The Journal.

The Journal.

By The Wall Street Journal & Gimlet

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.


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.
10/08/2016m 33s

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.
07/08/2018m 40s

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.
06/08/2018m 21s

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.
05/08/2019m 53s

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's U.S. operations to Microsoft. WSJ's Brad Reagan explains how the deal nearly imploded over the weekend.
04/08/2020m 44s

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.
03/08/2016m 12s

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.
31/07/2019m 22s

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.
30/07/2020m 9s

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.
29/07/2018m 46s

Life-and-Death Choices in a Rural Texas County

Starr County on Texas' 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 whom to treat.
28/07/2017m 56s

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.
27/07/2021m 38s

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.
24/07/2018m 54s

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.
23/07/2016m 4s

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.
22/07/2020m 41s

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.
21/07/2018m 3s

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.
20/07/2018m 36s

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.
10/07/2021m 23s

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.
09/07/2015m 32s

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.
08/07/2024m 31s

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.
07/07/2016m 46s

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.
06/07/2018m 5s

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.
02/07/2021m 9s

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.
01/07/2017m 7s

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
30/06/2015m 4s

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.
29/06/2017m 35s

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.
26/06/2016m 13s

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.
25/06/2018m 15s

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.
24/06/2019m 10s

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.
23/06/2019m 44s

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.
22/06/2022m 1s

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.
18/06/2020m 36s

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.
17/06/2016m 15s

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.
16/06/2021m 23s

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.
15/06/2015m 6s

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.
12/06/2017m 56s

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.
11/06/2019m 42s

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.
10/06/2018m 3s

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.
09/06/2019m 10s

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.
08/06/2019m 20s

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.
05/06/2016m 58s

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.
04/06/2016m 38s

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.
03/06/2020m 7s

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.
02/06/2019m 40s

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.
01/06/2021m 26s

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.
29/05/2019m 52s

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.
28/05/2018m 24s

Is Banning Certain Events the Key to Reopening?

A bar in the Austrian 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. Note: An earlier version of this caption incorrectly said the bar was in the Swiss Alps.
27/05/2017m 23s

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.
26/05/2022m 36s

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.
22/05/2020m 38s

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.
21/05/2018m 7s

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.
20/05/2019m 59s

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.
19/05/2017m 4s

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.
18/05/2016m 7s

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.
15/05/2017m 20s

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.
14/05/2019m 29s

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.
13/05/2015m 9s

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.
12/05/2017m 20s

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.
11/05/2018m 48s

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.
08/05/2015m 51s

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
07/05/2018m 53s

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.
06/05/2019m 27s

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."
05/05/2015m 59s

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.
04/05/2019m 31s

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.
01/05/2021m 55s

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.
30/04/2020m 15s

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.
29/04/2020m 32s

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.
28/04/2016m 1s

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.
27/04/2019m 55s

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.
24/04/2016m 54s

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.
23/04/2020m 36s

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.
22/04/2016m 32s

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.
21/04/2019m 29s

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.
20/04/2016m 16s

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.
17/04/2018m 38s

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.
16/04/2018m 45s

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.
15/04/2017m 11s

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.
14/04/2018m 12s

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.
13/04/2020m 9s

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.
10/04/2016m 51s

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.
09/04/2015m 21s

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.
08/04/2020m 29s

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."
07/04/2024m 4s

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.
06/04/2017m 30s

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.
03/04/2017m 59s

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.
02/04/2018m 55s

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.
01/04/2017m 23s

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.
31/03/2020m 50s

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.
30/03/2018m 0s

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.
27/03/2017m 58s

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.
26/03/2017m 47s

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.
25/03/2021m 53s

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.
24/03/2020m 43s

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.
23/03/2018m 5s

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.
20/03/2022m 19s

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.
19/03/2022m 16s

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.
18/03/2019m 42s

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.
17/03/2018m 6s

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.
16/03/2017m 13s

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.
13/03/2018m 22s

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.
12/03/2019m 33s

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.
11/03/2019m 57s

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.
10/03/2017m 59s

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.
09/03/2021m 26s

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.
06/03/2020m 31s

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.
05/03/2021m 24s

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.
04/03/2017m 37s

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.
03/03/2019m 21s

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.
02/03/2023m 35s

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.
28/02/2020m 42s

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.
27/02/2021m 24s

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.
26/02/2016m 54s

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.
25/02/2020m 29s

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.
24/02/2022m 27s

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.
21/02/2019m 6s

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.
20/02/2018m 7s

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.
19/02/2017m 51s

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.
18/02/2021m 15s

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.
14/02/2020m 21s

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.
13/02/2022m 33s

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.
12/02/2021m 50s

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.
11/02/2020m 59s

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.
10/02/2020m 50s

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.
07/02/2020m 12s

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.
06/02/2020m 37s

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.
05/02/2017m 58s

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.
04/02/2020m 11s

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.
03/02/2018m 13s

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.
31/01/2017m 22s

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.
30/01/2017m 6s

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.
29/01/2018m 29s

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.
28/01/2020m 28s

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.
27/01/2024m 7s

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.
25/01/2030m 28s

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.
23/01/2020m 34s

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.
22/01/2016m 3s

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.
21/01/2021m 11s

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.
17/01/2015m 59s

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 Robert McMillan explains Apple's philosophy on letting the government in.
16/01/2022m 22s

