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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.

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Checking Out of Hotel 166
As coronavirus spread through homeless shelters this spring, many cities moved people to hotels to keep them safe. A group of doctors running one hotel in Chicago saw an opportunity: With new funding, they tried to find housing for the hotel residents in under four months. WSJ's Joe Barrett has been following their effort, and Dr. Tom Huggett talks about what it took to meet the deadline.
Sep 18, 2020
Fauci on the Timing and Limits of a Covid Vaccine
An interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci about when he expects a Covid-19 vaccine will be ready and what life may be like once we have it.
Sep 17, 2020
Will Oracle Save TikTok?
Bidders piled in to buy TikTok after the Trump administration forced a sale. But the unlikely winner of the bidding war is a database management company. WSJ's Brad Reagan unpacks why even this outcome may not be enough to save TikTok.
Sep 16, 2020
How a Deal to Buy Tiffany Lost Its Sparkle
The conglomerate LVMH struck the largest acquisition deal in the history of the luxury goods industry last year, agreeing to purchase Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion. Last week, LVMH announced it was backing out of the deal. WSJ's Matthew Dalton walks us through how the historic deal has gone awry.
Sep 15, 2020
Oregon's Historic Wildfires
Oregon's wildfires have taken at least 10 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and burned more than a million acres. The state's director of Emergency Management shares how the state is responding to this fire and preparing for worse fires in the future.
Sep 14, 2020
The Big Bet That Fueled the Stock Market Rally
Tech stocks led the charge as the stock market climbed to record highs this year. Behind some of that rally was a single, massive trade. WSJ's Liz Hoffman reveals the trade and the unusual investor behind it.
Sep 11, 2020
The Uphill Battle to Bring Back Jobs
In the first months of the pandemic, 20 million jobs were lost. About half of those have come back. WSJ's Eric Morath tells us why the other half could be gone for much, much longer.
Sep 10, 2020
The Coronavirus Vaccine Pact
Nine drug companies issued an unusual pledge yesterday: They all agreed not to seek FDA authorization for a coronavirus vaccine until it is proven safe and effective. WSJ's Jared Hopkins explains what drove these vaccine rivals to unite behind the same message.
Sep 09, 2020
Does Robinhood Make It Too Easy to Trade?
The trading app Robinhood was founded with the goal of democratizing investing so that buying and selling stocks wasn't just for the wealthy. But does the app make it too easy? WSJ's Michael Wursthorn explains how the app has drawn scrutiny from financial and behavioral experts.
Sep 08, 2020
The Nation Grappled With George Floyd's Killing. They Lived It.
WSJ's Erin Ailworth reported from Minneapolis in the days after George Floyd was killed. Recently, she went back to talk to people who knew Floyd and whose lives were forever changed by his death. Here's what she found.
Sep 04, 2020
How Extremists Are Taking Advantage of the Protest Movement
Protests have taken a deadly turn in the last two weeks and authorities say extremists are responsible. WSJ's Dan Frosch outlines the recent rise of extremism in America, and explains why experts predicted that this kind of violence would happen.
Sep 03, 2020
Why NYC Delayed Reopening Schools
New York City had been moving ahead with plans to bring students back to the classroom next week, over the objections of teachers. But this week, things changed. WSJ's Leslie Brody explains how a clash between the mayor and the teachers union altered the city's back-to-school plans.
Sep 02, 2020
On a Campus With Over 1,000 Covid Cases
After months of preparation and planning, the fall college semester is here. But not all reopening plans are working. WSJ's Melissa Korn explains the disparate college plans to prevent Covid-19, and a student describes what it's like on a campus with an outbreak.
Sep 01, 2020
The Biggest Boycott in NBA History
In the middle of the NBA playoffs, one team staged an unprecedented boycott to protest police brutality. WSJ's Ben Cohen talks about the choice that shook not just the NBA but other sports and what it took to get the games going again.
Aug 31, 2020
Trump's Pitch and Two Visions for America
President Trump capped off the Republican convention with his acceptance speech last night. WSJ's Mike Bender dissects the case Republicans made for Trump's re-election and Emily Stephenson explains where the campaigns go from here.
Aug 28, 2020
A Vaccine Trial Recruiter Battles Mistrust
Dr. Angela Branche of the University of Rochester Medical Center is working to recruit Black participants for Covid-19 vaccine trials. She explains why the diversity of the trials may affect who trusts the vaccine once it comes out.
Aug 27, 2020
The Small-Business Covid Testing Problem
Many businesses are requiring employees to get tested for Covid-19 in order to return to work. We speak with one small-business owner who routinely tests her workers about whether it has helped keep employees safe and what testing expenses have meant for her bottom line.
Aug 26, 2020
A Police Shooting in Wisconsin Reignites Protests
Last night was the second night of fires and protests in Kenosha, Wis., following a police shooting of a Black man there. WSJ's Erin Ailworth describes what it's like on the ground and how the death of George Floyd factors into how these protests are playing out.
Aug 25, 2020
Netflix's $10 Million Deposit
After George Floyd was killed, corporations promised to put money toward fighting racial inequality. Netflix put $10 million into a credit union in Mississippi. We speak with Bill Bynum, HOPE Credit Union's CEO, about the why that deposit matters.
Aug 24, 2020
The Conventions Go Digital
The Democrats wrapped the first-ever virtual political convention this week and nominated Joe Biden for president. WSJ's Julie Bykowicz explains the main themes, and Mike Bender previews the Republicans' plans for next week.
Aug 21, 2020
Why Steve Bannon Got Arrested
Former Trump aide Steve Bannon was arrested and charged today in an alleged scheme to siphon money out of a nonprofit organization for personal expenses. WSJ's Ashby Jones and Elizabeth Findell explain the origins of the group and the case against Bannon.
