July 2, 2020
Millions of U.S. businesses hit by the pandemic have insurance they hope will cover their losses, sparking one of the biggest legal fights in the history of the industry. WSJ's Leslie Scism tells the story of one lawyer's fight to make the industry pay.
July 1, 2020
A growing number of companies are pulling their advertising from Facebook, including Unilever, Target and Ben & Jerry's. WSJ's Suzanne Vranica explains the ad boycott and the history of tensions between the tech giant and its biggest advertisers.
June 30, 2020
Millennials who graduated into the last recession face lower salaries, are less likely to own their homes and tend to marry later. And now, because of the pandemic, some may decide to delay having children. Allison Pohle, a reporter for WSJ Noted, explains. To check out the first issue of Noted, visit
June 29, 2020
Coronavirus cases are spiking again in the U.S. WSJ's Brianna Abbott explains the dynamics of the outbreak, and Phoenix hospital administrator Dr. Michael White talks about how his hospital is taking lessons from New York's experience with the virus.
June 26, 2020
The Trump administration this week suspended a wide range of employment visas through the end of the year. WSJ's Michelle Hackman explains how the immigration restrictions could impact the American economy - from Silicon Valley to the Jersey Shore.
June 25, 2020
Wirecard, the German payments company, was one of Europe's rare tech success stories. WSJ's Paul Davies explains how the company imploded in a matter of days after it disclosed that $2 billion had gone unaccounted for.
June 24, 2020
Employees at Adidas are criticizing the company for its lack of diversity and pushing it to confront racism. WSJ's Khadeeja Safdar explains the backlash at the company, and two employees share what led them to speak out.
June 23, 2020
As several states face new outbreaks of coronavirus, WSJ's Shalini Ramachandran looks back at what went wrong with the response in one of the virus's first epicenters - New York City.
June 22, 2020
President Trump resumed campaigning this weekend with a rally in Tulsa. WSJ's Michael Bender interviewed the president and explains how his messaging has changed since the coronavirus locked down the economy and protests swept the country.
June 18, 2020
Activists united under the banner of Black Lives Matter have pushed for reforms at the local and state level since 2013. Now, their policy priorities are finding traction. WSJ's Arian Campo-Flores recounts the efforts that led to this moment.
June 17, 2020
A dramatic rise in the stock market has an odd feature: Stocks in bankrupt companies and other risky bets are also climbing. WSJ's Gregory Zuckerman explains what has individual investors, many of them new to the market, jumping in.
June 16, 2020
Coronavirus cases are on the rise - and in some cases spiking - in many states that are reopening. We talk to two top health officials from Oregon and Alabama about the different ways their states are handling new outbreaks and whether they could reinstate shutdowns.
June 15, 2020
Seattle's mayor instructed police to leave a section of the city after violent clashes with protestors there. The neighborhood is now transformed into an "autonomous zone." WSJ's Jim Carlton reports on what it's like inside.
June 12, 2020
Luckin Coffee was supposed to disrupt China's coffee market. But a Wall Street Journal investigation has found that the company used fake coffee orders, fake supply orders and even a fake employee to fabricate nearly half its sales last year. WSJ's Jing Yang explains Luckin's scheme.
June 11, 2020
Black employment had climbed to a record level before the pandemic undid that progress in a matter of weeks. WSJ's Amara Omeokwe explains the fragility in the economic situation of black Americans and what that could mean for their recovery.
June 10, 2020
The coronavirus has pushed a number of companies into bankruptcy and exposed the debt many had racked up before the crisis. WSJ's Matt Wirz explains why Hertz is a prime example.
June 9, 2020
Activists are demanding a radical reshaping of police departments across the country. Years before this movement, one city scrapped its police department and started from scratch. Camden, N.J.'s former police chief Scott Thomson explains how they rebuilt, and what happened.
June 8, 2020
Employees at Facebook have resigned, staged a virtual walkout and publicly expressed their outrage over the company's decision to preserve a post by President Trump that some employees say was a call for violence. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman explains the internal dissent at the company.
