Archive for the ‘THE INDICATOR’ Category

Seeking Refuge On The Open Road   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/23/970726684/seeking-refuge-on-the-open-road

Have you ever thought about throwing all your belongings in a car and living on the open road? Bob Wells, a van nomad discusses how he turned his life on the road from a last hope into a chance to create hope and opportunity for others by documenting his nomadic life on YouTube. This episode discusses how the break from the societal “rat race” can end up being a much better economic choice for many.

Original Air Date: February 23, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 59 seconds

The Virtual Office   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/31/983097569/the-virtual-office

Virtual reality (VR) might be the future of meetings in the office. With COVID-19 keeping people at home in online meeting spaces such as Zoom, VR is now being used by many businesses to join up for meetings. There is even more interest and investment happening in the field of VR making it currently worth around $16 billion and is expected to double within the next 5 years. The Indicator team discusses their experience with the virtual reality world and its growing market.

Original Air Date: March 31, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 59 seconds

The Power of Humor   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/08/965572857/the-power-of-humor

The Indicator discusses the value of humor in life. They invite Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas, Stanford Business School faculty, to discuss their book new Humor, Seriously which highlights the importance of humor within the workplace. They consider all of the utility gained through the incorporation of humor into work such as increased productivity and satisfaction, as well as tips on how to add in humor to your workday.

Original Air Date: February 8, 2021

Length: 8 minutes 46 seconds

WFH From Barbados   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/09/922479527/wfh-from-barbados

The economy in Barbados is heavily reliant on tourism and has been struggling due to travel restrictions. To combat the effects of the lack of tourism, Barbados created a program called “Welcome Stamp”, where individuals can receive a visa to work remotely while living in Barbados for a year.

Original Air Date: October 9, 2020

Length: 9 minutes 25 seconds

An Economist Walks into a Bar   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/12/923123253/an-economist-walks-into-a-bar

This podcast discusses how many groundbreaking ideas were discovered at bars and how they could potentially foster innovation. Individuals like Mike Andrews have researched this through studying the number of patents filed during Prohibition. Andrews found that innovation is mainly sparked through connections made with other individuals. As seen with the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals are still finding remote ways to foster innovation through technologies like Zoom.

Original Air Date: October 12,2020

Length: 9 minutes 59 seconds

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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