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    The most important stories about money, business and power. Hosted by Kate Linebaugh and Ryan Knutson, with Jessica Mendoza. The Journal is a co-production of Spotify and The Wall Street Journal. Get show merch here: https://wsjshop.com/collections/clothing
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    Zyn pouches, ‘Zynfluencers’ and ‘the Zyndemic’

    Zyn pouches, ‘Zynfluencers’ and ‘the Zyndemic’
    For about a decade, Zyn, a brand of nicotine pouch, was a niche product used by former smokers. But now it’s exploded in popularity and is hard to find on store shelves. WSJ’s Jennifer Maloney explains how Zyn achieved social media virality and has found itself in the middle of a culture war. Further Reading: - Zyn Nicotine Pouches Take Off—and Land in the Culture Wars  - Why America Is Running Low on Zyn Nicotine Pouches  Further Listening: - The Juul Paradox  - The ‘Existential Threat’ Facing Big Tobacco  - How Puff Bar Became the Most Popular Vape for Kids  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enJune 21, 2024

    Sam Altman's Opaque Investment Empire

    Sam Altman's Opaque Investment Empire
    OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has a day job and a side gig. Only one of them makes him rich. WSJ's Berber Jin explains how Altman makes most of his wealth through investing in tech startups and how some of those startups' business relationships with OpenAI raise questions about conflicts of interest. Further Reading: - The Opaque Investment Empire Making OpenAI’s Sam Altman Rich  Further Listening:  - Artificial: The OpenAI Story  - Tesla's Multibillion-Dollar Pay Package for Elon Musk  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enJune 20, 2024

    How ‘Conflict Gum’ Is Helping Fuel Sudan’s Civil War

    How ‘Conflict Gum’ Is Helping Fuel Sudan’s Civil War
    Gum arabic is a widely used but little-known ingredient found in products like soda, gum, makeup and beer. But as WSJ’s Nicholas Bariyo and Alexandra Wexler report, the product has been used for a darker purpose: helping to fund the civil war in Sudan.Further Reading: -How Soda, Chocolate and Chewing Gum Are Funding War in Sudan  -What Is Happening in Sudan? The Fighting Explained  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enJune 18, 2024

    The Brutal Calculation of Hamas’s Leader

    The Brutal Calculation of Hamas’s Leader
    Yahya Sinwar is the Hamas leader inside Gaza who allegedly plotted the October 7th attacks. According to private messages reviewed by the WSJ, Sinwar believes that a rising Palestinian death toll—and the international condemnation it brings—is in the best interest of his cause. WSJ’s Rory Jones walks us through Sinwar’s strategy. Further Reading: - Gaza Chief’s Brutal Calculation: Civilian Bloodshed Will Help Hamas  - The Hamas Leader Who Studied Israel’s Psyche—and Is Betting His Life on What He Learned  Further Listening:  - Why Israel and Hamas Could Be Headed Into a Forever War  - Inside the White House's Scramble to Avert a Bigger Middle East War  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enJune 17, 2024

    Tesla’s Multibillion-Dollar Pay Package for Elon Musk

    Tesla’s Multibillion-Dollar Pay Package for Elon Musk
    Tesla shareholders voted to reapprove Elon Musk’s multibillion-dollar pay package, signaling support for the EV maker’s CEO and giving the board ammunition in its fight to preserve the court-rejected compensation plan. WSJ’s David Benoit explores the fight to get Musk billions and why the Tesla board is so invested in making the huge pay package happen. Further Listening:  - Elon Musk’s Unusual Relationships With Women at SpaceX  - Why is Tesla Pulling Back on EV Charging?  - Money, Drugs, Elon Musk and Tesla’s Board  Further Reading:  - Tesla Shareholders Vote to Uphold Elon Musk’s $48 Billion Pay Package  - Elon Musk’s $55.8 Billion Tesla Pay Package Struck Down by Judge  - Tesla Hits the Road to Persuade Shareholders to Pay Elon Musk $46 Billion  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enJune 14, 2024

    The Hidden Life of Google’s Secret Weapon

    The Hidden Life of Google’s Secret Weapon
    Joshua Wright was a star in the world of antitrust, from his time at the Federal Trade Commission to his work with some of the biggest tech companies. He was well respected and powerful until accusations of sexual misconduct came to light. WSJ’s Brody Mullins talks us through his reporting on Wright’s downfall. Further Reading: - The Hidden Life of Google’s Secret Weapon  - For Years, an Esteemed Law Professor Seduced Students. Was He Too Important to Fire?  - Hubris, Revenge and a Breakup Brought Down Big Tech’s Proudest Ally  Further Listening: - Elon Musk’s Unusual Relationships With Women at SpaceX  - Lewd Photos, Booze and Bullying: Inside the FDIC’s Toxic Culture  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enJune 13, 2024

