The Journal.
The Journal.
The Wall Street Journal & Gimlet
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.
The Former MoviePass CEO on What Went Wrong
MoviePass took off like a rocket when it unveiled a $9.95 monthly service in 2017 that allowed customers to see a movie a day in theaters. But its crash was just as spectacular as its rise. Now, the service is coming back under new management. Mitch Lowe, the former CEO, talks about what went wrong. Further Reading: - It’s a Wrap: MoviePass Ends Theater Subscription Service  - MoviePass Is Making a Comeback With Plans From $10 to $30 a Month  Further Listening: - The Fundamental Flaw (and Alleged Deception) of MoviePass  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 3
22 min
How to Build a Metaverse, Part 2: Avatars Behaving Badly
When Second Life officially launched in 2003, it had one guiding principle for all new users: Be Nice. But those users showed up with their own ideas about how to behave in a virtual world. In Part 2 of How to Build a Metaverse, Linden Lab — the company that created Second Life — wrestles with how to govern its new world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 30
39 min
The Pros and Cons of a Strong U.S. Dollar
The U.S. dollar is dramatically increasing in value. WSJ’s Julia-Ambra Verlaine unpacks what this means for the U.S. and other countries. Further Reading: - A Strong Dollar Is Front and Center for Wall Street  - Dollar Strength Lifts Americans’ Relative Spending Power  - Strong U.S. Dollar Extends Pain in Emerging-Markets Currencies  Further Listening: - The Roots of Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 29
17 min
The Four-Day School Week Is Here
To combat a teacher shortage, some school districts across the country are adopting a four-day week. WSJ’s Ben Chapman explains the pros and cons, and a superintendent in Missouri talks about how parents and teachers are reacting. Further Reading: - School Districts Facing Shortages Lure Teachers With Four-Day Weeks  - Teacher, Staff Shortages Reported by About Half of Schools, Survey Finds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 28
18 min
The Republican Push to Flip Latino Voters
Ahead of the midterm elections, Republicans are working to rally support among Latinos. Once a solidly Democratic bloc, Latinos are becoming a swing group, as recent contests have shown in states like Nevada. We head to East Las Vegas to speak with voters and politicos about the shifting dynamics. Further Reading: - Latino Voters Split Along Economic Lines  - Latina Candidates Test GOP Policies in South Texas House Races  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 27
18 min
The Cheating Accusation Rocking Competitive Chess
The chess world has been gripped by drama after world champion Magnus Carlsen accused newcomer Hans Moke Niemann of cheating. WSJ’s Andrew Beaton explains how the whole fiasco is threatening to taint the sanctity of the 1,500-year-old game. Further Reading: - Chess Is in Chaos Over Suspicion That a Player Cheated Against Magnus Carlsen  - The Question Behind the Magnus Carlsen-Hans Niemann Drama: How to Cheat at Chess?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 26
19 min
How to Build a Metaverse, Part 1: Genesis
Nearly two decades before companies like Meta began pouring billions of dollars into the metaverse, a little company called Linden Lab already had one. In Part 1 of our series, we meet the programmers who built Second Life -- a 3-D virtual world where users could be and do whatever they could imagine. And we meet the intrepid users who were the pioneers of this brave new world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 23
38 min
People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump
Yesterday, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, three of his children and two other longtime officials at the Trump Organization. The AG’s fraud complaint seeks a list of penalties including $250 million dollars. WSJ’s Corinne Ramey discusses the lawsuit and what it means. Further Reading: - Donald Trump, His Company Sued by New York Attorney General on Fraud Allegations  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 22
19 min
Puerto Rico's Long Struggle to Keep the Lights On
Hurricane Fiona battered Puerto Rico’s shores, causing an island-wide blackout over the weekend. Now, more than a million people are still waiting for the lights to turn back on. WSJ’s Andrew Scurria explains that the company brought in to fix the grid hasn’t made much progress. Further Reading: - Hurricane Fiona Intensifies to Category 4 Storm and Is Blamed for Four Deaths  - Puerto Rico Re-Examines Plan to Fix Power Grid as Fiona Cuts Electricity  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 21
18 min
The Fed's Plan to Curb Inflation
Inflation is at a decades long high and this week the Federal Reserve is expected to approve another rate increase to help curb it. WSJ’s Nick Timiraos discusses the thinking behind the strategy and some of the risks it poses. Further Reading: - Jerome Powell’s Inflation Whisperer: Paul Volcker  - Powell Says Fed Must Show Resolve in Fighting Inflation  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 20
17 min
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