Aggregated reviews for The Indicator from Planet Money

A little show about big ideas. From the people who make Planet Money, The Indicator helps you make sense of what's happening today. It's a quick hit of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else. Listen weekday afternoons.

Best podcast   (5/5)

Short, concise, on topic. If you think it’s “biased”, go back to Fox News.

LOL economics lessons   (5/5)

Stacey and Cardiff combine the credibility of NPR economic journalism with the witty comedic chemistry of a WWDTM panel. Who knew economics could be so much fun?!

Needs to Return to What Made It Great   (3/5)

This has been a great podcast, especially when it covers the diverse indicators of economics. Ironically, the podcast is less diverse since it now seems primarily focused on race issues in the economy. The economy is multidimensional so I hope the show begins to cover the other aspects of the economy, too—like it used to. That will make it a 5 star podcast once again.

Stop making everything about race   (2/5)

I feel like this podcast is no longer about economics it’s about race. If I wanted that content I would listen to Codeswitch. Please go back to the original purpose of the podcast and talk about economics.

THE best podcast series   (5/5)

The Indicator is the #1 podcast series that I listen to. Each episode covers a new economics topic that is both easily digestible and fascinating. Stacy Vanek Smith and Cardif Garcia are some of the most witty and personable podcast hosts I’ve heard. Listen to a few podcasts and enjoy!

Enjoyable   (5/5)

I’m an economist, but enjoy the simplicity and accessibility of this podcast. Great topics, well-researched, clearly articulated. I love Stacey and Cardiff’s rapport.

Indicating what?   (2/5)

So, I’ve only listened to 2 episodes and you can call out my hypocrisy here for not getting a good data sample, but I’m disappointed. The first episode I listened to, The Economics of Gods and Mortals, was very enjoyable and along the lines of the quality I would expect from this show with these hosts. The second show I listened to, When $600 Goes Away, lacked rigor in every aspect I could imagine. At the least, if there was a point to be made, I would expect it to share data backing and nuancing the point. The casual observer could see the flaws in logic from many angles and I’m not interested in listening to pandering or propaganda. I was interested to learn something and I learned nothing. I’ll make myself listen for a broader sample, but so far this is a “miss” for me.

Amazing   (5/5)

I love the show, it’s AMAZING but can you please try to use a phrase besides “then coronavirus hit” you aren’t the only one but you say it pretty much every episode.

Absolutely love this podcast   (5/5)

Who knew economics could be condensed into <10 minute segments while being incredibly easily and straightforward!

Have you forgotten about national and world economics? ??   (1/5)

Do you plan to interview people Who are worried about the future forever? There is enough bad news daily we don’t need to hear more from you! How about focusing on industry, businesses, particularly those that have successfully kept employees and restarted.

Drifted from original purpose   (2/5)

I really enjoyed the original context of this podcast, being about various economic indicators. It has drifted and has become more of a commentary on the economy (and has been fairly left-leaning of late) rather than being an education on various indicators - which is ironic, given the number of new indicators that are out there to discuss! Finally had to unsubscribe. I wish they would start a new podcast that is about - economic indicators. It was a great idea.

More Facts Less Feelings   (3/5)

They don’t seem to focus as much on the facts and figures- rather trying to make economic policy based on feelings.

Another guest goes unchallenged   (3/5)

You just let guests spout off without asking where they come up with these conclusions.

Top 5 podcast in my rotation   (5/5)

This podcast is righteous. The recent episode about the power of workers was straight to the point and brought the fire. Anna Stansberry is doing great research and was shocked to hear that her research was co-sponsored by Larry Summers, the king of neoliberals. Thanks to everyone involved with the show, you’re doing great work!

My favorite podcast.   (5/5)

Stacey and Cardiff. I love your show!!!!!

Off the rails lately..   (2/5)

I’m a long time fan of the original Planet Money. Being an NPR podcast, it of course leans a little left. I do too, and am totally fine with that. The Indicator is on another level of bias, though, my goodness! And it has gotten worse lately. They just ended an episode with what can only be described as social justice gobbledygook. An economist was quoted saying the economics profession needs “to allow structural approaches to be included in the way we understand inequality in America.” Episode ends. Preach! Wait, what does that even mean??

Used to enjoy it   (3/5)

I used to enjoy the podcast but not anymore. Nothing wrong with socialism podcast but I don’t think that was the original context. Maybe I misunderstood. Why don’t you play back the very first one? I hope to enjoy again.

Everything is about race   (1/5)

This show is all about race these days. Race baiting and outright racist commentary is now a staple of this podcast. I’m out!

The ice cream Shop review   (1/5)

I just listened to the podcast on the molly moo’s ice cream update and the owner is extremely extremely bias to the demographic she wants in her store. She stated that every night police without cause attacked and gassed protesters. She must not of gotten her facts straight. The protesters were mixed in rioters that were destroying and defacing public and government property. She forgot to mention that police didn’t anyone in “chaz” or “chop”... rioters and self proclaimed “warlords” did. But hey, that’s the way this podcast and this business owner want to be. Bias and tell the story that fits your narrative. How about the truth?

Best podcast...   (5/5)

This is the smartest, hardest hitting podcast on the internet! Hard to imagine beating their parent Planet Money, but somehow Cardiff Garcia brings a new socially conscious angle to economics that is refreshing and brilliant. Great job team!

Unsubscribe   (1/5)

If I wanted a black lives matter podcast id download one. I'm over the divide, and your just making it worse.

Love!   (5/5)

I love that I can finish the podcast if I have a short drive. Gives me some nuggets of information and then I can look into them further if I want.

Binge listening in reverse order   (5/5)

Listening to the back catalog on autoplay during the pandemic, it’s striking to hear how hopeful we were. Low unemployment as Jobs Friday! seemed like otherwise non-events; which made its reporting whimsical. Detailed explanations on the inverted yield curve clearly didn’t lead to our current predicament.

Uncounted Workforce   (4/5)

So, now we should be outraged about pay for prisoner labor. You guys are joking, right??? They are prisoners, which implies they have cost the public numerous expenses before they were incarcerated. I could care less about what a prisoner is paid, or their exploited labor.

Bad taste   (3/5)

While typically I enjoy this podcast, today’s episode on working in prisons left me with an extremely bad taste, making me wonder if this really is a good podcast that I should continue to subscribe to. It sounded to me that we should be glorifying criminals and making their lives easy. The fact that inmates are allowed (though you let on that it is required) to work is a blessing to many of them. It teaches work in a place many would not typically be able to work. I personally know someone who was grateful for the job he had while in prison, and he used the money for a TV once a week. He had to earn the right to work. He is a minority race. This episode had many underlying political views that should never have been present. Don’t paint all pictures of prison with two people, whether or not their experience was fact checked.

Needs Diversity of Opinion   (3/5)

The views and analysis are clearly more left wing views of economics. It would be nice to hear both sides of the argument for a given topic instead of assuming everyone agrees with NPR’s interpretation of data.

Great information, consice and timely   (5/5)

Love this little gem. Great stories, great information. Jobs Friday!!! Yield Curve Inversion!!

Interesting, concise, but...   (3/5)

This podcast covers interesting topics in a concise and flowing podcast. However, this being NPR, they try to insert subtle left wing propaganda into non- political topics. One needs to be aware of that bias and leftist political obsession of NPR producers. As of recently, the producers have introduced a lot of anti-police messages into the podcasts.

Love   (5/5)

Longtime listener and love how they incorporate important current events. Their banter is fun and upbeat. But Cardiff, your voice can be seriously piercing sometimes. Just let up a tad 🙏 Keep up the awesome work.

I hate the tone of this podcast   (4/5)

This podcast does some great reporting, but I hate Stacy and Cardiff’s sing songy approach to the fact that neoliberalism and American capitalism are killing people and we are helpless in the face of the machine? Like in the process of trying to sound silly and relatable to millennials like myself they just end up sounding absolutely bonkers. These are serious topics and the way they present it just the pinnacle of cognitive dissonance. “Yeah the gnashing teeth of capitalism will eat us all alive but it’s fine haha isn’t economics fun kids???” Sometimes listening to these clips is a distinctly uncomfortable experience.

The podcast I don't want to live without!   (5/5)

I've been listening since the beginning (sorry it took me so long to review). I never miss an episode and always learn something new each day. Love the quick pace and range of topics. Thank you!

High Quality, With Integrity   (5/5)

Entertaining, informative and free. Hard to ask for more. The team clearly puts a lot of work into each episode and enjoys the process, making for a great show. Very liberal.

Interesting and Informative   (5/5)

One of my favorite podcasts on economics!

Great podcast, try it!   (5/5)

Listened to this Wednesday’s episode and was immediately hooked.

Racism and Economics- WRONG   (2/5)

It’s not about blacks being disproportionately hurt by the Coronavirus pandemic as was posited by this episode. It’s about poor people being hurt disproportionately. My assertion is that wealthy people (whether they are white, black, or polka-dotted) are doing better than poorer people (whether they are white, black, or polka-dotted). So it’s about poverty and not ethnicity. Plain and simple. People in poverty lack resources (resources may include money, skills/education, emotional stability, social capital, etc). They are less likely to do well when the unexpected happens. Yes, race relations are fraught and they must improve but please identify the right problem so it may be properly addressed.

