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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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How Jiang Zemin Made China a Global Superpower

Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin died this week at 96. As WSJ?s Charles Hutzler explains, Jiang was known for policies that guided China towards a market-oriented economy, but also for being uncompromising on challenges to the Communist Party. Further Reading: -Jiang Zemin, Who Steered China Into New Era, Dies at 96  Further Listening: -China?s Biggest Protests in Decades  -How Xi Jinping?s Dream Slowed China?s Economy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-12-02
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An Exit Interview With Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci - the U.S. Chief Medical Advisor - is retiring after more than 50 years of government service. We speak to him about the biggest challenges in his career and if he believes Covid is behind us. Further Reading -Anthony Fauci to Step Down After More Than 50 Years of Government Service  Further Listening -Dr. Anthony Fauci on Omicron and the Covid-19 Stalemate  -Anthony Fauci: Delta Variant Has 'Exposed Our Vulnerability'  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-12-01
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Beyond Meat Loses Its Sizzle

Beyond Meat, the maker of plant-based meat alternatives, has been a darling of the food startup world. In 2019, it had one of the most successful initial public offerings by a major company in more than two decades. But now sales are down, its stock is slumping and its workforce is shrinking, WSJ's Jesse Newman unpacks Beyond's problems. Further Reading: -Beyond Meat?s Very Real Problems: Slumping Sausages, Mounting Losses  -Beyond Meat Reports Weak Sales and Mounting Losses  Further Listening: -Oatly Pioneered Oat Milk. Now It?s Struggling to Keep Up.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-30
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China's Biggest Protests in Decades

After years of strict Covid restrictions, people are taking to the streets in cities across China. But they?re not just protesting zero-Covid, they?re voicing displeasure with Xi Jinping himself. WSJ?s Brian Spegele gives us an inside view of the protests rocking China. Further Reading: -China?s Surveillance State Pushes Deeper Into Citizens? Lives  -Much of China Locks Down With No End to Zero Covid in Sight  -Chinese Protests Spread Over Government?s Covid Restrictions  Further Listening: -How Xi Jinping's Dream Slowed China's Economy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-29
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The Surprising Origins of Russia?s Drones

In recent months, Russia has ramped up its use of drones in its war on Ukraine. As Ukrainian analysts have begun dissecting some of the unmanned aircraft, they?ve uncovered a complex web of suppliers. WSJ?s Ian Talley explains.  Further Reading: -Ukrainian Analysis Identifies Western Supply Chain Behind Iran?s Drones  -Iran Acknowledges Supplying Drones to Russia  Further Listening: -Iran?s Secret System to Avoid Sanctions  -Ukraine Makes a Deal with Wall Street  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-28
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Elon Musk's 'Extremely Hardcore' Twitter

Since Elon Musk bought Twitter four weeks ago, thousands of employees have been laid off, fired or decided to leave the company. WSJ's Alexa Corse explains what the company's leaner staff could mean for the platform. Further Reading: -Elon Musk Tells Twitter Staff to Work ?Long Hours at High Intensity? or Leave  -Twitter?s Mass Resignations Test Elon Musk?s Management Playbook  -Twitter Lays Off Some Sales Employees After They Committed to Twitter 2.0  Further Listening: -Why Elon Musk?s Twitter Is Losing Advertisers  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-23
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What Walmart?s Aisles Say About the American Consumer

Inflation is driving American consumers to pinch pennies, and Walmart is taking note. The retailing giant says its customers are increasingly price-conscious. WSJ's Sarah Nassauer says to keep prices low, Walmart is flexing its muscles with suppliers. Further Reading: -Walmart Sales Rise as Retail Giant Gains Shoppers  -Walmart Is Flexing Its Muscle Again  -Holiday Sales Growth Expected to Slow This Year  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-22
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A Controversial World Cup Begins in Qatar

One of the biggest sports events of the year began yesterday in Qatar, but there have been a lot of bumps along the way. From the abuse of stadium construction workers to a ban on beer ? WSJ's Joshua Robinson on the controversies surrounding Qatar?s World Cup. Further Reading: -World Cup Brings Two Million Visitors and an Epic Culture Clash to Qatar  -Qatar Wanted to Host the World Cup. First It Needed a Soccer Team.  Further Listening: -We Came To Win: The Escape  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-21
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The Taylor Swift Ticketmaster Debacle

