set to cut interest rates this week. We also just passed the half-year mark. Two good reasons to check in on the health of the U.S. economy.
Jul 29, 2019
America's Tijuana Tech Boom
597
A growing workforce of high-tech specialists is luring American companies to Tijuana
Jul 26, 2019
Waiting For The Tariff Storm
594
The trade war between the U.S. and China started a little over a year ago, but the oft-predicted economic storm is yet to break.
Jul 25, 2019
The Fed Cuts Loose?
599
An economic principle that has guided the Federal Reserve for decades is increasingly being questioned.
Jul 24, 2019
Rhino Bonds
591
Investors will soon be able to bet on black rhinos. A conservation group is rolling out a 5 year, 50 million dollar rhino bond to help save the species.
Jul 23, 2019
Rethinking Economics
594
Jared Bernstein has a shortlist of economic ideas that he thinks his colleagues have been getting wrong for decades.
Jul 22, 2019
Women, Men And Hedge Funds
587
Introducing a new series: Finance Fridays With Mary!
Jul 19, 2019
Gold Rush 2.0
590
The price of gold is at a six-year high and gold bugs say it's the safest place to put your money in uncertain times. But is it actually a good investment?
Jul 18, 2019
Yield Curve: You Asked, We Answer
598
The yield curve is inverted! We answer a few questions we have gotten from our listeners about our beloved recession predicting indicator.
Jul 17, 2019
Tricking Myself Into Paying My Student Loans
599
About 44 million people owe nearly 1.5 trillion dollars in student loans all together. But for some people — like our producer Darius Rafieyan — paying them requires some mental adjustments.
Jul 16, 2019
Can GIPHY Make It Rain?
587
GIPHY makes those viral mini-videos that people use to color their texts and emails. They're super popular, but they're free. So how does GIPHY plan to make money?
Jul 15, 2019
Bitcoin's Energy Bill
598
The computers that mine Bitcoin use a lot of electricity. That's created some unique arbitrage opportunities in different parts of the world. And causing governments some concern.
Jul 12, 2019
Japan's Worker Shortage
599
Japan's worker shortage has gotten so bad it's forced some companies to declare bankruptcy. The solution? Telling workers to work less.
Jul 11, 2019
Deutsche Bank Breaks The Pizza Barrier
593
One of the biggest international banks--Deutsche Bank--is laying off 18,000 workers and cutting costs to try and save itself from going under. How did things get so bad?
Jul 10, 2019
Is LA Ready For A Big Earthquake?
596
Last week's California quakes have reinforced fears of "the big one", the high-magnitude trembler that seismologists say is inevitable. How ready is the city of Los Angeles?
Jul 09, 2019
Jobs Friday...On Monday
591
The monthly pace of jobs growth has slowed this year. But that's not necessarily a problem.
Jul 08, 2019
The American Economy Of 1776
592
A look at the assets and liabilities of the American colonies on the eve of revolution.
Jul 05, 2019
The Cows Are Taking All The Land
582
The U.S. is a big place, nearly 1.9 billion acres. On today's Indicator, we look at how all that land is divvied up.
Jul 03, 2019
Listener Questions: Consumption & A New Curriculum
552
Today we answer listener questions: why is so much consumption necessary for a healthy economy (or as our listener put it — why do we have to buy so much crap for the economy to be healthy?). Plus, what are some good economic resources for teenagers?
Jul 02, 2019
Amazon #FAIL...?
571
One of the largest companies in the world, Amazon, just shuttered its food delivery service, Amazon Restaurants. But Amazon's fails are a bit different.
Jul 01, 2019
The Rise Of American Oil
495
What it means that the U.S. is now the biggest consumer and producer of crude oil in the world.
Jun 28, 2019
The Private Firefighter Industry
598
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got a lot of blowback for using private firefighters to protect their California home from a wildfire. Today on The Indicator, the business of private firefighting.
Jun 27, 2019
Niche Sports Cashing In
597
Basketball, football and baseball may draw big crowds and score primetime television spots, but niche sports, like cornhole, axe throwing and even professional arm wrestling, are beginning to attract interest and money.
Jun 26, 2019
The Protest Tipping Point
557
If you're considering a popular uprising against a government, it turns out there may be a recipe that can almost guarantee your success.
Jun 25, 2019
The Rise Of The Blue-Collar Noncompete
560
Traditionally, noncompete clauses have been reserved for whiter collar professionals. But as the labor market tightens, employers increasingly want blue-collar workers to adhere to these agreements too.
Jun 24, 2019
Women's Soccer Sues For Equal Pay
599
The U.S. women's soccer team is way more successful than the men's. Yet they say they get paid less than half, on average, compared to the men's team.
Jun 21, 2019
Slack Goes Public
595
Shares in the online chat service Slack hit the stock market today. But Slack went public in an unconventional way.
Jun 20, 2019
Facebucks
589
This week Facebook announced plans for its own cryptocurrency, the Libra. Regulators are cautious, and no one really knows how it will work. But Wall Street is excited.
Jun 19, 2019
Japan's Inflation Gamble
599
Japan is still recovering from a brutal recession that lasted ten years. The country has tried a variety of fiscal and monetary measures to bring its economy back.
Jun 18, 2019
The Economic Expansion Turns 10!
586
The U.S is about to mark the longest economic expansion in its history. It's an impressive achievement, but in many ways the economy is still struggling.
Jun 17, 2019
Animal Spirits
597
People hear the word 'economics' and probably think: numbers, equations, and percentages. But hidden underneath the math, is a force that can't be quantified.
Jun 14, 2019
The Governor Is Suing My Hometown
599
The mayor of Huntington Beach says he wants less housing development in his city. The governor of California says that's against the law.
Jun 13, 2019
The Water Marketplace
585
New rules governing water use in California have sparked innovation in agribusiness, including a brand new market for water.
Jun 12, 2019
Your Questions: Meatless Meat And GDP
575
Today we answer listener questions: How does U.S. gross domestic product break down into different industries, and how do meat alternatives compare to the real thing?
Jun 11, 2019
Hooponomics
592
The introduction of the three-point line changed how people play basketball. And it has some compelling parallels to economics.