Selective data   (2/5)

Women are more likely to hold an “essential job” but 2/3 of the deaths are male

Detailed and easy to learn   (5/5)

Great daily podcast. Bite size. Easy to learn economics from.

Waiting for a Check   (5/5)

Such a great report, an idea of how people are impacted that gets to the heart of it without the histrionics - a family who has worked hard for many years thrown into an extremely difficult and on going problem and even the people that are there to assist on the ground are limited in what they can do even in the immediate or short term which is critical. Such difficulties but the mother keeps on going knowing her family is dependent upon her - congratulations on this podcast

Economics 101 plus   (5/5)

I can finally engage in current economics discussions after listening to your podcast nearly every day while doing housework.

Thanks!   (5/5)

I love the Indicator! Thanks for all your hard work!

Office?   (5/5)

Just listen to your show! What about the AC units moving air around the whole office. Should we change the filtering system? Thanks again.... Randy.

My top podcast 2018 - present!   (5/5)

Thank you Stacey and Cardiff! You are such beautiful nerds and I am deeply grateful for all the economic knowledge you have dropped on my days.

Small business delays   (4/5)

Good story but why not explore the source of the delay? Why are these small businesses suffering these delays? Why did theHouse the push for a rule change now - why not vote in this crisis and rule changes later?

Short and sweet   (5/5)

Only 10 minutes long but packed full of insightful and interesting indicators

Great Show   (5/5)

I listen everyday, Stacey and Cardiff are great

Short Sweet and full of facty goodness   (5/5)

There are a bunch of great podcasts out there. This is the one I consume first.

The latest episode really bugged me   (1/5)

You choose a wrong small business. If 1 month of inactivity puts them into 1.5 million dollars loan then its not a small business. And then she is demanding the loan from govt like everyone owes it and pretends to care in the end. Very very badly chosen topic. You cant mismanage your business and ask govt for help.

So helpful   (5/5)

Anything that makes economics interesting, relevant, and understandable has my listen!

Priceless 15 minutes   (5/5)

This short podcast brings economics to a new level. It touches all aspects and goes far beyond your Dow-market report. You’ll get hooked.

Quick bits of economic news EVERYONE needs   (5/5)

This is perhaps one of my favorite — if not my absolute favorite — podcast! 10 min a day is not much to spare and this pod is a real winner!! They use language anyone can understand no matter what your economic background, knowledge, and experience is.

Love the laughs that you bring   (5/5)

I love the way you bring economics down to street level. And you guys do it with lots of laughs and good times back and forth.

Economics for the layman, that’s pun-tastic!   (5/5)

Love this podcast. I tried to avoid economics in high school because it seemed so boring, but now that I’ve lived through the financial crisis, earn more money, & want to retire someday despite my student loan debt, I wanted to improve my understanding of the economy. This podcast is great at recognizing terms that may not be common and explaining them in a way I understand. I’m addicted & always looking forward to the next episode. One whole ⭐️ for the puns!

Love the Indicator   (5/5)

Thoughtful bite sized pieces of great information.

Confused podcasts   (3/5)

I like Planet Money and the Indicator but my apple podcast gets them mixed up so I can’t be subscribed to both. I’d like to keep updated with both of them. The content is better than a 3.

Fun and Informative   (5/5)

Cardiff and Stacey together are like eating a Hot fudge sundae while being inspired by your favorite teacher. You both really seam to enjoy your work. Thanks so much for making each day a little brighter!

So great!   (5/5)

I just want you to know how much I enjoy your podcast. Always interesting and instructive, as well as often amusing... I feel like I learn a lot feom these short podcast “bites”! Thank you!

Digestible info   (5/5)

These hosts are good at explaining stuff so that I can learn. I like the guest hosts & guests who sometimes appear also. Thank you! (My mom who was a republican & an economics teacher liked npr, so they can’t be too biased! Maybe just a little. Who doesn’t appreciate nerds? These are good nerds who will help teach us) blessings y’all ‘It is better to keep silent and be thought a fool, than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt’ who said that? Was it president Lincoln? That’s true, and I open my mouth anyway, good advice wasted, 😔

Disappointed   (1/5)

I used to be a big fan of this podcast back when it first started and they talked about economics. Unfortunately now all the seem to talk about is gender issues.... very disappointing.

Native Ads?   (3/5)

Is this “fast fashion rental” episode an H&M advertisement, or what? Weirdly positive take on their overall business model and impact to greenwash the new rental offering. Still enjoy the pod overall but that was a strange episode.

Interesting bu the liberal bias is always there   (3/5)

I like the Indicator, and the reporters are pleasant. But the liberal bias is always there. As an example, the episode about cheap solar energy. There is a vague reference to government subsidies, but the amount of the subsidy is never disclosed. So is solar power cheap, or only cheap with a government subsidy?

Awesome!   (5/5)

The perfect podcast for a commute or just sitting down and every podcast will make you a little happier and a little smarter. Also some people are mad that it leans left politically but that npr deal with it

Great little show   (5/5)

Truly a digestible podcast about the everyday economic state of the world. I’ve added this to my connected home device and it plays every morning, such a plus. It’s not too long, usually provocative, it’s based in data, and the hosts feel like friends. Win, win, win. Thanks for the show!

Awesome   (5/5)

My new favorite podcast to listen to on my walk to work. Short and sweet, presenters are very well-spoken... love NPR!

Makes economics fun.   (5/5)

I’m a science nerd, so economics is terrifying. This show has helped me to battle these fears. Would love to see an episode explaining the American budget deficit/debt and how we justify continued spending (especially foreign aid, optional programs, etc)

Fun-filled & fascinating!   (5/5)

I listen everyday and love this podcast! P.S. so glad Stacy picked “FUNpire” that was my favorite too!

Love the show, can be a bit shallow   (4/5)

It is a daily show so I can’t imagine it’s easy to produce a quality show every day. I’ve listened every day for a year and it can be real hit or miss. Whenever they try to cover topics such as corporate finance or capital markets it can be quite laughable. They could use some assistance from some of their other Planet Money colleagues in these instances. Anyways, love the show and the chemistry of Cardiff and Stacey. The alternates hosts are all great except Darius since he doesn’t seem to really understand the topics.

Art only has value because we decide it does   (5/5)

I just listened to the episode on female artists underrepresentation in museums and auctions. I liked the episode. Whenever people talk about art and don’t mention that art is only as valuable as society or a single person decides it is I get annoyed. I think the experiment referenced in the show about people not liking paintings by females illustrates gender bias. However, how do we know how valuable a painting is? Only by the amount is has most recently sold for. So if an artist or painting isn’t valued highly in $ that may not mean much. Honestly, art is only as valuable as the artist is famous. This is especially true of“Modern art”

Gvyyvguvgyugyvygvvyg   (5/5)

It’s great for getting the latest info on regular economics.

Informative on the Surface   (3/5)

Stacey and Cardiff acknowledge not to make an investment decision based on their discussions (as the lawyers no doubt told them to say), but they tend to lean-in on what financial reporters are discussing/worrying about which is often too simplistic, spoken from non-experts. Defining certain terms and educating people on markets is great, but when one of them discuss an indicator they are fearful of as someone that recently learned about it, but looking at it as a stand-alone indicator, not how it fits in the rest of the market, they are often meaningless. IF (and again, they say not to, but I’m sure many ignore that advice) people invested based on what they heard in the show over the last few years- they would have left a lot of money on the table (somewhat predictably so). Investing (especially for and approaching retirement) is not easy nor one-sized fits all. Sometimes knowing a little is more dangerous than knowing nothing at all.

Great economics podcast!   (5/5)

Always pick interesting topics and takes a balanced look at the topics. 👍👍

Merged feeds   (1/5)

The Planet Money podcasts are showing up in the Indicator feed.

Great teaching material!   (5/5)

I teach advanced business English in Italy and my students love The Indicator because it’s informative, very clear, brief and entertaining. Having the transcript available on the webpage is also a big plus. Anyway, what is most meaningful for me is that I was able to transform something I enjoy into a teaching tool. Thank you!

Well researched   (5/5)

The show is well researched and the hosts are entertaining. The material is presented in an easily understood manner.

Love the content   (5/5)

I really love this content because they always make it interesting even if it’s not! But it is! It’s hard to keep up on the show because “binging” it takes your brain on a journey that tires out fast. I’ve been a listener since they launched the podcast - fallen behind a couple weeks here and there. But I’ll get there, good enough to not want to miss a single one. Anyways, happy 2020 y’all 🤙🏼

Fun quick listen   (5/5)

Loving the new content on historical bubbles

Excellent   (5/5)

Becky with the good yield 😂

Great   (5/5)

Love the podcast, great for info when you don’t have much time

Are we best friends?   (5/5)

The Indicator is so fantastic. I have learned about the nuances of finance and the economy. There are so many topics that you likely will not hear about anywhere else. They have so many expert guests. You will love the Indicator! I do! Also, I’m pretty sure I could be best friends with Stacey and Cardiff! I would love to have the kind of relationship they have as coworkers and friends! They are a blast to listen to, and I wish I was in the studio with them and the rest of the team! Thanks for a great podcast!

