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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 • 4.9K 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.

    Student loan forgiveness should boost your credit score — eventually

    Student loan forgiveness should boost your credit score — eventually

    We’re a nation of student loan debtors. Wiping out up to $20,000 of that debt should boost each borrower’s score, right? On this Whaddya Wanna Know Wednesday, we have to let one listener down easy. Plus, Kai Ryssdal and Kimberly Adams answer more of your questions on the peso, the pandemic and pumpkin pie.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:




    Check out Kimberly’s interview with Ethan Dornhelm, who leads research and analytic development for FICO.
    “Here’s how up to $20,000 in student loan forgiveness could affect your credit score and ability to borrow” from CNBC
    The current dollar/peso exchange rate
    “Mexico’s ‘Super Peso’ Shocks Traders Who Had Bet on Wipeout” from Bloomberg
    “Shifting supply chains settle on Mexico” from Marketplace
    This great thread from Alexandra Phelan on how pandemics end
    “Why COVID isn’t like the flu (yet) in one brutal graph” from Fortune
    “End of COVID pandemic is ‘in sight’ – WHO chief” from Reuters



    If you’ve got a question about the economy, business or technology, let us know. We’re at makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a message at 508-U-B-SMART.



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    • 16 min
    The social, political and economic forces behind Iran’s protests

    The social, political and economic forces behind Iran’s protests

    This is the third week of protests in Iran. Dozens have died and hundreds have been arrested in the demonstrations following the death of a young Iranian woman in police custody. And now the outrage seems to be spreading and tapping into a deep well of grievances.



    “This is really anger at the entire system for its 43 years of corruption and abuse of power,” said Jason Rezaian, opinion columnist for the Washington Post and author of “Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison.”



    On the show today, Rezaian explains what’s driving the latest protest movement in Iran, the role of the United States and what may come next.



    In the News Fix, the Supreme Court started a new term this week and it’s expected to be a doozy. We’ll explain. Plus, get ready for the return of Donald Trump on Twitter.



    Then, the gif vs. jif debate continues. And, in case you didn’t know, the climate crisis is so bad that the city of Los Angeles hired a chief heat officer. Hear her answer to the Make Me Smart question.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:




    “Opinion | To help the next Iran protests, the U.S. should change these policies” from The Washington Post
    “Iran Protests Underline Economic, Social Pain” from Bloomberg
    “Musk Proposes to Buy Twitter for Original Price of $54.20 a Share” from Bloomberg
    “Three Huge Supreme Court Cases That Could Change America” from The New York Times
    “Watch world’s first all-electric plane soar through test flight” from CNN
    “Los Angeles Becomes Latest City to Hire ‘Chief Heat Officer’” from Smithsonian Magazine



    Join us tomorrow for Whaddya Wanna Know Wednesday. If you’ve got a question you’d like us to answer, leave us a message at 508-U-B-SMART or makemesmart@marketplace.org.

    • 29 min
    To rebuild or not to rebuild?

    To rebuild or not to rebuild?

    Climate change is making storms stronger and more destructive. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, some are wondering whether investing in rebuilding is really worth it. We’ll discuss. Plus, why the drama over Credit Suisse is not a Lehman Brothers moment. And, the parody news site The Onion filed an amicus brief, and it’s truly a chef’s kiss!



    Here’s everything we talked about today:




    “Should we rebuild in hurricane-prone areas?” from Poynter
    “Surviving Hurricane Ian in a Fort Myers Apartment Complex” from The New Yorker
    “Pakistanis save their town from floodwaters by building an embankment” from NPR
    “Credit Suisse Whipsaws as CEO Memo Backfires, Analysts Back Bank” from Bloomberg
    Tweet from @AnthonyMKreis on The Onion’s amicus brief
    Read: The Onion’s brief about satire



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    • 17 min
    What Trevor Noah’s departure says about late-night show biz

    What Trevor Noah’s departure says about late-night show biz

    After seven years in the host’s chair, Trevor Noah is leaving “The Daily Show” to do more stand-up and touring. We’ll talk about the evolution of the late-night TV business. Plus, a case before the Supreme Court could determine what’s considered the “waters of the U.S.” And, we play a round of Half Full/Half Empty with a surprise guest emcee!



