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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 • 5.3K 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.

    What happens to Biden’s campaign money if he quits the race?

    What happens to Biden’s campaign money if he quits the race?

    In May, President Joe Biden’s campaign said it had a hefty $91 million stashed in the bank. If Biden were to end his candidacy, what would happen to all that cash? We’ll get into it. And, we’ll explain why the federal government’s plan to phase out its purchases of single-use plastics could have a sizable impact on the country’s use of plastic overall. Plus, we’ll get nostalgic for DVDs and paper checks during a game of Half Full/Half Empty! And, would you talk politics in the office?

    Here’s everything we talked about today:


    “It’s time to stop arguing over the population slowdown and start adapting to it” from Vox
    “What happens to Joe Biden’s campaign money?” from Reuters
    “The White House Has a Plan to Slash Plastic Use in the U.S.” from The New York Times
    “FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Releases New Strategy to Tackle Plastic Pollution, Takes Action to Reduce Single-Use Plastics in Federal Operations” from The White House
    “What is Microsoft’s “blue screen of death?” Here’s what it means and how to fix it.” from CBS News
    “RIP Redbox, a Bad Idea at the Worst Time” from Wired
    “Hello Kitty Is Not a Cat and We’re Not OK” from E! News
    “Target will stop accepting this old-school form of payment” from CNN Business
    “How can we talk about politics in the workplace?” from Marketplace

    Got a question or comment for the hosts? Email makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voicemail at 508-U-B-SMART.

    • 28 min
    The elephant in the room at the RNC

    The elephant in the room at the RNC

    This week Sean O’Brien became the first ever president of the Teamsters union to speak at the Republican National Convention. We’ll explain why this ruffled some feathers and what it could mean for the relationship between unions and the Democratic Party. And, we’ll get into how the lock-in effect is shaping today’s housing market and why the Federal Reserve won’t wait for inflation to fall to 2% before lowering interest rates. Plus, when it comes to avoiding online misinformation while a crisis unfolds, patience is a virtue.


    “Sean O’Brien: Why a union president crossed partisan lines for a starring role at Trump’s RNC” from CNN
    “A Teamsters Boss Delivers Rare Speech to R.N.C.” from The New York Times
    “First-time homebuyers are a growing share of the market” from Marketplace
    “We fact-checked some of the rumors spreading online about the Trump assassination attempt” from Reuters
    “How to Avoid Online Misinformation After Political Violence” from Marketplace Tech
    “CPI inflation report June 2024” from CNBC
    “Interest rates may work like a ‘Jedi mind trick’ to drive price trends” from Marketplace

    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!

    • 12 min
    The populist threat to climate action

    The populist threat to climate action

    The transition to our clean energy economy is already underway. But progress on climate change may slow down as climate populism on the far right is taking root in developed economies. We’ll explain why cheaper, green technologies might be the antidote. Meanwhile, in Arizona, ballooning costs for a school voucher program triggered a state budget crisis. Plus, NASA blasted a Missy Elliot song all the way to Venus at the speed of light!

    Here’s everything we talked about today:


    “Populist opposition is threatening progress on climate change” from the Peterson Institute for International Economics
    “School Vouchers Were Supposed to Save Taxpayer Money. Instead They Blew a Massive Hole in Arizona’s Budget.” from ProPublica
    “A Missy Elliott Song Travels to Venus at the Speed of Light” from The New York Times
    “Paris mayor swims in Seine ahead of Olympic Games opening” from Axios
    “Pressed about jumping into Baltimore Harbor, Mayor Scott and others admit it’s still unsafe and illegal outside of organized events” from Baltimore Brew

    Got a question or comment for the hosts? Email makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voicemail at 508-U-B-SMART.

    • 16 min
    Want to protect our democracy? Start here!

    Want to protect our democracy? Start here!

    If you’ve been feeling hopeless about the news, the election, the economy, the climate crisis and everything else that’s going on, today’s episode is for you. Emily Amick, lawyer and co-author of “Democracy in Retrograde: How to Make Changes Big and Small in Our Country and in Our Lives,” argues we can all become better participants in our democracy. And we don’t need to have a gazillion dollars to do it. On the show today, Amick explains why we should treat civic engagement as self-care, how to find your civic personality and ways to cultivate a news diet that doesn’t put you in a doom loop. Plus, the moment she realized our democracy was headed in the wrong direction.



    Then, we’ll get into how voters in Utah fought to protect the power of citizen-led ballot initiatives and why shoppers hide purchases from their romantic partners. Plus, an anime cosplayer was wrong about what it would take to create her own costume.