A Variety of Listenable Subjects   (5/5)

A quick listen in the morning, with enjoyable personalities presenting the information. Keep up the good work!

Ehhh   (3/5)

Enjoy the learning about economics. Do not enjoy the left leaning political talking points that are in many episodes. Such as inequality, the environment, the wage gap, and the so called gender gap. Granted these may be problems but they come at it from a democratic talking poor angle instead of just giving us the facts and letting us decide.

Digestible and Entertaining Economics   (5/5)

I never thought I’d be interested in/understand economics. The Indicator and Planet Money have a very engaging and dynamic approach to helping this Millennial understand money!

Awesome   (5/5)

Stacey and Cardiff have the best give-and-take in radio. Love listening to them, not to mention the interesting stories they cover.

Great but a little biased   (2/5)

This podcast is great and I recommend it to lots of people. I know NPR is very politically left but it doesn’t bother me too much. In one of the recent episodes the host actually said women are cheaper to hire than men because the get paid less. This was said as it if it fact. The truth is women on average get paid less but that is not women doing the same job as men. The difference in pay between women and men in the same job with the same experience and qualification is almost none. But more uneducated men choose jobs like construction while uneducated women might pick retail. Construction pays $20 starting out and retail might pay $9. If the hosts know the difference and lie to their audience as part of their political agenda then shame on them. If they never looked far enough into the statistics then I really hope they do. I love your podcast keep it neutral please.

Great show, usually   (3/5)

I love the hosts and the stories. Unfortunately the hosts seem to think that recording people eating makes for great audio. Want to hear someone eating an apple into a microphone up close to his mouth? Then do subscribe!

Trying too hard   (3/5)

Annoyingly cutesy

Fantastic   (5/5)

The Indicator is how I start every morning. I listen while I get dressed and I always learn something new. The hosts are engaging, informative, and entertaining. I can't count the number of things I've learned from this show, but I'm sure some of my friends will tell you it's too many when I share with them. If you're looking to learn more about Money, the economy, or the job market, I highly suggest a listen.

Informative and Entertaining   (5/5)

I love the personality of the hosts. The podcast is informative and entertaining. I catch myself laughing at the jokes and I feel well informed. I find that it’s a great tool for people who aren’t well versed in the area to get more insight into various economic factors.

Great podcast   (5/5)

Excellent! Very concise and entertaining

Thin on content   (3/5)

I finally realized what bothers me about this podcast—they regularly take 2 minutes of information and stretch it to 10 minutes plus (gotta squeeze as many ads as possible in!). Lots of filler, unnecessary conversation—that being said, the information is usually at least somewhat interesting. Also, the hosts aren’t trained economists by any means so it’s incredibly easy for lay people to pick up and understand.

Fun, insightful, bite-sized bits about finance and the economy!   (5/5)

I’m so impressed by what I can get out of these quick hit 10-minute podcasts! The hosts are fun and informative and cover complex topics in an easy-to-digest, 10-minute podcast.

Fantastic podcast with amazing hosts   (5/5)

The variety of subjects is great, but what I really appreciate is the incredible chemistry between the gracious hosts, Stacy and Cardiff. They fool around from time to time and it’s very refreshing to hear genuine laughs in the studio. Another great voice in the show, that you can also hear at Planet Money, comes from Sarah Gonzalez. Each of them adds a different twist to a really enjoyable show.

Okay   (3/5)

Good info, but some episodes are too blatantly left-leaning political, and content density is not high. I like planet money more

The GOAT   (5/5)

One of the all time best podcasts. This and Planet Money are two of my favorites in any genre. High praise, but well deserved.

Creative genius   (5/5)

Amazing, just like Planet money. I listen every week.. and really enjoy it. Very informative and entertaining.

Listen to it every week   (5/5)

Some of it goes over my head or I zone out but for the most part it’s good and informative

Is LA Ready For A Big Earthquake?   (5/5)

What about the possibility of thousands of homeowners without earthquake insurance deciding that the cost to rebuild their LA homes (after the earthquake) is greater than the equity in their home. Therefore they decide to give the home back to the bank and default on the home loan. What will this massive default on thousand of home loans do to the banks and Freddie and Fannie?

Bias and not funny   (1/5)

Typical NPR bias with bad/annoying jokes from Cardiff

Informative, concise and entertaining   (5/5)

The Indicator from Planet Money is an excellent podcast with a convenient format. It's short (generally under 10 minutes), and is informative, with with economic terms clearly explained. The hosts often maintain a bit of banter that is entertaining. One of my favorite short podcasts.

FTC   (5/5)


Good Podcast   (4/5)

Agree with some of the criticism that politics has become too much of a factor recently. Would love for the podcast to be less reliant on left-leaning political tropes and more purely economics based. Maybe more importantly. My feed is continually mixed up between the planet money feed and the indicator feed and subscribing to one often unsubscribes me from the other. This really needs to be addressed ASAP!!!!!

The cost of measles   (3/5)

How about the cost of vaccine injury. They are listed on the inserts. They happen every day. Let's talk about that please?

Indicator is showing as regular Planet Money   (5/5)

Anyone else having this issue? I now have 2 instances of Planet Money on my Apple podcast app, and Indicator is now longer there.

Barb-teacher   (5/5)

As a supporter of NPR and an avid listener of Planet Money and Marketplace— I absolutely LOVE The INDICATOR!! I recommend it to all my non-geeky friends and it is required in my Economics class. The humor, clarity and concise content creates a lively foil for the (undeserved?) reputation ‘dismal science’. (Hey, Cardiff— thanks for looking out for those black swans.)

Love this show! Stacey is the best!   (5/5)

This is a great show! I really like how short it is. They are relevant topics and I always learn something new. Stacey and Cardiff are hilarious and Stacey has THE best laugh! Thanks for what you do guys. I would love to hear a show on the economics behind Robo-calls. Why is it still a thing? How do we as a society stop it?

Quick and useful   (5/5)

Everyone can learn valuable things from this, and it doesn't take much time. They make it as painless as possible to. Really no excuse not to listen.

Interesting tidbits about the economy   (5/5)

I like it. I often l isten to several of them in sequence during my commute.

Too goofy   (2/5)

I want to like this, but it's too silly with loud laughing that is often misplaced. Seriously good info that is treated like a joke.

Clever and insightful   (5/5)

Even better than their parent show, Planet Money! I love Stacey and Cardiff so much.

Economics!   (5/5)

Turns out economics can be pretty interesting! Who knew? Thanks Stacey & Cardiff, love the show.

Used to be great   (3/5)

This podcast is essentially a carry-over from the old Planet Money, which used to be the best podcast out there and has quickly turned into trash. The Indicator started off with really interesting economic content. Some of the episodes are still good but overall the podcast is trending more and more toward a left-leaning propaganda tool. The political bias of the writers is readily apparent.

Love it   (5/5)

Listen all the time ! Thanks guys!

Super   (5/5)


Recent Venezuela episodes   (1/5)

Why won’t you just say it? It’s on the tip of your tongue and and everyone knows it. Venezuela, thanks to their military dictator, is yet another socialist disaster whose economy and social and political structures were destroyed by Marxist ideology. Come on, just say it already. This is what AOC and the fresh faces of the Democratic Party want for America, so just go ahead and tell your listeners the truth, what they really have in store.

Love it!   (5/5)

Once I turn one on, I can’t turn it off!

Concise yet informative podcast   (5/5)

Concise, gets the core concepts across efficiently and in fun way

Well done podcast   (5/5)

Recommend. Fun to listen to.

Fun & insightful   (5/5)

Upbeat and interesting. Appreciate the short length of the stories, too

Simple and Sweet   (4/5)

I look forward to this podcast each day. Love the cute hosts and that I get to have a bite-sized bit of economics each day.

Stacy is Pure Audio Joy   (5/5)

The content of this show is great (it's sad to see all of the hard-right radicals trashing the's as politically neutral as it could be considering the subject matter. I'm baffled at the people who think otherwise), but what motivated me to make the effort of writing a review is how co-host Stacy's bubbly attitude comes through in all of her reporting and interactions. And it's an authentic bubbly, not an obnoxious, fake bubbly. If she were to leave the show, it would be such a loss. Cardiff is pretty good, but the magic isn't there in the way it is with Stacy.

Great podcast and featurettes   (5/5)

Great program with a lot of insight and research put into their shows. It’s too bad a lot of reviewers believe that there is “bias” or “leans left” when reality tends to lean left. Everything can be made political so if you want a podcast that explains the reality of the world and isn’t Faux news, this is the podcast for you.

Best Economics Podcast Out There   (5/5)

So glad I found this podcast- a daily deep insight into the economic headlines. Each 12 minutes is well-researched and presented accessibly. And they aren’t afraid to go where the evidence leads. Listen with your kids!

#facts   (5/5)

Appreciate how the hosts tell facts. While I might not necessarily agree with all their conclusions, as someone who trusts the scientific method and as a scientist, I appreciate their work is ground in research. Unfortunately, in the age we live in, facts are considered partisan views if they don’t align with your own biased world views. Thanks for the pod!