    Elon Musk’s Unusual Relationships With Women at SpaceX

    Elon Musk’s Unusual Relationships With Women at SpaceX
    The billionaire founder showed several female employees at SpaceX an unusual amount of attention or pursued them. WSJ's Joseph Palazzolo describes the revelations. Further Reading: -Elon Musk’s Boundary-Blurring Relationships With Women at SpaceX  Further Listening: -Money, Drugs, Elon Musk and Tesla's Board  -Elon Musk's 'Demon Mode'  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enJune 12, 2024

    New York’s U-Turn on a Plan to Reduce Traffic

    New York’s U-Turn on a Plan to Reduce Traffic
    The nation’s first congestion-pricing plan was set to take effect at the end of June. But last week, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul called to indefinitely delay the program. WSJ's Jimmy Vielkind unpacks the surprising move and explores why Hochul made the 11th hour change. Further Reading: -New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Abruptly Halts Manhattan Congestion Pricing  Further Listening: -NYC’s Food Delivery Workers Fight for a Minimum Wage  -New York City's 'De Facto Ban' on Airbnb  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enJune 11, 2024

    Shein: Fast Fashion, Slow IPO

    Shein: Fast Fashion, Slow IPO
    The fast-fashion giant hoped to have a splashy U.S. public offering this year. WSJ's Shen Lu explains how the divide between Beijing and Washington got in the way. Further Reading: - Shein Promised to Have a Big U.S. IPO. Its China Roots Got in the Way.  - Fast-Fashion Giant Shein Files to Go Public  Further Listening: - Shein Took Over Fast Fashion. Then Came the Backlash.  - The Mysterious CEO Leading Shein to an IPO  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enJune 10, 2024

    Trillion Dollar Shot, Episode 4: The Disruptors

    Trillion Dollar Shot, Episode 4: The Disruptors
    The rising popularity of GLP-1 drugs could cause all kinds of ripple effects. According to one estimate, 9% of the U.S. population could be on Ozempic or similar medications by 2030. Meanwhile, drugmakers are already developing the next generation of weight-loss drugs and researchers are studying the possible health benefits beyond weight loss and diabetes, including addiction. In the final episode of our series we ask: What could all this development mean for businesses, from the food sector to airlines? And who wins and who loses in the post-Ozempic economy? Guests include: David Ricks, CEO of Eli Lilly; and Mehdi Farokhnia, an addiction researcher at the National Institutes of Health. Listen to Episodes 1, 2 and 3 of “Trillion Dollar Shot” here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enJune 09, 2024

    ‘It Came out of Nowhere’: The Rise of Dr Pepper

    ‘It Came out of Nowhere’: The Rise of Dr Pepper
    There is a new contender in the cola wars, and it isn’t a cola. It’s Dr Pepper. WSJ’s Jennifer Maloney unpacks how after decades as a distant competitor, Dr Pepper has climbed the soda ranks with help from hefty marketing, novel flavors and TikTok videos. Further Reading: - Dr Pepper Ties Pepsi as America’s No. 2 Soda Further Listening: - The Agony and Ecstasy of Tab  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
    The Journal.
    enJune 07, 2024

    Why Biden Is Cracking Down on Asylum at the Border

    Why Biden Is Cracking Down on Asylum at the Border
    President Biden unveiled a last-ditch effort to lower illegal crossings at the southern border this week. The move focuses on asylum seekers, and the policy is similar to one that former President Trump tried in 2018. WSJ’s Michelle Hackman describes the policy and tries to answer the question: why now? Further Reading: -Biden Issues Executive Actions on Immigration: What to Know  Further Listening: -What the End of Title 42 Means for U.S. Immigration Policy  -What Trump's Immigration Restrictions Could Mean for the Economy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
    The Journal.
    enJune 06, 2024

    Behind Closed Doors, Biden’s Age is Showing

    Behind Closed Doors, Biden’s Age is Showing
    For much of his career, Biden built a reputation as a master negotiator. He’s known for his detailed knowledge of issues—and for hitting his stride when the pressure was on. Now, 81-year-old Biden is the oldest person to hold the presidency. WSJ's Annie Linskey and Siobhan Hughes go behind closed doors where some who have worked with him describe a president who appears slower.  Further Reading: - Behind Closed Doors, Biden Shows Signs of Slipping  Further Listening: - Inside the White House's Scramble to Avert a Bigger Middle East War  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enJune 05, 2024

    A Conversation with Alphabet’s Captain of Moonshots

    A Conversation with Alphabet’s Captain of Moonshots
    Astro Teller, the CEO of Aphabet’s X, runs a lab dedicated to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems while also coming up with viable businesses. After he spoke at the WSJ’s Future of Everything festival, we sat down with him to talk about A.I., self-driving cars, and the changing economy of tech. Further Watching: -Astro Teller’s Meaning of Life  Further Listening: -Google CEO Sundar Pichai on How AI Could Change Search  -The Future of Self-Driving Cars Is Here  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
    The Journal.
    enJune 04, 2024

    Mexico Has a New President. Will She Be Different?