Millions of Taylor Swift fans tried unsuccessfully to buy advance tickets for her Eras Tour, Swift?s first in five years. And after overwhelming demand throttled Ticketmaster?s website, a public sale of tickets has been called off. WSJ's Anne Steele explains what happened and why Ticketmaster is getting heat. Further Reading: -Taylor Swift Says It Was ?Excruciating? to Watch Ticketmaster Debacle  -Taylor Swift Cancels Ticket Sale After Earlier Glitches  -Taylor Swift?s Concert Ticket Sales Plagued by Ticketmaster Delays  Further Listening: -Taylor Swift?s Push to Change Music Ownership  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-18
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A Historically Bad Year to Retire

For decades, investing in a mix of stocks and bonds was one of the safest ways to save for retirement. But this year, that strategy has stopped working. WSJ?s Akane Otani breaks down the unique market conditions of today?s economy that are causing so much pain for retirees. Further Reading: -The Classic 60-40 Investment Strategy Falls Apart. ?There?s No Place to Hide.?  Further Listening: -How High Will Interest Rates Go?  -Will There Be a Recession? America?s Top Bankers Weigh In  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-17
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The Fall of Crypto's Golden Boy

Until last week, FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was the face of crypto. Admirers saw him as an approachable, friendly billionaire eager to deploy his wealth for good. Then his crypto empire imploded, leaving hundreds of thousands of investors? assets in doubt. WSJ?s Greg Zuckerman profiles the man behind FTX. Further Reading: -How FTX?s Sam Bankman-Fried Went From Crypto Golden Boy to Villain  -FTX Tapped Into Customer Accounts to Fund Risky Bets, Setting Up Its Downfall  -Alameda, FTX Executives Are Said to Have Known FTX Was Using Customer Funds  -FTX?s Collapse Leaves Employees Sick With Anger  Further Listening: -How Crypto Giant FTX Suddenly Imploded  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-16
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The Downfall of a $300 Million Sneaker King

Zadeh Kicks, founded by Michael Malekzadeh, was once the hottest sneaker reseller on the market. It offered some coveted, limited edition shoes for cheap ? a dream for sneakerheads who wanted to flip them for more money. But now Zadeh Kicks has dissolved. WSJ's Inti Pacheco explains how sneaker giant Malekzadeh came undone. Further Reading: -The $300 Million Sneaker King Comes Undone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-15
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RSV Is Bad. Where's the Vaccine?

Every winter, the respiratory virus RSV lands tens of thousands of babies and young children in hospitals around the country. This year, the outbreak started early. WSJ's Denise Roland explains the challenges of creating an RSV vaccine. Further Reading: -GSK Poised for Pfizer Battle in RSV Vaccine Market-RSV Hospitalizations Surge, Babies Hit Hardest  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-14
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Introducing Bad Bets Season 2: The Unraveling of Trevor Milton

Bad Bets is WSJ?s podcast series that unravels big-business dramas that have had a big impact on our world. In season two, reporter Ben Foldy delves into the story of Nikola founder Trevor Milton, who promised a future of zero-emission trucks that could revolutionize the industry. At its peak, Nikola?s publicly traded stock was worth more than Ford Motor Co.?s?until a ragtag group of whistleblowers and short sellers revealed that Nikola and its truck weren?t all that they seemed. Find the entire series here: https://www.wsj.com/podcasts/bad-bets  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-11
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How Crypto Giant FTX Suddenly Imploded

Once a leader in the world of cryptocurrency, Sam Bankman-Fried?s crypto exchange FTX is scrambling for funds. It?s now facing a shortfall of $8 billion after Binance walked away from a rescue attempt. WSJ?s Caitlin Ostroff on what this means for the crypto ecosystem.  Further Reading: -Tensions Between Crypto Giants FTX, Binance Spill Into Public View  -Binance?s Deal for Rival FTX Marks Power Shift Amid Crypto Turmoil  -The 30-Year-Old Spending $1 Billion to Save Crypto  Further Listening: -The Rise of Binance - And The Effort to Reel it In  -The ?Death Spiral? of a Stablecoin  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-10
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Why the Red Wave Didn?t Happen

Republicans were expecting to come away with sizable wins in the midterm elections on Tuesday. But as the results come in, it's clear that those hopes have been dashed. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains where the election stands ? and what it means for the GOP. Further Reading: -Control of Congress Remains at Stake as Democrats Fend Off an Anticipated ?Red Wave?  Further Listening: -The Republican Push to Flip Latino Voters  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-09
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Banks? Alliance to Fight Climate Change is on the Rocks

