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You might go easy on Adele — the fragile vinyl record supply chain isn't her fault

Friday, November 19, 2021

The vinyl record supply chain has always been a little fragile. But can it withstand the economic force that is Adele? She reportedly pressed over 500,000 vinyl records for her new album, 30.

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How debt can affect our decision making

Friday, October 29, 2021

In the Netflix hit series Squid Game, cash-strapped players compete in deadly children's games for money. NPR's podcast, The Indicator, looks at what the show reveals about debt and decision making.

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Online game lets you experience the supply-chain crunch through beer sales

Friday, October 22, 2021

The Beergame App simulates the steps of selling beer from brewer to drinker — revealing a real world problem that can tangle the supply chain.

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5 Lessons Evergrande Taught Us About The Chinese Economy

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Here's what a troubled property developer tells us about the Chinese economy.

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A Conundrum Years In The Making, China Is Struggling To Find Workers For Factories

Monday, September 27, 2021

For decades, China exported better and cheaper stuff. But now China is experiencing a factory worker crunch that could lead to higher prices on exports. It's been a long time coming.

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In The West, 2 Conditions Are On A Collision Course: Drought And Growing Population

Friday, September 03, 2021

An epic drought and population explosion is draining Lake Mead and the Colorado River, which millions in the Southwestern U.S. rely on.

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From 'The Indicator': Holy Cow, It's Fake Meat!

Friday, August 20, 2021

The plant-based meat industry is growing rapidly, and companies that have traditionally focused on fattening cows with grass, corn, soy and other crops are now trying to take beef out of the equation.

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'The Indicator': The Time The U.S. Paid Off All Its Debt

Thursday, August 12, 2021

The Senate is set to go on break without raising the debt ceiling, prompting grievances among Washington lawmakers. But the only time in history the debt was paid down, it didn't go quite as planned.

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The Way The Government Measures Inflation Is More Hands-On Than You Probably Expect

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The latest Consumer Price Index showed prices were up 5.4% compared to a year ago. But how exactly does the government track this number?

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Short Of Workers, Employers Are Getting Creative To Entice People Into Construction

Friday, July 09, 2021

Demand for homes has increased dramatically this year amidst a labor shortage in the construction industry. So employers are increasing wages and getting creative to entice people into the trades.

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A Racist Law From 1834 Stands In The Way Of A Chehalis Tribe Business Venture

Thursday, June 03, 2021

The Chehalis Tribe in Washington state has a plan to create jobs and revenue. The problem? A racist law from 1834.

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Toothpaste Tablets: Children Weigh In As Some The Toughest Critics Of Dental Products

Friday, May 28, 2021

It might be the best product in the world, but that doesn't mean people will try it. What does it take to get consumers to try something new — like toothpaste tablets?

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What Cake Baking Can Teach Us About Vaccine Production

Friday, May 28, 2021

The U.S. just backed calls by South Africa and India to waive intellectual property protection for COVID-19 vaccines, but that may not be enough to ramp up vaccine production.

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The Skinny Jean's Fall From Grace

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Skinny jeans dominated the jeans market for nearly two decades. Now they make up about 33% of jeans sales. The Indicator from Planet Money investigates the possible demise of the skinny jean.

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Seem Too Good To Be True? Once, A Pepsi Promotion With Big Promises Ended In Disaster

Friday, May 07, 2021

Have you ever dreamed of winning a promotion that seems too good to be true? From Planet Money, the podcast The Indicator has the story of a promotion that went terribly wrong for Pepsi.

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Why Are Millions Of N95 Masks Sitting In A Factory Without A Buyer?

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Many doctors and nurses say they are not receiving enough N95 masks to feel safe. Yet, U.S. companies say they can't sell their federally approved N95 masks to hospitals.

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Planet Money: Has The Hole In the Ozone Been Fixed?

Thursday, November 12, 2020

There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the time the world came together to plug the hole in the ozone layer.

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Optimizing Your Pandemic Charity

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Running the numbers on giving in the time of coronavirus

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The Opium Cycle

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

There is a pattern that has repeated itself throughout the history of the opium trade.

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The Magic Number Behind Protests

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Revolutions don't just happen. A data-driven approach to studying activism suggests two characteristics can vastly increase chances of success.

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