WSJ What’s News

WSJ What’s News

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One of the original business news podcasts. Mirrored after the popular Wall Street Journal column. Get caught up on your commute Monday through Friday. Listen as our journalists cover top stories and share timely insights on business, the economy, markets, and politics.


Trump Takes Aim at WeChat; U.S. Employers Add 1.8 Million Jobs
Aug 7 • 15 min
P.M. Edition for August 7. The Trump Administration broadens its attack on Chinese internet giants, by going after social media app WeChat. Reporter Jing Yang has more from Hong Kong. Plus, U.S. employers added 1.8 million jobs in July, marking a third…
Latin America Faces Economic Crisis as Covid-19 Cases Climb
Aug 7 • 12 min
A.M. Edition for August 7. Latin America deals with significant financial losses due to the pandemic. President Trump issues executive orders targeting TikTok and WeChat. And U.S. stimulus talks stall. Marc Stewart hosts. Learn more about your ad choices.…
New York Attorney General Sues the National Rifle Association
Aug 6 • 12 min
P.M. Edition for August 6. New York’s Attorney General, Letitia James, has announced a lawsuit alleging broad corruption at the National Rifle Association. She’s also seeking to dissolve the organization. Senior Editor Mark Maremont joins Annmarie Fertoli…
Office Buildings Sit Empty as Americans Work From Home
Aug 6 • 12 min
A.M. Edition for August 6. The future of the office is unknown, which has major implications for companies, workers and cities. Plus, hope for a stimulus deal helps propel markets. And business schools adjust to pandemic life. Marc Stewart hosts. Learn…
Beirut’s Explosion and the Aftermath
Aug 5 • 15 min
P.M. Edition for August 5. Public anger is mounting over a warehouse explosion in Lebanon’s capital that has already killed more than 100 people and wounded thousands. Lebanese authorities are investigating why thousands of tons of explosives were stored…
Saudi Arabia Expands Nuclear Program With China’s Help
Aug 5 • 13 min
A.M. Edition for August 5. Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program expands with assistance from China. Plus, the latest on the massive explosion in Beirut. And the popularity of video games is helping to boost some stocks. Marc Stewart hosts. Learn more about your…
SEC Investigates Kodak’s Federal Loan, Stock Surge
Aug 4 • 10 min
P.M. Edition for August 4. Kodak announced last week that it was getting a $765 million dollar loan from the US government to shift part of its business to drug production. The news sent Kodak stock surging. Now, securities regulators are investigating…
Young Europeans’ Resistance to Rules Fuel Fears of Virus Resurgence
Aug 4 • 12 min
A.M. Edition for August 4. Concern across Europe as some young people ignore social distancing rules and coronavirus cases rise among the young. Tropical Storm Isaias brings heavy rain and wind to the East Coast. Marc Stewart hosts. Learn more about your…
Federal Reserve Expands Global Role
Aug 3 • 11 min
P.M. Edition for August 3. At the height of the pandemic, the Federal Reserve took unprecedented steps to support the US economy. But it was also quietly expanding its role to help shore up global markets: Our Economics Correspondent Nick Timiraos joins…
Microsoft Committed to Reaching TikTok Deal
Aug 3 • 13 min
A.M. Edition for August 3. Microsoft’s CEO spoke with President Trump about acquiring the popular Chinese-owned video app. Presidential campaigns gear up for an unprecedented race. And how Covid-19 is driving bike lane expansion. Marc Stewart hosts. Learn…
Sarah Deer on Supreme Court Victory, Progress for Native Americans
Jul 31 • 13 min
P.M. Edition for July 31. Native American legal advocate Sarah Deer reacts to the recent Supreme Court decision that found a large swath of Oklahoma is part of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She also reflects on the impact of the coronavirus, and recent…
The Economic Impact of Pro Sports Leagues’ Pandemic Restarts
Jul 31 • 12 min
A.M. Edition for July 31. Professional sports faces billion-dollar questions about money and safety as they reopen during the pandemic. New data released on consumer spending holds clues about the fate of the economy. Marc Stewart hosts. Learn more about…
Schools Plan for Reopening, and the Possibility of Closing Again
Jul 30 • 12 min
P.M. Edition for July 30. Schools are still figuring out their pandemic back-to-school plans. But how will they know if they need to close again? And how will they prepare? Education reporter Leslie Brody joins host Annmarie Fertoli with more details.…
Extended Unemployment Benefits Debated as Deadline Approaches
Jul 30 • 13 min
A.M. Edition for July 30. As lawmakers debate a pandemic stimulus package, enhanced unemployment benefits are questioned. The WSJ’s Kate Davidson looks at the economics of the debate. Plus, NASA looks for life on Mars. Marc Stewart hosts. Learn more about…
Lawmakers Grill Big Tech CEOs in Antitrust Hearing
Jul 29 • 12 min
P.M. Edition for July 29. The heads of Facebook, Apple, Google, and Amazon faced tough questions from lawmakers about their companies’ business practices, and whether they’re stifling competition, in a virtual antitrust hearing today. Tech and politics…
Colleges Face Major Challenges During Pandemic
Jul 29 • 12 min
A.M. Edition for July 29. How universities will operate differently this fall semester. The leaders of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google testify before Congress. Plus, some movies will be available at home much sooner. Marc Stewart hosts. Learn more…
Kodak Pivots to Drug Production, With Federal Loan Support
Jul 28 • 11 min
P.M. Edition for July 28. Photo pioneer Kodak has received a $765 million loan under the Defense Production Act, to shift to drug production. Reporter Rachael Levy joins host Annmarie Fertoli with more details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Coronavirus Leads to Strict Limits on the Hajj Pilgrimage
Jul 28 • 12 min
Saudi Arabia shuts out millions of Muslim pilgrims to fight Covid-19. The Federal Reserve meets amid warnings of extended economic challenges. And what Starbucks and McDonald’s earnings reports tell us about our economy. Marc Stewart hosts. Learn more…
Moderna Begins Final-Stage Testing on COVID-19 Vaccine
Jul 27 • 13 min
P.M. Edition for July 27. Drugmaker Moderna is now in the final stage of testing on its experimental coronavirus vaccine, marking a major step forward in the race for a vaccine. Reporter Peter Loftus joins Annmarie Fertoli with more details. Learn more…
People Returning to Offices May Need Covid-19 Tests
Jul 27 • 12 min
A.M. Edition, July 27. Coronavirus testing may become a requirement at some workplaces. Lawmakers work to pass another pandemic relief package. Plus, the unusual and simultaneous surge of commodities, stocks and bonds. Marc Stewart hosts. Learn more about…