A year ago, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, the biggest players in the financial world joined together to incorporate carbon emissions into their most fundamental decisions. As the summit reconvenes in Egypt, the group is on the rocks. WSJ?s David Benoit explains why. Further Reading: -Financial System Makes Big Promises on Climate Change at COP26 Summit  -Big Banks and U.N. Green Finance Group Clash in Alliance  -Mark Carney, Ex-Banker, Wants Banks to Pay for Climate ChangeFurther Listening:-The Fight Over Climate Change's Price Tag  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-08
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Why Elon Musk?s Twitter Is Losing Advertisers

Elon Musk is now in charge of Twitter, and his shake-up of the company is making advertisers nervous. All kinds of brands have started pausing their ad spending. WSJ?s Suzanne Vranica explains what Musk is doing to rein in the losses. Further Reading: -General Mills, Audi and Pfizer Join Growing List of Companies Pausing Twitter Ads  -First Week of Elon Musk?s Twitter Was Chaos and Confusion for Employees  Further Listening: -The Musk-Twitter Saga ? From The Journal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-07
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How TikTok Became The World?s Favorite App

In only five years, TikTok has gained millions of fans around the world and become a source of geopolitical tension between the U.S. and China. We spoke to people who witnessed the app?s meteoric rise firsthand: influencers, former workers, and a government official who is concerned about TikTok?s data practices. Further Listening -Why TikTok?s Under Investigation   -Why Everyone is Mad At Instagram   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-04
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Show Me the Money: More Job Listings Have Salary Details

Companies trying to hire in New York City had to revamp their job postings this week. A new law requires salary ranges on all job postings, the latest in a wave around the U.S. WSJ's Chip Cutter and Ben Cohen explain how the law can affect the power dynamics between workers and employers and how companies might try to find workarounds. Further Reading: -Is Your Colleague Earning More Than $200,000 a Year? Now You Can Find Out  -JPMorgan, Macy?s and Other Companies Reveal What They Pay Workers  -California Employers May Soon Need to Disclose Pay on Job Listings -Success at Work Is Warped by Your Co-Workers? Salaries  Further Listening: -U.S. Soccer?s Equal Pay Deal and One Player Who Helped Negotiate It  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-03
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Pig Butchering: A Texting Scam With a Crypto Twist

A texting scam that originated in China is on the rise in the United States. It?s more sophisticated than scams of the past and it has already cost American victims more than $400 million in total. WSJ?s Robert McMillan explains how pig butchering works and one victim shares how it?s impacted her. Further Reading: -A Text Scam Called ?Pig Butchering? Cost Her More Than $1.6 Million  -Online Scams Cost Americans Billions. Here?s How to Avoid the Worst of Them.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-02
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Meta?s Metaverse Mess

About a year after Mark Zuckerberg rebranded Facebook as Meta Platforms Inc., internal documents show the company's transition to the metaverse is not going smoothly. WSJ?s Salvador Rodriguez explains how glitchy technology and declining monthly users are complicating Meta?s big metaverse push. Further Reading: -Company Documents Show Meta?s Flagship Metaverse Falling Short  -Facebook Parent Meta?s Earnings Fall Short as Revenue Decline Accelerates Further Listening:-How to Build a Metaverse  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-01
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How High Will Interest Rates Go?

For months the Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates at a fast and furious pace to combat inflation. Now some Fed officials are advocating for a slower, steadier approach. WSJ?s Nick Timiraos explains the debate within the Fed over just how high interest rates should go. Further Reading: -Two Fed Officials Make Case for Caution With Future Interest Rate Raises  -Fed Set to Raise Rates by 0.75 Point and Debate Size of Future Hikes  Further Listening: -The Fed?s Plan to Curb Inflation  -Can the Fed Lower Inflation Without Causing a Recession?  -The Fed?s Shifting Inflation Message  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-31
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The Rise of the Minions

Minions, the yellow, pill-shaped sidekicks that debuted in the 2010 animated film ?Despicable Me," have emerged as one of the best-known franchises in recent Hollywood history. WSJ?s Erich Schwartzel explains the mix of luck and strategy that made the Minions so successful. Further Reading: -How the Minions Became Hollywood?s Mightiest Franchise  Further Listening: -A Tale of Two Top Guns  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-28
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Disney CEO Bob Chapek on Whether the Company Is ?Too Woke?

