WSJ What’s News

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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
Ukraine Ends the Battle for Mariupol. What’s Next for the War?
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A.M. Edition for May 17. Ukraine has ordered an end to its combat mission in Mariupol and the evacuation of its soldiers from a steel plant in the city, concluding months of fighting against Russian forces. WSJ chief foreign correspondent Yaroslav Trofimov joins us from Kyiv with a look at what the latest developments from Mariupol and elsewhere in Ukraine could signal about the future course of the war. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
McDonald’s Is Leaving Russia After Three Decades
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P.M. Edition for May 16. McDonald’s is exiting Russia, joining a long list of Western companies to cut ties with the country over its invasion of Ukraine. But why now? And what impact might it have on other companies still operating in Russia? WSJ food reporter Annie Gasparro joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Countries Embrace ‘Friend-Shoring’ to Secure Supply Chains
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A.M. Edition for May 16. As war and the pandemic expose the fragility of supply chains, the U.S. and its allies are pursuing a new kind of global trade, one that confines commerce to a circle of trusted nations. Fans call the shift “friend-shoring.” WSJ trade and international economy reporter Yuka Hayashi says it is an effort to try to work with friendly countries to increase production of critical goods, reducing reliance on countries such as China and Russia. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Why Investors Are Spurning 'TINA' and Finding Alternatives to Stocks
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P.M. Edition for May 13. In the years since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the name TINA has been Wall Street shorthand for “there is no alternative” (to stocks, that is). But now concerns over inflation and the Federal Reserve’s plan to raise interest rates have investors turning away from stocks , and finding there are indeed alternatives. Markets reporter Akane Otani joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
Biden Economic Message Clouded by Historically High Inflation
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A.M. Edition for May 13. President Biden’s new economic policy message centers on spotlighting what the White House sees as ‘bright spots’ in the U.S. economy, including low unemployment and a high rate of household savings. But how can he do that against a backdrop of inflation, eroding consumer confidence and a growing risk of recession in the next year? WSJ economics reporter Amara Omeokwe explains what recent polling and consumer surveys say about how Americans view the state of the economy. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
How an Unstable Stablecoin Upended Crypto Markets
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P.M. Edition for May 12. Cryptocurrency is notoriously volatile. But even by those standards, this week was an outlier. Several stablecoins that were designed to hold their value against the dollar took a dive, sending shudders through the market. Markets reporter Caitlin Ostroff joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss how it happened and what it means for markets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
U.S. Ukraine Refugee Policy Relies on Private Sponsors
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A.M. Edition for May 12. The Biden administration rolled out a new resettlement program for Ukrainian refugees several weeks ago, and it has already attracted thousands of applicants. WSJ immigration reporter Michelle Hackman explains how the program’s private sponsorship model represents a major break with past precedent, and why the administration thinks it could be a potential model for the future. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Inflation Ticks Down a Notch, But Consumers Are Still Feeling the Pain
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P.M. Edition for May 11. Inflation is still near a four-decade high. But the consumer price index, which measures what people pay for goods and services, dropped in April for the first time in eight months, from an annual rate of 8.5% to 8.3%. So what does the data tell us? Have we hit peak inflation? WSJ economics reporter Gwynn Guilford joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2022
Shanghai’s Lockdown Leaves Thousands Living in the Streets
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A.M. Edition for May 11. Covid-19 lockdowns in Shanghai have kept tens of millions of residents trapped indoors for a month and a half. But thousands of others, including essential food-delivery workers, now find themselves homeless after having to choose between remaining locked in without income or locked out with a job. WSJ reporter Karen Hao explains why these workers are in this predicament and how authorities are responding. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2022
Despite Wild Swings on Wall Street, Investors Are Buying the Dip
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P.M. Edition for May 10. Concerns over soaring inflation, tightening monetary policy and fears of a recession have led to heightened volatility on Wall Street, and individual investors are rushing in to buy stocks when they’re down . Markets reporter Caitlin McCabe joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss the trend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
IKEA Bets Big on Changing Consumer Habits
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A.M. Edition for May 10. Furniture giant IKEA has announced an over $3 billion investment to open new stores in city centers while outfitting existing locations to serve as distribution hubs for online orders. WSJ retail reporter Saabira Chaudhuri explains the changing shopping patterns driving IKEA’s plans and what they could tell us about the future of retail. Luke Vargas hosts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Internet Providers Agree to Help Expand Broadband Access
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P.M. Edition for May 9. Last year's bipartisan infrastructure law includes billions in funding to expand broadband internet access. The Biden administration is offering $30-a-month subsidies to low-income households, and 20 internet providers, including AT&T and Verizon, have agreed to help . But getting everyone who is eligible to sign up has been a challenge. WSJ White House reporter Ken Thomas joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Putin Links War in Ukraine With Victory Over Nazis
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A.M. Edition for May 9. Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over elaborate commemorations of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany on Monday. Putin linked that historic victory with the Russian war in Ukraine, though he didn't make any major announcements about the campaign, despite many Western observers' predictions that he would. WSJ Moscow reporter Matthew Luxmoore explains why May 9 remains such a significant holiday for Russia and what we can glean from Putin’s few comments about the current war. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2022
How a Decline in Immigration is Impacting the U.S. Labor Market
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P.M. Edition for May 6. Despite strong job numbers, some employers are still having a tough time hiring. One contributing factor is that the immigrant workforce has been steadily declining. That's adding to the pinch, especially for industries that depend on foreign-born workers like construction, nursing-care and transportation. Immigration reporter Michelle Hackman joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
Why Global Markets Are Following the U.S. Lower
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A.M. Edition for May 6. Global benchmark indexes have pulled back following one of the worst Wall Street selloffs since the start of the pandemic on Thursday. WSJ Asia markets editor Quentin Webb explains why tech stocks have been particularly hard hit, and whether we should expect continued choppiness in markets. Plus, can’t find fresh flowers for Mother’s Day? Think dried flowers instead. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
Americans Are Spending Like It's 2019. Will It Last?
