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 Aug 3, 2018
Great Podcast

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 Jul 27, 2018

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 Jul 22, 2018
The episodes are relatively short but frequent and interesting. Usually one of if not the first podcast I listen to in the morning to start off my day

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 Jul 16, 2018

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 Jul 11, 2018
thoughtful, fun, and enlightening

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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
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
CBO vs. POTUS
598
The Congressional Budget Office has a long history of disputes with the White House, including the current administration. But Alice Rivlin — the first-ever director of the CBO — says this time is different.
Jun 12, 2018
Let Them Eat Marshmallows
596
The marshmallow test is one of the most famous social experiments of all time, but we may be thinking about it all wrong.
Jun 11, 2018
Positively 23rd Street
589
Why is one of the busiest blocks in Manhattan littered with empty storefronts? And what does that say about the changing landscape of American retail?
Jun 08, 2018
When Retirement Advice Goes Viral
599
So how much should you have saved for retirement? We wanted to know, so we asked the guy who invented the 401k.
Jun 07, 2018
Social Insecurity
599
Social Security has traditionally paid for itself, with money leftover. Until this year. Social Security has a funding problem and it's getting bad quickly.
Jun 06, 2018
Do You Have $400?
428
The U.S. economy has been humming along in the last few years, but that momentum can mask the financial fragility of millions of people who are just one emergency away from financial disaster.
Jun 05, 2018
The Economics of Vaccines
522
Vaccines are expensive and time-consuming to develop and there's no guarantee the investment will ever pay off. This means promising vaccines often sit in laboratory freezers during major epidemics.
Jun 04, 2018
To Err Is Human, To Revise Divine
598
The monthly jobs report. Economists watch it, financial markets move on it, but it may not be as accurate as you'd think.
Jun 01, 2018
Internet a la Carte
651
A new study tries to put a dollar amount on free internet services... by looking at how much money it would take for people to give them up.
May 31, 2018
Money For Moms
571
After six years of preparation, an ambitious new experiment will study the effects of income on the development of infant brains.
May 30, 2018
Banking's Regulation Rollback
555
Last week, Congress and President Trump passed a bill rolling back regulation put in place by the 2010 Dodd Frank banking reform bill. We look at what changed and what it means.
May 29, 2018
Earnings Calls Gone Wild
595
The earnings call is a peculiar Wall Street ritual, one that's almost designed to be boring. So when something interesting does happen it's news. Today, the lessons of those earnings calls gone rogue.
May 25, 2018
The Money Detectives
540
Recent news has cast a spotlight on a little-known regulatory agency quietly working behind the scenes of our economy. What is FinCEN and why is it so important?
May 24, 2018
Most Inane Deduction?
487
The mortgage interest deduction is popular, but it has numerous distorting effects on the economy – and economists also say that it does exactly the opposite of what people think.
May 23, 2018
Women in Bondland
558
Finance is notorious for being a boys club. Marilyn Cohen has worked in the bond market for 30 years. She talks about what it takes to succeed in her field and why there aren't more women.
May 22, 2018
Stacey And Cardiff Take On The Commencement Speech
572
Congrats, Class of 2018! Rather than listen to another meandering cliche-riddled commencement speech, let Stacey and Cardiff guide you through young-adult life with advice backed up by research.
May 21, 2018
Time Bandits
545
Timekeeping software is becoming the standard across the U.S. And it turns out, it can be used to steal workers' wages, a few minutes at a time.
May 18, 2018
SNAP Back To Reality
505
Congress may soon expand work requirements for people who receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But do these work requirements match the reality of work itself?
May 17, 2018
All Bets Are On
513
Thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision, legal sports betting may be coming to a city near you.
May 16, 2018
Rising Rates Vs. The Housing Market
493
Interest rates are on the rise for the first time in years. What that means for the housing market is far from obvious.
