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The most important stories, explained through the lens of business. A podcast about money, business and power. Hosted by Kate Linebaugh and Ryan Knutson. The Journal is a co-production from Gimlet Media and The Wall Street Journal.

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China's Biggest Protests in Decades
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After years of strict Covid restrictions, people are taking to the streets in cities across China. But they’re not just protesting zero-Covid, they’re voicing displeasure with Xi Jinping himself. WSJ’s Brian Spegele gives us an inside view of the protests rocking China. Further Reading: -China’s Surveillance State Pushes Deeper Into Citizens’ Lives  -Much of China Locks Down With No End to Zero Covid in Sight  -Chinese Protests Spread Over Government’s Covid Restrictions  Further Listening: -How Xi Jinping's Dream Slowed China's Economy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2022
The Surprising Origins of Russia’s Drones
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In recent months, Russia has ramped up its use of drones in its war on Ukraine. As Ukrainian analysts have begun dissecting some of the unmanned aircraft, they’ve uncovered a complex web of suppliers. WSJ’s Ian Talley explains.  Further Reading: -Ukrainian Analysis Identifies Western Supply Chain Behind Iran’s Drones  -Iran Acknowledges Supplying Drones to Russia  Further Listening: -Iran’s Secret System to Avoid Sanctions  -Ukraine Makes a Deal with Wall Street  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Elon Musk's 'Extremely Hardcore' Twitter
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Since Elon Musk bought Twitter four weeks ago, thousands of employees have been laid off, fired or decided to leave the company. WSJ's Alexa Corse explains what the company's leaner staff could mean for the platform. Further Reading: -Elon Musk Tells Twitter Staff to Work ‘Long Hours at High Intensity’ or Leave  -Twitter’s Mass Resignations Test Elon Musk’s Management Playbook  -Twitter Lays Off Some Sales Employees After They Committed to Twitter 2.0  Further Listening: -Why Elon Musk’s Twitter Is Losing Advertisers  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
What Walmart’s Aisles Say About the American Consumer
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Inflation is driving American consumers to pinch pennies, and Walmart is taking note. The retailing giant says its customers are increasingly price-conscious. WSJ's Sarah Nassauer says to keep prices low, Walmart is flexing its muscles with suppliers. Further Reading: -Walmart Sales Rise as Retail Giant Gains Shoppers  -Walmart Is Flexing Its Muscle Again  -Holiday Sales Growth Expected to Slow This Year  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
A Controversial World Cup Begins in Qatar
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One of the biggest sports events of the year began yesterday in Qatar, but there have been a lot of bumps along the way. From the abuse of stadium construction workers to a ban on beer – WSJ's Joshua Robinson on the controversies surrounding Qatar’s World Cup. Further Reading: -World Cup Brings Two Million Visitors and an Epic Culture Clash to Qatar  -Qatar Wanted to Host the World Cup. First It Needed a Soccer Team.  Further Listening: -We Came To Win: The Escape  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
The Taylor Swift Ticketmaster Debacle
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Millions of Taylor Swift fans tried unsuccessfully to buy advance tickets for her Eras Tour, Swift’s first in five years. And after overwhelming demand throttled Ticketmaster’s website, a public sale of tickets has been called off. WSJ's Anne Steele explains what happened and why Ticketmaster is getting heat. Further Reading: -Taylor Swift Says It Was ‘Excruciating’ to Watch Ticketmaster Debacle  -Taylor Swift Cancels Ticket Sale After Earlier Glitches  -Taylor Swift’s Concert Ticket Sales Plagued by Ticketmaster Delays  Further Listening: -Taylor Swift’s Push to Change Music Ownership  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2022
A Historically Bad Year to Retire
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For decades, investing in a mix of stocks and bonds was one of the safest ways to save for retirement. But this year, that strategy has stopped working. WSJ’s Akane Otani breaks down the unique market conditions of today’s economy that are causing so much pain for retirees. Further Reading: -The Classic 60-40 Investment Strategy Falls Apart. ‘There’s No Place to Hide.’  Further Listening: -How High Will Interest Rates Go?  -Will There Be a Recession? America’s Top Bankers Weigh In  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
The Fall of Crypto's Golden Boy
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Until last week, FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was the face of crypto. Admirers saw him as an approachable, friendly billionaire eager to deploy his wealth for good. Then his crypto empire imploded, leaving hundreds of thousands of investors’ assets in doubt. WSJ’s Greg Zuckerman profiles the man behind FTX. Further Reading: -How FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried Went From Crypto Golden Boy to Villain  -FTX Tapped Into Customer Accounts to Fund Risky Bets, Setting Up Its Downfall  -Alameda, FTX Executives Are Said to Have Known FTX Was Using Customer Funds  -FTX’s Collapse Leaves Employees Sick With Anger  Further Listening: -How Crypto Giant FTX Suddenly Imploded  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
The Downfall of a $300 Million Sneaker King
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Zadeh Kicks, founded by Michael Malekzadeh, was once the hottest sneaker reseller on the market. It offered some coveted, limited edition shoes for cheap – a dream for sneakerheads who wanted to flip them for more money. But now Zadeh Kicks has dissolved. WSJ's Inti Pacheco explains how sneaker giant Malekzadeh came undone. Further Reading: -The $300 Million Sneaker King Comes Undone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2022
RSV Is Bad. Where's the Vaccine?
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Every winter, the respiratory virus RSV lands tens of thousands of babies and young children in hospitals around the country. This year, the outbreak started early. WSJ's Denise Roland explains the challenges of creating an RSV vaccine. Further Reading: -GSK Poised for Pfizer Battle in RSV Vaccine Market-RSV Hospitalizations Surge, Babies Hit Hardest  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
Introducing Bad Bets Season 2: The Unraveling of Trevor Milton
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Bad Bets is WSJ’s podcast series that unravels big-business dramas that have had a big impact on our world. In season two, reporter Ben Foldy delves into the story of Nikola founder Trevor Milton, who promised a future of zero-emission trucks that could revolutionize the industry. At its peak, Nikola’s publicly traded stock was worth more than Ford Motor Co.’s—until a ragtag group of whistleblowers and short sellers revealed that Nikola and its truck weren’t all that they seemed. Find the entire series here: https://www.wsj.com/podcasts/bad-bets  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2022
How Crypto Giant FTX Suddenly Imploded
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Once a leader in the world of cryptocurrency, Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange FTX is scrambling for funds. It’s now facing a shortfall of $8 billion after Binance walked away from a rescue attempt. WSJ’s Caitlin Ostroff on what this means for the crypto ecosystem.  Further Reading: -Tensions Between Crypto Giants FTX, Binance Spill Into Public View  -Binance’s Deal for Rival FTX Marks Power Shift Amid Crypto Turmoil  -The 30-Year-Old Spending $1 Billion to Save Crypto  Further Listening: -The Rise of Binance - And The Effort to Reel it In  -The ‘Death Spiral’ of a Stablecoin  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
Why the Red Wave Didn’t Happen
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Republicans were expecting to come away with sizable wins in the midterm elections on Tuesday. But as the results come in, it's clear that those hopes have been dashed. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains where the election stands — and what it means for the GOP. Further Reading: -Control of Congress Remains at Stake as Democrats Fend Off an Anticipated ‘Red Wave’  Further Listening: -The Republican Push to Flip Latino Voters  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
Banks’ Alliance to Fight Climate Change is on the Rocks
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A year ago, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, the biggest players in the financial world joined together to incorporate carbon emissions into their most fundamental decisions. As the summit reconvenes in Egypt, the group is on the rocks. WSJ’s David Benoit explains why. Further Reading: -Financial System Makes Big Promises on Climate Change at COP26 Summit  -Big Banks and U.N. Green Finance Group Clash in Alliance  -Mark Carney, Ex-Banker, Wants Banks to Pay for Climate ChangeFurther Listening:-The Fight Over Climate Change's Price Tag  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2022
Why Elon Musk’s Twitter Is Losing Advertisers
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Elon Musk is now in charge of Twitter, and his shake-up of the company is making advertisers nervous. All kinds of brands have started pausing their ad spending. WSJ’s Suzanne Vranica explains what Musk is doing to rein in the losses. Further Reading: -General Mills, Audi and Pfizer Join Growing List of Companies Pausing Twitter Ads  -First Week of Elon Musk’s Twitter Was Chaos and Confusion for Employees  Further Listening: -The Musk-Twitter Saga – From The Journal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
How TikTok Became The World’s Favorite App
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In only five years, TikTok has gained millions of fans around the world and become a source of geopolitical tension between the U.S. and China. We spoke to people who witnessed the app’s meteoric rise firsthand: influencers, former workers, and a government official who is concerned about TikTok’s data practices. Further Listening -Why TikTok’s Under Investigation   -Why Everyone is Mad At Instagram   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2022
Show Me the Money: More Job Listings Have Salary Details
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Companies trying to hire in New York City had to revamp their job postings this week. A new law requires salary ranges on all job postings, the latest in a wave around the U.S. WSJ's Chip Cutter and Ben Cohen explain how the law can affect the power dynamics between workers and employers and how companies might try to find workarounds. Further Reading: -Is Your Colleague Earning More Than $200,000 a Year? Now You Can Find Out  -JPMorgan, Macy’s and Other Companies Reveal What They Pay Workers  -California Employers May Soon Need to Disclose Pay on Job Listings -Success at Work Is Warped by Your Co-Workers’ Salaries  Further Listening: -U.S. Soccer’s Equal Pay Deal and One Player Who Helped Negotiate It  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
Pig Butchering: A Texting Scam With a Crypto Twist
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A texting scam that originated in China is on the rise in the United States. It’s more sophisticated than scams of the past and it has already cost American victims more than $400 million in total. WSJ’s Robert McMillan explains how pig butchering works and one victim shares how it’s impacted her. Further Reading: -A Text Scam Called ‘Pig Butchering’ Cost Her More Than $1.6 Million  -Online Scams Cost Americans Billions. Here’s How to Avoid the Worst of Them.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
Meta’s Metaverse Mess
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About a year after Mark Zuckerberg rebranded Facebook as Meta Platforms Inc., internal documents show the company's transition to the metaverse is not going smoothly. WSJ’s Salvador Rodriguez explains how glitchy technology and declining monthly users are complicating Meta’s big metaverse push. Further Reading: -Company Documents Show Meta’s Flagship Metaverse Falling Short  -Facebook Parent Meta’s Earnings Fall Short as Revenue Decline Accelerates Further Listening:-How to Build a Metaverse  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2022
How High Will Interest Rates Go?
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For months the Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates at a fast and furious pace to combat inflation. Now some Fed officials are advocating for a slower, steadier approach. WSJ’s Nick Timiraos explains the debate within the Fed over just how high interest rates should go. Further Reading: -Two Fed Officials Make Case for Caution With Future Interest Rate Raises  -Fed Set to Raise Rates by 0.75 Point and Debate Size of Future Hikes  Further Listening: -The Fed’s Plan to Curb Inflation  -Can the Fed Lower Inflation Without Causing a Recession?  -The Fed’s Shifting Inflation Message  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
The Rise of the Minions
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Minions, the yellow, pill-shaped sidekicks that debuted in the 2010 animated film “Despicable Me," have emerged as one of the best-known franchises in recent Hollywood history. WSJ’s Erich Schwartzel explains the mix of luck and strategy that made the Minions so successful. Further Reading: -How the Minions Became Hollywood’s Mightiest Franchise  Further Listening: -A Tale of Two Top Guns  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2022
Disney CEO Bob Chapek on Whether the Company Is “Too Woke”
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Disney CEO Bob Chapek talks with WSJ’s Editor in Chief Matt Murray about the challenges of weathering controversies and keeping his nearly 100 year-old company relevant. Further Reading and Watching: -News from WSJ Tech Live 2022   -Video Highlights from WSJ Tech Live 2022   Further Listening: -How Disney’s CEO Got Caught in Florida’s Fight Over Gay Rights  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
The Collapsing U.S.-Saudi Relations
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An unofficial oil-for-security pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia has survived 15 presidents and seven kings, but is now fracturing under two leaders who don’t like each other. WSJ’s Stephen Kalin explains why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia’s relationship has hit a new low.Further Reading: - U.S.-Saudi Relations Buckle, Driven by Animosity Between Biden and Mohammed bin Salman  - Saudi Conference Draws Wall Street Executives Amid Strained Ties With U.S.  Further Listening: - As Saudi Arabia Cools on the U.S., It Warms to China  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
Is Big Money Souring Pickleball?
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Pickleball is a big dill. It’s also the fastest-growing sport in America. Meanwhile, superstar investors like Tom Brady and LeBron James are pouring cash into pro pickleball. WSJ’s Sara Bosworth explains the rise of the paddle sport and why investors are flocking to it.    Further Reading: -Since When Do Millennials Love Pickleball?  -LeBron James Is Buying a Professional Pickleball Team  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2022
The Rise of Botox and the Wrinkle in Its Future
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No longer just for celebrities, Botox's multi-billion dollar success has helped kickstart a new industry of medical cosmetic procedures. But now, a competitor is on the horizon. WSJ's Rory Satran and Jared Hopkins on the new anti-wrinkle shot that's trying to take on Botox. Further Reading: - FDA Approves New Botox Rival  - Getting Botox Used to Be a Secret. Now It’s Not.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
Why Florida's Coast Is Becoming the 'Preserve of the Wealthy'
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Stronger hurricanes, higher insurance premiums and stricter building codes are changing who can afford life on the coast. After Hurricane Ian, WSJ's Arian Campo-Flores headed to southwestern Florida to see how the state's coastal communities are faring and transforming. Further Reading: - Florida Coastal Living Reshaped by Hurricane Housing Codes  - Hurricane Ian Is Latest Blow to Florida’s Struggling Home Insurers  - Home Buyers Flock to Florida Cities Devastated by Hurricane Ian  - Flattened by Hurricane Michael, Florida Town Tries to Stave Off Big Development  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2022
Will There Be a Recession? America's Top Bankers Weigh In
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The CEOs of the nation’s largest banks, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, are sending different messages about the economy. One is more optimistic, the other more pessimistic. WSJ’s Ben Eisen explains what’s driving their differences. Further Reading: - Bank of America CEO’s Optimism Defies Economic Gloom  - Jamie Dimon Says U.S. Consumers Still Have Six to Nine Months of Spending Power  - JP Morgan Chase Earnings Show Economy is Resilient, but Jamie Dimon’s “Hurricane” Looms  Further Listening: - The Fed’s Plan to Curb Inflation  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
How a Miami Couple Used Empty Mansions to Pocket Millions
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Southern Florida is awash with empty luxury properties. For one Miami couple and their accomplices, that looked like prime hunting ground for nearly $10 million in mortgage fraud. Their targets? Venezuela’s sanctioned elite. As WSJ’s Konrad Putzier reports, it was fun while it lasted.  Further Reading: - Florida Couple Turned the Empty Miami Mansions of Venezuela’s Elite Into Personal Piggy Banks  Further Listening: - An Undercover Operation to Reveal an Alleged Ponzi Scheme  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
How a New 'Anti-Woke' Bank Stumbled
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A new banking startup, GloriFi, was created to counter a perception among some conservatives that mainstream banks are too liberal. But despite major investment and celebrity backing, GloriFi now finds itself in disarray and on the verge of bankruptcy. WSJ’s Rachel Ensign breaks down the latest. Further Reading: - How a New Anti-Woke Bank Stumbled  - CEO of Anti-Woke Bank Startup GloriFi Resigns  Further Listening: - Can My Stock Portfolio Save The Planet?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2022
How Xi Jinping's Dream Slowed China's Economy
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As China’s top leaders gather for the 20th Communist Party congress, all eyes are on China’s economy. A decade ago, President Xi Jinping set out his “China Dream" and promised it would boost the economy. But as WSJ’s Lingling Wei explains, Xi’s state-centered approach isn’t delivering on that vision. Further Reading: - China’s Xi Jinping Stakes Out Ambitions, With Himself at the Center  - China Abruptly Delays GDP Release During Communist Party Conference  - Xi Jinping’s Ideological Ambition Darkens China’s Economic Prospects  Further Listening: - The Political Cost of China’s Faltering Economy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2022
How to Build a Metaverse, Part 4: Why Build a World?
