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.

Latest articles

Why We Need Black-Owned Banks

Black-owned financial institutions are a shrinking part of the U.S. financial system. We look at what that means for America's entrenched racial disparities.

Live Music Industry Blues

Live music events are like micro-economies that support hundreds of small businesses. Coronavirus is hammering them.

Unintended Consequences, Hidden Deaths

The way organizations and governments respond to disasters often have hidden consequences; sometimes those consequences can be fatal.

Jobs In June

The BLS jobs report for June was better than expected, but showed the U.S. economy is still suffering badly from coronavirus.

The Market For Student Loans

Americans owe about $1.5 trillion in student debt. But who actually owns those loans? One borrower goes looking for an answer—and uncovers a multi-billion dollar shadow market.

Listener Questions: Past Pandemics And Property Prices

On the Spanish Flu, housing prices, and the resilience of Australia's economy. Indicator listener questions, answered.

The Uncounted Workforce

Incarcerated Americans make goods for American companies, and get paid next to nothing for their labor.

Sadie Alexander, America's First Black Economist

Sadie Alexander was the first African-American to earn a PhD in economics. We think her contributions deserve another look.

Liar Loans

Many businesses have been negatively affected by the pandemic. But some companies that have borrowed a lot of money are manipulating their numbers, to avoid breaking their debt agreements.

Black Workers And The Fed

How the Federal Reserve manages the economy can have an outsize effect on Black workers. Here's how to make sure it doesn't leave them behind again.

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