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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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The brutal unemployment situation in the US today is making a lot of people think again about labor unions. Which had their first major victory after a 1936 strike.
One Drug, Two Prices

One Drug, Two Prices

2020-08-0609:595

Faced with the prospect of paying for an expensive drug to treat his daughter, this dad found a nearly identical product for thousands of dollars less. But the insurance company wouldn't let him.
We answer two questions today: Why is American internet so bad? And why was the unemployment benefit extension set at $600?
An Artful Pivot

An Artful Pivot

2020-08-0409:481

How a theater company in Philadelphia is reacting to the existential threat posed by the coronavirus.
The Black Lives Matter demonstrations brought people together to protest injustice. But alongside the protests came riots, at a great cost to some Black-owned businesses.
Sharing The Vaccine

Sharing The Vaccine

2020-07-3138:365

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.
GDP -32.9%???!!!

GDP -32.9%???!!!

2020-07-3035:145

This quarter's Gross Domestic Product numbers could be the worst on record. But what do they mean, exactly?
Most of the U.S. economy is in crisis: Unemployment and bankruptcies are skyrocketing, and millions aren't paying rent. But home sales are skyrocketing, too. In fact, they're rising at a record pace.
Work After COVID

Work After COVID

2020-07-2808:512

The use of technologies that help office workers do their work remotely could have unanticipated, long-lasting effects for low-skilled workers too.
The Extra $600

The Extra $600

2020-07-2709:072

Nearly one in five U.S. workers is on unemployment benefits. And most of them are about to see their checks cut in half, as Congress' expanded benefits expire this month.
The Power Of Workers

The Power Of Workers

2020-07-2409:167

The three main drivers behind the decline in worker power.
Can Restaurants Reopen?

Can Restaurants Reopen?

2020-07-2309:542

Restaurants are going out of business in droves. But some are battling hard to keep their doors open.
Question Time!

Question Time!

2020-07-2241:011

What's the garbage situation? How can we invest in Black-owned businesses? And what's the state of the gig economy? Your questions, answered.
A Tale Of Two Camdens

A Tale Of Two Camdens

2020-07-2136:372

The city of Camden, New Jersey is cited as an example of how cities can change their approach to policing. But the story of Camden and its cops isn't a simple one.
Unless Congress acts, unemployment benefit enhancements will expire. And that could have big effects on the economy.
Gary Cohn was President Trump's economic advisor, and a prime mover behind the $2 trillion tax cut of 2017. We talk to him about the state of the economy.
The economics profession has a serious inclusion problem, and that matters for how all of us understand the economy.
When SNAP Gets Squeezed

When SNAP Gets Squeezed

2020-07-1536:381

One in five American households doesn't have enough food to eat. And the program that's supposed to help is about to shrink.
Oil Storage Wars

Oil Storage Wars

2020-07-1426:423

Because of the global economic slowdown, there's a glut of oil on the market right now. And companies are coming up with creative ways to store it.
Reentering the world and the workforce after you've been in prison is hard enough at the best of times. The coronavirus pandemic has made it a whole lot harder.
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Comments (118)

BC

It must be so stressful, to be trying to keep your business afloat while being attacked by what must feel like everyone.

Aug 6th
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Joshua Davis

Awesome reporting, really helps us understand what small businesses are going through. Thank you.

Jul 16th
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John Bibbs

there are more houses in foreclosure than for sell In my neighborhood

Jul 9th
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evildonut

It's the 1918 Flu.

Jul 3rd
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Joshua Davis

@Fallonjustice rooting for you

Jun 24th
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BC

nice

Jun 10th
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SeyedEbrahim S.

So informative, thanks a world.

Jun 2nd
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Tony Zac

Avatar is awesome! Funny, I just started to watch it again in Netflix

May 29th
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Linda Susan Erickson

Now wait a minute. That family should have received.a $4900 check from the Feds. Should that have fixed them over for 6 weeks?

May 16th
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Debra Dukes

#nprindicator You know you enjoy their Podcasts when they go so fast yet get awesome info.Thanks so much for sharing Deb.P.S.Hope we don't get like this for anyone especially children.

May 6th
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Debra Dukes

Although it has been a while I wish All nothing but luck and hope that they can have some normalcy back and much Prayers to All. Deb

May 6th
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Debra Dukes

# DonnaBrazile A Good Read is the Book from Donna Brazile Excellent read all I can say is I don't care if you call me Donald Duck best Caption in the Book.You have to read to understand.

Apr 30th
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BC

I can't imagine not wearing a mask if you're able. I also can't imagine getting short-tempered at someone who asks you to please wear one if you come into their store.

Apr 30th
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Kei

Meanwhile Trump has filed over 11 times.

Apr 28th
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George Evans

Prime example of how people don't prepare adequately for a future event: someday, each person is going to die. No matter how abnormal, pessimistic, and individualistic as it may seem, it will happen to you. What kind of life have you lived? Have you tried to become a better person and make the world a better place? How will you be judged before our Maker? Alma 5:16-21, look it up (the rest of the chapter is pretty fantastic as well).

Apr 25th
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Mack Bawden

It makes sense that wages weren't rising during low unemployment when you consider factors other than pay, like health care, food, and other perks. Like that @planetmoney episode where they talk about getting people their pay faster! My dream in life is to get a shout-out from Cardiff and Stacy. If not them then at least Guy Raz

Apr 24th
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Anney RN

I'd love to be layed off right now. My friends at the hospitals are getting coronavirus and the scare is real. I'd rather stay home and be safe- also not worry about bringing corona home.

Apr 10th
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BC

I don't like thinking about the triage associated with this pandemic.

Apr 3rd
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Chuang Spring

So only people with serious conditions can get tested in New York and the number of Covid-19 cases has already been very high😱

Mar 31st
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Tony Zac

I like to Scough owner's attitude towards the situation. lol. the end of the episode is funny

Mar 5th
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