Make Me Smart

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Subscribers: 3611
Reviews: 15
Episodes: 250

AKF
 Apr 21, 2023
Informative & entertaining. But the previous female host had better chemistry with the guy. I wish she'd come back.

Jason
 Jan 27, 2023

Brianne
 Nov 14, 2020
They keep me sane while delivering education about current topics.


 Sep 24, 2020

Alex
 Sep 19, 2020
Love this show!

Description

Each weekday, Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal and Kimberly Adams make today make sense. Along with our supersmart listeners, we break down happenings in tech, the economy and culture. Every Tuesday we bring on a guest to dive deeper into one important topic. Because none of us is as smart as all of us.

Episode Date
The problem with Trump’s idea to replace income taxes with tariffs
Jun 15, 2024
The push to wipe medical debt from credit reports
Jun 13, 2024
The early bird dance club business is booming
Jun 12, 2024
How the rise of judicial originalism has shaped our economy
Jun 12, 2024
The long road to restore the Port of Baltimore
Jun 10, 2024
Less is not always more in economic data
Jun 08, 2024
Why the Fed won’t hop on the rate-cutting bandwagon just yet
Jun 06, 2024
What summer heat waves mean for prisons
Jun 05, 2024
The good, the bad and the ugly of election polling
Jun 05, 2024
A shadow looms over the Fed
Jun 03, 2024
The long game of high interest rates
Jun 01, 2024
The growing troubles at OpenAI
May 30, 2024
A Trump-Musk bromance
May 29, 2024
How Big Food changed the way we eat
May 29, 2024
Biden doubling down on tariffs
May 25, 2024
How the Palestinian financial system is tied up in Israel
May 23, 2024
Private equity, endless shrimp and Red Lobster’s decline
May 22, 2024
Neoliberalism’s sleight of hand
May 22, 2024
Getting deep about deepfakes
May 20, 2024
The price tag on friendship
May 18, 2024
Whaddya wanna know about key inflation measures?
May 17, 2024
The great Bumble fumble
May 15, 2024
From “Million Bazillion”: What are labor unions?
May 14, 2024
The value of “third places”
May 13, 2024
What grocery aisle gossip can tell us about the economy
May 11, 2024
The lowdown on joint fundraising committees
May 09, 2024
A phantom debt menace
May 08, 2024
The power of college endowments
May 08, 2024
Private equity is coming for pet care
May 06, 2024
Europe’s new economic engines
May 04, 2024
No “stag” no “flation”
May 02, 2024
The rising pressure on poll workers
May 02, 2024
The trade-offs of the trade deficit
May 01, 2024
Biden’s regulation rush
Apr 29, 2024
College campus protests and the value of a degree
Apr 27, 2024
A stock pop and a stock flop
Apr 25, 2024
To ban or not to ban
Apr 25, 2024
The dollar store dilemma
Apr 23, 2024
Big change coming to nursing homes
Apr 23, 2024
A revamp for Title IX
Apr 20, 2024
What you need to know about tariffs
Apr 18, 2024
A new day for labor organizing in the South?
Apr 18, 2024
What we often get wrong about teens and screen time
Apr 17, 2024
The rise of the (tax) resistance
Apr 16, 2024
Why owning a car is getting so expensive
Apr 13, 2024
Bonds, Boeing and Beyoncé
Apr 11, 2024
The last mile of the inflation fight just got bumpy
Apr 10, 2024
The EV market’s growing pains
Apr 09, 2024
A new round of student debt relief
Apr 08, 2024
Let’s talk about earthquakes and the economy
Apr 06, 2024
The economic ripple effects of the Baltimore bridge collapse
Apr 04, 2024
It’s the end of an era for giant GE
Apr 03, 2024
The water technology our future might depend on
