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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
India Rewrites the Rules for Big Tech
1243
Global tech companies have been eager to access India and its hundreds of millions of internet users. WSJ's Newley Purnell explains why the country is putting up roadblocks.
Dec 10, 2019
The Botched Bet to Buy Monsanto
1236
Just 10 days after he became the CEO of Bayer, Werner Baumann made the move to buy Monsanto. He was betting that the acquisition would make the company into an agricultural powerhouse. Instead, it opened Bayer up to tens of thousands of lawsuits and became one of the worst corporate deals in recent memory. WSJ's Ruth Bender explains.
Dec 09, 2019
Why Tech Is Making Its Own Rules for Political Ads
1138
Political advertising is flourishing online, but federal guidelines regulating those ads are virtually absent. WSJ's Emily Glazer explains why Facebook, Twitter and Google are making their own rules.
Dec 06, 2019
The Central Question of Impeachment
1187
Constitutional experts testified this week on what makes for an impeachable offense, and Democrats and Republicans argued their sides of the case in dueling reports. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains.
Dec 05, 2019
A $1.5 Billion Bet Against the Stock Market
1065
The world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater, has placed a massive bet that stock markets will fall by late March 2020. WSJ's Juliet Chung explains its possible motivations.
Dec 04, 2019
How PetSmart Solved Its Chewy Problem
1287
Pet-supply stores had long withstood the threat posed by online shopping. That was until Chewy came along. WSJ's Miriam Gottfried tells the story of how PetSmart responded to the new competition.
Dec 03, 2019
Why TikTok's Under Investigation
1510
TikTok is the first Chinese-owned social media app to take off in the U.S. But TikTok's growth has led to scrutiny from the U.S. government. WSJ's Patrick Barta explains.
Dec 02, 2019
The End of the Film Industry's Paramount Decrees
1344
The Justice Department is moving to terminate rules that have governed the film industry since the 1940s. WSJ's Erich Schwartzel explains why the rules were established in the first place, and a theater owner talks about what the end of the rules means for him.
Nov 27, 2019
Rise and Revolt at Renaissance, Part 2
1602
As Renaissance Technologies grew into the world's most successful hedge fund, co-CEO Robert Mercer made a fortune. Then, he started spending it. In his new book, "The Man Who Solved the Market," WSJ's Greg Zuckerman followed Mercer's foray into political spending, and the consequences for the firm that Mercer helped build. Part two of a two-part series.
Nov 26, 2019
Rise and Revolt at Renaissance, Part 1
1401
In the 1970s, Jim Simons left academia to pursue a wild idea: That he could beat the market using math. It would lead him to build the most successful hedge fund of all time. WSJ's Greg Zuckerman charted the rise of Simons's firm and the turmoil that roiled it in his new book, "The Man Who Solved the Market." Part one of a two-part series.
Nov 25, 2019
The $340,000 Robocall Scam
1457
It started with a phone call. In a week, a scammer would take Nina Belis's life savings. WSJ's Sarah Krouse explains why robocalls persist: Because sometimes they work.
Nov 22, 2019
Inside Hong Kong's Violent Protests
1096
Protests in Hong Kong have spiraled into increasingly violent clashes with police. WSJ's John Lyons explains what's changed on the ground.
Nov 21, 2019
Has Fracking Fueled Its Own Undoing?
1230
Fracking made the U.S. the top oil producer in the world. WSJ's Christopher Matthews explains what drove the fracking boom and what may cause its undoing.
Nov 20, 2019
Taylor Swift Versus Big Machine
1204
Taylor Swift and her former record label, Big Machine, are in a dispute over Swift's rights to perform her old music. WSJ's Anne Steele on the implications of the fight.
Nov 19, 2019
The Great Beer Battle of 2019
1298
A 2019 Super Bowl ad kicked off a showdown between the maker of Bud Light and the maker of Coors Light. WSJ's Jennifer Maloney explains how that standoff has led to accusations of corporate espionage, two lawsuits and questions about the future of the beer industry.
Nov 18, 2019
Nike and Amazon's Breakup
1087
Nike said it would no longer sell its products on Amazon after two years on the platform. WSJ's Khadeeja Safdar explains why the two companies split.
Nov 15, 2019
A Controversial Fix for High Drug Prices
1397
An obscure think tank in Boston is getting drug companies to lower their prices - using something called a QALY. WSJ's Denise Roland explains what a QALY is, and why it's controversial.
Nov 14, 2019
Google's Project to Collect Millions of People's Medical Records
1279
Google is amassing detailed health information on millions of people without their knowledge. WSJ's Rob Copeland explains 'Project Nightingale' and why it sparked a federal inquiry.
Nov 13, 2019
What to Know About the First Public Impeachment Hearings
1285
House Democrats this week hold the first in a series of open impeachment hearings. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains who will testify and what to expect in the questioning.