Aug 20, 2020
Fortnite's Battle Royale With Big Tech
Fortnite, one the most popular video games in the world, kicked off a fight with Apple and Google over their app store fees. WSJ's Sarah Needleman explains what led the video game's maker to take on Big Tech.
Aug 19, 2020
When Back to Work Collides With Back to School
With many schools starting the new year virtually and some employers calling people back to the office, working parents are in a crunch. WSJ's Christina Rexrode explains how parents are scrambling to find and pay for childcare, and what it could mean for the economy.
Aug 18, 2020
What's Going On With the Post Office?
The United States Postal Service is facing serious budget problems. It's also at the center of a heated political fight over its readiness to handle mail-in ballots for the November election. WSJ's Natalie Andrews explains.
Aug 17, 2020
The Biden-Harris Ticket Takes the Stage
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have come together as the Democratic ticket and will take to the airwaves at the convention next week. WSJ's Sabrina Siddiqui explains Biden's message, how Harris fits into it and what to expect from the virtual convention.
Aug 14, 2020
One College Tries to Bring Everyone Back
Colleges across the country have been grappling with how - or whether - to reopen campus this year. We speak to Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley about how she's planning on bringing all of her students back.
Aug 13, 2020
The Arrest of Jimmy Lai
Pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai was a thorn in the Chinese government's side for decades. He was arrested this week under Hong Kong's sweeping new security law. WSJ's John Lyons explains what Lai's arrest signals about Hong Kong.
Aug 12, 2020
In a World Without Touring, Musicians Get Creative
Touring accounted for a huge portion of the music industry's revenue -- until covid put tours on pause. Pitbull, Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and WSJ's Anne Steele talk about how the industry is trying to cope.
Aug 11, 2020
A 'Powder Keg' in Beirut
A massive explosion in Beirut last week has sparked protests, prompted the resignation of the government and pushed Lebanon to the brink. WSJ's Nazih Osseiran explains the nearly seven years of neglect that led to the blast.
Aug 10, 2020
The Suit to Dissolve the NRA
The attorney general of New York yesterday filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association. Her case alleges that four top executives used the organization for lavish personal expenses. WSJ's Mark Maremont and Jennifer Forsyth explain.
Aug 07, 2020
Kodak's Big Moment Draws Scrutiny
The Trump administration announced last week that it would be giving Kodak a $765 million loan to make pharmaceutical chemicals. WSJ's Geoffrey Rogow and Theo Francis explain how the deal came about and how it has set off an SEC investigation.
Aug 06, 2020
How Twitter's Massive Hack Went Down
The key moment in Twitter's hack last month came down to a teenager making a phone call, prosecutors say. WSJ's Robert McMillan explains how the hacker broke into some of Twitter's biggest accounts.
Aug 05, 2020
Inside the Race to Save TikTok
TikTok has faced mounting pressure from the White House over security concerns, leading to secret discussions to sell the Chinese-owned app to Microsoft. WSJ's Brad Reagan explains how the deal nearly imploded over the weekend.
Aug 04, 2020
Who's Responsible if a Worker Gets Covid-19 on the Job?
Employers are getting sued by workers who got sick - and the families of workers who died - from Covid-19 after being on the job. They say the companies failed to protect them from the virus. WSJ's Janet Adamy explains what's behind the litigation and what it means for reopening businesses.
Aug 03, 2020
Why Evictions Are Starting Again
When the pandemic started, federal and local lawmakers moved to protect renters from eviction. Now, many of those eviction moratoria are expiring. WSJ's Will Parker explains.
Jul 31, 2020
The 'Emperors of the Online Economy' Testify
The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon appeared before Congress to face questions about anticompetitive behavior. WSJ's Ryan Tracy breaks down lawmakers' showdown with Big Tech.
Jul 30, 2020
How Portland Became a National Battleground
Oregon and the Trump administration today reached a deal for federal agents to begin withdrawing from the city of Portland. WSJ's Miriam Gottfried explains the bind in which Portland's mayor has found himself and how other liberal mayors may face the same challenges.
Jul 29, 2020
Life-and-Death Choices in a Rural Texas County
Starr County on Texas's southern border has been overwhelmed by coronavirus cases. Dr. Jose Vasquez, the county's health official, explains how doctors and health workers have been forced to make decisions about who to treat.
Jul 28, 2020
School's Coming Back. What Will It Look Like?
Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones faces a major decision: whether to open his school to in-person learning or go remote. Dr. Jones explains how he's making the calculation.
Jul 27, 2020
The Inside Story of Europe's Historic Bailout
The European Union passed an unprecedented relief package this week to help member countries hit hard by the coronavirus. WSJ's Bojan Pancevski takes us inside the backstory to that decision and explains what it could mean for the future of the EU.
Jul 24, 2020
The Coming Wave of Small-Business Layoffs
The Paycheck Protection Program helped small businesses keep paying their workers during this economic crisis. Now, many of those businesses have spent those funds but are still struggling. WSJ's Amara Omeokwe explains why that's forcing many small businesses to lay off workers.
Jul 23, 2020
From Boom to Bust in America's Largest Oil Field
The U.S. oil industry is going through a deep downturn, and oil towns in West Texas are feeling the pain. WSJ's Christopher M. Matthews explains what it looks like when a town goes from boom to bust in record time, and what it could mean for the rest of the economy.
Jul 22, 2020
The End of $600 a Week for the Unemployed?
Congress is debating whether to renew a $600 supplement to unemployment benefits. WSJ's Eric Morath explains what the money has meant for the economy and what might happen if it goes away.