    Here’s everything we talked about today:


    “Despite Recent Setbacks, There Is Still Hope For Democracy” from Forbes
    “In ‘Democracy in Retrograde,’ Emily Amick Talks About Political Engagement and Her Cancer Diagnosis” from Teen Vogue
    “What does Utah’s redistricting ruling do to voters’ ability to change laws?” from The Salt Lake Tribune
    “Utah Supreme Court: Lawmakers must heed voter-passed gerrymandering reforms “ from Axios Salt Lake City
    “Amazon’s Prime Day a ‘major’ cause of worker injuries, Senate probe finds” from CNBC
    “US Retail Sales Excluding Autos Rise by Most in Three Months” from Bloomberg
    “Gym Bags, Trunks, Back Doors: How Stealth Shoppers Hide Purchases” from The Wall Street Journal
    “Financial Infidelity Report 2023: Why People Hide Purchases From Partners” from Circuit
    “Inside a UPS warehouse that prioritizes super-fast shipping” from Marketplace

    How are you getting involved in civic life? What helps you fend off feelings of hopelessness? Let us know at makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voicemail at 508-U-B-SMART.

    • 35 min
    The deluge of Trump news

    The deluge of Trump news

    We’re still processing the news of the shooting at Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Pennsylvania over the weekend. On top of that, a federal judge dismissed the classified documents case against the former president. We’ll get into the news and why it matters how we talk about it. Then, we’ll explain why eviction rates remain above pre-pandemic levels in many parts of the country. Plus, some good news from the world of science about a malaria vaccine rollout in Ivory Coast and a $14 million investment in battery recycling.

    Here’s everything we talked about today:


    “Evictions Surge in Major Cities in the American Sunbelt” from The Wall Street Journal
    “Judge dismisses Trump’s classified documents case” from The Washington Post
    “Malaria Vaccines: Which Countries in Africa Are Using Serum’s New Shots?” from Bloomberg
    “It Will Soon Be Easier for Americans to Recycle Batteries” from Wired
    Biden-Harris Administration Announces $14 Million to Increase Domestic Battery Recycling from the U.S. Department of Energy
    “How can we talk about politics in the workplace?” from Marketplace

    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.

    • 17 min
    A funding freeze for Biden

    A funding freeze for Biden

    In the aftermath of the debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, money’s been talking. Major donors to a key pro-Biden super PAC are reportedly putting donations worth $90 million on ice if Biden stays in the race. We’ll get into what the funding freeze means for the future of Biden’s campaign. Plus, guest host Sabri Ben-Achour makes us smart about cricket protein powder. And we’ll play a round of Half Full/Half Empty!

    Here’s everything we talked about today:


    “Donors to Pro-Biden Super PAC Are Said to Withhold Roughly $90 Million” from The New York Times
    “Inside the glitzy Biden fundraiser that lost the president George Clooney” from The Washington Post
    “Silkworm satay? Singapore approves insects as food” from CNN
    “Dynamic pricing tech may brighten retail bottom lines and put consumers in the dark” from Marketplace
    “Kids want $70 wrinkle creams. Parents and lawmakers are “fighting a losing battle”’ from Marketplace
    “A Fancy Card Is Becoming the Only Way to Get a Restaurant Reservation” from The Atlantic
    “Influencer Style Case Risks More Stolen Vibe Suits From Creators” from Bloomberg Law
    “Amazon launched an AI shopping assistant — just in time for Prime Day” from Quartz



    Before you get your weekend started, send your questions and comments to makemesmart@marketplace.org or leave us a voicemail at 508-U-B-SMART.

    • 23 min

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ElectricianWes ,

Great Show

Thoroughly enjoyable way to keep up with current events.

Lucifer Son of the Morning ,

What I Need To Hear When I Need To Hear It

Today I was strumming through my open iPad pages thinking about everything I need to get done today. I’m getting distracted, of course.

Stress that’s what stress does to me it allows me to be easily distracted. I really can’t afford to be distracted anymore. I’m wasted too many years and burned through relationships to the point where I am completely isolated.

For whatever reason, I decided to listen to Apple News Today and after listening to disturbing account of a young man who been brutally assaulted this episode came on about stress, money investments past occurrences have all three correlate with each other to determine our financial outlook.

I was pleased and very upset over the fact that it seems like I have been screwing myself out of a happy life. i’m so disturbed with myself. I am the key unlocking my future at this point I don’t think it’s gonna be very long although I shouldn’t say that it’s just been my experience.

Thank you very much ladies for making me feel like an idiot once again I have no problem coming up reason to say that I would love nothing more than hold myself accountable for the negative energy that played my life for the past 35 years. Guess what I wake up in the morning it could be the start of a brand new life. I’ll lick my wound trying to not to hurt anyone, although my patience run thin.

Gratefully idiot.

Right up the Middle ,

I thought this was different, sadly mistaken.

It’s so hard to trust journalism and media these days and that’s why I turned to podcasts where real people can discuss topics without the persuasion of propaganda. I found Marketplace, and then subsequently, Make Me Smart and was excited to have a news source where I could trust that I’m being informed, without being persuaded one way or the other (left or right). After listening to several episodes, I thought this might be it. Then I just listened to an episode where they attacked FOX news as being a misinformer. Let me be clear. I don’t listen to FOX news either for the same reason. But the fact that they didn’t also say the same thing about CNN was my key to stop listening. Turns out this show isn’t for those that want fact based news and learnings. I thought they were different. I was mistaken. Turns out they are the same as every other propaganda filled media source that we are bombarded with on a daily basis. Sad.

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