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The Journal.

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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The New Reality for Oil in Washington

The oil industry's top lobbying group is poised to embrace a climate policy it had fought for years. WSJ's Timothy Puko explains what's behind that reversal, and what it says about the new political reality facing fossil fuels.
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Where Jobs Are Booming

Even with high unemployment, certain industries are having a hard time finding enough workers. WSJ's Sarah Chaney Cambon explains why some companies are increasing wages and benefits as a result. We also talk to Aaron Jagdfeld, the CEO of a generator company, about the lengths he's taken to recruit workers.
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WeWork Looks to Go Public, Again

WeWork's biggest shareholder, Softbank, has been dogged by its obligations to the coworking company's co-founder, Adam Neumann. WSJ's Maureen Farrell tells the story of how, after a year, the company severed ties with Neumann and why going public may now be on the horizon.
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How an Army of Retail Investors Helped Save AMC Movie Theaters

AMC, the world's largest movie theater chain, was facing possible bankruptcy after the pandemic dried up moviegoing. But early this year, retail investors rallied to #SaveAMC. WSJ's Alexander Gladstone spoke with AMC CEO Adam Aron about how he set the company up to benefit from an unexpected stroke of luck.
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Novavax's Long Road to a Covid-19 Vaccine

Novavax is a vaccine company that for decades never brought a vaccine to market. Before the pandemic, they were on the verge of bankruptcy. WSJ's Gregory Zuckerman and Novavax's Dr. Gregory Glenn explain how the company's fortunes are now changing thanks to its Covid-19 vaccine, which is delivering promising results.
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Hollywood Director Lee Daniels on a Changing Film Industry

Major film studios are starting to embrace a strategy never before seen in Hollywood: releasing films directly to streaming. Director Lee Daniels joins us to discuss what that change has meant for his new film, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," and what it could mean for the future of filmmaking.
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An Interview With a Member of the Facebook Oversight Board

Facebook's new oversight board is preparing to rule on whether Donald Trump should be banned from Facebook permanently. We talk with one of the board's co-chairs, former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, about how the board is weighing the decision and what it means for free speech on the platform.
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Dogecoin Was a Joke. Now It's Worth $7 Billion.

Billy Markus created the cryptocurrency Dogecoin on a lark, based on a viral dog meme. Eight years later, his creation is worth billions of dollars. Markus and WSJ's Caitlin Ostroff explain how crypto's jokiest coin went to the moon.
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A Voting Machine Company Fights Disinformation With Lawsuits

Dominion Voting Systems, the voting-machine maker, was swept up in a storm of allegations about its role in the 2020 election. We speak with Dominion's CEO, and WSJ's Alexa Corse describes how the company is fighting back.
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Why the Texas Power Grid Failed

Texas's deregulated power sector was considered a model for delivering cheap electricity, but the power outages last week revealed shortcomings. WSJ's Russell Gold unpacks what went wrong.
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Ban on Foreign Workers Left Jobs Open. Americans Didn't Take Them.

Last year, President Trump banned most new visas for foreign workers, arguing unemployed Americans would take those jobs instead. But as WSJ's Alicia Caldwell explains, even with high unemployment, many of those positions were left unfilled.
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Free Trading Isn't Free: How Robinhood Makes Money

Robinhood is able to offer free trading on its app thanks to a practice known as payment for order flow. WSJ's Alexander Osipovich explains how it works and why Congress has questions about it.
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This Judge Put Criminals Away. Now He's Trying to Set Them Free.

As a federal judge, John Gleeson would have to impose decadeslong sentences for certain crimes. Now, he's on a mission to undo some of those same sentences. We talk to the WSJ's Corinne Ramey, Gleeson and one man who's been freed by Gleeson's strategy.
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Why Google Might Leave Australia

Australia is poised to pass a law that would compel tech companies like Google and Facebook to pay news organizations for links. In response, Google threatened to turn off search, and Facebook said it wouldn't let users share articles. WSJ's Mike Cherney explains what's at stake.
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Facebook's Showdown With Apple

Apple is launching a new privacy feature that Facebook says could severely hurt its business by making it harder to target consumers with ads. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman explains why the dispute has been years in the making.
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An Oral History of WallStreetBets