Apr 02, 2024
How much does the stuff we buy actually cost?
Apr 01, 2024
A steel industry tug of war
Mar 30, 2024
How our feelings about the economy are shaping the election
Mar 28, 2024
Boeing and the “glass cliff”
Mar 27, 2024
The political and economic power of white evangelicals
Mar 26, 2024
The trickle-down effects of the Dobbs abortion decision
Mar 25, 2024
Immigration and U.S. economic growth
Mar 23, 2024
Government shutdown déjà vu
Mar 21, 2024
Why are Americans so unhappy?
Mar 21, 2024
America’s news deserts and the 2024 election
Mar 19, 2024
Gaza’s food crisis
Mar 19, 2024
Our annual cherry blossom episode
Mar 16, 2024
Reddit, meme stocks and an IPO
Mar 14, 2024
Thoughts on TikTok
Mar 13, 2024
Boycotts, buycotts and the rise of consumer activism
Mar 12, 2024
Class, income and a shift in American politics
Mar 12, 2024
What happened to Apple’s car?
Mar 09, 2024
The recession that’s always six months away
Mar 07, 2024
Super Tuesday aftermath
Mar 07, 2024
The global rise of right-wing populism
Mar 06, 2024
What’s left out of the inflation calculation
Mar 05, 2024
The clash of two tech titans
Mar 02, 2024
Whaddya wanna know about inflation?
Mar 01, 2024
McConnell to end reign as Senate Republican leader
Feb 29, 2024
Why anime is everywhere all at once
Feb 28, 2024
The work that awaits Congress in March
Feb 27, 2024
Economic sanctions vs. boycotts
Feb 24, 2024
Nvidia’s AI chips are the hot new thing
Feb 22, 2024
Is spying really happening at U.S. ports?
Feb 22, 2024
NATO’s place in the global economy
Feb 21, 2024
Thoughts on Navalny’s death
Feb 17, 2024
Biden is entering his TikTok era
Feb 15, 2024
What it’s like to be in Gaza right now
Feb 15, 2024
Love, money and this economy
Feb 14, 2024
The real danger behind Trump’s remarks on NATO
Feb 13, 2024
Gender and the labor market
Feb 10, 2024
The snowball effect of high interest rates on the national debt
Feb 08, 2024
The young (wealthy) Americans
Feb 08, 2024
Immigration policy as economic policy
Feb 07, 2024
20 years of Facebook
Feb 06, 2024
The car industry has a forced-labor problem 
Feb 03, 2024
Copyright law in the age of AI
Feb 01, 2024
Our takeaway from the Big Tech CEO hearing
Jan 31, 2024
Turbulence at Boeing
Jan 31, 2024
How popular food brands get away with using prison labor
Jan 29, 2024
The politics of a booming energy industry
Jan 27, 2024
What does a UAW endorsement mean for Biden?
Jan 25, 2024
What Congress doesn’t want to talk about (tax hikes)
Jan 24, 2024
What happens when private equity firms own nursing homes?
Jan 24, 2024
When campaign-finance law looks like an unfunny joke
Jan 23, 2024
It’s a rough housing market out there, folks
Jan 20, 2024
More Big Tech layoffs. Is AI to blame?
Jan 18, 2024
What federal rulemaking power has to do with the economy
Jan 17, 2024
The afterlife of MLK’s call for a guaranteed income
Jan 16, 2024
When substances are legal but dangerous
Jan 13, 2024
The federal budget loop de loop
Jan 11, 2024
The risky business of bitcoin ETFs
Jan 10, 2024
The death of social media as we know it
Jan 10, 2024
Let’s talk about privilege in the workplace
Jan 08, 2024
From “Million Bazillion”: What’s a recession?
Jan 05, 2024
The new in-space economy (rerun)
Jan 02, 2024
Who benefits from the welfare-to-work system?
Dec 29, 2023
A U.S. history lesson through food (rerun)
Dec 26, 2023
The real costs of reality TV
Dec 22, 2023
Where’s the (lab-grown) beef? (rerun)
Dec 19, 2023
How technology can help solve the water crisis in the West
Dec 15, 2023