Jun 10, 2019
Jobs Friday: Summer Slowdown Edition
Happy Jobs Friday! The labor market is showing signs of slowing down. The unemployment rate is still low at 3.6 percent, but only 75,000 jobs were added in the month of May — a lot fewer than what economists expected.
Jun 07, 2019
The Battle For The Office Thermostat
599
Office temperature can affect more than comfort; a recent study shows it has serious implications for productivity. We talked to one economist who quantified the effects of temperature on men and women.
Jun 06, 2019
Returning To Paradise
594
The deadliest wildfire in California's history destroyed thousands of homes in Butte County. The area is still an active disaster zone. But insurance companies are making residents move back.
Jun 05, 2019
All WeWork And No Play
598
Co-working spaces might just be the future of work. Take WeWork. It's been cropping up in cities all over the world--borrowing billions to fuel its growth. Now, it's planning to go public.
Jun 04, 2019
Weaponized Interdependence: The End of Globalization?
601
The trade war between the U.S. and China is challenging a long-standing assumption about globalization — that economic ties between countries would deepen with minimal political interference.
Jun 03, 2019
Why Is Trump Threatening Mexico (Again)?
595
President Trump has threatened to impose new tariffs on Mexico unless the country stops the flow of migrants entering the U.S. But, Mexico is one of the biggest trade partner the U.S. has.
May 31, 2019
The Super-Villain Economist
583
The Avengers super-villain Thanos saw the universe as a place of too many people and too few resources: a classic economic dilemma. His solution: Kill half the population.
May 30, 2019
An Economist Goes To The Hospital
595
Economist Jared Bernstein recently survived a brain hemorrhage. The experience got him thinking about some of the economics in our healthcare system.
May 29, 2019
Is Time Really On Your Side?
596
Economics is all about scarcity — and time is a scarce resource. We talk to economist Daniel Hamermesh, whose new book Spending Time examines time's complicated relationship to money, stress, and gender.
May 28, 2019
What Trump's Latest Aid Package Means For Farmers
599
President Trump announced an aid package for farmers yesterday worth $16 billion. It's meant to offset losses from the trade war with China. We spoke to one U.S. farmer about how helpful it will be.
May 24, 2019
Canada's Tariff Hangover
590
Canada and the U.S. have come to an agreement on trade, and lifted their punitive tariffs on each other's goods. But some small businesses are still feeling the pain.
May 23, 2019
What Surfing Can Teach Us About Risk
597
Surfing and financial markets have a lot in common when it comes to taking and managing risk.
May 22, 2019
The Nordic Paradox
599
Norway is regarded as one of the most progressive nations in the world when it comes to encouraging female participation in the workforce. Yet the country still has relatively few female business leaders.
May 21, 2019
Economy Of Thrones
599
We have five economic indicators to help you understand the world of Game of Thrones.
May 20, 2019
Is Buying A Home A Bad Investment?
593
Home ownership used to be a central pillar of the American Dream. Today, maybe not so much.
May 17, 2019
The Real Minimum Wage
595
Many states and cities have their own minimum wages, which are higher than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. One economist calculated a single measure that accounts for all those differences.
May 16, 2019
Psssst...Want To Buy A Tarantula?
596
The market for animal smuggling is relatively new. But it's gotten really big, really fast.
May 15, 2019
The World's Identity Crisis
588
Around one in seven people do not have any official ID, according to the World Bank.
May 14, 2019
Does The Deficit Matter?
568
Budget deficits used to be seen as a bad thing. Today, not so much...and some economists even say they don't really matter. What changed?
May 13, 2019
Wyatt Cenac On School Funding... And Thor
599
The comedian and former Daily Show correspondent takes on complex social issues in his HBO show, Problem Areas. He discusses his approach to melding comedy with social commentary.
May 10, 2019
Will China Overtake The US?
555
China is so big and growing so fast that many people say it will inevitably become a bigger economy than the U.S. in every way. But there are several good reasons for skepticism.
May 09, 2019
The Problem With Banning Plastic Bags
594
Plastic bags are no boon to the environment — but banning them might be worse.
May 08, 2019
Subway's Five-Dollar Footlong Fail?
590
Subway has more restaurants in the U.S. than any other fast food company. It did spectacularly well during the recession thanks, in part, to it's famous $5 footlong deal. But that deal has come back to haunt it.
May 07, 2019
Japanese Womenomics
598
Women have long been an untapped economic resource in Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to change that. Six years after he launched "womenomics," is it working?
May 06, 2019
Jobs Friday: The Part-Time Penalty
599
Part-time workers make less per hour than full-time workers do. That has big implications for women and mothers.
May 03, 2019
All The Bucks On Broadway
597
The Tony nominations were announced this week and that got us thinking...how does the business of Broadway work?
May 02, 2019
The Fed's Messaging Dilemma
582
Right now the economy looks good, but inflation is lower than the Federal Reserve would like. A future rate cut could juice prices, but the messaging has to be right.
May 01, 2019
How Grocery Shelves Get Stacked
599
The pay-to-play way your supermarket's shelves work.
Apr 30, 2019
Where The Gender Pay Gap Is Widest
576
A report from Glassdoor reveals which industries have the starkest gender pay gaps.
Apr 29, 2019
Why Superman Doesn't Take Over The World
600
Superman could easily take over the world. But there are some good economic reasons why he doesn't.
Apr 26, 2019
Selling A T-Rex On eBay
580
On eBay right now: A baby T-Rex. The price? $2.95 million.
Apr 25, 2019
Is Everything Awesome In The Economy?
599
The first few months of 2019 looked troubling. But now we seem to be on the upswing.
Apr 24, 2019
What Happened To U.S. Workers?
597
The share of people ages 25 to 54 in the labor force has fallen in the past couple of decades. What happened? Listen to an excerpt from our live event with the Financial Times Alphachat.
Apr 23, 2019
The Traffic Tariff
581
New York will soon charge drivers to enter the most crowded parts of the city. Congestion pricing: Does it work? Who's doing it? And is it coming to a city near you?
