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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.
205 Episodes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Michigan's stay-at-home orders are among the strictest in the country. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talks to The Journal about avoiding a second wave of cases, the economic damage to her state and the role of the federal government.
A movie featuring a bunch of neon-haired singing trolls might upend the relationship between movie studios and movie theaters. WSJ's Erich Schwartzel explains the drama set off by Universal Pictures's digital release of "Trolls World Tour."
After a weeks-long attempt at remote schooling, Superintendent Curtis Jones Jr. decided to end the school year early for his district of 21,000 students. We talk to Dr. Jones about that decision and what he thinks the next school year will look like.
As Major League Baseball looks at how it might reopen, one thing has become clear: Fans won't be attending games anytime soon. WSJ's Jared Diamond explains the league's efforts to return, and MLB announcer Joe Buck talks about passing the time with no sports.
Comments (17)

Lisa D

Excellent program. Solid questions that I wanted to ask Dr. Fauci. Thank you for this.

Apr 8th
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It's a pissing contest. The saudis are rich, they will last. The russians are taking money from the chinese, they will also last.

Mar 14th


If a Republican declares he's running on a "democratic nazism" and those millions of deaths in the 20th century were not the result of "real nazism." I think that guy would have been burned on a stake.

Feb 29th
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wendy awiti

Very insightful episode.

Feb 1st

Jacob De Leon

Great info, in depth reporting on various topics.

Jan 31st

Amy Byrket

This should have had a warning for content inappropriate for kids. Listeners often have kids in the car. This isn’t a podcast that would contain sensitive content

Jan 16th

Pratap Nair

Y is this podcast not working. Unable to hear any of the episodes

Dec 13th


taylor is just being taylor -- an immature little girl. no matter how much she has. nothing to see here.

Nov 20th
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This also shows you these so-called socially conscious organizations like Hollywood and the NBA, doesn't give a damn about your social justice. it's what sells. when things really matter and they have to make a true stance between right and wrong, they pick money even if it goes against everything they allegedly believe in. left learning liberal groups are not more than hypocrites.

Oct 12th


What's the solution? Bring the whole crumbling to the ground that's called the chinese communist government. That God-damnn government is brainwashing china into a loser country. Take it down. Take it all down!

Oct 12th

Elijah Claude

Not one mention of Andrew Yang's Freedom Dividend.... Which is one of the only programs where both the left and the right can agree on in some way. The only plan that holds corporations accountable... 🙄

Sep 14th
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Xiaotao Wang

is there text of this recording, would be better!

Aug 30th


great podcast!

Aug 13th
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