Five WallStreetBets members tell the story of how they ended up on the Reddit forum and how they felt when it upended the stock market.
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The Shell Companies Taking Over Wall Street

Companies with no business plan, no profit, and no revenue are flooding Wall Street. They're called SPACs, and investors are pouring money into them. WSJ's Maureen Farrell explains the forces behind the market's SPAC boom and what it could mean for investors.
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GM's All-Electric Bet

General Motors has committed to making all its vehicles electric by 2035. WSJ's Mike Colias explains GM's history making electric vehicles and why it's now going all-in.
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Trump's Second Impeachment Trial Begins

Donald Trump is the first president to be impeached twice. Now, the Senate will vote on whether or not to convict him. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes outlines what's different about this impeachment and what problems it could raise on both sides of the aisle.
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Why It's Hard to Buy a House in Detroit, Especially if You're Black

When Vincent Orr decided to buy a house, he didn't get a mortgage. He paid cash, and he's not alone. WSJ's Ben Eisen explains why Black Detroiters still have a tough time getting mortgages decades after racist redlining policies officially ended.
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Two Power Brokers in Biden's Washington

One of President Biden's closest advisors, Steve Ricchetti, has ties to lobbying that go back decades. WSJ's Julie Bykowicz tells the story of how Steve Ricchetti and his brother Jeff climbed the ranks of lobbying and government.
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Amazon After Bezos

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced yesterday that he plans to step down as CEO. WSJ's Bradley Olson explains how Bezos's relentless drive grew Amazon into a goliath and what the next CEO will mean for America's biggest online retailer.
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Do Stimulus Checks Work?

Congress is debating a third round of stimulus checks to Americans. WSJ's Richard Rubin talks through the upsides and downsides to stimulus checks, why they're neither "stimulus" nor a "check," and we hear how our listeners spent their money.
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Why Robinhood Put the Brakes on GameStop

In the middle of the GameStop frenzy last week, Robinhood users woke up to find they couldn't buy many of the market's hottest stocks. The app had placed unprecedented restrictions on trading. WSJ's Peter Rudegeair explains why Robinhood did it and the backlash it's facing as a result.
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Companies Try to Speed Up the Vaccine Rollout

As the vaccine rollout around the country hits obstacles, corporate America says there's a better way. WSJ's Sarah Krouse explains how companies are stepping in to address distribution woes, and one CEO details his company's effort.
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Why Biden Killed the Keystone XL Pipeline

President Biden revoked the permit for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline on his first day in office. But as a candidate early in the presidential race, the pipeline wasn't a priority. WSJ's Tim Puko explains how the pipeline became a symbol and day-one agenda item for the Biden White House.
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GameStop and the Rise of the Reddit Investor

A group of investors on Reddit are driving up the stock price of GameStop, going against Wall Street consensus that the video game retailer's days are numbered. WSJ's Gunjan Banerji explains how they're working together to make the stock soar - and make a lot of money for themselves in the process.
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What to Expect from the Jobs Market in 2021

The U.S. job market made a remarkable comeback in 2020, after the pandemic wiped out more than 20 million jobs. But it wasn't nearly enough for a full recovery. WSJ's Eric Morath explains why many economists think that 2021 could be a record-setting year for job growth - and how that optimistic outlook could fall apart.
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Two Investors, One Company and a Billion-Dollar Short

Two billionaire investors battled for years over the fate of Herbalife, a nutritional shake company. This month saw the final chapter of the strange saga that WSJ's David Benoit likens to "Mean Girls meets Wall Street."
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What It Takes to Open a Business in a Pandemic

Reporter Peter Grant has been walking one stretch of Brooklyn since the beginning of the pandemic, talking to struggling business owners. Recently, he's found a new phenomenon: people who've decided now is the right time to open a new business.
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The Risks the U.K. Strain Poses for the U.S.