Jul 21, 2020
Municipal Debt: How the Coronavirus Created a City Budget Crisis
The pandemic has shredded city budgets across the U.S. WSJ's Heather Gillers explains the cuts municipal governments are considering and how years of accumulating debt have put many in an even tougher spot.
Jul 20, 2020
Pro Sports Are Coming Back. Can They Pull It Off?
Professional basketball and baseball players return to work this month under dramatically different conditions. WSJ's Ben Cohen and Jared Diamond explain why Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association ended up with such different plans for playing in the pandemic. The Journal podcast will be taking a week off. We will be back with new episodes on July 20.
Jul 10, 2020
The Supreme Court Decides on Trump's Financial Records
The Supreme Court handed down decisions in two highly-anticipated cases today. At stake? Who can have access to the president's financial records. Brent Kendall and Richard Rubin walk us through the court's decisions.
Jul 09, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci: America Faces a 'Serious Situation'
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, speaks with The Journal about the U.S.'s surge in coronavirus cases and what could be done to get the spread of the virus under control.
Jul 08, 2020
Hong Kong's Tech Showdown
Facebook, Google and Twitter have stopped processing government requests for user data in Hong Kong after China imposed a new national security law. WSJ's Newley Purnell explains what led to the standoff and what it could mean for other companies there.
Jul 07, 2020
How to Get a Break on College Tuition: Just Ask
As college tuition has climbed at triple the rate of inflation, more families are realizing they have the power to negotiate. Now, the pandemic is giving them even more of an edge. WSJ's Josh Mitchell explains.
Jul 06, 2020
Businesses Tell Insurance Companies: Pay Up
Millions of U.S. businesses hit by the pandemic have insurance they hope will cover their losses, sparking one of the biggest legal fights in the history of the industry. WSJ's Leslie Scism tells the story of one lawyer's fight to make the industry pay.
Jul 02, 2020
Why Hundreds of Brands Are Boycotting Facebook
A growing number of companies are pulling their advertising from Facebook, including Unilever, Target and Ben & Jerry's. WSJ's Suzanne Vranica explains the ad boycott and the history of tensions between the tech giant and its biggest advertisers.
Jul 01, 2020
The Birthrate Was Already Low. Then the Pandemic Hit.
Millennials who graduated into the last recession face lower salaries, are less likely to own their homes and tend to marry later. And now, because of the pandemic, some may decide to delay having children. Allison Pohle, a reporter for WSJ Noted, explains. To check out the first issue of Noted, visit
Jun 30, 2020
Why This Coronavirus Surge Is Different
Coronavirus cases are spiking again in the U.S. WSJ's Brianna Abbott explains the dynamics of the outbreak, and Phoenix hospital administrator Dr. Michael White talks about how his hospital is taking lessons from New York's experience with the virus.
Jun 29, 2020
What Trump's Immigration Restrictions Could Mean for the Economy
The Trump administration this week suspended a wide range of employment visas through the end of the year. WSJ's Michelle Hackman explains how the immigration restrictions could impact the American economy - from Silicon Valley to the Jersey Shore.
Jun 26, 2020
Wirecard's Missing $2 Billion
Wirecard, the German payments company, was one of Europe's rare tech success stories. WSJ's Paul Davies explains how the company imploded in a matter of days after it disclosed that $2 billion had gone unaccounted for.
Jun 25, 2020
Adidas Reckons With Race
Employees at Adidas are criticizing the company for its lack of diversity and pushing it to confront racism. WSJ's Khadeeja Safdar explains the backlash at the company, and two employees share what led them to speak out.
Jun 24, 2020
How New York's Coronavirus Response Made the Pandemic Worse
As several states face new outbreaks of coronavirus, WSJ's Shalini Ramachandran looks back at what went wrong with the response in one of the virus's first epicenters - New York City.
Jun 23, 2020
Exclusive Audio: President Trump on Protests and the Pandemic
President Trump resumed campaigning this weekend with a rally in Tulsa. WSJ's Michael Bender interviewed the president and explains how his messaging has changed since the coronavirus locked down the economy and protests swept the country.
Jun 22, 2020
How Black Lives Matter Prepared for This Moment
Activists united under the banner of Black Lives Matter have pushed for reforms at the local and state level since 2013. Now, their policy priorities are finding traction. WSJ's Arian Campo-Flores recounts the efforts that led to this moment.
Jun 18, 2020
The Stock Market Is Wild. Investors Are Piling In.
A dramatic rise in the stock market has an odd feature: Stocks in bankrupt companies and other risky bets are also climbing. WSJ's Gregory Zuckerman explains what has individual investors, many of them new to the market, jumping in.
Jun 17, 2020
Two States, Two Approaches to a Resurgence of Coronavirus
Coronavirus cases are on the rise - and in some cases spiking - in many states that are reopening. We talk to two top health officials from Oregon and Alabama about the different ways their states are handling new outbreaks and whether they could reinstate shutdowns.
Jun 16, 2020
The Neighborhood Where Police Were Banished
Seattle's mayor instructed police to leave a section of the city after violent clashes with protestors there. The neighborhood is now transformed into an "autonomous zone." WSJ's Jim Carlton reports on what it's like inside.
Jun 15, 2020
Fraud Rocks China's Hottest Coffee Startup
Luckin Coffee was supposed to disrupt China's coffee market. But a Wall Street Journal investigation has found that the company used fake coffee orders, fake supply orders and even a fake employee to fabricate nearly half its sales last year. WSJ's Jing Yang explains Luckin's scheme.
Jun 12, 2020
Black Employment Was at a Record High. Coronavirus Undid It.
