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Each weekday, Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood make today make sense. Along with our supersmart listeners, we break down happenings in tech, the economy and culture. Every Tuesday we bring on a guest to dive deeper into one important topic. Because none of us is as smart as all of us.

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Each weekday, Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood make today make sense. Along with our supersmart listeners, we break down happenings in tech, the economy and culture. Every Tuesday we bring on a guest to dive deeper into one important topic. Because none of us is as smart as all of us.

    Why Jeff Bezos needs to come back from space

    Why Jeff Bezos needs to come back from space

    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is headed to space on a suborbital flight run by his company Blue Origin. As of this taping, more than 16,000 people have signed a Change.org petition telling him to stay there. (There’s also a petition for him to buy and eat the “Mona Lisa,” but we’ll leave that alone). On today’s show, Kimberly Adams rounds out her guest-hosting stint with a surprisingly thoughtful answer for why Bezos needs to come back down to Earth. But first, we have to talk about the drought in America’s southwest and a very good dog. Plus, another round of Half Full/Half Empty, with suggestions from the fan-run “Make Me Smart” Discord server!



    Here’s everything we talked about today (if you can’t open these on your podcast app, check out the episode page at makemesmart.org):




    “Benji Is One Down Dog” from Texas Monthly
    “West Risks Blackouts as Drought Reduces Hydroelectric Power” from The Wall Street Journal
    “15 Hours and 9 Waffles Later, a Fantasy Football Punishment Is Complete” from The New York Times
    And our Half Full/Half Empty topics: The Boeing and Airbus subsidy truce, CEO bonuses for good behavior, aviator glasses as a gift and that Bezos petition.
    Here’s a link to join our fan-run Discord server.

    Thanks to everyone who joined us live on YouTube today! We’re live Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time/6:30 p.m. Eastern for happy hour. Subscribe to our channel and sign up for notifications so you don’t miss it.

    • 20 min
    The Fed is changing how it thinks about this economy

    The Fed is changing how it thinks about this economy

    We’re going to get a little wonkier than usual today, because there’s a complex but important change happening in the way the Federal Reserve seems to think about the labor market and this economy more broadly. Plus: An update on that couple who waved guns at Black Lives Matter protesters and the nuances of America’s newest federal holiday.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:




    “St. Louis gun-waving couple plead guilty to misdemeanor charges” from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    “Beyond The Phillips Curve: A Dynamic Approach To Communicating Assessments of ‘Maximum Employment’” on Medium
    Marketplace’s “Race and Economy” series
    “This Is the Story of a Man Who Jumped Into Lake Michigan Every Day for Nearly a Year” from The New York Times
    “Biden signs bill into law making Juneteenth a national holiday” from CNN
    “How Juneteenth becomes commercial” from Politico
    And here’s a link to join our fan-run Discord server

    • 17 min
    When does a political donation become a bribe?

    When does a political donation become a bribe?

    Kimberly Adams is still filling in for us from Washington, D.C., just in time for a big but surprisingly nuanced question about campaign finance reform. One listener wants to know about political action committees, dark money and the philosophical framework ostensibly making sure those contributions are on the right side of the law. Plus, more of your questions about career changes, gas prices and “The Expanse.”



    Here’s everything we talked about today (if you can’t open these links on your podcast app, check out the episode page on makemesmart.org):




    “Welcome to the summer of quitting. Why many of us are saying goodbye to our jobs” from the Los Angeles Times
    “Crude oil hits highest price in nearly 3 years; pump prices jump on the week” from AAA
    “The American obsession with the price of gasoline” from The Oregonian
    “Outside Influence” from Issue One (PDF)
    And our episode from last year on dark money
    “The Expanse”

    Join us on YouTube Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time/6:30 p.m. Eastern for our live happy hour episode! Subscribe to our channel and sign up for notifications so you don’t miss it.

