Stacey Vanek Smith appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Friday, February 18, 2022
The phenomenon of backwardation illustrates one of the reasons why oil is in short supply right now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Saturday, November 13, 2021
NPR's Life Kit has tips for how to be heard at work.
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.
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.
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.