Black employment had climbed to a record level before the pandemic undid that progress in a matter of weeks. WSJ's Amara Omeokwe explains the fragility in the economic situation of black Americans and what that could mean for their recovery.
Jun 11, 2020
Corporate Debt: How Hertz Went Bankrupt
The coronavirus has pushed a number of companies into bankruptcy and exposed the debt many had racked up before the crisis. WSJ's Matt Wirz explains why Hertz is a prime example.
Jun 10, 2020
The City That Disbanded Its Police
Activists are demanding a radical reshaping of police departments across the country. Years before this movement, one city scrapped its police department and started from scratch. Camden, N.J.'s former police chief Scott Thomson explains how they rebuilt, and what happened.
Jun 09, 2020
The Fight Inside Facebook Over Trump's Posts
Employees at Facebook have resigned, staged a virtual walkout and publicly expressed their outrage over the company's decision to preserve a post by President Trump that some employees say was a call for violence. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman explains the internal dissent at the company.
Jun 08, 2020
What the 1960s Riots Can Tell Us About Today
The protests and unrest that have swept the country after the killing of George Floyd have recalled the riots and demonstrations of the 1960s. Historian Rick Perlstein talks about the similarities and differences between that time and now.
Jun 05, 2020
His Business Got Looted. He's Still Protesting.
Around the country, small businesses suffered damage from looting and unrest this past week. WSJ's Scott Calvert went to one hard-hit neighborhood in Philadelphia to talk to small business owners like Shelby Jones. Mr. Jones reflects on the damage his business suffered and why he will continue protesting.
Jun 04, 2020
When Police Brutality Meets Office Politics
As big corporations make public statements of outrage over the death of George Floyd, black employees are dealing with complicated workplace dynamics around race and police brutality. Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts explains her research on how workplaces should confront race, and two employees describe what it's like at their workplaces right now.
Jun 03, 2020
What's Behind the Biggest Wave of Protests in Decades
The protests sparked by the death of George Floyd have spread widely across the U.S. for the last week. Today, a protestor shares why he decided to demonstrate, and a professor explains the pandemic's relationship to the protests.
Jun 02, 2020
Why Minneapolis's Police Reforms Failed George Floyd
When Medaria Arradondo became the police chief of Minneapolis, he moved quickly to reform the force's policing tactics. WSJ's Dan Frosch explains why it's easier to change the policies of a police force than its culture.
Jun 01, 2020
Trump and Twitter's Showdown
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.
May 29, 2020
Why the U.S. and China Are Sparring Over Hong Kong
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.
May 28, 2020
Is Banning Certain Events the Key to Reopening?
A bar in the Swiss 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.
May 27, 2020
Therapist Esther Perel on Work and the Pandemic
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.
May 26, 2020
Why Trump Is Taking On the World Health Organization
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.
May 22, 2020
Is the U.S. Ready to Vote in a Pandemic?
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.
May 21, 2020
Consumer Debt: What Happens When Millions Stop Paying Their Credit Cards
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.
May 20, 2020
How One Airline Sees the Future of Flying
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.
May 19, 2020
Why Uber Might Eat Grubhub
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.
May 18, 2020
The FBI's Insider-Trading Investigation on Capitol Hill
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.
May 15, 2020
Why 'Bridgegate' Wasn't a Federal Crime
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.
May 14, 2020
The Chaotic Market for Coronavirus Gear
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.
May 13, 2020
Federal Debt: The U.S. Is Racking Up Debt. Will It Be a Problem?
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.
May 12, 2020
The Future of the Country's Largest Transit System
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.
May 11, 2020
Welcome Back to the Office. Your Every Move Will Be Watched.
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.
May 08, 2020
Airbnb Hosts Built Mini-Empires. Now They're Crumbling.
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
May 07, 2020
Michigan's Governor on Protests, Lockdowns and the Economy
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.
May 06, 2020
The Movie That Might Change Hollywood Forever Is...Trolls?
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."
May 05, 2020
No Prom. No Graduation. Now, No School.
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.
May 04, 2020
Baseball's Bold Comeback Strategy
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.
May 01, 2020
Is Your Burger a Matter of National Security?
Outbreaks of the coronavirus have shuttered meat plants across the country. This week, President Trump issued an executive order to keep them open. WSJ's Jacob Bunge explains the threat to workers and to the meat supply.
Apr 30, 2020
A Manhattan Project for Covid-19
A dozen of America's top scientists are working to come up with ideas for the coronavirus pandemic. WSJ's Rob Copeland explains how they're collaborating with wealthy investors to get those ideas straight to the White House.
Apr 29, 2020
How Amazon Employees Used Sellers' Data Against Them
Contrary to assertions that Amazon has made to Congress, employees often consulted sales information on third-party vendors when developing private-label products. WSJ's Dana Mattioli explains.
Apr 28, 2020
Georgia Tries to Reopen
Georgia took one of the most aggressive steps to reopen Friday, allowing some nonessential businesses like barbershops and tattoo parlors to accept customers. WSJ's Cameron McWhirter on what the reopening looked like in Atlanta.
Apr 27, 2020
The Only Grocer in Town
Hundreds of people in Rich Square, N.C. are relying on Frank Timberlake's grocery store for their food during the pandemic. WSJ's Valerie Bauerlein explains how this independent grocer has confronted the coronavirus and kept his doors open.
Apr 24, 2020
How Big Businesses Got Small Business Relief Money
The federal government's Paycheck Protection Program offered small businesses hundreds of billions of dollars so they could keep paying employees. WSJ's Bob Davis explains how big corporations ended up getting nearly $600 million of that money.