    Here’s everything we talked about today:




    “Trevor Noah is leaving ‘The Daily Show’” from CNN
    New HHS Reports Illustrate Potential Positive Impact of Inflation Reduction Act on Prescription Drug Prices from the Department of Health and Human Services
    “Supreme Court to hear case on EPA’s Clean Water Act authority” from Roll Call
    Tweet thread from @JasonLeopold on an off-the-record conversation between then-President Barack Obama and reporters about incoming President Donald Trump



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    • 27 min
    What flood insurance?

    What flood insurance?

    Hurricane Ian left behind vast destruction in Florida. But what’s actually making the situation worse is the state’s insurance crisis. We’ll explain. Plus, some people who thought their student loans would be forgiven are learning they won’t eligible for President Biden’s relief program after all. And, if you like Fat Bear Week, you’ll love Fat Bear Junior.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:




    Hurricane Ian’s damage in Florida is part of a larger crisis from MSNBC
    “In a reversal, the Education Dept. is excluding many from student loan relief” from NPR
    Tweet from @LizAnnSonders of Schwab on the rising cost of the monthly house payment
    “After 14 years, Lehman Brothers’ brokerage ends liquidation” from Yahoo
    “Meet the Bears of Fat Bear Junior” from Explore.org



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    • 14 min
    Why is the U.K. cutting taxes and raising interest rates at the same time?

    Why is the U.K. cutting taxes and raising interest rates at the same time?

    The United Kingdom’s economy is hurting. But the plan to get it under control — cutting taxes and raising interest rates — is a bit of a head scratcher. We’ll explain why we can’t make this one make sense (well, I guess we can, but the answer is not great). Plus, guest host Reema Khrais answers questions about boycotts and the multilevel marketing world.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:




    “Q&A: Here’s when boycotts have worked — and when they haven’t” from the Los Angeles Times
    “1 in 4 Americans Are Currently Boycotting a Product or Company” from LendingTree
    Meet the 400 Ph.D. economists who work at the Federal Reserve
    Listen: “This Is Uncomfortable” episode on multilevel marketing
    “How the Pandemic Stoked a Backlash to Multilevel Marketing” from The Atlantic



    If you’ve got a question about the economy, business or technology, let us know. We’re at makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a message at 508-U-B-SMART.



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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
4.9K Ratings

4.9K Ratings

gharki ,

Great show/ podcast

Love the diversity of ideas presented

Kjsalmon ,

So smart and informative

I listen everyday! Love Kimberly. Her optimism and cheeriness is a great balance for Kai’s more stoic and curmudgeonly stance. I’ve learned so much from listening to this show. I started listening in the beginning of the pandemic and it really helped me keep things in perspective.

I-heart-diner-dash ,

This podcast has gone downhill :(

More Amy Scott!! She’s everything I wish Kimberly was.

I’m sad to say that I agree with others who find Kimberly unbearable. I have been trying for months to give her an honest try and to stay with Make Me Smart because I enjoy the content and often learn something new, but it’s gotten to the point where it’s not enjoyable and I’m practically forcing myself to listen.

Kimberly’s incessant giggle and efforts to be cute have gotten to be too much. She seems to assume her opinions, interests and life are the reason we tune in. She adds a child like self absorption that would be better suited for a different type of podcast. At a minimum, please stop the constant laughing and giggling.

Additionally, Kai and Kimberly just don’t have chemistry. They don’t seem to like each other and they over compensate with synthetic politeness. It honestly feels like Kai is just trying to deal with Kimberly’s existence.

Can we get more of Amy Scott, please?! She’s such a breath of fresh air in comparison.

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