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Thanksgiving Dinner Is The Cheapest In 35 Years

Each year, the American Farm Bureau estimates the cost of Thanksgiving dinner. The main finding this year? Thanksgiving dinner is the cheapest it's been since the survey started 35 years ago. → Read More

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Should I Travel For Thanksgiving This Year?

The CDC recommends we all stay home for Thanksgiving to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. But tens of millions of Americans are expected to travel anyway. If you're one of them, here's how you can think about the risk you're taking. → Read More

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A Face-Punching Legal Battle

Over the past few decades, the UFC has become the biggest name in mixed martial arts. But a lawsuit argues it has held down fighter wages by restricting competition. → Read More

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Winter Is Coming For The Restaurant Industry

Idaho is the leading nation in restaurant revenue growth. But that doesn't mean its restaurants are having an easy time. There are mask mandates and robust restrictions on gathering in many cities in the state, and with winter coming, restaurateurs are working hard to innovate, compensate and stay in business. → Read More

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Evaluating the Washington Consensus

In 1985, then Treasury Secretary James Baker gave a speech in South Korea laying out a series of economic proposals that would transform economics around the world. → Read More

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How Investment Advisors Invest Their Money

Financial advisors counsel people on what stocks and bonds and other investments to buy, and how to balance portfolios. But where do they put their own money? → Read More

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How the coronavirus pandemic is impacting a turkey farmer

COVID-19-related travel and get-together restrictions are impacting small businesses across the U.S. this holiday season. The Indicator talks to a turkey farmer about how the pandemic has affected business this year. → Read More

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Jobs Friday: Not Bad, Not Not Bad

The US economy added more than 600,000 jobs in October. Team Indicator assembles the Jobs Friday Ninja squad to get their take. → Read More

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When Life Gives You Lemons...Start The Mafia?

The essential ingredient in the birth of the mafia as we know it wasn't the threats or the murders or the other stuff that's great for Hollywood. It was...lemons. → Read More

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How Biden And Trump Plan To Reshore Jobs

Author and economics commentator Matt Klein joins the show to discuss the ways each presidential candidate plans to bring manufacturing jobs to the United States. → Read More

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The 99% Invisible City With Roman Mars

Podcast host and co-author of The 99% Invisible City Roman Mars joins the show to talk about his new book, the ways people shape their cities, and how to combine beauty & function in design. → Read More

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Questions From Kids

Stacey and Cardiff answer questions from kids...also, a few animal facts. → Read More

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The Great Remittance Mystery

In 2019, migrants sent a record $500 billion back to their countries of origin. Then COVID hit, and the World Bank predicted a 20 percent drop in that flow of cash. But now the data is in, and it turns out remittances have held steady. → Read More

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The Case Against Google

A few days ago, The Department of Justice filed a massive antitrust lawsuit against Google. The case focuses on the company's dominance in search, but what about the rest of Google's empire? → Read More

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The cases for hope and despair about the U.S. economy

Should we feel hope or despair about the future of the American economy? Cardiff and Stacey debate. → Read More

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Why Women Are Leaving The Workforce

Of the 1.1 million people who left the job market in September, over 860,000 were women. Today we look at why women are dropping out of the workforce and what it will mean for the economy. → Read More

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The Lehman Trilogy

Just before Broadway shut down, team Indicator saw The Lehman Trilogy, about the origin of Lehman Brothers. We talk with playwright Ben Power about the firm, the family and the consolation of history. → Read More

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Inequities Of The Pandemic

The coronavirus has devastated the U.S. economy, but it hasn't affected everyone equally. Today on the show, four ways the pandemic has deepened inequality. → Read More

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Daymond John Plays Overrated Or Underrated

Daymond John and what he thinks is overrated and what's underrated → Read More

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How Vikings Launched Globalization 1.0

How the Vikings trading with a North American Indigenous group shortly after the year 1000 connected global trading networks and kicked off the first version of globalization. → Read More