The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.


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BONUS INDICATOR: The Measure Of A Tragedy

Ricardo Hausmann, a Harvard-based Venezuelan economist, has constructed his own indicator, one that captures the horrifying scale of the economic catastrophe in Venezuela. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)
00:10:36 12/17/2018

Past Episodes

A truce in the U.S.-China trade war seemed close. The leaders of China and the United States were meeting to discuss a fix. And then arrests started. It got even more confusing, so today, we call up our man on the ground in Shanghai to make sense of it all. The key to understanding the latest turn in the trade war centers around a giant company most Americans haven't heard of called Huawei. Its rise traces the rise of China's economy and Chinese-style capitalism.
00:17:46 12/14/2018
We try to figure out what makes cents.
00:22:45 12/12/2018
It feels like all of New York City is arguing about Amazon's new office in Queens. But what do the people in Long Island City think?
00:21:37 12/7/2018
The U.S. and Europe just can't agree on car safety standards. That puts car companies in a weird position, makes cars cost more and just seems kind of random and wasteful.
00:21:00 12/5/2018
Their plan was dangerous, risky, and extremely unpopular. But America copied them anyway. Today on the show: how a tiny country on the other side of the world changed how America runs its economy.
00:23:12 11/30/2018
We talk to Kid Rock about how he tried to cut scalpers out of the business ? and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.
00:22:20 11/28/2018
For 70 years, a Coca-Cola cost a nickel. The price didn't change. How is that even possible? You can also watch the video here:
00:04:14 11/26/2018
We go deep inside the market for online mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?
00:20:47 11/22/2018
You get what you measure. Work expands to fill the time allotted. Who comes up with this stuff? And is it true?
00:24:12 11/21/2018
A quick history of slow credit cards. This video also available here:
00:04:27 11/19/2018

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