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<p>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.</p>

Episode Date
Ten Days That Shifted Power in Syria
President Trump's decision to withdraw about 50 troops from northeastern Syria set off a chain of events that has reshuffled power in the region. WSJ's Dion Nissenbaum explains.
Oct 17, 2019
How Campaigns Are Tracking Your Location
Political campaigns have long collected personal information to try to reach voters. But increasingly they're looking at a new data point: your phone's location. WSJ's Emily Glazer explains how this could affect 2020 races. For a guide on how to limit location tracking, visit
Oct 16, 2019
The Airline CEO Trying to Change Amtrak
Amtrak has lost money for decades. Its CEO - a man who formerly ran Delta Airlines - thinks he can change that. WSJ's Ted Mann explains the changes Richard Anderson wants to make to America's passenger rail company.
Oct 15, 2019
The FBI Lost Our Son
FBI agents came to the Reilly family's door twice. The first time, they enlisted Billy Reilly in helping the agency. The second time, he'd just gone missing. WSJ's Brett Forrest spent years looking for Billy.
Oct 11, 2019
An Investigation Into Sex Abuse and Fraud at USA Swimming
Rebecca Davis O'Brien reports on a federal investigation into allegations of sex abuse and fraud at USA Swimming. She also explains a second, broader investigation into U.S. Olympic organizations.
Oct 10, 2019
The First Major Impeachment Clash
The White House blocked a witness from testifying in the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday and released a letter criticizing the process. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus explains the latest in the investigation.
Oct 09, 2019
The Tweet That Rocked the NBA in China
The general manager of the Houston Rockets sent a tweet that has thrown the NBA into a crisis. WSJ's Ben Cohen explains the tweet, the backlash and the challenges western companies face doing business in China.
Oct 08, 2019
Will the Supreme Court Redefine 'Sex'?
The Supreme Court will take up the question Tuesday of whether employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. WSJ's Jess Bravin explains the arguments.
Oct 07, 2019
Facebook's New Currency Hits a Snag
PayPal said Friday it was pulling out of Facebook's new cryptocurrency project called libra. Paul Vigna explains why Facebook started the project and what has regulators concerned.
Oct 04, 2019
Lunch With the Two M.B.A.s Who Are Changing Sports
Jeff Luhnow of the Astros and Daryl Morey of the Rockets are two Houston-based general managers that have upended the sports world with their commitment to data. They had lunch. We recorded it.
Oct 03, 2019
The Bold Investor Behind WeWork and Uber
The same major investor is behind both Uber and WeWork: SoftBank's Vision Fund. Phred Dvorak talks about the rise of SoftBank's unorthodox founder, Masayoshi Son, and how his aggressive investment strategy is being put to the test.
Oct 02, 2019
How Doctors Uncovered the Vaping Crisis
This summer, a cluster of sick teenagers with pneumonia-like symptoms sparked a Wisconsin hospital to solve a medical mystery. Brianna Abbott explains how the doctors sounded the alarm on a public health crisis that has been linked to more than 10 deaths and 800 illnesses.
Oct 01, 2019
Snapchat's Secret Dossier on Facebook
For years, Snap Inc. has been documenting all the ways it believes Facebook has tried to kill it, in a secret dossier called Project Voldemort. Deepa Seetharaman explains what's in Project Voldemort, and how it might factor into U.S. antitrust investigations of Facebook.
Sep 30, 2019
Rudy Giuliani's Ukrainian Connections
In the whistleblower complaint alleging abuse of power by Donald Trump, one man is mentioned more than 30 times: Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus explains how Giuliani's consulting work connects to this week's impeachment inquiry.
Sep 27, 2019
The Trump Whistleblower Complaint, Point by Point
A newly released whistleblower complaint sits at the center of Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Trump. WSJ's Jerry Seib goes through the complaint's timeline.
Sep 26, 2019
What Changed Pelosi's Mind on Impeachment
After a nearly yearlong debate among Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains what led the speaker to change her mind.
Sep 25, 2019
The Strategy That Built AT&T Comes Back to Bite
AT&T grew into a conglomerate by buying media companies like DirecTV and Time Warner. Now, activist investor Elliott Management is challenging that bigger-is-better strategy. WSJ's Marcelo Prince explains what Elliott wants, and what it means for AT&T and other big companies like it.
Sep 24, 2019
Subprime Lending Is Back. But Is That Bad?
Banks are looking for ways to lend to riskier borrowers again. WSJ's AnnaMaria Andriotis explains how magazine subscriptions, utility bills and where you shop are part of the new approach to lending.
Sep 23, 2019
WeWork: Up in Smoke
WeWork recently delayed its IPO after investors raised concerns. WSJ's Eliot Brown explains why much of the skepticism centers on the bizarre leadership of CEO Adam Neumann.
