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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....Show More
The Measure Of A Tragedy

09:39 | Jun 19th, 2018

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.
Rethinking Economics

09:54 | Jul 22nd

Jared Bernstein has a shortlist of economic ideas that he thinks his colleagues have been getting wrong for decades.
All WeWork And No Play

09:58 | Jun 4th

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.
All The Bucks On Broadway

09:57 | May 2nd

The Tony nominations were announced this week and that got us thinking...how does the business of Broadway work?
The Economy Inside Your Head

09:49 | Mar 13th

Economics looks at how we make decisions in a world of scarce resources. What happens when the scarce resource is our attention?
Inequality In America

09:41 | Mar 7th

Technology is bringing us closer together, but it's also making the world a more unequal place.
Women, Men And Hedge Funds

09:47 | Jul 19th

Introducing a new series: Finance Fridays With Mary!
Yield Curve: You Asked, We Answer

09:58 | Jul 17th

The yield curve is inverted! We answer a few questions we have gotten from our listeners about our beloved recession predicting indicator.
Can GIPHY Make It Rain?

09:47 | Jul 15th

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?
Amazon #FAIL...?

09:31 | Jul 1st

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.
The Battle For The Office Thermostat

09:59 | Jun 6th

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.
Does The Deficit Matter?

09:28 | May 13th

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?
The Problem With Banning Plastic Bags

09:54 | May 8th

Plastic bags are no boon to the environment — but banning them might be worse.
How Grocery Shelves Get Stacked

09:59 | Apr 30th

The pay-to-play way your supermarket's shelves work.
Donald Trump's Economic Strategy... Maybe?

09:57 | Aug 17th, 2018

Wall Street Journal Chief Economics Commentator Greg Ip explains President Donald Trump's emerging economic strategy.
Saving Women

09:09 | Jul 17th, 2018

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.
The Art Of The Trade War

09:50 | Jun 18th, 2018

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?
Money For Moms

09:31 | May 30th, 2018

After six years of preparation, an ambitious new experiment will study the effects of income on the development of infant brains.
Failing College

09:19 | May 10th, 2018

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.
Morbidity, Peak Child, And Collective Pessimism

08:18 | Apr 5th, 2018

Five interesting facts about our world that you probably didn't know.
Sticker Shock: The State Of The American Car Industry

0:00 | Mar 5th, 2018

The average American car is now more expensive than it's ever been. And guess what? Sales of new cars are falling.
The Cost of Life in America

07:57 | Mar 1st, 2018

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.
Trump And Trade: The Point Of No Return?

09:36 | Aug 19th

President Trump has kept his protectionist promises, but his scorched earth approach to dealmaking could have damaged global trading relationships for good.
The Gender Gap Series: The Problem With The Pink Tax

09:58 | Aug 16th

Women pay more than men for many consumer products. Why some economists say that's a good thing.
The Gender Gap Series: Tampons - That Bloody Sales Tax

09:03 | Aug 15th

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.
The Gender Gap Series: Saving Women

09:31 | Aug 14th

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.
The Gender Gap Series: Working Women- Why the U.S. is Behind

09:57 | Aug 13th

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?
The Gender Gap Series: Where The Gender Pay Gap Is Widest

09:59 | Aug 12th

A report from Glassdoor reveals which industries have the starkest gender pay gaps.
Finance Fridays With Mary, Volume 2: Short Selling

09:57 | Aug 9th

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.
Sports Teams Need To Fill Stadiums

09:29 | Aug 8th

Sporting event attendance is down. So teams are trying out creative, new ways to win back fans.
Why Grad Students Are Taking On More Debt

09:07 | Aug 7th

Graduate students are increasingly shouldering the country's student debt.
Currency Wars & A Pepperoni Problem

09:59 | Aug 6th

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.
The Delicate Macho Movie Brand

09:59 | Aug 5th

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.
Jobs Friday Meets Listener Q&A

09:54 | Aug 2nd

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.
The View From The Boardroom

09:59 | Aug 1st

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.
Workers Take A Seat At The Table?

10:00 | Jul 31st

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.
Stacey vs Cardiff: The Fed Cut Throwdown!

09:48 | Jul 30th

The economy's looking pretty good. So, do we really need a rate cut right now? Stacey and Cardiff duke it out.
It's Check-Up Time, America!

