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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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Simone Biles and the Power of Saying No
Earlier this week, star gymnast Simone Biles pulled out of two Olympic competitions after she experienced a dangerous case of the "twisties." WSJ's Louise Radnofsky explains how one of the Olympics's biggest stars is helping change attitudes towards mental health and physical safety.
Jul 29, 2021
Robinhood's Unconventional IPO
Robinhood built its business around the idea of making it easier than ever for everyday people to invest. Now the company's betting it can "democratize" initial public offerings, too - including its own. WSJ's Peter Rudegeair explains the thinking behind Robinhood's unconventional IPO this week.
Jul 28, 2021
The Fed Chair Helped Save the Economy. Will He Keep His Job?
Jerome Powell has led the U.S. economy through its pandemic-induced crash and turbulent recovery. But with his first term ending soon, WSJ's Nick Timiraos says some in Washington are questioning whether Powell should be reappointed.
Jul 27, 2021
Unrest, Covid and Economic Despair in South Africa
Covid has taken a toll on South Africa. Successive lockdowns have led to deep economic suffering across the country. And when political protests broke out recently, the economic hardship took a violent turn leading to riots and looting. WSJ's Gabriele Steinhauser explains how South Africa could be a warning to other countries.
Jul 26, 2021
Simone Biles Is USA Gymnastics' Biggest Star - And Critic
Superstar gymnast Simone Biles could become the first woman since 1968 to repeat as the gold medalist in the individual all-around competition. But WSJ's Louise Radnofsky says that, for Biles, continuing to compete at the sport's highest level is also about keeping a spotlight on the crimes committed by former team doctor Larry Nassar. As the last self-identified survivor on the team, Biles is still pushing for more answers from USA Gymnastics.
Jul 23, 2021
An Ad Executive's New Challenge: Selling the Vaccine
Last year, PJ Pereira got a big assignment: to help market new Covid-19 vaccines to the public. Pereira explains what he learned trying to convince vaccine-hesitant Americans to get the shot.
Jul 22, 2021
Wall Street CEOs Say Working From Home Isn't Working
Major banks performed well while employees worked remotely. But executives at some banks are bringing their workers back to the office full time. WSJ's David Benoit explains what it could mean for the industry and the rest of corporate America.
Jul 21, 2021
Who's in Charge of Fixing Miami's Aging Condos?
Many of Miami's condo buildings are vulnerable to the same kind of structural issues as Champlain Towers South, which collapsed last month. WSJ's Laura Kusisto explains why it's often untrained volunteer condo boards that are in charge of repairs.
Jul 20, 2021
Bezos' Blue Origin Takes Off
Blue Origin is set to launch founder Jeff Bezos into space tomorrow, about a week after Virgin Galactic sent its own founder to the stars. WSJ's Micah Maidenberg explains how Blue Origin stacks up in the commercial space race.
Jul 19, 2021
The Man Behind Biden's Push for More Competition
Legal scholar Tim Wu has spent years pushing for greater regulation of big American companies. To get his ideas into the mainstream, Wu has done everything from run for office to ride on a roller coaster with Stephen Colbert. WSJ's Ryan Tracy details how Wu's ideas made their way into President Biden's executive order to increase business competition.
Jul 16, 2021
Is Graduate School Worth the Price?
New federal data show that many graduate students don't make nearly enough money to pay back their student loans. WSJ's Melissa Korn explains why some graduates of elite schools, like Columbia University, seem to have the worst outcomes.
Jul 15, 2021
Cuba's Protests Have an Anthem
For the first time in 60 years, mass demonstrations are sweeping Cuba. Protesters are chanting one slogan: 'patria y vida,' or, 'homeland and life.' The phrase - a counterpoint to the revolutionary slogan 'homeland or death' - comes from a song written by Cuban dissidents. WSJ's Santiago Perez dives into the origins of the artist dissident movement and the song that defines this moment.
Jul 14, 2021
Didi's IPO Gets Caught In China's Tech Crackdown
After Didi launched a successful IPO in New York last month, Beijing took punitive action against the ride hailing giant. It also established new rules for Chinese companies that want to list overseas. WSJ's Patrick Barta explains what that means for future economic cooperation between the U.S. and China.
Jul 13, 2021
When an Online Conspiracy Theory Turns Deadly
Christopher Hallett built a business providing online legal advice in custody cases. His main offering was built on a conspiracy theory. But this conspiracy theory ended in murder. WSJ's Georgia Wells and Justin Scheck tell the tale.
Jul 12, 2021
The Quest to Find a Lost Purple Heart
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.
Jul 02, 2021
Hollywood's Fast and Furious Reopening
F9, the latest Fast and Furious movie, is a major test of the movie industry's ability to rebound after the pandemic. WSJ's Erich Schwartzel explains how the franchise grew so large, and why it became so important to Hollywood.
Jul 01, 2021
The Mixed Signals from the Collapsed Condo's Past
Last week's building collapse near Miami was an event without modern precedent. Its cause remains a mystery. But building records, eyewitness accounts, and expert assessments are offering possible clues. WSJ's Jon Kamp details the potential warning signs from the history of Champlain Towers South.
Jun 30, 2021
Environmental Investing Frenzy Stretches Meaning of 'Green'
Investors are pouring money into "green" companies, but what actually makes a company green? WSJ's Justin Scheck tells the story of The Metals Company, a deep sea mining startup that's set to go public at $2.9 billion.
Jun 29, 2021
Oath Keepers and the Business of Extremism
The Oath Keepers, a right-wing militia group, had a large presence at the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Now, a WSJ investigation has revealed the group's funding sources and financial struggles. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus explains.
Jun 28, 2021
The Company That Said: We Failed
At an antitrust trial, executives from tobacco giant Altria have been speaking in unusually frank terms about the company's closed e-cigarette business. They've testified that the company failed to innovate. WSJ's Jennifer Maloney explains why Altria is making this unusual defense.
Jun 25, 2021
Britney Spears Wants Her Life (And Money) Back
For the past 13 years, pop star Britney Spears has lived under a legal arrangement that's given her father control over her finances and her life. Yesterday, Spears spoke out publicly against the conservatorship for the first time. WSJ's Neil Shah details Spears's fight to break free.
Jun 24, 2021
Travel Is Back. So Why Is American Airlines Canceling Flights?
As the country resumes flying in droves, the air travel industry is struggling to keep up. American Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights in recent days due to labor shortages. WSJ's Alison Sider explains why carriers are cancelling flights and calling back retired staff.
Jun 23, 2021
iPhones, iPads, and iClinics? Apple's Foray Into Healthcare
Apple has been trying for years to reinvent the healthcare system. In 2016, the company started operating its own health clinics for employees as a testing ground. But, WSJ's Rolfe Winkler explains, Apple's had a hard time accomplishing its ambitions.
Jun 22, 2021
Why Is Everyone Quitting?
Americans are quitting their jobs at record rates. But why? WSJ's Lauren Weber dives into the reasons that Americans have decided to walk away from their careers during a pandemic and breaks down what it means for the economy. Plus, two quitters open up about their decision.
Jun 21, 2021
To The Moon, Part 5: The Comedown
Stocks, it turns out, don't only go up. On the final episode of To The Moon, we follow the GameStop rocket ship as it returns to Earth, and we learn how the traders who poured their money into the stock fared-and why they don't want to quit trading.
Jun 20, 2021
Congress's Case to Break Up Amazon
Last week, Congress introduced legislation that, if passed, could force Amazon to break up. The bills come after a 15-month investigation into whether big tech has monopoly power in the economy. WSJ's Dana Mattioli speaks to Representatives David Cicilline (D., RI) and Ken Buck (R., Col.) about the investigation and why they believe these laws should be passed.
Jun 17, 2021
The Firm Tanking Some of Wall Street's Hottest Stocks
Hindenburg Research is a small investment firm that is having a big impact. Its critical reports about some of the hottest startups have pushed stock prices lower, allowing the firm to profit. WSJ's Amrith Ramkumar talks about the firm, its strategy and what happened to Lordstown Motors.
Jun 16, 2021
The Ruthless Group Behind Ransomware Attacks on Hospitals
A Wall Street Journal investigation has found that one hacking group - called Ryuk - is behind hundreds of attacks on U.S. health care facilities. WSJ's Kevin Poulsen details the rise of Ryuk, and one hospital administrator shares what it's like to be a victim of one of their attacks.
Jun 15, 2021
The Fundamental Flaw (and Alleged Deception) of MoviePass
In 2019, MoviePass declared bankruptcy. The company had offered unlimited movie tickets to customers for a low monthly fee but never found a successful business model. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission alleged that MoviePass executives deceived customers to try to save the business. WSJ's Ben Fritz unspools one of the most audacious stories in Hollywood.
Jun 14, 2021
To The Moon, Part 4: Diamond Hands
Individual investors banded together online to send GameStop soaring in January. Many of those investors were inspired by one man, Keith Gill, aka DeepF-ingValue, aka Roaring Kitty. On episode four of To The Moon, we hear how WSJ reporter Julia Verlaine tracked down Gill, and we trace how his arguments inspired legions of GameStop investors to buy... and hold.
Jun 13, 2021
A New Alzheimer's Drug Brings Hope and Controversy
The FDA this week approved the first new Alzheimer's treatment in nearly 20 years. But it almost didn't make it to market. WSJ's Joseph Walker untangles the complex story behind the drug Aduhelm and why its approval is raising questions.
Jun 11, 2021
The New Corporate Diversity Strategy: Tie it to Executive Pay
Companies are using a new approach to push their executives to prioritize diversity: Tying it to their pay. WSJ's Emily Glazer explains how this tactic came about, and former executive Steven Davis talks about the role boards can play in improving diversity.
Jun 10, 2021
Can Food Delivery Make Money?
Despite a surge in business during the pandemic, food delivery companies like Uber, DoorDash and Grubhub still aren't profitable. WSJ's Preetika Rana explains how these companies are pivoting away from delivering food to make money.
Jun 09, 2021
Why Crypto Is Key to Stopping Ransomware
Ransomware attacks have been hitting U.S. companies hard. But yesterday, law enforcement officials made a big announcement: they recovered more than $2 million from the group behind last month's Colonial Pipeline hack. WSJ's David Uberti details how the U.S. government is fighting back against hackers and explains why going after cryptocurrency is a key part of the strategy.
Jun 08, 2021
The Unintended Consequences of China's One-Child Policy
In 1980, China implemented its one-child policy to curb a swiftly growing population. After raising the cap to two in 2015, last week it was increased to three. WSJ's Jonathan Cheng on the purpose of the original policy and why the government is trying to reverse it now.
Jun 07, 2021
To The Moon, Part 3: A People's History of Investing
Decades ago, trading was the domain of the wealthy elite, but two innovators would change that. The first made investing accessible to the masses. The second made it fun. On episode three of To The Moon, we meet the disruptors who made the markets ready for the GameStop moment. You can find episodes 1 and 2 of this series in The Journal feed, published last Sunday.
Jun 06, 2021
Why Suing Amazon Just Got Easier
Companies have been including arbitration agreements in their terms of service for years, preventing customers from filing lawsuits. Recently, Amazon removed the arbitration clause from its terms of service and told customers they can sue the company instead. WSJ's Sara Randazzo explains what led the company to make the change.
Jun 04, 2021
Will Americans Buy an Electric Truck?
For years, the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. has been Ford's F-150 pickup truck. Now, Ford's making an electric version. WSJ's Mike Colias and Dan Neil explain why Ford's making the move and why it's a big test for the future of electric vehicles.
Jun 03, 2021
Why a Grand Plan to Vaccinate the World Unraveled
Early last year, a few vaccine experts created a group that would help make sure all countries had access to covid vaccines. Called Covax, this initiative hit problem after problem. WSJ's Gabriele Steinhauser explains how this ambitious plan came undone.
Jun 02, 2021
Amazon Bags the MGM Lion
Amazon announced last week it is buying the Hollywood movie studio MGM for $8.4 billion, including debt. WSJ's Erich Schwartzel explains how Amazon hopes the studio will help it compete in the intensifying streaming wars.
Jun 01, 2021
To The Moon, Part 2: 'The Birth of the Yolo'
A man in a wolf mask. A wild gamble. A fortune passed on from a deceased uncle. Years before the world learned about WallStreetBets, WallStreetBets learned about the YOLO. On episode two of To The Moon, we meet the guy who started it all.
May 30, 2021
To The Moon, Part 1: 'How Much Do Islands Cost?'
When GameStop's stock surged this winter, Wall Street was shocked to learn that a bunch of amateur investors had all piled in. Who were these people and where had they come from? On episode one of To The Moon, we meet the force that shook Wall Street and hear what it's like to suddenly see $800,000 in your account.
May 30, 2021
Conspiracy Theory or Science? The Lab Leak Theory is Back
The origins of Covid-19 are still unknown, but the possibility that it could have escaped from a Chinese lab is back in the news. WSJ's Betsy McKay explains why this idea is getting renewed attention.
May 28, 2021
How Internet Buzz Drove a SPAC Even Higher
Early this year, a storm of intrigue brewed online around the electric vehicle company Lucid Motors and its potential merger with a SPAC. WSJ's Eliot Brown explains how the buzz helped drive the valuation sky high and ultimately left some investors burned.
May 27, 2021
Biden's Plan for Police Reform: The Consent Decree
A year after the murder of George Floyd, the Justice Department is stepping up its oversight of local police departments. Last month, the DOJ opened investigations into police conduct in Minneapolis and Louisville. WSJ's Sadie Gurman talks to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta about why the federal government is doing this, and the head of Newark, N.J. police talks about what it's like when the federal government steps in.
May 26, 2021
An Activist Investor and the Showdown Over Exxon's Future
An activist investor is trying to take over four seats on Exxon's board of directors, arguing the company should cut its emissions by 2050. But Exxon is pushing back. WSJ's Christopher M. Matthews previews the shareholder meeting showdown, where the fight will be decided.
May 25, 2021
Inflation Is Happening. Should You Be Worried?
Inflation is the highest it's been in over a decade. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath explains why the Federal Reserve says everything is under control while some other economists fret.
May 24, 2021
Introducing: To The Moon
In January, a group of Redditors started pouring their savings into the stock of GameStop, a struggling video game retailer. Overnight, everything Wall Street thought it understood about how small-time traders invest changed. While the moment may have surprised Wall Street, it was years in the making. This is a trailer for our series, To The Moon. Out May 30th.
May 24, 2021
Four Years Trapped on a Cargo Ship
Sailor Mohammad Aisha was stuck on a cargo ship near the mouth of the Suez Canal for four years - alone for much of that time. WSJ's Joe Parkinson tells the story of how this could happen and how he survived.
May 21, 2021
Hertz Rewards Its True Believers
A strange thing happened last year after the rental car company Hertz filed for bankruptcy: its stock took off. Old hands on Wall Street thought that the people buying the stock - individual investors with no ties to institutions - were making a bad bet. But now, WSJ's Alexander Gladstone says, the little guys are getting the last laugh and seeing a big windfall.
May 20, 2021
What's Wrong With the Car Market?
Car sales have been skyrocketing, but dealers have a big worry: they're running low on cars to sell. The problem isn't expected to be resolved anytime soon. WSJ's Mike Colias explains how a tiny computer chip at the end of the auto industry's long and complex supply chain is causing big problems.
May 19, 2021
AT&T Abandons Its Hollywood Dreams
When AT&T bought Time Warner and DirecTV, it set out to build a media empire that could take on companies like Netflix and Disney. But after three years and a $100 billion price tag, AT&T is giving up on that dream. WSJ's Marcelo Prince says without media assets, AT&T is back to being the utility it once was.
May 18, 2021
No Credit Score, No Problem?
Banks could begin issuing credit cards to people without credit scores thanks to an effort by a banking regulator to make lending more racially equitable. WSJ's AnnaMaria Andriotis tells the story of how Black Lives Matter protests sparked the effort and explains how the lending would work.
May 17, 2021
Instagram for Kids Isn't Getting Many Likes
Facebook has proposed making a version of Instagram for children under 13, and the idea has prompted an outcry from lawmakers and regulators on both sides of the aisle. WSJ's Brad Reagan on Facebook's plan and New Jersey's Attorney General on why he is against it.
May 14, 2021
Ransomware, a Pipeline and a Gas Shortage
Colonial Pipeline supplies fuel to more than a dozen states. Last Friday, a ransomware attack forced its shutdown, causing a massive shortage of gasoline. WSJ's Robert McMillan says the group behind the attack, Darkside, and others like it represent a broader threat to corporate America and the country's infrastructure.
May 13, 2021
The NFT Craze Explained
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, have made a multi-billion dollar market out of digital items like pixelated cats, basketball highlight videos and even tweets. WSJ's Caitlin Ostroff explains the history of the technology and why NFTs could move beyond digital collectibles into the physical world.
May 12, 2021
WeWork's CEO on the Future of Work
WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani took charge of the office space company just as the pandemic hit. He's now on the brink of bringing WeWork public. We speak to Mathrani about his time at WeWork, his relationship with cofounder Adam Neumann, and the future of office work.
May 11, 2021
The Covid Vaccine Patent Problem
The U.S. government reversed course last week and said it would support waiving patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, over the objections of the pharmaceutical industry. WSJ's Yuka Hayashi explains how we got to this point.
May 10, 2021
When Elon Musk Moves In Next Door
Elon Musk's SpaceX has been building out its operations in Boca Chica, Texas and pressuring residents to sell their homes. WSJ's Nancy Keates explains why some residents are pushing back, and a homeowner explains the challenges of living next to a launchpad.
May 07, 2021
Chevron and the Amazon: A 28-year Legal Battle
Oil giant Chevron has been locked in a decades-long legal battle with people living in the Ecuadorian Amazon, who claim they were harmed by oil drilling. After a $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador in 2011, the company has fought back hard. WSJ's Sara Randazzo tells the story, and the plaintiff's lawyer, Steven Donziger, speaks about the case while under house arrest.
May 06, 2021
'It's on Fire': Why the Housing Market Is Booming
Housing prices around the country have been skyrocketing. WSJ's Nicole Friedman explains what makes the hot market so unusual. And a real estate agent and a prospective buyer from Boise, Idaho, share how the boom is changing their city.
May 05, 2021
India's Social Media Crackdown
As Covid-19 cases were spiking in India, the government said it had removed dozens of social media posts relating to the outbreak. WSJ's Newley Purnell traces the ongoing conflict between the government and global tech giants over freedom of speech in the world's largest democracy.
May 04, 2021
Three Women of Color on Their Pandemic Finances
Black and Latina women have been disproportionally affected by job losses during the pandemic. They're also one of the most financially fragile groups in this country. We talk with three women of color about what getting laid off in the pandemic has meant for them.
May 03, 2021
The 'Jeopardy!' Showrunner on the Search for a New Host
After longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek died last November, the show has been running a public search for a replacement, with guest hosts like Aaron Rodgers and LeVar Burton. We talk with the show's executive producer, Mike Richards, about how the search is going.
Apr 30, 2021
The Strange Economics of the Lumber Market
There's a disconnect in the lumber market. The price of lumber is the highest it's ever been, but the price of the timber - the raw material - is at record lows. WSJ's Ryan Dezember on the paradox of the lumber market and tree farmer Joe Hopkins on how he's getting through this strange moment.
Apr 29, 2021
Inside the World's Worst Covid Outbreak Yet
WSJ's Shan Li covered the pandemic's start in Wuhan, China. Now, she is in the midst of the world's worst outbreak yet, in India. Shan told us about what it's like on the ground as numbers rise dramatically and resources are in short supply.
Apr 28, 2021
Energy Secretary Granholm on the Future of Oil
The Biden administration has made big promises to fight climate change. U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm discusses the push for clean energy and what it means for the U.S. oil and gas industry. Plus, WSJ's Russell Gold explores what's next for oil companies.
Apr 27, 2021
From Political Donor to Alleged CIA Asset
Imaad Zuberi's jet-setting lifestyle afforded him high-profile connections all around the world and made him a heavyweight donor in DC. But at the same time, according to documents, Zuberi was also collecting information for the CIA. WSJ's Byron Tau tells the story of Zuberi's rise and fall.
Apr 26, 2021
How Soccer Fans Killed the Super League
Twelve of the biggest teams in European soccer announced Sunday they were forming a "Super League." 48 hours later, the plan was dead. WSJ's Joshua Robinson explains how a backlash from fans killed an audacious plan to remake the business of soccer.
Apr 23, 2021
How a Cryptocurrency Company Went Mainstream
Coinbase, a popular cryptocurrency exchange, went public last week. WSJ's Paul Vigna explains how its co-founder Brian Armstrong wants to make crypto as easy as email.
Apr 22, 2021
The Floyd Family Reacts: 'We All Took a Breath'
A day after a jury convicted Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd, two members of the Floyd family sat down with WSJ's Erin Ailworth to share their reactions to the trial and verdict.
Apr 21, 2021
Rural Healthcare Is Being Squeezed. One Community Is Fighting Back.
More than 130 rural hospitals across the U.S. have closed since 2010, while even more have cut back on services. WSJ's Brian Spegele shares the story of one Wyoming community where residents are fighting a decline in services at their local hospital by doing something drastic: creating a hospital of their own.
Apr 20, 2021
mRNA Vaccines Are Taking On Covid. What Else Can They Do?
Dr. Özlem Türeci is the chief medical officer of BioNTech, which created the first Covid-19 vaccine to be authorized in the U.S. We speak with Dr. Türeci about the technology behind the vaccine and the promise it holds for treating other diseases.
Apr 19, 2021
The Legacy of Ponzi Schemer Bernie Madoff
Bernie Madoff died this week in prison while serving a 150-year sentence for masterminding one of the biggest financial frauds. We speak with one of his victims, and WSJ's Jamie Heller explains how Madoff stole billions of dollars from his clients in his notorious Ponzi scheme.
Apr 16, 2021
The Rise of Ghost Guns
Ghost guns are homemade, untraceable guns. The Biden administration is proposing new gun control measures to regulate their sales. WSJ's Zusha Elinson explains how these guns have been on the rise and under the radar.
Apr 15, 2021
A Pause on the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Six cases of a rare blood clotting disorder have led U.S. health officials to pause the use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine. Though it's not known if the vaccine is behind the blood clotting, WSJ's Jonathan D. Rockoff says the pause could impact efforts to vaccinate the country.
Apr 14, 2021
From George Floyd to Daunte Wright, Minneapolis on the Brink
As the country watches the trial of the police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis is reeling from the killing of another unarmed Black man by police in a nearby suburb. WSJ's Erin Ailworth describes the tension on the ground.
Apr 13, 2021
The Woman Behind The Market's Fastest Growing Fund
With the launch of her latest investment fund, Cathie Wood is betting big on outer space. But it's not the first time she's backed a nascent industry. WSJ's Michael Wursthorn says she's become a star investor by backing innovative companies, delighting investors and attracting critics along the way.
Apr 12, 2021
Why China Is Jumping Into Digital Currency
China has been testing a digital yuan for the past year. WSJ's James T. Areddy says digital currency is the future of money and that China's head start could threaten the U.S. dollar's dominance.
Apr 09, 2021
The U.S. and Iran Try for a New Nuclear Deal
President Biden made restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal a key piece of his foreign policy. WSJ's Sune Rasmussen reports from Vienna, where indirect talks began this week, about the tricky path to reviving the deal.
Apr 08, 2021
Biden Tries to Bring Back 'Big Government'
In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan ushered in an era of limited government that lasted for decades. President Biden's new plans and proposals set out to change that. WSJ's Jacob M. Schlesinger traces the history of how big government became taboo in Washington and explains why Biden wants to take a new approach.
Apr 07, 2021
What's Driving Migrants to the Southern Border Now
The number of migrants at the southern U.S. border reached a 15-year high last month, after rising for several months, leading to a humanitarian crisis for the Biden administration. WSJ's Juan Montes spoke to migrants about why they are coming now, and Alicia Caldwell explains the Biden administration's response.
Apr 06, 2021
The Business Backlash to Georgia's Voting Law
After a group of Black executives condemned a new voting law in Georgia, some of the state's biggest businesses, like Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines, voiced their own concerns. WSJ's Cameron McWhirter walks through the controversial law that's fraying the relationship between state Republicans and the business community.
Apr 05, 2021
Why China's Internet Froze Out H&M
H&M faced a firestorm on Chinese social media last week and then started disappearing from map searches and e-commerce sites. WSJ's Eva Xiao explores what led to the attack on the Swedish retailer.
Apr 02, 2021
A Tug of War Between a Billionaire and a Hedge Fund Over Local News
Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund known for its cost-cutting approach to local newspapers, had made a bid to buy Tribune Publishing, a conglomerate of local papers including the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun. Then, a billionaire put in an offer of his own. WSJ's Lukas Alpert details the face-off between the hedge fund and the billionaire, which could forever change the newspapers caught in the middle.
Apr 01, 2021
The Secret Investor Who Triggered a Massive Market Selloff
Since Bill Hwang got in trouble with regulators for insider trading about a decade ago, the Wall Street veteran has built his investments back up. And last week, he was behind a more than $30 billion selloff that hit some blue-chip companies. WSJ's Juliet Chung charts Hwang's rise and untangles how he sent stocks into a tailspin.
Mar 31, 2021
The Suez Canal and a Hard Year at Sea
Even before the debacle at the Suez Canal, it had been a challenging year for the shipping industry. WSJ's Costas Paris explains why the timing of this incident was especially bad for the global supply chain. And one captain talks about his trying year.
Mar 30, 2021
Will Amazon Unionize in Alabama?
Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala. are wrapping up voting today on a big decision: whether to unionize. We hear from a worker who's in favor of unionizing and one who's opposed. And, WSJ's Sebastian Herrera describes what's at stake for Amazon.
Mar 29, 2021
A Tipping Point for Paying College Athletes?
The National Collegiate Athletic Association faces mounting pressure to let its athletes get paid. WSJ's Rachel Bachman traces the changes in public opinion on the issue and outlines what's at stake in an upcoming Supreme Court case. Plus, a University of Iowa star Jordan Bohannon shares why he started the hashtag #notNCAAproperty ... and why his team purloined a rug.
Mar 26, 2021
AstraZeneca's Rocky Road to Releasing a Vaccine
Countries around the world had high hopes for AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, but it's run into problems. WSJ's Jenny Strasburg explains how manufacturing issues, a scare about side effects and questions about AstraZeneca's trial data have undermined faith in the shot.
Mar 25, 2021
An Asian-American Business Owner on a Challenging Year
As he prepared to reopen his chain of Chinese restaurants in New York City last year, Jason Wang worried about two different dangers facing his employees: coronavirus and racist attacks. Plus, WSJ's Akane Otani spends an evening with a volunteer safety patrol in a majority Asian-American neighborhood.
Mar 24, 2021
Pete Buttigieg on Getting an Infrastructure Deal
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is convinced there's bipartisan support for big infrastructure spending. But WSJ's Ted Mann explains why reaching a deal may be an uphill battle.
Mar 23, 2021
How China's Superstar Entrepreneur Ran Afoul of the Government
Alibaba founder Jack Ma was a rock star of China's business world. Now, he's an outcast. WSJ's Lingling Wei and Keith Zhai reveal how Ma fell out of favor with Beijing and what that means for other entrepreneurs in China.
Mar 22, 2021
A Surprise Turkey and 200 Lemons: Everyday Stories From the Pandemic
At the WSJ, a recurring feature known as the A-hed captures the bizarre twists and turns of everyday life. It took on a whole new meaning over the past year. Today, we share five A-hed stories - from trying to plant a garden to learning to ride a bike.
Mar 19, 2021
Greensill Wanted to 'Democratize Capital.' Now It's Bankrupt.
Lex Greensill went from farm boy to financier with a simple mission: to bring big bank financing to small business supply chains. But WSJ's Duncan Mavin explains how his ambition for growth and risky lending caused his namesake company to implode.
Mar 18, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci: 'The Game Is Not Over'
An interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci about how efforts to vaccinate the country are going, what it will take for work and school to return to normal and whether the pandemic is ending.
Mar 17, 2021
How an Art World Outsider Landed a $69 Million Sale
Fresh off his $69 million sale, 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.
Mar 16, 2021
Who is Getting Left Behind in the Vaccination Push
As Covid-19 vaccinations race along, elderly Black and Latino people are getting left behind. WSJ's Daniela Hernandez explains why. We also talk to a doctor trying to get his elderly father a vaccine and a community organizer in Miami.
Mar 15, 2021
One Year Later, Elmhurst Doctors Look Back
Elmhurst Hospital in Queens was at the epicenter of New York City's Covid-19 outbreak. WSJ's Katie Honan speaks to three doctors who were inside the hospital as that crisis was unfolding about what it was like and how they're coping now.
Mar 12, 2021
How One Company Rode the Electric Vehicle Boom to Success
In the last 10 years, China has cornered the market on a key ingredient needed for electric car batteries: lithium. Now, one company is trying to change that by mining the metal in America. WSJ's Scott Patterson tells the story of Piedmont Lithium and one of its founders, geologist Lamont Leatherman.
Mar 11, 2021
Why Fewer Ads Might Follow You Around the Web
Google says that by next year it will completely do away with third-party cookies, and it won't support any technology that tries to replace them. WSJ's Sam Schechner talks about what the move means for Google, and he bids goodbye to the rhino t-shirt that follows him everywhere.
Mar 10, 2021
One of Cuomo's Accusers in Her Own Words
Ana Liss describes what she says was inappropriate behavior from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when she worked in his office from 2013 to 2015. WSJ's Jimmy Vielkind talks about the scandals swirling around the three-term governor that have led to calls for his resignation.
Mar 09, 2021
Is $1.9 Trillion Too Much?
After already spending more than $3 trillion on economic relief packages this past year, Congress is set to pass another $1.9 trillion bill. We speak with top White House economist Jared Bernstein about the benefits - and risks - of so much spending.
Mar 08, 2021
The New Reality for Oil in Washington
The oil industry's top lobbying group is poised to embrace a climate policy it had fought for years. WSJ's Timothy Puko explains what's behind that reversal, and what it says about the new political reality facing fossil fuels.
Mar 05, 2021
Where Jobs Are Booming
Even with high unemployment, certain industries are having a hard time finding enough workers. WSJ's Sarah Chaney Cambon explains why some companies are increasing wages and benefits as a result. We also talk to Aaron Jagdfeld, the CEO of a generator company, about the lengths he's taken to recruit workers.
Mar 04, 2021
WeWork Looks to Go Public, Again
WeWork's biggest shareholder, Softbank, has been dogged by its obligations to the coworking company's co-founder, Adam Neumann. WSJ's Maureen Farrell tells the story of how, after a year, the company severed ties with Neumann and why going public may now be on the horizon.
Mar 03, 2021
How an Army of Retail Investors Helped Save AMC Movie Theaters
AMC, the world's largest movie theater chain, was facing possible bankruptcy after the pandemic dried up moviegoing. But early this year, retail investors rallied to #SaveAMC. WSJ's Alexander Gladstone spoke with AMC CEO Adam Aron about how he set the company up to benefit from an unexpected stroke of luck.
Mar 02, 2021
Novavax's Long Road to a Covid-19 Vaccine
Novavax is a vaccine company that for decades never brought a vaccine to market. Before the pandemic, they were on the verge of bankruptcy. WSJ's Gregory Zuckerman and Novavax's Dr. Gregory Glenn explain how the company's fortunes are now changing thanks to its Covid-19 vaccine, which is delivering promising results.
Mar 01, 2021
Hollywood Director Lee Daniels on a Changing Film Industry
Major film studios are starting to embrace a strategy never before seen in Hollywood: releasing films directly to streaming. Director Lee Daniels joins us to discuss what that change has meant for his new film, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," and what it could mean for the future of filmmaking.
Feb 26, 2021
An Interview With a Member of the Facebook Oversight Board
Facebook's new oversight board is preparing to rule on whether Donald Trump should be banned from Facebook permanently. We talk with one of the board's co-chairs, former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, about how the board is weighing the decision and what it means for free speech on the platform.
Feb 25, 2021
Dogecoin Was a Joke. Now It's Worth $7 Billion.
Billy Markus created the cryptocurrency Dogecoin on a lark, based on a viral dog meme. Eight years later, his creation is worth billions of dollars. Markus and WSJ's Caitlin Ostroff explain how crypto's jokiest coin went to the moon.
Feb 24, 2021
A Voting Machine Company Fights Disinformation With Lawsuits
Dominion Voting Systems, the voting-machine maker, was swept up in a storm of allegations about its role in the 2020 election. We speak with Dominion's CEO, and WSJ's Alexa Corse describes how the company is fighting back.
Feb 23, 2021
Why the Texas Power Grid Failed
Texas's deregulated power sector was considered a model for delivering cheap electricity, but the power outages last week revealed shortcomings. WSJ's Russell Gold unpacks what went wrong.
Feb 22, 2021
Ban on Foreign Workers Left Jobs Open. Americans Didn't Take Them.
Last year, President Trump banned most new visas for foreign workers, arguing unemployed Americans would take those jobs instead. But as WSJ's Alicia Caldwell explains, even with high unemployment, many of those positions were left unfilled.
Feb 19, 2021
Free Trading Isn't Free: How Robinhood Makes Money
Robinhood is able to offer free trading on its app thanks to a practice known as payment for order flow. WSJ's Alexander Osipovich explains how it works and why Congress has questions about it.
Feb 18, 2021
This Judge Put Criminals Away. Now He's Trying to Set Them Free.
As a federal judge, John Gleeson would have to impose decadeslong sentences for certain crimes. Now, he's on a mission to undo some of those same sentences. We talk to the WSJ's Corinne Ramey, Gleeson and one man who's been freed by Gleeson's strategy.
Feb 17, 2021
Why Google Might Leave Australia
Australia is poised to pass a law that would compel tech companies like Google and Facebook to pay news organizations for links. In response, Google threatened to turn off search, and Facebook said it wouldn't let users share articles. WSJ's Mike Cherney explains what's at stake.
Feb 16, 2021
Facebook's Showdown With Apple
Apple is launching a new privacy feature that Facebook says could severely hurt its business by making it harder to target consumers with ads. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman explains why the dispute has been years in the making.
Feb 12, 2021
An Oral History of WallStreetBets
Five WallStreetBets members tell the story of how they ended up on the Reddit forum and how they felt when it upended the stock market.
Feb 11, 2021
The Shell Companies Taking Over Wall Street
Companies with no business plan, no profit, and no revenue are flooding Wall Street. They're called SPACs, and investors are pouring money into them. WSJ's Maureen Farrell explains the forces behind the market's SPAC boom and what it could mean for investors.
Feb 10, 2021
GM's All-Electric Bet
General Motors has committed to making all its vehicles electric by 2035. WSJ's Mike Colias explains GM's history making electric vehicles and why it's now going all-in.
Feb 09, 2021
Trump's Second Impeachment Trial Begins
Donald Trump is the first president to be impeached twice. Now, the Senate will vote on whether or not to convict him. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes outlines what's different about this impeachment and what problems it could raise on both sides of the aisle.
Feb 08, 2021
Why It's Hard to Buy a House in Detroit, Especially if You're Black
When Vincent Orr decided to buy a house, he didn't get a mortgage. He paid cash, and he's not alone. WSJ's Ben Eisen explains why Black Detroiters still have a tough time getting mortgages decades after racist redlining policies officially ended.
Feb 05, 2021
Two Power Brokers in Biden's Washington
One of President Biden's closest advisors, Steve Ricchetti, has ties to lobbying that go back decades. WSJ's Julie Bykowicz tells the story of how Steve Ricchetti and his brother Jeff climbed the ranks of lobbying and government.
Feb 04, 2021
Amazon After Bezos
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced yesterday that he plans to step down as CEO. WSJ's Bradley Olson explains how Bezos's relentless drive grew Amazon into a goliath and what the next CEO will mean for America's biggest online retailer.
Feb 03, 2021
Do Stimulus Checks Work?
Congress is debating a third round of stimulus checks to Americans. WSJ's Richard Rubin talks through the upsides and downsides to stimulus checks, why they're neither "stimulus" nor a "check," and we hear how our listeners spent their money.
Feb 02, 2021
Why Robinhood Put the Brakes on GameStop
In the middle of the GameStop frenzy last week, Robinhood users woke up to find they couldn't buy many of the market's hottest stocks. The app had placed unprecedented restrictions on trading. WSJ's Peter Rudegeair explains why Robinhood did it and the backlash it's facing as a result.
Feb 01, 2021
Companies Try to Speed Up the Vaccine Rollout
As the vaccine rollout around the country hits obstacles, corporate America says there's a better way. WSJ's Sarah Krouse explains how companies are stepping in to address distribution woes, and one CEO details his company's effort.
Jan 30, 2021
Why Biden Killed the Keystone XL Pipeline
President Biden revoked the permit for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline on his first day in office. But as a candidate early in the presidential race, the pipeline wasn't a priority. WSJ's Tim Puko explains how the pipeline became a symbol and day-one agenda item for the Biden White House.
Jan 28, 2021
GameStop and the Rise of the Reddit Investor
A group of investors on Reddit are driving up the stock price of GameStop, going against Wall Street consensus that the video game retailer's days are numbered. WSJ's Gunjan Banerji explains how they're working together to make the stock soar - and make a lot of money for themselves in the process.
Jan 27, 2021
What to Expect from the Jobs Market in 2021
The U.S. job market made a remarkable comeback in 2020, after the pandemic wiped out more than 20 million jobs. But it wasn't nearly enough for a full recovery. WSJ's Eric Morath explains why many economists think that 2021 could be a record-setting year for job growth - and how that optimistic outlook could fall apart.
Jan 26, 2021
Two Investors, One Company and a Billion-Dollar Short
Two billionaire investors battled for years over the fate of Herbalife, a nutritional shake company. This month saw the final chapter of the strange saga that WSJ's David Benoit likens to "Mean Girls meets Wall Street."
Jan 25, 2021
What It Takes to Open a Business in a Pandemic
Reporter Peter Grant has been walking one stretch of Brooklyn since the beginning of the pandemic, talking to struggling business owners. Recently, he's found a new phenomenon: people who've decided now is the right time to open a new business.
Jan 22, 2021
The Risks the U.K. Strain Poses for the U.S.
A new strain of coronavirus that arose in the U.K. could become dominant in the U.S. by March. WSJ's Daniela Hernandez explains the science behind the emerging threat.
Jan 21, 2021
On the Ground at Biden's Inauguration
Joe Biden was sworn in today as the 46th president of the United States. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes was at the ceremony, and Ted Mann was on the streets outside.
Jan 20, 2021
How Trump Tied His Businesses to His Presidency
As the end of Donald Trump's presidency approached, the Trump Organization believed there was money to be made after Trump left the White House. WSJ's Brian Spegele and Rebecca Ballhaus explain how the assault on the U.S. Capitol could upend those plans.
Jan 19, 2021
Three Afghans Prepare for the U.S. to Leave
The U.S. military completed one of the most significant drawdowns of the Afghan war today. There are now just 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, the lowest number since 2001. WSJ's Sune Rasmussen went to Kabul to hear from Afghans what the withdrawal means for them, and their country.
Jan 15, 2021
Sheldon Adelson and the Rise of the Megadonor
Casino magnate and billionaire Sheldon Adelson died this week at the age of 87. WSJ's Julie Bykowicz explains the mark Adelson left on politics as a Republican megadonor.
Jan 14, 2021
How Big Tech Kicked Parler Offline
Google, Apple and Amazon took steps over the weekend to effectively shut down the social media site Parler, which had been used to organize the attack on the Capitol. WSJ's Keach Hagey explains why they did it and what it means for the future of speech and tech.
Jan 13, 2021
Why This Impeachment Could Be Different
House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump this week, accusing him of "incitement of insurrection." WSJ's Siobhan Hughes, who covered Mr. Trump's first impeachment, explains how this impeachment could play out differently.
Jan 12, 2021
Why Google Workers Formed a Union
Silicon Valley has long been resistant to organized labor, but last week a group of Google employees announced the formation of a union. WSJ's Bowdeya Tweh on the activism that led to this moment and union member Andrew Gainer-Dewar on why he joined.
Jan 11, 2021
How Wednesday's Attack Came Together: Out in the Open
In the weeks before Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol, people were openly planning violence online. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman describes the patchwork of policies that have allowed extremists to organize on the internet.
Jan 08, 2021
How One State Got Its Vaccine Rollout Right
West Virginia has administered first doses of Covid-19 vaccines at one of the highest rates in the country. Covid Czar Dr. Clay Marsh tells us how the state did it by forgoing the federal government's plan.
Jan 07, 2021
Pro-Trump Mob Storms the Capitol
Mass chaos engulfed the U.S. Capitol today as a pro-Trump mob stormed the building in objection to the results of the election. WSJ's Gordon Lubold described what he saw on the ground at the Capitol.
Jan 07, 2021
What's Behind the Slow Vaccine Rollout
The federal government set a goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020. But the rollout fell far short. WSJ's Jared Hopkins explains why vaccine distribution is going much more slowly than expected.
Jan 05, 2021
The Republican Party Civil War in Georgia
Ahead of Tuesday's high-stakes Senate runoffs in Georgia, WSJ's Cameron McWhirter talked to Republican voters to understand how Trump's barrage of attacks on their governor and secretary of state is affecting their vote and their loyalty to the party.
Jan 04, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci Looks Back at 2020
It's been nearly a year since the first coronavirus case was recorded in the U.S. Dr. Anthony Fauci looks back on the year we had and ahead at what's to come.
Dec 23, 2020
Inside the Largest Government Hack in Years
WSJ's Robert McMillan tells the story of how updates from a little-known software company, SolarWinds, allegedly let Russian hackers into U.S. government networks and explains what that means for the future of cyber espionage.
Dec 22, 2020
The $900 Billion Relief Package
Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on a $900 billion stimulus package. We speak with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson about the package and what it could mean for states and the economy.
Dec 21, 2020
A Church Tries to Bridge Its Political Divides
This year, members of a small Michigan church tried to do something America has struggled to: find common ground. WSJ's Janet Adamy watched-and recorded-as the group tried to navigate its political divisions in just 11 conversations.
Dec 18, 2020
What Corporate America Can Learn From Coke's Reckoning With Race
Two decades ago, black employees sued Coca-Cola for racial discrimination. The company pledged to turn things around -- and it did. WSJ's Jennifer Maloney and Lauren Weber explain how Coke successfully transformed itself into a more equitable company...and how it failed to stay that way.
Dec 17, 2020
Chef José Andrés: How to Feed People in an Emergency
After the pandemic forced restaurants across the U.S. to close, award-winning chef José Andrés had an idea: He could mobilize those shuttered kitchens to help feed the hungry. Chef Andrés joins us to talk about an unprecedented year for his industry.
Dec 16, 2020
How One Hospital Is Rolling Out the Vaccine
Americans are now getting vaccinated, starting with health-care workers and people with conditions that make them vulnerable. We talk with Dr. Shereef Elnahal, president and CEO of University Hospital, the only public hospital in New Jersey, about how that process is playing out.
Dec 15, 2020
Sweden's Pandemic Experiment
Sweden attempted for months to combat Covid-19 through voluntary measures rather than lockdowns and other restrictions. WSJ's Bojan Pancevski looks at how the country fared.
Dec 14, 2020
Mariah Carey on the Rise of Her Christmas Anthem
Mariah Carey released "All I Want for Christmas Is You" 26 years ago 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.
Dec 11, 2020
The Government's Case for Breaking Up Facebook
The Federal Trade Commission and 48 attorneys general sued Facebook Wednesday, accusing the company of being anticompetitive and seeking to break off Instagram and WhatsApp. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman lays out the government's case and Facebook's defense.
Dec 10, 2020
Airbnb's Rough Road to an IPO
Airbnb is set to go public at a valuation of more than $40 billion, just months after the pandemic threatened the company's survival. WSJ's Maureen Farrell explains how Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky brought the company back from the brink.
Dec 09, 2020
The Vaccine Is Coming to a CVS Near You
The U.S. is days away from approving its first Covid-19 vaccine. And the way most Americans will get a vaccine? Their pharmacy. We talk to CVS executive Chris Cox on the company's plan to immunize millions of Americans.
Dec 08, 2020
How Biden and McConnell Do Business
President-elect Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are leaders of opposing parties, but their similar backgrounds and political upbringings give them common ground at the negotiating table. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes tells us what their relationship means for Biden's policy agenda.
Dec 07, 2020
As Covid Climbs, One State Holds On for the Vaccine
An interview with Dr. Scott Harris, Alabama's top health official, about how his state is both struggling to fight the virus and preparing for a massive vaccine rollout.
Dec 04, 2020
The Daring Rescue Behind the Middle East Peace Talks
A peace treaty called the Abraham Accords has played a vital role in the Trump Administration's effort to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East. WSJ's Dion Nissenbaum tells the story of the general who orchestrated a daring mission that helped make the historic treaty possible.
Dec 03, 2020
The Life of Zappos's Pioneering CEO
Tony Hsieh, the former CEO of Zappos, died last week at the age of 46. WSJ's Bob Hagerty shares how Hsieh made his name as an off-the-wall tech entrepreneur who helped transform online shopping.
Dec 02, 2020
Why Schools Are Getting Hacked
Schools are facing a wave of increasingly aggressive ransomware attacks, with hackers seeking ransoms in the tens of thousands of dollars. WSJ's Tawnell Hobbs takes us inside the world of hackers, and we talk with a school technology director in Texas who got hacked this summer.
Dec 01, 2020
Janet Yellen's Biggest Challenge Yet
Janet Yellen is Joe Biden's pick for Treasury secretary. Despite having served in essentially all of the government's top economic jobs, this role may present her greatest challenge yet: partisan politics.
Nov 30, 2020
The Agony and Ecstasy of Tab
When Coca-Cola announced it was discontinuing Tab, its long-running diet soda brand, it left a small band of fiercely loyal soda fans in the lurch. WSJ's Jennifer Maloney talks about the rise and long decline of Tab, and Ryan goes in search of the elusive pink can.
Nov 25, 2020
One Nurse, Three Covid Hotspots
Trinity Goodman is a traveling crisis nurse. Since April, she has treated Covid patients in three different hotspots: New York, Texas and Indiana. She tells us about the last 8 months at the front lines of the pandemic.
Nov 24, 2020
Why Conservatives Are Turning to Parler
Conservatives upset by Twitter and Facebook's approach to content moderation are finding an alternative: Parler. WSJ's Keach Hagey explains why the buzzy social network's commitment to free speech is both an asset and a liability.
Nov 23, 2020
The Creator of the Record-Setting Covid Vaccine
Pfizer and BioNTech asked the Food and Drug Administration today to authorize their Covid-19 vaccine. We talk with the visionary scientist who developed the vaccine, Dr. Ugur Sahin, and the WSJ's Bojan Pancevski about what could be the fastest vaccine ever developed and approved.
Nov 20, 2020
While Airlines Shrink, Southwest Goes Big
While most airlines are parking planes and cutting costs, Southwest is starting flights to 10 new airports. WSJ's Alison Sider explains why Southwest is expanding and how the company has used this strategy before.
Nov 19, 2020
How Fraud and Waste Seeped Into a Covid Stimulus Program
The Paycheck Protection Program was supposed to save small businesses after Covid-19 shut down the economy. Its legacy is more complicated. WSJ's Ryan Tracy walks us through the mounting cases of PPP fraud and whether the program ultimately proved effective.
Nov 18, 2020
Georgia's Secretary of State Defends the Election
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is managing Georgia's hand recount. We speak with him about how it's going and how he's countering the criticism from fellow Republicans about the election he ran earlier this month.
Nov 17, 2020
Why the Biggest IPO Ever Blew Up
Ant Group, a giant Chinese financial technology company, was days away from a $34 billion IPO when things came to a sudden stop. WSJ's Jing Yang explains why it all unraveled.
Nov 16, 2020
Would a Biden Administration Push for Covid Lockdowns?
As new U.S. coronavirus cases and hospitalizations reach record highs, we talk with Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of president-elect Joe Biden's Covid-19 advisory board. She explains how a Biden administration will handle the pandemic and what Americans need to do to get the virus under control.
Nov 13, 2020
The Agency Holding Up Biden's Transition
President-elect Joe Biden is setting up his administration, but he's still waiting on the sign off of a federal agency to get the resources he needs. WSJ's Andrew Restuccia explains the role of the General Services Administration in the presidential transfer of power.
Nov 12, 2020
The Next Challenge for Pfizer's Covid Vaccine
Pfizer announced that its Covid-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective in final stage trials. We talk to WSJ's Jared Hopkins about what still needs to happen before the FDA approves the vaccine and the biggest obstacles ahead for distributing a vaccine across the globe.
Nov 10, 2020
The Iowa Pollster Who Got It Right
Joe Biden's win was much closer than polls predicted, but not every pollster emerged from Election Day with a black eye. Iowa's Ann Selzer was right on the money. We talk to Iowa's queen of polling about how she got it right.
Nov 09, 2020
Joe Biden Wins the Presidency
Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States. WSJ's Sabrina Siddiqui explains how Biden built a coalition to unseat President Trump and what his history in public office tells us about how he might govern.
Nov 07, 2020
Inside Pennsylvania's Vote Count
As ballot counting stretched into a fourth day, WSJ's Kris Maher explains why the count is taking so long and describes his visit to a ballot counting facility in Erie, Pa. earlier this week.
Nov 06, 2020
Democrats Spent Big on the Senate. It Didn't Go Well.
Democrats poured record-setting sums into Senate races around the country but came up short. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains why Democrats thought they could win big and what happens with some races still uncalled.
Nov 05, 2020
A Close Election and the Legal Challenges Ahead
The presidential election is still too close to call in a few crucial swing states. WSJ's Michael Bender explains the state of play and Michael Amon looks ahead to possible legal challenges and recounts.
Nov 04, 2020
Special Election Episode: How the Night Unfolded
What happened last night? Our reporters took us on the ground with both campaigns as the results came in.
Nov 04, 2020
Election Day in Three Battleground States
It's Election Day, and all eyes are on the battleground states that will likely decide the next president. WSJ reporters on the ground in Texas, Georgia and Pennsylvania talk about what they're seeing and how voters are feeling.
Nov 03, 2020
California Votes on the Gig Economy
California is voting on how companies classify gig workers, a measure that has become the most expensive ballot proposition in the state's history. WSJ's Preetika Rana explains what's at stake for companies like Uber and Lyft and why the outcome could matter to drivers and customers everywhere.
Nov 02, 2020
What to Watch for on Election Day
Election Day is just days away. We talk with veteran WSJ political reporter Catherine Lucey about what to pay attention to as America goes to the polls.
Oct 30, 2020
Covid's Grip on a Rural Hospital
A small North Dakota hospital system that went months without a coronavirus case is now facing a serious outbreak. We speak with CEO Matt Shahan about how the virus is affecting his hospital and community.
Oct 29, 2020
Tech CEOs Defend Their Efforts to Police Online Content
Lawmakers questioned the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter over how they shape discourse online. WSJ's Robert McMillan explains why a recent New York Post story about Hunter Biden put the CEOs in the hot seat.
Oct 28, 2020
Trump Versus Biden on the Economy
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are approaching a key issue - the economy - in different ways. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath looks at President Trump's economic record and talks us through both candidates' economic plans.
Oct 27, 2020
Waiting Up Late for Wisconsin
With a historic number of mail-in ballots in Wisconsin this year, it may take a while before we know who's won the state and, perhaps, the presidency itself. We talk with Wisconsin's chief elections official about how she's preparing.
Oct 26, 2020
Quibi's Quick Collapse
The streaming platform Quibi broke onto the scene earlier this year with tons of cash and a Hollywood visionary at the helm. Six months later, the company is shutting down. WSJ's Benjamin Mullin talks through the high hopes for Quibi and the platform's dramatic fall from grace.
Oct 23, 2020
A Billionaire's Plan for Mass Covid Testing
Tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Graham Weston caught Covid from an asymptomatic carrier. Now, he's embarking on a mission to control the virus through cheap, widespread testing - starting off in one Texas town. WSJ's Rob Copeland explains the experiment.
Oct 22, 2020
Inside One NBA Team's Decision to Turn Its Arena Into a Poll Site
The Atlanta Hawks decided to turn their basketball arena into a voting site in response to the George Floyd protests. CEO Steve Koonin talks about what went into that transformation and what it means for a private company to get involved in an election.
Oct 21, 2020
The Government Sues Google
The Department of Justice filed a landmark antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of maintaining an illegal monopoly in online search. WSJ's Brent Kendall explains what's at stake.
Oct 20, 2020
A String of Scandals, the Same Auditor
Several recent corporate financial scandals have had one thing in common: the main companies involved were all audited by Ernst & Young. WSJ's Ken Brown explains how problems at one of the world's largest accounting firms might signal issues for the wider world of auditing.
Oct 19, 2020
Melinda Gates on What Covid Has Exposed
Melinda Gates has been involved in distributing hundreds of millions of vaccine doses. Kate talks with her about how now, she's focused on the coronavirus and the inequities the virus has revealed. To hear our full interview with Melinda Gates, you can join the WSJ Tech Live Conference at
Oct 16, 2020
Why an Atlanta Rap Mogul Is Starting a Bank
Atlanta rapper Killer Mike recently launched a digital bank to serve communities of color. He explains why he started the bank and why Black banks are so important in closing the racial wealth gap.
Oct 15, 2020
Why Some People Have to Repay Pandemic Aid
States rushed to distribute unemployment benefits to millions of people in the spring. In the process, thousands received more money than they should have. WSJ's Lauren Weber explains how some states overpaid pandemic assistance and why they're now asking for that money back.
Oct 14, 2020
The Trump Organization's Debts Are Coming Due
The Trump Organization has over $400 million worth of debt coming due over the next several years. WSJ's Brian Spegele explains the debts and the myriad challenges that will come with refinancing if President Trump wins a second term.
Oct 13, 2020
What Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation Hearing Could Look Like
Next week, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face senators during her Supreme Court confirmation hearing. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes looks back at Barrett's previous confirmation hearing in 2017 for clues about how she might handle next week's questioning.
Oct 09, 2020
What's a Movie Theater Without New Movies?
Regal Cinemas is shutting down across the U.S. today for the second time in the pandemic. We speak with the head of Regal, Mooky Greidinger, about what caused him to pull the plug and what's needed to reopen the theaters.
Oct 08, 2020
How Russia Today Keeps Reaching U.S. Readers
Headlines from RT, a Kremlin-backed outlet, have appeared on the websites of prominent U.S. publications. WSJ's Keach Hagey explains how a news aggregator dominated by conservative media sites has helped RT reach U.S. readers.
Oct 07, 2020
How Trump's Illness Is Shaking Up the Campaign
President Trump's illness is pushing Vice President Mike Pence into a larger role in the campaign. WSJ's Andrew Restuccia explains how the president's diagnosis is changing the race and previews the vice presidential debate Wednesday.
Oct 06, 2020
Could Ex-Felons Sway the Election in Florida?
After Florida granted the right to vote to felons who've completed their sentence, the state legislature passed a law requiring them to pay off all fees, fines and restitution first. WSJ's Jon Kamp and Coulter Jones describe the scramble to raise money and the ramifications for the election.
Oct 05, 2020
The Days Before Trump's Positive Test
President Trump has tested positive for Covid-19 and is displaying mild symptoms, according to the White House. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus takes us through Trump's packed schedule over the past few days and explains what his diagnosis may mean for his campaign.
Oct 02, 2020
Why Are There Still So Few Black CEOs?
There are only four Black CEOs in the Fortune 500. What's stopping Black professionals from getting the top jobs? Dr. Adia Wingfield explains the concrete ceiling many Black workers face, and Telisa Yancy, COO at American Family Insurance, tells her story of making it to the top.
Oct 01, 2020
A TikTok Star Wrestles With the App's Possible Ban
Michael Le is one of TikTok's biggest stars, and he's leveraged that fame to buy a house and support his entire family. Now, President Trump's potential ban of the Chinese social media app is putting all that at risk. Le talks about his rise to fame on TikTok and what his plan B looks like.
Sep 30, 2020
Louisville's New Police Chief on Breonna Taylor and Reform
The police shooting of Breonna Taylor has put a spotlight on Louisville, Ky. and its police department. We speak with Yvette Gentry, the city's incoming police chief, about how she hopes to change the department.
Sep 29, 2020
Why a Hot Electric-Truck Startup Fell Back to Earth
The electric-truck startup Nikola promised to transform trucking with clean technology. WSJ's Christina Rogers explains why Nikola is now scrambling to address serious questions about its business.
Sep 28, 2020
Voices From the Pandemic, Six Months In
Back in March, The Journal began talking to people around the country about how the coronavirus was reshaping their lives. Six months into the pandemic, we call them back to ask how they're coping now.
Sep 25, 2020
A State Prepares for Election Day
The pandemic is forcing election officials across the U.S. to prepare for unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots while also ensuring that in-person voting is safe. We speak with the chief elections official in North Carolina about whether the state is ready.
Sep 24, 2020
The Biggest IPO Boom in Years
When the stock market went plummeting in March, many companies shelved plans to go public. Just six months later, we're in the middle of a historic IPO boom. WSJ's Corrie Driebusch explains what is driving the rush to go public and some of the unique ways that people are cashing in.
Sep 23, 2020
Exxon's Stunning Decline
Just seven years ago, Exxon was the biggest company in the U.S. Since then, it's lost about 60% of its value. WSJ's Christopher Matthews tells the story of the oil giant's rapid fall.
Sep 22, 2020
The Fight Over Ginsburg's Supreme Court Seat
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death injected the prospect of a bitter nomination fight into the final weeks of the presidential campaign. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains the origins of that fight, and Viveca Novak looks at how it could affect the cases before the court this year.
Sep 21, 2020
Checking Out of Hotel 166
As coronavirus spread through homeless shelters this spring, many cities moved people to hotels to keep them safe. A group of doctors running one hotel in Chicago saw an opportunity: With new funding, they tried to find housing for the hotel residents in under four months. WSJ's Joe Barrett has been following their effort, and Dr. Tom Huggett talks about what it took to meet the deadline.
Sep 18, 2020
Fauci on the Timing and Limits of a Covid Vaccine
An interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci about when he expects a Covid-19 vaccine will be ready and what life may be like once we have it.
Sep 17, 2020
Will Oracle Save TikTok?
Bidders piled in to buy TikTok after the Trump administration forced a sale. But the unlikely winner of the bidding war is a database management company. WSJ's Brad Reagan unpacks why even this outcome may not be enough to save TikTok.
Sep 16, 2020
How a Deal to Buy Tiffany Lost Its Sparkle
The conglomerate LVMH struck the largest acquisition deal in the history of the luxury goods industry last year, agreeing to purchase Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion. Last week, LVMH announced it was backing out of the deal. WSJ's Matthew Dalton walks us through how the historic deal has gone awry.
Sep 15, 2020
Oregon's Historic Wildfires
Oregon's wildfires have taken at least 10 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and burned more than a million acres. The state's director of Emergency Management shares how the state is responding to this fire and preparing for worse fires in the future.
Sep 14, 2020
The Big Bet That Fueled the Stock Market Rally
Tech stocks led the charge as the stock market climbed to record highs this year. Behind some of that rally was a single, massive trade. WSJ's Liz Hoffman reveals the trade and the unusual investor behind it.
Sep 11, 2020
The Uphill Battle to Bring Back Jobs
In the first months of the pandemic, 20 million jobs were lost. About half of those have come back. WSJ's Eric Morath tells us why the other half could be gone for much, much longer.
Sep 10, 2020
The Coronavirus Vaccine Pact
Nine drug companies issued an unusual pledge yesterday: They all agreed not to seek FDA authorization for a coronavirus vaccine until it is proven safe and effective. WSJ's Jared Hopkins explains what drove these vaccine rivals to unite behind the same message.
Sep 09, 2020
Does Robinhood Make It Too Easy to Trade?
The trading app Robinhood was founded with the goal of democratizing investing so that buying and selling stocks wasn't just for the wealthy. But does the app make it too easy? WSJ's Michael Wursthorn explains how the app has drawn scrutiny from financial and behavioral experts.
Sep 08, 2020
The Nation Grappled With George Floyd's Killing. They Lived It.
WSJ's Erin Ailworth reported from Minneapolis in the days after George Floyd was killed. Recently, she went back to talk to people who knew Floyd and whose lives were forever changed by his death. Here's what she found.
Sep 04, 2020
How Extremists Are Taking Advantage of the Protest Movement
Protests have taken a deadly turn in the last two weeks and authorities say extremists are responsible. WSJ's Dan Frosch outlines the recent rise of extremism in America, and explains why experts predicted that this kind of violence would happen.
Sep 03, 2020
Why NYC Delayed Reopening Schools
New York City had been moving ahead with plans to bring students back to the classroom next week, over the objections of teachers. But this week, things changed. WSJ's Leslie Brody explains how a clash between the mayor and the teachers union altered the city's back-to-school plans.
Sep 02, 2020
On a Campus With Over 1,000 Covid Cases
After months of preparation and planning, the fall college semester is here. But not all reopening plans are working. WSJ's Melissa Korn explains the disparate college plans to prevent Covid-19, and a student describes what it's like on a campus with an outbreak.
Sep 01, 2020
The Biggest Boycott in NBA History
In the middle of the NBA playoffs, one team staged an unprecedented boycott to protest police brutality. WSJ's Ben Cohen talks about the choice that shook not just the NBA but other sports and what it took to get the games going again.
Aug 31, 2020
Trump's Pitch and Two Visions for America
President Trump capped off the Republican convention with his acceptance speech last night. WSJ's Mike Bender dissects the case Republicans made for Trump's re-election and Emily Stephenson explains where the campaigns go from here.
Aug 28, 2020
A Vaccine Trial Recruiter Battles Mistrust
Dr. Angela Branche of the University of Rochester Medical Center is working to recruit Black participants for Covid-19 vaccine trials. She explains why the diversity of the trials may affect who trusts the vaccine once it comes out.
Aug 27, 2020
The Small-Business Covid Testing Problem
Many businesses are requiring employees to get tested for Covid-19 in order to return to work. We speak with one small-business owner who routinely tests her workers about whether it has helped keep employees safe and what testing expenses have meant for her bottom line.
Aug 26, 2020
A Police Shooting in Wisconsin Reignites Protests
Last night was the second night of fires and protests in Kenosha, Wis., following a police shooting of a Black man there. WSJ's Erin Ailworth describes what it's like on the ground and how the death of George Floyd factors into how these protests are playing out.
Aug 25, 2020
Netflix's $10 Million Deposit
After George Floyd was killed, corporations promised to put money toward fighting racial inequality. Netflix put $10 million into a credit union in Mississippi. We speak with Bill Bynum, HOPE Credit Union's CEO, about the why that deposit matters.
Aug 24, 2020
The Conventions Go Digital
The Democrats wrapped the first-ever virtual political convention this week and nominated Joe Biden for president. WSJ's Julie Bykowicz explains the main themes, and Mike Bender previews the Republicans' plans for next week.
Aug 21, 2020
Why Steve Bannon Got Arrested
Former Trump aide Steve Bannon was arrested and charged today in an alleged scheme to siphon money out of a nonprofit organization for personal expenses. WSJ's Ashby Jones and Elizabeth Findell explain the origins of the group and the case against Bannon.
Aug 20, 2020
Fortnite's Battle Royale With Big Tech
Fortnite, one the most popular video games in the world, kicked off a fight with Apple and Google over their app store fees. WSJ's Sarah Needleman explains what led the video game's maker to take on Big Tech.
Aug 19, 2020
When Back to Work Collides With Back to School
With many schools starting the new year virtually and some employers calling people back to the office, working parents are in a crunch. WSJ's Christina Rexrode explains how parents are scrambling to find and pay for childcare, and what it could mean for the economy.
Aug 18, 2020
What's Going On With the Post Office?
The United States Postal Service is facing serious budget problems. It's also at the center of a heated political fight over its readiness to handle mail-in ballots for the November election. WSJ's Natalie Andrews explains.
Aug 17, 2020
The Biden-Harris Ticket Takes the Stage
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have come together as the Democratic ticket and will take to the airwaves at the convention next week. WSJ's Sabrina Siddiqui explains Biden's message, how Harris fits into it and what to expect from the virtual convention.
Aug 14, 2020
One College Tries to Bring Everyone Back
Colleges across the country have been grappling with how - or whether - to reopen campus this year. We speak to Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley about how she's planning on bringing all of her students back.
Aug 13, 2020
The Arrest of Jimmy Lai
Pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai was a thorn in the Chinese government's side for decades. He was arrested this week under Hong Kong's sweeping new security law. WSJ's John Lyons explains what Lai's arrest signals about Hong Kong.
Aug 12, 2020
In a World Without Touring, Musicians Get Creative
Touring accounted for a huge portion of the music industry's revenue -- until covid put tours on pause. Pitbull, Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and WSJ's Anne Steele talk about how the industry is trying to cope.
Aug 11, 2020
A 'Powder Keg' in Beirut
A massive explosion in Beirut last week has sparked protests, prompted the resignation of the government and pushed Lebanon to the brink. WSJ's Nazih Osseiran explains the nearly seven years of neglect that led to the blast.
Aug 10, 2020
The Suit to Dissolve the NRA
The attorney general of New York yesterday filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association. Her case alleges that four top executives used the organization for lavish personal expenses. WSJ's Mark Maremont and Jennifer Forsyth explain.
Aug 07, 2020
Kodak's Big Moment Draws Scrutiny
The Trump administration announced last week that it would be giving Kodak a $765 million loan to make pharmaceutical chemicals. WSJ's Geoffrey Rogow and Theo Francis explain how the deal came about and how it has set off an SEC investigation.
Aug 06, 2020
How Twitter's Massive Hack Went Down
The key moment in Twitter's hack last month came down to a teenager making a phone call, prosecutors say. WSJ's Robert McMillan explains how the hacker broke into some of Twitter's biggest accounts.
Aug 05, 2020
Inside the Race to Save TikTok
TikTok has faced mounting pressure from the White House over security concerns, leading to secret discussions to sell the Chinese-owned app's U.S. operations to Microsoft. WSJ's Brad Reagan explains how the deal nearly imploded over the weekend.
Aug 04, 2020
Who's Responsible if a Worker Gets Covid-19 on the Job?
Employers are getting sued by workers who got sick - and the families of workers who died - from Covid-19 after being on the job. They say the companies failed to protect them from the virus. WSJ's Janet Adamy explains what's behind the litigation and what it means for reopening businesses.
Aug 03, 2020
Why Evictions Are Starting Again
When the pandemic started, federal and local lawmakers moved to protect renters from eviction. Now, many of those eviction moratoria are expiring. WSJ's Will Parker explains.
Jul 31, 2020
The 'Emperors of the Online Economy' Testify
The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon appeared before Congress to face questions about anticompetitive behavior. WSJ's Ryan Tracy breaks down lawmakers' showdown with Big Tech.
Jul 30, 2020
How Portland Became a National Battleground
Oregon and the Trump administration today reached a deal for federal agents to begin withdrawing from the city of Portland. WSJ's Miriam Gottfried explains the bind in which Portland's mayor has found himself and how other liberal mayors may face the same challenges.
Jul 29, 2020
Life-and-Death Choices in a Rural Texas County
Starr County on Texas' southern border has been overwhelmed by coronavirus cases. Dr. Jose Vasquez, the county's health official, explains how doctors and health workers have been forced to make decisions about whom to treat.
Jul 28, 2020
School's Coming Back. What Will It Look Like?
Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones faces a major decision: whether to open his school to in-person learning or go remote. Dr. Jones explains how he's making the calculation.
Jul 27, 2020
The Inside Story of Europe's Historic Bailout
The European Union passed an unprecedented relief package this week to help member countries hit hard by the coronavirus. WSJ's Bojan Pancevski takes us inside the backstory to that decision and explains what it could mean for the future of the EU.
Jul 24, 2020
The Coming Wave of Small-Business Layoffs
The Paycheck Protection Program helped small businesses keep paying their workers during this economic crisis. Now, many of those businesses have spent those funds but are still struggling. WSJ's Amara Omeokwe explains why that's forcing many small businesses to lay off workers.
Jul 23, 2020
From Boom to Bust in America's Largest Oil Field
The U.S. oil industry is going through a deep downturn, and oil towns in West Texas are feeling the pain. WSJ's Christopher M. Matthews explains what it looks like when a town goes from boom to bust in record time, and what it could mean for the rest of the economy.
Jul 22, 2020
The End of $600 a Week for the Unemployed?
Congress is debating whether to renew a $600 supplement to unemployment benefits. WSJ's Eric Morath explains what the money has meant for the economy and what might happen if it goes away.
Jul 21, 2020
Municipal Debt: How the Coronavirus Created a City Budget Crisis
The pandemic has shredded city budgets across the U.S. WSJ's Heather Gillers explains the cuts municipal governments are considering and how years of accumulating debt have put many in an even tougher spot.
Jul 20, 2020
Pro Sports Are Coming Back. Can They Pull It Off?
Professional basketball and baseball players return to work this month under dramatically different conditions. WSJ's Ben Cohen and Jared Diamond explain why Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association ended up with such different plans for playing in the pandemic. The Journal podcast will be taking a week off. We will be back with new episodes on July 20.
Jul 10, 2020
The Supreme Court Decides on Trump's Financial Records
The Supreme Court handed down decisions in two highly-anticipated cases today. At stake? Who can have access to the president's financial records. Brent Kendall and Richard Rubin walk us through the court's decisions.
Jul 09, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci: America Faces a 'Serious Situation'
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, speaks with The Journal about the U.S.'s surge in coronavirus cases and what could be done to get the spread of the virus under control.
Jul 08, 2020
Hong Kong's Tech Showdown
Facebook, Google and Twitter have stopped processing government requests for user data in Hong Kong after China imposed a new national security law. WSJ's Newley Purnell explains what led to the standoff and what it could mean for other companies there.
Jul 07, 2020
How to Get a Break on College Tuition: Just Ask
As college tuition has climbed at triple the rate of inflation, more families are realizing they have the power to negotiate. Now, the pandemic is giving them even more of an edge. WSJ's Josh Mitchell explains.
Jul 06, 2020
Businesses Tell Insurance Companies: Pay Up
Millions of U.S. businesses hit by the pandemic have insurance they hope will cover their losses, sparking one of the biggest legal fights in the history of the industry. WSJ's Leslie Scism tells the story of one lawyer's fight to make the industry pay.
Jul 02, 2020
Why Hundreds of Brands Are Boycotting Facebook
A growing number of companies are pulling their advertising from Facebook, including Unilever, Target and Ben & Jerry's. WSJ's Suzanne Vranica explains the ad boycott and the history of tensions between the tech giant and its biggest advertisers.
Jul 01, 2020
The Birthrate Was Already Low. Then the Pandemic Hit.
Millennials who graduated into the last recession face lower salaries, are less likely to own their homes and tend to marry later. And now, because of the pandemic, some may decide to delay having children. Allison Pohle, a reporter for WSJ Noted, explains. To check out the first issue of Noted, visit
Jun 30, 2020
Why This Coronavirus Surge Is Different
Coronavirus cases are spiking again in the U.S. WSJ's Brianna Abbott explains the dynamics of the outbreak, and Phoenix hospital administrator Dr. Michael White talks about how his hospital is taking lessons from New York's experience with the virus.
Jun 29, 2020
What Trump's Immigration Restrictions Could Mean for the Economy
The Trump administration this week suspended a wide range of employment visas through the end of the year. WSJ's Michelle Hackman explains how the immigration restrictions could impact the American economy - from Silicon Valley to the Jersey Shore.
Jun 26, 2020
Wirecard's Missing $2 Billion
Wirecard, the German payments company, was one of Europe's rare tech success stories. WSJ's Paul Davies explains how the company imploded in a matter of days after it disclosed that $2 billion had gone unaccounted for.
Jun 25, 2020
Adidas Reckons With Race
Employees at Adidas are criticizing the company for its lack of diversity and pushing it to confront racism. WSJ's Khadeeja Safdar explains the backlash at the company, and two employees share what led them to speak out.
Jun 24, 2020
How New York's Coronavirus Response Made the Pandemic Worse
As several states face new outbreaks of coronavirus, WSJ's Shalini Ramachandran looks back at what went wrong with the response in one of the virus's first epicenters - New York City.
Jun 23, 2020
Exclusive Audio: President Trump on Protests and the Pandemic
President Trump resumed campaigning this weekend with a rally in Tulsa. WSJ's Michael Bender interviewed the president and explains how his messaging has changed since the coronavirus locked down the economy and protests swept the country.
Jun 22, 2020
How Black Lives Matter Prepared for This Moment
Activists united under the banner of Black Lives Matter have pushed for reforms at the local and state level since 2013. Now, their policy priorities are finding traction. WSJ's Arian Campo-Flores recounts the efforts that led to this moment.
Jun 18, 2020
The Stock Market Is Wild. Investors Are Piling In.
A dramatic rise in the stock market has an odd feature: Stocks in bankrupt companies and other risky bets are also climbing. WSJ's Gregory Zuckerman explains what has individual investors, many of them new to the market, jumping in.
Jun 17, 2020
Two States, Two Approaches to a Resurgence of Coronavirus
Coronavirus cases are on the rise - and in some cases spiking - in many states that are reopening. We talk to two top health officials from Oregon and Alabama about the different ways their states are handling new outbreaks and whether they could reinstate shutdowns.
Jun 16, 2020
The Neighborhood Where Police Were Banished
Seattle's mayor instructed police to leave a section of the city after violent clashes with protestors there. The neighborhood is now transformed into an "autonomous zone." WSJ's Jim Carlton reports on what it's like inside.
Jun 15, 2020
Fraud Rocks China's Hottest Coffee Startup
Luckin Coffee was supposed to disrupt China's coffee market. But a Wall Street Journal investigation has found that the company used fake coffee orders, fake supply orders and even a fake employee to fabricate nearly half its sales last year. WSJ's Jing Yang explains Luckin's scheme.
Jun 12, 2020
Black Employment Was at a Record High. Coronavirus Undid It.
Black employment had climbed to a record level before the pandemic undid that progress in a matter of weeks. WSJ's Amara Omeokwe explains the fragility in the economic situation of black Americans and what that could mean for their recovery.
Jun 11, 2020
Corporate Debt: How Hertz Went Bankrupt
The coronavirus has pushed a number of companies into bankruptcy and exposed the debt many had racked up before the crisis. WSJ's Matt Wirz explains why Hertz is a prime example.
Jun 10, 2020
The City That Disbanded Its Police
Activists are demanding a radical reshaping of police departments across the country. Years before this movement, one city scrapped its police department and started from scratch. Camden, N.J.'s former police chief Scott Thomson explains how they rebuilt, and what happened.
Jun 09, 2020
The Fight Inside Facebook Over Trump's Posts
Employees at Facebook have resigned, staged a virtual walkout and publicly expressed their outrage over the company's decision to preserve a post by President Trump that some employees say was a call for violence. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman explains the internal dissent at the company.
Jun 08, 2020
What the 1960s Riots Can Tell Us About Today
The protests and unrest that have swept the country after the killing of George Floyd have recalled the riots and demonstrations of the 1960s. Historian Rick Perlstein talks about the similarities and differences between that time and now.
Jun 05, 2020
His Business Got Looted. He's Still Protesting.
Around the country, small businesses suffered damage from looting and unrest this past week. WSJ's Scott Calvert went to one hard-hit neighborhood in Philadelphia to talk to small business owners like Shelby Jones. Mr. Jones reflects on the damage his business suffered and why he will continue protesting.
Jun 04, 2020
When Police Brutality Meets Office Politics
As big corporations make public statements of outrage over the death of George Floyd, black employees are dealing with complicated workplace dynamics around race and police brutality. Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts explains her research on how workplaces should confront race, and two employees describe what it's like at their workplaces right now.
Jun 03, 2020
What's Behind the Biggest Wave of Protests in Decades
The protests sparked by the death of George Floyd have spread widely across the U.S. for the last week. Today, a protestor shares why he decided to demonstrate, and a professor explains the pandemic's relationship to the protests.
Jun 02, 2020
Why Minneapolis's Police Reforms Failed George Floyd
When Medaria Arradondo became the police chief of Minneapolis, he moved quickly to reform the force's policing tactics. WSJ's Dan Frosch explains why it's easier to change the policies of a police force than its culture.
Jun 01, 2020
Trump and Twitter's Showdown
For the first time, Twitter took steps to fact check and shield from view certain tweets from President Trump. In response, the President signed an executive order targeting Section 230, which protects social media companies from legal liability for content posted on their sites. Deepa Seetharaman explains what's behind the fight.
May 29, 2020
Why the U.S. and China Are Sparring Over Hong Kong
After China announced plans to impose new national security laws on Hong Kong, the U.S. declared the city was no longer autonomous. WSJ's James Areddy explains the significance of the back and forth over Hong Kong's status.
May 28, 2020
Is Banning Certain Events the Key to Reopening?
A bar in the Austrian Alps. A megachurch in South Korea. Scientists are focusing on certain superspreading events that might be responsible for an outsized portion of coronavirus cases. Bojan Pancevski explains how this understanding could be key to reopening. Note: An earlier version of this caption incorrectly said the bar was in the Swiss Alps.
May 27, 2020
Therapist Esther Perel on Work and the Pandemic
The pandemic has forced almost everyone to change the way they work. Many of those changes have been emotionally challenging. Today, a listener shares her story about how her work has been affected, and therapist Esther Perel helps make sense of it all.
May 26, 2020
Why Trump Is Taking On the World Health Organization
President Trump threatened to cut off funding for the World Health Organization this week over its response to the coronavirus. Betsy McKay and Andrew Restuccia explain how the WHO drew the ire of the president.
May 22, 2020
Is the U.S. Ready to Vote in a Pandemic?
As states consider their options for holding an election in a pandemic, a political battle is brewing over proposals to expand mail-in balloting this November. WSJ's Alexa Corse explains what it would take for states to switch to mail-in balloting and why it's such a contentious idea.
May 21, 2020
Consumer Debt: What Happens When Millions Stop Paying Their Credit Cards
Consumer debt had climbed to record levels before the pandemic. WSJ's AnnaMaria Andriotis explains what's happening now that millions of people are unable to make payments on credit cards and auto loans.
May 20, 2020
How One Airline Sees the Future of Flying
Airlines have strained to survive after travel dried up because of the coronavirus pandemic. WSJ's Alison Sider explains how airlines are adjusting, and the CEO of Southwest Airlines paints a picture of what the future of flying might look like.
May 19, 2020
Why Uber Might Eat Grubhub
Uber and Grubhub are in talks for a takeover. WSJ's Cara Lombardo explains why it took a pandemic to shake up the crowded food delivery business, and why there may be more deals-in more industries-before the crisis is over.
May 18, 2020
The FBI's Insider-Trading Investigation on Capitol Hill
The FBI seized Sen. Richard Burr's cellphone as part of its investigation into stock trades he made before the coronavirus pandemic hit markets. WSJ's Sadie Gurman explains the investigation into Burr and other senators, and the insider-trading rules for members of Congress.
May 15, 2020
Why 'Bridgegate' Wasn't a Federal Crime
The Supreme Court put an end to the nearly seven-year drama over Bridgegate, ruling that a scheme to overwhelm a town with traffic jams wasn't federal fraud. WSJ's Ted Mann takes us through the saga and explains what the Supreme Court's ruling means for federal corruption cases.
May 14, 2020
The Chaotic Market for Coronavirus Gear
New entrants have flocked to the market of selling masks, gloves and other medical gear for front-line workers. WSJ's Brody Mullins explains how that anarchic market is working and the struggles some new brokers have had fulfilling orders.
May 13, 2020
Federal Debt: The U.S. Is Racking Up Debt. Will It Be a Problem?
The federal government is spending big to combat the economic damage of the coronavirus crisis, and federal debt has climbed to record levels. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath explains the debate over the impact of all that debt.
May 12, 2020
The Future of the Country's Largest Transit System
When businesses reopen, one of the biggest hurdles will be figuring out how to get millions of people to work. Without a vaccine, packed rush hours won't be safe, and so heads of transit systems, like New York's Pat Foye, are thinking about what an alternative future might look like.
May 11, 2020
Welcome Back to the Office. Your Every Move Will Be Watched.
As companies figure out how to reopen their offices while keeping workers safe, some employers are turning to invasive new surveillance measures -- at the office and in workers' personal lives. WSJ's Chip Cutter explains why heightened surveillance at work could outlast the pandemic.
May 08, 2020
Airbnb Hosts Built Mini-Empires. Now They're Crumbling.
For years, Airbnb's rental platform offered millions of people the chance to make money on their own terms. Now, with travel near a standstill, those hosts are scrambling to keep their rental properties afloat. WSJ's Tripp Mickle and Preetika Rana explain the rise and sudden collapse of hosting on Airbnb
May 07, 2020