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October 16, 2019
Nobel Laureate Robert Shiller talks about his new book, which looks at how narratives drive economic change and may help economists more accurately forecast recessions.
October 15, 2019
We talk to newly-minted Nobel Prize winner Michael Kremer about using economics to solve real-world problems and what it's like to receive his field's highest honor.
October 11, 2019
Lots of people have been freaking out over the repo market... but what IS the repo market?
October 10, 2019
The global economy used to have a simple rule: the US leads, everybody else follows. Things have changed.
October 9, 2019
Climate activists have long used political and social pressures to decrease the use of fossil fuels and preserve forests... but now many are following the money to try and affect change.
October 8, 2019
We're seeing a lot of firsts in this economy. Some good, some not so good, some surprising.
October 7, 2019
Forever 21's bankruptcy filing highlights the flaws in fast fashion.
October 4, 2019
On the first Friday of every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a jobs report which includes the number of new jobs added to the U.S. economy. But how is that number calculated?
October 3, 2019
The tourism explosion in Iceland helped the tiny island recover from the 2008 financial crisis, but did the tourism industry grow too big, too fast?
October 2, 2019
A budget airline, WOW Air, helped fly the tiny island nation of Iceland out of a financial crisis — but then it all came crashing down.
October 1, 2019
We play Overrated, Underrated with Jill Schlesinger, CBS business analyst and author of The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money.
September 30, 2019
Another quarter ends today, but the news is nuts right now, so we take a step back and guide you through the big themes we'll be looking at in the fourth quarter of the year.
September 27, 2019
In an attempt to stem the tide of gun violence, a group of religious organizations turned to an unlikely place: the markets.
September 26, 2019
Probiotics are increasingly popular — flying off of the shelves, even being stolen from pharmacies. But the jury's still out on their safety and efficacy. So, how did they get on store shelves?
September 25, 2019
Data shows that many of the popular assumptions about millennials are dead wrong.
September 24, 2019
A gesture which is given out freely to victims of big, catastrophic events are thoughts and prayers. But what if you could assign a monetary value to this gesture?
September 23, 2019
We stumble on interesting nuggets of economic information all the time. Here are some of our recent favorites.
September 20, 2019
Do hedge funds and private equity firms charge too much money to their investors — including, potentially, your pension fund?
September 19, 2019
Edith Penrose transformed our understanding of how businesses grow, and also lived a remarkable life full of adventure, intrigue, and tragedy.
September 18, 2019
Urgent care centers look a lot like emergency rooms. But they're a lot cheaper, both for patients and operators.
September 17, 2019
Brands are struggling to strike a balance between the real and digital worlds.
September 16, 2019
What the attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil production facilities could mean for the global oil industry.
September 13, 2019
Chinese consumers not only account for a growing share of high-end luxury goods purchases; they're transforming the way the market works.
September 12, 2019
White Claw could be the hottest alcoholic beverage of the summer of 2019. You can thank tax policy for (some of) that.
September 11, 2019
Bonds issued by Chinese governments more than a century ago could come back to haunt the People's Republic of China.
September 10, 2019
When new sports are added to the Olympics — like surfing and sports climbing — they see a bump in the year following the games. But, what happens after that?
September 9, 2019
NPR politics correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben answers your questions about student loans, taxes and tariffs.
September 6, 2019
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has some predictions about the future of the US labor market.
September 5, 2019
Amazon is opening new stores — in the real world. And in true Big Tech fashion the experience is meant to emphasize convenience. All you need to do is walk in, grab your stuff, and go.
September 4, 2019
Proponents of Medicare for All argue it'll give all Americans health insurance and cost less. But even supporters admit it could mean job losses in the short term.
September 3, 2019
The costs of education and healthcare have climbed faster than other prices throughout the economy — for decades. An under-appreciated economic theory explains why.
August 30, 2019
There's a trend emerging in the finance world: Billionaire financiers are increasingly — if belatedly? — acknowledging inequality in America.
August 29, 2019
America doesn't produce much in the way of rare earths. As the trade war with China intensifies, that's becoming a problem.
August 28, 2019
Policy can take a back seat to politics in the run-up to elections. But that's no excuse for not watching to see what effects policy can have on an economy.
August 27, 2019
Not all goods are created equal: some are exempt from tariffs.
August 26, 2019
The 2020 election cycle is almost in full swing. People can barely go a day without seeing an ad from candidates asking for money. But does more money really mean more votes?
