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Hosted by Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood, “Make Me Smart with Kai & Molly” is now a daily news podcast that breaks down the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and the most complex topics of the week. In a time when the world is moving faster than ever, this podcast is where we unpack complex topics, together. Because none of us is as smart as all of us.

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    • 4.8, 3.2K Ratings

Hosted by Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood, “Make Me Smart with Kai & Molly” is now a daily news podcast that breaks down the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and the most complex topics of the week. In a time when the world is moving faster than ever, this podcast is where we unpack complex topics, together. Because none of us is as smart as all of us.

    What’s HBO Max?

    What’s HBO Max?

    Whadda Ya Wanna Know Wednesday isn’t just about answering your questions.  Sometimes our hosts have questions too. Today, Kai is trying to figure out the latest entrant in the streaming wars. Plus: how oil prices bounced back and the future of higher ed.

    For a full list of the stories we talked about today, check out the episode page at makemesmart.org.

    • 15 min
    Back to the mall … but is anyone buying?

    Back to the mall … but is anyone buying?

    After years of sagging sales and changing customer habits, the coronavirus pandemic has retail fighting for its life. As more states move to partially reopen nonessential businesses, it’s still not clear who’s going to make it out of this crisis. For our 200th (!) episode, Marketplace retail reporter Marielle Segarra walks us through the winners and losers, what this crisis says about the way Americans shop and what’s coming next. Get ready for a mall-walking comeback.



    For a full list of the stories we talked about today, check out the episode page at makemesmart.org. And a big thanks to everyone who’s helped us get to 200 episodes! Here’s to 200 more.

    • 31 min
    Happy Friday: Your SAT scores really don’t matter anymore

    Happy Friday: Your SAT scores really don’t matter anymore

    Not in California, anyway. The University of California system announced this week it will phase out the use of ACT and SAT test scores in its admissions process. Will it ease stress and lower barriers for low-income families? We’ll talk about it. Plus: American oil production and coffee snobbery.

    For a full list of the stories we talked about today, check out the episode page at makemesmart.org. And another big thanks to everyone who helped make our spring fundraiser a success. If you missed it, there’s still time to donate at marketplace.org/givesmart.

    • 15 min
    Hank Paulson on the strong dollar

    Hank Paulson on the strong dollar

    On today’s show, we’ll dig into former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s column in Foreign Affairs about how to keep the dollar strong. Plus, Big Tech’s new work-from-home reality check and some useful euphemisms for “President Trump lied.”

    For a full list of the stories we talked about today, check out the episode page at makemesmart.org. And if you can, consider supporting Marketplace with a donation at marketplace.org/givesmart.

    • 15 min
    Can you deduct a home office on your taxes?

    Can you deduct a home office on your taxes?

    Or will your employer pay for some WFH remodeling? Eh, don’t get your hopes up. We’re fielding a couple of personal finance questions on today’s Whadda Ya Wanna Know Wednesday. We’ll also answer your mail about the confusing surge in the stock market and the future of retail (which we’ll talk about more on our Tuesday episode next week).

    For a full list of the stories we talked about today, check out the episode page at makemesmart.org. And if you can, consider supporting Marketplace with a donation at marketplace.org/givesmart.

    • 17 min
    When we go back to work, tech will have a new job

    When we go back to work, tech will have a new job

    Ready or not, the country is starting to reopen, and some Americans are getting back to work. There’s a lot of new tech on the table for preventing a surge in COVID-19 cases, but what’s actually effective? And what data will you have to give up to use it? Here to talk us through how the American office will change is Chris Calabrese, the vice president for policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology.

    For a full list of the stories we talked about today, check out the episode page at makemesmart.org. And if you can, consider supporting Marketplace with a donation at marketplace.org/givesmart.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

Nopainmd ,

Great analysis and camaraderie

I’ve been a fan of Marketplace for many years. This podcast adds to the experience by providing in-depth information and insights on the news of the day and well-researched long form content. I’m so glad that the hosts provide a personal touch in their reporting. It’s adds deeper meaning to each episode. Always something to learn.

Quicktricker ,

Kai & Molly are the Best!

I love the daily! I have been listening to Tuesdays from the beginning, so good!

Marvincardo ,

Make me smile/smart

Despite the fact they cover some dark subjects, the show is great the aches you a lot and I look forward to it every day. The make me smile section is awesome as it lets you end the show with a smile on your face. The hosts Kai and Molly have great personalities and it just good to hear their calm voices rather than the panicked ranting I often hear.

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