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Second Life never went mainstream. But just because the platform wasn’t for everyone doesn’t mean it wasn’t for anyone. In part 4 of our series, we talk to longtime Second Life users about the lives they’ve built in the metaverse and what virtual worlds have to offer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2022
Government Officials and Their Stocks
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Hidden records show that thousands of senior executive branch employees owned stocks in companies whose fates were affected by their employers’ actions. WSJ’s Brody Mullins and Rebecca Ballhaus take us inside the nearly year-long Wall Street Journal investigation. Further Reading: - Government Officials Invest in Companies Their Agencies Oversee  - 131 Federal Judges Broke the Law by Hearing Cases Where They Had a Financial Interest  - Congressional Staffers Gain From Trading in Stocks  Further Listening: - The Federal Law that 138 Judges have broken  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
Does the Future of Streaming Look More Like Cable?
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In the last few years, streaming has overtaken cable as the go-to means of watching TV. But as more streaming platforms flood the market, the industry’s major players are finding it harder to grow. WSJ’s Jessica Toonkel says companies are finding new solutions in the old cable bundle playbook. Further Reading: - You Hated Your Cable Package. Your Streaming Services Are Bringing It Back.  - Paramount Explores Merging Showtime Streaming Service Into Paramount+  - Disney Explores Membership Program Like Amazon Prime  - Walmart Reaches Video-Streaming Deal to Offer Paramount+ to Members    Further Listening: - Netflix Turns to Ads  - NBC's Olympic Bet on Peacock  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2022
Ukraine Makes a Deal with Wall Street
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The war in Ukraine has taken a heavy toll on the country and rebuilding will be expensive, estimated in the tens of billions. WSJ's Matt Wirz tells the story of one Ukrainian official's unconventional plan to win over Wall Street and help keep his country afloat. Further Reading: - Ukraine Takes Unorthodox Pitch to Wall Street to Raise Billions in Debt  Further Listening: - Losing in the War, Putin Raises the Stakes  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2022
Are Rotisserie Chickens ‘Inflation-Proof’?
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We're off for the holiday today, but we still have an episode for you! Inflation is the worst it’s been in more than 40 years. But one bright spot for consumers might be found at the grocery store: rotisserie chickens. WSJ’s Annie Gasparro chronicles the history of America’s love for the quick and versatile meal, and what a "rotisserie chicken economic index" might say about this inflationary moment.  Further Listening: - Inflation Is Happening. Should You Be Worried?  Further Reading: - Rotisserie Chickens: The ’90s Gift to Supermarkets That Keeps on Giving  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2022
How to Build a Metaverse, Part 3: Prime Time
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By 2007, Second Life seemed on track for a commercial breakthrough. And then, an opportunity came along to get in front of a truly mainstream audience: a starring role on one of TV’s biggest shows. In part 3 of our series: Second Life’s ascension to prime time, and the hurdles that threw its success into question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2022
The U.K. Tried to Stimulate Growth. It Got Backlash Instead.
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The U.K. government has U-turned on one part of a plan to make major tax cuts after markets reacted violently to it. WSJ's Max Colchester explains why the government's attempt to boost growth did the opposite. Further Reading: - U.K. Markets Turmoil Puts Spotlight on New Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng  - U.K.’s Central Banker Struggles With Inflation, a Financial Crisis and His Own Government  Further Listening: - The U.K.'s New Prime Minister Faces an Economic Crisis  - The Pros and Cons of a Strong U.S. Dollar  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Elon Musk Wants to Buy Twitter After All
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Facing an impending deposition, a trial date and the potential release of more private text messages, billionaire Elon Musk said he wants to proceed with his purchase of Twitter at the original $44-billion offer. But will he be able to avert the Oct. 17th trial? WSJ’s Cara Lombardo on the topsy-turvy deal.  Further Reading: - Elon Musk Proposes Closing Twitter Deal on Original Terms  - Elon Musk’s Twitter Reversal Renews Takeover Bid for a Now-Weaker Firm  Further Listening: - The Musk-Twitter Saga - from The Journal.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2022
Losing in the War, Putin Raises the Stakes
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As Russian President Vladimir Putin's war against Ukraine sputters, he's escalating tensions. WSJ's Matthew Dalton explains how Putin's ramping up the stakes both in the ground war in Ukraine and in his economic war with the West. Further Reading: - NATO Formally Blames Sabotage for Nord Stream Pipeline Damage  - Russia’s Lower House Approves Absorbing Ukrainian Territories  - Putin Raises Ukraine Ante as His War Fortunes Sink  Further Listening: - Ukraine Shifts the War With a Surprise Attack  - Europe is Turning to Coal. What Does That Mean for Climate Change?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2022
The Former MoviePass CEO on What Went Wrong
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MoviePass took off like a rocket when it unveiled a $9.95 monthly service in 2017 that allowed customers to see a movie a day in theaters. But its crash was just as spectacular as its rise. Now, the service is coming back under new management. Mitch Lowe, the former CEO, talks about what went wrong. Further Reading: - It’s a Wrap: MoviePass Ends Theater Subscription Service  - MoviePass Is Making a Comeback With Plans From $10 to $30 a Month  Further Listening: - The Fundamental Flaw (and Alleged Deception) of MoviePass  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
How to Build a Metaverse, Part 2: Avatars Behaving Badly
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When Second Life officially launched in 2003, it had one guiding principle for all new users: Be Nice. But those users showed up with their own ideas about how to behave in a virtual world. In part 2 of How to Build a Metaverse, Linden Lab — the company that created Second Life — wrestles with how to govern its new world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
The Pros and Cons of a Strong U.S. Dollar
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The U.S. dollar is dramatically increasing in value. WSJ’s Julia-Ambra Verlaine unpacks what this means for the U.S. and other countries. Further Reading: - A Strong Dollar Is Front and Center for Wall Street  - Dollar Strength Lifts Americans’ Relative Spending Power  - Strong U.S. Dollar Extends Pain in Emerging-Markets Currencies  Further Listening: - The Roots of Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
The Four-Day School Week Is Here
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To combat a teacher shortage, some school districts across the country are adopting a four-day week. WSJ’s Ben Chapman explains the pros and cons, and a superintendent in Missouri talks about how parents and teachers are reacting. Further Reading: - School Districts Facing Shortages Lure Teachers With Four-Day Weeks  - Teacher, Staff Shortages Reported by About Half of Schools, Survey Finds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
The Republican Push to Flip Latino Voters
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Ahead of the midterm elections, Republicans are working to rally support among Latinos. Once a solidly Democratic bloc, Latinos are becoming a swing group, as recent contests have shown in states like Nevada. We head to East Las Vegas to speak with voters and politicos about the shifting dynamics. Further Reading: - Latino Voters Split Along Economic Lines  - Latina Candidates Test GOP Policies in South Texas House Races  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
The Cheating Accusation Rocking Competitive Chess
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The chess world has been gripped by drama after world champion Magnus Carlsen accused newcomer Hans Moke Niemann of cheating. WSJ’s Andrew Beaton explains how the whole fiasco is threatening to taint the sanctity of the 1,500-year-old game. Further Reading: - Chess Is in Chaos Over Suspicion That a Player Cheated Against Magnus Carlsen  - The Question Behind the Magnus Carlsen-Hans Niemann Drama: How to Cheat at Chess?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
How to Build a Metaverse, Part 1: Genesis
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Nearly two decades before companies like Meta began pouring billions of dollars into the metaverse, a little company called Linden Lab already had one. In part 1 of our series, we meet the programmers who built Second Life -- a 3-D virtual world where users could be and do whatever they could imagine. And we meet the intrepid users who were the pioneers of this brave new world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump
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Yesterday, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, three of his children and two other longtime officials at the Trump Organization. The AG’s fraud complaint seeks a list of penalties including $250 million dollars. WSJ’s Corinne Ramey discusses the lawsuit and what it means. Further Reading: - Donald Trump, His Company Sued by New York Attorney General on Fraud Allegations  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Puerto Rico's Long Struggle to Keep the Lights On
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Hurricane Fiona battered Puerto Rico’s shores, causing an island-wide blackout over the weekend. Now, more than a million people are still waiting for the lights to turn back on. WSJ’s Andrew Scurria explains that the company brought in to fix the grid hasn’t made much progress. Further Reading: - Hurricane Fiona Intensifies to Category 4 Storm and Is Blamed for Four Deaths  - Puerto Rico Re-Examines Plan to Fix Power Grid as Fiona Cuts Electricity  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
The Fed's Plan to Curb Inflation
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Inflation is at a decades long high and this week the Federal Reserve is expected to approve another rate increase to help curb it. WSJ’s Nick Timiraos discusses the thinking behind the strategy and some of the risks it poses. Further Reading: - Jerome Powell’s Inflation Whisperer: Paul Volcker  - Powell Says Fed Must Show Resolve in Fighting Inflation  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
The Fight Over Your Credit Card Swipe
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Each time you use your credit card, businesses pay a fee. Merchants have pushed back for years, and there are now two bills in Congress aiming to limit those fees. WSJ’s AnnaMaria Andriotis explains why companies like Visa and Mastercard set fees in the first place, and what Congress hopes to do about it.   Further Reading: - Walmart, Target Urge Lawmakers to Pass Bill Taking Aim at Visa, Mastercard Fees  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Introducing - How to Build a Metaverse
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We’re in a metaverse déjà vu moment. Companies are spending billions of dollars creating new metaverses, imagining a 3D virtual future. But there’s a metaverse that’s already been around for decades. In this world, people have started businesses, built homes and fallen in love as avatars. In a new four-part series from The Journal, producer Annie Minoff heads back into that largely forgotten metaverse – Second Life – to tell the story of the metaverse we already have and what it can reveal about the one that’s coming. Start listening to How to Build a Metaverse on Friday, September 23. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Who Is Long Covid Hurting?
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Stuart Smith used to enjoy driving fast cars, kayaking and flying planes. But the mysterious condition known as “long Covid” has upended his personal and professional life. We spoke with Smith, a lawyer whose career was cut short after he got sick, and WSJ’s Sumathi Reddy and Gwynn Guilford about the economic and emotional impacts of long Covid. Further Reading: - Covid-19 Illnesses Are Keeping at Least 500,000 Workers Out of U.S. Labor Force, Study Says  - A Key to Long Covid Is Virus Lingering in the Body, Scientists Say  Further Listening: - How Will We Know When the Pandemic's Over?  - The Labor Shortage That's Causing More Labor Shortages  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Ukraine Shifts the War With a Surprise Attack
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In a matter of days, Ukrainian forces liberated thousands of square miles of Russian-occupied territory. WSJ’s Matthew Luxmoore explains why the offensive took Russia by surprise and shifted the balance of the war. Further Reading: - Russia Strikes Zelensky’s Hometown as President Visits Recaptured City  - Russia Withdraws More Forces From Northeast Ukraine  Further Listening: - A Battle of Wills Over Russian Energy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Who Should Pay for Pakistan's Historic Flood?