Apr 22, 2019
A Brief History of Income Taxes
595
Taxes have been around forever. But the income tax? In the U.S., it's relatively recent.
Apr 18, 2019
Why Do Introverts Get Paid Less?
566
There's a gap in career earnings between introverts and extroverts.
Apr 17, 2019
Why Do We Still Use QWERTY Keyboards?
597
The story behind the first six keyboard letters are driven by economics.
Apr 16, 2019
The Cost Of Measles
522
The cost of a measles outbreak - to individuals, families, communities, and the country - is high.
Apr 15, 2019
Solving Problems Caused By International Trade
581
Free trade may solve problems for businesses transacting across borders, but it can make life painful for their workers.
Apr 12, 2019
How Trade Helps Explain Inequality
539
Trade makes for peaceful relationships between nations, but gains for consumers and workers aren't spread evenly.
Apr 11, 2019
The Maple Syrup Cartel
590
Prices for most agricultural products change with supply and demand. Not maple syrup.
Apr 10, 2019
Trade War With Cheese: Trump's New EU Tariffs
541
A new round of U.S. tariffs could hit European wine, cheese, aircraft, and escargots.
Apr 09, 2019
How To Measure Happiness
593
The U.S. is one of the world's largest economies, but it lags when it comes to happiness: the World Happiness Report ranks America number 19.
Apr 08, 2019
Jobs Friday: Chillaxing Edition
537
Happy Jobs Friday! The economy is still adding jobs, unemployment remains low, and wage growth is fine. It's all good...right?
Apr 05, 2019
The China Corruption Crackdown: Sincere Or Cynical?
493
A recent paper examines the motivations behind Xi Jinping's corruption crackdown and arrives at a surprising answer.
Apr 04, 2019
The 20-Year Quest To Save Nutella
575
Global demand for hazelnuts is growing, thanks to the popularity of products like Nutella. So it should be a great time to be in the hazelnut business... but there's one big problem.
Apr 03, 2019
What Sex Work Reveals About Risk
582
Allison Schrager is an economist and journalist who visited a number of brothels to examine how we understand and deal with risk.
Apr 02, 2019
A Crisis Of Consumer Confidence?
585
The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index is one of the indicators retailers, policy-makers and manufacturers use to gauge the health of the economy. But what is the index, exactly?
Apr 01, 2019
An Indicator In The Hand
560
On the one hand, you could say the economy's looking rocky; on the other hand you could argue it's in good health. We lay out both sides.
Mar 29, 2019
Dry Cleaners, Housing, The Stock Market And Rip It
591
Today, answers to your questions on dry cleaner pricing, and the comparative investment virtues of the housing and stock markets.
Mar 28, 2019
An Economist in Caracas: Day In The Life
593
Gabriela Saade is a 27-year-old economist in Caracas, Venezuela. Yesterday, she walked us through Venezuela's staggering numbers. Today, we walk a mile in her shoes.
Mar 27, 2019
Venezuela By The Numbers
599
The crisis in Venezuela continues to deepen, with nationwide blackouts hitting the country again this week. Today, we talk to a Caracas-based economist about what's happening in her country.
Mar 26, 2019
Spotify's Long, Winding Road To India
557
Spotify recently launched in India, but that path was long and complicated. We take the experience of Spotify and use it as a lens to look at why breaking into India is so difficult.
Mar 25, 2019
Are Neighbors Overrated? (And Other Questions)
444
The latest edition of "Overrated, Underrated" with economist Tyler Cowen.
Mar 22, 2019
Lyft Going Public: The Dual-Class Share Dilemma
591
All shares of stock are not created equal. Stock can come in different classes now: Class A, Class B. Some of this stock comes with superpowers... and some of it comes with almost no power at all.
Mar 21, 2019
Why Are Venezuelans Starving?
584
Venezuelans are starving because there isn't enough food. But the country has so much fertile land, water, and sunshine — shouldn't it be a farmer's paradise?
Mar 20, 2019
Coffee? Thank U, Next
599
Your average cup of coffee is getting more expensive — but the price for coffee beans is going down. How can that be?
Mar 19, 2019
The Cost Of Student Debt
598
Should you take out a student loan? Jill Schlesinger, author of "The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money," does the math.
Mar 18, 2019
Buying A College Degree: Did Aunt Becky Overpay?
583
The scandal that dominated the news this week involved parents paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their kids into the right college. But what is a college degree really worth?
Mar 15, 2019
Saying 'I Do' To Lab-Grown Diamonds
597
A lot of money is pouring into the global diamond industry, but demand for diamonds has been less than lustrous of late. But, at the same time, money has been pouring into the industry. Why? We have on our hands – a four carat mystery.
Mar 14, 2019
The Economy Inside Your Head
589
Economics looks at how we make decisions in a world of scarce resources. What happens when the scarce resource is our attention?
Mar 13, 2019
A Tale Of Two Dollar Stores
598
Dollar stores thrived during the economic downturn--opening thousands of locations across the country. They were recession-proof...but are they recovery-proof?
Mar 12, 2019
March Madness: Britain Leaving The EU
594
Leaving the EU is unprecedented, but leaving a large trading bloc is not.
Mar 11, 2019
Gender Segregation In The Workplace
583
The most common jobs for men and the most common jobs for women tend to be different — and this separation has big effects for everyone.
Mar 08, 2019
Inequality In America
581
Technology is bringing us closer together, but it's also making the world a more unequal place.
Mar 07, 2019
Tampons: That Bloody Sales Tax
558
Most states in the U.S. have a sales tax on menstrual products. Some states have repealed this so-called Tampon Tax, on the grounds that it's unfair to women. But the repeals come at a cost.
Mar 06, 2019
Trade War And Peace
545
Trade negotiators from China and the U.S. seem to be closing in on a deal. But it's not clear what the terms will be.
Mar 05, 2019
5 Misconceptions About The Chinese Economy
599
Five things that a lot of people get wrong about the world's second largest economy - and what robots and zombies have to do with it.
Mar 04, 2019
Who Is The Neoliberal Shill Of The Year?
523
"Neoliberalism" has become a loaded term.
