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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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    • 4.6 • 5.2K Ratings

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.

    A revamp for Title IX

    A revamp for Title IX

    The Joe Biden administration announced highly anticipated updates to Title IX. The new rule expands protections for LGBTQ+ students and sexual assault survivors. But it stops short of addressing the rights of trans athletes. Then, we’ll get into the outrageous hoops rich people jump through to get out of paying state taxes. Plus, we’ll weigh in on swapping seats on airplanes and more in a round of Half Full/Half Empty!



    Here’s everything we talked about today:







    “How to Avoid State Taxes? New York Rich Use Private Jets” from Bloomberg








    “New Title IX rules protect LGBTQ+ students, avoids trans athletes” from AP News








    “New Title IX rules offer ‘comprehensive coverage’ for LGBTQ+ students and sexual violence survivors” from The 19th








    “As drive-thrus get bigger, some cities aren’t lovin’ it” from Marketplace








    “Make robots like Boston Dynamics’ new Atlas hairy” from The Verge








    “Washington, D.C., is a test case for phasing out the tipped minimum wage” from Marketplace








    “Pringles Crocs: New shoes, ankle holster and crisp flavor unveiled” from Axios








    “The Four Most Divisive Words on a Flight: Will You Swap Seats?” from from The Wall Street Journal







    We love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voicemail at 508-U-B-SMART.

    • 31 min
    What you need to know about tariffs

    What you need to know about tariffs

    The Biden administration is aiming to triple tariffs on Chinese steel to protect U.S. manufacturers. Sound familiar? We’ll explain who is actually paying the price and what raising tariffs would mean for U.S. workers. We’ll also get into why economic data doesn’t always translate into how voters view the economy, especially in an election year. And, what the buzz over the popular animated series “Bluey” is all about.

    Here’s everything we talked about today:


    “President Biden Gives Remarks on Labor Unions and Manufacturing Jobs in Pittsburgh” from C-SPAN
    “Biden vows to shield US steel industry by blocking Japanese merger and seeking new Chinese tariffs” from The Associated Press
    “Once again: Who pays for tariffs on Chinese steel?” from Marketplace
    “Fed Chair Powell delivers remarks at the Washington Forum on the Canadian economy” from CNBC
    “Fed Chair Jerome Powell Dials Back Expectations on Interest-Rate Cuts” from The Wall Street Journal
    “It’s getting harder to predict the economy’s effect on presidential elections” from Marketplace
    “Caitlin Clark Selected No. 1 Overall by the Indiana Fever” from ESPN
    “Wait, Caitlin Clark Is Only Getting Paid $76,000?” from The Wall Street Journal
    “Hall of Fame college coach Dawn Staley Reflects on the state of women’s basketball.” from NPR
    “Political advertisers worry about reaching sports fans streaming their games” from Marketplace
    Bluey “The Sign” Official Trailer
    “The Non-Parents’ Guide to Bluey” from Vulture
    “Is “Bluey” ending? “The Sign” explained — and the show’s future.” from Vox

    Join us tomorrow for Economics on Tap! The YouTube livestream starts at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time, 6:30 p.m. Eastern. We’ll have news, drinks, and play a round of Half Full/Half Empty!

    • 19 min
    A new day for labor organizing in the South?

    A new day for labor organizing in the South?

    A union election at Volkswagen is testing the power of the United Auto Workers. As voting gets underway this week, guest host Nova Safo explains what unionization could mean for three big automakers and the labor movement in the South. Plus, how a unanimous Supreme Court ruling expands the scope of workplace bias suits. And, why Billy Joel came up at a Pentagon press briefing.

    Here’s everything we talked about today:


    “The South has few unionized auto plants. Workers say this one could be next.” from The Washington Post
    “Supreme Court makes it easier to sue for job discrimination over forced transfers” from The Associated Press
    “Hugh Grant says he took ‘enormous sum’ to settle suit alleging illegal snooping by The Sun tabloid” from The Associated Press
    “Conservative Broadcaster OAN Settles Defamation Claims by Voting-Machine Company Smartmatic” from The Wall Street Journal
    Pentagon press conference moment from Travis Akers on X
    Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (Official HD Video) 

    We love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voicemail at 508-U-B-SMART.

