Stacey Vanek Smith

Stacey Vanek Smith appears in the following:

What Does "National Emergency" Actually Mean?

Friday, February 15, 2019

President Trump asked Congress for funds to build an extension of the wall on the border with Mexico. Congress refused, so Trump declared a national emergency. But what does that mean?


Your Questions, Answered ❤️

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Today we answer listener questions about age discrimination; how work hours are counted; and whether the economy is running out of people to take jobs.


Planet Money's Podcast 'The Indicator' Tackles History Of Bonds

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Governments all over the world use bonds to raise money. We examine how the the first bond came to be, and how it transformed the way governments borrow money.


The Strike That Changed U.S. Labor

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The 1937 agreement between GM and the United Auto Workers union ushered in a period of strength for organized labor. Today, labor is nowhere near as powerful as it used to be. What happened?


Fortnite Vs. Backpack Kid: Dance Battle Royale

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

An Instagram celebrity and a video game company are battling over who gets to own a dance move once it goes viral.


The Disease Detectives

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The dedicated officers of the epidemic intelligence service are foot soldiers in a relentless battle against infectious disease.


India's Poverty Paradox

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

India's government has proposed a plan to pay some of the country's poorest farmers a guaranteed income. What would this mean for the country's economy?


The Fed's Sweet Spot For Interest Rates

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says inflation isn't a problem right now, and that the short term interest rate, at 2.5 percent, is right where it should be.



Monday, February 04, 2019

Parts of America are in the grip of a cold snap. Others are being drenched by rain. How do we measure the cost of extreme weather conditions? We called a scientist to find out.


The Jobs Friday 5

Friday, February 01, 2019

Jobs: Is the economy creating enough of them? Are they paying more than they used to? Do people have the jobs they want? All this and more.


For Georgia Farmer, The Trade Tariffs Are Personal

Friday, February 01, 2019

The trade dispute between the U.S. and China has economic impacts on both countries — including America's agricultural communities. A Georgia farmer's livelihood is on the front lines of the dispute.


Lights Out For PG&E?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

How the once fairly-stable business of public utilities is changing.


How To Price A Government Shutdown

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the economic impact of the longest shutdown in history.


A Bond Is Born

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

How the invention of the government bond saved a bunch of mid-level politicians from certain death and became one of the most important pieces of financial technology the world has ever seen.


The End Of The Shutdown?

Friday, January 25, 2019

The shutdown is over... for now. Today on the Indicator, we talk to one of the 800,000 formerly-furloughed federal employees about his experience of the shutdown.


HAIL To College Access

Thursday, January 24, 2019

An economics experiment that streamlines the application and financial aid process for low-income students.


When Tariffs Hit Home

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

How the trade war with China is playing out on one peanut farm in Georgia.


How Market Volatility Plays Into The Fear Index

Friday, January 18, 2019

It turns out, 2018 was the most volatile year ever for the U.S. stock market. But while the market's ups and downs may be nerve-wracking, there might be less cause for alarm than one would think.


The Extremely Cautious Case For Extremely Mild Optimism

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Interest rates are higher, global growth is slowing, and the government is at an impasse. But there are also reasons for near-term optimism about the U.S. economy.


Working Women: Why The U.S. Is Behind

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

When it came to the female labor force participation rate, America used to lead the world. But we've fallen behind. Today on the show: what happened?