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The most important stories about money, business and power. Hosted by Kate Linebaugh and Ryan Knutson, with Jessica Mendoza. The Journal is a co-production of Spotify and The Wall Street Journal.

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1265 Episodes
Last Friday, 8.5 million computers around the world stopped working. All kinds of businesses were impacted, from airlines to banks to hospitals. The cause was a routine update sent out by a software company called CrowdStrike. WSJ’s Robert McMillan explains how the meltdown happened and why Microsoft’s software was especially vulnerable. Further Reading: - Blue Screens Everywhere Are Latest Tech Woe for Microsoft  - CrowdStrike Made Its Name Fighting Technology Problems. Now It Has Caused One.  Further Listening: - The Computer Glitch That Caused Nearly 1,000 Convictions  - Hacking the Hackers  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On Sunday, President Joe Biden ended his bid for re-election and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris. Annie Linskey reports on Biden’s big decision and what lies ahead for Harris and the Democratic Party.  Further Listening: - Takeaways from the RNC: Trump Is in Control  - Will Biden Stay in the Race?  Further Reading: - How the Bet on an 81-Year-Old Joe Biden Turned Into an Epic Miscalculation  - Biden Drops Out of Presidential Race, Endorses Harris  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Republican National Convention came to a close Thursday night with a speech by presidential nominee Donald Trump that called for unity while also returning to familiar rhetoric. WSJ’s Molly Ball says it’s a remarkable turnaround for a candidate who was once an outsider, and has now remade the party in his image. Plus, Jessica Mendoza and Jacob Gallagher give the convention a fit check. Further Reading: - Trump Hasn’t Changed, but the GOP Has  - Crypto Dads, Trump Suits and Four-Letter Words: Scenes from the Cultural Frenzy at the RNC  Further Listening: - Elon Musk and Silicon Valley Turn Towards Trump  - Trump Courts the Union Vote  - The Secret Service’s Failure to Protect Trump  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Elon Musk has said he is committing around $45 million a month to a pro-Trump super PAC, according to people familiar with the matter. He is the biggest name in tech now turning Donald Trump’s way. WSJ’s Emily Glazer reports on how Musk and others in Silicon Valley are throwing their support and money behind Trump’s campaign for president.  Further Listening: - Tesla’s Multibillion-Dollar Pay Package for Elon Musk  - Money, Drugs, Elon Musk and Tesla’s Board  - Trump Courts the Union Vote  Further Reading: - Musk Turbocharges Silicon Valley Support for Trump  - Elon Musk Has Said He Is Committing Around $45 Million a Month to a New - Pro-Trump Super PAC  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich has been held in Russia for more than a year on an espionage accusation that he, the U.S. government and The Wall Street Journal vehemently deny. Gershkovich will appear in court Thursday for another hearing. WSJ’s Matthew Luxmoore explores what we know about the secret trial and why even the Gershkovich’s defense lawyers are restricted from publicly discussing it. Further Reading: - The Shadowy Judicial System That Controls the Fate of WSJ’s Evan Gershkovich  Further Listening: - A WSJ Reporter Arrested in Russia  - Russian Court Upholds WSJ Reporter’s Detention  - Two Parents on a Crusade to Free Their Son  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Last night at the Republican National Convention, Sean O’Brien, the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, spoke. O’Brien was the first Teamsters president to ever speak at an RNC and his presence represents a shift in union voters away from the Democratic Party. WSJ’s Paul Kiernan reports on why some union voters are interested in voting for former President Trump this election. Further Listening: -‘We’ll Strike All Three’: The UAW’s Historic Walkout  Further Reading: -For Embattled Biden, Union Members Aren’t the Reliable Support They Used to Be  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On Saturday, a shooter attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump. Now, the Secret Service is coming under scrutiny for failing to prevent it. WSJ’s Sadie Gurman and Ryan Barber on what we know about the shooter, and about what went wrong for the Secret Service. Further Reading: - Trump Rally Gunman Thomas Matthew Crooks Said to Have Been Loner Who Rarely Voiced Politics  - Trump Shooting Is Secret Service’s Most Stunning Failure in Decades  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Last fall, nude photos of a 14-year-old student started spreading around her high school. But they weren't real… they’d been created with AI. WSJ’s Julie Jargon breaks down how fake photos like these are a growing trend among teens and why it’s difficult to deal with. Further Reading: - ‘I Felt Shameful and Fearful’: Teen Who Saw AI Fake Nudes of Herself Speaks Out  - AI Fake Nudes Are Now a Frightening Reality for Teens   Further Listening: - Artificial: Episode 1, The Dream  - He Thought Instagram Was Safe. Then His Daughter Got an Account.