    • 15 min
    Voting has always been hard for some Americans, and it’s getting harder

    Voting has always been hard for some Americans, and it’s getting harder

    For as long as we’ve had a democracy in this country, we’ve fought about who gets to vote and how. But this longstanding fight has taken on a new intensity since the 2020 election: At least 14 states have passed more than 20 laws so far this year restricting voting, and money is pouring in both to fight and enact them. On today’s show, the Brennan Center’s Daniel Weiner gives us the lay of the land and tells us why there’s reason to be hopeful about the state of voting in this country.

    Here’s everything we talked about today (if you can’t click these links on your podcast app, try the episode page at makemesmart.org):




    “Voting Laws Roundup” from the Brennan Center
    “The DOJ has a plan to protect voting rights. It might not be enough” from Vox
    Read and watch Garland’s speech on voting rights
    “Voting rights issue sparks huge fundraising across political spectrum” from Marketplace
    The story Kimberly mentioned about notaries in St. Louis
    “Lumber Prices Are Falling Fast, Turning Hoarders Into Sellers” from The Wall Street Journal
    “The Drug That Could Break American Health Care” from The Atlantic
    “Aduhelm, Biogen’s new Alzheimer’s drug, won FDA approval. Now doctors, patients, and insurers face tough decisions about care and cost.” from The Philadelphia Inquirer
    “The FDA’s hasty approval of an unproven Alzheimer’s drug is bad news for everyone” from the Los Angeles Times
    Maggioncalda’s interview on “Marketplace Tech”
    Finally, here’s the link to join the fan-run Make Me Smart discord server

    • 33 min
    The pandemic’s knock-on effects

    The pandemic’s knock-on effects

    American corporations were already borrowing a lot before the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, with the economy all but ground to a halt and money even cheaper, they took on even more debt. On today’s show, we’ll talk about what that means, along with another unexpected dimension of this economy reopening: National Parks packed to the … hills.



    Here’s everything we talked about today (if these links aren’t showing up for you:




    “Pandemic Hangover: $11 Trillion in Corporate Debt” from The Wall Street Journal
    “Vaccines Offer Significant Protection Against Covid-19 Delta Variant, U.K. Analysis Shows” also from the Journal
    “National Parks Are Overcrowded and Closing Their Gates” from, that’s right, The Wall Street Journal
    “‘Ted Lasso’: How Marcus Mumford and Tom Howe Created the Show’s Transatlantic Theme Song and Score” from The Hollywood Reporter
    “Amtrak USA Rail Pass Offers 30 Days of Travel for $299” from Insider
    And finally, this glitch in the simulation

    • 13 min
    And just like that, we have a Big Tech antitrust bill

    And just like that, we have a Big Tech antitrust bill

    Five of them, actually! We have to eat a little crow here. We’ve been saying for days, months, years that Congress can’t agree on anything much less regulate tech giants like Google, Apple and Facebook. But today lawmakers introduced five bills aimed at reining in Big Tech, and they’re bipartisan. We’ll talk about them, and the likelihood of anything passing, over drinks for today’s Economics on Tap. Plus: Pulitzers, lithium mines and another round of our favorite game, Half Full/Half Empty.

    Here’s everything we talked about today:


    “In Leak Investigation, Tech Giants Are Caught Between Courts and Customers” from The New York Times
    This tweet from journalist Alexis Madrigal
    “Pulitzer Prizes 2021: Darnella Frazier wins special citation from Pulitzer Prize board” from CNN
    “Congress unveils bills to dismantle tech giants” from Axios
    “Lithium Americas delays Nevada mine work after environmentalist lawsuit” from Reuters
    And our Half Full/Half Empty topics: World of Concrete, Bitcoin in El Salvador, “Judge Judy” and the Atlantic Charter

    Join us on YouTube Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time/6:30 p.m. Eastern for our live happy hour episode! Subscribe to our channel and sign up for notifications so you don’t miss it.

    • 24 min

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