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Over the summer, unusual monsoons in Pakistan have led to disastrous flooding. More than 30 million people are impacted, and much of the country’s agricultural sector is underwater. WSJ’s Saeed Shah explains how climate change is affecting Pakistan, and who the country's government believes should foot the bill.  Further Reading: - In Southern Pakistan, a Sea Made of Monsoon Waters Swallows Villages  - Pakistan Floods Affect Millions, Leave over 1,000 Dead  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Diving Deep for Battery Metals
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As the world shifts toward green alternatives like electric vehicles and solar power, demand for metals needed for batteries has skyrocketed. WSJ’s Yusuf Khan explains mining companies are turning to a new source for metals like cobalt and manganese: the ocean floor. Further Reading: - Deep-Sea Mining Is Close to Reality Despite Environmental Concerns  - TMC Gets Approval for Pilot Deep-Sea Mining Project  - Environmental Investing Frenzy Stretches Meaning of ‘Green’  Further Listening: - Environmental Investing Frenzy Stretches Meaning of 'Green'  - Electric Cars Need Lithium. Can Chile Provide It?  - How One Company Rode the Electric Vehicle Boom to Success  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
The Media Mogul Taking an Ax to Hollywood
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Is David Zaslav Hollywood’s white knight, or a Trojan horse? The new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery is sitting atop a huge media empire. WSJ’s Joe Flint profiles Zaslav’s cost-cutting across some of the biggest properties in media, and explores what that might mean for our watchlists. Further Listening: - The Quick End to CNN+  Further Reading: - There’s a New Media Mogul Tearing Up Hollywood: ‘Zas Is Not Particularly Patient’  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
A Queen's Legacy and a King's Future
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During the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, she led the British monarchy through a period of huge change and weathered many scandals. WSJ's Max Colchester explains why her death is such a significant moment for the royals, and what it means for the future of the family business.Further Reading: -Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96 After 70 Years on the Throne  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
A Battle of Wills Over Russian Energy
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Russia has shut off Nord Stream, the main pipeline exporting natural gas to Europe. The move comes as Europe faces a growing energy crisis. Meanwhile, Western countries continue to ratchet up energy sanctions against Moscow because of its war on Ukraine. WSJ’s Joe Wallace unpacks how Russia gained the advantage in the fight over energy. Further Reading: - Nord Stream Pipeline Closure Lands Blow Against Europe  - Russia Confounds the West by Recapturing Its Oil Riches  - Putin Threatens to Abandon Grain Deal, Further Squeeze Energy Supplies  Further Listening: - Europe is Turning to Coal. What Does That Mean for Climate Change?  - Germany’s Difficult Breakup with Russian Energy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
Jackson Water Crisis Is Harbinger for Other Cities
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Floods in Jackson, Miss. inundated the city's main water treatment plant, leaving most residents without drinking water. WSJ's Rachel Wolfe says much of the nation's water infrastructure is aging and in disrepair, and many cities could face their own impending crises. Further Reading: -Jackson Water Crisis Forces Cities to Confront Their Own Aging Infrastructure  -Jackson Water Crisis Has No Clear End Date, Mississippi Officials Say  Further Listening: -The Fight Over Water in the West  -One Town's Fight Against 'Forever' Chemicals  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
The U.K.'s New Prime Minister Faces an Economic Crisis
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The U.K.’s Conservative Party has elected a new Prime Minister - Liz Truss. She’s coming to power amidst spiraling inflation and rapidly rising energy prices. But what can she do to fix it? WSJ’s Max Colchester explains.  Further Reading: - Liz Truss Is Appointed U.K. Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
Lauded in the West, Shunned at Home: Gorbachev’s Divisive Legacy
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Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, died earlier this week at 91. His efforts to reform the Communist state and allow greater freedoms won him rockstar status in the West. But as WSJ’s Ann M. Simmons explains, Gorbachev’s legacy in Russia is much more mixed. Further Reading: - Mikhail Gorbachev, Reformer of Soviet Union and Its Last Leader, Dies at 91  - In Putin’s Russia, Last Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev Leaves Behind a Divisive Legacy  Further Listening: - Russians, and Putin, Face the Fallout of War  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
Are Carbon Credits Still Working?
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Under renewed pressure to address carbon emissions, global companies have spent millions on carbon credits. WSJ's Shane Shifflett explains that some of these credits are not actually very effective. Further Reading: - Booming Carbon-Credits Market Took Hit as Stocks Sold Off  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
The Suicide Hotline Overhaul
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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has been around for nearly 20 years. And over the years, an increase in the volume of calls has strained its call centers, leaving some calls unanswered. WSJ's Brianna Abbott discusses the effort to replace the Lifeline with a simpler, more responsive number: 988. Further reading:  -One in Six Calls to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline End Without Reaching a Counselor  -What Is 988? Behind the New Mental Health Crisis Lifeline Number  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
The Booming, Unregulated Marketplace for Abortion Pills
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As some U.S. states tighten abortion restrictions, an anonymous online market for abortion pills is thriving. Dozens of websites offer to ship abortion drugs anywhere in the U.S. without requiring a prescription, which violates Food and Drug Administration rules. WSJ’s Dominique Mosbergen explores this unregulated marketplace. Further Reading: - Websites Selling Unapproved Abortion Pills Are Booming  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Who Is the Twitter Whistleblower?
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Last week, Twitter’s former head of security emerged as a whistleblower. Better known as "Mudge", Peiter Zatko started his career as a hacker. WSJ’s Robert McMillan explains Twitter's alleged security issues. Further Reading: -Twitter Whistleblower Peiter Zatko Has Warned of Cyber Disaster for Decades  -Twitter’s Ex-Security Head Files Whistleblower Complaint on Spam, Privacy Issues  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
CDC Director on Her Plans to Shake Up the Agency
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's director, Rochelle Walensky, is looking to reorganize the agency in the wake of what she called "some pretty dramatic, pretty public mistakes" during the pandemic. We talk to her about some of the CDC's fumbles and how she thinks the agency could do better.Further Reading: -CDC Director Outlines Restructuring Plans  -CDC Director Aims to Improve Covid-19 Messaging, Data Collection  Further Listening: -How Will We Know When the Pandemic's Over?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
Breaking Down Student Debt Relief
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On Wednesday, President Biden announced the largest cancellation of student debt in U.S. history. WSJ's Gabriel T. Rubin walks us through how the plan came together and what it means for borrowers.Further reading: -Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan to Cancel Up to $20,000 in Debt for Millions -Student-Loan Forgiveness: Who Qualifies for Biden’s Plan, and What It Means for Borrowers  Further listening: -How Biden Plans to Tackle Student Debt  -Is Graduate School Worth the Price?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
A LIV Executive on Upending the Business of Golf
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The goal of LIV is to disrupt golf as fans know it. Funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, LIV has proposed new game formats and offered players hundreds of millions of dollars - leading to a major rift with the PGA Tour. We talk with LIV’s Chief Operating Officer, Atul Khosla, about the controversy that surrounds it and its vision for the future of golf. Further Reading: -Threatened by LIV Golf, the PGA Tour Launches Major Overhauls  Further Listening:-The Saudi Money Splitting Golf  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
The Fight Over Water in the West
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The Colorado River is experiencing a massive drought. Last week, the federal government told the states that rely on the Colorado River to cut their water usage drastically. WSJ’s Jim Carlton explains the growing battle over water. Further Reading:- U.S. Orders Historic Colorado River Cuts to Drought-Stricken Southwest States  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
What Went Wrong at Bed Bath & Beyond?
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Bed Bath & Beyond is facing big concerns about its future. A high-profile stockholder dumped his shares last week, the stock price is tanking and a big bet on private label brands isn't paying off. WSJ's Suzanne Kapner explains how the home goods retailer got itself into trouble.Further Reading: -Bed Bath & Beyond’s Sudden Stock Plunge Narrows Options for Cash Infusion  -Bed Bath & Beyond’s Problems Escalated by Ryan Cohen’s Sale  -Bed Bath & Beyond Followed a Winning Playbook—and Lost  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Why Private Equity Is Buying Up Car Washes
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Private equity firms are gobbling up car washes. WSJ's Miriam Gottfried explains how the humble car wash evolved into such a lucrative business investment. Further reading: -How the Private-Equity Lobby Won—Again  Further listening: -The Private Equity Lobby Wins Again  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
An Energy CEO on the Winding Path to a Green Grid
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This week, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, directing billions of dollars to tackle climate change. We speak to Pedro Pizarro, the CEO of Edison International, one of America’s largest utility companies, about what this bill means for the energy sector.Further Reading:-Biden Signs Bill Aimed at Lowering Drug Costs, Boosting Renewable Energy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
The Fight Over Afghanistan’s Money
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Afghanistan's central bank has $7 billion frozen in the U.S. As the country faces mounting economic and humanitarian crises, WSJ’s Jessica Donati explains the complicated negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban over what to do with the money. Further Reading: -U.S. Rules Out Releasing Billions in Afghan Funds After Strike  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
Electric Cars Need Lithium. Can Chile Provide It?
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Lithium is a key component of batteries in electric vehicles, and a lot of it is underground in South America. WSJ’s Ryan Dube explains why it’s so complicated to get this metal out of Chile and Bolivia, and what that means for the transition to greener energy. Further Reading: - The Place With the Most Lithium Is Blowing the Electric-Car Revolution  - Lithium Prices Soar, Turbocharged By Electric-Vehicle Demand and Scant Supply  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
Why Ben & Jerry’s Is Suing its Parent Company Over Israel
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Ben & Jerry's has an unusual agreement with its parent company, Unilever, which let the activist brand keep its corporate social justice mission. But now Ben & Jerry's is taking on Unilever in court to figure out just how far they are allowed to go. WSJ's Saabira Chaudhuri discusses the dispute over selling their ice cream in Israeli territories. Further Reading: - Ben and Jerry’s Tells Court That Unilever Could Undermine Its Social Mission  - Unilever Sells Ben and Jerry’s Ice-Cream Business in Israel  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
A Business Tries to Solve a Town’s Housing Problem
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The Pella Corporation, manufacturer of windows and doors, is headquartered in a small town in Iowa. When a shortage of housing and amenities hindered its ability to hire and grow, the company decided to tackle some of these problems themselves. WSJ’s Charity Scott tells the complicated tale of a modern company town. Further Reading:  - Facing Labor Shortages, Pella Reinvents the Company Town in Rural Iowa   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
The Private Equity Lobby Wins Again
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The private equity lobby notched another victory in their fight to pay low taxes on the fees they charge after Democrats tried – and failed – to change this in their Tax and Climate Bill. WSJ Julie Bykowicz discusses how they managed to do it. Further reading: -How the Private-Equity Lobby Won—Again  -Senate Passes Democrats’ Climate, Healthcare and Tax Bill  Further listening: -Three Candidates, Three Ideas to Tax the Super Rich  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
How Teen Gamers Built a Billion Dollar Business
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In 2010, a handful of teenage boys started posting gaming montages on YouTube, under the name FaZe Clan. More than a decade later, the group is a global e-sports and lifestyle brand worth more than a billion dollars on the Nasdaq. CEO Lee Trink and founding FaZe Clan member Yousef Abdelfattah — better known as FaZe Apex — explain how the company got there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Why FBI Agents Searched Mar-a-Lago
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FBI agents searched former President Donald Trump's Florida home looking for classified documents. WSJ's Alex Leary discusses what we know about the investigation and some of the potential consequences of the search. Further Reading: - FBI Searches Trump’s Florida Home Mar-a-Lago in Document Investigation  - Search of Trump’s Home Roils 2022 Midterms, 2024 Presidential Race  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
How Much Will Alex Jones Pay for his Sandy Hook Lie?
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A Texas jury ordered the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay nearly $50 million for lying about the Sandy Hook shooting. But after Jones’ company filed for bankruptcy, there are questions about when — and how much — he’ll actually pay. WSJ’s Rob Copeland and Jonathan Randles talk about the case and the upcoming bankruptcy battle. Further Reading: - Alex Jones Ordered to Pay $45.2 Million in Punitive Damages to Sandy Hook Parents  - Alex Jones Ordered to Pay $4.1 Million to Parents of Sandy Hook Victim  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Europe Is Turning to Coal. What Does That Mean for Climate Change?
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Europe is stepping up its coal consumption as it tries to reduce reliance on Russian energy. WSJ’s Juan Forero and Phred Dvorak explain why Europe needs coal so badly, and what the consequences will be for the continent’s transition to cleaner energy. Further Reading:  - Europe’s Coal-Buying Frenzy Means Windfall for Producers  - Europe’s Energy Crisis Threatens to Slow Green Transition  Further Listening:  - Germany’s Difficult Breakup with Russian Energy  - If Russia Invades Ukraine, Can the U.S. Deliver on Sanctions?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
The Promise and Peril of One Self Driving Truck Company
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Autonomous trucking company TuSimple has an ambitious goal: eliminate humans from behind the wheel and teach big rigs to drive themselves. But recently, as WSJ's Heather Somerville reports, a traffic accident brought to light technical and safety shortcomings. Further Reading: -Self-Driving Truck Accident Draws Attention to Safety at TuSimple  -For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road  Further Listening: -To Solve Labor Shortage, Companies Turn to Automation  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Why Everyone Is Mad at Instagram
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In response to competition from TikTok, Instagram is making big changes to its app. But a lot of users are upset about it. WSJ’s Salvador Rodriguez explains how the company is responding to the backlash, and what it means for parent company Meta.  Further reading: -'Make Instagram Instagram Again': The App’s Evolution is causing Users to Question its Future  -Mark Zuckerberg’s Bid to Reinvent Facebook Parent Meta Hits Early Snags  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
The Biotech Founder Facing Murder Charges
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Enochian Biosciences co-founder Serhat Gumrukcu was working to build a name for himself in biotech. But earlier this year, he was arrested in a purported plot to kill an associate. WSJ’s Joseph Walker tells the story of Gumrukcu’s rise and what prosecutors allege happened.Further Reading: -Biotech Wizard Left a Trail of Fraud – Prosecutors Allege it Ended in Murder  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
Kansas’ Big Abortion Vote
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On Tuesday, Kansans will vote on a constitutional amendment that could lead to abortion restrictions or an outright ban. WSJ’s Laura Kusisto explains how Kansas became the biggest abortion battleground since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Further reading: -Kansas Abortion Amendment Is Closely Watched Ahead of Other State Referendums  Further listening: -The Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Are We in a Recession? It’s Complicated.
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Yesterday, government data showed that the economy shrank for the second quarter in a row, a common definition of a recession. The WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath explains why that doesn't mean the U.S. is in one and looks at what needs to change before he starts using the "R" word. Further reading: - Inventory Swing Is a Key Culprit Behind U.S. Recession Talk  - People Have Money but Feel Glum-What Does that Mean for the Economy?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2022
Rent the Runway’s CEO on How it Survived the Pandemic
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When the pandemic hit, Rent the Runway, a company that rents designer clothing, saw half its customers pause or cancel their monthly subscriptions. Jennifer Hyman, the CEO, talks about how she retooled the business to survive the shock, and the challenges that still remain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
The Company Behind the World's Only Monkeypox Vaccine
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The World Health Organization has declared monkeypox a public health emergency as worldwide cases exceed 19,000. WSJ's Denise Roland tells the story of how a Danish company's rarely used smallpox vaccine became the only licensed shot against monkeypox, and how the company's scrambling to meet global demand.Further reading:-FDA Clears Danish Monkeypox Vaccine Plant, Paving Way for Use of Doses in U.S.  -What to Know About the Monkeypox Outbreak in the U.S.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
How a Crypto Bank Went Bankrupt
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Cryptocurrency lender Celsius Network promoted itself as better than a bank, but now it's filed for bankruptcy. WSJ’s Alexander Gladstone discusses the company’s promise, fall, and what it could mean for regulation in the cryptocurrency marketplace. Further Reading:  - Celsius Customers Are Losing Hope for Their Locked-Up Crypto  - Behind the Celsius Sales Pitch Was a Crypto Firm Built on Risk  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Is Healthcare Amazon's Next Big Thing?
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E-commerce giant Amazon is acquiring the primary-care practice One Medical, giving it about 180 clinics across roughly two dozen U.S. markets. We talk with WSJ’s Sebastian Herrera about Amazon’s track record in health care so far and why it’s investing in the industry.   Further reading:  - Amazon Faces Fierce Competition in Health Ambitions After One Medical Deal  - Amazon to Buy One Medical Network of Health Clinics in Healthcare Expansion  - Amazon Gives Healthcare Ambitions a Booster Shot  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Shein Took Over Fast Fashion. Then Came the Backlash.