Disney CEO Bob Chapek talks with WSJ?s Editor in Chief Matt Murray about the challenges of weathering controversies and keeping his nearly 100 year-old company relevant. Further Reading and Watching: -News from WSJ Tech Live 2022   -Video Highlights from WSJ Tech Live 2022   Further Listening: -How Disney?s CEO Got Caught in Florida?s Fight Over Gay Rights  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-27
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The Collapsing U.S.-Saudi Relations

An unofficial oil-for-security pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia has survived 15 presidents and seven kings, but is now fracturing under two leaders who don?t like each other. WSJ?s Stephen Kalin explains why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia?s relationship has hit a new low.Further Reading: - U.S.-Saudi Relations Buckle, Driven by Animosity Between Biden and Mohammed bin Salman  - Saudi Conference Draws Wall Street Executives Amid Strained Ties With U.S.  Further Listening: - As Saudi Arabia Cools on the U.S., It Warms to China  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-26
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Is Big Money Souring Pickleball?

Pickleball is a big dill. It?s also the fastest-growing sport in America. Meanwhile, superstar investors like Tom Brady and LeBron James are pouring cash into pro pickleball. WSJ?s Sara Bosworth explains the rise of the paddle sport and why investors are flocking to it.    Further Reading: -Since When Do Millennials Love Pickleball?  -LeBron James Is Buying a Professional Pickleball Team  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-25
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The Rise of Botox and the Wrinkle in Its Future

No longer just for celebrities, Botox's multi-billion dollar success has helped kickstart a new industry of medical cosmetic procedures. But now, a competitor is on the horizon. WSJ's Rory Satran and Jared Hopkins on the new anti-wrinkle shot that's trying to take on Botox. Further Reading: - FDA Approves New Botox Rival  - Getting Botox Used to Be a Secret. Now It?s Not.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-24
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Why Florida's Coast Is Becoming the 'Preserve of the Wealthy'

Stronger hurricanes, higher insurance premiums and stricter building codes are changing who can afford life on the coast. After Hurricane Ian, WSJ's Arian Campo-Flores headed to southwestern Florida to see how the state's coastal communities are faring and transforming. Further Reading: - Florida Coastal Living Reshaped by Hurricane Housing Codes  - Hurricane Ian Is Latest Blow to Florida?s Struggling Home Insurers  - Home Buyers Flock to Florida Cities Devastated by Hurricane Ian  - Flattened by Hurricane Michael, Florida Town Tries to Stave Off Big Development  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-21
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Will There Be a Recession? America's Top Bankers Weigh In

The CEOs of the nation?s largest banks, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, are sending different messages about the economy. One is more optimistic, the other more pessimistic. WSJ?s Ben Eisen explains what?s driving their differences. Further Reading: - Bank of America CEO?s Optimism Defies Economic Gloom  - Jamie Dimon Says U.S. Consumers Still Have Six to Nine Months of Spending Power  - JP Morgan Chase Earnings Show Economy is Resilient, but Jamie Dimon?s ?Hurricane? Looms  Further Listening: - The Fed?s Plan to Curb Inflation  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-20
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How a Miami Couple Used Empty Mansions to Pocket Millions

Southern Florida is awash with empty luxury properties. For one Miami couple and their accomplices, that looked like prime hunting ground for nearly $10 million in mortgage fraud. Their targets? Venezuela?s sanctioned elite. As WSJ?s Konrad Putzier reports, it was fun while it lasted.  Further Reading: - Florida Couple Turned the Empty Miami Mansions of Venezuela?s Elite Into Personal Piggy Banks  Further Listening: - An Undercover Operation to Reveal an Alleged Ponzi Scheme  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-19
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How a New 'Anti-Woke' Bank Stumbled

A new banking startup, GloriFi, was created to counter a perception among some conservatives that mainstream banks are too liberal. But despite major investment and celebrity backing, GloriFi now finds itself in disarray and on the verge of bankruptcy. WSJ?s Rachel Ensign breaks down the latest. Further Reading: - How a New Anti-Woke Bank Stumbled  - CEO of Anti-Woke Bank Startup GloriFi Resigns  Further Listening: - Can My Stock Portfolio Save The Planet?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-18
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How Xi Jinping's Dream Slowed China's Economy

As China?s top leaders gather for the 20th Communist Party congress, all eyes are on China?s economy. A decade ago, President Xi Jinping set out his ?China Dream" and promised it would boost the economy. But as WSJ?s Lingling Wei explains, Xi?s state-centered approach isn?t delivering on that vision. Further Reading: - China?s Xi Jinping Stakes Out Ambitions, With Himself at the Center  - China Abruptly Delays GDP Release During Communist Party Conference  - Xi Jinping?s Ideological Ambition Darkens China?s Economic Prospects  Further Listening: - The Political Cost of China?s Faltering Economy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-17
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How to Build a Metaverse, Part 4: Why Build a World?