Yay!   (5/5)

I indicate planet money reborn!!!

More Jill Schlesinger, please!   (4/5)

She’s perfect for radio, really love the content and her delivery. Thanks!

Made me care about economics   (5/5)

I love this podcast! I love the dynamic between Stacey and Cardiff, and I love the way they take the time to explain economic concepts as simply as possible for those who aren’t experts in the jargon and policies common in economic conversation. I actually feel like I have something meaningful to contribute to conversations about the economy because of this podcast. Keep up the great work!

Needs some adult supervision   (3/5)

These guys are cute but shame NPR’s good name. I feel a lot of the terrible-ness is about the short format, but many podcasts keep things short and complete. The Indicator picks one or two views on a topic and blithely ignore the rest.

Binge worthy   (5/5)

I binge for a day... get sucked into political podcasts for a few weeks then need reality again so I come back and binge! Very informative and fun! Wait did I say the economy was FUN? Where am I? What happened to me? Keep it up!

A Consistent Fav   (5/5)

As per my title. Underwhelmed by leftist bashers’ reviews. If you are well to either side politically, then a moderate or neutral view will always appear to to your xxx. For the “right” minded check out the episode covering the 1 yr trial Oregon or Washington st did expanding health ins coverage. They actually laughed at the naïveté of economists who thought it would bring down the overall costs. For those bashing it as too brief, little substance, refer to Planet Money. This is just a quicky on the stats behind that show.

A great compliment to sister podcast Planet Money   (5/5)

I cam to The Indicator as a Planet Money listener and I love this podcast just as much. I think Stacey and Cardiff do an excellent job on telling economic stories in 10 minutes. They have also totally got me hooked on their regular segments like Jobs Friday and discussing the yield curve. I highly recommend this podcast.

Great Companion to Planet Money   (5/5)

I really like leaning about economics, who knew?! These guys make it interesting and fun. I enjoy the hosts and my only critique is that the episodes are a wee bit short for me. Otherwise it’s a great way to keep learning!

Bite sized economics to whet the appetite   (5/5)

Love the indicator for introducing interesting ideas and economists quickly. It’s the perfect thing for a short commute.

Ode to Kardik and Stacy   (5/5)

As planet money has evolved and become a bit more provincial the founding spirit has been carried forward in the Indicator. Detailed economic analysis, high-level thinking and Stacy’s laugh makes this the best business and economics podcast available. Sometimes I wear my T-shirt and listen. Maybe they’ll do a T-shirt episode...

Good but like half into and ads   (4/5)

The laissez-faire conservatives giving this show one star are dumb. And I mean that literally.

Great length and focus!   (5/5)

Quick and to the point about a relevant topic.

Great podcast!   (5/5)

Great podcast!

One of my favorite podcasts!   (5/5)

Really love the mix of information and light hearted commentary. Economics is a tough science to explain and you guys do a great job pulling it all together!

Great stuff   (5/5)

The indicator does a great job of picking up on news and data that you may not otherwise be considering, and seeing how it may play out.

Decent content, annoying format   (3/5)

Forced, loud laughter, cloying jokey joviality, they’re trying to be Car Talk for economics. I can barely listen to it, which is a shame because it fills an important need substantively.

Love it!   (4/5)

Like the show a lot. Just wish each episode was longer :(

Leftist   (1/5)

The Indicator used to be more centrist. Now the leftist leanings seem exceptionally strong

Uh not sophisticated   (3/5)

Too juvenile. Too flippant. I like lighthearted podcasts but this goes to far. It gets in the way of the message so to speak. I've listened from in inception but it became to annoying. Just my opinion.

Awesome show   (5/5)

I don’t know why there are any haters on here - I love you guys! Keep up the awesome work. I always learn something and am entertained in the process :)

Great Show   (5/5)

Thoughtful analysis of current economic trends and related topics of interest in a bite-sized podcast. Keep up the good work 👍🏼

Yes! Bite-sized economic fun!   (5/5)

I was disappointed when Planet Money dropped their indicator, but now it’s back and better than ever. I love the short format of this podcast and that it runs several days a week. If they cover a topic I want to learn more about, I can always do more research on my own. Definitely not a replacement for Planet Money, but rather an excellent companion podcast. Highly recommended!

Short, Interesting Knowledge   (5/5)

Facts matter.

👎👎   (1/5)

I really do not understand how this new podcast shot up to 4.5 stars so quickly...but to cut to the chase, it’s frankly a waste of time. It’s not really all that informative or original. It tries to be “Planet Money”, which now tries to be “Freakonomics” and I no longer want to subscribe to this or “Planet Money”.

Diverse topics, friendly hosts   (5/5)

I consider myself “radically centrist” and honestly don’t know what everyone is talking about regarding bias — like Planet Money, Stacey and Cardiff do a great job at focusing on the economic rather than political dimensions of topics. When there are economists who disagree with the current government’s approach to an issue, they report on that. Furthermore, I think it’s representative of the fact that when covering the governments involvement in the current economy it must be focused on those in power (why would they talk about the democrats when they didn’t have control of any body of the federal government for the year the indicator has been running). Most importantly, I think this podcast is excellent because it is both substantive and warm. Whenever I turn it on in my car and hear Stacey and Cardiff banter, I feel like I’m in the company of old friends — really brightens up any grey days.

Engaging and useful   (5/5)

Stacy and Cardiff have created a fun, attention getting way to get just a little smarter each day about our world. It’s hard to find this balance of fun and informative

Shutdown impacts   (4/5)

Your report on the economic impact of the shutdown missed two huge groups. One is government contractors. Many government services are contracted out, and those employees and businesses will not ever receive back pay. The other group you missed is all the local businesses where government employees spend money. Many local restaurants where government workers once ate are losing money every day that will never be repaid.

Biased and terrible host voice   (1/5)

Biased and very left view point. I want facts not political bs. The male host has a terribly annoying voice and doesn’t listen when asking questions to guests.

Quick and informative   (5/5)

I don’t usually write reviews, but I saw a lot of one stars for supposed “...left leaning.” It’s a shame that this great podcast is getting bad reviews for stating facts and stats.

Facts vs left leaning   (5/5)

Great podcasts. They highlight the true story that some don’t want to hear. If ‘truth’ means liberal, than call me a liberal.

Not well balanced in a number of ways   (1/5)

Often times an interesting and useful topic discussion is undercut by either inordinate amounts of useless banter among hosts or the over abundance of left leaning political perspectives offered as definitional to the topic when really they are not, they’re just a point of view; valid point of view no doubt but presented in a vacuum or without qualifications their own validity or value is lost. I love the idea of short meaningful commentary on important measuring sticks in our global economy it could be done in a more thoughtful way.

Great show!   (5/5)

I always recommend this show-I learn so much every week.

Please explain   (4/5)

Maybe you could explain how money laundering works like in Breaking Bad. Thanks for the podcast.

Centrist   (5/5)

Contrary to most reviewers’ accusations of leftism, Planet Money (& the Indicator) comes from a solidly conventional capitalist-economics point of view. It is not radically conservative, and they’re willing to explore libertarian, Keynesian, Chicago School, and other mainstream economic theories (even Marxian sometimes) but the willingness to examine ideas shouldn’t be confused with endorsement. They cover unconventional economic stories from a scrupulously moderate viewpoint.

Bonus present is you enjoy Planet Money   (5/5)

Wish there were more episodes of Planet Money? This podcast is for you. Episodes are quick and interesting. Highly recommend.

Educational but fun   (5/5)

Genuinely enjoy every episode. I learn something new each time

Fact Focused   (5/5)

Great podcast! I saw many complaints that it is too left biased. I think Planet Money does a good job of keeping fact and opinion separate and focusing more on facts. They always state where they got their information. My favorite thing about this podcast is the amount of fact checking they do. If they were wrong about the tiniest thing they are sure to clear it up in later episodes. My husband and I love listening to this podcast and have for years. What a refreshing take on the world around us!

Keep the air horn   (5/5)

Haters gonna hate. I love the jobs Friday air horn. I’m skeptical of the yield curve’s magical abilities but for now will give Cardiff the benefit of the doubt. There are many podcasts that are an hour+ with minimal useful content. The indicator is concise, entertaining, informative, and if you fall behind, it’s only 10 mins so in an hour you can catch up on over a week’s worth of content. Keep up the good work!

Some Russian trolls are writing reviews   (5/5)

The idea that this show is left-biased is hilarious. If anything I’d say I detect a right-bias from Cardiff but mostly I’d say they do a good job showing the facts and the numbers. And explaining economic concepts that non-economists don't really understand. But facts are automatically considered suspect if you’re a Russian bot troll -ahem - I mean Republican voter.

Short. Fun. Informative.   (5/5)

Same as above.

Love planet money   (5/5)


Stacey and Cardiff Rule   (5/5)

Yes the episodes are short...but thats the point!! It comes out EVERYDAY. If you don't like an episode, don't worry, there will literally be another one tomorrow (unless its Jobs Friday).