Mar 01, 2019
Dancing On The Debt Ceiling
599
Tomorrow is the day the U.S. hits its debt limit. What happens if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling?
Feb 28, 2019
More Debt, Less Problems
565
Americans have more consumer debt, and they're also in better financial health. How can that be?
Feb 27, 2019
TV Vs. Video Games: Who's Winning?
591
Both video games and television have radically improved in the past two decades. Have they also changed the way Americans spend their time?
Feb 26, 2019
Payday Loans And Debt Traps
599
Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced payday regulations would be delayed. We look at the business of payday loans, and what it's like to get into a debt cycle with payday lenders.
Feb 25, 2019
Unsung Economists #1: Sadie Alexander
599
Sadie Alexander was the first African-American to earn a PhD in economics. We think her contributions deserve another look.
Feb 22, 2019
Investing: Wait For It...?
593
Personal finance specialist, author and former trader Jill Schlesinger explains market timing--that is, trying to figure out when to buy and sell stock--and why it's a fool's errand.
Feb 21, 2019
Why Americans Can't Quit Tipping
554
Tipping is ingrained in America's retail culture. And there's not much we can do to stop that.
Feb 20, 2019
The Super Bowl: Key Housing Indicator
505
Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman told us last year that Super Bowl weekend is one of the most accurate indicators of the health of the housing market for the year ahead. Well, the Patriots won - what happened with housing?
Feb 19, 2019
What Does "National Emergency" Actually Mean?
591
President Trump asked Congress for funds to build an extension of the wall on the border with Mexico. Congress refused, so Trump declared a national emergency. But what does that mean?
Feb 15, 2019
Your Questions, Answered ❤️
597
Today we answer listener questions about age discrimination; how work hours are counted; and whether the economy is running out of people to take jobs.
Feb 14, 2019
The Strike That Changed U.S. Labor
474
The 1937 union agreement between GM and the United Auto Workers union ushered in a period of strength for organized labor. Today, labor is nowhere near as powerful as it used to be. What happened?
Feb 13, 2019
Fortnite Vs. Backpack Kid: Dance Battle Royale
594
An Instagram celebrity and a video game company are battling over who gets to own a dance move once it goes viral.
Feb 12, 2019
How Violence Limits Economic Activity
591
Economist Lisa Cook examined how race riots, lynchings, and segregation at the turn of the 20th century reduced the number of patents filed by African-Americans.
Feb 11, 2019
Small Town Boom
595
Small towns in rural areas across America are seeing a regeneration to advance technology, jobs and economic prospects.
Feb 08, 2019
The Disease Detectives
598
The dedicated officers of the epidemic intelligence service are foot soldiers in a relentless battle against infectious disease.
Feb 07, 2019
India's Poverty Paradox
487
India's government has proposed a plan to pay some of the country's poorest farmers a guaranteed income. What would this mean for the country's economy?
Feb 06, 2019
The Fed's Sweet Spot For Interest Rates
589
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says inflation isn't a problem right now, and that the short term interest rate, at 2.5 percent, is right where it should be.
Feb 05, 2019
Cold-o-nomics
503
Parts of America are in the grip of a cold snap. Others are being drenched by rain. How do we measure the cost of extreme weather conditions? We called a scientist to find out. It turns out storms are getting more and more expensive.
Feb 04, 2019
The Jobs Friday 5
475
Jobs: Is the economy creating enough of them? Are they paying more than they used to? Do people have the jobs they want? All this and more.
Feb 01, 2019
Lights Out For PG&E?
585
How the once fairly-stable business of public utilities is changing.
Jan 31, 2019
How To Price A Government Shutdown
577
The Congressional Budget Office estimated the economic impact of the longest shutdown in history.
Jan 30, 2019
A Bond Is Born
499
How the invention of the government bond saved a bunch of mid-level politicians from certain death and became one of the most important pieces of financial technology the world has ever seen.
Jan 29, 2019
Globalization At Davos: What Happened?
582
The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is supposedly an unabashed celebration of globalization. Not this year.
Jan 28, 2019
The End Of The Shutdown?
453
The shutdown is over... for now. Today on the Indicator, we talk to one of the 800,000 formerly-furloughed federal employees about his experience of the shutdown.
Jan 25, 2019
HAIL To College Access
595
An economics experiment that streamlines the application and financial aid process for low-income students.
Jan 24, 2019
When Tariffs Hit Home
569
How the trade war with China is playing out on one peanut farm in Georgia.
Jan 23, 2019
Shooting Bambi To Save Mother Nature
598
The number of hunters in the U.S. is falling, which is bad news for wildlife conservation.
Jan 22, 2019
What Keeps Economists Up At Night? And Other Stuff
596
We armed The Indicator's producers with your questions, and they unleashed them on a roomful of economists at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.
Jan 18, 2019
R.I.P. Jack Bogle, Democratizer Of Investing
593
John Clifton "Jack" Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Today we look back at his life and career.
Jan 17, 2019
The Extremely Cautious Case For Extremely Mild Optimism
596
Interest rates are higher, global growth is slowing, and the government is at an impasse. But there are also reasons for near-term optimism about the U.S. economy.
Jan 16, 2019
Working Women: Why The U.S. Is Behind
586
When it came to the female labor force participation rate, America used to lead the world. But we've fallen behind. Today on the show: what happened?
Jan 15, 2019
10,000 Economists Walk Into A Bar
585
Which economic indicators do we pay too much attention to? Not enough? It's Overrated/Underrated: Economic Indicator edition
Jan 14, 2019
Shutdown Economics
597
The U.S. partial government shutdown is on track to be the longest in history. Whatever its political consequences, the economic costs to the private sector will increase the longer it lasts.
Jan 11, 2019
U.S.-China Trade: Where Are We Now?
586
Today on The Indicator: an update on the trade spat between China and the U.S.
Jan 10, 2019
Are We Ready For A Recession?
599
Some signals on the economic dashboard are warning we could be heading for a downturn within a couple of years. Are we ready to fight off a recession?