Sep 20, 2019
Why 46,000 Auto Workers Are on Strike
The United Auto Works walked off the job and started striking this week. It's the first UAW strike against General Motors in over a decade. WSJ's Christina Rogers explains how both sides reached this deadlock.
Sep 19, 2019
California Takes On the NCAA
California just passed a bill to allow college athletes to earn endorsement money, which the NCAA prohibits. WSJ's Rachel Bachman explains what the change could mean for college sports.
Sep 18, 2019
Bombs Shake the World's Oil Supply
Major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were bombed over the weekend. WSJ's Rory Jones saw the aftermath of the attacks, and he explains what it means for the world's oil supply and tensions in the Middle East.
Sep 17, 2019
When the Power Company Can't Be Trusted
PG&E, California's biggest utility, has a long record of run-ins with regulators. WSJ's Rebecca Smith reports on over two decades of misconduct at the company.
Sep 16, 2019
Three Candidates, Three Ideas to Tax the Super Rich
Democrats have a new idea for how to tax the richest Americans: taxing wealth, not just income. Rich Rubin breaks down three plans, from Joe Biden, Julian Castro and Elizabeth Warren.
Sep 13, 2019
Google's Antitrust Problem
Attorneys general from 48 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico announced an antitrust investigation into Google's advertising business this week. Rob Copeland explains how Google's ad business works, how it grew so large and what has investigators concerned.
Sep 12, 2019
Why Trump and Bolton Split
John Bolton, President Trump's national security adviser, left the White House on Tuesday. WSJ's Michael Bender explains why Bolton and the president parted ways.
Sep 11, 2019
Netflix Versus the World
Netflix changed entertainment with binge watching and streaming. Now, competitors like Disney are trying to use Netflix's playbook against it.
Sep 10, 2019
A 2020 Test Case
Voters are heading to the polls in North Carolina on Tuesday for a closely watched special election. How certain people vote may offer clues for how next year's presidential election could go.
Sep 09, 2019
Money's Role in College Admissions
Emails disclosed this week at the University of Southern California show how the school weighed donations in considering whether to admit students. Plus, the story of the SAT's "adversity score."
Sep 06, 2019
A DNA Company Lets the FBI In
The inside story of how the founder of one of the first DNA-test companies, FamilyTreeDNA, wrestled with the choice to let the FBI use his company's database.
Sep 05, 2019
What WeWork's Worth
Office-space startup WeWork was last valued at $47 billion. WSJ's Eliot Brown looks at the questions around WeWork's business model and CEO as it prepares to go public.
Sep 04, 2019
Jim Mattis: 'Right Up Front' With President Trump
In an interview with WSJ's Gerald Seib, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks about his time working for President Trump, the threats facing the U.S. around the world, and what he'd like to see more of in American politics.
Sep 03, 2019
Why Every Day Isn't Payday
Many people in the U.S. get paid every two weeks. The question is: Why? And does it need to be that way? Banking reporter Telis Demos looks at how the two-week pay cycle came to be and a new push to change it.
Aug 30, 2019
Two Days of Reckoning for Opioid Makers
On Monday, a judge ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay Oklahoma $572 million for its role in the state's opioid crisis. And Tuesday, news broke that Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, is in talks to resolve more than 2,000 opioid cases in a deal worth as much as $12 billion. WSJ's Sara Randazzo explains what the past two days mean for the fight to hold drugmakers legally accountable.
Aug 28, 2019
If a Recession Hits, What's the Game Plan?
This summer, more worrying signs about the health of the American economy have emerged. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath explains the tricky position the U.S. finds itself in if a slowdown arrives.
Aug 26, 2019
The Dangerous Products on Amazon
A WSJ investigation has found that thousands of items offered by third-party sellers on Amazon have been declared unsafe, are deceptively labeled, or have been banned by federal regulators. Alexandra Berzon and Justin Scheck share the findings of their reporting.
Aug 23, 2019
Why Faster Internet Isn't Worth It
Broadband providers have marketed faster internet speeds for years, selling consumers on the promise that faster is better. The Wall Street Journal's Shalini Ramachandran and Thomas Gryta looked into whether that's actually the case.
Aug 21, 2019
The City With the Highest Minimum Wage
What happened to the city that raised its minimum wage to the highest in the nation? Jim Carlton and Eric Morath look at Emeryville, California's big experiment, and what happens when the minimum wage goes north of $15.
Aug 19, 2019
The Roots of Hong Kong's Unrest
For ten weeks, protestors have taken to the streets of Hong Kong. Natasha Khan explains how Hong Kong's recent history plays into the tensions and what the protests mean for the future of the city.
Aug 16, 2019
How Huawei Employees Helped Governments Spy
A Wall Street Journal investigation shows that employees of Huawei, the Chinese telecom company, helped the governments of African nations intercept the communications of political opponents. Josh Chin tells the story of how Huawei technicians helped governments crack down.