Apr 23, 2020
An Interview With Vice President Mike Pence
Vice President Mike Pence leads the White House's coronavirus task force. WSJ's Jerry Seib spoke with Pence about deficits in testing, the moves by some states to reopen businesses and a potential timeline for reopening the country.
Apr 22, 2020
Why the U.S. Still Doesn't Have Enough Tests
To reopen the economy safely, experts estimate the U.S. will need to administer millions of tests every month. WSJ's Christopher Weaver and Rebecca Ballhaus explain why we are so far from the number of tests needed.
Apr 21, 2020
Why Farmers Are Breaking Eggs and Dumping Milk
The sudden change in where and how Americans buy their food has left farmers reeling. WSJ's Jesse Newman explains why farmers like Nancy Mueller are destroying their goods.
Apr 20, 2020
Why You Still Can't Find Toilet Paper
Shoppers around the country are still struggling to find toilet paper. WSJ's Sharon Terlep explains what's going on with the toilet paper supply chain.
Apr 17, 2020
How Coronavirus Could Change the Vaccine Business
Vaccine development has historically been an expensive, yearslong endeavor, and often not a great business. WSJ's Denise Roland explains how the search for a coronavirus vaccine could change the dynamics of the industry.
Apr 16, 2020
The Other Way Coronavirus Is Hurting Hospitals
The coronavirus isn't just hitting hospitals by flooding them with patients, it's also squeezing their finances. WSJ's Melanie Evans explains why hospitals across the country are facing financial pain.
Apr 15, 2020
A Governor Explains Why States Are Teaming Up
Seven northeastern governors have formed a group to coordinate when their states will reopen. We spoke with New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy about the group and leading a state during the coronavirus.
Apr 14, 2020
Apple and Google Want Your Phone to Track Coronavirus
Apple and Google are working together to try to turn billions of smartphones into coronavirus trackers. WSJ's Sam Schechner explains how the project will work and what it shows about the trade-offs between privacy and public health.
Apr 13, 2020
The World Has Too Much Oil
Demand for oil has plummeted as the coronavirus has shut down much of the world, but most producers are still pumping. WSJ's Russell Gold explains the global game of chicken inside the oil industry.
Apr 10, 2020
What Happens When 10% of Workers File for Unemployment
Nearly 17 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits in the last three weeks. WSJ's Eric Morath explains how the flood of applicants is overwhelming state systems and leaving many people without payments.
Apr 09, 2020
The Navy's Coronavirus Crisis
After the coronavirus began spreading on a U.S. aircraft carrier, the ship's commander Brett Crozier sent a memo asking for help. WSJ's Ben Kesling explains how the saga that followed led to the acting Navy Secretary's resignation.
Apr 08, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci on How Life Returns to Normal
An interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci about what it will take to open America back up after the coronavirus pandemic: "It isn't like a light switch, on and off."
Apr 07, 2020
Can Blood From Survivors Help Fight Coronavirus?
A key to fighting the coronavirus may be found in the blood of survivors. WSJ's Amy Dockser Marcus explains how scientists are ramping up plasma transfusions to try to help sick patients and to protect health-care workers from falling ill.
Apr 06, 2020
The Silicon Valley Face Mask Disruptors
Jake Medwell and Drew Oetting, two venture capitalists and roommates in San Francisco, have become the improbable middlemen for hundreds of millions of protective supplies across four continents. WSJ's Rob Copeland explains how their operation works.
Apr 03, 2020
Essential Work: Inside an Amazon Warehouse During Coronavirus
While millions of Americans are under lockdown, Amazon's warehouse and delivery workers are still hard at work. But some are starting to voice concerns over working conditions. One Amazon employee shares her experience, and WSJ's Sebastian Herrera explains how the pandemic may have given workers leverage to make their voices heard.
Apr 02, 2020
The Next Coronavirus Financial Crisis
Companies have taken on more and more of a particular type of risky debt over the last five years, amounting to $1.2 trillion in outstanding loans. WSJ's Matt Wirz explains why that debt could make things much worse for an economy already in turmoil.
Apr 01, 2020
Without Ventilators, Doctors Face Hard Choices
Facing shortages of critical equipment, medical workers must make life-or-death decisions about who receives care. WSJ's Joe Palazzolo reports from an emergency room that's running short on ventilators, and Chris Weaver explains the plans hospitals are putting in place to decide who gets them. Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at NYU's School of Medicine, talks about how hospitals think about these difficult choices.
Mar 31, 2020
The Debate Over the Defense Production Act
A Cold War-era law gives the president powers to mobilize private companies to help in emergencies. WSJ's Andrew Restuccia and Stephanie Armour explain why President Trump has been reluctant to put the law to use in the fight against the coronavirus.
Mar 30, 2020
China Is Getting Past Coronavirus. Its Economy Isn't.
After taking extreme measures to fight the coronavirus, China is beginning to open back up for business. WSJ's Lingling Wei and Patrick Barta explain why the country still faces an uphill battle to get its economy moving again.
Mar 27, 2020
The Economic Trade-Offs of Social Distancing
President Trump has raised the possibility of relaxing social distancing guidelines faster than public health experts advise, saying it would help the economy. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus and Jon Hilsenrath explain the ongoing debate at the White House and how economists are evaluating the costs of combating the pandemic.
Mar 26, 2020
The $2 Trillion Plan to Help the Economy
Congress is close to passing an unprecedented $2 trillion aid package to offset the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains where all that money is going.
Mar 25, 2020
Why There's No Toilet Paper: Answers to Your Coronavirus Questions
Listeners sent in their questions about the coronavirus pandemic. WSJ's Sharon Terlep and Bourree Lam, and the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Greg Poland answer them.
