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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... more

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Empty Houses, Reclaimed

Homes owned by California's department of transportation lay vacant. So people reclaimed them.

01 Mar 2021 · 9 minutes
Unemployment Insurance And Vaccines: Who's Left Behind?

Two of the most important ways the government is supporting Americans right now is through distributing vaccines and providing unemployment... more

26 Feb 2021 · 9 minutes
2021: The Year Of The Recovery?

2020 was a horrific year for the economy. We're hoping 2021 will be better, but will it? We discuss 3... more

25 Feb 2021 · 9 minutes
The $1,000 Power Bill

The recent winter storm caused thousands of Texans to see their power bill climb to hundreds, even thousands of dollars.... more

24 Feb 2021 · 9 minutes
Seeking Refuge On The Open Road

Living on the open road is more than just an Instagram photo opportunity; for many it's both an economic necessity... more

23 Feb 2021 · 9 minutes
Alabama: The Newest Union Battleground

Amazon workers in Alabama are voting on whether to form the company's FIRST U.S. union. We explain how the union... more

22 Feb 2021 · 9 minutes
Cold Fronts, Propane And New Jobs - Indicators Of The Week

For our indicators of the week, we're talking about shortages of heating sources during the recent cold snap and trends... more

19 Feb 2021 · 9 minutes
Bitcoin - The Religion

As the value of a bitcoin recently passed $50,000, market watchers struggled to explain how a virtual currency could reach... more

18 Feb 2021 · 9 minutes
Inside A Restaurant's Final Days

We've heard about how hard it's been for restaurants to stay open during this pandemic. But what we often don't... more

17 Feb 2021 · 9 minutes
Unsung Economists: Arthur Lewis

Arthur Lewis changed our understanding of how poor countries can improve their economies — and became the first Black economist... more

16 Feb 2021 · 9 minutes
The Indicator from Planet Money
Empty Houses, Reclaimed
The Indicator from Planet Money