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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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Jobs Friday And The Labor Market Mystery

Unemployment is still above 6%, but companies across the US are saying they can't find people to fill their jobs. What's going on?

Jobs Friday And The Labor Market Mystery

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Pepsi's Number Fever

Sometimes companies offer sales promotions that are TOO good, ending in livid customers and a disaster for the company.

Pepsi's Number Fever

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The VITA(L) Role Of Free Tax Prep

The IRS helps millions of people do their taxes FOR FREE every year. But, as with many things in the past year, covid has made this a little more complicated.

The VITA(L) Role Of Free Tax Prep

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Confusion In The Health Insurance Marketplace

Millions of Americans are eligible for huge savings on health insurance due to Biden's stimulus plan, but many haven't taken up the offer. Why is it so hard to give people a break on health insurance?

Confusion In The Health Insurance Marketplace

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A 21st Century Union

A new union was formed earlier this year. Why has it caught our attention? Some of its members make more than $300,000 a year, and they all work at Alphabet, Google's parent company.

A 21st Century Union

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Shortages: Inflation In Disguise?

The pandemic spurred a year full of shortages, so why haven't producers responded by raising prices in most cases?

Shortages: Inflation In Disguise?

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Inflation, Unemployment And The Phillips Curve

For decades, policymakers chose to put millions of people into either a frying pan (inflation) or a fire (unemployment). An idea called the Phillips Curve was influential. But is it still?

Inflation, Unemployment And The Phillips Curve

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Confused When Online Shopping? It Might Be A Dark Pattern

Dark patterns are online tricks used by retailers and marketers that cause you to do things that you didn't mean to do. And they're becoming more and more common.

Confused When Online Shopping? It Might Be A Dark Pattern

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Back to Business?

We join Stacey for her first haircut of the year, and discuss the future of the service economy as the end of the Covid-19 pandemic (hopefully!) nears.

Back to Business?

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Barbie's Big Makeover

There's been a Barbie boom recently, and it's due in part to new collections of products featuring diverse skin tones and body types, as well as an accompanying PR makeover.

Barbie's Big Makeover

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