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. Afternoons, three times a week.

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Downturn Start-Ups: A Conversation With Guy Raz

Since the pandemic started, nearly 100,000 businesses have closed permanently. Opening a business now might seem crazy. But downturn start-ups have some advantages.

DIY Firefighting

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

How Immigration Is Changing The U.S. Economy

Nearly 17 percent of the U.S. labor force is made up of immigrants. That's up from 12.4 percent in 2000, and 6.7 percent in 1980. What that means for the economy.

A Smarter Approach To Lockdowns

The coronavirus has put millions of people out of work. Greg Ip talks about his recent article in the Wall Street Journal and argues that lockdowns are "an overly blunt and economically costly tool."

The Birth Of The Greenback

In the mid-1800s, the US had 8,370 kinds of money. How that happened, and what it meant for the US economy.

The Science of Hoops

The three-point shot has revolutionized basketball, but its unintended consequences could mean trouble for the sport's future.

Making Most Of Scarce Space

Lockdowns, working from home, and remote learning have all made personal domestic space more scarce. Emily Anthes has some solutions.

Parenting In The Time of Corona

COVID, lockdowns and working from home made life complicated for parents. Trying to educate kids from home has made things even tougher, so tough many women are dropping out of the workforce.

The Great Lego Scam

Counterfeit Lego kits, made illegally in China, are giving collectors a headache.

More Job Growth, But Slower

The August unemployment numbers were better than expected. But doesn't mean the labor market is the picture of health.

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