NPR Launches The Indicator From Planet Money Attention Planet Money lovers: There's a spin-off. New podcast unpacks business and economics news in brief
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NPR Launches The Indicator From Planet Money

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The Indicator from Planet Money


ATTENTION Planet Money Lovers: There's a Spin-Off

New Podcast Unpacks Business and Economics News in Brief

December 4, 2017; Washington DC – It's a spin-off! NPR is thrilled to announce the launch of The Indicator from Planet Money, a new podcast that brings insight and context to the worlds of business and economics. Brief but bursting with information, The Indicator takes the signature Planet Money storytelling approach and delivers it faster, in shorter podcasts, more frequently. Each episode will tell a larger story about our world or break down a big idea, using Planet Money's hallmark style of witty explanatory journalism.

The world moves fast these days; The Indicator will help you make sense of it.

"We are very excited to expand upon the tremendous success of NPR's Planet Money," said Neal Carruth, NPR's general manager of podcasts. "Listeners will get the same high-quality reporting that they have come to expect from Planet Money - only more frequently and in short, sharply-focused episodes tailored for the era of smart speakers."

Listen to the First Episode

The new show will publish three times a week and will be hosted by Planet Money's Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia, who comes to NPR from the Financial Times. The Indicator from Planet Money will be available in all the places that NPR podcasts are distributed, including the NPR One audio app that connects listeners to a curated stream of public radio news, stories, and podcasts.

"Our goal in each episode is to give our listeners a new lens through which to see the world, explaining the economy in a way that brings it to life," said co-host Cardiff Garcia.

"We're bringing Planet Money's storytelling style to the daily news. We will look at some of the buzzwords, concepts, and numbers we hear in the news every day and take a deeper look at them," said co-host Stacey Vanek Smith

For more information and updates, follow Planet Money on Facebook and Twitter.

Listen to the trailer and new episodes here:

About Planet Money

Planet Money is a twice-weekly podcast from NPR. The team also produces radio segments for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at Planet Money. Since its launch in September of 2008, Planet Money has won numerous journalism awards and has consistently been included among the most popular podcasts in the world.

About the Hosts

Stacey Vanek Smith

As host of Planet Money, Stacey Vanek Smith has followed economic stories down the muddy back roads of Oklahoma to buy 100 barrels of oil; flew to Pune, India to track down the man who pitched the country's dramatic currency devaluation to the prime minister; and spoke with a North Korean women who made a small fortune smuggling artificial sweetener in from China. Stacey grew up in Boise, Idaho and is a graduate of Princeton University, and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Cardiff Garcia

Before co-hosting The Indicator from Planet Money, Cardiff was the US editor of FT Alphaville, the flagship economics and finance blog of the Financial Times, where for the past seven years he wrote and edited stories about the US economy and financial markets. He is also the founder and former host of Alphachat, the FT's award-winning business and economics podcast. As a guest commentator he has regularly appeared on media outlets such as Marketplace Radio, WNYC, CNBC, Yahoo Finance, the BBC, and others.

About NPR

NPR's rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of Americans everyday—on the air, online, and in person. NPR strives to create a more informed public—one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. With a nationwide network of award-winning journalists and 17 international bureaus, NPR and its Member Stations are never far from where a story is unfolding. Listeners consider public radio an enriching and enlightening companion; they trust NPR as a daily source of unbiased independent news, and inspiring insights on life and the arts. More information at and following NPR Extra on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Ben Fishel, NPR Media Relations
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