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WSJ's Fashion Director Rory Satran explains how Shein, now valued at $100 billion, used social media to dominate the fast-fashion industry, and why it’s now facing intense criticism from sustainable shoppers. Further reading: - Shein’s Rise Was Nearly Overnight. The Backlash Came Just as Fast  - China’s Fast-Fashion Giant Shein Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Alleging Design Theft  - How Shein Became the Chinese Apparel Maker American Teens Love  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
A Fight in Elon Musk's Inner Circle
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Most billionaires are surrounded by people who manage their money and philanthropy but Elon Musk has had just one man to do that job... until recently. WSJ’s Rob Copeland tells the story of a newcomer who disrupted Musk's inner circle. Further reading:  - Elon Musk’s Inner Circle Rocked by Fight Over His $230 Billion Fortune  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
Netflix Turns to Ads
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Netflix had a second straight quarter of subscriber losses. Now the streaming giant is making big changes, including adding ads, which the company had long avoided. WSJ’s Sarah Krouse says ads will be part of the solution as the streaming platform looks to right the ship.Further Reading:- Netflix Loses Nearly 1 Million Viewers, Vows Rebound  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
Why Amazon is Dialing Back Its Own Brands
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Amazon tried to grow the sales of its private label brands, like AmazonBasics, by adding more products. But rather than juice sales, it’s created new headaches — especially with regulators. WSJ’s Dana Mattioli explains why Amazon is starting to scale back. Further Reading: - Amazon Scooped Up Data From Its Own Sellers to Launch Competing Products  - Amazon Has Been Slashing Private-Label Selection Amid Weak Sales  Further Listening: - ​​How Amazon Employees Used Sellers' Data Against Them  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Somalia's Hunger Crisis
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Droughts, the global pandemic and political instability have put many Somalis on the brink of starvation. But now, the war in Ukraine has pushed even more over the edge. The victims include children, who are most at risk of dying from hunger. Our colleague Gabriele Steinhauser visited Somalia last month to speak to the people bearing the brunt of a global food shortage. Warning: This episode contains depictions of starving children. Please listen with care. Further reading:  - The Ukraine War Pushes Millions of the World’s Poorest Toward Starvation  - Russia Says It Is Open to Talks With Ukraine, Turkey on Grain Exports  - How Food Became Putin’s New Strategic Weapon  Further listening: - War in Ukraine Hits Global Food Supplies  - War in Ukraine Pushes Millions Into Food Insecurity  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Why The James Webb Telescope Nearly Didn't Make It
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The James Webb Space Telescope was almost an epic failure. More than 20,000 scientists worked together for over 30 years, but when NASA appointed Greg Robinson to direct the project, things finally came together. We hear from Robinson and WSJ’s Ben Cohen about the engineering breakthroughs— and management finesse— that launched the world’s best telescope into space. Further Reading: - The NASA Engineer Who Made the James Webb Space Telescope Work  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2022
The Roots of Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis
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Sri Lanka’s escalating political and economic crises came to a head this week when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country and submitted his resignation. WSJ’s Philip Wen describes the roots of the crisis -- and what pushed this highly indebted nation over the edge, into rolling blackouts and shortages of food, fuel and medicine.Further reading: -Sri Lanka’s Debt Crisis Tests China’s Role as Financier to Poor Countries  -Sri Lanka’s President Resigns Over Email After Fleeing Country  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2022
Rural America Is Still Waiting for Fast Internet
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For decades, the Federal Communications Commission has tried to close the digital divide between cities and rural communities. In a 2020 auction, it allocated funding to a private telecom company to expand high-speed internet coverage. WSJ’s Ryan Tracy explains why one company has struggled to deliver on its big promises. Further Reading: -Vegas Company Promised Fast Internet. Rural America Waits…and Waits.  -Why Rural Americans Keep Waiting for Fast Internet, Despite Billions Spent  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
The Battle to Get Brittney Griner Home
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One of the WNBA 's biggest stars has been in Russian prison since February, when she was arrested on drug charges. While fans clamor for her release, WSJ's Louise Radnofsky explains why it's going to be a difficult task for the U.S. to get her back. Further Reading: - Brittney Griner’s Case Faces Tensions Back Home  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
Elon Musk Doesn't Want to Buy Twitter Anymore
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Elon Musk says he wants to pull out of his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter. The social media company responded by saying it plans to sue. WSJ's Jason Dean discusses the latest and what might be next. Further Reading: - Twitter Didn’t Seek a Sale. Now Elon Musk Doesn’t Want to Buy. Cue Strange Legal Drama.  - Elon Musk’s Twitter Deal Collided With Market and Economic Tumult  Further Listening: - Elon Musk's Twitter Surprise  - Elon Musk’s $43 Billion Offer to Buy Twitter  - Elon Musk is Actually Buying Twitter  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Two Friends Pulled Apart by a Changing Hong Kong
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25 years ago, Britain handed Hong Kong back to China. We meet two Hong Kong artists whose friendship has survived personal, political and creative differences in a shared art studio for 13 years. Now, with China exerting more power, one of them is choosing to leave the city for good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
One Town's Fight Against 'Forever' Chemicals
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Peshtigo, Wisconsin, is grappling with a crisis: Chemicals known as PFAS have leached from a nearby industrial site into the town's groundwater. WSJ's Kris Maher traveled to the town to report on what the community is doing and how the contamination has affected people's health and lives.Further reading: -A Wisconsin Town With Contaminated Drinking Water Must Decide Its Future Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
Is Nuclear Power Poised for a Comeback?
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As concerns grow over climate change and high oil prices, the U.S. and Europe are starting to build new nuclear power plants, after decades of favoring other energy sources. WSJ's Matthew Dalton explains why those nations have lost some of their expertise in building nuclear plants, causing significant delays.Further reading -Nuclear Power Is Poised for a Comeback. The Problem Is Building the Reactors  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
The ‘Existential Threat’ Facing Big Tobacco
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Recent moves by the Biden Administration to rein in the vaping market and nicotine levels in cigarettes could hit the tobacco company Altria Group hard, as it has major investments in both markets. WSJ’s Jennifer Maloney unpacks how the latest moves fit within decades of public health efforts. Further Reading: - Biden Administration to Pursue Rule Requiring Lower Nicotine Levels in US Cigarettes  - FDA to Order JUUL Cigarettes off US Market  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Murder in the Amazon
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Earlier this month, an indigenous expert and a British journalist went missing in an area of dense Amazon rainforest. The disappearance of Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips sparked an international outcry. WSJ’s Luciana Magalhaes and Samantha Pearson explain what the two men’s disappearance and eventual fate reveal about the state of the Amazon. Further Reading: - Brazilian Police Probe Illegal Fishermen Over Amazon Double Homicide  - Fisherman Confessed to Killing Dom Phillips, Brazilian Police Say  - Brazilian Military Scours Amazon for Missing Journalist  - Brazilian Navy Searches for Missing British Journalist in Amazon  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
The Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade
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Today, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the federal right to an abortion. WSJ’s Laura Kusisto breaks down the decision and explains how state governments are responding. Plus, a woman who runs clinics that provided abortions in Oklahoma and Texas shares how restrictions have affected her patients. Further Reading: -Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision Sparks Immediate Action From States  -Fall of Roe v. Wade Upends Abortion Landscape for American Women  Further Listening: - The Potential End of Roe v. Wade   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
Are Rotisserie Chickens ‘Inflation-Proof’?
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Inflation is the worst it’s been in more than 40 years. But one bright spot for consumers might be found at the grocery store: rotisserie chickens. WSJ’s Annie Gasparro chronicles the history of America’s love for the quick and versatile meal, and what a "rotisserie chicken economic index" might say about this inflationary moment.Further Listening:-Inflation Is Happening. Should You Be Worried?  Further Reading:-Rotisserie Chickens: The ’90s Gift to Supermarkets That Keeps on Giving  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
The CEO Scandal at WWE
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Vince McMahon, the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, stepped aside as CEO and chairman of the company last week after allegations surfaced that he had an affair with a former employee and agreed to pay $3 million to keep it secret. WSJ’s Ted Mann explains what’s at stake for the company. Further Reading: -WWE Board Probes Secret $3 Million Hush Pact by CEO Vince McMahon, Sources Say  -WWE’s Vince McMahon Steps Back From CEO Role Amid Misconduct Probe  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
'We Are Helpless': Indian Heat Wave Hurts Mango Farmers
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Record-breaking high temperatures in India have wreaked havoc on crops like mangoes, which are known there as the "king of fruits." As WSJ's Shan Li explains, the devastation is threatening the livelihoods of farmers and raising food prices for the country’s nearly 1.4 billion people.Further reading: -Heat Wave Devastates India’s Mango Harvest   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
Is BTS Breaking Up?
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The biggest pop band in the world right now is the seven member K-Pop sensation, BTS. This week, the band released a video signaling that they’re tired and want a break. WSJ’s Neil Shah explains why the group has had breakout success and may need to take a hiatus. Further Reading: - K-Pop Band BTS to Focus on Solo Projects  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2022
Amazon Went Big During the Pandemic. Now It’s Feeling the Hangover.
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To keep up with increased demand during the pandemic, Amazon hired hundreds of thousands of people and massively expanded its logistics network. Now, demand is falling, creating a problem for the company’s new CEO, Andy Jassy. WSJ’s Dana Mattioli explains how Jassy is trying to scale back. Further Reading: - Andy Jassy’s First Year at Amazon: Undoing Bezos-Led Overexpansion  Further Listening: - Amazon After Bezos  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Celebrities Loved Crypto and NFTs. Then the Markets Crashed.
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Earlier this year, it seemed like celebrities everywhere were promoting cryptocurrency and NFTs. But then, in early May, the markets crashed. WSJ’s Ellen Gamerman explains how celebrities got hooked on crypto in the first place, and how they’re responding now that the value of these assets is plummeting.Further Reading: -Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow Push for Crypto Sisterhood  -NFT Sales Are Flatlining  Further Listening: -How An Art World Outsider Landed a $69 Million Sale  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
The Teen Jobs Boom
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It’s a teenage dream. Unemployment among teens is near its lowest level in decades as business owners look to solve a hiring crunch. We talk to WSJ’s Kathryn Dill about the bargaining power teens have in today’s job market. Further Reading: - Teens Take Up More Jobs, and More Pay, in Tight Labor Market  - Teen Babysitters Are Charging $30 an Hour Now, Because They Can   Further Listening: - Why Workers Can’t Get Enough Hours, Even in a Jobs Boom  - Why Is Everyone Quitting?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
The Saudi Money Splitting Golf
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Last week, the first LIV Golf event, a Saudi Arabian-funded golf tournament, officially launched. The new tour is offering professional golfers a lot of money to participate. WSJ’s Andrew Beaton explains why the rival PGA Tour is punishing players who try to participate in both. Further Reading: -​​ The Good. The Bad, The Weird At The First Saudi-Funded Liv Golf Event.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
Hack Me If You Can, Part 1: The Making of a Russian Hacker
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In more than 20 years of reporting on cybercrime, Wall Street Journal reporter Robert McMillan has never come face-to-face with a criminal hacker. Until he met Dmitry Smilyanets.  Dmitry grew up during the fall of the Soviet Union, a computer-loving kid with big dreams. He became part of a generation of Russian hackers who cut their teeth in the early days of the internet and went from stealing passwords to hacking some of America’s biggest companies. This is the story of how Dmitry became one of the best. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
Hack Me If You Can, Part 2: Counterstrike
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In 2008, Dmitry Smilyanets and his crew of hackers pulled off one of the biggest hacks in history. It made Dmitry millions of dollars, some of which he used to build an esports empire. But the hack put a target on Dmitry’s back. A U.S. prosecutor, Erez Liebermann, was tasked with bringing Dmitry to justice. In this episode, Erez follows Dmitry’s every move — chasing him around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
Hack Me If You Can, Part 3: The Infiltrator
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After his arrest in Amsterdam, the threat of a decades-long prison sentence loomed over Dmitry. If he cooperated with American prosecutors, he could lower his sentence. But he’d have to betray his hacking collaborator and best friend, Vladimir Drinkman. Dmitry takes the deal and starts working with the U.S. government while he serves his time. And in the years since, Dmitry has had a new vantage point to watch the evolving threat hackers pose. Increasingly, hackers are targeting public institutions and infrastructure, putting many Americans at risk. It’s now Dmitry’s job to help stop them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
The Love Triangle Over Spirit Airlines
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In February, Frontier Airlines announced its plan to purchase fellow budget airliner, Spirit. But JetBlue’s surprise competing bid for Spirit sent the three airlines into a messy, public love triangle. WSJ’s Alison Sider reports on how the possible mergers will shake up flying in the U.S. Further Reading: - JetBlue Boosts Breakup Fee, Pledges Dividend in Bid to Woo Spirit Holders   - Spirit Airlines Delays Shareholder Vote as It Considers Frontier, JetBlue Offers  Further Listening: - Frontier, Spirit and the Future of Low-Cost Airlines  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
The Most Hated Solar Company in America
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Earlier this week, President Biden announced emergency measures to get the solar power industry moving again after a major standstill that had pitted domestic manufacturers against solar panel installers. WSJ’s Phred Dvorak explains how tiny Auxin Solar became the most-hated solar company in America. Further Reading: - The Most-Hated Solar Company in America  - Biden Invokes Emergency Power in Bid to Resolve Solar Import Dispute  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
FanDuel CEO on Sports Gambling's Big Boom
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More than a dozen states have legalized online sports gambling since the Supreme Court repealed a federal ban in 2018. That's opened doors for a burgeoning new industry, and companies like FanDuel are trying to capitalize. CEO Amy Howe shares her views on the industry, and she makes her case for legal sports betting. Further Reading: - FanDuel CEO Amy Howe Says Black Market Gambling Poses Threat to Online Sports Betting  - DraftKings, FanDuel Battle Tribes for Control of California Sports Betting  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Introducing: Hack Me If You Can
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Wall Street Journal reporter Robert McMillan has spent years trying to find a Russian hacker who would tell him their story. And then, he met Dmitry Smilyanets, the man who managed one of the most notorious hacking teams to come out of Russia.  Dmitry’s story is the story of how a generation of hackers grew up in Russia. It follows the dramatic game of cat and mouse that America plays trying to catch cyber criminals like Dmitry. And in Dmitry’s case, it ends with him facing a choice: go to prison for decades, or help the U.S. government stop hackers like himself.  This is a new series from the Journal - Hack Me If You Can – the story of a Russian cyber criminal who went to the other side. All episodes out June 10th.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Biden’s Plan to Bring Down Inflation
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Inflation is the worst it’s been in 40 years. President Joe Biden says he has a plan to bring it down. WSJ’s Amara Omeokwe talks about whether it will work.  Further Reading: - Joe Biden: My Plan for Fighting Inflation  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2022
Sheryl Sandberg's Complicated Career at Facebook
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After 14 years at Facebook, COO Sheryl Sandberg announced this week that she's leaving the company. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman describes how Sandberg helped build Facebook's business and faced the fallout of recent scandals. Further Reading: - Why Sheryl Sandberg Quit Facebook’s Meta  Further Listening: - 'The Facebook Files' from The Journal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
Why Snap's Stock Fell 43% in a Day
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Things were already tough for Snap, Snapchat's parent company, thanks to big changes in the ad market. Then last week the company made a surprise announcement: It's worse than we thought. WSJ’s Meghan Bobrowsky explains the reasons behind Snap’s stock tumble, and why it’s raising concerns about other tech companies too. Further Reading: - Tech Stocks Continue to Fall After Snap’s Profit Warning  - Snap Plunges, And There Goes Social Media’s Online Ad Biz  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
A Tale of Two Top Guns
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This past weekend's release of Top Gun: Maverick -- the sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 movie -- was record-breaking at the box office. But it also exposed the increasing power that China and its vast market has in Hollywood. WSJ's Erich Schwartzel explains how Top Gun: Maverick attracted Chinese financing -- and then lost it. Further Reading: - ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Loses Chinese Investor Due to Pro-U.S. Messaging  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2022
Can My Stock Portfolio Save the Planet?