09:59 | Jul 29th

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.
America's Tijuana Tech Boom

09:57 | Jul 26th

A growing workforce of high-tech specialists is luring American companies to Tijuana
Waiting For The Tariff Storm

09:54 | Jul 25th

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.
The Fed Cuts Loose?

09:59 | Jul 24th

An economic principle that has guided the Federal Reserve for decades is increasingly being questioned.
Rhino Bonds

09:51 | Jul 23rd

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.
Gold Rush 2.0

09:50 | Jul 18th

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?
Tricking Myself Into Paying My Student Loans

09:59 | Jul 16th

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.
Bitcoin's Energy Bill

09:58 | Jul 12th

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.
Japan's Worker Shortage

09:59 | Jul 11th

Japan's worker shortage has gotten so bad it's forced some companies to declare bankruptcy. The solution? Telling workers to work less.
Deutsche Bank Breaks The Pizza Barrier

09:53 | Jul 10th

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?
Is LA Ready For A Big Earthquake?

09:56 | Jul 9th

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?
Jobs Friday...On Monday

09:51 | Jul 8th

The monthly pace of jobs growth has slowed this year. But that's not necessarily a problem.
The American Economy Of 1776

09:52 | Jul 5th

A look at the assets and liabilities of the American colonies on the eve of revolution.
The Cows Are Taking All The Land

09:42 | Jul 3rd

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.
Listener Questions: Consumption & A New Curriculum

09:12 | Jul 2nd

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?
The Rise Of American Oil

08:15 | Jun 28th

What it means that the U.S. is now the biggest consumer and producer of crude oil in the world.
The Private Firefighter Industry

09:58 | Jun 27th

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.
Niche Sports Cashing In

09:57 | Jun 26th

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.
The Protest Tipping Point

09:17 | Jun 25th

If you're considering a popular uprising against a government, it turns out there may be a recipe that can almost guarantee your success.
The Rise Of The Blue-Collar Noncompete

09:20 | Jun 24th

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.
Women's Soccer Sues For Equal Pay

09:59 | Jun 21st

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.
Slack Goes Public

09:55 | Jun 20th

Shares in the online chat service Slack hit the stock market today. But Slack went public in an unconventional way.

09:49 | Jun 19th

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.
Japan's Inflation Gamble

09:59 | Jun 18th

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.
The Economic Expansion Turns 10!

09:46 | Jun 17th

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.
Animal Spirits

09:57 | Jun 14th

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.
The Governor Is Suing My Hometown

09:59 | Jun 13th

The mayor of Huntington Beach says he wants less housing development in his city. The governor of California says that's against the law.
The Water Marketplace

09:45 | Jun 12th

New rules governing water use in California have sparked innovation in agribusiness, including a brand new market for water.
Your Questions: Meatless Meat And GDP

09:35 | Jun 11th

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?

09:52 | Jun 10th

The introduction of the three-point line changed how basketball is played — eventually. And the three-pointer's takeover of the NBA offers useful lessons in basic economics.
Jobs Friday: Summer Slowdown Edition

0:00 | Jun 7th

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.
Returning To Paradise

09:54 | Jun 5th

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.
Weaponized Interdependence: The End of Globalization?

10:01 | Jun 3rd

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.
Why Is Trump Threatening Mexico (Again)?

09:55 | May 31st

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.
The Super-Villain Economist

09:43 | May 30th

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.
An Economist Goes To The Hospital

09:55 | May 29th

Economist Jared Bernstein recently survived a brain hemorrhage. The experience got him thinking about some of the economics in our healthcare system.
Is Time Really On Your Side?

09:56 | May 28th

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.
What Trump's Latest Aid Package Means For Farmers

09:59 | May 24th

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.
Canada's Tariff Hangover

09:50 | May 23rd

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.
What Surfing Can Teach Us About Risk

09:57 | May 22nd

Surfing and financial markets have a lot in common when it comes to taking and managing risk.
The Nordic Paradox

09:59 | May 21st

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.
Economy Of Thrones

09:59 | May 20th

We have five economic indicators to help you understand the world of Game of Thrones.
Is Buying A Home A Bad Investment?

09:53 | May 17th

Home ownership used to be a central pillar of the American Dream. Today, maybe not so much.
The Real Minimum Wage

09:55 | May 16th

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.
Psssst...Want To Buy A Tarantula?

09:56 | May 15th

The market for animal smuggling is relatively new. But it's gotten really big, really fast.
The World's Identity Crisis

09:48 | May 14th

Around one in seven people do not have any official ID, according to the World Bank.
Wyatt Cenac On School Funding... And Thor

09:59 | May 10th

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.
Will China Overtake The US?