Mar 24, 2020
The Coronavirus Cash Crisis
As many businesses grind to a halt, they face the prospect of not paying their bills and their workers. The American economy is hitting a serious cash crunch. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath explains the problem and what the government is doing to try to fix it.
Mar 23, 2020
When Performers Work From Home
While the coronavirus pandemic brings much of the world to a halt, musicians, comedians and entertainers are trying to find ways to get their work out to the world. WSJ's Charles Passy talks about the effects on the industry, and performers Lenny Marcus, Jordan Klepper, Sumire Kudo and Nathan Vickery share their jokes - and their music.
Mar 20, 2020
The Looming Crisis for U.S. Hospitals
As coronavirus cases keep rising, U.S. hospitals are scrambling to prepare. They are trying to avoid the fate of some hospitals in Italy that have been overwhelmed. WSJ's Melanie Evans explains what American hospitals are doing to get ready, and Marcus Walker reports from the epicenter of Italy's outbreak.
Mar 19, 2020
Coronavirus Layoffs Have Begun
The new coronavirus crisis is leading to job cuts in the U.S. WSJ's Eric Morath explains which workers are most vulnerable and what mass layoffs would mean for the economy. We also talk with a contract worker at a convention center and a restaurant owner about how the pandemic is affecting their livelihoods.
Mar 18, 2020
The Economic Uncertainty of Coronavirus
The Wall Street Journal's editor in chief, Matt Murray, explains the economic risks and realities of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 17, 2020
The Race to Cure Coronavirus
Pharmaceutical companies are rushing to find drugs that can treat people infected with the coronavirus. WSJ's Joseph Walker explains which treatments are furthest along, and Dr. Andre Kalil, a researcher running one of the drug trials, talks about what's at stake.
Mar 16, 2020
The Oil Price War That Stoked the Market Freefall
As the coronavirus pandemic threatens the economy and sends stocks tumbling, Saudi Arabia's crown prince has added to the turmoil by launching an oil price war. WSJ's Ken Brown takes us inside that decision.
Mar 13, 2020
The Day Coronavirus Became a Pandemic
The World Health Organization has made it official: The new coronavirus is a global pandemic. WSJ's Brianna Abbott, Margherita Stancati, and Ben Cohen explain why the crisis is escalating and how it's rippling through the world.
Mar 12, 2020
Scandal Engulfs One of America's Biggest Unions
The federal government's corruption investigation into the United Auto Workers ensnared its highest-ranking union official last week: a former president. WSJ's Nora Naughton explains what this means for the labor union that represents 400,000 members.
Mar 11, 2020
Why the Markets Tanked on Monday
The stock market plummeted Monday, recording its biggest single-day decline since 2008. WSJ's Geoffrey Rogow on what happened, and Kate Davidson explains how the Trump administration is responding.
Mar 10, 2020
How the U.S. Is Trying to Contain Coronavirus
As the new coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, public health officials have only one tool at their disposal: containment. WSJ's Melanie Grayce West and Betsy McKay explain how these officials are working to keep the epidemic at bay.
Mar 09, 2020
Why So Few CEOs Are Women
Fewer than 6% of CEOs are women. A Wall Street Journal study offers a new explanation for why. WSJ's Vanessa Fuhrmans looks at what keeps women from the chief executive job.
Mar 06, 2020
Will Coronavirus Cause a Recession?
There are fears that the new coronavirus could pose a serious threat to the U.S. economy. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath looks at whether the global epidemic could cause a recession and explains the signals to pay attention to.
Mar 05, 2020
The Moderates' Super Tuesday Gamble
In a matter of days, the race for the Democratic nomination has narrowed to a contest between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. WSJ's Sabrina Siddiqui explains why the field shifted so quickly.
Mar 04, 2020
How Washington State's Coronavirus Outbreak Unfolded
The death toll for the new coronavirus in the U.S. rose to nine today. All of the victims are in Washington state, and the majority are linked to one nursing home. WSJ's Melanie Evans tells the story of how the outbreak unfolded there, and Tom Burton explains the government's response.
Mar 03, 2020
The 'Mystery Man' Tells Us How He Helped Free Rod Blagojevich
Rod Blagojevich's release from federal prison last month culminated a nearly two-year campaign to put his case on President Donald Trump's radar. WSJ's Jess Bravin explains how Mark Vargas, a Republican political consultant, pulled it off.
Mar 02, 2020
What Bernie Sanders's Socialism Means
Bernie Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist, the first time a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has done so. Eliza Collins, who covers Bernie Sanders, and Jon Hilsenrath, who covers economics, explain what that means for Sanders and his rivals.
Feb 28, 2020
Wells Fargo and the Fake-Account Fallout
In 2016, Wells Fargo was slapped with a fine for creating fake accounts for customers. It was only the start of the bank's problems. WSJ's Rachel Louise Ensign explains what happened and what led to a $3 billion settlement last week.
Feb 27, 2020
America Prepares for a Pandemic
The outbreak of new coronavirus cases around the world has led U.S. health officials to warn the disease may spread in the U.S. WSJ's Brianna Abbott explains what may complicate officials' efforts to prepare.
Feb 26, 2020
How Big Pharma Lost Its Swagger
The drug industry has long been one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington, but in recent years it hasn't packed the punch it used to. WSJ's Brody Mullins explains why the pharmaceutical industry's influence has declined.
Feb 25, 2020
Baseball's Biggest Scandal in a Century
An unprecedented cheating scandal involving the Houston Astros has roiled Major League Baseball. WSJ's Jared Diamond explains how the Astros' sign-stealing scheme began and what it means for America's pastime.
