Stacey Vanek Smith

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Can the middle class live like the Simpson family? NPR asked; 'The Simpsons' answered

Friday, May 20, 2022

Last year, the Indicator analyzed whether the Simpson family's lifestyle was attainable for the middle class. A writer for The Simpsons listened and decided to answer the question with an episode.


What does it take to deliver weapons into a war zone?

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Ukraine has been receiving a stream of weapons from the United States and NATO for the past several weeks. Like the goods that come to your door, these weapons have to go through a supply chain.


Being ignored at workplace meetings? Tips on how to make yourself heard

Friday, April 01, 2022

Meetings, love them or hate them, when it comes to the workplace, they're really important. NPR's Life Kit has tips for how to be heard at work. (Story originally aired on ATC on Nov. 13, 2021.)


Law enforcement is using one of cryptocurrency's strengths to fight crypto crime

Thursday, March 03, 2022

Cryptocurrency is an asset for those seeking privacy in their transactions, including criminals. Eyebrows were raised when a couple was arrested for allegedly laundering billions in stolen bitcoin.


Backwardation in the oil market, explained

Friday, February 18, 2022

The phenomenon of backwardation illustrates one of the reasons why oil is in short supply right now.


Why the songwriting catalogs of music icons could be the new gold

Friday, February 04, 2022

Music icons like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan have sold their songwriting catalogs for eye-popping amounts of money. It's a growing trend in an industry that's shifted since the start of streaming.


What a ban from the global messaging system for banks would mean for Russia

Friday, January 21, 2022

As Russia places troops on the Ukrainian border, there's a financial nuclear weapon that Europe and the U.S. can use: ban Russia from the system most banks use to transfer money internationally.


As prices rise, some debate whether price controls should be reinstated

Friday, January 14, 2022

There's been a storm of debate about an old anti-inflation policy: price controls. So we dust off the history books to see what happened in World War II.


Conditions that are causing burnout among nurses were a problem before the pandemic

Friday, January 07, 2022

In hospitals, it's standard for nurses to work a 12-hour shift. But research shows that may not be such a good idea for patients — or nurses.


Johnson & Johnson tests a legal maneuver known as the Texas Two-Step

Friday, January 07, 2022

Johnson & Johnson is entangled in lawsuits regarding its talcum-based products being linked to ovarian cancer. To save itself from future suits, the company is betting big on a tricky legal maneuver.


22 tips for 2022: Get your ideas heard at work

Thursday, January 06, 2022

If you're getting interrupted, your ideas are being stolen or you're being talked over in meetings, this tip could help: Make sure you're "amplifying" one another's ideas.


Americans have gotten raises. But with inflation, is it really a raise?

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Although workers across the country have seen an increase in wages, the prices of things like gas and food have also risen, leaving workers wondering if their raises are real.


MLB's lockout partially stems from the fact that the league is a monopoly

Friday, December 17, 2021

The Major League Baseball lockout continues, with players and owners still at odds. A 100-year-old court case gave the MLB an 'antitrust exemption' and set the stage for the labor unrest we see today.


'The Indicator from Planet Money': The U.K.'s most famous family firm in crisis

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Due to recent scandals and Queen Elizabeth's poor health, the royal family's brand and future feel far less certain than it has in years. Can "The Firm" survive without its CEO?


Do the rising wages in the U.S. make a difference if prices are going up too?

Friday, December 03, 2021

Although workers across the country have seen an increase in wages, the cost of things like gas and food have also risen. This has left workers wondering if these raises are real or just an illusion.


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.


Life Kit: How to make yourself be heard at work

Saturday, November 13, 2021

NPR's Life Kit has tips for how to be heard at work.


iBuyers use data to buy houses and turn a profit. Or at least that's the hope

Thursday, November 11, 2021

iBuyers buy homes online and turn around and sell them. But they concentrate in certain places, where houses can be priced pretty well using a computer algorithm.


A customer whisperer has tips on how to defuse a patron before they explode

Friday, November 05, 2021

Restaurant, retail and airline employees continue to face unruly customers over COVID-19 precautions. A customer service expert explains how to defuse situations before they get out of hand.


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.