09:15 | May 9th

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.
Subway's Five-Dollar Footlong Fail?

09:50 | May 7th

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.
Japanese Womenomics

09:58 | May 6th

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?
Jobs Friday: The Part-Time Penalty

09:59 | May 3rd

Part-time workers make less per hour than full-time workers do. That has big implications for women and mothers.
The Fed's Messaging Dilemma

09:42 | May 1st

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.
Where The Gender Pay Gap Is Widest

09:36 | Apr 29th

A report from Glassdoor reveals which industries have the starkest gender pay gaps.
Why Superman Doesn't Take Over The World

10:00 | Apr 26th

Superman could easily take over the world. But there are some good economic reasons why he doesn't.
Selling A T-Rex On eBay

09:40 | Apr 25th

On eBay right now: A baby T-Rex. The price? $2.95 million.
Is Everything Awesome In The Economy?

09:59 | Apr 24th

The first few months of 2019 looked troubling. But now we seem to be on the upswing.
What Happened To U.S. Workers?

09:57 | Apr 23rd

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.
The Traffic Tariff

09:41 | Apr 22nd

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?
A Brief History of Income Taxes

09:55 | Apr 18th

Taxes have been around forever. But the income tax? In the U.S., it's relatively recent.
Why Do Introverts Get Paid Less?

09:26 | Apr 17th

There's a gap in career earnings between introverts and extroverts.
Why Do We Still Use QWERTY Keyboards?

09:57 | Apr 16th

The story behind the first six keyboard letters are driven by economics.
The Cost Of Measles

08:42 | Apr 15th

The cost of a measles outbreak - to individuals, families, communities, and the country - is high.
Solving Problems Caused By International Trade

09:41 | Apr 12th

Free trade may solve problems for businesses transacting across borders, but it can make life painful for their workers.
How Trade Helps Explain Inequality

08:59 | Apr 11th

Trade makes for peaceful relationships between nations, but gains for consumers and workers aren't spread evenly.
The Maple Syrup Cartel

09:50 | Apr 10th

Prices for most agricultural products change with supply and demand. Not maple syrup.
Trade War With Cheese: Trump's New EU Tariffs

09:01 | Apr 9th

A new round of U.S. tariffs could hit European wine, cheese, aircraft, and escargots.
How To Measure Happiness

09:53 | Apr 8th

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.
Jobs Friday: Chillaxing Edition

08:57 | Apr 5th

Happy Jobs Friday! The economy is still adding jobs, unemployment remains low, and wage growth is fine. It's all good...right?
The China Corruption Crackdown: Sincere Or Cynical?

08:13 | Apr 4th

A recent paper examines the motivations behind Xi Jinping's corruption crackdown and arrives at a surprising answer.
The 20-Year Quest To Save Nutella

09:35 | Apr 3rd

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.
What Sex Work Reveals About Risk

09:42 | Apr 2nd

Allison Schrager is an economist and journalist who visited a number of brothels to examine how we understand and deal with risk.
A Crisis Of Consumer Confidence?

09:45 | Apr 1st

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?
An Indicator In The Hand

09:20 | Mar 29th

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.
Dry Cleaners, Housing, The Stock Market And Rip It

09:51 | Mar 28th

Today, answers to your questions on dry cleaner pricing, and the comparative investment virtues of the housing and stock markets.
An Economist in Caracas: Day In The Life

09:53 | Mar 27th

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.
Venezuela By The Numbers

09:59 | Mar 26th

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.
Spotify's Long, Winding Road To India

09:17 | Mar 25th

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.
Are Neighbors Overrated? (And Other Questions)

07:24 | Mar 22nd

The latest edition of "Overrated, Underrated" with economist Tyler Cowen.
Lyft Going Public: The Dual-Class Share Dilemma

09:51 | Mar 21st

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.
Why Are Venezuelans Starving?

09:44 | Mar 20th

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?
Coffee? Thank U, Next

09:59 | Mar 19th

Your average cup of coffee is getting more expensive — but the price for coffee beans is going down. How can that be?
The Cost Of Student Debt

09:58 | Mar 18th

Should you take out a student loan? Jill Schlesinger, author of "The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money," does the math.
Buying A College Degree: Did Aunt Becky Overpay?

