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.
Novavax's Long Road to a Covid-19 Vaccine
Monday 01 March 2021
: Novavax is a vaccine company that for decades never brought a vaccine to market. Before the pandemic, they were on the verge of bankruptcy....
Hollywood Director Lee Daniels on a Changing Film Industry
Friday 26 February 2021
: Major film studios are starting to embrace a strategy never before seen in Hollywood: releasing films directly to streaming. Director Lee...
An Interview With a Member of the Facebook Oversight Board
Thursday 25 February 2021
: Facebook's new oversight board is preparing to rule on whether Donald Trump should be banned from Facebook permanently. We talk with one of...
Dogecoin Was a Joke. Now It's Worth $7 Billion.
Wednesday 24 February 2021
: Billy Markus created the cryptocurrency Dogecoin on a lark, based on a viral dog meme. Eight years later, his creation is worth billions of...
A Voting Machine Company Fights Disinformation With Lawsuits
Tuesday 23 February 2021
: 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...
Why the Texas Power Grid Failed
Monday 22 February 2021
: Texas's deregulated power sector was considered a model for delivering cheap electricity, but the power outages last week revealed...
Ban on Foreign Workers Left Jobs Open. Americans Didn't Take Them.
Friday 19 February 2021
: Last year, President Trump banned most new visas for foreign workers, arguing unemployed Americans would take those jobs instead. But as...
Free Trading Isn't Free: How Robinhood Makes Money
Thursday 18 February 2021
: 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...
This Judge Put Criminals Away. Now He's Trying to Set Them Free.
Wednesday 17 February 2021
: 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...
Why Google Might Leave Australia
Tuesday 16 February 2021
: Australia is poised to pass a law that would compel tech companies like Google and Facebook to pay news organizations for links. In...
Facebook's Showdown With Apple
Friday 12 February 2021
: Apple is launching a new privacy feature that Facebook says could severely hurt its business by making it harder to target consumers with...
An Oral History of WallStreetBets
Thursday 11 February 2021
: 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.
The Shell Companies Taking Over Wall Street
Wednesday 10 February 2021
: Companies with no business plan, no profit, and no revenue are flooding Wall Street. They're called SPACs, and investors are pouring money...
GM's All-Electric Bet
Tuesday 09 February 2021
: General Motors has committed to making all its vehicles electric by 2035. WSJ's Mike Colias explains GM's history making electric vehicles...
Trump's Second Impeachment Trial Begins
Monday 08 February 2021
: 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...
Why It's Hard to Buy a House in Detroit, Especially if You're Black
Friday 05 February 2021
: 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...
Two Power Brokers in Biden's Washington
Thursday 04 February 2021
: One of President Biden's closest advisors, Steve Ricchetti, has ties to lobbying that go back decades. WSJ's Julie Bykowicz tells the story...
Amazon After Bezos
Wednesday 03 February 2021
: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced yesterday that he plans to step down as CEO. WSJ's Bradley Olson explains how Bezos's relentless drive...
Do Stimulus Checks Work?
Tuesday 02 February 2021
: Congress is debating a third round of stimulus checks to Americans. WSJ's Richard Rubin talks through the upsides and downsides to stimulus...
Why Robinhood Put the Brakes on GameStop
Monday 01 February 2021
: 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...
Companies Try to Speed Up the Vaccine Rollout
Saturday 30 January 2021
: As the vaccine rollout around the country hits obstacles, corporate America says there's a better way. WSJ's Sarah Krouse explains how...
Why Biden Killed the Keystone XL Pipeline
Thursday 28 January 2021
: President Biden revoked the permit for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline on his first day in office. But as a candidate early in...
GameStop and the Rise of the Reddit Investor
Wednesday 27 January 2021
: A group of investors on Reddit are driving up the stock price of GameStop, going against Wall Street consensus that the video game...
What to Expect from the Jobs Market in 2021
Tuesday 26 January 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...
Two Investors, One Company and a Billion-Dollar Short
Monday 25 January 2021
: Two billionaire investors battled for years over the fate of Herbalife, a nutritional shake company. This month saw the final chapter of the...