Everyday new knowledge   (5/5)

Despite being a daily podcast, the Indicator team still able to output really interesting topics fairly often, to the point that I feel several of these could pretty soon pass to become Planet money episodes with further work. Good series if you want something good to listen to almost every day.

Love it!!!!   (5/5)

I look forward to the Indicator every day. I learn something new from them on every show. And it’s presented in such a fun way. Cardiff & Stacey are the perfect pair. They are the “Brad & Carrie” of Economics. Keep up the great work!😊

Quick and informative   (5/5)

I really like this podcast - it's quick and informative, covers a variety of topics. If you're looking for a deep dive on a subject, probably won't find it here. Well done, keep up the good work.

Informative and accessible   (5/5)

A great way to get info and context about the latest economic indicators.

Love it   (5/5)

Listen to it every day and always makes me think

Great Hosts!   (5/5)

The stories are always quick and interesting. Stacey and Cardiff have such an enjoyable back and forth. I love listening to them and their breakdown of these topics.

Best bang for your buck!   (5/5)

This is the first podcast I recommend to my friends. A nice mix of news and economics in a short amount of time.

Great short economic podcast   (5/5)

I love this podcast! Educational and funny. And i get to learn something new every day!

Best Podcast Ever   (5/5)

This podcast answers every economic question I’ve had ever. The hosts think so critically about each issue from every side. They are also hysterical. Obsessed!

Great show   (5/5)

I learn something every time I listen - and in less than 10 minutes. I love the topic selections as many are truly ones I’d never have thought of! Thanks planet money / Cardiff and Stacy.

Phenomenally informative   (5/5)

I absolutely love The Indicator. It’s witty and timely, offering great insight on what’s in the news today. I listen every day, and it’s always a real treat. Thank you guys for doing it!

Who Doesn’t Want To Know A Little About Everything?   (5/5)

Because according to the title of my review, that’s EXACTLY what The Indicator does. I’ve found myself referring back to this podcast in SO many conversations and scenarios. It’s easy to chat about the news, but to talk about the economic impact of said news has me sounding a lot smarter and more trusted to those I talk to. Thanks NPR!

Entertaining and Informative   (4/5)

Can’t figure out how detractors can say this biased. Just a lot of facts that are presented in an entertaining format. Great way to sift a lot of data to glean a better understanding of current economic conditions.

Very interesting topics   (5/5)

I really appreciate how often they put out a new podcast. That’s a lot of ideas to come up with and most of them are really really interesting!!! I listen to every one Bc they are so fast and informative:)

Great short podcast   (5/5)

As a long time listener of Planet Money I was excited about this daily short podcast, and I was not disappointed. It always informs (just a little - it’s short, after all) and entertains. I am really surprised at all the reviews claiming liberal bias. I guess if your idea of neutral is Fox News then everything looks liberal. I don’t find anything particularly anti-Trump or liberal about it, it’s just neutral, not conservative. They interview different economists about a lot of different things. Even if you disagree with conclusions, isn’t that what you want from a podcast? Food for thought? A window into a different view on an issue? I don’t always agree with everything but I always love it. Thank you, Stacy and Cardiff, for engaging and informing on these topics.

You guys are 111 on the top carts   (5/5)

Hope you get in the top 10

Some good information derailed by political bias   (3/5)

Stacey and Cardiff are really fun to listen to and love what they do! I like them a lot as hosts. The other people they have on are pretty good as well. As far as recent eps go I enjoyed the Lifetime Value Score episode and the one on 401(k)s. But a frequent and persistent left wing bias ultimately brings down the podcast. The recent episode on the "pink tax" was probably the most egregious and the reason I write this review. The hosts complain once again about "pink" products costing more than admittedly comparable blue products and then suggest- I am not kidding- government intervention to outlaw this "discrimination". Buy the blue razors and ditch the politics.

Pathetic Marxist Propaganda   (1/5)

Capitalist podcast hosted by straight marxists.

Meh   (2/5)

I don’t see the political bias, but there is too much stupid banter between the hosts and too little content. Where’s the beef?

Upbeat and interesting   (4/5)

Lots of good stuff, carefully objective yet fun to listen to. Love Stacy’s laugh!

Superb length-wise, but ...   (4/5)

If you’re one of those who have tight schedules and don’t have like half an hour time off during day to listen to their favorite podcast, this 10-minute podcast is somehow engineered for you! But, ads ... The biggest drawback is ads and the fact that they cover something like 15 percent of an entire episode! So if you can stand ads, definitely go for them :)

Brilliant Journalism   (5/5)

Interesting and detailed reporting on the economy. Hosts have great chemistry. A must listen!

I like planet money   (5/5)

I like planet money, it can seem repetitive of other shows produced by the same company or from recent published articles.

Great snackable economic podcast   (5/5)

I love even more the indicator than the original Planet Money. Host with great ability to drive stories, short and straight daily episodes with good content and juicy enough details. Love Cardiff and Stacey attitude and tone leading the podcast!

Love it   (5/5)

Engaging quick factual info re today’s quickly changing economic environment.

My favorite podcast by far!   (5/5)

I look forward to the indicator every day on my drive home from work (especially ‘Jobs Fridays’ because it’s of course a Friday!). As a professional engineer who only took a single Intro to Economics my freshman year of college, I’ve learned sooo much about the economy and had fun listening along the way. I didn’t know anything about the indicators analysts study like jobs reports, wage growth, the yield curve, etc until I started listening. I feel so much more confident in casual conversations now when things like business or the economy come up. I love the show so much that I finally became a monthly NPR donor :) Thanks Stacey, Cardiff and team!

Did I give Uber permission to research me?   (5/5)

First of all, thank you guys for producing this great, precise and economic related podcast. It’s a gen in these days where there’re too much noise and chaos, and people forget one of the best ways to see through things is by economic facts. I want to raise a question after listening to your recent episode about the economics behind company apologies, a research conducted using Uber’s data. While it’s fascinating to know about the financial influence by these apologies, my initial reaction was “who gave Uber permission to use my data as a customer to conduct research like this?” Did I sign away yet another type of personal information when I started using Uber? Why should Uber, just like many other tech giants, use my personal info for free to benefit themselves? What’s the indicator of potential “savings” like this of all the tech giants? This would be even more interesting to know, and I can’t wait for California’s privacy protection act to take place.

Smart and funny   (5/5)

Not to mention entertaining. It's not easy to make economic news interesting for the rest of us, but this team know how to do it. Keep up the good work.

Amazing, amazing, planet money, amazing   (5/5)

If this is a stock, the value would be infinite and eternal. Amazing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Social Credit Score!?!?   (5/5)

It's Black Mirror come to life!

Best shorter-length podcast around!!   (5/5)

I consistently find the topics enlightening and the hosts lively and engaging. I'm delighted by how frequently they can surprise and inform in just a few minutes.

Excellent China Series!   (5/5)

Really well done series. Loved it!

Congratulations!!   (5/5)

The 3 part serie about China was awesome!

Attention: 12-Year olds.   (1/5)

There are a couple of nuggets in each episode but there is so much aimless banter, repetition, and giggling between Ms. Smith and Cardiff that it is best for adolescents. I unsubscribed.

Great show possible on the decline   (3/5)

Please stop with the air horn! More research/explanations of big ideas please and less of the getting no where with two sides that have opposite beliefs. Be curious not quirky with self indulgent puns and banter. I love this show but it feels like it’s been getting lazier and lazier with gimmicks, as though there’s nothing to research because ‘the economy is great.’ We are in interesting times, but it feels like this podcast is just celebrated like we’re in the roaring 20s or booming 50s. Let me know what interesting things are going on even if the application to the big picture isn’t clear.

I ❤️you 2 (the blow horn)   (5/5)

I ❤️ Stacy and Cardiff!! Thank you for bringing me key economic news, and for having fun and being funny at the same time! Keep up the good work!

Fantastic   (5/5)

The perfect daily podcast. These two hosts love their jobs and their enthusiasm is contagious. Always interesting content, delivered in a fun way. Thank you Stacey and Cardiff!

Like Planet Money used to be   (4/5)

This is great. Stacey and Cardiff are great. The stories are great. I feel like it’s more like Planet Money was in the beginning — more “newsy” is what they said in the promo. I just wish they were longer, and like once a week — more like Planet Money was in the beginning ;)

Fun Economic Tidbits   (5/5)

I love this show and it’s brief but very informational and highly entertaining episodes! Cardiff and Stacey are the best!

Love the Indicator   (5/5)

Thank you to who invented the concept of the Indicator. I never miss an episode. The shows are topical, detailed and interesting. Keep up the great work.

Fun and friendly   (5/5)

Bite sized stories with fun hosts. I wanna hang out with Stacey!

Love this podcast   (5/5)

Thank you for this. I have learned so much!

Nice dynamic way to inform   (4/5)

I enjoy the vivacious manner in which economic stories are told, making them engaging. A bit overtly anti-Trump without much effort to explain a balanced view (as expected for NPR — e.g., “tariffs are bad” over multiple podcasts without an explanation as to how tariffs are merely a temporary tool to negotiate more balanced trade deals, nor how our “friends” and “allies” create trade lopsided barriers which are no more than a carryover of the Marshall Plan days — which are long gone). Positive economic reports always seem to have a “yeah, but...” feel to them. But after sifting through this bias, this podcast can be quite pleasantly informative. Much more positive than negative. Let’s see if the algorithms allow this to be shown...

