The most important stories, explained through the lens of business. A podcast about money, business and power. Hosted by Kate Linebaugh and Ryan Knutson. The Journal is a co-production from Gimlet Media and The Wall Street Journal.
Ransomware, a Pipeline and a Gas Shortage
Colonial Pipeline supplies fuel to more than a dozen states. Last Friday, a ransomware attack forced its shutdown, causing a massive shortage of gasoline. WSJ's Robert McMillan says the group behind the attack, Darkside, and others like it represent a broader threat to corporate America and the country's infrastructure.
The NFT Craze Explained
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, have made a multi-billion dollar market out of digital items like pixelated cats, basketball highlight videos and even tweets. WSJ's Caitlin Ostroff explains the history of the technology and why NFTs could move beyond digital collectibles into the physical world.
WeWork's CEO on the Future of Work
WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani took charge of the office space company just as the pandemic hit. He's now on the brink of bringing WeWork public. We speak to Mathrani about his time at WeWork, his relationship with cofounder Adam Neumann, and the future of office work.
The Covid Vaccine Patent Problem
The U.S. government reversed course last week and said it would support waiving patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, over the objections of the pharmaceutical industry. WSJ's Yuka Hayashi explains how we got to this point.
When Elon Musk Moves In Next Door
Elon Musk's SpaceX has been building out its operations in Boca Chica, Texas and pressuring residents to sell their homes. WSJ's Nancy Keates explains why some residents are pushing back, and a homeowner explains the challenges of living next to a launchpad.
Chevron and the Amazon: A 28-year Legal Battle
Oil giant Chevron has been locked in a decades-long legal battle with people living in the Ecuadorian Amazon, who claim they were harmed by oil drilling. After a $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador in 2011, the company has fought back hard. WSJ's Sara Randazzo tells the story, and the plaintiff's lawyer, Steven Donziger, speaks about the case while under house arrest.
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College Freshman Economics
... appears to be the guiding principle of this podcast from a newspaper I’d expect better from. Their episodes fail to take into account or report on secondary or tertiary effects. Stealing vaccine intellectual property sounds “fair” and “necessary” to international thieves, but what effect will this have on future research and development within the pharmacological industry? The economics of the lumber industry are not unusual, it’s simple supply and demand with a government caused bottleneck from sawmill closure. The broadcast is a waste of time that refuses to go beyond basics that support their biases. It’s possible that Paul Krugman is a producer.