The Indicator from Planet Money

The Indicator from Planet Money

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.... Show More

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June 1, 2020 9 min
The coronavirus pandemic has been called "the great equalizer." But in fact, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected African Americans in all kinds of ways.
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May 29, 2020 9 min
The Federal Reserve's Beige Book provides anecdotes from various parts of the economy. This month's edition illustrates the pain being suffered by pig farmers.
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Mellisa Dell, this year's John Bates Clark Medal winner, explains the relationship between security, prosperity and the rule of law.
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May 27, 2020 9 min
Many of us are working from home for now. Some could be destined to do it forever.
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May 26, 2020 9 min
The landlord-tenant relationship is often a tense one and it's becoming a national problem.
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The stock market has recovered more than half the ground lost when it crashed nearly 34 percent starting in late February. But the economy hasn't recovered. Why is there such a stark disconnect?
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May 21, 2020 8 min
Hospitals lost millions of dollars preparing for a surge of COVID-19 patients. Some were swamped, but others only saw a handful of coronavirus cases. Now many are struggling to survive.
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May 20, 2020 9 min
Melissa Dell, winner of the John Bates Clark Medal for economics, on why poverty and insecurity are so persistent in certain parts of the world.
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May 19, 2020 9 min
Public transit systems are vital to cities. Many have been shut down or slowed during the pandemic. Now city administrators have to figure out how to reopen them.
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May 18, 2020 8 min
Many banks have changed the way they work, as they hurry to get billions in CARES Act cash to small businesses.
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May 15, 2020 9 min
State unemployment offices have been slammed, as 36 million Americans have lost their jobs. And now individuals and the U.S. economy are depending on these often underfunded operations to step up.
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Mixed martial arts is the first major spectator sport in the U.S. to host live events since the coronavirus lockdown. Other sports are watching to see whether MMA could point the way.
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The working conditions on many farms mean that agricultural laborers are at high risk of getting COVID-19. That poses a real threat to those workers and to the country's food supply.
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May 12, 2020 9 min
Companies hammered by the economic collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic are being forced to make a hard choice: lay staff off or cut their pay.
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May 11, 2020 9 min
The U.S. economy depends on consumer demand. And demand is way down because of the coronavirus pandemic. What happens if it doesn't come back?
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May 8, 2020 9 min
The jobs report for this month was nightmarish. But as bad as it was, it hid some even worse news about the employment situation.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom talks with Stacey Vanek Smith about his plans to reopen the fifth largest economy in the world.
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May 6, 2020 9 min
If the pandemic goes on much longer, or its aftereffects linger, face masks will inevitably become a fashion accessory.
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Italy was one of the countries hardest hit by coronavirus, and was one of the first to shut down its economy. Now it's reopening. But not everyone's happy about it.
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As businesses make plans to reopen their workplaces, we're probably going to find that these spaces will look very different than before.
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