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What is ESG? Some proponents see it as a way for investors to grow their wealth while fighting climate change and racism. But critics, like Elon Musk, call it an “outrageous scam.” WSJ’s Amrith Ramkumar explains how “environmental, social and governance” became three of the hottest words on Wall Street. Further Reading: - Elon Musk Calls ESG ‘An Outrageous Scam’ After Tesla Was Removed From Index  - SEC Fines BNY Mellon Over ESG Claims  - SEC Proposes More Disclosure Requirements for ESG Funds  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2022
The Quest to Find a Lost Purple Heart
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A Marine died in Fallujah at the height of the Iraq War. Years later, his family found out his Purple Heart was listed on an auction site. WSJ's Ben Kesling, who once served in the same company as the Marine, tells the story of how he helped track it down. This episode was originally published in July 2021. Further Reading: - I Thought I Was Done With Iraq. Then a Fellow Marine’s Purple Heart Turned Up at Auction.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 30, 2022
Old Navy Tried to Make Sizes for All. It Backfired.
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Last year, Old Navy overhauled its women’s clothes to make sizing more inclusive. But then its sales started falling. WSJ’s Suzanne Kapner unpacks why the company’s plan to reach more customers didn’t work. Further Reading: - Old Navy Made Clothing Sizes for Everyone. It Backfired.  - Old Navy to Scale Back Its Inclusive Sizing Strategy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2022
The Fight Over Banning the AR-15
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Many of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. have involved an assault-style rifle like the AR-15. WSJ’s Zusha Elinson reports on how Washington regulations have failed to stop the gun's rise to prominence. Further Reading: America’s Failed Attempt to Ban Assault Weapons  Further Listening: Red-Flag Laws, Their Application and One Mother’s Experience  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2022
As the Stock Market Tumbles, so Does a YouTuber's Influence
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Kevin Paffrath is a social media influencer who dishes out financial advice on multiple platforms. He cashed in on young people’s hunger for investment tips from non-traditional sources. But as WSJ’s Robbie Whelan explains, Paffrath's followers became fickle when his advice turned cautious.Further Reading: -The Social-Media Stars Who Move Markets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Beware the Big Bad Bear Market
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Recent stock slides are approaching dangerous territory: a bear market. WSJ’s James Mackintosh explains why a recent dramatic plunge in stock indexes is spooking investors, what it could mean for the wider economy, and the likelihood of the markets dipping into a bear market in the coming days. Further Reading: -Conditions Are Ripe for a Deep Bear Market  Further Listening: -Can the Fed Lower Inflation Without Causing a Recession?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2022
Can a Hedge Fund Win the World Series?
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Billionaire hedge-fund manager Steve Cohen is trying to duplicate his financial success in his other major venture as owner of the New York Mets baseball team. And to do so, he’s calling on some of the same people. WSJ’s Juliet Chung and Jared Diamond explain why some of Cohen’s hedge-fund employees are moonlighting for his team. Further Reading:  - Steve Cohen’s Secret Weapon for the Mets: His Hedge Fund Further Listening:  - The Labor Dispute That Has Baseball on Hold Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
How the Baby Formula Industry Broke
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The U.S. is facing a massive shortage of baby formula. WSJ’s Jesse Newman explains how the roots of the crisis lie in the industry’s structure. And a mother in Kentucky describes her desperate search for formula for her son. Further Reading: - Why the Baby-Formula Market Is a Mess: Low Competition, High Regulation  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2022
U.S. Soccer’s Equal Pay Deal and One Player Who Helped Negotiate It
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The four-time World Cup-champion U.S. Women's National Soccer team has scored a new win: equal pay with the men's team. Collective-bargaining agreements between the women's and men's national teams and the United States Soccer Federation align the teams’ pay and create a unique mechanism to share prize money from their respective World Cup competitions. We talk to U.S. Women’s Soccer player Tierna Davidson about the landmark agreement and her role negotiating it. Further Reading:  - U.S. Women’s and Men’s Soccer Teams Will Receive Equal Pay Under New Labor Deals  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2022
The ‘Death Spiral’ of a Stablecoin
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Cryptocurrencies are volatile, but so-called stablecoins were meant to be the exception. But after one major stablecoin, TerraUSD, crashed spectacularly, it caused ripple effects in cryptoland. WSJ’s Caitlin Ostroff explains why regulators are spooked, and what this could mean for the broader economy. Further Reading: Crash of TerraUSD Shakes Crypto. ‘There Was a Run on the Bank.  Cryptocurrency TerraUSD Falls to 11 Cents, Creator Announces Rescue Plan  Further Listening: Bitcoin Comes Untethered  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2022
How Will We Know When the Pandemic's Over?
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We speak with Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control about eroding trust in public health, vaccine approvals for children under 5 and the one million Americans who have now died from COVID-19.Further Listening:The Future of Everything Festival Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
The Political Cost of China's Faltering Economy
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China’s sputtering economy is altering the balance of power among its top leaders. For years, President Xi Jinping sidelined his second in command, Premier Li Keqiang, a proponent of economic liberalization. WSJ’s Lingling Wei explains that Li is now gaining clout and pushing back on Xi's socialist policies. Further Reading:  - China’s Economic Distress Deepens as Lockdowns Drag On  - China’s Forgotten Premier Steps Out of Xi’s Shadow as Economic Fixer  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Why An Online Telehealth Startup Is Limiting Adderall
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The digital startup Cerebral began prescribing ADHD drugs like Adderall over the internet, after federal rules loosened. But recently, there have been concerns from inside and outside the company that Cerebral was not careful enough. Now the company has stopped prescribing Adderall to new patients. WSJ's Rolfe Winkler reports. Further Reading: -Startups Make It Easier to Get ADHD Drugs. That Made Some Workers Anxious.  -Cerebral Receives Subpoena From Federal Prosecutors  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
Fidelity’s Controversial Bet on Bitcoin
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Fidelity Investments will be the first major retirement-plan provider to allow bitcoin in its 401(k) plans. WSJ's Anne Tergesen explains the move and the blowback that followed. Further Reading: -Fidelity to Allow Retirement Savers to Put Bitcoin in 401(k) Accounts  -Labor Department Criticizes Fidelity’s Plan to Put Bitcoin on 401(k) Menu  Further Listening: -How Inflation is Causing Americans to 'Unretire'  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Can the Fed Lower Inflation Without Causing a Recession?
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The Federal Reserve has never managed to significantly decrease inflation without causing job losses, but it's trying to now. Central Bank officials hope they can cool down an overheated economy by raising interest rates. But as WSJ’s Jon Hilsenrath explains, the Fed risks triggering a recession. Further Reading: -Hot Economy, Rising Inflation: The Fed Has Never Successfully Fixed a Problem Like This Further Listening: -The Fed’s Shifting Inflation Message Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2022
Are Stock-Market Games Turning Teens Into Risky Investors?
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Every year, more than a million U.S. high-school students learn about investing through stock-picking games. But what do these games really teach? WSJ's Jason Zweig explains the shortfalls of traditional stock-market games, and teacher Mike Scanlan describes the different approach his school is taking. Further Reading:  -What Teenagers Really Learn From Stock-Market Games   -Current Baker Scholar and Alumnus Partner to Improve High School Investors Club  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Australia Wanted Facebook to Pay for News. Facebook Played Hardball.
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Last year, Facebook blocked news pages to pre-empt Australian legislation that would force it to pay publishers for content. But it also took down the Facebook pages of non-news organizations like hospitals, emergency services and charities. Was the move inadvertent or a negotiating tactic? We talk to WSJ's Keach Hagey about what she learned. Further Reading: Facebook Deliberately Caused Havoc in Australia to Influence New Law, Whistleblowers Say Further Listening: The Facebook Files, a Podcast Series  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2022
The Battle Over Reparations at Georgetown
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In 1838, the Jesuits who founded Georgetown University sold 272 enslaved people to pay off the school's debts and keep the college afloat. Nearly 200 years later, the Jesuits want to make amends. But as Lee Hawkins explains, the path to racial healing can be a messy one. Further Reading: - For Georgetown, Jesuits and Slavery Descendants, Bid for Racial Healing Sours Over Reparations  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
The Fight Over a Menthol Cigarette Ban
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After decades of debate, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing a ban on menthol cigarettes. A researcher of the tobacco industry explains the benefits of a potential ban, and WSJ’s Jennifer Maloney explains why some want menthols to stay on the market. Further Reading: - FDA Advances Ban on Menthol Cigarettes - Why Does the U.S. Want to Ban Menthol Cigarettes? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
Germany’s Difficult Breakup with Russian Energy
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The European Union announced a proposal to ban purchases of Russian oil exports, after Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, dropped its opposition. WSJ’s Bojan Pancevski explains why Germany was such a holdout. Further Reading: -EU Proposes Ban on Russian Oil Imports, Sending Prices Higher -Germany Drops Opposition to Embargo on Russian Oil Further Listening:-If Russia Invades Ukraine, Can the U.S. Deliver on Sanctions? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
The Potential End of Roe v. Wade
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A leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicates the court may be preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 precedent that established a constitutional right to an abortion. WSJ’s Brent Kendall explains what this could mean for women in America and why this is a significant moment in the history of the court.  Further Reading: Supreme Court Is Investigating Leak of Draft Opinion Overruling Roe v. Wade  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
How Inflation is Causing Americans to 'Unretire'
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Economic data from March revealed a new trend: hundreds of thousands of Americans are "unretiring" and returning to the workforce. WSJ's Harriet Torry reports that rising inflation is making retirement unsustainable for many. We also hear from two retirees who have started looking for work. Further Reading: -Everything Costs More, and That's Disrupting Retirement for Many Further Listening: -Why Older Americans Are Fleeing the Workforce Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Why Airbnb Is Letting Employees Work Anywhere
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As many companies evaluate how to return to the office, Airbnb announced a new ‘work-from-anywhere’ policy that will let its employees work remotely from 170 countries. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky explains how he arrived at the idea, and how the policy could serve as a blueprint for others companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
The Rise of the Yimbys
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With rising housing prices and concerns about affordability, a new approach to solving the problem has emerged. Its answer is to build more housing of all types. Meet the Yimbys. WSJ’s Christine Mai-Duc explains the origins of the movement and how it's gaining traction around the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
Why Florida is Fighting with Walt Disney World
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Governor Ron DeSantis revoked the theme park's self-governing privileges after Disney opposed Florida's "Don’t Say Gay" bill. WSJ's Robbie Whelan explains the fight that led to this decision and what it might mean for one of the state’s largest employers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Afghanistan’s Desperation Economy
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Afghanistan is dealing with an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, which has accelerated since the Taliban took power. Jobs are scarce, the nation’s suffering a devastating drought and Afghans are going hungry. As WSJ’s Sune Engel Rasmussen explains, Afghans are resorting to increasingly desperate measures to survive, such as selling kidneys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
Elon Musk is Actually Buying Twitter
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Twitter announced today that it plans to sell itself to Elon Musk for $44 billion. WSJ’s Liz Hoffman explains the unusual nature of how the deal came together and what it could mean for Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
The Quick End to CNN+
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In late March, CNN launched its new streaming service, CNN+. But less than a month later, it’s shutting down. WSJ’s Joe Flint explains how this expensive project became the collateral damage of a corporate takeover. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
How Biden Plans to Tackle Student Debt
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The Biden administration announced plans this week to reduce the student loan burden for millions of people in the U.S. WSJ’s Gabriel T. Rubin explains how the plan involves retooling an existing program that has enrolled millions of people but provided few with relief. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
Will France Elect a Far-Right President?