The dirty side of the fast-fashion business (rerun)
Dec 12, 2023
And that’s a wrap on 2023
Dec 09, 2023
The battle over aid to Ukraine
Dec 07, 2023
Taking the pulse of the U.S. bond market
Dec 06, 2023
What is MAGAnomics, actually?
Dec 05, 2023
Millennial mom dread
Dec 05, 2023
Economics on Tap: Wastewater beer edition
Dec 02, 2023
COP28’s big question: who should pay for the climate crisis?
Nov 30, 2023
Is GM feeling iffy about EVs?
Nov 30, 2023
The circular economy and closing our resource loop
Nov 29, 2023
OpenAI’s “breakthrough”
Nov 28, 2023
Who wants to work in Congress anymore?
Nov 23, 2023
The origins of America’s consumer-driven economy
Nov 22, 2023
The rise of stay-or-pay hiring
Nov 21, 2023
Grief and work in the time of war
Nov 18, 2023
The governing work that remains to be done
Nov 17, 2023
What would a Starlink IPO mean for Elon Musk’s geopolitical clout?
Nov 16, 2023
The moral conundrum of carbon credits
Nov 15, 2023
Has the movie business reached peak superhero?
Nov 14, 2023
Polarization, partisanship and threats to democracy
Nov 11, 2023
Actors and studios strike a (tentative) deal
Nov 10, 2023
The national debt is turning economists’ heads
Nov 09, 2023
The promises and risks of carbon capture
Nov 08, 2023
Elon Musk’s Starlink business going gangbusters
Nov 07, 2023
Promises won’t pay for climate adaptation
Nov 04, 2023
AI safety takes center stage
Nov 03, 2023
Where the fractured GOP goes from here
Nov 02, 2023
Hydrogen’s potential as a climate solution
Oct 31, 2023
Who profits from war?
Oct 31, 2023
Why the definition of “employer” really matters
Oct 28, 2023
Spending cuts aren’t the only answer to the budget deficit
Oct 27, 2023
A new speaker of the House, finally
Oct 26, 2023
Economic lessons from the video game industry
Oct 24, 2023
The work Congress could be doing
Oct 24, 2023
Thoughts on Gaza
Oct 21, 2023
AI robocalls and ethical concerns for New Yorkers
Oct 20, 2023
The “for-profit” in our health care system is showing
Oct 19, 2023
Nuclear energy’s role in decarbonizing the economy
Oct 17, 2023
Is a crackdown coming for Realtors?
Oct 17, 2023
The FDA’s formaldehyde fight
Oct 14, 2023
X faces fines for misinformation
Oct 13, 2023
Was the Twitter clout-chasing really worth it?
Oct 12, 2023
Shareholders vs. stakeholders, and the purpose of a corporation
Oct 11, 2023
Israel, Ukraine and U.S. military aid
Oct 10, 2023
A moment of economic peril
Oct 07, 2023
Hot strike summer isn’t over
Oct 06, 2023
The speaker ouster and its cost to our democracy
Oct 05, 2023
Crypto goes to court
Oct 03, 2023
Consumers are still living it up
Oct 03, 2023
Washington’s looming deadlines (note the plural)
Sep 30, 2023
The sliver of the federal budget Congress is fighting over
Sep 29, 2023
Musk and the military industrial complex
Sep 28, 2023
The real problem with passing the federal budget
Sep 27, 2023
Why big GOP money matters less than ever
Sep 26, 2023
Corruption is a bipartisan problem
Sep 23, 2023
What a shock to the economy could mean right now
Sep 22, 2023
AI and its role in elections
Sep 21, 2023
The clash of Bidenomics and MAGAnomics
Sep 19, 2023
What’s happening in Congress is not normal
Sep 19, 2023
The quest for a perfect smile
Sep 16, 2023
What happened to stakeholder capitalism?
Sep 15, 2023
Air conditioning and political dysfunction
Sep 14, 2023
What you need to know about ranked choice voting
Sep 12, 2023
Retail theft and capitalism today
Sep 12, 2023
Our 1,000th episode!
Sep 09, 2023
What happened to economic conservatism?
