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Each weekday, Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal and Kimberly Adams 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 Kimberly Adams 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.

    When President Trump almost pushed gun control

    When President Trump almost pushed gun control

    At the end of a long week, it’s Friday. We talk about what changed then-President Donald Trump’s mind following his call for gun control after a shooter killed 23 people at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart. Plus, baseball teams use their social media platforms to speak out about gun violence. Before we go, our hosts ponder sharks, farmyard pets and more in a game of This or That.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:




    “Update on a possible outburst of meteors” from Sky & Telescope
    “After El Paso shooting, Trump pushed again on gun control. His aides talked him out of it.” from The New York Times
    “The Night the Yankees and Rays Didn’t Stick to Sports” from The Wall Street Journal
    “Undersea ‘sharkcano’ eruption captured in spectacular satellite images” from Live Science



    Tell us what you think about today’s show. Email us at makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voice message at 508-827-6278, or 508-U-B-SMART.

    • 23 min
    Police response to Texas school shooting draws scrutiny

    Police response to Texas school shooting draws scrutiny

    In today’s show, we’re talking about the aftermath of the massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. As further details emerge, law enforcement’s response during the shooting is raising questions. We’ll be watching for more information about the timeline of events. Plus, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s open to working with Democrats to address gun violence. But the Senate is adjourned for a week in observance of Memorial Day. Finally, we get a much-needed smile out of an interesting idiom.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:




    “Uvalde Shooter Fired Outside School for 12 Minutes Before Entering” from The Wall Street Journal
    “Uvalde Live Updates: Police Defend Response to School Massacre” from The New York Times
    “‘Show Us the Carnage’” from Breaking the News
    The U.S. Senate adjourns from Burgess Everett on Twitter
    “Exclusive: McConnell says he has directed Cornyn to engage with Democrats on a ‘bipartisan solution’ on gun violence” from CNN
    Tragic news about one shooting victim’s family from Twitter
    “Bill making abortion illegal starting at conception signed by Oklahoma governor” from Tulsa World



    Join us Friday for Economics on Tap. We’ll be livestreaming on YouTube starting at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time, 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

    • 15 min
    Let’s talk about the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas

    Let’s talk about the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas

    The country is reeling from yet another mass shooting. A gunman stormed an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, yesterday, killing 19 children and two adults. We’re shifting from our usual Wednesday show because all we can ask is: “How are we here again?” The answers are not satisfying.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:




    “The Supreme Court Just Gutted Another Constitutional Right” from Slate
    “Supreme court guts lifeline for prisoners who claim wrongful convictions” from The Guardian
    Sixth Amendment text from Cornell Law School
    Second Amendment text from Cornell Law School
    “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice” book excerpt from The Washington Post
    “Ten days after Tops mass shooting, Buffalo reacts to Texas school shooting” from WBKW Buffalo
    “Hundreds seek mental health counseling after Buffalo mass shooting” from Spectrum News 1
    “Anger, anguish among Parkland and Newtown families after Texas shooting” from The Washington Post

    • 18 min
    Money isn’t leaving politics any time soon

    Money isn’t leaving politics any time soon

    Remember the Supreme Court case we talked about last week, Federal Election Commission v. Ted Cruz for Senate? Yeah, we’re doing a deep dive on it today.

    At the heart of the case is an obscure campaign finance rule that limits the amount of post-election day contributions that can be used to recoup personal loans a candidate makes to their campaign. It was intended to crack down on corruption. But the court sided with Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, and said the law is unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds.

    On the show today, Weiner talks about what this means for the midterm elections, the future of campaign finance and this court’s approach to the First Amendment.

    Then, sales of new homes fell to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic. We’ll explain why this is exactly what we’d expect to be happening in the economy right now.

    Plus, if you’ve forgotten some of the faces you’ve met over Zoom during the last two years, you’re not alone. Listeners have a name for that phenomenon. We’ll also get smart about lifetime warranties and bear spray!

    • 30 min
    Budgets show our priorities

    Budgets show our priorities

    It’s Monday, and we’ve got a lot of news on our minds. We’ll talk about President Joe Biden’s comments about Taiwan and what Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, has to say about crypto. Then we’re diving into some recent writing about the scale at which the United States funds its military, even as we’ve withdrawn from active conflict in Afghanistan. How that money is spent, and isn’t spent, says a lot. Plus, Texas lawmakers may target business that help employees get abortions. Finally, we’ll consider some pointedly phrased communications for our make me smiles.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:




    “Lagarde Says Crypto Is ‘Worth Nothing’ and Should Be Regulated” from Bloomberg
    “Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan” from the Associated Press
    Taiwan Relations Act
    “No Way Out but War” from the Chris Hedges Report
    “Four Ways to Understand the $54 Billion in U.S. Spending on Ukraine” from The New York Times
    “CBO Releases an Improved Interactive Tool for Analyzing the Military’s Forces and Resources” from the Congressional Budget Office
    “Businesses that help employees get abortions could be next target of Texas lawmakers if Roe v. Wade is overturned” from The Texas Tribune
    Bear spray is not like bug spray from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Twitter
    A judge has this to say about a Jan. 6 defendant’s request to travel from BuzzFeed reporter Zoe Tillman on Twitter

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    Have a question or comment about something you heard on the show? Email us at makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voice message at 508-827-6278, or 508-U-B-SMART.

    • 19 min
    What bear markets of the past can tell us about today

    What bear markets of the past can tell us about today

    It’s Friday, and the S&P 500 is at risk of becoming what economists call a bear market — when stock prices fall for a prolonged time. But how bad is that, actually? We’ve got some context. Plus, the Law School Admissions Test may become optional, and our hosts share their thoughts on the strong dollar and a pizza musical. We end with a round of Half Full/Half Empty.

    Here’s everything we talked about today:


    “The S&P 500 narrowly averts a bear market. How long do they last once they arrive?” from MarketWatch
    “No LSAT Required? Law School Admissions Tests Could Be Optional Under New Proposal” from The Wall Street Journal
    “Archbishop: Pelosi will be denied communion over abortion” from AP News
    “Tesla’s Removal From S&P Index Sparks Debate About ESG Ratings” from Bloomberg
    “New York Now Has More Airbnb Listings Than Apartments for Rent” from Curbed
    “What does a strong dollar mean for the U.S. and world economies?” from Marketplace
    “In This Economy, Getting Fired Takes Hard Work” from The Wall Street Journal
    “Dolly Parton Joins the Star-Studded Cast of Taco Bell’s Tik Tok Musical, ‘Mexican Pizza’” from Taste of Country

    Tell us what you think about today’s show. Email us at makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voice message at 508-827-6278, or 508-U-B-SMART.

    Your donation powers the journalism you rely on. Give today to support “Make Me Smart.”

    • 20 min

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Thoregill ,

Great commentary

Great commentary to the news, lighthearted but smart and insightful

Bajskorv12 ,

Getting too political

If you hate Donald Trump you're going to love this podcast. It's starting to get a little too political for my taste. It is clear that Molly and Kai are both Democrats, and that's fine. Enjoy....

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