May 15, 2018
The Semiconductor Standoff
537
What one embattled smartphone-maker can tell us about China's plan to transform its economy
May 14, 2018
In Vino, Veritas by Numbers
571
Assigning a grade to a bottle of wine might seem counterintuitive, or even a little absurd, but wine scores have can have a big impact the people who sell wine — and the people who drink it.
May 11, 2018
Failing College
559
Colleges are seeing fewer and fewer students apply every year. To try and stay solvent and attract students, they're trying all kinds of things, from lazy rivers to M&A.
May 10, 2018
Indicator and Beyond
558
It's the 100th Indicator! To celebrate, we look to the future... and to alternate futures. The Indicator takes a break from economics to tackle infinity.
May 09, 2018
The Good, The Bad and The Tax Cuts
501
The corporate tax cut passed in December was supposed to compel businesses to boost investment. Is it working, or are companies just passing the savings on to their owners?
May 08, 2018
The 'I' Of The LIBOR
593
The LIBOR interest rate was at the center of a huge international scandal back in 2012. Regulators believed it had to replaced. But is that even possible?
May 07, 2018
The Perks Of Counting The Wallflowers
559
It's jobs day! But the unemployment number might not be the most important thing to watch.
May 04, 2018
Baby Bubbles
511
Housing markets are hot. But are they bubblicious?
May 03, 2018
Aging Up
591
Most people think the best time to start a business is when you're young.
May 02, 2018
The Only Prescription Is More Transparency
573
Healthcare is expensive. Transparency in pricing might make it cheaper.
May 01, 2018
Inflation Target Acquired
508
The Federal Reserve has hit its inflation target. Now comes the hard part - staying at two percent.
Apr 30, 2018
The Homeless Count
544
The homeless population in Los Angeles County has been skyrocketing. A team from USC tried to figure out why.
Apr 27, 2018
California's Housing Conundrum
490
Almost everyone in California agrees that there's not enough housing in the state. But no one wants building in their backyard.
Apr 26, 2018
The Farm Labor Drought
571
Water isn't the only shortage California farmers are worried about. There's a labor drought, too.
Apr 25, 2018
When China's Ships Come In
511
A spat over tariffs is giving California ports pause.
Apr 24, 2018
3 Things You Didn't Know About LA
585
Los Angeles - it's not what you think.
Apr 23, 2018
The New Bond Villain
561
Concerns about the yield on the 10-year Treasury note going above three percent are overblown.
Apr 20, 2018
Amazon vs Trump Goes Postal
613
President Trump's objection to Amazon's deal with the Postal Service is based on dodgy data.
Apr 19, 2018
Lawn Chair Economics
536
China steals a lot of intellectual property from the U.S. The smartest thing for the U.S. to do in return might be ... nothing.
Apr 18, 2018
Tax Refunds, A Habitual Health Problem
548
The way many Americans manage their taxes could be bad for their health.
Apr 17, 2018
The Loan Ranger
554
Most people think you can't get rid of student loans in bankruptcy. Turns out most people are wrong.
Apr 16, 2018
Congress Does Not Compute
622
The percentage of congressional representatives with a background in computers: THREE
Apr 13, 2018
Unsung Indicators
427
Our show goes old school in this episode and brings you three under-appreciated economic indicators about things that affect us all.
Apr 12, 2018
Deficit Attention Disorder
543
The CBO projects the federal budget deficit could top 800 billion dollars this year... and reach a cool trillion by 2020. So ... what?
Apr 11, 2018
Tyler Cowen Rates America
469
Data, the humanities, and the suburbs: Tyler returns for another round of Overrated vs. Underrated
Apr 10, 2018
Mind The Pay Gap
504
Women still make less than men in the U.S. Exactly how much less is not necessarily a straightforward question.
Apr 09, 2018
Where The Jobs Are
497
Chinese tariffs could threaten more than 1.8 million American jobs.
Apr 06, 2018
Morbidity, Peak Child, And Collective Pessimism
498
Five interesting facts about our world that you probably didn't know.