Nov 12, 2019
WhatsApp's Hack
1076
WhatsApp announced in May that there had been a flaw in its app that allowed hackers in. Then, it did something pretty unusual. WSJ's Bob McMillan explains WhatsApp's new strategy to stop hacking.
Nov 08, 2019
For Sale: SAT-Takers' Names
1123
The College Board, the nonprofit behind the SAT, sells students' information to colleges. WSJ's Doug Belkin explains how that data feeds the college application frenzy.
Nov 07, 2019
Under Armour Under Investigation
1126
For years, Under Armour was one of the fastest growing apparel companies. But now, growth has sputtered and the company is under federal investigation. WSJ's Khadeeja Safdar explains.
Nov 06, 2019
Bitcoin Comes Untethered
1238
Part of what sent Bitcoin climbing to nearly $20,000 two years ago was market manipulation by a single entity, a new study concludes. WSJ's Paul Vigna explains.
Nov 05, 2019
The Investor That Spent $1 Billion a Week
1198
Cracks are showing at the most influential investment fund in the world. WSJ's Liz Hoffman explains the workings and strife inside SoftBank's Vision Fund.
Nov 04, 2019
When the Drug Cartel Takes Over
1498
In the Mexican city of Culiacán, a drug cartel battled with soldiers...and won. WSJ's David Luhnow on what the fight says about the power of cartels in Mexico.
Nov 01, 2019
How Car Makers Got Caught Between Trump and California
1267
The White House and California have been at odds over vehicle emissions standards. WSJ's Tim Puko explains the tug of war that's dividing auto makers.
Oct 31, 2019
Can Cities Fight Guns with Taxes?
924
In response to a recent uptick in gun violence, Tacoma, Wash., has proposed a tax on gun sales. WSJ's Zusha Elinson looks at the possible effects of the measure.
Oct 30, 2019
In the Dark and on Fire in California
1074
To prevent wildfires, California's largest utility company, PG&E, is shutting off power to millions. WSJ's Ian Lovett and grocery store manager Melanie Bettenhausen share what life is like in California's blackouts.
Oct 29, 2019
Big Retailers Banned These Apparel Factories. Amazon Didn't.
1237
A WSJ investigation shows that Amazon offers clothing from factories that most leading apparel companies have said are too dangerous to work with. Justin Scheck explains.
Oct 28, 2019
WeWork: Cashed Out
1254
A few weeks ago, WeWork was at a low point. It had slashed its valuation, canceled its IPO and was a few weeks away from running out of money. Now, its co-founder Adam Neumann is walking away with a fortune. WSJ's Maureen Farrell talks about WeWork's rapid fall and what comes next.
Oct 25, 2019
States Got Hooked on Tobacco Money. Are Opioids Next?
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States and municipalities around the country have been seeking compensation from companies for the opioid crisis. WSJ's Sara Randazzo and Gordon Fairclough talk about how the lessons learned from tobacco settlements 20 years ago are complicating the process.
Oct 24, 2019
What Taylor's Testimony Means for Impeachment
1117
Diplomat Bill Taylor said Tuesday that President Trump made nearly $400 million in aid contingent on Ukraine investigating the president's political rivals. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus explains the significance of Taylor's impeachment testimony, and Siobhan Hughes talks about the reaction on Capitol Hill.
Oct 23, 2019
The Pressure Inside Boeing
1061
Years before two 737 MAX planes crashed killing 346 people, employees inside Boeing expressed concerns over the automated system that regulators say is to blame. WSJ's Joanna Chung talks about new information in the probe of the 737 MAX.
Oct 22, 2019
Zuckerberg Goes on the Offensive
1283
After two years of apologizing to critics, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are changing their playbook. WSJ's Jeff Horwitz explains why Facebook is tying its identity to free speech.
Oct 21, 2019
Rick Perry's Side of the Ukraine Story
1343
Energy Secretary Rick Perry gave an exclusive interview to WSJ's Tim Puko about his interest in Ukraine and how it led to a call with President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
Oct 18, 2019
Ten Days That Shifted Power in Syria
1524
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
1203
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 on.wsj.com/geo
Oct 16, 2019
The Airline CEO Trying to Change Amtrak
1166
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
1851
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
1174
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
1073
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
1135
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'?
832
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
1398
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
1104
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
1391
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
1072
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
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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
1235
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
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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
1294
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
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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?
1017
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
1117
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
1292
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
1202
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
987
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
1297
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
1290
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
1294
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
1132
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
1080
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
978
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
1355
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
1454
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
1097
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
1234
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
1068
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
1316
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?
1275
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
1344
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
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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
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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
1254
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
1039
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
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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
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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
1316
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
1300
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
1394
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
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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
1379
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
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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
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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
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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
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Welcome to The Journal. A show about money, business and power. Coming June 26.
Jun 19, 2019