The best   (5/5)

Great podcast. Cardiff and Stacey are the best. So nice to hear something from NPR with some fiscal/economic knowledge for a change.

Perfect, short daily show on the economy   (5/5)

Short show, fast forward thru the ads, and you always learn something new about the economy.

Very informational and useful podcast   (5/5)

Planet money makes any economic phenomenon or concept easy to understand and relate to real world. Experts interview provide an insight of top professionals on the topic being discussed.

It’s a quick dive into an economic highlight, plus the jobs report siren   (5/5)

Like Planet Money, The Indicator does best with a deep dive into a current economic issue with interviews of folks involved in the issue. The time constraint ( usually 10 minutes) keeps tight focus. And the jobs report siren is the goofiest gimmick to punch up a government statistics report. I love it.

It’s a quick dive into an economic highlight, plus the jobs report siren   (5/5)

Like Planet Money, The Indicator does best with a deep dive into a current economic issue with interviews of folks involved in the issue. The time constraint ( usually 10 minutes) keeps tight focus. And the jobs report siren is the goofiest gimmick to punch up a government statistics report. I love it.

It’s a quick dive into an economic highlight, plus the jobs report siren   (5/5)

Like Planet Money, The Indicator does best with a deep dive into a current economic issue with interviews of folks involved in the issue. The time constraint ( usually 10 minutes) keeps tight focus. And the jobs report siren is the goofiest gimmick to punch up a government statistics report. I love it.

It’s a quick dive into an economic highlight, plus the jobs report siren   (5/5)

Like Planet Money, The Indicator does best with a deep dive into a current economic issue with interviews of folks involved in the issue. The time constraint ( usually 10 minutes) keeps tight focus. And the jobs report siren is the goofiest gimmick to punch up a government statistics report. I love it.

Exceptional Entertainment and Education   (5/5)

Whether you have a good understanding of economics or not, the Planet Money team will entertain you and teach you something new! The Indicator has straightforward and concise episodes, that always leave me thirsting for more! As a person who studied business in undergrad and public health in grad school, I especially loved that they did an episode on Midwifery and C-Section rates!

Great podcast   (5/5)


Great approach to topics   (5/5)

I love the energy and exposure to a wide array of topics. While I haven't googled crypto kitties yet, I have been reading more about the inverted yield curve because of you two. :)

Inane Laughter   (3/5)

All in all I really like the podcast. I think it’s an interesting and entertaining concept and I never miss an episode. But for the love of God, Stacey, please stop it with your inane laughter! This is a program...about economics...on NPR. While it doesn’t haven’t to be a rehash of mind numbing data, I would appreciate a delivery slightly more professional than a high school radio broadcast. Thanks.

Cardiff and Stacey!!   (5/5)

Cardiff do you ever go to Cardiff Giant?! Y’all are rascals!!!!!

Team Yield Curve   (5/5)

Awesome topics. Interesting economic twists on todays topics. Keep it up. Team Yield Curve

My favorite podcast   (5/5)

Helps me understand so many headlines which I only vaguely understood before and best of all the podcast is entertaining. It is like "tasty healthy food" rare to come by.

Daily insights   (5/5)

I listen to this show every day! Not only are they a little wonky about business economics ,but they make it fun! I like Stacey and Kartif and the interesting guests they have. It’s just the right length to get an interesting idea without derailing my busy daily schedule! And the current episode on crypotokitties is great! Highly recommend!

Can You Be Addicted to a Podcast?   (5/5)

Every afternoon about 2 PM, I start refreshing my podcast feed hoping The Indicator has popped up. Last week, the download was late one day and that’s when I realized how hooked I am on this daily economic treat. I probably listen to too many economics podcasts, but this one is fact-filled and fun - and short enough that I don’t feel too guilty for enjoying it so much.

Great team - enjoyable info in a few minutes   (5/5)

Great team - Cardiff and Stacey play off each other so well. I look forward to hearing from them each afternoon. It’s a lively few minutes translated into understandable terms.

Favorite Podcast!   (5/5)

As an economist and curious person, this podcast was my best discovery. I always listen to it on my daily commute. The storytelling is amazing and all the information is very accurately presented. LOVE IT!

Stacey sounds like Tina Fey   (4/5)

Seriously, they have the exact same voice.

Pretty good.   (4/5)

Often interesting subjects. Usually enough information to understand the issue being discussed. The shows are short so you might expect the hosts to be more focused. They still manage to chew up time with long intros and letting the listeners know how much fun they are having doing the shows. I often wish for a little more information and a little less “show”.

Best economics show ever!   (5/5)

I listen to Planet Money and The Indicator every day! It helps me understand American economy better! And it stays fun!

We love you!   (5/5)

We enjoy listening to your show tremendously and simply love everything about it! Keep going!!!

O ya Dis is cooooolllllllllllll   (5/5)

Total awesomeness this is never going to get any worse than Ever is this is awesome like tomato saucen

Oh, how wonderful.   (5/5)

This is music to my ears. I can’t get enough of these two and now I get to listen daily! Keep up the work, you two! Love, love, LOVE this podcast!

My new workout buddy   (5/5)

Love this show! Timely topics well researched with sources given by a smart, funny team. Nourishes my brain :)

Relentlessly liberal   (3/5)

This is not an angry review...I just think the show seems like a conscious, unrelenting attempt to pick at the Trump administration. I’m only a little right of center and am more annoyed than anything. Somewhere in the China tariffs discussion when I thought there was no attempt to describe what effect there might be on Chinese economy & behavior, I decided I’d heard enough. Still listened to almost every episode and wanted to like the show, I like Stacy and Cardiff.

Love this podcast   (5/5)

Love this podcast! I am sad to see the yield curve go. Please revisit periodically?

Great Podcast!   (5/5)

Great podcast and a shout-out to fellow Boise High School graduate Stacey Vanek Smith!

Take it with a grain of salt..   (3/5)

This show is doable for two reasons: Stacey and Cardiff, both amazing economists who have a lot to teach everyone. The ‘pc’ nature of the show is beyond detracting however, tough to make it through sometimes. But at the end, there’s still stats at least. If you’re a liberal this is your show!!! If not, back to regular research lol, just takeaway the key words you might learn here.

Fun Economics!   (5/5)

I have never found Economic related topics more interesting and fun. I look forward every day to listening to this podcast. HUGE kudos to the hosts who really know how to make these interesting topics easy to understand and above all enjoy! Subscribe now!

Love the conversations with Sallie   (5/5)

More please! This podcast is one of the best I listen to. Essential. Fun. I feel smarter. I tell friends stories. I tell people I listen to the coolest podcast about economics. SO good!

Hey   (5/5)

Hello to everyone at the indicator, thanks for creating the indicator so we don’t have to wait a full week for a podcast.

Solid financial stories   (5/5)

Every day this feed is a short but significant story about economics, usually framed in modern context. They're quick, informative, and useful. Daily!

Fun Snapshot   (3/5)

Interesting financial snapshot of some small financial point of view from a socialist point of view.

Exceptionally Informative and Entertaining   (5/5)

The Indicator is an excellent way for me to stay informed about the economic news of the day and learn about interesting economic facts in an entertaining way.

Quick, smart and entertaining   (5/5)

Planet Money has been a favorite of mine and a daily podcast that teaches me something is perfection! The Indicator has a great pace, amiable hosts and always interesting topics that keep me curious and knowledgeable about economics!

this is the opposite of what the world needs   (1/5)

At a time when the Intellectual Dark Web is drawing audiences for in-depth, long-form coversations about first principles and foundational philosophy underlying our system of government, this podcast feels trifling and shallow.

Favorite Podcast   (5/5)

This is by far my favorite podcast. It’s short and sweet and extremely educational while also being super funny. Stacey Vanek Smith has an infectious laugh that makes the podcast very enjoyable.

fascinating stories, obnoxious producing   (2/5)

The insights into the economy make this podcast worth listening to, but the production makes listening far more annoying than it need be. Picture this: you're on the subway or walking down a busy street with your headphones in, listening to this podcast. The volume is turned way up so you can hear it over the ambient noise. Suddenly there's an air horn blaring in your ears. Repeatedly. That happens every time they cover a topic related to the jobs report. And that's just one example. In the recent "When China's Ships Come In" they decided to add in long clips of a barge's horn bellowing because... that's important to telling an economic story? This is a good podcast for when you're out of other things to listen to or if you have a short break you want to fill, but it could be so much better if they would simply stop including a barrage of obnoxious sound effects.

Informative   (5/5)

Interesting, informative and fun!

Great   (5/5)

The indicator and planet money are, pound for pound, the best podcasts I’ve found.

GREAT   (5/5)

Keep up the good job

Essential!   (5/5)

Look, I'm a huge NPR fanboy. But, few have the kind of fun, joy, and interesting stories that The Indicator has. And I love the banter between Stacey and Cardiff (my public radio husband #3). They're like the cool kids who are actually cool!