Jan 09, 2019
Don't Fear The Fear Index
585
2018 was one of the most volatile stock market years on record. And the market continues volatile today. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Jan 08, 2019
Jobs, Inflation And The Phillips Curve
594
The Fed chair and his two predecessors speak at a big conference about Friday's stellar jobs report, and why, despite what the Phillips Curve might predict, they're not too worried about inflation
Jan 07, 2019
Economists On Screen, Episode 4: Stockholm
600
The miniseries Stockholm tells the story of a group of friends, one of whom is a frontrunner for the Nobel Prize in economics. But there's a problem: he's dead.
Jan 04, 2019
Economists On Screen, Episode 3: Aaron Sorkin
599
Shows developed by Aaron Sorkin included a lot of economics. We look at free trade in The West Wing, and Glass-Steagall in The Newsroom.
Jan 03, 2019
Economists On Screen, Episode 2: Jack Ryan, CIA Economist
589
In Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, the lead character is an economist in the CIA, tracking down terrorists by following their money.
Jan 02, 2019
Economists On Screen, Episode 1: Crazy Rich Asians
593
Explaining the game theory in the plot of the movie Crazy Rich Asians.
Dec 31, 2018
Indicators Of The Year: #MeToo
555
The #MeToo movement transformed the experience of women in the workplace. The strong job market helped some women feel secure enough to come forward... but for others, it still doesn't feel safe to speak up.
Dec 28, 2018
Indicators Of The Year: Opioids
594
The opioid problem has reached into all parts of American life, including the workplace. But the workplace could be key in addressing the problem.
Dec 27, 2018
Indicators Of The Year: Housing
599
2018 was a rough year for the housing market. We take a look at what happened.
Dec 26, 2018
Indicators Of The Year: Immigration
557
Applications for H-1B work visas fell 16 percent in 2018 from 2017. Does that mean the U.S. could lose its edge in attracting global talent?
Dec 24, 2018
Friends Of The Indicator, Pt 2
597
Our pals Josh Barro of New York Magazine and Jennifer Doleac from Texas A&M tell us what they're keeping an eye on in 2019.
Dec 21, 2018
Friends Of The Indicator, Pt 1
595
What are the best indicators for 2019? Some of our best friends tell us what they'll be watching.
Dec 20, 2018
You've Got Mail!
599
Depression severity, Australia's housing market and the minimum wage. You asked: here are some answers.
Dec 19, 2018
The Crypto Crash
543
Cryptocurrency had a rough 2018. The big cryptos lost about 80% of their value. So what happened? Is crypto poised for a comeback or are we talking tulips?
Dec 18, 2018
Lowlights Of The Year
569
We commemorate some of the darkest and funniest business and economic blackspots of the year.
Dec 17, 2018
Economics Of A Border Wall
568
President Donald Trump has made building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico one of his signature issues. Today, the Indicator looks at the economics of a border wall.
Dec 14, 2018
Why Are There So Many Mattress Stores?
597
There are so many mattress stores in the America, and they always seem to be empty. So how can they afford the real estate? And how do they stay in business?
Dec 13, 2018
Economic Insecurity
479
The U.S. economy looks in fine shape — for now — but even a lot of Americans with jobs still struggle financially. Here are three Indicators to monitor economic insecurity in the U.S.
Dec 12, 2018
Citi Bike's Better Angels
587
How one bike-sharing company used behavioral economics to solve one of its most vexing problems.
Dec 11, 2018
Unto The Brexit
581
UK Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to exit the European Union has hit a wall. What happens now?
Dec 10, 2018
More Jobs, Less Pay
581
In honor of jobs day, we look at the jobs that used to be high-paying, that are now low-paying. What happened to these jobs? And what can it tell us about the U.S. economy?
Dec 07, 2018
The Fed's Mistake?
579
For years after the Great Recession, the Federal Reserve kept short term interest rates near zero percent. It began raising rates in 2015 — but did it jump the gun.
Dec 06, 2018
Paris Is Burning
583
What the yellow vest protests in Paris tell us about economic reform in France and the parallels with politics in the U.S.
Dec 05, 2018
Behind The Curve
594
When the yield curve inverts, people worry that it's a sign we're headed for recession. But its predictive reliability also depends on the way it inverts.
Dec 04, 2018
Trade War And Peace
580
China and the U.S. have been locked in a trade war for most of 2018, but peace may be on the horizon.... at least a partial peace.
Dec 03, 2018
The Voyages Of The Starship Indicator
580
NASA has been taking a more hands-off approach to extra-planetary exploration. What will that mean for the economics of space?
Nov 30, 2018
Space Economics
598
From moon missions and space shuttles to public-private partnerships.
Nov 29, 2018
Do Sanctions Work?
562
Sanctions have become an increasingly common foreign policy tool for the U.S. How effective are they?
Nov 28, 2018
College Side Hustle
587
Colleges and universities are finding creative ways to make money.
Nov 27, 2018
Bonds, Rating Agencies And Chocolate
536
Marilyn Cohen talks bonds, rating agencies and the yield curve, in overrated, underrated.
Nov 26, 2018
See Stocks Run
598
The stock market has been on a wild ride lately. Today, the Indicator looks at what's going on and whether we should worry for the economy.
Nov 23, 2018
The Price Of Your Turkey Dinner
542
We talk turkey with the American Farm Bureau about changes in the price of Thanksgiving Dinner.
Nov 21, 2018
The Ins & Outs Of The Minimum Wage
595
The minimum wage is a contentious issue. Some claim it's a job killer. But what does the research show?
Nov 20, 2018
Recession Indicators, Pt 2
485
Wondering whether we're poised to tip into a recession? The jobs market may point the way.
Nov 19, 2018
Recession Indicators, Pt 1
589
Are we heading into a recession? The Conference Board's Leading Indicator has ten ways to tell.
Nov 16, 2018
The Lucky Country
562
Australia hasn't had a recession in 27 years. Good policy? Or just good luck?
Nov 15, 2018
Oil Up, Oil Down
505
The decline in the oil price since the end of October has been stunning in its depth and speed, and follows more than a year of climbing. What changed?
Nov 14, 2018
The Problem With The Pink Tax
598
Women pay more than men for many consumer products. Today on the show: Why some economists still think that's a good thing.
