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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 Straw That Broke The Bucatini Supply Chain

Bucatini is a specialty pasta that looks a lot like spaghetti with a hole in it. For pasta lovers, it's a fan-favorite...but it has mysteriously gone missing from grocery stores across the U.S.

Missing Bucatini

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Economics In Space

Economics is the earthiest of the social sciences. But its principles apply equally in space. The difference is how certain goods, services and even experiences gain currency in zero gravity.

Economics in Space

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Biden's Econ Plan: 3 Indicators To Watch

President Biden recently announced his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, targeting pandemic relief and economic recovery. We discuss 3 indicators to watch to measure the Biden economic agenda's success in the coming years.

Biden's Econ Plan: 3 Indicators To Watch

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The Social Media Crisis

Social media played a big part in the demonstration and riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. For many it was a surprise, but to social media watchers, it was simply the culmination of 10 years of influence.

The Social Media Crisis

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The Beigies: Traffic Jam At The Ports

The economy might be down, but Americans are buying a lot of stuff right now. Today on the show, we break it down and pick our favorite economic story from the Beige Book.

The Beigies: Traffic Jam At The Ports

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Making Sense Of Pandemic Stats

Statistics and the information we get from them have a massive influence on our worldviews and the decisions we make, but how can we ensure we're interpreting them properly? Today, we find out.

Making Sense Of Pandemic Stats

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Companies Get Political

Politics used to be off limits for most American companies — at least publicly. Most would usually take a neutral position when a big political story hit the news. But that has changed.

Companies Get Political

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The SPAC Is Back!

Last year, more than half the firms that went public were special purpose acquisition companies, also known as SPACs. We explain what that means and how it impacts the world of finance.

The SPAC Is Back!

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Entrepreneurship On The Rise

The coronavirus has been responsible for massive business closures...but at the same time, Americans are starting businesses at the fastest rate in more than a decade.

Entrepreneurship On The Rise

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Jobs Friday: Reversal In The Recovery

For the first time since April, the American economy lost jobs. Today, we break down the December jobs report and the slowing economic recovery.

Jobs Friday: Reversal In The Recovery

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