Love the numbers   (5/5)

Very interesting and fun podcast. The host are great and always put a smile on my face.

The indicator is helping to keep me sane   (5/5)

This is my favorite podcast. Most episodes are fun, interesting and largely apolitical. Yet when economic issues are making headlines and politics are inextricably intertwined the Indicator covers events rationally, without the sound and fury that seems to be everywhere else in the media.

One of the best!   (5/5)

I loved Planet Money, so when they announced the Indicator, I went crazy. They are funny and short, but it is also informative at the same time. I always read the little summary at the bottom to see which ones I’m interested in and I can never choose! I love how they do a little cliffhanger right before the break and at the beginning. This is an amazing podcast and Planet Money and The Indicator are my favorites!

Great podcast!   (5/5)

This is a great show from the makers of Planet Money! I look forward to the podcasts everyday. It is short but very informative and easy to listen too! thank you!

It’s ok.   (3/5)

It’s hard to take seriously when everything is so politically skewed. ‘Just give me the facts’ is a bridge too far.

An everyday staple   (5/5)

One of my favorites.

do you have $400   (1/5)

Why not cross check those who don't have $400 with those with an expensive smart phone? over priced cable or internet service? fancy car? i.e. they are living beyond their means.

Fun   (5/5)

This podcast is fun, informative, and it’s a great to listen to one or two if you’re short on time.

NPR doing NPR Things   (2/5)

If you want economic bents toward sexism, racial divides, and downplaying the steadily rising economy (S&P around a 12% gain since January at time of review, unemployment decreasing, etc.), then this podcast is for you.

Great short listen   (5/5)

If you’re looking to learn some cheeky facts about the economy, this is for you. Real easy to follow, always something interesting to learn.

Listened to it all   (5/5)

When I started listening to the podcast around #700, I downloaded and listened to every episode because it’s so interesting and informative! The multi-parters are my favorite!

Great for any Planet Money addicts   (5/5)

I love Planet Money, so I thought I’d give The Indicator a listen. It did not disappoint. Stacy Cardiff is so bright and fun to listen to. I absolutely love the intelligent story telling.

I wish Stacey and Cardiff had been my Econ teachers   (5/5)

Ho-ly crap I love this podcast. It’s fun, punchy, and incredibly informative. These two can take the most boring of subjects and make it fascinating and hilarious. I started listening a month ago and just now downloaded the entire series for a flight.. Can’t wait to start from the beginning! Thank you NPR! Everything you do is gold.

Fav   (5/5)

One of my favorite podcasts. I never miss an episode. Thanks for making markets and econ so fun!

Great podcast!   (5/5)

Love the hosts and always learn something.

Love it   (5/5)

The Indicator is funny and educational. I have listened to Planet Money for a year, and have listened to this for a few months. Strongly recommend it.

Great daily podcast   (5/5)

Lots of fun interesting stories at the perfect 8-10 minute length. If you enjoy planet money, you’ll love this!

Great!   (5/5)

I love Stacy and Cardiff, and the snippet of economics that they give every day. I still like the bigger brother Planet Money better, but these come out every day and they’re very entertaining. Keep up the great work!

Smart, funny and helpful in my work   (5/5)

Love your show. Creative, engaging, accessible. Thank you! Find it all helpful in my professional and personal life.

Not enough content   (4/5)

I think the overall length is good, but by the time they actually get to the content the episode is over. I would like 5-7 minutes of actual content, not just a bunch of chit chat, a number, and then a 2 second explanation. The premise is good, but the execution is lacking

Nerd Love   (5/5)

Making finance and economics interesting and reminds me of the earlier days of planet money, bite size knowledge. Stacey keep the puns and sound effects coming

Running Out of Material   (3/5)

The last few episodes have been very weak. They seem to be running out of topics.

One of my favorite podcasts!!!   (5/5)

I love seeing a new indicator in my feed. The show is well done and interesting. Every show talks about something that is very relevant and easy to understand. And Stacey has the BEST laugh! It is so contagious!! I love planet money, market place, make me smart, and radio lab and.... the indicator!

More balance please   (3/5)

Great podcast, but can we please continue to make an effort to not align our fiscal views with politics? They are related but let’s balance the equation a little better.

Brief, but full of fun and substance   (5/5)

Such an awesome podcast! The co-hosts are lively and do a great job presenting stories every day. Perfect bite sized podcast to add to your daily subscriptions.

Like the content, not the hosts   (3/5)

I enjoy the content, daily schedule, and analysis. I also like planet money taking on macroeconomic topics in this podcast vs the more iteration based microeconomic stuff which planet money covers. It’s very insightful when the Indicator goes over over the calculation and inputs behind some of the big government figures, like the jobs reports, GDP, etc. The relationship between the hosts is very patronizing, they repeat half the things each other say, use an air horn, and spend too much time trying to make jokes about the subject matter (I presume to try to make the subject matter accessible to listeners). I like Stacy as a reporter but I can’t stand her riffing and editorializing in this show, it makes a smart person sound like a ditz. When one of the hosts is away the banter is far more tolerable, they clearly get along but I don’t care for the chemistry at all. As far as the hosts go, the whole is less than the sum of the parts. I love economics but struggle to get through five minutes listening to these two talk about things I’m interested in. If these two were sitting behind me on a train or a an airplane and went on like they do on the podcast I’d pull a hatch, jump, and know I made the right decision. In response to a lot of comments about this being far more left leaning than planet money, I don’t find that to be the case. Maybe a bit but not drastic. In summery, fantastic content and schedule, poor presentation.

Incredible!   (5/5)

This is a perfect podcast. Short, entertaining, educational, informative, and easy to listen to. If you’re into economics, or just want to know a little bit more about the world around you, listen to this.

Great Podcast!   (5/5)

I highly recommend this one. The hosts are great. It has newsy information that is not solely focused on our tweeter-in-chief like so many other podcasts. I love the horns that announce the monthly jobs report!

Too much of a good thing   (4/5)

I love Planet Money and really enjoy The Indicator. My only complaint is that they should only produce 1 or 2 shows per week. I like the idea of the show, which is to tell a short story about the economy. But to produce it on a daily basis means some shows are less interesting or topical than others. I think they should try to do one or at most two shows per week that really focus on something very relevant to that week in the economy.

Short, Sweet, and Amazing   (5/5)

The show talks about the most interesting topics I never knew about in such a short time frame. It’s short and sweet. Love it!

Too much fun   (5/5)

Stacey has way too much fun on this podcast.

Quick, smart and fun   (5/5)

Great short daily podcast with the best economic centric puns. Thanks for this one planet money!

Fast and fantastic   (5/5)

Good daily podcast for economic information and explanations. Generally less than 10 minutes making it easy to listen to in a busy day.

Short, informative and fun. I look forward to it every day.   (5/5)

Great podcast with great hosts. Try it, you’ll like it.

Great Podcast!   (5/5)

Long time Planet Money listener, love having the daily short but sweet podcast! I particularly enjoy Stacy and Cardiff’s candor / hilariously awkward humor.

Posting?   (5/5)

The current episode on the Zuckerberg hearing was important. Is it possible to post on social media??

Great Podcast   (5/5)

The Indicator has become a highlight of my weekdays! The show is interesting, smart, and funny. It has great opinions, data and research backing up important topics in the world. Besides all of this the way it is produce, it feels like Stacey and Cardiff are your close smart friends that catch you up with interesting facts. The only thing that I request is more shows! Come on team, we can get the show twice a day!!!

Keep up the great work   (5/5)

Thanks for your wonderful podcast. I truly enjoy the content.

Highly Addicting   (5/5)

This is a fun and short daily podcast that I couldn't recomend more. It's a lot of fun to listen to and very informative.

Excellent!   (5/5)

I love this podcast! It brings back what Planet Money used to be. Keep it up guys!!

Love it. Quick.   (5/5)

Short and sweet - great but not as meaningful as the O.G. Planet Money back in 2008 indicators. Quite interesting, and probably more accessible to non-wonks than real Planet Money.

Slanted Coverage   (1/5)

I’m generally a big fan of NPR, but time and time this podcast has shown that it has no interest in promoting news or facts, but rather the podcast tends to promote a liberal agenda in a polite manner. For example, in the podcast regarding tariffs, not one point was made about how unfairly the US has been taken advantage of. Additionally, the most recent gender pay gap episode tended to unreasonably focus on current high level employment without noting how much more balanced compensation is among millennials. Granted I deleted my subscription midway through this episode, it seems not ideal journalism to not bring up a pay gap issue without mentioning bona fife complaints regarding the impact of affirmative action on males that do feel discriminated against.

Short & sweet   (5/5)

Interesting variety of topics and the hosts have great nerdy senses of humor. Cardi G, ha!

Nice and short   (5/5)

It’s a great show that centers around a specific indicators. Makes it short , funny and informative

Amazing!   (5/5)

I love listening to the indicator when I have small tasks to get done. Love the content, love the format.