August 23, 2019
Our inbox is pretty much always filled with great questions about business, the economy and how the markets behave. Today, we answer three questions specific to the financial world.
August 22, 2019
Music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza have gotten a lot more expensive, and the reasons behind that increase can tell us a lot about how the economy is changing.
August 21, 2019
Our inbox is chock full of listener questions about whether there's a recession coming, and what we should do about it. Today, we answer.
August 20, 2019
China is the world's biggest rice producer. So why did China agree to buy two shipping containers of rice from the U.S.?
August 19, 2019
President Trump has kept his protectionist promises, but his scorched earth approach to dealmaking could have damaged global trading relationships for good.
August 16, 2019
Women pay more than men for many consumer products. Why some economists say that's a good thing.
August 15, 2019
Most states in the U.S. have a sales tax on menstrual products. Some states have repealed this so-called Tampon Tax, on the grounds that it's unfair to women. But the repeals come at a cost.
August 14, 2019
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.
August 13, 2019
When it came to the female labor force participation rate, America used to lead the world. But we've fallen behind. Today on the show: What happened?
August 12, 2019
A report from Glassdoor reveals which industries have the starkest gender pay gaps.
August 9, 2019
Short sellers are investors who bet against companies. They're the detectives of the stock market, unearthing flaws and making markets more efficient, though they also attract controversy.
August 8, 2019
Sporting event attendance is down. So teams are trying out creative, new ways to win back fans.
August 7, 2019
Graduate students are increasingly shouldering the country's student debt.
August 6, 2019
Listener questions! How the U.S.-China trade war has escalated, including a move by China to devalue its currency. Plus the history of pepperoni on pizza.
August 5, 2019
The stars of the new Fast & Furious movie will go to extraordinary lengths to protect their "tough guy" brands, even going so far as to negotiate to make sure their characters never lose a fight.
August 2, 2019
Happy Jobs Friday! The U.S. economy created 164,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged. But to send you into your weekend with more pep, we answer some listener questions.
August 1, 2019
Some presidential candidates have supported a policy — known as co-determination — that would see workers represented on corporate boards. We talked to one worker who already has a seat at the table.
July 31, 2019
The board of directors for most U.S. companies is made up of shareholders--not workers. A corporate system called co-determination aims to put employees at the table where big decisions are made.
July 30, 2019
The economy's looking pretty good. So, do we really need a rate cut right now? Stacey and Cardiff duke it out.
July 29, 2019
The Federal Reserve is set to cut interest rates this week. We also just passed the half-year mark. Two good reasons to check in on the health of the U.S. economy.
July 26, 2019
A growing workforce of high-tech specialists is luring American companies to Tijuana
July 25, 2019
The trade war between the U.S. and China started a little over a year ago, but the oft-predicted economic storm is yet to break.
July 24, 2019
An economic principle that has guided the Federal Reserve for decades is increasingly being questioned.
July 23, 2019
Investors will soon be able to bet on black rhinos. A conservation group is rolling out a 5 year, 50 million dollar rhino bond to help save the species.
July 22, 2019
Jared Bernstein has a shortlist of economic ideas that he thinks his colleagues have been getting wrong for decades.
July 19, 2019
Introducing a new series: Finance Fridays With Mary!
July 18, 2019
The price of gold is at a six-year high and gold bugs say it's the safest place to put your money in uncertain times. But is it actually a good investment?
July 17, 2019
The yield curve is inverted! We answer a few questions we have gotten from our listeners about our beloved recession predicting indicator.
July 16, 2019
About 44 million people owe nearly 1.5 trillion dollars in student loans all together. But for some people — like our producer Darius Rafieyan — paying them requires some mental adjustments.
July 15, 2019
GIPHY makes those viral mini-videos that people use to color their texts and emails. They're super popular, but they're free. So how does GIPHY plan to make money?
July 12, 2019
The computers that mine Bitcoin use a lot of electricity. That's created some unique arbitrage opportunities in different parts of the world. And causing governments some concern.
July 11, 2019
Japan's worker shortage has gotten so bad it's forced some companies to declare bankruptcy. The solution? Telling workers to work less.
July 10, 2019
One of the biggest international banks--Deutsche Bank--is laying off 18,000 workers and cutting costs to try and save itself from going under. How did things get so bad?
July 9, 2019
Last week's California quakes have reinforced fears of "the big one", the high-magnitude trembler that seismologists say is inevitable. How ready is the city of Los Angeles?