Sep 08, 2023
A new demographic reality is coming
Sep 07, 2023
How farmworkers were left behind
Sep 06, 2023
The jumbled world of college sports
Sep 02, 2023
Name that (economic) tune
Aug 31, 2023
Who should get overtime pay?
Aug 31, 2023
The plastic recycling hoax
Aug 29, 2023
The rise of homeownership sans insurance
Aug 29, 2023
Smash the patriarchy … and the pumpkins
Aug 26, 2023
A glitch in the consumer-driven recovery
Aug 25, 2023
Nvidia is riding the AI wave
Aug 23, 2023
Our driverless car future
Aug 22, 2023
The case to raise the inflation target
Aug 22, 2023
Turmoil in the television industry
Aug 19, 2023
The misunderstood Inflation Reduction Act
Aug 18, 2023
What Los Angeles can learn from Detroit about addressing homelessness
Aug 17, 2023
Artificial intelligence at work
Aug 16, 2023
A possible U-turn for driverless cars?
Aug 15, 2023
The clean energy economy has a NIMBY problem (rerun)
Aug 09, 2023
The (interim) Joint Chiefs of Staff?
Aug 05, 2023
Political dysfunction dents the U.S. credit rating
Aug 03, 2023
The doctor will see you now … for climate anxiety
Aug 03, 2023
The higher education business model is changing
Aug 01, 2023
DeSantis’ fiscal formula
Aug 01, 2023
The wild grain chase
Jul 29, 2023
So … whaddya wanna know about student loan repayments?
Jul 27, 2023
Barbie, T-Swift and the Fed?
Jul 26, 2023
A thrilling era for space discovery
Jul 26, 2023
Another government showdown?
Jul 25, 2023
Hot on the job
Jul 22, 2023
When will the streamers’ content river run dry?
Jul 21, 2023
It’s getting hot in here
Jul 20, 2023
The “American Whitelash” and economic fear
Jul 18, 2023
Hot labor summer is here
Jul 18, 2023
Our wildest “Economics on Tap” episode yet!
Jul 15, 2023
Hollywood on strike
Jul 14, 2023
Insurers retreat from the coasts
Jul 13, 2023
The dirty side of the fast-fashion business 
Jul 12, 2023
Behind the scenes: Kai’s trip to China with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen
Jul 10, 2023
The Twitter vs. Meta drama continues
Jul 08, 2023
A blueprint for AI regulation in hiring?
Jul 07, 2023
Has Twitter Meta its match?
Jul 06, 2023
The welfare-to-work industrial complex part 2
Jul 03, 2023
The economic ripple effects of the Supreme Court’s big decisions
Jul 01, 2023
“Bidenomics” and the tricky art of selling an idea
Jun 29, 2023
Recession? What recession?
Jun 29, 2023
The origins of the Fed’s 2% inflation target
Jun 28, 2023
The welfare-to-work industrial complex
Jun 27, 2023
The U.S. is graying. What does that mean for the economy?
Jun 24, 2023
A medical brain drain out of Texas
Jun 23, 2023
The Titanic sub and the migrant shipwreck
Jun 22, 2023
The economic status of Black Americans
Jun 21, 2023
What it really takes to live in New York City
Jun 17, 2023
The fringe medical group pushing anti-LGBTQ laws
Jun 16, 2023
Reddit’s pricing protest
Jun 14, 2023
Live from Seattle Part 2: We talk to Lindy West
Jun 14, 2023
EV batteries, industrial policy and you
Jun 13, 2023
Make Me Smart: Live in Seattle
Jun 10, 2023
What’s behind the climate culture wars? (rerun)
Jun 09, 2023
Financially Inclined: What you need to know before investing in the stock market
Jun 08, 2023
A Fedspeak dilemma: to “skip” or “pause” rates?
Jun 08, 2023
The Supreme Court’s “shadow docket” is in the spotlight
Jun 06, 2023
The real story behind the red-blue hiring divide
Jun 06, 2023
YouTube’s 180 on misinformation
Jun 03, 2023
A tale of two debt dramas on Capitol Hill
Jun 02, 2023
Extraordinary measures for extraordinary times
May 31, 2023