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France votes for its next president on Sunday and polls show far-right candidate Marine Le Pen closing in on incumbent centrist, Emmanuel Macron. WSJ's Noemie Bisserbe explains why a Le Pen victory could upend French and European politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Starbucks CEO Faces Brewing Union Efforts
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After a Starbucks store in New York state successfully unionized last year, a movement has begun at the coffee giant's stores across the country — one that CEO Howard Schultz is hoping to tamp down. WSJ’s Heather Haddon unpacks what the company is doing to fight back, and a Starbucks worker explains their interest in unionization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
Amazon Takes On SpaceX in Battle for Space Internet
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Amazon's Project Kuiper is planning dozens of launches to send satellites into space in order to sell internet to consumers on Earth. But it's up against a big competitor: Elon Musk’s Starlink. WSJ’s Micah Maidenberg explains the promise of the technology and why it might be hard to succeed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
Red-Flag Laws, Their Application and One Mother’s Experience
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A year ago, Brandon Hole killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. His mother, Sheila, had tried to get law enforcement to take away his firearms. WSJ’s Zusha Elinson explains the red-flag laws that could have helped stop this mass shooting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
Elon Musk’s $43 Billion Offer to Buy Twitter
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After buying a sizable amount of Twitter’s shares, Elon Musk is now gunning for the entire company. Today, he announced a bid to buy Twitter for about $43 billion. As WSJ’s Tim Higgins explains, Musk is framing the move less as an investment, and more as a fight for free speech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
Russia's Central Banker Dismantles What She Built
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Elvira Nabiullina, governor of the Russian Central Bank, has spent decades working to integrate Russia into the global economy. But Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the sanctions it triggered, have pushed Russia's economy into crisis. WSJ's Alexander Osipovich explains how Nabiullina's strategies to stabilize Russia's economy undermine many policies she once championed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Why Workers Can’t Get Enough Hours, Even in a Jobs Boom
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American workers quit a record 47 million jobs in 2021. Despite conventional wisdom, they’re not always leaving to pursue their dreams. Instead, many employees aren’t getting enough hours. WSJ’s Te-Ping Chen explains why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
Why So Many Russians Are Going to Turkey
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Since the invasion of Ukraine, thousands of Russians have flown to Turkey, many arriving with cash in their suitcases. WSJ’s Jared Malsin explains why Turkey — a member of NATO — has been so welcoming to Russians while the rest of Europe closes its doors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
The Basquiat Sisters on Managing One of Art's Hottest Brands
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Jean-Michel Basquiat's art has sold for over $100 million and his name and work has been licensed for all kinds of merchandise, from Gap to Coach. WSJ’s Kelly Crow talks with Basquiat's two sisters, who are now managing his estate, about how they’re running the business of Basquiat and a new show that will reveal unseen art. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
One Ukrainian Factory Owner Joins the War Effort
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Shamil Malachiyev helps run his family's business: one of the largest grain mills in southern Ukraine. He explains how his business has been forced to adapt to war and how he's pitching in on the fight against the Russians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Elon Musk's Twitter Surprise
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Elon Musk, the world's richest man, announced this week that he is now Twitter's largest shareholder and has a seat on the board. WSJ's Rob Copeland and Dave Michaels explain what that means for the social media platform, and what it might mean for Elon Musk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Carl Icahn, Activist Investor, Takes on Pork
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Activist investor Carl Icahn has made billions of dollars taking stakes in companies and pressuring them to make changes. Now, Icahn is doing that again, but this time it’s not about making money. It’s about the treatment of pregnant pigs in pork supply chains. WSJ’s Cara Lombardo explains why he’s doing it — and whether it’ll work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
‘We Just Took Down Amazon:’ Activist on Amazon’s First U.S. Union
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On Friday, workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York voted to unionize. Chris Smalls, the man who’s led the unionization effort, reflects on how the Amazon Labor Union got here, what’s next and how his grassroots efforts could serve as a blueprint for other workers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
An Undercover Operation to Reveal an Alleged Ponzi Scheme
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Over the last few weeks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating an alleged Ponzi scheme that attracted hundreds of investors. The alleged fraud was uncovered by a group of whistleblowers and an undercover businessman looking for a shot at redemption. One of the whistleblowers, the undercover businessman himself and WSJ's Ben Foldy recount the events. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
Bribes, Cartels, and Extradition: How a Honduran President Became a U.S. Target
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Former President Juan Orlando Hernández promised to combat corruption, violence and drug cartels. But U.S. prosecutors allege he took bribes from drug cartels and "allowed brutal violence to be committed without consequence." WSJ's José de Córdoba explains why the U.S. wants to bring Hernández to trial in an American court. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
The TikTok That Changed College Hoops
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University of Oregon forward Sedona Prince’s viral TikTok from the 2021 NCAA women’s tournament led to a gender-equity investigation in college basketball. WSJ reporter Rachel Bachman details how it also resulted in big changes in this year's women's championships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
The Beef Between Cattle Ranchers and Meatpackers
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While beef prices are up at the meat counter, cattle ranchers aren't cashing in. Some blame America’s meat-processing giants, which they say underpay for livestock. We talk to Trey Wasserburger about how he and fellow Nebraska ranchers are fighting back by building their own meat packing plant. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
The Supply Chain Saga at One Port
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Last year, Covid led to enormous slowdowns along the supply chain, especially at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. WSJ's Paul Berger explains how one terminal overcame its backlog, and how a union negotiation on the horizon could back everything up once again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
Why Uber Is Hailing New York City Cabs
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When Uber first started over a decade ago, the company had one huge competitor: The taxi industry. But after both businesses began to stall, the two former enemies began making nice. WSJ's Preetika Rana explains what caused Uber to team up with New York City's yellow cabs, and the company's bigger taxi ambitions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2022
Iran’s Secret System to Avoid Sanctions
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The U.S. and other Western nations have imposed harsh sanctions on Iran. But the country has built a clandestine financial system in order to endure them. WSJ’s Ian Talley explains how Iran did it, and what it means for Western influence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
War in Ukraine Hits Global Food Supplies
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As Russian forces rampage through Ukraine, farmers are facing a growing list of barriers to planting and tending to their crops. That’s bad news for countries around the world that rely on Ukrainian imports. WSJ’s Alistair Macdonald explains the repercussions on global food supplies and a farmer talks about how his operations are faring during the war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
The Online Sleuths Fighting Russian Disinformation
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The investigative group Bellingcat has won awards and international recognition for its work exposing misdeeds of authoritarian governments. We talk with Bellingcat’s executive director, Christo Grozev, about the group’s focus on Russian disinformation and alleged war crimes in Ukraine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
How Disney's CEO Got Caught in Florida's Fight Over Gay Rights
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Since taking over Disney in early 2020, Bob Chapek has presided over a difficult period for the company. Now, a bill in Florida has become another stumbling block for the embattled CEO. WSJ's Robbie Whelan looks at Chapek's tenure — and why he was reluctant to speak out against a bill critics are calling "Don't Say Gay." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
Inside Chernobyl’s Hostage Crisis
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When Russia invaded Ukraine, it took control of the abandoned Chernobyl power plant, the site of worst nuclear disaster in history. Now, around 200 workers are being held hostage at the site by Russian forces. The WSJ’s Joe Parkinson breaks down the situation, and we speak with an off-duty employee of the power plant. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
As Saudi Arabia Cools on the U.S., It Warms to China
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President Joe Biden wants Saudi Arabia to pump more oil, to alleviate global supply concerns amid sanctions on Russia. But the U.S.-Saudi relationship has grown so strained that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is refusing to take Biden’s call. Now, the kingdom has turned its attention toward another buyer: China. WSJ’s Stephen Kalin explains why Saudi Arabia is growing cold on the U.S. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
Inflation at the Only Grocer in Town
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Inflation is forcing Frank Timberlake, owner of Rich Square Market in rural North Carolina, to raise prices on many of his products. The store is the only grocery around for miles, and many customers are on fixed incomes. Timberlake and WSJ's Valerie Bauerlein explain how inflation is squeezing the store's customers and the business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
Can Poland’s Economy Absorb Millions of Ukrainians?
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Nearly two million Ukrainians have flooded into Poland in the last few weeks. While Polish people have welcomed the refugees with open arms, politicians are warning that the country’s systems are getting overwhelmed. WSJ’s Drew Hinshaw describes the scene on the ground in Poland’s capital and the effect of this mass migration on Poland’s economy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
Oatly Pioneered Oat Milk. Now it’s Struggling to Keep Up.
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With its cheeky advertising, Oatly helped invent the oat milk market. But now it’s having a hard time keeping up with all the demand it helped create. WSJ’s Khadeeja Safdar and Jesse Newman tell the story of the company’s rise and recent troubles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
A Russian Car Maker Falls Back Into Soviet-Era Isolation
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This week, production of Lada cars, the icons of Russia’s auto industry, ground to a halt as Western sanctions cut off auto parts and supplies. WSJ's Nick Kostov tells the story of the famous car maker and explains why it offers a glimpse into the evolution of the Russian economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
How Crypto Became Part of the War
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Since the invasion, cryptocurrency use has increased in both Russia and Ukraine. Michael Chobanian, the founder of the largest crypto exchange fund in Ukraine, explains how his company is soliciting donations for the Ukrainian war effort. And WSJ's Paul Vigna reports on Russians' renewed interest in cryptocurrency as the ruble tumbles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
An Unexpected Strategy to Bring Gas Prices Down
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The United States banned Russian oil yesterday, its latest retribution against the invasion of Ukraine. The move is designed to hurt Russia's Vladimir Putin but is also likely to push America's soaring gas prices even higher. Journalist Patricia Garip says the U.S. is now looking for ways to replace the Russian oil and is turning to an unlikely source: Venezuela. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
Russia's Media Crackdown: 'The Future is Pretty Dark'
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Russia's only independent TV news channel, TV Rain, shut down last week amid a media crackdown in the country. A new law outlaws publishing what Russian authorities consider false information about the Ukraine invasion. TV Rain's editor-in-chief, Tikhon Dzyadko, who has fled the country, talks to The Journal about independent journalism in Russia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
Facebook's $10 Billion Advertising Exodus
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Last month, Facebook's parent, Meta Platforms, forecasted the company would lose $10 billion in advertising revenue this year. Small business owner Martha Krueger explains why she stopped using the platforms, and WSJ reporter Salvador Rodriguez talks about how the company plans to address the exodus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
The War in Ukraine Hits American Gas Prices
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President Biden had hoped to insulate Americans from the economic fallout of sanctioning Russia, one of the world's biggest oil producers. But oil prices have jumped more than 25 percent this week alone. WSJ's Tim Puko explains why prices keep rising and what, if anything, Biden can do about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
Yachts, Soccer and Sanctioning Russian Oligarchs
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This week, governments around the world have slapped sanctions on prominent Russian billionaires in retaliation for Russia's invasion of Ukraine. WSJ's Max Colchester explains the push to scrutinize these Russian billionaires and looks at the debate around sanctioning one oligarch: Chelsea soccer team owner, Roman Abramovich.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2022
Russians, and Putin, Face the Fallout of War
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As repercussions mount for the invasion of Ukraine, ordinary Russians are starting to feel the impact. WSJ's Ann M. Simmons details what it's like on the ground in Moscow and explains whether economic sanctions are having any effect on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
A Ukrainian Tech CEO Reckons With War
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Since the Russian invasion, Ukrainian tech CEO Vitaly Sedler has been organizing efforts to move employees from conflict zones to safety. His company, Intellias, is one of Ukraine's biggest tech companies and is part of a burgeoning tech sector in the country. Sedler talks to The Journal about what it's like to run a business in a country at war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
The Financial Punishment of Russia
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Over the weekend, countries around the world ratcheted up their punishment of Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Newly announced sanctions could severely cripple the Russian economy in what's being called the biggest economic attack in history. WSJ's Laurence Norman breaks down the new measures. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
The Man Leading Ukraine
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was remaining in his nation's capital, Kyiv, even as Russian troops closed in. He urged Ukrainians to fight against the invasion. WSJ's James Marson explains how the embattled Ukrainian leader, a one-time TV star, is now standing up to Russia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2022
As Russia Invades, Ukrainians Weigh Fight or Flight
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Russia launched a full-scale invasion across Ukraine on Thursday. Now, Ukrainians are deciding between fleeing west or fighting back. We hear from one man who's leaving and one who's heading to the front lines. Plus, WSJ's Brett Forrest and James Marson detail what's happening on the ground in Ukraine and what to expect next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
How Putin Has Planned For Sanctions
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Western leaders have threatened sweeping sanctions if Russia continues advancing into Ukraine. But can even the toughest sanctions avert full-scale war? WSJ's Ann M. Simmons and Georgi Kantchev describe the sanctions that could be coming and how Russia has prepared for this moment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
The Labor Dispute That Has Baseball on Hold
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Spring training for the baseball season was supposed to be underway this week. Instead, players and owners are locked in a labor dispute over their contract. WSJ's Jared Diamond explains why players' demands for more pay could be costly for baseball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
How an Art World Outsider Landed a $69 Million Sale
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After selling an NFT for $69 million, the digital artist known as Beeple says he's not trying to "blow up" the contemporary art world. And WSJ's Kelly Crow explains how a new technology led to a historic sale. This episode originally published in March 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2022
Why NATO Is at the Center of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict
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Russia continues to amass troops on the Ukrainian border, threatening an invasion. One of Russia's demands is that Ukraine never join NATO, the longstanding Western alliance. WSJ's Yaroslav Trofimov explains NATO's history with Russia, and why President Vladimir Putin considers its expansion a threat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
NBC's Olympic Bet on Peacock
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When NBCUniversal launched its streaming service, Peacock, in 2020, it had a rocky start. Now it's trying to regain its footing by live-streaming the Winter Olympics, along with new shows and movies. As WSJ's Lillian Rizzo explains, the stakes are high for NBC and its parent company, Comcast, to get it right. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
Remington's Surprising Sandy Hook Settlement
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Families of nine victims of the Sandy Hook mass shooting announced yesterday that they would receive a $73 million settlement from Remington, the parent company of the manufacturer of the gun used in the shooting. WSJ's Zusha Elinson explains the families' novel legal strategy and why it paid off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
How The Government Tied One Couple to Billions in Stolen Bitcoin
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A couple was charged last week with conspiring to launder bitcoins stolen in one of the biggest hacks in crypto history. WSJ's Paul Vigna explains how the feds followed the crypto money trail to the two thirty-something New Yorkers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
Canada's Trucker Protests
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked emergency powers to end demonstrations against Covid-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates, a day after police cleared protesters from a bridge between the U.S. and Canada. WSJ's Paul Vieira explains the roots of the trucker-led demonstrations and why they've been going on for so long. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
If Russia Invades Ukraine, Can the U.S. Deliver on Sanctions?
