27 episodes

Actuality explores the inner workings of the new global economy. Brought to you by Marketplace® and Quartz, it’s a podcast that combines the best of our economic smarts. Hosts Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz find the interesting in the important and the important in the interesting—and define the issues shaping our daily experience in the global economy. In Season Two, we explore the impossible, with: they said it couldn’t be done. From creating a perfect algorithm to a perfect workforce, we reveal the surprising answers to puzzles that once seemed impossible to solve. Join us for new episodes every other week when in season. Produced by American Public Media’s Marketplace and Atlantic Media’s Quartz. Twitter: @ActualityPod

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Actuality explores the inner workings of the new global economy. Brought to you by Marketplace® and Quartz, it’s a podcast that combines the best of our economic smarts. Hosts Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz find the interesting in the important and the important in the interesting—and define the issues shaping our daily experience in the global economy. In Season Two, we explore the impossible, with: they said it couldn’t be done. From creating a perfect algorithm to a perfect workforce, we reveal the surprising answers to puzzles that once seemed impossible to solve. Join us for new episodes every other week when in season. Produced by American Public Media’s Marketplace and Atlantic Media’s Quartz. Twitter: @ActualityPod

    Male Contraception

    Male Contraception

    They said it couldn't be done: The "male pill." Actuality asks why men haven't seen a new reversible contraceptive in centuries—and if we need one. We found out why Big Pharma gave up on a male pill, and meet people who want to make it happen anyway.

    • 20 min
    UnAmerican Football

    UnAmerican Football

    They said it couldn't be done: Soccer makes it in America. Actuality can't turn on the TV without seeing a soccer game — what gives? We talk with U.S. players Crystal Dunn and Matt Besler to figure out how global football became a media cash cow in America.

    • 21 min
    Cannabiz

    Cannabiz

    They said it couldn't be done: Ending the American war on marijuana. This week, Actuality tells the ugly truth about cannabis prohibition and peeks at the green shoots of the nascent legal weed industry — but can the architects of a new market avoid the mistakes of the past?

    • 22 min
    Museums: Wherefore contemporary art thou?

    Museums: Wherefore contemporary art thou?

    They said it couldn't be done: New art in old museums. Actuality visits an auction house to see a billion dollars of art sold in just a week and learn how this bubbling private market is changing staid public art museums in surprising ways.

    • 16 min
    A machine to save the world

    A machine to save the world

    They said it couldn't be done: Nuclear fusion. We visit scientists building a clean power plant that's hotter than the sun — but can they ever deliver? Then: the strange world of cold fusion, the people who hate it and the billionaires betting on it.

    • 20 min
    Batman v Hollywood

    Batman v Hollywood

    They said it couldn't be done: Making superheroes into movie stars. Forty years ago, Hollywood told 27-year-old Michael Uslan a Batman movie would never succeed. More than a dozen big-budget superhero movies will hit the big screen in the next few years. Holy impossibility, Batman!

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

MajidH ,

fabulously informative

This is a great show. Interesting topics discussed with humor and good info

Daedalix ,

Cogent, concise, useful

I found this by way of Marketplace, and it uses a similar if slightly more casual journalistic style. Episodes are well-researched and explore multiple points of view on varied subjects. Hosts are personable and charismatic but still professional enough to get their information across clearly.

Urban guy in New Mexico ,

The best!

You have the very best podcast. You pick on interesting subjects. You ask smart questions. You get smart people to be the "talking heads" to answer your questions. (I particularly like when you have on Quartz reporters.) You don't insult the audience's intelligence. Your clarity and production values are good. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, YOU GUYS!!!

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