Feb 24, 2020
Sold: Victoria's Secret
Victoria's Secret announced yesterday that a private equity firm was buying control of the retailer. The sale caps a long decline for the brand as well as the end of Les Wexner's 57-year run as CEO of its parent company. WSJ's Khadeeja Safdar explains.
Feb 21, 2020
The Boy Scouts' Survival Plan: Bankruptcy
The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy this week. WSJ's Valerie Bauerlein and Andrew Scurria explain how the organization reached this point, after decades of declining membership and intensifying legal pressure over sex abuse allegations.
Feb 20, 2020
An Economic Superpower on Lockdown
The coronavirus has forced China, the world's second-biggest economy, into lockdown. WSJ's Yoko Kubota explains how that has disrupted businesses around the world, including companies like Disney and Apple.
Feb 19, 2020
How a Kardashian Producer Became a Saudi Deal Maker
Carla DiBello used to be a reality TV producer in Los Angeles. Now, she's riding mega-yachts and attending business meetings with the world's richest people and is a direct conduit to one of the world's most influential investors: The Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund. WSJ's Justin Scheck details her rise to prominence.
Feb 18, 2020
Bloomberg's Big Money Strategy
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has hugely outspent all other Democratic presidential candidates. His campaign is focusing its resources on Super Tuesday on March 3. WSJ's Tarini Parti and Michael Howard Saul look at whether his high-spending tactics could work.
Feb 14, 2020
Nike's Vaporfly Is 'Magic.' But Is It Fair?
Runners wearing versions of Nike's Vaporfly shoe have smashed marathon records, leading to questions about whether the shoe offers an unfair advantage. WSJ's Rachel Bachman explains the controversy.
Feb 13, 2020
A Spying Scandal Takes Down a CEO
Credit Suisse's CEO Tidjane Thiam resigned last week in the fallout from revelations the bank was spying on employees. WSJ's Margot Patrick explains the story behind the scandal.
Feb 12, 2020
The Battle Over Your Bed
Casper was a pioneer in selling mattresses online. WSJ's Eliot Brown explains how the competition that Casper kicked off in the mattress-in-a-box space is now challenging the company.
Feb 11, 2020
The Mormon Church's $100 Billion Secret Fund
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has amassed one of the world's largest investment funds, but few people know it exists. WSJ's Ian Lovett on new details about the fund and the church's plans for it.
Feb 10, 2020
Inside China's Giant Quarantine
China has marshaled its surveillance apparatus to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. WSJ's Shan Li reports from a quarantined hotel in the province where the outbreak started, and Patrick Barta explains how the government has mobilized.
Feb 07, 2020
When Your American Dream Gets Too Crowded
As more and more Americans move south, Lake Wylie, a suburb of Charlotte, has tripled in size. Now, the town is saying no more. WSJ's Valerie Bauerlein explains.
Feb 06, 2020
A Bruising Price War. Three Rivals. One Big Investor.
Money from the same major investor, Softbank, is fueling a startup battle in Latin America between three of its own companies: Uber, Didi and Rappi. WSJ's Robbie Whelan explains.
Feb 05, 2020
The App That Crashed the Iowa Caucuses
The first results from the Iowa Democratic caucuses were released a day later than expected after a mobile app designed to report tallies had technical issues. WSJ's Eliza Collins and Deepa Seetharaman explain why the app was used in the first place and what went wrong.
Feb 04, 2020
Democrats and Facebook: It's Complicated
Democrats' relationship with Facebook is at an all-time low, just as the 2020 election kicks off in Iowa. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman explains Democrats' tightrope act of criticizing Facebook while also using it to reach voters.
Feb 03, 2020
The Long-Lost Super Bowl
There's only one tape of Super Bowl I believed to be in existence. Troy Haupt discovered it in his mother's attic. WSJ's Jared Diamond explains why virtually no one has gotten to see it.
Jan 31, 2020
Apple's Cost Cutter
Apple executive Tony Blevins has built a career staring down suppliers and slashing prices to the bone. WSJ's Tripp Mickle explains why, as Apple's iPhone sales slow, that's an increasingly important job.
Jan 30, 2020
Why Your Credit Score Could Drop
The FICO score, one of the most widely used credit scores in America, is about to go through some major revisions. WSJ's AnnaMaria Andriotis explains what the changes are and why the current scores may be out of whack.
Jan 29, 2020
The Last Train Out of Wuhan
China has responded to the spread of a deadly new virus by locking down cities and quarantining tens of millions of people. WSJ's Shan Li reports from the epicenter, and science editor Stefanie Ilgenfritz analyzes China's response to the new coronavirus.
Jan 28, 2020
Who Hacked Jeff Bezos?
Investigators hired by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos claimed last week that his phone was hacked by Saudi Arabia. WSJ's Justin Scheck and Michael Siconolfi explain the history of leaks of Bezos's texts, and how Bezos and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman became archenemies.
Jan 27, 2020
Vale Ignored Warnings. Then Its Dam Killed Hundreds.
270 people were killed when a dam owned by the mining giant Vale collapsed. After a year-long investigation, WSJ's Samantha Pearson and Luciana Magalhaes explain the negligence and coverup inside one of Brazil's biggest companies.
Jan 25, 2020
The Tug of War Over Tesla
Tesla's stock has been on a tear since late last year, and this week the company's valuation reached $100 billion. Investors who believe in the stock couldn't be happier. But others think the company is overvalued. WSJ's Gunjan Banerji explains the divide.
Jan 23, 2020
Wall Street's Climate Gambit
BlackRock, the biggest money manager in the world, announced that it plans to make sustainability a focus of its investment strategy. WSJ's Geoffrey Rogow explains what the change means.
