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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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    Three Kamala Harris Indicators

    Three Kamala Harris Indicators
    You may have heard some big news this past weekend: Joe Biden dropped out of the presidential election. This leaves Kamala Harris as the favorite to be the Democratic nominee.

    On today's show, We imagine what can be, and we're unburdened by what has been: Kamala Harris' economics, delegate math in deciding the nominee and ... can Kamala Harris use Joe Biden's campaign money?

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    Bankruptcy, basketball, and bringing the dollar down

    Bankruptcy, basketball, and bringing the dollar down
    It's Indicators of the Week! We cover the numbers in the news that you should know about. This week, we cover climbing corporate bankruptcies, J.D. Vance's potential to bring the dollar down, and the NBA's new super serious salary cap.

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    The Science of Hoops
    Why Ecuador Uses The Dollar?

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    Goodbye, Chevron. Hello, lawsuits!

    Goodbye, Chevron. Hello, lawsuits!
    The Supreme Court's decision to quash Chevron deference means countless agency regulations are now more vulnerable to being challenged and struck down. Think the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to boost electric vehicle sales, discrimination protections against transgender people, and rules that expand eligibility for overtime.

    Yesterday, we explained the history that led to this moment. Today, we look at the how the decision will play into a wave of regulatory lawsuits.

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    The conservative roots behind the Chevron doctrine (Apple / Spotify)
    Could SCOTUS outlaw wealth taxes (Apple / Spotify)

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    The conservative roots behind the Chevron doctrine

    The conservative roots behind the Chevron doctrine
    When the Supreme Court decided Chevron U.S.A., Inc v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. 40 years ago, it didn't turn many heads. But eventually, it became the most widely cited case in all of administrative law. It set a legal precedent to give federal agencies the benefit of the doubt when the law is ambiguous, known as Chevron deference.

    Now, a recent Supreme Court decision has set in motion another tectonic shift, effectively ending that precedent. Today, we dig into what Chevron deference is and how it actually came about. Then tomorrow we'll continue our focus on this significant change by looking at the potential fallout.

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    Could SCOTUS outlaw wealth taxes (Apple / Spotify)

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    Why the EU can regulate big tech faster

    Why the EU can regulate big tech faster
    The Digital Markets Act is a new piece of European legislation aimed at making markets in the digital sector "fairer and more contestable." It's essentially antitrust regulation—rules to ensure that no one company or group of companies makes an area of business uncompetitive. And these rules are making some big companies sweat, not because they're afraid of monetary penalties, but because they could have an effect on antitrust regulations around the world.

    Today on the show, we examine the differences between how the EU and the United States handle antitrust and what the Digital Markets Act could mean for big tech's regulatory future.

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    China's luxury liquor indicator

    China's luxury liquor indicator
    If you regularly listen to The Indicator, you know China's economy is not doing great. Over the last few years, indicators like unemployment and local debt are up, and consumption and property sales are down.

    There is one big indicator that's been a bellwether for China's economy ... booze. One specific kind: Baijiu.

    In today's episode, a quick history on baijiu and how the liquor is a potent symbol for consumer confidence in China.

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    Greece allows a 6-day work week and other indicators

    Greece allows a 6-day work week and other indicators
    On Indicators of the Week, we cover the numbers in the news that you should know about. This week, we cover an encouraging trend for global wealth, closing Mexico's tariff loophole and the European nation bucking the trend of shorter work weeks.

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    Why tariffs are SO back (Apple / Spotify)

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    An asylum seeker's long road to a work permit

    An asylum seeker's long road to a work permit
    There are currently just under 65,000 migrants in New York City's shelter system, stretching the city's outworn social service systems. Today on the show, we follow one asylum seeker's journey from Venezuela to New York and explore why the process is lengthy and complicated.

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    Is the 'border crisis' actually a labor market crisis? (Apple / Spotify)
    'Welcome to the USA! Now get to work.' (Apple / Spotify)
    The migrant match game (Apple / Spotify)

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    How much do presidents ACTUALLY influence the economy?

    How much do presidents ACTUALLY influence the economy?
    Voters have a bleak outlook on the economy right now, and many are pointing the finger at President Biden. At the same time, many voters have a rosy view of the economy when Donald Trump was president. But how much credit or blame should a president get for the economy? And how do partisan politics play into our perception of the economy's performance?

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    Common economic myths, debunked (Apple / Spotify)
    Not too hot, not too cold: A 'Goldilocks' jobs report (Apple / Spotify)

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    What military brats tell us about social mobility

    What military brats tell us about social mobility
    Children of U.S. military families, a.k.a. brats, are known for their adaptability when relocating to new neighborhoods and schools every few years. This migratory population became the basis for brand new research on how the neighborhood you grew up in affects your economic success later in life. Today on the show, how a place influences your financial destiny.