Favorite podcast!   (5/5)

Always interesting and just love how much is crammed in each segment

Phony banter but interesting content   (2/5)

The focus of this series is great, but the "friendly banter" and laughter of the hosts can be so aggressively fake that it's hard to keep going — has made us turn the podcast off on a few occassions. Please, dial it back everyone. It's clear you don't find that many things amusing.

I'm learning a lot   (5/5)

I learn something new from each episode, even on topics I think I've read a lot about.

Short and interesting   (5/5)

Always well done.

Short, focused, informative   (5/5)

The indicator is now my favourite podcast. It is a brilliant move that augments Planet Money. Time is of the essence and brevity is appreciated. It is indeed challenging to research and identify lesser known indicators. How about providing monthly updates on well known indicators such as the trade deficit, national debt and comparing it to historical data. Stacey is the star of the podcast. Sorry Cardiff. Her clippity cloppity rhythmic delivery is music to listen to. Her signature laugh is something that is anticipated eagerly. Cardiff making her laugh would boost your star power.

Great job!   (5/5)

Love the humor and spin the hosts provide. It seems clear they’re having fun with it and they’re very entertaining. Cheers!

Simply awesome   (5/5)

This is one of the best podcasts I have been listening to

It’s planet money in a few minutes   (5/5)

Planet Money is among my favorite podcasts. This is the abbreviated version, but longer than you get with a typical radio news segment. Thoughtful yet understandable commentary distilled from experts who are interviewed. Plus a few bad puns here and there.

It's like Planet Money but shorter.   (5/5)

And every day! I love Planet Money so of course I need a small dose every day.

Too short   (2/5)

Great ideas, interesting content but not enough meat. They are too short, too shallow.

Spotify   (5/5)

Great stuff. Love how snackable it is. Can you add to Spotify?

Wonderfully concise and informative.   (5/5)

The way a statistical indicator is used as a kicking off point for an insight into the economy is very effective.

Excellent!!   (5/5)

I love this show. They amazingly deliver somewhat complicated concepts in a clear, concise manner I can understand. No rambling like the disappointing Kye and Molly show....pffft!! And they're so excited to share their knowledge. It makes me happy.

Great way to end my day   (5/5)

Love the indicator! It's a great way to get a different insight and take on the news. Really intellectually stimulating.

Underrated!   (5/5)

Just like Szechuan food, this podcast is the hotness and is definitely underrated. Overrated are weekday podcasts that are a lot longer (half kidding); this is a great pace to keep up with!

Witty, Informative, Refreshing   (5/5)

This is my favorite six minutes of my podcast feed every day! I feel like a better participant in the economy (and conversations about it) thanks to Stacy and Cardiff’s unpretentious, funny-but-never-unserious interviews and explainers.

Shorter than Planet Money, no less edifying   (5/5)

A brief exploration of the ways that markets, policy, and behavior intersect.

A great short podcast   (5/5)

I like Planet Money but I don't always have time for a half hour. This is a great under ten minute talk.

They do a good job imo   (5/5)

I enjoy this podcast!!

Great Info, Too Many Adds!   (3/5)

This is more of the Planet Money that I know and love, yet I find it difficult to listen to more than one episode as the short format makes it feel like there are twice the adds in here than any other show I listen to. It makes it difficul to concentrate, pay attention, and retain the great information presented. If you have a short burst of time at the end of the day go for it - but don't do prolonged listening or catch up on the week all at once.

Interesante!   (5/5)

Super fresh and easy to listen format.

Great daily, quick and detailed dive into one number that affects what we think we know   (5/5)


Love the indicator   (5/5)

I love planet money and I love Indicator.

Love The Indicator - Stay apolitical   (5/5)

Love the podcast. So far staying away from taking a specific political spin. PLEASE stay that way! Be honest, both ways!

Relevant numbers   (5/5)

Thanks for introducing me to these wildly fascinating numbers. It’s short, fun and relevant to what’s happening now. One of my top three podcasts!

Spellbinding!   (5/5)

If you have the desire to binge listen to a podcast - this is the one. Glynn Washington has the magic, tenderness and experience to bring this story to life. To paraphrase the words of James Lipton (Will Ferrell): " go right now to a place where podcasts or downloads are subscribed or free, and download it or subscribe to it and listen to it. It is delightful."

Awesome   (5/5)

My favorite podcast of all time, and the didn't even have to pay me to say that.

Absolutely love this show!!   (5/5)

I love how they explain numbers that matter, but you don't hear about. My only complaint is that it is tooo short!

Fun and Informative   (5/5)

Always learn something new. Just the right amount of time. Great content. Keep up the good work.

one podcast   (4/5)

i do love what planet money does; you make economics interesting; well, i found it intersting before but now i can get others to listen as well. Why does the indicator have to be a separate podcast? its the same people.

Low effort   (1/5)

The episode on Saudi Arabia felt like governmental sponsored propaganda. It’s sad to see so little effort at understanding the basic issues that are involved in topics. I do not recommend.

Fascinating!   (5/5)

The succinct and informative commentary on daily indicators is very helpful in understanding how are economy works. The analysis is also very interesting to listen to, even though economic indicators are dry.

Smug and uninformative   (1/5)

I assume this program is aimed at upper middle class millennials. As an upper middle class millennial I feel insulted.

Great to have the indicator back!   (5/5)

I always enjoyed the beginning of Planet Money when it included the indicator at the start of the program. I'm thrilled that it is back in its own podcast. For long time Planet Money listeners would you please ruffle your papers once before giving the indicator?

Great condensed Planet Money supplement   (5/5)

I love Planet Money, I even have the shirt. This is a great way to get more.

Misinformation   (2/5)

For a podcast that claims to be based on indicators they are not very careful with facts. 1. Income inequality - the threshold for the top 1% of income was stated to be $2.4 million. Really? Think about it. One out of every 100 households is making that much? Impossible. According to the IRS the actual number for the threshold is much lower. 2. Energy markets and the cost of coal generated power - The podcast accurately states that reductions in natural gas prices are a huge influence. This is true. But then they go on to talk about how renewable costs have also been reduced while conveniently omitting the fact that renewables get massive tax subsidies. That is why they are cost effective. The producers are either biased or ignorant of basic facts. Unsubscribed.

Educational to th max!   (5/5)

I’m a simple man, I love simple concepts that add value to life, and this is one of my favorite podcasts because it’s concise, entertaining, and always educational for my personal and non-personal economic intellect. Might I add “informative” even for additional perspective on my own political views which I’m guilty of overlooking as is humanly characteristic. Very insightful, I look forward to every podcast.

50 year newspaper episode   (5/5)

Loved it. Would like to hear the goals for the next 50 years would be.

Great bite-sized podcast   (5/5)

Having listened to and enjoyed Planet Money for a while now, this bite-sized spin-off is an excellent addition to my office listening queue.

Must subscribe   (5/5)

Every episode is informative and interesting. And quick enough to fill the gaps between other shows

Yes   (5/5)

Concise and informative, a must listen for fans of Planet Money.

Awesome   (5/5)

Awesome show

Solid start   (4/5)

So far it’s pretty good and they’ve had a few really good economist guests, which I hope they keep up with.

Informative   (5/5)

Although I am college-educated and fairly intelligent, I have never been a big fan of economics. “The Indicator” is not only highly informative, it is easy to understand and interesting, as well. Thank you!

No value   (2/5)

These shows are mostly short snippets that do little to inform.

Quick, smart and fun   (5/5)

The hosts find a way to explain complicated concepts in simple ways. The storytelling keeps it fun, lighthearted and easy to sink into. It’s a great bang for you time buck podcast.

Short but informative   (5/5)

Love Planet Money and this podcast.

Perfect!   (5/5)

I love the bite sized episodes. Classic planet money.

Needs work… show both sides of each argument…   (2/5)

This could be a great podcast, but it's too one-sided… in every argument, whether net-neutrality, tax reform, etc. arguments from both sides should be heard.

Trending up   (5/5)

Thanks, Planet Money! Indicator segments are getting better. “Eggs in Iran” segment nicely done!

Just what I needed   (5/5)

Bae af

Ugh usual bias   (1/5)

Trump bashing masquerading as economics. frustrating

Too short for substance   (2/5)

I love Planet Money, but so far episodes by the Indicator have been so brief that listening to their content and bulky ads feels like a waste of time. The episodes I've listened to have been so short that they could be summarized in a sentence or two. The nature of the Indicator subtracts the insight and story-telling found in more substantive podcasts, even in other bite-sized podcasts like Up First or The Daily.

New Years Resolution: Leave Podcast Reviews   (5/5)

New Years Resolution: finally leave reviews for at least your top 50 podcasts. They give you way too much free entertainment. The least you can do is leave them a quick review. New Years Reality: I listen to 50+ exceptional podcasts. I don’t have time to write that many reviews. New Years Solution: Leave this cookie-cutter review for the few(ish) podcasts you love. Only review the ones you would (or have) recommended to people in real life. Review Note: I have listened to hundreds of podcasts, this is (in my humble opinion) the best of the best. Download, enjoy, and then recommend widely.

Awesome succinct insights   (5/5)

I forgot how I missed this segment in Planet Money (or was it Marketplace?). Either way it’s a great short piece