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In “The Uncertain Hour” podcast, host Krissy Clark dives into one controversial topic each season to reveal the surprising origin stories of our economy.  Because the things we fight the most about are the things we know the least about.
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We’re hard at work on the next season of “The Uncertain Hour,” but in the meantime, we’re excited to share a new podcast from Marketplace: “This Is Uncomfortable.” It’s a storytelling podcast, all about life and how money messes with it. Every Thursday, host Reema Khrais will dig into the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult. The first episode is out now. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
Kicking the habit

Kicking the habit

2019-04-1800:50:07

Many people in Wise County agree that they can’t jail their way out of a drug epidemic, but there’s a lot less agreement on what to do instead. And we find out what happened to Joey Ballard.
Supply

Supply

2019-04-1100:40:58

It’s not easy being an undercover cop in a county of just 40,000 people. But drugs were making it hard for Bucky Culbertson to run his business, so he made it his business to get rid of drugs.
Welcome to Wise County

Welcome to Wise County

2019-04-0400:36:221

It’s the deadliest drug epidemic our country has ever faced. We go to ground zero, where “nothing changes except for the drug.”
Sentencing

Sentencing

2019-03-2800:48:332

The drug bust and the trial were a “farce,” but the full force of the law still came down on Keith Jackson — and thousands of people like him. That didn’t end the crack epidemic, so what did?
What happened to Keith?

What happened to Keith?

2019-03-2200:32:462

One day, early in the semester, Keith Jackson didn’t show up to class. He’d been arrested for selling crack, but for his classmates, that wasn’t the surprising part.
It was the perfect political prop: drugs seized by government agents right across the street from the White House, just in time for a big presidential address. The reality was more complicated.
Thirty years ago, President George H.W. Bush held up a baggie of crack on live TV, and said it had been seized right in front of the White House. The Uncertain Hour’s third season looks at how the policies launched that day continue to reverberate – even as the crack epidemic has faded into history. New episodes start March 21.
President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress rolled back a gun regulation last year that would have restricted some people with mental disabilities from buying guns. Now, this story isn’t about gun control, but the law they used to erase that rule and 14 others last year. It’s a tale that goes back decades, and it starts in Kenya in the 1960s. Along the way, we’ll meet a man in a white suit and an army of used car dealers. This story is also the last episode of our second season, all about who writes the rules, who gets to unwrite them and who gets written off.
There are lots of different ways to commit a crime. Some of them are obscure — it’s a crime to sell Swiss cheese without holes, for example. Some deal with serious safety and environmental issues — it’s a crime for a refinery to release more than a certain amount of the carcinogen Benzene. There are people who argue there are just too many federal regulations with criminal consequences, that with thousands of potential criminal acts on the books, how can you know if you’re doing something wrong? And that argument has some very powerful forces behind it. In this episode, we look at the issue that’s come to be known as “overcriminalization,” and the debate about what’s a crime worth enforcing and what’s bureaucratic overreach.
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Suzette Bagg

I think Larry is a liar.

May 11th
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Lisa Lawson

10 NEON 20.18. GOD

Jan 18th
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Angelica Smith

Are you guys ever coming back?

Sep 27th
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Juvet Che

I love the in depth reporting done by NPR journalists.

Apr 15th
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Michelle McCurdy

This is one of my favorite podcasts. I've learned so much. So thankful to have these complicated topics broken down and exposed at the micro-level. And while one would think the topics themselves are only for boring policy wonks, the delivery keeps me listening intently and coming back for more.

Jan 5th
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Angelica Smith

Really love the way this podcast is presented in an intelligent immersing manner. keep up the good work!!

Nov 16th
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iTunes User

Moving investigative reporting of political/economic issues that affect low income or marginalized segments of our society. Continues the high standards of Market Place into less traveled territory. Loved the program.

Aug 31st
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iTunes User

This is what makes podcasting worthwhile - well-researched, accessible, engaging. This podcast takes what can be an impersonal, bureaucratic, and highly political chapter in a history book and grounds it in the fascinating, real people who created this story. It's also subtly humorous in a way that doesn't compromise it's integrity or the sobering subject matter.

Aug 31st
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Sheila Brown

iTunes User thanks

Jan 22nd
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Adaliz Merced-Colon

iTunes User agreed!!

Nov 8th
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iTunes User

This is the kind of reporting we need! Clever, thoughtful, illuminating, and actually entertaining, too. The Uncertain Hour took something I didn’t know much about and didn’t think I cared about and made me care about it. Totally hooked. Can’t wait for the next episode!

Aug 31st
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