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.
15/01/2020m 21s

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.
14/01/2020m 57s

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.
13/01/2019m 35s

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.
10/01/2020m 42s

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.
09/01/2017m 37s

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.
08/01/2016m 36s

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.
08/01/2023m 33s

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.
06/01/2020m 24s

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.
03/01/2016m 12s

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.
02/01/2022m 56s

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.
23/12/1922m 47s

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.
20/12/1917m 53s

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.
19/12/1920m 24s

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.
18/12/1920m 7s

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.
17/12/1922m 25s

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.
16/12/1921m 9s

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.
13/12/1924m 27s

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.
12/12/1921m 27s

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.
11/12/1920m 36s

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.
10/12/1920m 43s

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.
09/12/1920m 36s

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.
06/12/1918m 58s

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.
05/12/1919m 47s

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.
04/12/1917m 45s

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.
03/12/1921m 27s

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.
02/12/1925m 10s

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.
27/11/1922m 24s

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.
26/11/1926m 42s

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.
25/11/1923m 21s

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.
22/11/1924m 17s

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.
21/11/1918m 16s

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.
20/11/1920m 30s

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.
19/11/1920m 4s

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.
18/11/1921m 38s

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.
15/11/1918m 7s

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.
14/11/1923m 17s

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.
13/11/1921m 19s

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.
12/11/1921m 25s

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.
08/11/1917m 56s

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.
07/11/1918m 43s

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.
06/11/1918m 46s

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.
05/11/1920m 38s

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.
04/11/1919m 58s

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.
01/11/1924m 58s

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.
31/10/1921m 7s

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.
30/10/1915m 24s

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.
29/10/1917m 54s

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.
28/10/1920m 37s

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.
25/10/1920m 54s

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.
24/10/1916m 57s

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.
23/10/1918m 37s

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.
22/10/1917m 41s

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.
21/10/1921m 23s

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.
18/10/1922m 23s

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.
17/10/1925m 24s

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
16/10/1920m 3s

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.
15/10/1919m 26s

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.
11/10/1930m 51s

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.
10/10/1919m 34s

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.
09/10/1917m 53s

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.
08/10/1918m 55s

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.
07/10/1913m 52s

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.
04/10/1923m 18s

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.
03/10/1918m 24s

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.
02/10/1923m 11s

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.
01/10/1917m 52s

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.
30/09/1926m 24s

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.
27/09/1920m 35s

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.
26/09/1920m 55s

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.
25/09/1921m 34s

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.
24/09/1918m 40s

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.
23/09/1916m 57s

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.
20/09/1918m 37s

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.
19/09/1921m 32s

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.
18/09/1920m 2s

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.
17/09/1916m 27s

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.
16/09/1921m 37s

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.
13/09/1921m 30s

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.
12/09/1921m 34s

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.
11/09/1918m 52s

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.
10/09/1918m 0s

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.
09/09/1916m 18s

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."
06/09/1922m 35s

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.
05/09/1924m 14s

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.
04/09/1918m 17s

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.
03/09/1920m 34s

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.
30/08/1917m 48s

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.
28/08/1921m 56s

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.
26/08/1921m 15s

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.
23/08/1922m 24s

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.
21/08/1923m 24s

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.
19/08/1916m 7s

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.
16/08/1920m 54s

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.
14/08/1917m 19s

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.
12/08/1916m 57s

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.
09/08/1917m 19s

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.
07/08/1921m 56s

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.
05/08/1919m 8s

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.
02/08/1915m 50s

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.
31/07/1915m 55s

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.
26/07/1920m 41s

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.
24/07/1916m 47s

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.
19/07/1923m 53s

Uber and Lyft's Zero-Sum Game

Some investors say that for Uber to truly succeed, it needs to eliminate its competition. After two disappointing listings, can Uber and Lyft co-exist? Maureen Farrell has been covering Uber and Lyft's IPOs. Plus, a boss gets a major shock when he tries to help a sick employee. Update: Lyft raised more than $2 billion in its IPO. An earlier version of this episode incorrectly stated that Lyft raised a little over $1 billion.
17/07/1921m 40s

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.
12/07/1923m 14s

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.
10/07/1917m 11s

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.
05/07/1922m 59s

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.
03/07/1922m 29s

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.
28/06/1925m 3s

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.
26/06/1918m 25s

Introducing The Journal

Welcome to The Journal. A show about money, business and power. Coming June 26.
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