    • 20 min
    What we often get wrong about teens and screen time

    What we often get wrong about teens and screen time

    There’s been a lot of debate lately about the potential effects of smartphones and social media on young people’s mental health. Some states like states like Florida and Utah have even tried to ban kids from using social media apps until they reach a certain age. But Mikey Jensen, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Interactions and Relationships Lab at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, said outright bans could do more harm than good.

    On the show today: How smartphones and social media are reshaping our lives. And why we should focus on the quality of kids’ online time instead of the amount of it. 



    Then, we’ll get into the cost of a major ransomware attack for a health care company and its clients. And, the mini pencil economy and what a history professor got wrong about ancient Rome.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:







    “The great rewiring: is social media really behind an epidemic of teenage mental illness?” from Nature








    “The Phone in the Room” from The New York Times








    “I Asked 65 Teens How They Feel About Being Online” from The Cut








    “What the evidence really says about social media’s impact on teens’ mental health” from Vox








    “UnitedHealth to take up to $1.6 billion hit this year from Change hack” from Reuters








    “Change Healthcare stolen patient data leaked by ransomware gang” from TechCrunch








    “IMF Steps Up Its Warning to US Over Spending and Ballooning Debt” from Bloomberg





    We want to hear your answer to the Make Me Smart question. You can reach us at makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voicemail at 508-U-B-SMART.

    • 31 min
    The rise of the (tax) resistance

    The rise of the (tax) resistance

    It’s Tax Day! Millions of Americans have already filed their 2023 returns, but today we’re talking about tax protesters and the moral and ethical reasons some refuse to file their taxes or pay what they owe. Plus, the “no landing” scenario has entered the chat. And, what are we getting wrong about the cosmos?

    Here’s everything we talked about today:







    “Taxes are due even if you object to government policies or doubt the validity of the 16th Amendment’s ratification” from The Conversation








    “Taxes 2024: I stopped paying taxes a decade ago. The results shocked me.” from Slate








    “‘The 401(k) industry owns Congress’: How lawmakers quietly passed a $300 billion windfall to the wealthy” from Politico








    “Fed Hiking Rates to 6.5% Is ‘Real Risk’ for UBS Strategists” from Bloomberg








    “March retail sales data show the American consumer is still pretty strong” from Axios








    “World’s top cosmologists convene to question conventional view of the universe” from The Guardian











    We love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voicemail at 508-U-B-SMART.

    • 13 min
    Why owning a car is getting so expensive

    Why owning a car is getting so expensive

    It’s hard to get around without a car these days. But in the last couple of years, owning one has become very expensive. We’ll explain the deceptive practices happening in the auto lending market. And, we’ll explain how Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s power in the Democratic Party was demonstrated by a campaign contribution. Plus, we’ll play a round of Half Full/Half Empty and weigh in on “dumbphones” and adult gap years.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:







    “Ocasio-Cortez Never Steered Money to a Key Arm of Her Party. Until Now.” from The New York Times








    “The rise of the scammy car loan” from Vox








    “Decades later, Bonnie Tyler still finds new fans for her hit song every total eclipse” from CBC Radio








    “Tech is supercharging pre-employment personality tests” from Marketplace








    “The Dumbphone Boom Is Real” from The New Yorker








    “Broadband ‘nutrition labels’ help you comparison shop for cable” from Marketplace








    “Brands in Space: What’s behind the rush to advertise in the final frontier?” from Marketplace








    “‘Companies are starting to realize burnout is an issue’: Meet the lucky workers taking sabbaticals and ‘adult gap years’ to recharge” from Fortune







    We love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voicemail at 508-U-B-SMART.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.2K Ratings

5.2K Ratings

narckeys ,

My absolute favorite pod

Seriously the most interesting and informative podcast out there. Kimberly and Kai are a joy to listen to as they discuss the days news. I enjoy the diversity of hosts and their thoughts. Great podcast, can’t recommend enough! Market place as a whole is great but this show is the best of.

Zenman ,

Still interesting and fun

Kai and Kimberly are smart and funny. The podcast started during the pandemic, when it was important to feel connected, and it succeeded exceptionally. 4 years later, I’m still listening and learning.

eyesintheskys ,

Great Information every day

One of my favorite shows to listen to almost every day. Love the Friday happy hour!

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