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P.M. Edition for May 5. As Americans return to their pre-pandemic habits, they’re shelling out more for shopping, travel and concerts. While that increased spending is good for the economy, some companies have struggled to keep up. WSJ consumer products reporter Sharon Terlep joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
How Finland and Sweden Could Transform NATO
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A.M. Edition for May 5. Finland and Sweden are expected to apply for NATO membership in the coming weeks, a historic move to relinquish decades of nonalignment amid growing fears that Russia’s war in Ukraine could spread to other parts of Europe. WSJ correspondent Sune Rasmussen joins us from Helsinki to explain how Russia might respond to potential NATO enlargement, and what the two Nordic nations can contribute to the alliance. Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
Fed Hikes Rates; What Overturning Roe v. Wade Could Mean for Abortions
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P.M. Edition for May 4. The Federal Reserve is launching its most aggressive monetary policy tightening in decades to bring down soaring inflation. Michael Derby of WSJ Pro Central Banking and WSJ markets reporter Gunjan Banerji report. Plus, a Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would be among the biggest shifts for reproductive healthcare in half a century. WSJ national legal-affairs reporter Laura Kusisto joins host Annmarie Fertoli with more on what it could mean for providers and those seeking abortions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Russia Readies New Economic Relief. Will It Be Enough?
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A.M. Edition for May 4. Russia is assembling a new economic relief package to try to limit the effect of Western sanctions. The package reportedly includes an increase in payments to pensioners and bailouts of struggling businesses—a sign Moscow still has deep pockets to help weather disruptions to its wartime economy. WSJ reporter Alexander Osipovich says that despite the measures, Russians are still facing hard times as the impact of the sanctions sinks in over the coming months. Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Debate Over Abortion Rights Is Front and Center on Capitol Hill
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P.M. Edition for May 3. Democrats in Congress are facing pressure to act on abortion rights, after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion revealed that the high court could overturn Roe v. Wade. WSJ Congressional reporter Siobhan Hughes joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss the powers and limitations they face. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Will the Supreme Court Overturn Roe v. Wade?
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A.M. Edition for May 3. A leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito and published by Politico indicates that the court may be preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 precedent that established a constitutional right to an abortion. WSJ Supreme Court correspondent Jess Bravin explains the implications of the opinion reflected in the leaked document and the nearly unheard-of nature of the leak itself. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Global Grain Trade Adapts to Avert Wheat Crisis Amid Ukraine War
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P.M. Edition for May 2. Russia and Ukraine together account for more than a quarter of the world’s wheat exports. But the war between them has upended the global grain trade, causing prices to soar. WSJ agriculture reporter Jesse Newman joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss how countries are working around higher prices and looming shortfalls.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Why Trump’s Influence Faces a Test in May’s GOP Primaries
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A.M. Edition for May 2. Former President Donald Trump looms large as Republican primary voters head to the polls this month, even though he isn’t on the ballot. That is because Trump has endorsed around 150 candidates for offices ranging from state legislatures to the Senate, a level of involvement in party politics not seen from a former president for at least a century. WSJ national political reporter John McCormick explains what unites the candidates Trump has backed, as well as what Republican Party leaders make of his hand in the primaries. Luke Vargas hosts.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Demand for Air Travel is Back. Are Airlines Ready?
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P.M. Edition for April 29. Throughout the pandemic, airlines have had a tough time figuring out when travel would return and how strong demand would be. But now that demand is rebounding strongly, airlines are facing challenges trying to meet it. WSJ airlines reporter Alison Sider joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
Inside Airbnb’s New ‘Work From Anywhere’ Policy
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A.M. Edition for April 29. Home-rental company Airbnb has just announced a policy that lets its employees work from anywhere without facing a pay cut. In true digital-nomad fashion, employees will also be allowed to live in any of 170 countries for up to three months a year, with Airbnb handling the associated paperwork. WSJ tech reporter Preetika Rana walks us through the fine print of the new policy and Airbnb’s hope that other companies follow its lead. Plus, why your phone’s autocorrect feature doesn't always get you. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
Germany Pivots to Supporting EU Ban on Russian Oil
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P.M. Edition for April 28. Germany, once a staunch opponent of sanctioning Russia’s powerful oil and gas industry, now says it is ready to stop buying Russian oil. Germany correspondent Bojan Pancevski joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss what is behind the turnaround and what it means for Germany and Russia. Plus, more big tech companies report their quarterly results. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022