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On Friday, a top White House official warned that Russia could invade Ukraine at any time. President Biden has promised tough sanctions if Russia does invade, but Russia's economic ties with Germany could limit the bite of those measures. WSJ's Bojan Pancevski explains Germany's growing reliance on Russian gas and how it could complicate the West's response. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2022
The Coach Accusing the NFL of Discrimination
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As the Super Bowl approaches, the National Football League is tackling some big issues off the field. In a lawsuit against the league and three specific teams, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores alleges racial discrimination in hiring. As WSJ's Andrew Beaton explains, the suit highlights a diversity issue the NFL has been trying to fix for years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2022
Frontier, Spirit and the Future of Low-Cost Airlines
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This week, Frontier announced its plan to buy Spirit Airlines. If approved, the merger would create the fifth-largest commercial airline in the US. WSJ's Alison Sider looks at the story behind the deal and the man who has worked for years to make it happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
A Fight for the Fed's Future
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Lawmakers last week questioned President Biden's picks for the Federal Reserve. Biden and the Democrats say the diverse slate of nominees will bring a new perspective to the central bank, but Republicans worry some nominees will politicize the Fed. WSJ's Amara Omeokwe outlines the philosophical debate over the Fed's role in the economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
The Business of Dua Lipa
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Dua Lipa is one of the biggest pop stars of the past two years. WSJ Magazine contributor Alan Light - and Dua Lipa herself - explain how a pivotal decision in 2020 helped fuel her success, and why she's decided to launch a newsletter and a podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
The Shock Exit of CNN's President
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CNN president Jeff Zucker suddenly resigned on Wednesday after announcing he had failed to disclose his romantic relationship with another senior executive. WSJ's Ben Mullin traces Zucker's long career and impact on CNN, and explores where the network goes from here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2022
The Real Cost of 15 Minute Grocery Delivery
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A battle among fast grocery delivery companies is raging in New York and other U.S. cities. With millions of dollars of venture capital funding, startups are flocking to get products out to customers in under 20 minutes, but at what cost? WSJ's Eliot Brown breaks down the numbers and explains why this trend could have a short shelf life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
Why U.S. Sponsors Are Keeping a Low Profile This Olympics
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In the leadup to the 2018 Winter Games, U.S. Olympic sponsors unveiled high-profile ad campaigns. But this year, they're keeping mum. WSJ's Stu Woo explains how tensions between the US and China over human rights have put U.S. Olympic sponsors in a bind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
Is This the End of the SAT?
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The pandemic forced many colleges to make standardized entrance exams like the SAT optional. Now, a lot of them are choosing to make the tests optional longer term. WSJ's Douglas Belkin explains the forces motivating them, and an admissions officer in South Carolina describes how the trends affect his school. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Google's Plan to Change Online Ads Isn't Going Well
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Last week, Google announced it is overhauling its plans for targeted online advertising after pushback from privacy advocates. The company's new plan is called Google Topics and aims to give marketers less granular information about web users than under the tech giant's earlier proposal. WSJ's Sam Schechner talks about what the new proposal means for Google, advertisers and regulators around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
Neil Young, Joe Rogan and Spotify's Balancing Act
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Earlier this week, rock star Neil Young asked Spotify to remove his music from its streaming service. He said it was in protest of covid misinformation on The Joe Rogan Experience, Spotify's most popular podcast. WSJ's Anne Steele explains how Spotify's big bet on the controversial podcaster complicates the company's plans to dominate the audio space. Spotify owns Gimlet, which coproduces this podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2022
Investors are Buying Up Homes. Cincinnati is Pushing Back
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Since the 2008 financial crisis, institutional investors have bought up thousands of homes around the country to rent out, crimping the supply of available homes for average buyers. But a new gambit by an economic development agency in Cincinnati aims to put a dent in that dynamic. We speak to its CEO and WSJ's Konrad Putzier about the stakes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
Why Russia Fears Ukrainian National Pride
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With Russian troops amassing at Ukraine's border, many Ukrainians say they're willing to take up arms against Russia. WSJ's James Marson visited Kyiv, spoke to some prominent leaders and explains how a new sense of Ukrainian identity is playing into the current tensions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Peloton's Wild Ride
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Fitness company Peloton was once a pandemic favorite with booming sales and a surging stock price. But recently, it's suffered a reversal of fortune. WSJ Heard on the Street columnist Laura Forman explains what happened and why she saw the fall coming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
The Fight Over the U.S. 5G Rollout
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Communications giants AT&T and Verizon have been investing billions of dollars into their 5G networks. But aviation regulators have warned for several years that certain 5G signals may interfere with some equipment on aircraft. WSJ's Drew FitzGerald unpacks how the U.S. government failed to avert a pitched battle over the 5G rollout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
Is Now the Moment for the Four-Day Workweek?
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Earlier this month, Bolt, a startup in Silicon Valley, announced that employees can permanently work a four-day workweek. The company's founder and CEO tells The Journal why, and WSJ's Patrick Thomas explains how the four-day workweek went from an abstract idea to something employers across the country are now offering their staff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2022
Grammys CEO on How He's Tackling One Challenge After Another
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The Grammys has come under fire in recent years for a lack of diversity among its members and its nominees. We speak with Grammy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. about how he's trying to rebuild trust among artists while at the same time respond to the pandemic's disruption of the awards ceremony. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
Why Microsoft Is Paying $75 Billion for Activision Blizzard
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On Tuesday, Microsoft announced its biggest acquisition ever: It'll buy the video gaming juggernaut Activision Blizzard for $75 billion. Microsoft's betting the deal will help it build a new way to sell games to consumers, which it calls the "Netflix of games." WSJ's Aaron Tilley explains Microsoft's strategy and the risks it contains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2022
Canada's Historic Settlement with Indigenous Peoples
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Earlier this month, Canada reached a landmark preliminary settlement with members of its indigenous community, capping a 15-year legal battle over child welfare resources. Cindy Blackstock, an advocate who vaulted the case onto the national stage, explains what drove the initial complaint, and WSJ's Kim Mackrael unpacks the importance of the $32 billion settlement, the largest in Canada's history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
The Stock Trading Scandals at the Federal Reserve
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Three top officials have recently retired early from the Federal Reserve amid controversy surrounding personal stock trading activity. WSJ's Nick Timiraos explains what's led to the worst reputational crisis at the Fed in decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
Why This Week's Child-Tax-Credit Checks Aren't Coming
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Democrats gambled that their expanded child tax credit would be so popular, Congress wouldn't let it lapse. It just lapsed. WSJ's Richard Rubin explains why the monthly checks for parents are ending, and dad Jamie Herrington discusses what it means for his family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
The Obscure Players Keeping the NBA in Business
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More than half of the NBA's players have tested positive for Covid-19 this season as the highly contagious Omicron variant sweeps the country. WSJ's Ben Cohen explains how the NBA has had to tap into its developmental league to keep the games going, and what it means for the players getting their first big break. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
Workers Are Burnt Out. Can Companies Fix It?
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Workplace burnout is on the rise, with resignations at an all-time high. WSJ's Ray A. Smith reports that employers are scrambling to find ways to combat it. And we hear from a woman who says professional burnout sent her to the hospital. Plus, the president of Bumble, the dating app, explains why his company gave employees a week off last year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
Pfizer's CEO on Omicron, a Fourth Shot and 2022
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Pfizer has sold and distributed billions of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine, generating an estimated $36 billion in sales last year. CEO Albert Bourla talks to The Journal about Omicron and how Pfizer is approaching the virus as we enter the third year of the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
What's Russia Doing in Kazakhstan?
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After a steep rise in gas prices, violent protests broke out in the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan. Dozens have been killed, most of the country's government has resigned and, now, Russian-led forces are entering the country to intervene. WSJ's James Marson traces the roots of these protests. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
Why At-Home Covid-19 Tests Are So Hard to Find
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Months after they first came on the market, at-home Covid-19 tests are still scarce in some parts of the country. But it didn't have to be this way. WSJ's Brianna Abbott unpacks the decisions and circumstances that led to the at-home testing shortage. And healthcare CEO Zachariah Reitano explains how he found tests for his customers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2022
How College Professors Got Caught Up in U.S.-China Tensions
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The Department of Justice has charged about two dozen academic researchers in the U.S. over suspicions they may be secretly helping China. But WSJ's Aruna Viswanatha explains universities see the government's actions as intimidation and an attack on open research. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
Elizabeth Holmes Found Guilty
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Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes promised investors that her company could revolutionize blood tests. But after 11 wire-fraud charges and 15 weeks of a court trial, yesterday a jury found Holmes guilty on four counts. WSJ's Sara Randazzo, who has been in the courtroom, explains what this means for Holmes and why this trial was a referendum on how Silicon Valley startups raise cash. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2022
Mariah Carey on the Rise of Her Christmas Anthem
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Mariah Carey released "All I Want for Christmas Is You" in 1994 to moderate success. Today, the song is a megahit and Christmas playlist staple. What happened? WSJ's John Jurgensen called up the "Queen of Christmas" to find out. This episode was originally published on December 11, 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2021
How The 'Apes' Took Over AMC
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AMC, the world's largest movie-theater chain, is now over 80% owned by everyday investors. Which means CEO Adam Aron has a new boss: The 'apes.' WSJ's Alexander Gladstone and Erich Schwartzel introduce the online movement that saved AMC. And self-declared 'ape' investor David Dumas explains why he jumped in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2021
Purdue's $4.5 Billion Opioid Settlement Got Thrown Out. Now What?
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Last week, a federal judge overturned a roughly $4.5 billion settlement between OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and members of the Sackler family, who own the company. WSJ's Jonathan Randles explains why the ruling was surprising and what it means for people who sued Purdue, like Ryan Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
The Man in the Middle of the Fight Over Jan. 6
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Lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol believe former chief of staff Mark Meadows holds critical knowledge about how the Trump administration responded that day. But Meadows, like several other former Trump allies, refuses to testify. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains why lawmakers want to talk to him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2021
A Toy Maker Battles the Global Supply Chain
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Toymaker John Hansen III needs his products in stock by the holidays. This year, manufacturing delays, port backups, and a trucking shortage made getting goods from China to the U.S. harder than ever. Hansen describes how cascading supply-chain failures delayed an order of chess sets by a year, and explains what the backups mean for his business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2021
The Shadow Crisis Unfolding in One Doctor's Clinic
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Dr. Christine Hancock is a primary care doctor in Washington state. Early in the pandemic, Dr. Hancock thought her patients would be hit hard by Covid-19. But she has seen a different crisis play out where isolation and health care delays have led to complications and deaths. WSJ's Anna Wilde Mathews has spoken with Dr. Hancock throughout the pandemic and reflects on the doctor's story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Omicron and the Covid-19 Stalemate
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious disease official, says we are at a stalemate in the war against Covid-19. New coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom just hit a record high as the Omicron variant spreads. And U.S. deaths from the virus have surpassed 800,000, even as vaccines become more widely available. We speak with Dr. Fauci about the war against coronavirus and whether we can ever win it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Can 'Immersive' Van Gogh Beat the Real Thing?
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The painter Vincent Van Gogh is having a moment. Right now, multiple companies are battling to sell tickets to dozens of immersive shows of his work, which involve virtual-reality headsets and large-scale projections. WSJ's Kelly Crow tells the story behind this new way of viewing art and why it is creating a challenge for museums. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2021
The Fed's Shifting Inflation Message
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For months, the Federal Reserve has predicted that inflation was "transitory" - that it would go away on its own. But recently, Fed officials have backed away from that buzzword. WSJ's Nick Timiraos explains what that tiny word choice reveals about the Fed's changing thinking on the future of the U.S. economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2021
Will Omicron Require New Covid Vaccines?
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Since the identification of the Omicron variant, vaccine makers - like Pfizer and Moderna - have been racing to figure out if the existing Covid-19 vaccines are effective against it or whether they should develop new, Omicron-targeted vaccines. WSJ's Denise Roland explains what scientists have to consider. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Back Stage at a Metaverse Concert
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Pop star Tai Verdes is the latest among a slew of stars performing concerts in the metaverse, a virtual world growing in popularity. Verdes and WSJ's Anne Steele explain why the music industry is diving in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2021
New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern on Her Change in Covid Strategy
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New Zealand ended its Covid-19 elimination strategy after an outbreak triggered a months-long lockdown in the country's largest city. Now, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has put in place a phased reopening plan. We talk with Ardern about the economic cost of the country's elimination strategy and what new variants mean for its plans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
Inside the Trial of Elizabeth Holmes
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Today the defense rested in the trial of Elizabeth Holmes, the former CEO of Theranos. WSJ's Sara Randazzo takes us inside the trial, from the prosecution's arguments to the moment Holmes took the stand herself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
Elon Musk on Why He Wants More Robots and Less Government
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What does the world's richest person think about the role of government and the future of robots and space travel? Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, shared his views in a wide-ranging interview with WSJ's Joanna Stern. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
How the Pandemic Helped Fix Retail
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Some in the retail industry thought the pandemic could end in-store shopping as we know it. But brick-and-mortar retailers weren't destroyed, and many managed to emerge from the pandemic stronger. WSJ's Suzanne Kapner explains why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
The Designer Who Made Streetwear Luxury
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Designer Virgil Abloh became the first Black American to hold a top creative job at a major luxury label. Abloh, who was artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, was able to turn ordinary streetwear like hoodies and sneakers into high fashion, commanding big price tags and drawing celebrity customers. WSJ's Jacob Gallagher unpacks the legacy of Virgil Abloh, who died earlier this week at age 41. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
The Fallout From Turkey's Economic Experiment
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Turkish President Erdogan is pushing ahead with an unusual economic plan for his country that is based on slashing the value of the currency. As the Turkish lira has plunged, inflation has spiked and Turkish citizens have taken to the streets. WSJ's Jared Malsin reports on the situation from Istanbul. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
How Gas Prices Are Weighing on Biden's Climate Agenda
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Gasoline prices are on the rise. To avoid a political backlash, President Biden is pushing to increase the global oil supply in hopes that will eventually help consumers at the pump. But as WSJ's Timothy Puko explains, the move has risks, given Biden's climate agenda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2021
The Rise of Binance - And The Effort to Reel It In
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Binance, the world's biggest cryptocurrency trading platform, surged by operating from nowhere in particular - without offices, licenses, or headquarters. Now, WSJ's Caitlin Ostroff explains, global regulators are taking a closer look. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
Why South Africa Sounded the Alarm Over Omicron
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On Friday, the World Health Organization labeled a new variant of the coronavirus, called Omicron, as a variant of concern. WSJ's Gabriele Steinhauser explains how scientists in South Africa noticed it so quickly, and what's known about Omicron so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
The Biotech Startup that Became an FBI Target
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We are bringing you the complete story of uBiome. It was a biotech company with promise: charismatic leaders, an exciting product and lots of venture-capital funding. So why did the FBI end up raiding its office? And why is the government calling its leaders fugitives? WSJ's Amy Dockser Marcus tells the story of uBiome's spectacular downfall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
A Player Goes Missing, and Women's Tennis Takes on China
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A post on tennis player Peng Shuai's social-media account made a startling accusation: that a former top official of the Chinese Communist Party had sexually assaulted her. Then, she disappeared from public view for more than two weeks. WSJ's Joshua Robinson explains how the head of the Women's Tennis Association is speaking out against China and putting the organization's business on the line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
Why Older Americans Are Fleeing the Workforce
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Compared with pre-pandemic estimates, hundreds of thousands more Americans have retired in the last 18 months. We hear from two recent retirees, and we talk to WSJ's Amara Omeokwe about what the wave of retirement could mean for the economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
A Videogame Giant Confronts a Culture Crisis
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Activision Blizzard, one of the world's biggest videogame makers, is facing multiple investigations over sexual harassment and workplace misconduct. WSJ's Kirsten Grind looks at the CEO helming the company, Bobby Kotick, and his knowledge of the allegations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
How Puff Bar Became the Most Popular Vape for Kids
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Last year, the FDA cracked down on flavored vapes in hopes of combatting a rise in teen vaping. But thanks to a loophole in the FDA's rule, sweet, fruity flavors are still around. WSJ's Jennifer Maloney details how a product called Puff Bar has become the top-selling vape among kids. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Ford and GM's Battle for the Hottest Electric Vehicle Startup
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Rivian, the Amazon-backed electric vehicle company, went public earlier this month in the biggest IPO since 2014. But before that, Detroit giants General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. fought over partnering with Rivian, earning one of the legacy carmakers a multi-billion dollar payout. WSJ's Mike Colias tells the story of the high-stakes battle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2021
Taylor Swift's Push to Change Music Ownership
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In 2019, Taylor Swift announced she would re-record her first six albums after they fell into the hands of talent agent Scooter Braun. Last week she debuted her version of her album Red. It broke streaming records. WSJ's Anne Steele says this decision is not only making Taylor money but also inspiring other artists to do the same -- and that record labels are pushing back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
The End of the GE Era
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With a reputation as the company whose leaders knew how to run any kind of business, General Electric once made everything from lightbulbs to jet engines. Then, last week, the storied American company announced it was breaking up. WSJ's Thomas Gryta tells the story of how GE's management philosophy fell back down to earth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2021
What Went Wrong at uBiome, Part 2
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uBiome raised millions of dollars in venture funding with the promise that insurance companies would pay for its customers' microbiome tests. But that pursuit ultimately led to an FBI raid and a federal indictment alleging a fraud scheme. WSJ's Amy Dockser Marcus tells the story of uBiome's spectacular downfall. Plus, we try to track down uBiome's leaders, Jessica Richman and Zac Apte, who the government says are fugitives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2021
The Labor Shortage That's Causing More Labor Shortages
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One reason people can't go back to work is because they can't find childcare, and they can't find childcare because there's a shortage of childcare workers. WSJ's Kris Maher explains why the economics of the industry make it so difficult to raise wages, and the CEO of a childcare program in Philadelphia explains how hard she's tried to hire teachers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2021
How Zillow Failed at Flipping Homes
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Zillow started buying and selling homes directly a few years ago, hoping to make money on each transaction. But last week, the company said it was exiting the business and laying off 25% of its staff. WSJ's Will Parker explains why the company failed at home buying, a line of business Zillow once predicted could generate $20 billion a year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
Teens Are Developing Tics. Doctors Say TikTok May Be A Factor.