Nov 13, 2018
Recession Suppression Needs Policy Aggression
599
The next global economic downturn could be even harder to reverse than the last one.
Nov 12, 2018
The 401(k) Turns 40
581
The 401(k) retirement plan turned 40 this week! Today on the show, we chronicle the rise of the 401(k), the fall of the pension, and talk to the man who started it all.
Nov 09, 2018
All Aboard The Bankmobile!
549
How one bank gave a whole new meaning to the term "mobile banking"
Nov 08, 2018
Your Lifetime Value Score
553
You may not know it, but companies are silently scoring you... and using that score to figure out how to treat you.
Nov 07, 2018
Stacey And Cardiff Answer To The People
593
We answer questions from our listeners and issue a couple of mea culpas.
Nov 06, 2018
Ode On A Grecian Tax
583
Taxes get a bad reputation, but they were central to the formation of representative government, says financial historian William N. Goetzmann.
Nov 05, 2018
How Companies Cope (With A Tight Labor Market)
580
Wage growth has (finally) been accelerating, but what else are companies doing to bid for workers?
Nov 02, 2018
Why Ecuador Uses The Dollar?
593
One of our youngest listeners asked us why Ecuador changed its currency to U.S. dollars, so we found out!
Nov 01, 2018
Paranormal Profits
565
Horror movies are good business. Scary good. They are more likely to be profitable than any other kind of movie. Today on the show, we look at why.
Oct 31, 2018
The Best Day For Payday
541
Weekly, biweekly, or every month — which payday makes the most sense?
Oct 30, 2018
Judgement Bonds
600
Municipalities are increasingly going to the bond market to pay their court settlement costs.
Oct 29, 2018
Lotteries And Happiness
594
We assume that winning the lottery will make us happier. In some ways it does, in others — not so much.
Oct 26, 2018
Difficulty With The Deficit
599
The deficit normally shrinks when the economy is strengthening, but not now.
Oct 25, 2018
The Rise of the Machines
599
In just six years, robots could achieve parity with humans in the workplace, with machines working the same number of hours as people.
Oct 24, 2018
Of Wages And Warehouses
569
Warehouse jobs are growing even faster than the rest of the booming labor market. Are they good jobs?
Oct 23, 2018
Short Shrift For Short Sellers
551
Short sellers get a bad rap. Sometimes with good reason. But overall, they're an inevitable and useful part of a healthy financial system.
Oct 22, 2018
Tears For Sears
598
A storied American retailer has filed for bankruptcy.
Oct 19, 2018
Beating Bollywood
596
Amazon and Netflix are trying to take on India. But, so far a Hollywood ending, south-Asian style, has eluded them.
Oct 18, 2018
Gross Dank Product
373
Just because marijuana is now legal in Canada doesn't mean the market for it is easily quantifiable.
Oct 17, 2018
A Snapshot Of Poverty In America
549
The Supplemental Poverty Report provides a more accurate and nuanced picture of poverty in America.
Oct 16, 2018
Overrated/Underrated: Nobel Prizes, Conversations, And Our Descendants
592
Tyler Cowen rates Nobel prizes, blogs, and the importance of weirdness in conversation
Oct 15, 2018
The Economics of Apologies
579
Turns out nothing says 'I'm sorry' like cold, hard cash
Oct 12, 2018
China's Brave New World
588
China is piloting a so-called social credit system, which allots every citizen a certain number of points. If you do the "right thing" you can extra points. If you do the wrong thing, you can lose points and life can get very difficult.
Oct 11, 2018
Life On China's Blacklist
601
In China, if you don't pay back your loans, you could end up on a blacklist. When you're on it, you can't get a credit card or a plane ticket. Today on the show, we talk with someone on the blacklist.
Oct 10, 2018
China's Social Credit System
591
China has a problem: it's economy grew fast and that led to a trust problem. If someone doesn't pay back a loan, there's no real enforcement. But the solution might cause problems of its own.
Oct 09, 2018
The Iron Lotus
537
The reverse stock split is the Iron Lotus of the financial world. It looks complicated and absurd, and it often doesn't end well.
Oct 08, 2018
Who's Hiring?
449
Today on the Indicator: stolen jobs-day trends ... from our clever jobs-day friends!
Oct 05, 2018
What Comes Afta NAFTA
584
The US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement keeps in place the basic NAFTA framework, with a few twists.
Oct 04, 2018
What Happened To GE?
600
General Electric used to be a household name — a pillar of the U.S. economy. Now, it's fighting to survive.
Oct 03, 2018
Zeitgeist-y Bubbles
589
How financial bubbles reflect the particular psychology of the times in which they inflate.
Oct 02, 2018
D.C.'s Billion-Dollar Lawsuit
539
Washington, D.C. is being sued for a billion dollars... for gentrification.
Oct 01, 2018
The Case Of The Pricey Frito
568
Corn prices are falling, but the price of Fritos in the White House press corps break room is up by 20%. What's going on? Team Indicator is on the case!
Sep 28, 2018
Baby Got Buybacks
495
Companies are buying back stock from shareholders more than ever. Not everyone thinks that's a good thing.
Sep 27, 2018
Tariffs And Tourists And Trade Wars, Oh My!
596
The U.S. trade war with China escalated this week. The Trump administration might be underestimating how many options the Chinese government has for responding to American tariffs.
Sep 26, 2018
Less Risky Business
589
The psychological scars wrought by the 2008 financial crisis are taking a long time to heal. We're a lot more cautious, which has serious implications for the economy.
Sep 25, 2018
Saudi Arabia & The Paradox of Plenty
562
This week in history: Saudi Arabian oil and the creation of Aramco.
Sep 24, 2018
Rent!
529
Rents in America are leveling off. At last!
Sep 21, 2018
The Young And The Restless
506
Why boom and bust is part and parcel of the emerging economic experience.
Sep 20, 2018
The Psychological Effects Of The Financial Crisis, Lingering
520
We hear a lot about the effects of the financial crisis on the economy and markets, but what about the lasting effects it had on our psyches?
Sep 19, 2018
Work Work Work
432
The availability of work — the availability of jobs for people who want a job and even for people who didn't know they want a job — continues expanding.
