Archive for the ‘THE INDICATOR’ Category

The Great Potato Giveaway   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/23/843437140/the-great-potato-giveaway

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the agriculture supply chain has been suffering. Although the shelves at grocery stores are not fully stocked, farmers are giving away their goods, or even turning it into fertilizer.

Original Air Date: April 23 2020

Length: 9 minutes 25 seconds

Discussion Prompt: How will this affect the agriculture industry? What does this tell us about how these markets are functioning? What solutions can you propose which would help the industry financially?

Why Sweden Isn’t Locking Down   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/09/831325721/why-sweden-isnt-locking-down

The majority of countries across the globe are enforcing mandatory lockdowns, but not Sweden. All businesses are remaining open, including schools, night clubs and gyms. Sweden’s head epidemiologist states that this approach is more sustainable and less disruptive to peoples’ lives.

Original Air Date: April 9, 2020

Length: 9 minutes 57 seconds

Discussion Prompt: Do you agree or disagree with Sweden’s approach to this pandemic? Why or why not?

Note: Sweden’s chief epidemiologist has since admitted this policy resulted in “too many deaths

Coronavirus and The Gig Economy   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/07/829264795/coronavirus-and-the-gig-economy

Delivery and service workers are considered essential right now. Without them, the economy would likely be in even more trouble than it already is. That being said, they are paid a very low wage, and some are not even being provided with adequate protection such as masks and gloves.

Original Air Date: April 7, 2020

Length: 9 minutes 56 seconds

Discussion Prompt: With the current increased demand for Instacart and other grocery delivery services, do you think demand will stay high after the pandemic? Use economic thinking to analyze what you think is happening in the market now. How do you think will this market change once the pandemic ends?

How Are They Doing Now?   Leave a comment

How Are They Doing NowLink: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/02/02/582843102/how-are-they-doing-now

Summary: When the recession hit, many workers within the United States not only lost their jobs, but they also had to cut back a significant amount of their hours. In this podcast, THE INDICATOR checks on three groups to see how they are doing now, part-time workers who want to be full-time, African-American unemployment, and people without college degrees.

Original Air Date: February 2, 2018

Length: 5 minutes 34 seconds

 

Janet Yellen’s Mystery Story   Leave a comment

Janet YellenLink: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/01/31/582224091/janet-yellen-s-mystery-story

Summary: Former head of the Federal Reserve of America, Janet Yellen, communicated about inflation, uncertainty, and monetary policy in one of her speeches last fall. With the current low inflation, the Fed hopes more consumers go out and purchase more goods to help reach the ideal inflation in the country. But as inflation remains low,  the Fed is left puzzling over this mystery.

Original Air Date: January 31, 2018

Length: 6 minutes 48 seconds

The Recession Predictor   Leave a comment

The Recession PredictorLink: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/01/12/577710151/the-recession-predictor

Summary: There appears to be fear that another recession is approaching the United States, but what are the warning signs for the country’s economy? From talks about inflation, interest rates, and borrowing, the yield curve is known to be a powerful and the most accurate predictor of recessions.

Original Air Date: January 12, 2018

Length: 9 minutes 5 seconds

What America Sells To The World   Leave a comment

What America Sells To The WorldLink: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/02/01/582510662/what-america-sells-to-the-world

Summary: From imports to exports of goods and services, America’s exports are significantly varied. The top three categories of goods that the U.S. exports to other countries are refined oil products, airplanes, and cars. In this podcast, THE INDICATOR discusses the $2.2 trillion of exports the U.S. ships across the world each year.

Original Air Date: February 1, 2018

Length: 6 minutes 14 seconds

Stimulus Response   Leave a comment

Stimulus ResponseLink: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/02/14/585844313/stimulus-response

Summary: What would a liberal economist say about the state of America’s economy today? THE INDICATOR discusses how the country’s economy may need some form of stimulus to boost further economic growth.  However, would the benefits of the short run stimulus for the economy that we say we need, outweigh the cost of the long-term tax cuts?

Original Air Date: February 14, 2018

Length: 6 minutes 30 seconds

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Oil Prices   Leave a comment

Oil pricesLink: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/01/19/579231506/therise-and-fall-and-rise-of-oil-prices

Summary: Oil prices have been fluctuating over the years, but when there is a price increase, many people may experience increases in the price of gas, heating, or a flight ticket back home as well. With the volatility of oil prices, what does this mean for determining future prices of oil and will these prices ever stabilize?

Original Air Date: January 19, 2018

Length: 7 minutes 4 seconds

Weed GDP   Leave a comment

Weed GDPLink: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/01/30/581923542/weed-gdp

Summary: Ever wonder what goods and services contributes significantly to a country’s economy? GDP is the basic measure that does just that and, in this podcast, the director general of Statistics Canada goes on a journey to determine the figures that represent marijuana’s contribution to Canada’s GDP to see the economic effects of marijuana legalization within the country.

Original Air Date: January 30, 2018

Length: 6 minutes 4 seconds