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Over the last year, there's been a sharp increase in teen girls seeking medical help for involuntary tics. Kayla Johnsen is one of them. She shares her story, and a neurologist explains why doctors think the social media app TikTok may be behind the medical phenomenon. Plus, WSJ's Julie Jargon traces the origin of the Tourette influencers whose videos may have sparked the surge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
What Went Wrong at uBiome, Part 1
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uBiome was a biotech company with promise: charismatic leaders, an exciting product and lots of venture-capital funding. So why did the FBI end up raiding its office? And how did its leaders end up labeled as fugitives by the government? WSJ's Amy Dockser Marcus tells us the story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2021
The Fight Over Climate Change's Price Tag
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A key part of the 2015 Paris climate accord was a pledge by wealthy countries to provide $100 billion a year to help developing countries fight climate change. WSJ's Matthew Dalton explains how the failure to keep that promise is challenging the COP26 climate summit this week in Glasgow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
Why the Feds Want to Stop a Major Publishing Merger
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The Department of Justice yesterday sued to block Penguin Random House, the world's largest book publisher, from buying rival Simon & Schuster for more than $2 billion. WSJ's Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg explains how the industry has consolidated in recent years and why the government says it wants to block the deal for the sake of authors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
Facebook Rebrands to Meta
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Facebook announced last week that it was changing its name to Meta Platforms Inc., a name inspired by a futuristic technology that doesn't fully exist yet: the metaverse. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman explains what the metaverse is and why Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is betting big on it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
The Covid Treatment That Comes in a Pill Bottle
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Pharmaceutical giant Merck has developed a drug against Covid, the first treatment that wouldn't require hospitalization. But WSJ's Jared S. Hopkins tells us distributing it equitably around the world will be a challenge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
Formula One Gets Fuel From Netflix
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After years of struggling to attract new fans, Formula One is suddenly finding tons of them. The reason? A reality TV show on Netflix, called "Drive to Survive." WSJ's Joshua Robinson explains how a show he likens to "The Real Housewives of Monte Carlo" made F1 a model for modern sports marketing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2021
Why a Ransomware Group Is Pretending to Be a Real Company
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A major hacking group has been recruiting tech talent by setting up a fake cybersecurity company, according to researchers. WSJ's Robert McMillan details how the ransomware group is recruiting workers and what it says about the state of ransomware attacks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
The Facebook Files, Part 8: A New Enforcement Strategy
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Facebook has professed a commitment to neutrality and upholding free speech on its platform for years. But internal documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal show the company is increasingly targeting specific groups it deems dangerous. WSJ's Jeff Horwitz explains how Facebook's actions toward the Patriot Party movement stopped it from going viral. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2021
The Man Behind the Latest Push to Unionize Amazon
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An Amazon employee group formed by warehouse workers in Staten Island filed Monday to hold a vote on unionization. We speak with Chris Smalls, the president of the group, about why he's trying to establish the first union in the U.S. for Amazon employees. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
Biden's Climate Ambitions Die in the Senate
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Democrats in Congress have been trying to pass a multitrillion-dollar spending bill, which includes a major piece of President Joe Biden's climate agenda. But in the face of opposition from a single senator, the climate provision is dead. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains where this leaves the U.S. in its fight against climate change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
To Solve Labor Shortage, Companies Turn to Automation
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Despite wage growth, the labor force participation rate remains near its lowest level since the 1970s. In the face of this shortage, companies are turning to a possible solution: automation. We talk to the CEO of a hospital system in Nevada that is hoping new technology can help the nursing shortage, and WSJ's Josh Mitchell explains what increased investment in tech will mean for the economy and workers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
The Chappelle Controversy Tests Netflix
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After Netflix released its latest Dave Chappelle special earlier this month, the company faced strong criticism from the transgender community and its own employees. WSJ's Joe Flint explains how the controversy has challenged Netflix's culture of 'radical candor' and we go on the ground at the Netflix employee walkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Sen. Klobuchar Says Congress Is Losing Patience With Tech Giants
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After a whistleblower shared internal Facebook documents, lawmakers renewed calls to regulate social media companies. But concerns over the influence tech giants exert on society extend far beyond Facebook. We spoke with Sen. Amy Klobuchar about how she hopes to rein in tech companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
The Facebook Files, Part 7: The AI Challenge
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Facebook's top executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, have touted the company's progress at using artificial intelligence to police harmful content on its platform. But internally, documents show there were deep concerns about what Facebook's AI could do. In the seventh episode of The Facebook Files, WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman discusses what Facebook's AI can really do and ways in which it still falls short. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
Google's CEO on the Future of Work
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As CEO of Alphabet, Google's parent company, Sundar Pichai is responsible for a massive, 144,000-person workforce. Right now, he's grappling with big issues, like how tech should be regulated, how to rein in cybercrime and how (or whether) workers return to the office. WSJ's Editor in Chief, Matt Murray, asks him about these issues and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
The Vaccine That Took 40 Years to Make
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The World Health Organization last week recommended the first-ever vaccine for wide use against malaria, one of the world's deadliest diseases. Paul Kofi Awuffor, a public health worker in Ghana, shares how the vaccine can change lives, and WSJ's Denise Roland explains this historic landmark in public health. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
The Global Supply Chain Is Broken
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Since the pandemic started last year, the disruptions to the global supply chain have only gotten worse. Delays at America's busiest commercial port, Los Angeles, are wreaking havoc on manufacturing and retail, leading the White House to get involved. WSJ's Sarah Nassauer and Costas Paris explain what the logjam means and how it can be fixed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
136 Countries Agree to a Global Minimum Tax
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More than 100 countries agreed last week to a 15% global minimum corporate tax. WSJ's Richard Rubin details how the deal came together, and WSJ's Paul Hannon explains why Ireland - which has long had some of the lowest tax rates in Europe - finally got on board. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
How 'Squid Game' Became a Megahit
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"Squid Game" is on track to become Netflix's biggest show ever. WSJ's Timothy Martin explains the show's origins and why Netflix has invested so heavily in Korean content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
The Unraveling of the Murdaugh Dynasty
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Over Labor Day weekend, an attempted murder was reported to police in Hampton County, S.C. involving the scion of a powerful local family. The victim, Alex Murdaugh, later said he attempted to stage his own murder to try to collect insurance money. WSJ's Valerie Bauerlein looks at this case and other events that threaten to undermine the Murdaugh dynasty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
The Day Facebook Logged Off
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On Monday, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went offline for billions of people around the world. To fix it, Facebook's employees had to physically drive to data centers to address the problem. WSJ's Robert McMillan explains the cascade of failures that caused it to happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
A Huawei Exec, Two Canadians And The Deal That Got Them Home
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In 2018, Canadian authorities arrested Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou on behalf of the United States. Days later, the Chinese government arrested two Canadians in retaliation. WSJ's Jacquie McNish has been covering the ordeal and the high stakes detainee exchange that took place in September. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
What Secret Tapes Reveal About the College Admissions Scandal
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College counselor Rick Singer pleaded guilty to helping wealthy parents like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman cheat the college admissions system. In 2018, the federal government began wiretapping his cellphone. WSJ's Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz dissect the tapes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
The Facebook Files, Part 6: The Whistleblower
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At the heart of the Facebook Files series is a cache of internal company documents. And behind the release of those documents is a person: Frances Haugen. In Part 6, we sit down for an extended conversation with Frances. She tells us about her time at Facebook, what led her to speak out and what she hopes to achieve by disclosing internal Facebook documents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2021
The Federal Law That 138 Judges Have Broken
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For the last year, a team at the Wall Street Journal has been investigating the financial holdings of federal judges across the country. This week, the team reported that more than 130 judges violated U.S. law by overseeing court cases that involved companies in which they or their family had a financial interest. WSJ's James Grimaldi explains the investigation and introduces us to the judge with the most conflicts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
One Restaurant Owner's Answer to the Labor Shortage
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The restaurant industry around the country is having a hard time finding enough workers. So, Amanda Cohen, who runs a restaurant called Dirt Candy in Manhattan, decided to dramatically overhaul her business in order to raise wages. Since then, not only has she been able to retain staff, she's also managed to increase profits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
The Facebook Files, Part 5: The Push To Attract Younger Users
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In the fifth part of our series looking deep inside Facebook, we examine the company's efforts to win over young children. Reporter Georgia Wells discusses what Facebook's internal documents reveal about the company's years-long efforts to study and design products for kids. And we look ahead to tomorrow's Senate hearing, where lawmakers are expected to question a Facebook executive about the company's research into the effects of its products on teen mental health. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
China's Evergrande Crisis
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Evergrande built homes for China's growing middle class for more than two decades. Now, the property developer is running out of money. WSJ's Quentin Webb explains how years of piling on debt brought Evergrande to a crisis point, and what its potential collapse could mean for China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
The Long Journey to Del Rio
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Last week, roughly 16,000 migrants showed up in Del Rio, Texas. Most of them were Haitian, but they didn't come directly from Haiti. They've been on a long journey. WSJ's Alicia Caldwell and Juan Montes explain how these Haitians reached Texas and what they're encountering at the border. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
Harry and Meghan, Hollywood Royalty?
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Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit the royal family, the couple have been building a Hollywood production company and signed deals with Netflix and Spotify. WSJ's Erich Schwartzel explains how this royal career shift has been going. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
Xi Jinping Is Rewriting the Rules of China's Economy
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The Chinese government is cracking down on big private corporations and reining in their power. WSJ's Lingling Wei shares her analysis which suggests this recent development is coming from China's President Xi Jinping's personal ideological shift from capitalism towards a Mao-style socialism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
The Snub That Made France Furious
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Last week, the U.S. announced a new multibillion-dollar deal to supply nuclear submarines to Australia. There was just one problem: Australia had already inked a submarine deal with France. WSJ's Matthew Dalton explains the sub snub and what it means for U.S.-France relations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
Why 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Is Popping Up Everywhere
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A growing number of retailers are offering customers the ability to buy a product and pay for it later in installments. WSJ's AnnaMaria Andriotis explains why the approach has become so popular and whether it's likely to stick around. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
The Dogfight Over Dogecoin
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Dogecoin began as a joke cryptocurrency in 2013, but this year its price has soared, and now its market cap stands at about $30 billion. WSJ's Caitlin Ostroff says two competing organizations that both call themselves the Dogecoin Foundation are vying for the coin's trademark and its future. Representatives from both groups make their case about who should be dogecoin's steward going forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
The Facebook Files, Part 4: The Outrage Algorithm
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In the fourth episode of our investigative series based on an extensive array of internal Facebook documents, we explore the fallout of a major algorithm change the company made in 2018. The documents outline how an emphasis on engagement incentivized the spread of divisive, sensational content and misinformation. WSJ's Keach Hagey and Jeff Horwitz explain how attempts from within the company to undo some of the damage were often thwarted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2021
The Facebook Files, Part 3: 'This Shouldn't Happen on Facebook'
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In the third episode of our investigative series based on an extensive array of internal Facebook documents, we look at a persistent problem on the platform: human trafficking. WSJ's Justin Scheck describes documents showing that Facebook has closely studied how human traffickers use the platform to ensnare victims and advertise illegal sex services. The documents also show Facebook's response to these findings, which is often inadequate or nothing at all. We also hear from Patricia Wanja Kimani, a Kenyan woman who was trafficked to Saudi Arabia after responding to a job post on Facebook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2021
'Moneyball' Meets Firefighting
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To combat increasingly extreme wildfires, firefighters are taking cues from the world of sports analytics. WSJ's Dan Frosch explains how the "Moneyball" sports data revolution is making its way into firefighting and why increasingly unpredictable fires are putting new computer models to the test. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
Will the Vaccine Mandate Affect the Labor Shortage?
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Jack Schron has been encouraging his employees to get vaccinated. He also worries a vaccine mandate might cause them to quit. The manufacturing company president explains what the Biden administration's vaccine mandate could mean for him, and WSJ's Eric Morath discusses its impact on the labor market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021