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The most important stories about money, business and power. Hosted by Kate Linebaugh and Ryan Knutson, with Jessica Mendoza. The Journal is a co-production of Spotify and The Wall Street Journal.

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    • 4.3 • 4.7K Ratings

The most important stories about money, business and power. Hosted by Kate Linebaugh and Ryan Knutson, with Jessica Mendoza. The Journal is a co-production of Spotify and The Wall Street Journal.

Get show merch here: https://wsjshop.com/collections/clothing

    Why the FTC is Challenging a $25 Billion Supermarket Merger

    Why the FTC is Challenging a $25 Billion Supermarket Merger

    The Federal Trade Commission is suing to block a $25 billion merger between two supermarket giants: Albertsons and Kroger.WSJ’s Patrick Thomas unpacks the deal and what it would mean for the companies, workers and shoppers.



    Further Reading:

    -FTC Sues to Block $25 Billion Kroger-Albertsons Merger 

    -It’s Been 30 Years Since Food Ate Up This Much of Your Income 



    Further Listening:

    -Food Fight: PepsiCo vs. Carrefour 

    -Are Rotisserie Chickens ‘Inflation-Proof’?

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    • 19 min
    The Downfall of Vice

    The Downfall of Vice

    Vice Media was a digital-media pioneer, built on provocative journalism and the promise of reaching younger audiences, a boon for advertisers. In its heyday, the company was valued at $5.7 billion. But last week, Vice Media said it would stop publishing content on its website and plans to cut hundreds of jobs. WSJ’s Keach Hagey and Alexandra Bruell on the rise and fall of Vice.



    Further Reading: 

    - Vice Media to Stop Publishing on Vice.com, Plans to Cut Hundreds of Jobs 

    - Vice Media to Be Acquired Out of Bankruptcy by Fortress, Soros Fund 

    - Essence in Talks to Buy Refinery29 From Embattled Publisher Vice Media 







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    • 21 min
    Inside One Publisher’s Fight Against Book Bans

    Inside One Publisher’s Fight Against Book Bans

    School districts and state legislatures have been ramping up efforts to ban certain books from school libraries and curricula. Last year, Penguin Random House decided to do something to stop them. We speak to WSJ’s Jeffrey Trachtenberg and to the man leading Penguin Random House's efforts, Skip Dye.



    Further Reading:

    - A Publishing Giant’s Risky Fight Against Book Bans 

    - Penguin Random House, Authors Sue Iowa Officials Over Book Ban 

    - Scholastic Planned to Segregate Diverse Titles at School Book Fairs. Then Came the Backlash. 



    Further Listening:

    - Scholastic’s Succession Drama 



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    • 20 min
    The Deepfake Election Has Arrived

    The Deepfake Election Has Arrived

    Days before the presidential primary in New Hampshire, thousands of people received a call from someone who sounded like President Joe Biden, telling them not to vote. The call was a deepfake, and as WSJ's Bob McMillian reports, the rapid advancement of AI technology will likely have profound implications for elections around the world.



    Further Reading:

    - New Era of AI Deepfakes Complicates 2024 Elections 



    Further Listening:

    - The Company Behind ChatGPT 

    - The Hidden Workforce That Helped Filter Violence and Abuse Out of ChatGPT 

    - OpenAI’s Weekend of Absolute Chaos 



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    • 20 min
    Influencer Arielle Charnas’s Fashion Fail

    Influencer Arielle Charnas’s Fashion Fail

    Arielle Charnas is a fashion blogger turned influencer with over 1 million Instagram followers. In 2020, she launched her clothing brand Something Navy with about $10 million from investors. She hoped to turn it into a $100 million venture. That’s not what happened. WSJ’s Chavie Lieber and Sara O’Brien report on a cautionary tale for influencer brands. 



    Further Reading:

    - Investors Poured Millions Into Her Fashion Brand. Then It All Fell Apart. 

    - Her Brand Had $100 Million Ambitions. Now It’s Being Sold in a Fire Sale. 



    Further Listening:

    - Shein Took Over Fast Fashion. Then Came the Backlash. 

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    • 18 min
    The Deal That Could Change Credit Cards

    The Deal That Could Change Credit Cards

    Capital One announced plans to buy Discover Financial Services in a $35 billion deal that marries two of the largest credit-card companies in the U.S. and has the potential to shake up the credit card industry in a major way. WSJ’s AnnaMaria Andriotis explores what makes this deal such a game changer.



    Further Reading:

    - Capital One Is Buying Discover Financial for $35 Billion 



    Further Listening:

    - Inside the Capital One Hack 

    - The Fight Over Your Credit Card Swipe 



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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
4.7K Ratings

4.7K Ratings

Jellyfishda ,

Goosebumps

The deepfaked voice of Ryan speaking in Mandarin is so impressive and chillingly authentic.

Although being a Taiwanese, the fake voice in the show did sound a lot like when Chinese people speaking Mandarin. I am imprssed because the fake voice have a subtle “-er” sound after words. Also, the deepfake voice somehow retained the personality. Creepy.

Danny252112 ,

“Book Bans” episode

It felt like I was listening to an NPR show: largely one-sided, Liberal hero worship. Almost no true insight/explanation from the other side of the issue. In fact, the title alone — calling these book bans — gives away the author’s and editor’s very strong left-leaning slant. This was not news but rather an editorial. Sad if this is what is happening to the news side of the house at WSJ, my absolute favorite newspaper. Just a few days ago, there was a very interesting and largely balanced episode on the proposed Capital One/Discover deal. Then to turn around and produce this under the WSJ label? It’s a travesty. Please return to reporting news and leave the editorial pieces to the Paul Gigot and colleagues.

badger actuary ,

One sided, but generally interesting

If you are going to run a podcast about a publishers suit to make porn available in children’s libraries, you should at least discuss both sides of the issue.

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