Jan 22, 2020
The President's Defense
Opening arguments kick off this week in the Senate's impeachment trial. President Trump has assembled a legal team with a lot of star power to defend him. WSJ's Michael Bender introduces us to the team and explains their case.
Jan 21, 2020
How the Grounded Boeing Jet Shook the Airline Industry
The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded for nearly a year after two deadly crashes. WSJ's Alison Sider explains how the plane's grounding has upended carriers like American Airlines and rippled through the aviation industry.
Jan 17, 2020
The Government's Quest to Crack Into iPhones
Attorney General William Barr criticized Apple on Monday for not helping the Department of Justice get into the iPhones of the Florida naval base shooter. WSJ's Bob McMillan explains Apple's philosophy on letting the government in.
Jan 16, 2020
How Airbnb Deals With Crime
After a deadly mass shooting, Airbnb faced questions about how much responsibility it has for safety at the properties listed on its site. WSJ's Kirsten Grind investigates Airbnb's efforts to fight crime on its platform.
Jan 15, 2020
Democrats' 2020 Fundraising Fights
The Democrats running for president this year have employed three different fundraising strategies to fuel their campaigns. WSJ's Julie Bykowicz breaks down the different tactics and explains how those strategies could shape the race.
Jan 14, 2020
The Broken Business of Antibiotics
The world desperately needs new antibiotics to tackle the rising threat of drug-resistant superbugs, but there is little reward for doing so. WSJ's Denise Roland explains problems facing antibiotics companies.
Jan 13, 2020
Why Google Is Pushing Into Health Data
Google has struck deals with health providers that give the company access to millions of personal medical records without notifying patients. WSJ's Rob Copeland explains Google's plans for the data.
Jan 10, 2020
After Dramatic Escape, Carlos Ghosn Makes His Case
Facing questions about his escape from Japan, former auto executive Carlos Ghosn defended himself against charges of financial crimes in a blistering and emotional press conference. WSJ's Nick Kostov explains Ghosn's defense.
Jan 09, 2020
The Calculus Behind Iran's Missile Strikes
Iranian missiles struck two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops last night, a response to the United States' killing of an Iranian general. WSJ's Sune Engel Rasmussen explains what went into Iran's decision.
Jan 08, 2020
Inside Carlos Ghosn's Escape From Japan
Carlos Ghosn went from a globe-trotting top executive to international fugitive in a year. WSJ's Nick Kostov explains what led Ghosn to flee Japan in a box made for audio gear and how he pulled off his escape.
Jan 08, 2020
Goldman Sachs and the 1MDB Scandal
Goldman Sachs helped Malaysia raise over $6 billion for its economic development fund, 1MDB. Prosecutors say much of the fund's money was then stolen. WSJ's Liz Hoffman explains the scandal and why the bank may soon face punishment for its alleged role.
Jan 06, 2020
The Killing of Iran's Most Powerful General
A U.S. strike in Baghdad killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani yesterday. WSJ's Michael Gordon explains Soleimani's significance, what's known about the killing and what it means for the region and the U.S.
Jan 03, 2020
How Google Shapes Your Search Results
Google has long held up its search results as objective and essentially autonomous, the product of computer algorithms. But WSJ's Kirsten Grind explains how Google has interfered with search more than the company has acknowledged.
Jan 02, 2020
WeWork: The Enablers
Adam Neumann, WeWork's former CEO, has been under intense scrutiny since the company's fall from grace. But there's also another group of people behind the dramatic unraveling: WeWork's investors. WSJ's Maureen Farrell and Eliot Brown take us into the thinking of WeWork's biggest backers.
Dec 23, 2019
A Year in the Middle of a Trade War
The U.S. announced a "phase one" trade deal with China last week, halting the trade war between the countries. WSJ's Jacob Schlesinger looks back on a year of escalating tariffs and explains what it was like for businesses caught in the middle.
Dec 20, 2019
New Gig Work Law Leaves California Scrambling
A new California law requires businesses to reclassify many workers as employees rather than independent contractors. As the deadline to implement the law nears, some companies are confused about whether they're included. Others are opting out. WSJ's Christine Mai-Duc explains.
Dec 19, 2019
The Senate Prepares for a Trial
The House is set to impeach President Trump. From there, the case would move to the Senate for a trial. WSJ's Lindsay Wise explains what that process looks like and the political maneuvering around it.
Dec 18, 2019
Disney Disturbs the Force
When Disney releases "The Rise of Skywalker" this week, the company will try to walk a fine line: Keep Star Wars superfans happy and attract new audiences to the franchise. WSJ's Erich Schwartzel explains Disney's balancing act.
Dec 17, 2019
Facebook's Latest Tangle with the FTC
The Federal Trade Commission is considering a move that could stop Facebook from further integrating with WhatsApp and Instagram. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman explains what the decision would mean for Facebook as it faces antitrust investigations.
Dec 16, 2019
The Man Who Waged War on Inflation
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker died this week at 92. Volcker steered the American economy through runaway inflation in the 1980s. WSJ's Greg Ip knew Volcker and shares the stories that shaped the man's life.
Dec 13, 2019
The Fight to Rewrite the World's Biggest Trade Deal
President Trump campaigned on scrapping Nafta. But getting that done wasn't so easy. Now, Congress is close to making a deal. WSJ's Josh Zumbrun explains the new trade agreement, USMCA.
Dec 12, 2019
The Crown Prince and the IPO
It's the biggest IPO in history. Saudi Arabia's state-backed oil company, Aramco, started trading today. WSJ's Summer Said explains why the record-setting valuation was still a letdown for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and what it means for his leadership.
Dec 11, 2019
India Rewrites the Rules for Big Tech
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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