June 5, 2020
The protests and unrest that have swept the country after the killing of George Floyd have recalled the riots and demonstrations of the 1960s. Historian Rick Perlstein talks about the similarities and differences between that time and now.
June 4, 2020
Around the country, small businesses suffered damage from looting and unrest this past week. WSJ's Scott Calvert went to one hard-hit neighborhood in Philadelphia to talk to small business owners like Shelby Jones. Mr. Jones reflects on the damage his business suffered and why he will continue protesting.
June 3, 2020
As big corporations make public statements of outrage over the death of George Floyd, black employees are dealing with complicated workplace dynamics around race and police brutality. Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts explains her research on how workplaces should confront race, and two employees describe what it's like at their workplaces right now.
June 2, 2020
The protests sparked by the death of George Floyd have spread widely across the U.S. for the last week. Today, a protestor shares why he decided to demonstrate, and a professor explains the pandemic's relationship to the protests.
June 1, 2020
When Medaria Arradondo became the police chief of Minneapolis, he moved quickly to reform the force's policing tactics. WSJ's Dan Frosch explains why it's easier to change the policies of a police force than its culture.
May 29, 2020
For the first time, Twitter took steps to fact check and shield from view certain tweets from President Trump. In response, the President signed an executive order targeting Section 230, which protects social media companies from legal liability for content posted on their sites. Deepa Seetharaman explains what's behind the fight.
May 28, 2020
After China announced plans to impose new national security laws on Hong Kong, the U.S. declared the city was no longer autonomous. WSJ's James Areddy explains the significance of the back and forth over Hong Kong's status.
May 27, 2020
A bar in the Austrian Alps. A megachurch in South Korea. Scientists are focusing on certain superspreading events that might be responsible for an outsized portion of coronavirus cases. Bojan Pancevski explains how this understanding could be key to reopening. Note: An earlier version of this caption incorrectly said the bar was in the Swiss Alps.
May 26, 2020
The pandemic has forced almost everyone to change the way they work. Many of those changes have been emotionally challenging. Today, a listener shares her story about how her work has been affected, and therapist Esther Perel helps make sense of it all.
May 22, 2020
President Trump threatened to cut off funding for the World Health Organization this week over its response to the coronavirus. Betsy McKay and Andrew Restuccia explain how the WHO drew the ire of the president.
May 21, 2020
As states consider their options for holding an election in a pandemic, a political battle is brewing over proposals to expand mail-in balloting this November. WSJ's Alexa Corse explains what it would take for states to switch to mail-in balloting and why it's such a contentious idea.
May 20, 2020
Consumer debt had climbed to record levels before the pandemic. WSJ's AnnaMaria Andriotis explains what's happening now that millions of people are unable to make payments on credit cards and auto loans.
May 19, 2020
Airlines have strained to survive after travel dried up because of the coronavirus pandemic. WSJ's Alison Sider explains how airlines are adjusting, and the CEO of Southwest Airlines paints a picture of what the future of flying might look like.
May 18, 2020
Uber and Grubhub are in talks for a takeover. WSJ's Cara Lombardo explains why it took a pandemic to shake up the crowded food delivery business, and why there may be more deals-in more industries-before the crisis is over.
May 15, 2020
The FBI seized Sen. Richard Burr's cellphone as part of its investigation into stock trades he made before the coronavirus pandemic hit markets. WSJ's Sadie Gurman explains the investigation into Burr and other senators, and the insider-trading rules for members of Congress.
May 14, 2020
The Supreme Court put an end to the nearly seven-year drama over Bridgegate, ruling that a scheme to overwhelm a town with traffic jams wasn't federal fraud. WSJ's Ted Mann takes us through the saga and explains what the Supreme Court's ruling means for federal corruption cases.
May 13, 2020
New entrants have flocked to the market of selling masks, gloves and other medical gear for front-line workers. WSJ's Brody Mullins explains how that anarchic market is working and the struggles some new brokers have had fulfilling orders.
May 12, 2020
The federal government is spending big to combat the economic damage of the coronavirus crisis, and federal debt has climbed to record levels. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath explains the debate over the impact of all that debt.