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    The secret to upward mobility: Friends

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    The young trolls of Wall Street are growing up

    The young trolls of Wall Street are growing up
    Back in 2021, the meme stock frenzy was at its peak: Roaring Kitty AKA Keith Gill, and young day traders gleefully upended financial markets. Roaring Kitty disappeared for a bit before returning just a couple months ago.

    His disciples that followed him into the markets, however, never left. That's according to Nathaniel Popper in his new book, The Trolls of Wall Street: How the Outcasts and Insurgents are Hacking the Markets.

    Today on the show, why Nathaniel believes these day traders are here to stay and where they're putting their money now.

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    One of the hottest jobs in AI right now: 'types-question guy'

    One of the hottest jobs in AI right now: 'types-question guy'
    U.S. job growth cooled this month. But one job is hot to the touch: AI prompt engineer. The role can command a six figure salary, but ... what is it? Today, we speak to an AI prompt engineer to figure out what they actually do and how long the job could remain hot.

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    Applying for a job? Make sure your resume is AI-Friendly (Apple / Spotify)

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    The game theory that led to nuclear standoffs

    The game theory that led to nuclear standoffs
    Last week, Vladimir Putin vowed to make new nuclear weapons and consider placing them close to NATO countries. Meanwhile, here in the US, the government boosted its nuclear weapon spending by 18% between 2022 and 2023.

    The world is closer to nuclear war than it's been in at least forty years.

    Today on the show: The game theory of nuclear war. When can mathematical models help us, and when can they lead us astray ... even to the brink of destruction?

    Guest Kelly Clancy's book is Playing With Reality: How Games Have Shaped Our World.

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    The economic implications of Europe's jolt right

    The economic implications of Europe's jolt right
    Europe is expecting a wave of victories from far-right candidates in upcoming national elections. Voters are showing they're worried about income inequality, immigration and the effects of participating in a global economy. Today, we take a look at what the swing to the right means for Europe's economy and the European stance on globalization.

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    How the end of Roe is reshaping the medical workforce

    How the end of Roe is reshaping the medical workforce
    It's been two years since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the right to an abortion, triggering a parade of restrictions and bans in conservative-led states. Today on the show, how the medical labor force is changing post-Roe and why graduating medical students, from OB-GYNs to pediatricians, are avoiding training in states with abortion bans.

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    Indicators of the Week: Debate Edition

    Indicators of the Week: Debate Edition
    Indicators of the Week is BACK! This week we're doing something just a little bit different. You see, it's the same 'ol Indicators of the Week you're used to, but as a nod to last night's presidential debate, this time, it's debate style.

    On today's episode, your candidates argue over who has the best Indicator of the Week: the links discovered between health care prices and layoffs, stress-tested banks, and ... cow burps?

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    Do polluters pay, or do they get paid?

    Do polluters pay, or do they get paid?
    For years, rich nations have sent money to lower-income countries to help deal with the impacts of climate change. But it turns out, these wealthy nations are finding creative ways to funnel some of that financing back into their own economies. Today, we look at how the climate crisis is reviving a debate over how money should flow from rich to less-rich nations.

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    What's going to happen to the Trump tax cuts?

    What's going to happen to the Trump tax cuts?
    The last major overhaul of the tax code was in 2017, when Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Much of that is set to expire next year, and that means a big debate over tax policy is looming.

    Voters this fall won't just be voting for a president—they'll essentially decide who pays for the government and how much for years to come.

    Today on the show, we explain the battle lines forming in this tax code throwdown.

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    Tracking the underground bike theft economy

    Tracking the underground bike theft economy
    A few years ago, bike enthusiast Bryan Hance got a tip. A whole bunch of expensive bikes that were stolen in the Bay Area had suddenly turned up ... for sale on a Facebook page in Mexico. The revelation started Bryan down a years-long investigation where he would uncover an intricate, large-scale criminal operation out of Jalisco, Mexico.

    In today's episode, we talk to freelance reporter Christopher Solomon who wrote about Hance's journey in WIRED Magazine.

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    The tower of NVIDIA

    The tower of NVIDIA
    For a moment last week, semiconductor chip designer NVIDIA eclipsed Microsoft to become the world's most valuable company. How did it get there?

    Today on the show, David Rosenthal, one half of the tech podcast Acquired, explains how NVIDIA's founder Jensen Huang laid the groundwork for the company's meteoric rise, and why there may be obstacles ahead.

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