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10 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Indicators to watch in 2022
It's a new year so that means it's time to choose our indicators to watch! Listen to find out what we will be tracking in the economy for 2022.
10 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
How a bank messaging system could decimate Russia
Russia has the United States and its allies worried about a potential invasion of Ukraine. One of the most painful sanctions NATO could impose would cut Russia's economy from the world.
10 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Even you can buy a house with cash
In this frenzied housing market, offering cash gives you a huge advantage. It used to be only wealthy people and investors could do it. But now some lenders will let everyday homebuyers put in a cash offer too.
10 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Metabucks: Microsoft offers $69 billion to buy Activision Blizzard
Microsoft just announced its intention to buy video game developer, Activision Blizzard, for almost $70 billion. This has some people speculating about Microsoft's future metaverse aspirations.
10 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
TikTok made me buy it
TikTok has become one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, and increasingly, a powerful tool for marketing. Today, we learn why TikTok makes us buy.
9 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
What nails can tell us about the economy
Despite being fairly simple items, nails can actually reveal a lot about the greater economy. Today, we talk to economist Dan Sichel about the history of nails and what they can teach us about economic trends.
9 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
The beef over price controls
Inflation reached a 40-year high today of 7%! There's been a storm of debate about an old anti-inflation policy: Price controls. So we dust off the history books and see what happened in World War II.
10 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Why are McDonald's ice cream machines always broken?
McDonald's is notorious for frequent malfunctions of its ice cream machine. What's behind those malfunctions and why is the government getting involved?
9 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Inland port priority
Disruptive backlogs at west coast ports in the U.S. have caused some shippers to get creative with their routes. Today, we tell you why one vessel took the long route from Shanghai to Cleveland, Ohio.
9 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Why full employment doesn't mean everyone has a job
Unemployment is at 3.9%. Is this full employment? Some Americans aren't so sure. We look at this complex situation through the eyes of someone who has been job hunting for a long time.
10 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
Nurses and the never ending shifts
In hospitals, it's standard for nurses to work a 12-hour shift. But research shows that may not be such a good idea for patients — or nurses.
9 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
J&J tries the 'Texas Two-Step'
For years, Johnson & Johnson has been entangled in lawsuits regarding its talcum based products being linked to causing ovarian cancer. And to save itself from future lawsuits, the company is betting big on a tricky legal move named after a famous dance.
10 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Although there are more warehouses in the U.S. than ever before, these warehouses are running out of space. Today on the show, we go behind the scenes into the warehousing world to understand why warehouses are running out of space.
10 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
How to keep your New Year's resolutions
2022 is finally here, and many people are excited for their fresh starts. But, it's no secret that following through with New Year's resolutions can be challenging. Today on the show, behavioral economist Katy Milkman shares her tips on how you can follow through.
9 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
How do you measure inflation? (Indicator favorite)
It's Encore Week at The Indicator! We're sharing some of our favorite episodes of 2021.Today, we hear one of Stacey's favorite episodes from this year. It's a deep dive into how the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates a key economic indicator, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the most widely used measure of inflation.This episode originally came out in July.
9 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
The COVID small business boom (Indicator favorite)
It's Encore Week at The Indicator! We're sharing some of our favorite episodes of 2021.Today, we hear about people who became small business owners after losing their jobs due to the pandemic. AKA the hotdog guy episode!This episode originally came out in July.
9 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Saving birds with economics (Indicator favorite)
It's Encore Week at The Indicator! We're sharing some of our favorite episodes from 2021. Today, we hear Darian's favorite episode to work on this year. It's a story about one economist's idea to conserve wetland habitats and save birds from losing their homes. This episode originally came out in July.
9 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
The time the US paid off all its debt (Indicator favorite)
Hey Indigators! It's Encore Week at The Indicator. We're sharing some of our favorite episodes of the year.Today, we're kicking things off with a listener favorite about the time President Andrew Jackson paid off all of America's interest-bearing debt...with disastrous results.This episode originally came out in August.
10 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
One indicator to rule them all
Indicator family feud is back, and the stakes are higher than ever! Stacey is joined by our friends from Planet Money as everyone makes their case for the indicator of the year. Who will win?
10 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
The Beigie Awards: Great (inflation) expectations
It's time to award our last Beigie of the year! And we find out that reading the Beige Book from back to front makes all the difference in the world.
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