Second Life never went mainstream. But just because the platform wasn?t for everyone doesn?t mean it wasn?t for anyone. In part 4 of our series, we talk to longtime Second Life users about the lives they?ve built in the metaverse and what virtual worlds have to offer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-14
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Government Officials and Their Stocks

Hidden records show that thousands of senior executive branch employees owned stocks in companies whose fates were affected by their employers? actions. WSJ?s Brody Mullins and Rebecca Ballhaus take us inside the nearly year-long Wall Street Journal investigation. Further Reading: - Government Officials Invest in Companies Their Agencies Oversee  - 131 Federal Judges Broke the Law by Hearing Cases Where They Had a Financial Interest  - Congressional Staffers Gain From Trading in Stocks  Further Listening: - The Federal Law that 138 Judges have broken  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-13
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Does the Future of Streaming Look More Like Cable?

In the last few years, streaming has overtaken cable as the go-to means of watching TV. But as more streaming platforms flood the market, the industry?s major players are finding it harder to grow. WSJ?s Jessica Toonkel says companies are finding new solutions in the old cable bundle playbook. Further Reading: - You Hated Your Cable Package. Your Streaming Services Are Bringing It Back.  - Paramount Explores Merging Showtime Streaming Service Into Paramount+  - Disney Explores Membership Program Like Amazon Prime  - Walmart Reaches Video-Streaming Deal to Offer Paramount+ to Members    Further Listening: - Netflix Turns to Ads  - NBC's Olympic Bet on Peacock  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-12
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Ukraine Makes a Deal with Wall Street

The war in Ukraine has taken a heavy toll on the country and rebuilding will be expensive, estimated in the tens of billions. WSJ's Matt Wirz tells the story of one Ukrainian official's unconventional plan to win over Wall Street and help keep his country afloat. Further Reading: - Ukraine Takes Unorthodox Pitch to Wall Street to Raise Billions in Debt  Further Listening: - Losing in the War, Putin Raises the Stakes  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-11
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Are Rotisserie Chickens ?Inflation-Proof??

We're off for the holiday today, but we still have an episode for you! Inflation is the worst it?s been in more than 40 years. But one bright spot for consumers might be found at the grocery store: rotisserie chickens. WSJ?s Annie Gasparro chronicles the history of America?s love for the quick and versatile meal, and what a "rotisserie chicken economic index" might say about this inflationary moment.  Further Listening: - Inflation Is Happening. Should You Be Worried?  Further Reading: - Rotisserie Chickens: The ?90s Gift to Supermarkets That Keeps on Giving  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-10
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How to Build a Metaverse, Part 3: Prime Time

By 2007, Second Life seemed on track for a commercial breakthrough. And then, an opportunity came along to get in front of a truly mainstream audience: a starring role on one of TV?s biggest shows. In part 3 of our series: Second Life?s ascension to prime time, and the hurdles that threw its success into question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-07
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The U.K. Tried to Stimulate Growth. It Got Backlash Instead.

The U.K. government has U-turned on one part of a plan to make major tax cuts after markets reacted violently to it. WSJ's Max Colchester explains why the government's attempt to boost growth did the opposite. Further Reading: - U.K. Markets Turmoil Puts Spotlight on New Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng  - U.K.?s Central Banker Struggles With Inflation, a Financial Crisis and His Own Government  Further Listening: - The U.K.'s New Prime Minister Faces an Economic Crisis  - The Pros and Cons of a Strong U.S. Dollar  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-06
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Elon Musk Wants to Buy Twitter After All