    Mexico Has a New President. Will She Be Different?
    Claudia Sheinbaum, the former mayor of Mexico City, will become Mexico’s first female president. Sheinbaum has pledged to be a continuation of her predecessor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. WSJ’s José de Córdoba explains the two politicians’ close ties, and what her administration could mean for Mexico-U.S. relations. Further Reading: - Claudia Sheinbaum Elected as Mexico’s First Female President  - The Most Dangerous Job in Mexican Politics: Running for Mayor  Further Listening: - Texas Took On Border Security. Is It Working?  - When the Drug Cartel Takes Over  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
    The Journal.
    enJune 03, 2024

    Trillion Dollar Shot, Episode 3: Brad

    Trillion Dollar Shot, Episode 3: Brad
    Bradley Olson has tried a lot of different diets over his 20-year weight-loss journey, including popular programs like WeightWatchers. But nothing was as successful for him as Mounjaro, one in a new class of drugs that people are taking for weight loss.  In this episode, Brad talks about his experience on the medicine and grapples with everything the drug couldn’t fix, from his self image to our food system. He confronts the ghosts of diets past and wades into the larger cultural conversation around weight loss. Guests include: Gary Foster from WeightWatchers; Virgie Tovar, a body positivity advocate; Dr. Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist.  Listen to Episodes 1 and 2 of “Trillion Dollar Shot” now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
    The Journal.
    enJune 02, 2024

    The Origin Story of Trump's Guilty Verdict

    The Origin Story of Trump's Guilty Verdict
    A New York jury has found former President Donald Trump guilty on 34 charges. WSJ reporter Joe Palazzolo recalls the original investigation that eventually led to Thursday's conviction, and legal reporter Corinne Ramey describes the scene as the verdict came down. Further Reading: - Nine Memorable Moments From Donald Trump’s Hush-Money Trial  - A History of WSJ’s Hush-Money Investigation  Further Listening: - Donald Trump’s First Criminal Trial Is Underway  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
    The Journal.
    enMay 31, 2024

    The Big Short: China Edition

    The Big Short: China Edition
    For years, China’s real estate market was booming. Developers, home buyers and Western banks rushed to invest. But the boom turned into a bubble, which eventually burst. WSJ’s Rebecca Feng reports on the warning signs that were ignored and we speak to two people who saw the collapse coming.  Further Reading: -The Folly of China’s Real-Estate Boom Was Easy to See, but No One Wanted to Stop It-Evergrande Was Once China’s Biggest Property Developer. Now, It Has Been Ordered to Liquidate.  Further Listening: -China’s Property Market Crisis  -China’s Evergrande Crisis  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enMay 30, 2024

    The Trustbuster Taking on Ticketmaster

    The Trustbuster Taking on Ticketmaster
    Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter heads the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. He speaks with Ryan Knutson about the DOJ’s lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster, and why the government says the business is an illegal monopoly which the company denies. Further Reading: - Justice Department to Sue Live Nation, Seek Breakup of Concert and Ticketing Giant  - Justice Department Sues to Break Up Live Nation-Ticketmaster  Further Listening: - The Taylor Swift Ticketmaster Debacle  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    enMay 29, 2024

    $2.8 Billion for College Athletes and a New World for the NCAA

    $2.8 Billion for College Athletes and a New World for the NCAA
    For over a century, the NCAA has refused to pay athletes. After a recent settlement, that’s going to change. The organization has agreed to set aside $2.8 billion in back payments for some student athletes and moving forward, allow players to get a cut of television revenue. WSJ’s Jared Diamond explains what it might mean for the future of college athletics. Further Reading: -NCAA Agrees to Share Revenue With Athletes in Landmark $2.8 Billion Settlement  -He Was the $13 Million QB Recruit. Now He’s Suing the Boosters Who Never Paid Up.  Further Listening: -Why an Ivy League Basketball Team Voted to Unionize  -The TikTok That Changed College Hoops  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
    The Journal.
    enMay 28, 2024

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