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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.

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Masks En Vogue

If the pandemic goes on much longer, or its aftereffects linger, face masks will inevitably become a fashion accessory.

9mins

7 May 2020

Rank #1

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DIY Firefighting

Emergency services are spread so thin in the West that some property owners are taking a D-I-Y approach to firefighting.

8mins

17 Sep 2020

Rank #2

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Health Policy Is Economic Policy

U.S. policymakers are taking steps to limit the spread and impact of coronavirus. But they're not helped by American health policy, which could use an overhaul if it's to limit the spread of viral outbreaks.

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5 Mar 2020

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An Ode To Taxes

Taxes get a bad reputation, but they were central to the formation of representative government and even the written word.

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28 Aug 2020

Rank #4

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How To Use Globalization To Fight Disease

Globalization and urbanization historically have made the global economy more productive and efficient — and also more vulnerable to pandemics. But now they can be forces for good in the fight against pandemics.

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31 Dec 2020

Rank #5

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The Indicator World Tour

The Indicator brings listeners economic indicators from the other six continents.

9mins

29 Sep 2020

Rank #6

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Who Pays For The Police?

Police fines and fees have helped to fill city coffers, but they've done serious damage to community relations.

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16 Jun 2020

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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 hear is that closing can be just as tough.

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17 Feb 2021

Rank #8

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Becky, We Hardly Knew Ye

We bought a junk bond back in December. Then COVID-19 sent the economy into a tailspin, and the company that issued the junk bond declared bankruptcy. But that wasn't the end of the story.

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19 Aug 2020

Rank #9

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Big Donors & Pay-To-Play Politics

The Center for Public Integrity joins The Indicator with an excerpt from The Heist, a new podcast exploring money and politics in the Trump Administration.

9mins

30 Sep 2020

Rank #10

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Sharing The Vaccine

The biggest, wealthiest nations in the world are in a race to produce a coronavirus vaccine. It's obviously in a country's interest to win that race and protect its citizens. It's also in its interest to share.

9mins

31 Jul 2020

Rank #11

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Healthcare: The Pandemic's Financial Fallout

The coronavirus has strained healthcare systems — and not just in their ability to deal with surges. We talk to one hospital administrator about the financial strain of COVID-19. | Donate to your member station here.

9mins

24 Dec 2020

Rank #12

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Three Ideas To Fight The Recession

Policymakers can still do more to fight the coronavirus recession. Here are three ideas that we haven't yet tried.

9mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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Bitcoin - The Religion

As the value of a bitcoin recently passed $50,000, market watchers struggled to explain how a virtual currency could reach such dizzy heights. One possible answer? It's kind of like a religion.

9mins

18 Feb 2021

Rank #14

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Our COVID-19 Indicators Of The Week

Zero and 27 are our indicators of the week. Zero (or nearly zero) is the Fed's new benchmark interest rate. 27 is the number of days that around half of small businesses in the U.S. can go without making money.

9mins

20 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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Coronavirus And The Labor Market

Today's healthy jobs report was uncontaminated by the coronavirus outbreak, but some parts of the labor market may be especially vulnerable in the months ahead.

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6 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Why Cheap Solar Could Save the World

In the last fifteen years, the cost of solar energy has declined so sharply that it has recently become the cheapest form of energy in the world. Now, major companies are jumping in to invest, but will the markets follow?

9mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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The Test Shortage

A short supply of test kits, staff and equipment have put the U.S. behind in terms of coronavirus testing. We talk to one healthcare worker about what's been limiting their coronavirus testing ability.

9mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #18