WSJ What’s News

By The Wall Street Journal

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 May 26, 2020


 May 1, 2020

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What's News brings you the headlines and business news that move markets and the world—twice every weekday. In 10-12 minutes, get caught up on the best Wall Street Journal scoops and exclusives, with insight and analysis from the award-winning reporters that broke the stories. Hosted by Annmarie Fertoli and Luke Vargas.

Episode Date
State Department Postpones China Visit Over Spy Balloon
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P.M. Edition for Feb. 3. The U.S. State Department has indefinitely postponed a trip to Beijing by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, after officials discovered what they said was a Chinese reconnaissance balloon. WSJ State Department and foreign-policy reporter Will Mauldin joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss what it could mean for U.S.-China relations. Plus, economics reporter Sarah Chaney Cambon discusses the surprisingly strong January jobs report. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2023
Are Boats the Next Military Drone Frontier?
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A.M. Edition for Feb. 3. There has been a lot of talk lately about aerial drones, but some defense experts believe drone boats are on the cusp of a technological revolution. WSJ video reporter Shelby Holliday goes inside the U.S. Navy's development of "unmanned surface vessels" off the coast of Bahrain and explains how drone boats might be used around the world. Plus, why big tech earnings didn’t quite clear the bar. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2023
How Indian Giant Adani Lost More than $100 Billion in Market Value
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P.M. Edition for Feb. 2. In less than a week, Indian conglomerate Adani has lost over $100 billion in market value, after short-selling activist firm Hindenburg accused the company of fraud. Financial investigative reporter Ben Foldy joins host Annmarie Fertoli to explain what happened. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2023
Activist Investors ‘Swarm’ Top Companies
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A.M. Edition for Feb. 2. Disney and Salesforce are among the latest targets of what bankers refer to as “swarming,” when multiple activist investors target a single company. WSJ reporter Lauren Thomas explains what’s leading to this increase in activist activity and how boards are responding. Plus, Mexico’s industrial hubs grow as part of a trade shift toward “nearshoring.” Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2023
Fed Raises Rates, As Data Show Spending Slowdown
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P.M. Edition for Feb. 1. Growth in consumer spending is starting to slow down. It’s the latest evidence the economy is cooling, as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to continue taming inflation. WSJ economics reporter Harriet Torry joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2023
Can ‘Biosimilars’ Shake Up the U.S. Drug Market?
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A.M. Edition for Feb. 1. One of America’s biggest-selling prescription drugs, AbbVie’s arthritis therapy Humira, is now facing its first competition in the U.S. in the form of a near-identical treatment from Amgen. WSJ health business editor Jonathan Rockoff explains how “biosimilar” drugs work and their potential to drive down prices for insurers and patients. Plus, why Ukraine hasn’t been a boon to U.S. defense companies. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2023
How the Eurozone Economy Outpaced the U.S. and China
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P.M. Edition for Jan. 31. The eurozone’s economy grew faster than either China or the U.S. last year. It was an unusual turn of events, due in no small part to the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic. So what happened? And what does it mean for the three economies going forward? Reporter Paul Hannon joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2023
Blinken Visits Israel Amid Tensions Over Violence With Palestinians
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A.M. Edition for Jan. 31. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders to press for calm after a surge in violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem. WSJ correspondent for Israel and the Palestinian Territories Dov Lieber says the recent flare-up has led the Palestinian Authority to stop security cooperation with Israel, testing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government. Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2023
Juvenile Crime Surges, After a Long Decline
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P.M. Edition for Jan. 30. Violence among children has soared across the U.S. since 2020. Homicides by juveniles acting alone rose 30% that year, according to federal data. National reporter Zusha Elinson joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss the reasons for the surge, and potential solutions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2023
How a Chinese Nuclear-Weapons Lab Bought U.S. Chips