09:43 | Mar 15th

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?
Saying 'I Do' To Lab-Grown Diamonds

09:57 | Mar 14th

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.
A Tale Of Two Dollar Stores

09:58 | Mar 12th

Dollar stores thrived during the economic downturn--opening thousands of locations across the country. They were recession-proof...but are they recovery-proof?
March Madness: Britain Leaving The EU

09:54 | Mar 11th

Leaving the EU is unprecedented, but leaving a large trading bloc is not.
Gender Segregation In The Workplace

09:43 | Mar 8th

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.
Tampons: That Bloody Sales Tax

09:18 | Mar 6th

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.
Trade War And Peace

09:05 | Mar 5th

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.
5 Misconceptions About The Chinese Economy

09:59 | Mar 4th

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.
Dancing On The Debt Ceiling

09:59 | Feb 28th

Tomorrow is the day the U.S. hits its debt limit. What happens if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling?
More Debt, Less Problems

09:25 | Feb 27th

Americans have more consumer debt, and they're also in better financial health. How can that be?
TV Vs. Video Games: Who's Winning?

09:51 | Feb 26th

Both video games and television have radically improved in the past two decades. Have they also changed the way Americans spend their time?
Payday Loans And Debt Traps

09:59 | Feb 25th

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.
Unsung Economists #1: Sadie Alexander

09:59 | Feb 22nd

Sadie Alexander was the first African-American to earn a PhD in economics. We think her contributions deserve another look.
Investing: Wait For It...?

09:53 | Feb 21st

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.
Why Americans Can't Quit Tipping

09:14 | Feb 20th

Tipping is ingrained in America's retail culture. And there's not much we can do to stop that.
The Super Bowl: Key Housing Indicator

08:25 | Feb 19th

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?
What Does "National Emergency" Actually Mean?

09:51 | Feb 15th

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?
Your Questions, Answered ❤️

09:57 | Feb 14th

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.
The Strike That Changed U.S. Labor

07:54 | Feb 13th

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?
Fortnite Vs. Backpack Kid: Dance Battle Royale

09:54 | Feb 12th

An Instagram celebrity and a video game company are battling over who gets to own a dance move once it goes viral.
How Violence Limits Economic Activity

09:51 | Feb 11th

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.
Small Town Boom

09:55 | Feb 8th

Small towns in rural areas across America are seeing a regeneration to advance technology, jobs and economic prospects.
The Disease Detectives

09:58 | Feb 7th

The dedicated officers of the epidemic intelligence service are foot soldiers in a relentless battle against infectious disease.
India's Poverty Paradox

08:07 | Feb 6th

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?
The Fed's Sweet Spot For Interest Rates

09:49 | Feb 5th

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.

08:23 | Feb 4th

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.
The Jobs Friday 5

07:55 | Feb 1st

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.
Lights Out For PG&E?

09:45 | Jan 31st

How the once fairly-stable business of public utilities is changing.
How To Price A Government Shutdown

09:37 | Jan 30th

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the economic impact of the longest shutdown in history.
A Bond Is Born

08:19 | Jan 29th

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.
Globalization At Davos: What Happened?

09:42 | Jan 28th

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is supposedly an unabashed celebration of globalization. Not this year.
The End Of The Shutdown?

07:33 | Jan 25th

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.
HAIL To College Access

09:55 | Jan 24th

An economics experiment that streamlines the application and financial aid process for low-income students.
When Tariffs Hit Home

09:29 | Jan 23rd

How the trade war with China is playing out on one peanut farm in Georgia.
Shooting Bambi To Save Mother Nature

09:58 | Jan 22nd

The number of hunters in the U.S. is falling, which is bad news for wildlife conservation.
What Keeps Economists Up At Night? And Other Stuff

09:56 | Jan 18th

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.
R.I.P. Jack Bogle, Democratizer Of Investing

09:53 | Jan 17th

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.
The Extremely Cautious Case For Extremely Mild Optimism

09:56 | Jan 16th

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.
Working Women: Why The U.S. Is Behind

09:46 | Jan 15th

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?
10,000 Economists Walk Into A Bar

09:45 | Jan 14th

Which economic indicators do we pay too much attention to? Not enough? It's Overrated/Underrated: Economic Indicator edition
Shutdown Economics

09:57 | Jan 11th

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.
U.S.-China Trade: Where Are We Now?

09:46 | Jan 10th

Today on The Indicator: an update on the trade spat between China and the U.S.
Are We Ready For A Recession?