A new strain of coronavirus that arose in the U.K. could become dominant in the U.S. by March. WSJ's Daniela Hernandez explains the science behind the emerging threat.
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On the Ground at Biden's Inauguration

Joe Biden was sworn in today as the 46th president of the United States. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes was at the ceremony, and Ted Mann was on the streets outside.
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How Trump Tied His Businesses to His Presidency

As the end of Donald Trump's presidency approached, the Trump Organization believed there was money to be made after Trump left the White House. WSJ's Brian Spegele and Rebecca Ballhaus explain how the assault on the U.S. Capitol could upend those plans.
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Three Afghans Prepare for the U.S. to Leave

The U.S. military completed one of the most significant drawdowns of the Afghan war today. There are now just 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, the lowest number since 2001. WSJ's Sune Rasmussen went to Kabul to hear from Afghans what the withdrawal means for them, and their country.
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Sheldon Adelson and the Rise of the Megadonor

Casino magnate and billionaire Sheldon Adelson died this week at the age of 87. WSJ's Julie Bykowicz explains the mark Adelson left on politics as a Republican megadonor.
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How Big Tech Kicked Parler Offline

Google, Apple and Amazon took steps over the weekend to effectively shut down the social media site Parler, which had been used to organize the attack on the Capitol. WSJ's Keach Hagey explains why they did it and what it means for the future of speech and tech.
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Why This Impeachment Could Be Different

House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump this week, accusing him of "incitement of insurrection." WSJ's Siobhan Hughes, who covered Mr. Trump's first impeachment, explains how this impeachment could play out differently.
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Why Google Workers Formed a Union

Silicon Valley has long been resistant to organized labor, but last week a group of Google employees announced the formation of a union. WSJ's Bowdeya Tweh on the activism that led to this moment and union member Andrew Gainer-Dewar on why he joined.
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How Wednesday's Attack Came Together: Out in the Open

In the weeks before Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol, people were openly planning violence online. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman describes the patchwork of policies that have allowed extremists to organize on the internet.
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How One State Got Its Vaccine Rollout Right

West Virginia has administered first doses of Covid-19 vaccines at one of the highest rates in the country. Covid Czar Dr. Clay Marsh tells us how the state did it by forgoing the federal government's plan.
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Pro-Trump Mob Storms the Capitol

Mass chaos engulfed the U.S. Capitol today as a pro-Trump mob stormed the building in objection to the results of the election. WSJ's Gordon Lubold described what he saw on the ground at the Capitol.
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What's Behind the Slow Vaccine Rollout

The federal government set a goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020. But the rollout fell far short. WSJ's Jared Hopkins explains why vaccine distribution is going much more slowly than expected.
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The Republican Party Civil War in Georgia

Ahead of Tuesday's high-stakes Senate runoffs in Georgia, WSJ's Cameron McWhirter talked to Republican voters to understand how Trump's barrage of attacks on their governor and secretary of state is affecting their vote and their loyalty to the party.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci Looks Back at 2020

It's been nearly a year since the first coronavirus case was recorded in the U.S. Dr. Anthony Fauci looks back on the year we had and ahead at what's to come.
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Inside the Largest Government Hack in Years

WSJ's Robert McMillan tells the story of how updates from a little-known software company, SolarWinds, allegedly let Russian hackers into U.S. government networks and explains what that means for the future of cyber espionage.
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The $900 Billion Relief Package

Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on a $900 billion stimulus package. We speak with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson about the package and what it could mean for states and the economy.
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A Church Tries to Bridge Its Political Divides

This year, members of a small Michigan church tried to do something America has struggled to: find common ground. WSJ's Janet Adamy watched-and recorded-as the group tried to navigate its political divisions in just 11 conversations.
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What Corporate America Can Learn From Coke's Reckoning With Race

Two decades ago, black employees sued Coca-Cola for racial discrimination. The company pledged to turn things around -- and it did. WSJ's Jennifer Maloney and Lauren Weber explain how Coke successfully transformed itself into a more equitable company...and how it failed to stay that way.
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Chef José Andrés: How to Feed People in an Emergency

After the pandemic forced restaurants across the U.S. to close, award-winning chef José Andrés had an idea: He could mobilize those shuttered kitchens to help feed the hungry. Chef Andrés joins us to talk about an unprecedented year for his industry.
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How One Hospital Is Rolling Out the Vaccine

Americans are now getting vaccinated, starting with health-care workers and people with conditions that make them vulnerable. We talk with Dr. Shereef Elnahal, president and CEO of University Hospital, the only public hospital in New Jersey, about how that process is playing out.
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