Apr 05, 2018
Stop, Collaborate, And Listen
498
Cross-genre musical collaboration used be a small niche in the popular music scene. Today it's verging on domination.
Apr 04, 2018
The Original Bailout
593
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.
Apr 03, 2018
China, Tariffs, And The Hogs Of War
444
The tariffs China just imposed on 128 American-made items will cost the U.S. about 3 billion dollars a year. That's not much to the nation, but it's a big deal if you make one of the products on the list.
Apr 02, 2018
Disability In Decline
492
A long-term trend of Americans withdrawing from the workforce due to disability has gone into reverse.
Mar 29, 2018
Dollars And Census
451
The census is more than a headcount. It determines how federal dollars are spent and how districts are represented in Congress.
Mar 28, 2018
Costly Care In America
418
Americans spend more on healthcare than people in other high-income countries, and it's not because we use more of it.
Mar 27, 2018
Dollars for Data
559
From Google Maps to Yelp to Instagram, the internet gives us access to all sorts of services without having to pay a cent. But are they really free?
Mar 26, 2018
The Oil Rig Count
450
One of the best gauges of the state of the oil business is a pretty simple one: just count the drilling rigs.
Mar 23, 2018
Too Small To Fail
486
Independent bookstores are experiencing a surprising renaissance.
Mar 22, 2018
Trump vs. Trudeau: Both Right, Both Wrong
528
Trump says we have a trade deficit with Canada. He's right... and he's also wrong.
Mar 21, 2018
A Brief History of Tariffs
512
The debate over tariffs is nothing new. In fact, it's as old as the country itself. A look at how the debate began.
Mar 20, 2018
The Reinvention Of The IPO
668
Having disrupted the music business, Spotify is trying the same trick with the stock market.
Mar 19, 2018
The Bear Necessities
482
The man who wrote the book on the collapse of Bear Stearns talks about what happened a decade ago and where we are today.
Mar 16, 2018
Calculated Risk, Calculated Caution
505
Bill McBride has been remarkably prescient about the big swings in the U.S. economy. And he's starting to get uneasy.
Mar 15, 2018
What Trade Organization?
479
The justification used by the Trump administration for its steel and aluminum tariffs is riskier for the global trading system than the tariffs themselves.
Mar 14, 2018
Bonds... Japanese Bonds
637
Team Indicator takes your questions, concerns, and James Bond-related car trivia.
Mar 13, 2018
Hurricane Joseph & The Calculator That Time Forgot
509
Creative destruction is a fact of economic life that few products can resist. Graphing calculators are a notable exception
Mar 12, 2018
The Jobs Report: Where The Ladies At?
471
Why has the share of women in the labor force been stagnant for almost two decades?
Mar 09, 2018
Let's Get Ready to Retail!
500
In the red corner: the uncontested retail champion of the world: WalMart. In the blue corner, the behemoth of online sales: Amazon.
Mar 08, 2018
A Child Prodigy, A Nervous Breakdown, and The Discovery of Romantic Poetry
440
What happens when a classical economist finds out the world is much more complicated than he thought?
Mar 07, 2018
Cobalt: Rare and Everywhere
742
Cobalt used to be a sideshow on the periodic table. Now it's the main event.
Mar 06, 2018
Sticker Shock: The State Of The American Car Industry
The average American car is now more expensive than it's ever been. And guess what? Sales of new cars are falling.
Mar 05, 2018
Oil's Magic Price
319
There's a sweet spot for every oil well in America.
Mar 02, 2018
The Cost of Life in America
477
Over the past two decades, prices on average have increased. But certain things have gotten cheaper while others have gotten more expensive, and which is which can tell us a lot.
Mar 01, 2018
More Band For Your Buck
536
To understand the Trump administration's approach to trade tariffs, look no further than the humble rubber band.
Feb 28, 2018
The Case For Overshooting
508
We have a new Federal Reserve chair. His name is Jerome Powell. Here's what we can expect.