09:59 | Jan 9th

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?
Don't Fear The Fear Index

09:45 | Jan 8th

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.
Jobs, Inflation And The Phillips Curve

09:54 | Jan 7th

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
Economists On Screen, Episode 4: Stockholm

10:00 | Jan 4th

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.
Economists On Screen, Episode 3: Aaron Sorkin

09:59 | Jan 3rd

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.
Economists On Screen, Episode 2: Jack Ryan, CIA Economist

09:49 | Jan 2nd

In Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, the lead character is an economist in the CIA, tracking down terrorists by following their money.
Economists On Screen, Episode 1: Crazy Rich Asians

09:53 | Dec 31st, 2018

Explaining the game theory in the plot of the movie Crazy Rich Asians.
Indicators Of The Year: #MeToo

09:15 | Dec 28th, 2018

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.
Indicators Of The Year: Opioids

09:54 | Dec 27th, 2018

The opioid problem has reached into all parts of American life, including the workplace. But the workplace could be key in addressing the problem.
Indicators Of The Year: Housing

09:59 | Dec 26th, 2018

2018 was a rough year for the housing market. We take a look at what happened.
Indicators Of The Year: Immigration

09:17 | Dec 24th, 2018

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?
Friends Of The Indicator, Pt 2

09:57 | Dec 21st, 2018

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.
Friends Of The Indicator, Pt 1

09:55 | Dec 20th, 2018

What are the best indicators for 2019? Some of our best friends tell us what they'll be watching.
You've Got Mail!

09:59 | Dec 19th, 2018

Depression severity, Australia's housing market and the minimum wage. You asked: here are some answers.
The Crypto Crash

09:03 | Dec 18th, 2018

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?
Lowlights Of The Year

09:29 | Dec 17th, 2018

We commemorate some of the darkest and funniest business and economic blackspots of the year.
Economics Of A Border Wall

09:28 | Dec 14th, 2018

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.
Why Are There So Many Mattress Stores?

09:57 | Dec 13th, 2018

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?
Economic Insecurity

07:59 | Dec 12th, 2018

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.
Citi Bike's Better Angels

09:47 | Dec 11th, 2018

How one bike-sharing company used behavioral economics to solve one of its most vexing problems.
Unto The Brexit

09:41 | Dec 10th, 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to exit the European Union has hit a wall. What happens now?
More Jobs, Less Pay

09:41 | Dec 7th, 2018

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?
The Fed's Mistake?

09:39 | Dec 6th, 2018

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.
Paris Is Burning

09:43 | Dec 5th, 2018

What the yellow vest protests in Paris tell us about economic reform in France and the parallels with politics in the U.S.
Behind The Curve

09:54 | Dec 4th, 2018

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.
Trade War And Peace

09:40 | Dec 3rd, 2018

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.
The Voyages Of The Starship Indicator

09:40 | Nov 30th, 2018

NASA has been taking a more hands-off approach to extra-planetary exploration. What will that mean for the economics of space?
Space Economics

09:58 | Nov 29th, 2018

From moon missions and space shuttles to public-private partnerships.
Do Sanctions Work?

09:22 | Nov 28th, 2018

Sanctions have become an increasingly common foreign policy tool for the U.S. How effective are they?
College Side Hustle

09:47 | Nov 27th, 2018

Colleges and universities are finding creative ways to make money.
Bonds, Rating Agencies And Chocolate

08:56 | Nov 26th, 2018

Marilyn Cohen talks bonds, rating agencies and the yield curve, in overrated, underrated.
See Stocks Run

09:58 | Nov 23rd, 2018

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.
The Price Of Your Turkey Dinner

09:02 | Nov 21st, 2018

We talk turkey with the American Farm Bureau about changes in the price of Thanksgiving Dinner.
The Ins & Outs Of The Minimum Wage

09:55 | Nov 20th, 2018

The minimum wage is a contentious issue. Some claim it's a job killer. But what does the research show?
Recession Indicators, Pt 2

08:05 | Nov 19th, 2018

Wondering whether we're poised to tip into a recession? The jobs market may point the way.
Recession Indicators, Pt 1

09:49 | Nov 16th, 2018

Are we heading into a recession? The Conference Board's Leading Indicator has ten ways to tell.
The Lucky Country

09:22 | Nov 15th, 2018

Australia hasn't had a recession in 27 years. Good policy? Or just good luck?
Oil Up, Oil Down

08:25 | Nov 14th, 2018

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?
The Problem With The Pink Tax

09:58 | Nov 13th, 2018

Women pay more than men for many consumer products. Today on the show: Why some economists still think that's a good thing.
Recession Suppression Needs Policy Aggression

09:59 | Nov 12th, 2018

The next global economic downturn could be even harder to reverse than the last one.
The 401(k) Turns 40

09:41 | Nov 9th, 2018

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.
All Aboard The Bankmobile!