May 11, 2020
When businesses reopen, one of the biggest hurdles will be figuring out how to get millions of people to work. Without a vaccine, packed rush hours won't be safe, and so heads of transit systems, like New York's Pat Foye, are thinking about what an alternative future might look like.
May 8, 2020
As companies figure out how to reopen their offices while keeping workers safe, some employers are turning to invasive new surveillance measures -- at the office and in workers' personal lives. WSJ's Chip Cutter explains why heightened surveillance at work could outlast the pandemic.
May 7, 2020
For years, Airbnb's rental platform offered millions of people the chance to make money on their own terms. Now, with travel near a standstill, those hosts are scrambling to keep their rental properties afloat. WSJ's Tripp Mickle and Preetika Rana explain the rise and sudden collapse of hosting on Airbnb
May 6, 2020
Michigan's stay-at-home orders are among the strictest in the country. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talks to The Journal about avoiding a second wave of cases, the economic damage to her state and the role of the federal government.
May 5, 2020
A movie featuring a bunch of neon-haired singing trolls might upend the relationship between movie studios and movie theaters. WSJ's Erich Schwartzel explains the drama set off by Universal Pictures's digital release of "Trolls World Tour."
May 4, 2020
After a weeks-long attempt at remote schooling, Superintendent Curtis Jones Jr. decided to end the school year early for his district of 21,000 students. We talk to Dr. Jones about that decision and what he thinks the next school year will look like.
May 1, 2020
As Major League Baseball looks at how it might reopen, one thing has become clear: Fans won't be attending games anytime soon. WSJ's Jared Diamond explains the league's efforts to return, and MLB announcer Joe Buck talks about passing the time with no sports.
April 30, 2020
Outbreaks of the coronavirus have shuttered meat plants across the country. This week, President Trump issued an executive order to keep them open. WSJ's Jacob Bunge explains the threat to workers and to the meat supply.
April 29, 2020
A dozen of America's top scientists are working to come up with ideas for the coronavirus pandemic. WSJ's Rob Copeland explains how they're collaborating with wealthy investors to get those ideas straight to the White House.
April 28, 2020
Contrary to assertions that Amazon has made to Congress, employees often consulted sales information on third-party vendors when developing private-label products. WSJ's Dana Mattioli explains.
April 27, 2020
Georgia took one of the most aggressive steps to reopen Friday, allowing some nonessential businesses like barbershops and tattoo parlors to accept customers. WSJ's Cameron McWhirter on what the reopening looked like in Atlanta.
April 24, 2020
Hundreds of people in Rich Square, N.C. are relying on Frank Timberlake's grocery store for their food during the pandemic. WSJ's Valerie Bauerlein explains how this independent grocer has confronted the coronavirus and kept his doors open.
April 23, 2020
The federal government's Paycheck Protection Program offered small businesses hundreds of billions of dollars so they could keep paying employees. WSJ's Bob Davis explains how big corporations ended up getting nearly $600 million of that money.
April 22, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence leads the White House's coronavirus task force. WSJ's Jerry Seib spoke with Pence about deficits in testing, the moves by some states to reopen businesses and a potential timeline for reopening the country.
April 21, 2020
To reopen the economy safely, experts estimate the U.S. will need to administer millions of tests every month. WSJ's Christopher Weaver and Rebecca Ballhaus explain why we are so far from the number of tests needed.
April 20, 2020
The sudden change in where and how Americans buy their food has left farmers reeling. WSJ's Jesse Newman explains why farmers like Nancy Mueller are destroying their goods.
April 17, 2020
Shoppers around the country are still struggling to find toilet paper. WSJ's Sharon Terlep explains what's going on with the toilet paper supply chain.
April 16, 2020
Vaccine development has historically been an expensive, yearslong endeavor, and often not a great business. WSJ's Denise Roland explains how the search for a coronavirus vaccine could change the dynamics of the industry.
April 15, 2020
The coronavirus isn't just hitting hospitals by flooding them with patients, it's also squeezing their finances. WSJ's Melanie Evans explains why hospitals across the country are facing financial pain.
