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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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In advertising, there's always been an unspoken rule — never praise your competition. But one marketing professor's research shows that... more

18 Oct 2021 · 8 minutes
Indicators of the Week: strikes, prices, Black Friday deals

Indicators of the Week! Prices are up again, but is it fair to call this 'transitory' inflation? Black Friday deals... more

15 Oct 2021 · 9 minutes
Congressional game theory

For months, lawmakers have been negotiating two big spending bills with no end in sight. Game theory could explain the... more

14 Oct 2021 · 9 minutes
Simon says we're stuck with the debt ceiling

The debt ceiling approaches. A congressional standoff ensues. It wasn't always this way. So why did the debt ceiling get... more

13 Oct 2021 · 9 minutes
A Nobel prize for an economics revolution

Joshua Angrist, Guido Imbens and David Card won the economics Nobel on Monday. On today's show, we talk to the... more

12 Oct 2021 · 9 minutes
Jobs Friday: Where are all the older workers?

Sure, some seniors took the pandemic as an opportunity to ride an RV into the sunset, but there's a darker... more

08 Oct 2021 · 9 minutes
A new decade for Bond

Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond is coming to an end with the release of No Time To Die. With... more

07 Oct 2021 · 9 minutes
Technology brought to you by the s-curve

A lot of things grow slowly, then fast, then slow again. From the growth in smartphone users to the rise... more

06 Oct 2021 · 9 minutes
Facebook tries to save face

Facebook's status hasn't been so hot of late. From internal documents leaked by a whistleblower to outages of hours. How... more

06 Oct 2021 · 8 minutes
Revenge of the math club

In the high school lunchroom version of business school, finance majors were the popular jocks and logistics majors were... the... more

04 Oct 2021 · 9 minutes
The Indicator from Planet Money
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The Indicator from Planet Money