Feb 27, 2018
Productivity With A Side Of Chicken
510
Why productivity could be the most important data point in the economy...and how did KFC manage to run out of chicken?
Feb 26, 2018
Guns And The Trump Slump
445
Today more than two thirds of the guns in America are owned by just 20 percent of gun owners. That's not always good for gunmakers.
Feb 23, 2018
The 28-Hour Work Week
416
Imagine being able to work fewer hours during a difficult time in your life, without having to quit your job or interrupt your career. In Germany, for many workers, that's now a reality.
Feb 22, 2018
The Olympics, Afrofuturism and Sichuan Food
423
Our guest, Tyler Cowen, has smart insights into a ridiculously wide range of subjects. Our conversation is a lightning round that touches everything from Afrofuturist flicks to the mouth-numbing qualities of the Sichuan peppercorn.
Feb 21, 2018
The Spy Who Trolled Me
384
Russia spent 73 million Rubles a month to influence an American election. But what did they get for their money?
Feb 20, 2018
Craft Beer Hops the Shark
362
As craft beer exploded over the last decade, the hops business boomed. Then came the bust.
Feb 16, 2018
Overshooting, Tipping Points, and ABBA
357
How a classic econ book explains ABBA's costumes (among other things).
Feb 15, 2018
Stimulus Response
390
An economist from the Obama administration thinks the economy still needs stimulus. Will the Republican tax and spending bills provide it?
Feb 14, 2018
Sanctions on Ice
321
A story of sanctions, the Olympics, and a secret wing of the North Korean government.
Feb 13, 2018
Fear: The Index
435
An index that was invented to measure people's expectations about the stock market may be driving the market itself.
Feb 12, 2018
The Job Market Is Almost There
516
Today on the show: What our three favorite jobs numbers tell us about the state of the economy.
Feb 09, 2018
The Market for Stolen Passwords
413
A stolen Amazon password costs $10. Bank of America is $25. What a price list discovered on the dark web says about about the market for your stolen passwords.
Feb 08, 2018
Obama, Trump, And Trade
318
President Trump's new tariff on solar panels kicks in this week. But the story of where that tariff comes from goes back to the Obama administration.
Feb 07, 2018
Dow De Ching
334
The stock market's drop over the past few days wasn't weird. What was weird was what the market did for all of 2017.
Feb 06, 2018
Wells Fargo's Corset
322
The Federal Reserve just told Wells Fargo it can't grow. On today's show: Why that's a big deal for Wells Fargo, and for other big banks.
Feb 05, 2018
How Are They Doing Now?
335
We look at three groups that got hammered especially hard during the recession and ask: How are they doing now?
Feb 02, 2018
What America Sells To The World
374
U.S. exports include airplanes, education and lots of blood.
Feb 01, 2018
Janet Yellen's Mystery Story
408
It's Janet Yellen's last week running the Federal Reserve. A speech she gave last year illuminates an economic mystery — and the boldness she brought to the Fed.
Jan 31, 2018
Weed GDP
364
When Canada decided to legalize marijuana, James Tebrake decided to learn everything he could about Canada's marijuana economy.
Jan 30, 2018
The Black Car Fund
417
There's lots of talk about the problems of the gig economy. On today's show, we talk about a solution.
Jan 29, 2018
Amazon, IPOs, and the Queen of the Demonweb Pits
436
We play overrated/underrated with Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin. Topics include home ownership, taking a company public, and twin telepathy.
Jan 26, 2018
A Mafia Story With a Twist
471
Today on the show: citrus, globalization, and the birth of the mafia.
Jan 25, 2018
A Long-Term Bet Gone Bust
390
Long-term-care insurance seemed like the next big thing. Then insurance companies started losing billions of dollars. What went wrong?
Jan 24, 2018
Google Selfies
324
Today's Indicator: Your face. It's worth money. It's the next big thing. And, if you're like most of us, you're giving it away.
Jan 23, 2018
I Can't Believe It's Not Budget
357
The government shutdown was a symptom of a bigger problem: Congress seems incapable of passing a proper budget.