July 8, 2019
The monthly pace of jobs growth has slowed this year. But that's not necessarily a problem.
July 5, 2019
A look at the assets and liabilities of the American colonies on the eve of revolution.
July 3, 2019
The U.S. is a big place, nearly 1.9 billion acres. On today's Indicator, we look at how all that land is divvied up.
July 2, 2019
Today we answer listener questions: why is so much consumption necessary for a healthy economy (or as our listener put it — why do we have to buy so much crap for the economy to be healthy?). Plus, what are some good economic resources for teenagers?
July 1, 2019
One of the largest companies in the world, Amazon, just shuttered its food delivery service, Amazon Restaurants. But Amazon's fails are a bit different.
June 28, 2019
What it means that the U.S. is now the biggest consumer and producer of crude oil in the world.
June 27, 2019
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got a lot of blowback for using private firefighters to protect their California home from a wildfire. Today on The Indicator, the business of private firefighting.
June 26, 2019
Basketball, football and baseball may draw big crowds and score primetime television spots, but niche sports, like cornhole, axe throwing and even professional arm wrestling, are beginning to attract interest and money.
June 25, 2019
If you're considering a popular uprising against a government, it turns out there may be a recipe that can almost guarantee your success.
June 24, 2019
Traditionally, noncompete clauses have been reserved for whiter collar professionals. But as the labor market tightens, employers increasingly want blue-collar workers to adhere to these agreements too.
June 21, 2019
The U.S. women's soccer team is way more successful than the men's. Yet they say they get paid less than half, on average, compared to the men's team.
June 20, 2019
Shares in the online chat service Slack hit the stock market today. But Slack went public in an unconventional way.
June 19, 2019
This week Facebook announced plans for its own cryptocurrency, the Libra. Regulators are cautious, and no one really knows how it will work. But Wall Street is excited.
June 18, 2019
Japan is still recovering from a brutal recession that lasted ten years. The country has tried a variety of fiscal and monetary measures to bring its economy back.
June 17, 2019
The U.S is about to mark the longest economic expansion in its history. It's an impressive achievement, but in many ways the economy is still struggling.
June 14, 2019
People hear the word 'economics' and probably think: numbers, equations, and percentages. But hidden underneath the math, is a force that can't be quantified.
June 13, 2019
The mayor of Huntington Beach says he wants less housing development in his city. The governor of California says that's against the law.
June 12, 2019
New rules governing water use in California have sparked innovation in agribusiness, including a brand new market for water.
June 11, 2019
Today we answer listener questions: How does U.S. gross domestic product break down into different industries, and how do meat alternatives compare to the real thing?
June 10, 2019
The introduction of the three-point line changed how basketball is played — eventually. And the three-pointer's takeover of the NBA offers useful lessons in basic economics.
June 7, 2019
Happy Jobs Friday! The labor market is showing signs of slowing down. The unemployment rate is still low at 3.6 percent, but only 75,000 jobs were added in the month of May — a lot fewer than what economists expected.
June 6, 2019
Office temperature can affect more than comfort; a recent study shows it has serious implications for productivity. We talked to one economist who quantified the effects of temperature on men and women.
June 5, 2019
The deadliest wildfire in California's history destroyed thousands of homes in Butte County. The area is still an active disaster zone. But insurance companies are making residents move back.
June 4, 2019
Co-working spaces might just be the future of work. Take WeWork. It's been cropping up in cities all over the world--borrowing billions to fuel its growth. Now, it's planning to go public.
June 3, 2019
The trade war between the U.S. and China is challenging a long-standing assumption about globalization — that economic ties between countries would deepen with minimal political interference.
May 31, 2019
President Trump has threatened to impose new tariffs on Mexico unless the country stops the flow of migrants entering the U.S. But, Mexico is one of the biggest trade partner the U.S. has.
May 30, 2019
The Avengers super-villain Thanos saw the universe as a place of too many people and too few resources: a classic economic dilemma. His solution: Kill half the population.
May 29, 2019
Economist Jared Bernstein recently survived a brain hemorrhage. The experience got him thinking about some of the economics in our healthcare system.
May 28, 2019
Economics is all about scarcity — and time is a scarce resource. We talk to economist Daniel Hamermesh, whose new book Spending Time examines time's complicated relationship to money, stress, and gender.
May 24, 2019
President Trump announced an aid package for farmers yesterday worth $16 billion. It's meant to offset losses from the trade war with China. We spoke to one U.S. farmer about how helpful it will be.
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