Sep 18, 2018
Down Clown
571
Clowns and clowning have been suffering from a chronic branding crisis for decades. Can they fix it?
Sep 17, 2018
Handle With Care
596
In the midst of a deepening economic crisis, a reporter's dilemma.
Sep 14, 2018
The Price Of Rice In Japan
572
Demand for Japanese-grown rice is falling. But prices are still going up.
Sep 13, 2018
Free Tuition; False Economy?
581
Why free tuition may make for better politics than economics.
Sep 12, 2018
The Liars Of Romance
589
People lie when they're looking for a mate online. Today on the Indicator: the lies we tell online, and how often we tell them.
Sep 11, 2018
Call The Midwife Back
552
For more than three decades, it was illegal in Alabama to have your baby delivered by a midwife. But last year the state finally legalized midwifery and now it could lead to serious cost savings.
Sep 10, 2018
Your Jobs Questions, Answered
574
Martha Gimbel of the Hiring Lab at Indeed answers listener questions about the job market.
Sep 07, 2018
Why Aren't We More Productive?
592
Computing and the internet should make us more productive. Or should they?! It's an Indicator mystery.
Sep 06, 2018
NAFTA-splainer
596
Cardiff gets the lowdown on NAFTA from Soumaya Keynes of The Economist
Sep 05, 2018
Making The Case For Removing Tariffs
592
The next round of trade barriers with China could include a 25 percent levy on Chinese antiquities. One dealer went to Washington to tell Congress why that tariff could hurt our allies and ourselves.
Sep 04, 2018
The Original Bailout
600
In 1907, America's financial system ran into trouble. Trust in financial institutions evaporated, and contagion swept through the economy. Then John Pierpont Morgan stepped in.
Aug 31, 2018
Aging Up
598
Most people think the best time to start a business is when you're young, but is it?
Aug 30, 2018
Mind the Pay Gap
502
Why do men still make 20 percent more than women in the U.S.?
Aug 29, 2018
Hurricane Joseph & The Calculator That Time Forgot
513
Creative destruction is a fact of economic life that few products can resist. Graphing calculators are a notable exception.
Aug 28, 2018
The Measure Of A Tragedy
597
The Venezuelan economy has collapsed. Years of economic mismanagement and a deepening political crisis have led to a recession. Yet there's one indicator that can capture this economic catastrophe.
Aug 27, 2018
The Art of War. It's Not For Everyone
535
"The Art of War" by Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu, is one of corporate America's favorite books. But John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at Columbia, isn't convinced about its utility.
Aug 24, 2018
Beyond GDP
589
GDP has been a great indicator, but it may no longer be enough.
Aug 23, 2018
The Underrated Economists
586
Today's summer economics read is "What Would the Great Economists Do?" by Linda Yueh, who is a great economist herself.
Aug 22, 2018
Why People Can't Get Work Done At Work
593
Today's summer book recommendation offers a different approach to the modern workplace.
Aug 21, 2018
The Indicator Goes To The Beach With Tim Harford
591
In honor of the last stretch of summer, The Indicator has selected some economic beach reads! Books that will teach you something about economics and also pair well with a pina colada.
Aug 20, 2018
Donald Trump's Economic Strategy... Maybe?
597
Wall Street Journal Chief Economics Commentator Greg Ip explains President Donald Trump's emerging economic strategy.
Aug 17, 2018
We Buy A Cryptokitty!
599
Today on The Indicator: Cardiff and Stacey go deep into the world of the blockchain... to buy a cartoon cat.
Aug 16, 2018
Cryptokitties: The Download On Digital Cats
613
How a single cartoon cat can cost $140K.
Aug 15, 2018
From Prison To The Workforce
616
People who've been to prison find it hard to get work once they're free. One solution to the problem may be a simple certificate.
Aug 14, 2018
Messy Desks, Light Bulbs & Dune
575
Tim Harford is the author of 'Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy." We play overrated/underrated, and asked him about inventions, as well as messy desks.
Aug 13, 2018
Privacy Please: Why Public Companies Go Private (Or Vice Versa)
566
Today on the Indicator: why companies decide to be publicly-traded or privately-owned. It's all about control. And money.
Aug 10, 2018
The OG Yield Curve Whisperer
594
A conversation with Campbell Harvey, whose 1986 thesis first explained how the yield curve could predict the direction of the economy.
Aug 09, 2018
Trickle-down Economics: Pricing H2O
546
What's the best way to price water in a drought, to ensure people get what they need without breaking the bank?
Aug 08, 2018
Sanctions, Iran, And The Battle Over SWIFT
526
Today on the Indicator: How a small Belgian company wields enormous influence in global finance and diplomacy.
Aug 07, 2018
Tariffs, Now With Extra Cheese
599
The U.S. has been renegotiating trade deals and putting tariffs on different goods. Meanwhile, other countries are re-negotiating their trade agreements and some deals are leaving U.S. producers out.
Aug 06, 2018
Beating The Clock On Jobs (Summer) Friday
451
Five indicators in five minutes — Let's gooooooooo!
Aug 03, 2018
Grey Poupon And The Cultural Divide
581
Income inequality in the U.S. has been climbing for a while. Has it also been accompanied by a widening cultural gap between rich and poor?
Aug 02, 2018
What A Tariff Looks Like
605
What happens when a new tariff gets put in place? To really see the action, you have to go to Newark, New Jersey.
Aug 01, 2018
What's In Your Paycheck?
651
The pace of wage growth is one of the best indicators of economic health. But it can be measured with different methods. Each method tells a slightly different story about how the economy is doing.
Jul 31, 2018
Putin Vs. Russia's Economy
487
Russia has had a huge presence in the news lately. But its economy... not so huge. It's smaller than the economy of Texas. Today on the show, we look at what's been holding it back.
Jul 30, 2018
GDP, OMG!
594
The GDP got all sorts of attention today. The U.S. economy grew at a stellar rate of 4.1% in the second quarter. But what does that mean? And will it continue?
Jul 27, 2018
When Oracles Err
609
Warren Buffett, Mark Twain, and John Maynard Keynes all made enormous investment mistakes at some point in their lives. On today's show, those stories — and the lessons we can all take from them.