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A.M. Edition for Jan. 30. China’s top nuclear-weapons research institute has bought sophisticated U.S. computer chips at least a dozen times in recent years, circumventing American export restrictions meant to curb such sales. WSJ Asia technology reporter Liza Lin details the Journal investigation into the procurement of those semiconductors and explains the challenge of enforcing export controls. Plus, Nick Timiraos previews this week’s Fed decision and the trajectory for rate hikes in 2023. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2023
U.S. Prisons, Jails Try Medication to Treat Opioid Addiction
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P.M. Edition for Jan. 27. The opioid crisis has taken a heavy toll in the U.S., and the ravages of drug addiction are acutely apparent in the nation’s jails and prisons. Now more of them are offering programs that dispense anti-addiction medications to inmates. WSJ health and medicine reporter Julie Wernau joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss the story, part of the Journal’s series on opioid addiction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2023
Small Businesses Keep Hiring as Fed Tries to Cool Economy
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A.M. Edition for Jan. 27. A surge in hiring by American small businesses is complicating the Federal Reserve’s effort to cool inflation. WSJ reporter Dion Rabouin explains why small businesses are still hunting for workers and how long that hiring spree can last amid the Fed’s steps to slow the labor market. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2023
After Big Tech, Layoffs Spread to Other Corporate Giants
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P.M. Edition for Jan. 26. Layoffs are spreading more broadly through corporate America, with manufacturer 3M, Dow Chemical and SAP among those recently announcing job cuts amid a possible economic downturn. Senior special writer Theo Francis joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2023
The U.S. and EU Tussle Over Clean-Energy Subsidies
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A.M. Edition for Jan. 26. The EU’s competition chief called U.S. clean-energy incentives “toxic” this week, as the bloc considers its own policy response. WSJ senior reporter Phred Dvorak explains why the EU and other U.S. trading partners remain critical of provisions within last year’s Inflation Reduction Act and what measures they’re exploring. Plus, how to change your relationship with your phone’s notifications. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2023
What Elon Musk’s Court Testimony Means for Twitter and Tesla
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P.M. Edition for Jan. 25. Elon Musk testified in civil court in San Francisco over three days as part of a lawsuit filed by investors who say they lost money due to his 2018 tweets about having secured funding to take Tesla private. Autos and technology reporter Rebecca Elliott joins host Annmarie Fertoli to talk about the trial, Tesla's record-breaking profits and what Musk's ownership of Twitter means for the direction of the trial and for Tesla. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2023
What the Drops in Temp and Remote Work Signal About the Job Market
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A.M. Edition for Jan. 25. U.S. employers cut 110,800 temp workers in the last five months of 2022. WSJ reporter Sarah Chaney Cambon explains why many economists view the sector as an early indicator of future labor-market shifts. Plus, WSJ reporter Ray A. Smith discusses the dwindling number of remote job opportunities and what that signals about the changing shift in the power dynamics between employers and employees. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2023
U.S. Leans Toward Sending Abrams Tanks to Ukraine
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P.M. Edition for Jan. 24. The Biden administration is leaning toward sending a significant number of U.S.-made Abrams tanks to Ukraine, according to U.S. officials. That would meet a condition set by Germany and help settle a disagreement between Western allies as the war nears the end of its first year. National-security correspondent Michael R. Gordon joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2023
The Offshore Oil Business Comes Gushing Back
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A.M. Edition for Jan. 24. Offshore oil rigs that haven't been used in years are once again setting out to sea as demand for energy surges. WSJ reporter Bob Henderson details where drillers are concentrating their activity and the steps they’re taking to avoid a repeat of past boom-and-bust cycles. Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2023
Wall Street Bets on Big Inflation Drop
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P.M. Edition for Jan. 23. Investors are betting on a once-in-a-generation decline in inflation this year, driving up stocks and bonds that were hit hard by rate increases last year. So why are investors optimistic? And should they be? Markets reporter Matt Grossman joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2023
China’s Global Mega-Projects Are Falling Apart
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A.M. Edition for Jan. 23. On top of past criticism of Beijing's lending practices, the low-quality construction on some of its Belt and Road infrastructure projects is now emerging as a concern as well. WSJ reporter Ryan Dube traveled to Ecuador to learn about a hydropower plant there that's plagued with construction flaws and what it might have in common with other projects from Angola to Pakistan. Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2023