09:09 | Nov 8th, 2018

How one bank gave a whole new meaning to the term "mobile banking"
Your Lifetime Value Score

09:13 | Nov 7th, 2018

You may not know it, but companies are silently scoring you... and using that score to figure out how to treat you.
Stacey And Cardiff Answer To The People

09:53 | Nov 6th, 2018

We answer questions from our listeners and issue a couple of mea culpas.
Ode On A Grecian Tax

09:43 | Nov 5th, 2018

Taxes get a bad reputation, but they were central to the formation of representative government, says financial historian William N. Goetzmann.
How Companies Cope (With A Tight Labor Market)

09:40 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Wage growth has (finally) been accelerating, but what else are companies doing to bid for workers?
Why Ecuador Uses The Dollar?

09:53 | Nov 1st, 2018

One of our youngest listeners asked us why Ecuador changed its currency to U.S. dollars, so we found out!
Paranormal Profits

09:25 | Oct 31st, 2018

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.
The Best Day For Payday

09:01 | Oct 30th, 2018

Weekly, biweekly, or every month — which payday makes the most sense?
Judgement Bonds

10:00 | Oct 29th, 2018

Municipalities are increasingly going to the bond market to pay their court settlement costs.
Lotteries And Happiness

09:54 | Oct 26th, 2018

We assume that winning the lottery will make us happier. In some ways it does, in others — not so much.
Difficulty With The Deficit

09:59 | Oct 25th, 2018

The deficit normally shrinks when the economy is strengthening, but not now.
The Rise of the Machines

09:59 | Oct 24th, 2018

In just six years, robots could achieve parity with humans in the workplace, with machines working the same number of hours as people.
Of Wages And Warehouses

09:29 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Warehouse jobs are growing even faster than the rest of the booming labor market. Are they good jobs?
Short Shrift For Short Sellers

09:11 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Short sellers get a bad rap. Sometimes with good reason. But overall, they're an inevitable and useful part of a healthy financial system.
Tears For Sears

09:58 | Oct 19th, 2018

A storied American retailer has filed for bankruptcy.
Beating Bollywood

09:56 | Oct 18th, 2018

Amazon and Netflix are trying to take on India. But, so far a Hollywood ending, south-Asian style, has eluded them.
Gross Dank Product

06:13 | Oct 17th, 2018

Just because marijuana is now legal in Canada doesn't mean the market for it is easily quantifiable.
A Snapshot Of Poverty In America

09:09 | Oct 16th, 2018

The Supplemental Poverty Report provides a more accurate and nuanced picture of poverty in America.
Overrated/Underrated: Nobel Prizes, Conversations, And Our Descendants

09:52 | Oct 15th, 2018

Tyler Cowen rates Nobel prizes, blogs, and the importance of weirdness in conversation
The Economics of Apologies

09:39 | Oct 12th, 2018

Turns out nothing says 'I'm sorry' like cold, hard cash
China's Brave New World

09:48 | Oct 11th, 2018

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.
Life On China's Blacklist

10:01 | Oct 10th, 2018

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.
China's Social Credit System

09:51 | Oct 9th, 2018

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.
The Iron Lotus

08:57 | Oct 8th, 2018

The reverse stock split is the Iron Lotus of the financial world. It looks complicated and absurd, and it often doesn't end well.
Who's Hiring?

07:29 | Oct 5th, 2018

Today on the Indicator: stolen jobs-day trends ... from our clever jobs-day friends!
What Comes Afta NAFTA

09:44 | Oct 4th, 2018

The US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement keeps in place the basic NAFTA framework, with a few twists.
What Happened To GE?

10:00 | Oct 3rd, 2018

General Electric used to be a household name — a pillar of the U.S. economy. Now, it's fighting to survive.
Zeitgeist-y Bubbles

09:49 | Oct 2nd, 2018

How financial bubbles reflect the particular psychology of the times in which they inflate.