Jul 26, 2018
The Diamond-Water Paradox
569
The Diamond-Water Paradox poses the question: If we need water to survive and we don't need diamonds, why are diamonds expensive and water cheap?
Jul 25, 2018
Trump Vs. The Fed, Or Trump Vs... Trump?
586
President Trump broke with tradition by lamenting that rising rates are keeping the dollar strong and the trade deficit wide. But rising rates and a stronger dollar are the results of his own agenda.
Jul 24, 2018
Google's Mobile Monopoly
538
The European Commission just slapped Google with a $5 billion fine for abusing its Android monopoly. How did it create the alleged monopoly? By making Android free.
Jul 23, 2018
The Market For Air
590
How something that's all around us came to be worth millions of dollars.
Jul 20, 2018
Three Indicators To Keep A (Side)eye On
487
Three worrying indicators to keep an eye on — less complicated than the yield curve, but something you can talk about at the water cooler.
Jul 19, 2018
Trade Wars And The Batman Problem
613
It may be too late to avoid a trade war between the U.S. and China, but there might be a simple way to stop the trade wars of the future.
Jul 18, 2018
Saving Women
549
Women invest far less of their paychecks than men do. Sallie Krawcheck spent her career on Wall Street and she says this is a problem we need to solve.
Jul 17, 2018
Japan's Ninja Shortage
592
Japan's population is shrinking. It's harder and harder to find qualified people to fill a lot of jobs. Including ninjas.
Jul 16, 2018
We Hear You
591
We respond to your letters, tweets and messages: We talk Iran, yield curve and how to pronounce Hyundai.
Jul 13, 2018
The Last Straw
624
Starbucks, Ikea, Vancouver, Scotland: They've all banned plastic straws. The movement is meant to help reduce plastic waste in the ocean. But will it work, or will it backfire?
Jul 12, 2018
Fed Accounts For All!
565
Banks and other financial institutions have their own banking accounts at the Federal Reserve. Morgan Ricks argues that regular folks should have access to Fed accounts, too.
Jul 11, 2018
The Price of A Hyundai in Iran
538
President Trump recently announced strict economic sanctions in Iran. Today on the show, we talked to a young Iranian man about what it's like to live in the Iranian economy right now.
Jul 10, 2018
The Recession Predictor, Still Predictive?
526
Every time the yield curve has inverted since 1970, the economy has fallen into recession. It's getting close to inverting now, but it may no longer be the recession predictor it once was.
Jul 09, 2018
Jobs: 10 Questions in 10 Minutes
697
It's jobs Friday! For a comprehensive mid-year update on the labor market, we ask labor economist Betsey Stevenson ten questions in ten minutes.
Jul 06, 2018
The Long French Goodbye
576
A quirk in French labor law makes it especially difficult for a company to lay off its employees. It's a system designed to protect workers, but it also has consequences for the rest of the economy.
Jul 05, 2018
Star Spangled Indicator
550
Flags: symbol of a country, patriotic rallying cry, and a telling economic indicator. Today on the show, a factory in China that makes American flags, and what it tells us about the modern economy.
Jul 03, 2018
The Problem With Unobservable Variables
595
The unemployment rate is already below the Federal Reserve's estimate for maximum employment. But former Fed Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin says it may still have further to fall.
Jul 02, 2018
Dungeons & Dragons & Balance Sheets
576
Every year, the nation's biggest banks are subjected to stress tests, hypothetical disaster scenarios designed to test their balance sheets. But the stress tests could soon be getting less stressful.
Jun 29, 2018
Bubble, Bubble, Oil And Trouble
428
The price of oil continued climbing throughout this year, catching forecasters and consumers by surprise. What happened, and what might make it move in the second half of the year?
Jun 28, 2018
Happy Birthday, Smith v. Keynes
597
June marks the birthday of two of the most famous economists of all time: Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes. Whose ideas are most relevant today? Stacey and Cardiff duke it out.
Jun 27, 2018
Sallie Krawcheck on #MeToo, Dodd Frank, & Cronuts
598
We play overrated/underrated with Sallie Krawcheck, Wall Street C-suite veteran and founder of Ellevest. She talks investing, women on Wall Street, and where to find the best BBQ.
Jun 26, 2018
The Beautiful Indicator
596
Team Indicator takes on the World Cup. We drink, we cheer, we watch the game and, of course, we bring our economic indicators.
Jun 25, 2018
MoviePass / Fail?
642
If you pay MoviePass 10 dollars a month, you can go to the movies every day. Great for customers, but hard on a company's bottom line. Today on the show, what's the plan, MoviePass?
Jun 22, 2018
Teenage (Employment) Wasteland
648
The teen summer job is a vaunted tradition...one that is fading. Today's teenagers just aren't working as much as their forebears. And that could have serious implications for America's labor market.
Jun 21, 2018
The Plight Of The Living Dead
599
The Death Master File is a list kept by the government. It keeps track of everyone who has died. But what happens when you end up on the list while you're still alive?
Jun 20, 2018
The Measure Of A Tragedy
579
Venezuela's economy has collapsed, and the normal economic indicators have gotten so bad they're almost unfathomable. So one economist created an indicator to capture the awful human cost.
Jun 19, 2018
The Art Of The Trade War
590
The U.S. and China are on track for a trade war. Economists generally say that's a bad idea... but if the U.S. wants to get tough on China, what are some alternatives?
Jun 18, 2018
Gettin' Giggy With It
598
Despite the proliferation of apps like Lyft, TaskRabbit, and Uber, a new government report found no growth in people primarily doing this kind of work. Here's how the "gig economy" is and isn't changing.
Jun 15, 2018
Trading Spaces
589
The New York Stock Exchange — that bastion of American capitalism — owes its existence to two dozen men, a buttonwood tree, and a coffee shop. Today on The Indicator: the history of Wall Street.
Jun 14, 2018
Dude, Where's My Trade War?
663
One way to think of President Trump's trade policy is as a sort of soap opera. Today, we catch you up on the latest dramatic twists and also answer a big, looming question: are we in a trade war?
Jun 13, 2018