Masks En Vogue
If the pandemic goes on much longer, or its aftereffects linger, face masks will inevitably become a fashion accessory.
7 May 2020
Emergency services are spread so thin in the West that some property owners are taking a D-I-Y approach to firefighting.
17 Sep 2020
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.
5 Mar 2020
An Ode To Taxes
Taxes get a bad reputation, but they were central to the formation of representative government and even the written word.
28 Aug 2020
Most Popular Podcasts
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.
31 Dec 2020
The Indicator World Tour
The Indicator brings listeners economic indicators from the other six continents.
29 Sep 2020
Who Pays For The Police?
Police fines and fees have helped to fill city coffers, but they've done serious damage to community relations.
16 Jun 2020
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.
17 Feb 2021
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.
19 Aug 2020
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.
30 Sep 2020
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.
31 Jul 2020
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.
24 Dec 2020
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.
1 Apr 2020
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.
18 Feb 2021
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.
20 Mar 2020
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.
6 Mar 2020
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?
11 Feb 2020
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.
19 Mar 2020