The Indicator from Planet Money

The Indicator from Planet Money

Dec 02, 2020 9 min

The Economics of America's Nurse Shortage

Early in the pandemic, there were national shortages of protective equipment and hospital supplies. Now, there's a shortage of nurses.
Dec 01, 2020 9 min

What Biden Could Do On Immigration

As President-elect Biden prepares to take office, there's a lot of speculation about how his administration might change the federal approach to immigration.
Nov 30, 2020 9 min

Electric Car Chargers: When Supply Drives Demand

People are hesitant to buy electric cars because fast chargers still aren't widely available. The irony? Most people charge at home, not with fast chargers. NPR's Camila Domonoske explains.
Nov 27, 2020 9 min

What's The Story? Narratives And The Economy

The great toilet paper shortage of 2020 wasn't caused by the virus or by a disruption to manufacturing. It was caused by a story: one that we told ourselves. On the Indicator: how stories can affect the economy.
Nov 25, 2020 9 min

Thanksgiving Dinner Is The Cheapest In 35 Years

Each year, the American Farm Bureau estimates the cost of Thanksgiving dinner. The main finding this year? Thanksgiving dinner is the cheapest it's been since the survey started 35 years ago.
Nov 24, 2020 9 min

Should I Travel For Thanksgiving This Year?

The CDC recommends we all stay home for Thanksgiving to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. But tens of millions of Americans are expected to travel anyway. If you're one of them, here's how you can think about the risk you're taking.
Nov 23, 2020 9 min

Opening A Hotel During A Pandemic

The U.S. is down around 3.5 million hospitality jobs since the pandemic took hold. But in spite of setbacks, hotels continue to open.
Nov 20, 2020 9 min

A Face-Punching Legal Battle

Over the past few decades, the UFC has become the biggest name in mixed martial arts. But a lawsuit argues it has held down fighter wages by restricting competition.
Nov 19, 2020 9 min

Make Trade Stale Again

President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration will have massive implications for trade policy. Soumaya Keynes explains how Biden's approach to trade might differ from Trump's.
Nov 18, 2020 9 min

Winter Is Coming For The Restaurant Industry

Idaho is the leading nation in restaurant revenue growth. But that doesn't mean its restaurants are having an easy time. There are mask mandates and robust restrictions on gathering in many cities in the state, and with winter coming, restaurateurs are working hard to innovate, compensate and stay in business.