April 14, 2020
Seven northeastern governors have formed a group to coordinate when their states will reopen. We spoke with New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy about the group and leading a state during the coronavirus.
April 13, 2020
Apple and Google are working together to try to turn billions of smartphones into coronavirus trackers. WSJ's Sam Schechner explains how the project will work and what it shows about the trade-offs between privacy and public health.
April 10, 2020
Demand for oil has plummeted as the coronavirus has shut down much of the world, but most producers are still pumping. WSJ's Russell Gold explains the global game of chicken inside the oil industry.
April 9, 2020
Nearly 17 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits in the last three weeks. WSJ's Eric Morath explains how the flood of applicants is overwhelming state systems and leaving many people without payments.
April 8, 2020
After the coronavirus began spreading on a U.S. aircraft carrier, the ship's commander Brett Crozier sent a memo asking for help. WSJ's Ben Kesling explains how the saga that followed led to the acting Navy Secretary's resignation.
April 7, 2020
An interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci about what it will take to open America back up after the coronavirus pandemic: "It isn't like a light switch, on and off."
April 6, 2020
A key to fighting the coronavirus may be found in the blood of survivors. WSJ's Amy Dockser Marcus explains how scientists are ramping up plasma transfusions to try to help sick patients and to protect health-care workers from falling ill.
April 3, 2020
Jake Medwell and Drew Oetting, two venture capitalists and roommates in San Francisco, have become the improbable middlemen for hundreds of millions of protective supplies across four continents. WSJ's Rob Copeland explains how their operation works.
April 2, 2020
While millions of Americans are under lockdown, Amazon's warehouse and delivery workers are still hard at work. But some are starting to voice concerns over working conditions. One Amazon employee shares her experience, and WSJ's Sebastian Herrera explains how the pandemic may have given workers leverage to make their voices heard.
April 1, 2020
Companies have taken on more and more of a particular type of risky debt over the last five years, amounting to $1.2 trillion in outstanding loans. WSJ's Matt Wirz explains why that debt could make things much worse for an economy already in turmoil.
March 31, 2020
Facing shortages of critical equipment, medical workers must make life-or-death decisions about who receives care. WSJ's Joe Palazzolo reports from an emergency room that's running short on ventilators, and Chris Weaver explains the plans hospitals are putting in place to decide who gets them. Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at NYU's School of Medicine, talks about how hospitals think about these difficult choices.
March 30, 2020
A Cold War-era law gives the president powers to mobilize private companies to help in emergencies. WSJ's Andrew Restuccia and Stephanie Armour explain why President Trump has been reluctant to put the law to use in the fight against the coronavirus.
March 27, 2020
After taking extreme measures to fight the coronavirus, China is beginning to open back up for business. WSJ's Lingling Wei and Patrick Barta explain why the country still faces an uphill battle to get its economy moving again.
March 26, 2020
President Trump has raised the possibility of relaxing social distancing guidelines faster than public health experts advise, saying it would help the economy. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus and Jon Hilsenrath explain the ongoing debate at the White House and how economists are evaluating the costs of combating the pandemic.
March 25, 2020
Congress is close to passing an unprecedented $2 trillion aid package to offset the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains where all that money is going.
March 24, 2020
Listeners sent in their questions about the coronavirus pandemic. WSJ's Sharon Terlep and Bourree Lam, and the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Greg Poland answer them.
March 23, 2020
As many businesses grind to a halt, they face the prospect of not paying their bills and their workers. The American economy is hitting a serious cash crunch. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath explains the problem and what the government is doing to try to fix it.
March 23, 2020
As many businesses grind to a halt, they face the prospect of not paying their bills and their workers. The American economy is hitting a serious cash crunch. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath explains the problem and what the government is doing to try to fix it.
March 20, 2020
While the coronavirus pandemic brings much of the world to a halt, musicians, comedians and entertainers are trying to find ways to get their work out to the world. WSJ's Charles Passy talks about the effects on the industry, and performers Lenny Marcus, Jordan Klepper, Sumire Kudo and Nathan Vickery share their jokes - and their music.
