Trade Wars And The Batman Problem
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Trade Wars And The Batman Problem

It may be too late to avoid a trade war between the U.S. and China, but there might be a simple way to stop the trade wars of the future.

Trade Wars And The Batman Problem

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Saving Women
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Saving Women

Women invest far less of their paychecks than men do. Sallie Krawcheck spent her career on Wall Street and she says this is a problem we need to solve.

Saving Women

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Japan's Ninja Shortage
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Japan's Ninja Shortage

Japan's population is shrinking. It's harder and harder to find qualified people to fill a lot of jobs. Including ninjas.

Japan's Ninja Shortage

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We Hear You

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We Hear You

We respond to your letters, tweets and messages: We talk Iran, yield curve and how to pronounce Hyundai.

We Hear You

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The Last Straw
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The Last Straw

Starbucks, Ikea, Vancouver, Scotland: They've all banned plastic straws. The movement is meant to help reduce plastic waste in the ocean. But will it work, or will it backfire?

The Last Straw

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Fed Accounts For All!
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Fed Accounts For All!

Banks and other financial institutions have their own banking accounts at the Federal Reserve. Morgan Ricks argues that regular folks should have access to Fed accounts, too.

Fed Accounts For All!

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The Price of A Hyundai in Iran
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The Price of A Hyundai in Iran

President Trump recently announced strict economic sanctions in Iran. Today on the show, we talked to a young Iranian man about what it's like to live in the Iranian economy right now.

The Price of A Hyundai in Iran

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The Recession Predictor, Still Predictive?
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The Recession Predictor, Still Predictive?

Every time the yield curve has inverted since 1970, the economy has fallen into recession. It's getting close to inverting now, but it may no longer be the recession predictor it once was.

The Recession Predictor, Still Predictive?

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Jobs: 10 Questions in 10 Minutes
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Jobs: 10 Questions in 10 Minutes

It's jobs Friday! For a comprehensive mid-year update on the labor market, we ask labor economist Betsey Stevenson ten questions in ten minutes.

Jobs: 10 Questions in 10 Minutes

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The Long French Goodbye
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The Long French Goodbye

A quirk in French labor law makes it especially difficult for a company to lay off its employees. It's a system designed to protect workers, but it also has consequences for the rest of the economy.

The Long French Goodbye

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Star Spangled Indicator
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Star Spangled Indicator

Flags: symbol of a country, patriotic rallying cry, and a telling economic indicator. Today on the show, a factory in China that makes American flags, and what it tells us about the modern economy.

Star Spangled Indicator

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The Problem With Unobservable Variables
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The Problem With Unobservable Variables

The unemployment rate is already below the Federal Reserve's estimate for maximum employment. But former Fed Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin says it may still have further to fall.

The Problem With Unobservable Variables

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Dungeons & Dragons & Balance Sheets
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Dungeons & Dragons & Balance Sheets

Every year, the nation's biggest banks are subjected to stress tests, hypothetical disaster scenarios designed to test their balance sheets. But the stress tests could soon be getting less stressful.

Dungeons & Dragons & Balance Sheets

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Bubble, Bubble, Oil And Trouble
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Bubble, Bubble, Oil And Trouble

The price of oil continued climbing throughout this year, catching forecasters and consumers by surprise. What happened, and what might make it move in the second half of the year?

Bubble, Bubble, Oil And Trouble

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Happy Birthday, Smith v. Keynes
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Happy Birthday, Smith v. Keynes

June marks the birthday of two of the most famous economists of all time: Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes. Whose ideas are most relevant today? Stacey and Cardiff duke it out.

Happy Birthday, Smith v. Keynes

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Sallie Krawcheck on #MeToo, Dodd Frank, & Cronuts
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Sallie Krawcheck on #MeToo, Dodd Frank, & Cronuts

We play overrated/underrated with Sallie Krawcheck, Wall Street C-suite veteran and founder of Ellevest. She talks investing, women on Wall Street, and where to find the best BBQ.

Sallie Krawcheck on #MeToo, Dodd Frank, & Cronuts

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The Beautiful Indicator
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The Beautiful Indicator

Team Indicator takes on the World Cup. We drink, we cheer, we watch the game and, of course, we bring our economic indicators.

The Beautiful Indicator

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MoviePass / Fail?
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MoviePass / Fail?

If you pay MoviePass 10 dollars a month, you can go to the movies every day. Great for customers, but hard on a company's bottom line. Today on the show, what's the plan, MoviePass?

MoviePass / Fail?

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Teenage (Employment) Wasteland
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Teenage (Employment) Wasteland

The teen summer job is a vaunted tradition...one that is fading. Today's teenagers just aren't working as much as their forebears. And that could have serious implications for America's labor market.

Teenage (Employment) Wasteland

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The Plight Of The Living Dead
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The Plight Of The Living Dead

The Death Master File is a list kept by the government. It keeps track of everyone who has died. But what happens when you end up on the list while you're still alive?

The Plight Of The Living Dead

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The Measure Of A Tragedy
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The Measure Of A Tragedy

Venezuela's economy has collapsed, and the normal economic indicators have gotten so bad they're almost unfathomable. So one economist created an indicator to capture the awful human cost.

The Measure Of A Tragedy

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The Art Of The Trade War
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The Art Of The Trade War

The U.S. and China are on track for a trade war. Economists generally say that's a bad idea... but if the U.S. wants to get tough on China, what are some alternatives?

The Art Of The Trade War

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Gettin' Giggy With It
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Gettin' Giggy With It

Despite the proliferation of apps like Lyft, TaskRabbit, and Uber, a new government report found no growth in people primarily doing this kind of work. Here's how the "gig economy" is and isn't changing.

Gettin' Giggy With It

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Trading Spaces
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Trading Spaces

The New York Stock Exchange — that bastion of American capitalism — owes its existence to two dozen men, a buttonwood tree, and a coffee shop. Today on The Indicator: the history of Wall Street.

Trading Spaces

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