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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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