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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. Together, we make sense of today. Because none of us is as smart as all of us.
As a leading public media voice, Ryssdal has been a trusted broadcaster for two decades and has received the Alfred I.duPont-Columbia University Award, a Peabody Award and an Emmy. He is the host of our daily news business radio program Marketplace. Wood has spent two decades covering the tech industry on all platforms and is known as a pioneer in podcasting. She is an Ideas contributor at Wired and has been recognized for her dynamic reporting by the Webbys, the National Magazine Awards, and the Gracie Awards. Listen to them together on Make Me Smart With Kai & Molly wherever you get your podcasts.

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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. Together, we make sense of today. Because none of us is as smart as all of us.
As a leading public media voice, Ryssdal has been a trusted broadcaster for two decades and has received the Alfred I.duPont-Columbia University Award, a Peabody Award and an Emmy. He is the host of our daily news business radio program Marketplace. Wood has spent two decades covering the tech industry on all platforms and is known as a pioneer in podcasting. She is an Ideas contributor at Wired and has been recognized for her dynamic reporting by the Webbys, the National Magazine Awards, and the Gracie Awards. Listen to them together on Make Me Smart With Kai & Molly wherever you get your podcasts.

    How are you doing?

    How are you doing?

    We’re about 113 days into this pandemic, heading into a holiday weekend unlike any other in recent memory. We’re still learning about the best way to treat COVID-19, and some states are coming around on mask mandates. It’s not necessarily getting any easier. So how are you doing?

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for the livestream. It was our best yet. Links to subscribe to our YouTube channel, plus everything we talked about today, are at our episode page at makemesmart.org

    • 18 min
    Will coronavirus make it easier to buy a home?

    Will coronavirus make it easier to buy a home?

    We’ve gotten a lot of questions about the housing market during the COVID-19 recession. For today’s Whadda Ya Wanna Know Wednesday, we’re going to dive into that, plus scary tech, reserve currency and a little “M*A*S*H” trivia.

    You can find a list of everything we talked about today on our episode page at makemesmart.org, along with a link to subscribe to our YouTube page, where we’ll be live Thursday!

    • 15 min
    A higher ed crisis is a terrible thing to waste

    A higher ed crisis is a terrible thing to waste

    The rock walls, sushi bars and student center bowling alleys at colleges around the country will likely sit empty this fall. The spring semester has shown that online learning has significant limitations, said NYU marketing professor Scott Galloway, and welcoming back students and faculty is going to be like “Contagion 2.” But there’s also an opportunity here, he says, to increase budgets, cut costs and leverage technology to make higher education as accessible as it used to be.

    • 34 min
    Even the pandemic is bigger in Texas

    Even the pandemic is bigger in Texas

    Marketplace reporter Andy Uhler is in for Kai today, bringing us his on-the-ground reporting from Austin, Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott is rolling back reopening plans. But Abbott’s mostly left the rule-making to local governments and, well, no one knows what’s happening. For the rest of the California-based Make Me Smart crew, that confusing relationship between local and state government sounds familiar. Might be the same way in your state, too. Plus: Talking about sports, and talking around the COVID-19 sadness, not at the same time.

    As always, you can find links to everything we talked about on makemesmart.org

    • 16 min
    That was fast: Facebook’s ad moderation flip-flop

    That was fast: Facebook’s ad moderation flip-flop

    It was just days ago that Facebook declared it would “not make policy changes tied to revenue pressure” after advertisers announced a boycott over the platform’s moderation efforts — or lack thereof. Today, Facebook announced it would, in fact, respond to that boycott by tamping down misinformation and discriminatory ads on its platform. So, that worked. Plus: Why oh why oh why aren’t more Americans wearing masks???? We need a drink.

    As always you can find links to everything we talked about on our episode page at makemesmart.org.

    • 15 min
    Verizon boycotts Facebook (for a month)

    Verizon boycotts Facebook (for a month)

    Joining the likes of REI, Patagonia and others, Verizon is the biggest company by far to pull advertising from Facebook to protest the social media company’s moderation policies and overall corporate approach to combating misinformation. Can a boycott that’s just a month long lead to lasting change? We’ll talk about it. Plus: The country’s mayors speak out about racism in criminal justice.

    As always, you can find a list of everything we talked about today at makemesmart.org.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

Yogacat97 ,

I finally understand!

Ok maybe not totally, but I truly feel like I’m getting smarter about economics. It always felt like a magic I would never understand. Molly, Kia, and Kimberly (sorry girl you are a part of it now) teach me bit by bit who all this “stuff” works.

Thank you!

catdogtaco ,

Love the pod, maybe check yourself a bit?

Kai and Molly!

I LOVE this podcast. It’s made all the stuff happening since you started so much clearer and actually possible to understand.

I have a couple items of feedback for you cause it broke my heart to hear some things last week. I’m white, and notice some things because I’ve seen them in myself. First of all, using black vernacular like “Yo” is weird, it’s not a youth thing, or cool thing, it’s just appropriation. And I was really excited about Kimberly Adams on the pod last week, but was totally thrown off by the way Kai interacted with her. Clearly you all get along and respect each other, but you talked over her multiple times, sort of reexplained things she said, and your reaction to her talking about women’s makeup was pretty surprising. You should keep in mind that just because you know nothing about something, it doesn’t make it weird or crazy or beyond imagination. You’re a human with a face and eyelashes too, and people of all genders and identities wear makeup.

Just wanted to point this out- and want to say I love Kimberly and want her to be treated well in THIS newsroom.

Keep up the good work. This criticism comes out of love and respect and understanding as a white person who has made similar mistakes.

Best,

Sara

F'lessen ,

Great until the pandemic

I loved this show for around a year. Then COVID... I was in line for awhile, but eventually, being based in CA, it became near extreme left propaganda. I was even active on their social media but had to bail because anyone not “towing the blue line” was an idiot and like bombed.

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