Aug 14, 2019
Why FedEx Dumped Amazon
FedEx last week said it would stop shipping packages for Amazon. Paul Ziobro and Dana Mattioli talk about why FedEx essentially cut ties with a company that would seem to be its perfect customer.
Aug 12, 2019
What the 1980s Have Taught Trump and China About Trade
As the trade war escalated into an emerging currency fight this week, the U.S. labeled China a currency manipulator. A similar historical rivalry - between the U.S. and Japan in the 1980s - shows how these types of battles can play out. Mike Bird explains.
Aug 09, 2019
The Juul Paradox
What's better: promoting e-cigarettes to help smokers quit, or restricting vaping so teens don't pick up a new nicotine addiction? Jennifer Maloney explains the challenges vaping company Juul poses to public health officials. Plus, Tripp Mickle on a mystery in the Apple App Store.
Aug 07, 2019
A Mass Shooting at Walmart
This weekend, two mass shootings claimed at least 31 lives. One of those shootings took place at the nation's largest private employer: Walmart. Reporters Valerie Bauerlein and Sarah Nassauer discuss the shooter's intentions and the implications for large retailers.
Aug 05, 2019
Inside the Capital One Hack
Capital One has prided itself on being a tech-forward bank. But earlier this year, the bank got hacked, and 106 million people had their information stolen. AnnaMaria Andriotis and Liz Hoffman talk about what happened and what it means for financial institutions.
Aug 02, 2019
The President, the Fed, and the Cut
The Federal Reserve cut rates today for the first time since 2008. The cut comes after a year of pressure from President Trump. Nick Timiraos looks at what factored into the central bank's decision. Plus, a word on your wallet.
Jul 31, 2019
How Jeffrey Epstein Made His Money
Jeffrey Epstein, the financier recently indicted on sex trafficking charges, built a fortune of more than half a billion dollars. Ken Brown explains how Epstein amassed his wealth, and Jenny Strasburg looks at Deutsche Bank's role in Epstein's recent financial dealings.
Jul 26, 2019
The Risks of a No-Deal Brexit
Boris Johnson is now Prime Minister of the U.K. This raises the likelihood that the country could leave the European Union without a plan in place. Jason Douglas explains the economic impacts. Plus, what the company that made whistles for the Titanic has to do with it.
Jul 24, 2019
Yes, Your Boss Can Spy on You
With all of the new technology that employees use at the office, companies have a lot more data on what their workers are doing. It is now cheaper and easier than ever for employers to spy on them. Sarah Krouse explains what's happening, and why there's little you can do about it. Plus, how a film critic finagled a trip to the moon launch.
Jul 19, 2019
Uber and Lyft's Zero-Sum Game
Some investors say that for Uber to truly succeed, it needs to eliminate its competition. After two disappointing listings, can Uber and Lyft co-exist? Maureen Farrell has been covering Uber and Lyft's IPOs. Plus, a boss gets a major shock when he tries to help a sick employee. Update: Lyft raised more than $2 billion in its IPO. An earlier version of this episode incorrectly stated that Lyft raised a little over $1 billion.
Jul 17, 2019
What It Takes to Be Made in America
One company set out to make a new shoe entirely in the United States and learned it is much more complex than making a grilled cheese sandwich. Ruth Simon talks about her recent trip to a boot manufacturer in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Jul 12, 2019
A Boom Beyond the 'Burbs
The exurbs, the regions far beyond a city center, are back. Home building and sales are rising. But the housing rebound in these areas comes as the rest of the housing market has slowed. WSJ's Laura Kusisto explains what it could mean.
Jul 10, 2019
The Company That Sparked a California Wildfire a Day
One company was responsible for some of the biggest wildfires that have swept through California in the past few years, killing more than 100 people. That company? PG&E Corp., California's largest electric utility. As the state enters wildfire season, WSJ U.S. Energy Editor Miguel Bustillo talks about the company and what's in store.
Jul 05, 2019
Google My Fake Business
Got a burst pipe or a broken down car? That plumber or mechanic you found on Google Maps might not be where they say they are. Or they might not be anywhere at all. Reporters Rob Copeland and Katie Bindley have found that hundreds of thousands of the listings on Google Maps aren't what they claim to be.
Jul 03, 2019
The City Where College Is Already Free
Some Democratic politicians are talking about a future where college is free. For one city, that's already the case. Education reporter Josh Mitchell went there, and on this episode he shares what he learned.
Jun 28, 2019
Here's What Might Cause a Recession
The U.S. just hit the 10-year mark of nonstop economic growth. In July, the economy will have grown for longer than any stretch in its history. But who or what might kill this expansion? Reporter Jon Hilsenrath explains.
Jun 26, 2019
Introducing The Journal
Welcome to The Journal. A show about money, business and power. Coming June 26.
Jun 19, 2019