Jan 22, 2018
The Rise and Fall and Rise of Oil Prices
424
Last summer, the price of oil was $44 a barrel. This week, it briefly hit $70. What happened? And what does it mean for the future of oil prices?
Jan 19, 2018
The Beigies
559
Welcome to the Beigies, the only awards show honoring the best economic stories in the Fed's Beige Book.
Jan 18, 2018
Saudi Arabia After Oil: An IPO, Tech Jobs, and Yanni
439
The young crown prince is trying to figure out how to save his country before the money runs out.
Jan 17, 2018
The Case For Earmarks
428
Congressional earmarks have a bad reputation. But, our guest argues, they're just what America needs.
Jan 16, 2018
The Recession Predictor
545
There's a warning sign for the economy with an amazing track record. It's not flashing now, but it's close enough to make us nervous.
Jan 12, 2018
Such Cryptocurrency. So Amaze.
490
Dogecoin, a bitcoin spinoff created as a joke, is now worth $1.4 billion. The coin's creator tells us how the joke became real — and explains why he has mixed feelings about the whole thing.
Jan 11, 2018
The War On Coal
275
President Trump's Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, had a plan to prop up the coal industry. This week, a federal commission—led by a Trump appointee—rejected it.
Jan 10, 2018
Why Quitting Is Awesome
368
The state of the American job market, as revealed by jobs numbers released this morning.
Jan 09, 2018
What To Do About Inequality
426
A lot of popular plans for boosting middle-class wages don't work as well as as they used to. Here are a few ideas that might work now.
Jan 08, 2018
Hidden Gems of the Jobs Report
366
Here are three illuminating but largely overlooked numbers from today's jobs report.
Jan 05, 2018
Just Another Manic January
355
It's going to be a huge month for economic policy.
Jan 04, 2018
Corruption, Protests, and the Price of Eggs in Iran
361
Thousands of people are protesting in the streets of Iran. Part of the reason: the price of eggs just went through the roof.
Jan 03, 2018
The Next Debt Crunch
455
The U.S. economy is doing great. Here's something to worry about.
Jan 02, 2018
The 50-Year Newspaper
442
Daily news coverage gives us a lopsided view of the world. What would the top stories be if we only got a news update once every 50 years?
Dec 29, 2017
Our Indicators Of The Year
550
Despite all the protectionist rhetoric, global trade grew really quickly this year. Also: a crazy, 80-year ride from sun god to TMI.
Dec 27, 2017
How Airfare Is Changing
341
Why some routes are getting more expensive while others are getting cheaper.
Dec 22, 2017
Could The Republican Tax Bill Help Democrats Later?
418
The Democrats have been struggling with a problem for a while now. The new tax bill could ultimately help them solve it.
Dec 20, 2017
The Toll Also Rises
387
Basic economics says a new toll for commuters makes everybody better off. But what if basic economics is wrong?
Dec 18, 2017
Forget Neutrality
451
Most Americans have at most one choice for broadband internet. On today's show: How it got that way, and what it means for the debate over net neutrality.
Dec 15, 2017
Full Employment: Are We There Yet?
365
Why is it so hard to figure out when the economy is at full employment? And why does the Fed keep getting it wrong?
Dec 13, 2017
Bitcoin, Unemployment, and Mythical Beasts
445
Our guest, Tyler Cowen, has smart insights into a ridiculously wide range of subjects. Our conversation is a lightning round that touches everything from the stock market to dystopian novels.
Dec 11, 2017
Where's My Raise?
477
The unemployment rate is really low, but wages are barely rising. What's going on?
Dec 08, 2017
Loopholes And Deficits
396
Republicans have been complaining about deficits forever. This was their big chance to do something. Why didn't they?
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Power Pinch
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The history of sexual harassment training videos, and the surprising insight it gives us into the current wave of sexual harassment cases.
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Coming Soon
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A new podcast from the people who make Planet Money.
Dec 01, 2017