Facing an impending deposition, a trial date and the potential release of more private text messages, billionaire Elon Musk said he wants to proceed with his purchase of Twitter at the original $44-billion offer. But will he be able to avert the Oct. 17th trial? WSJ?s Cara Lombardo on the topsy-turvy deal.  Further Reading: - Elon Musk Proposes Closing Twitter Deal on Original Terms  - Elon Musk?s Twitter Reversal Renews Takeover Bid for a Now-Weaker Firm  Further Listening: - The Musk-Twitter Saga - from The Journal.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-05
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Losing in the War, Putin Raises the Stakes

As Russian President Vladimir Putin's war against Ukraine sputters, he's escalating tensions. WSJ's Matthew Dalton explains how Putin's ramping up the stakes both in the ground war in Ukraine and in his economic war with the West. Further Reading: - NATO Formally Blames Sabotage for Nord Stream Pipeline Damage  - Russia?s Lower House Approves Absorbing Ukrainian Territories  - Putin Raises Ukraine Ante as His War Fortunes Sink  Further Listening: - Ukraine Shifts the War With a Surprise Attack  - Europe is Turning to Coal. What Does That Mean for Climate Change?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-04
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The Former MoviePass CEO on What Went Wrong

MoviePass took off like a rocket when it unveiled a $9.95 monthly service in 2017 that allowed customers to see a movie a day in theaters. But its crash was just as spectacular as its rise. Now, the service is coming back under new management. Mitch Lowe, the former CEO, talks about what went wrong. Further Reading: - It?s a Wrap: MoviePass Ends Theater Subscription Service  - MoviePass Is Making a Comeback With Plans From $10 to $30 a Month  Further Listening: - The Fundamental Flaw (and Alleged Deception) of MoviePass  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-03
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How to Build a Metaverse, Part 2: Avatars Behaving Badly

When Second Life officially launched in 2003, it had one guiding principle for all new users: Be Nice. But those users showed up with their own ideas about how to behave in a virtual world. In part 2 of How to Build a Metaverse, Linden Lab ? the company that created Second Life ? wrestles with how to govern its new world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-30
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The Pros and Cons of a Strong U.S. Dollar

The U.S. dollar is dramatically increasing in value. WSJ?s Julia-Ambra Verlaine unpacks what this means for the U.S. and other countries. Further Reading: - A Strong Dollar Is Front and Center for Wall Street  - Dollar Strength Lifts Americans? Relative Spending Power  - Strong U.S. Dollar Extends Pain in Emerging-Markets Currencies  Further Listening: - The Roots of Sri Lanka?s Economic Crisis  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-29
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The Four-Day School Week Is Here

To combat a teacher shortage, some school districts across the country are adopting a four-day week. WSJ?s Ben Chapman explains the pros and cons, and a superintendent in Missouri talks about how parents and teachers are reacting. Further Reading: - School Districts Facing Shortages Lure Teachers With Four-Day Weeks  - Teacher, Staff Shortages Reported by About Half of Schools, Survey Finds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-28
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The Republican Push to Flip Latino Voters

Ahead of the midterm elections, Republicans are working to rally support among Latinos. Once a solidly Democratic bloc, Latinos are becoming a swing group, as recent contests have shown in states like Nevada. We head to East Las Vegas to speak with voters and politicos about the shifting dynamics. Further Reading: - Latino Voters Split Along Economic Lines  - Latina Candidates Test GOP Policies in South Texas House Races  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-27
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The Cheating Accusation Rocking Competitive Chess

The chess world has been gripped by drama after world champion Magnus Carlsen accused newcomer Hans Moke Niemann of cheating. WSJ?s Andrew Beaton explains how the whole fiasco is threatening to taint the sanctity of the 1,500-year-old game. Further Reading: - Chess Is in Chaos Over Suspicion That a Player Cheated Against Magnus Carlsen  - The Question Behind the Magnus Carlsen-Hans Niemann Drama: How to Cheat at Chess?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-26
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How to Build a Metaverse, Part 1: Genesis

Nearly two decades before companies like Meta began pouring billions of dollars into the metaverse, a little company called Linden Lab already had one. In part 1 of our series, we meet the programmers who built Second Life -- a 3-D virtual world where users could be and do whatever they could imagine. And we meet the intrepid users who were the pioneers of this brave new world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-23
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People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump

Yesterday, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, three of his children and two other longtime officials at the Trump Organization. The AG?s fraud complaint seeks a list of penalties including $250 million dollars. WSJ?s Corinne Ramey discusses the lawsuit and what it means. Further Reading: - Donald Trump, His Company Sued by New York Attorney General on Fraud Allegations  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-09-22
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