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Abercrombie & Fitch was the hottest teen clothing brand. Kids would flock to their local mall to get the expensive, moose-emblazoned apparel. But then, after a series of controversies and a change in fashion, the brand seemingly lost its edge. WSJ’s Katie Deighton reports on how Abercrombie & Fitch revived itself and embraced millennial women.  Further Listening: - Shein Took Over Fast Fashion. Then Came the Backlash.  - The Unraveling of Stitch Fix  - Old Navy Tried to Make Sizes for All. It Backfired.  Further Reading and Watching: - How Jeans for Millennials Helped Revive Abercrombie & Fitch Stock  - Abercrombie & Fitch Is Reaping the Rewards of Taking Adult Women Seriously  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
After his first corruption case ended in a mistrial in 2017, Sen. Bob Menendez had a message for his supporters: “Today is resurrection day.” Now, Menendez is back in a courthouse facing new corruption charges. WSJ’s Corinne Ramey unpacks the case. Further Reading: - Menendez Declared His ‘Resurrection.’ Then He Fell in Love.  Further Listening: - The 'Mystery Man' Tells Us How He Helped Free Rod Blagojevich  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In a stunning concession, Boeing agreed Sunday to plead guilty to misleading air-safety regulators ahead of two deadly 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019. WSJ’s Andrew Tangel reports on Boeing’s long and complicated journey to the plea deal and what a felony record would mean for the company.  Further Listening: -The Failures Inside Boeing’s 737 Factory  -A Hole in a Plane and a Headache for Boeing  Further Reading: -Boeing Agrees to Plead Guilty in 737 MAX Criminal Case  -Inside DOJ’s Wrenching Decision on Whether to Prosecute Boeing  -Boeing Violated Criminal Settlement After 737 MAX Crashes, Justice Department Says  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
After high-profile collapses and government crackdowns, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong is one of the last big digital-asset founders standing. He speaks with Ryan Knutson about taking up the mantle, clashes with the SEC and the future of crypto. Further Listening: - The Trial of Crypto’s Golden Boy  - The Fall of (Another) Crypto King  Further Reading and Watching: - Who Is Brian Armstrong? Coinbase CEO Is Taking On the SEC  - Coinbase CEO Says He’ll Challenge the SEC for ‘Clarity’ on Crypto  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Joe Erlinger, President of McDonald’s USA, sits down with Kate Linebaugh to talk about how the company is trying to keep customers happy despite rising prices and a shift towards healthier eating. Further Reading: - The Fast-Food Fight Over the $5 Meal Deal  - A Day in the Life of a California Fast-Food Manager Who Makes Up to $174,000  Further Listening: - Farm-to-Table Pioneer on Why We Still Need Better Food  - Beyond Meat Loses Its Sizzle  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Pressure is mounting on President Joe Biden to step back as candidate for president. A new WSJ poll shows Biden has fallen six points behind Donald Trump and that 80% of respondents said they worry about Biden’s age. WSJ's Annie Linskey explores the rising panic inside the party, and how Biden’s tight inner circle is urging him to stay the course.  Further Listening: - Behind Closed Doors, Biden's Age is Showing  Further Reading: - Tight Inner Circle Urges Biden to Press On  - Behind Closed Doors, Biden Shows Signs of Slipping  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
After a steep increase in migration, the United Kingdom turned to a controversial plan: sending migrants to Rwanda. But the plan has faced years of delays and legal challenges. Max Colchester explains why the U.K. pushed ahead, and what Rwanda stands to gain.  Further Reading: - Britain’s Radical Plan to Tackle the Migrant Crisis Turns Into a Cautionary Tale  Further Listening: - Smuggling Migrants Toward the U.S. Is a Booming Business  - Texas Took On Border Security. Is It Working?  - What the End of Title 42 Means for U.S. Immigration Policy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Trump Has Broad Immunity

Trump Has Broad Immunity


The Supreme Court dealt a major blow to prosecutors hoping to convict Donald Trump on charges he sought to subvert the 2020 election. The court ruled 6-3 that former presidents enjoy sweeping immunity for their acts while in office. WSJ's Jess Bravin discusses what this ruling could mean for the future of American democracy.  Further Reading: -Supreme Court Deals Blow to Trump’s Prosecution, Ruling He Has Broad Immunity  Further Listening: -Will the Supreme Court Kick Trump off the Ballot?  -The Origin Story of Trump's Guilty Verdict  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Alice Waters helped the farm-to-table movement go mainstream in the U.S. through her restaurant Chez Panisse. In the decades since she has kept advocating for locally grown, organic food over the fast food Americans regularly consume. Kate Linebaugh sat down with Waters at The Wall Street Journal’s Global Food Forum. To watch a video of the conversation, check out the episode on Spotify. Further Listening: – Could Paris Hilton Create the 'Next Disney?' – Live from Seattle: A Weird Economy + Election Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Tonight, two presidents, one current and one former, are set to debate live on CNN. The stakes are high for the candidates and for the network that’s been struggling to win viewers. WSJ’s Isabella Simonetti reports on how CNN is remaking the debate, and Annie Linskey analyzes what the format change could mean for the candidates. Further Reading: - Presidential Debate Carries Great Opportunity—and Risk—for CNN  - Biden-Trump Debate Takes Shape  - We Rewatched the 2020 Trump-Biden Debates. Here’s What We Learned.  Further Listening: - The Downfall of CNN’s CEO  - Behind Closed Doors, Biden’s Age is Showing  - The Origin Story of Trump’s Guilty Verdict  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ukraine has sunk or damaged about two dozen Russian ships using a technical innovation: naval drones. WSJ’s James Marson unspools the story of the drones’ development and explores how they’re turning the tide in a key area of the war. Further Reading: - How Ukraine’s Naval Drones Turned the Tide in the Battle of the Black Sea  Further Listening: - Ukraine Makes a Deal with Wall Street  - Ukraine's $30 Billion Problem  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Rent has long been an expense people wanted to pay on credit cards. In 2022, Wells Fargo launched a credit card with Bilt Technologies that allowed users to pay for rent, avoid processing fees and earn points. But the partnership is costing Wells Fargo millions. WSJ’s AnnaMaria Andriotis reports. Further Listening: -The Fight Over Your Credit Card Swipe  -The Deal That Could Change Credit Cards  Further Reading: -Wells Fargo Bet on a Flashy Rent Credit Card. It Is Costing the Bank Dearly.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (144)


Around 9:40 it is mentioned that "android and apple operating systems restrict access but Microsoft doesn't" this is FACTUALLY incorrect. All operating systems restrict access to the kernel. In fact it is easier to directly modify the Android kernel, because 1) it's Linux so insmod works and 2) it's open source so you can download it and rewrite it yourself and install it to your phone. Microsoft restricts access to the Windows kernel, by reviewing programs that need access to it.

Jul 24th


Suggested watching: The Mauritanian (2021)

Jul 18th

Hamid Reza Yazdani

great discussion ♥

Jul 15th

Carpenter Carpenter

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Jul 5th

Ieti Coe

I think they said 1885

Jun 8th

Charlie Spierto

invented in 1985 but over 140 years old?

Jun 8th

Charlie Spierto

Terrible. The giggling made it even worse.

May 28th

Chris Beaird

sounds like one of those podcasts by a couple of high school girls. I unsubscribe from those because they're a tad irritating.

May 27th

Milania Greendevald

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May 24th

Tyler H

The FNIM perspective is missing from this story.

May 9th

It's Just Me

Could Jamie Dimon be more out of touch with what life is like for Americans? The cost of living factors that are always skewed to favor business, minimize the impact on average person, while also making the government sound wonderful never represents real life. He really thinks the extra $39 week from the 2021 stimulus is still around, when every single utility, groceries, local taxes, etc have massively increased? He & the CEO of Kellogg's should have to live one year on average salary $59,384.

Apr 29th

Priam Reynolds

Did he say "I'm Kate Linebaugh"??

Apr 2nd
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Feb 4th


is someone gonna be penalized for this? I don't mean paying a few million pounds which is nothing to the govt. I mean someone gets charged & sent to prison for a long time. of course not.

Jan 25th


This is so shocking. It's a shame such an important and sensitive issue is not more widely discussed, this needs a lot of attenzion and pressure to make policy changes to protect children.

Jan 11th

Charlie Spierto

shitty reporting. No mention that push button starters not affected by this design vulnerability.

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Dec 8th
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Aakash Amanat

I recently had the pleasure of listening to "The Journal" podcast, and I must say that it's an absolute gem for anyone seeking insightful, in-depth analysis of current events and important issues. The podcast's unique blend of storytelling, investigative journalism, and expert interviews creates a compelling and engaging narrative that keeps me coming back for more. What sets "The Journal" apart is its commitment to uncovering the untold stories behind the headlines. The hosts and production team go the extra mile to provide listeners with a deeper understanding of the topics they cover.

Nov 2nd