March 19, 2020
As coronavirus cases keep rising, U.S. hospitals are scrambling to prepare. They are trying to avoid the fate of some hospitals in Italy that have been overwhelmed. WSJ's Melanie Evans explains what American hospitals are doing to get ready, and Marcus Walker reports from the epicenter of Italy's outbreak.
March 18, 2020
The new coronavirus crisis is leading to job cuts in the U.S. WSJ's Eric Morath explains which workers are most vulnerable and what mass layoffs would mean for the economy. We also talk with a contract worker at a convention center and a restaurant owner about how the pandemic is affecting their livelihoods.
March 17, 2020
The Wall Street Journal's editor in chief, Matt Murray, explains the economic risks and realities of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 16, 2020
Pharmaceutical companies are rushing to find drugs that can treat people infected with the coronavirus. WSJ's Joseph Walker explains which treatments are furthest along, and Dr. Andre Kalil, a researcher running one of the drug trials, talks about what's at stake.
March 13, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic threatens the economy and sends stocks tumbling, Saudi Arabia's crown prince has added to the turmoil by launching an oil price war. WSJ's Ken Brown takes us inside that decision.
March 12, 2020
The World Health Organization has made it official: The new coronavirus is a global pandemic. WSJ's Brianna Abbott, Margherita Stancati, and Ben Cohen explain why the crisis is escalating and how it's rippling through the world.
March 11, 2020
The federal government's corruption investigation into the United Auto Workers ensnared its highest-ranking union official last week: a former president. WSJ's Nora Naughton explains what this means for the labor union that represents 400,000 members.
March 10, 2020
The stock market plummeted Monday, recording its biggest single-day decline since 2008. WSJ's Geoffrey Rogow on what happened, and Kate Davidson explains how the Trump administration is responding.
March 9, 2020
As the new coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, public health officials have only one tool at their disposal: containment. WSJ's Melanie Grayce West and Betsy McKay explain how these officials are working to keep the epidemic at bay.
March 6, 2020
Fewer than 6% of CEOs are women. A Wall Street Journal study offers a new explanation for why. WSJ's Vanessa Fuhrmans looks at what keeps women from the chief executive job.
March 5, 2020
There are fears that the new coronavirus could pose a serious threat to the U.S. economy. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath looks at whether the global epidemic could cause a recession and explains the signals to pay attention to.
March 4, 2020
In a matter of days, the race for the Democratic nomination has narrowed to a contest between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. WSJ's Sabrina Siddiqui explains why the field shifted so quickly.
March 3, 2020
The death toll for the new coronavirus in the U.S. rose to nine today. All of the victims are in Washington state, and the majority are linked to one nursing home. WSJ's Melanie Evans tells the story of how the outbreak unfolded there, and Tom Burton explains the government's response.
March 2, 2020
Rod Blagojevich's release from federal prison last month culminated a nearly two-year campaign to put his case on President Donald Trump's radar. WSJ's Jess Bravin explains how Mark Vargas, a Republican political consultant, pulled it off.
February 28, 2020
Bernie Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist, the first time a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has done so. Eliza Collins, who covers Bernie Sanders, and Jon Hilsenrath, who covers economics, explain what that means for Sanders and his rivals.
February 27, 2020
In 2016, Wells Fargo was slapped with a fine for creating fake accounts for customers. It was only the start of the bank's problems. WSJ's Rachel Louise Ensign explains what happened and what led to a $3 billion settlement last week.
February 26, 2020
The outbreak of new coronavirus cases around the world has led U.S. health officials to warn the disease may spread in the U.S. WSJ's Brianna Abbott explains what may complicate officials' efforts to prepare.
February 25, 2020
The drug industry has long been one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington, but in recent years it hasn't packed the punch it used to. WSJ's Brody Mullins explains why the pharmaceutical industry's influence has declined.
February 24, 2020
An unprecedented cheating scandal involving the Houston Astros has roiled Major League Baseball. WSJ's Jared Diamond explains how the Astros' sign-stealing scheme began and what it means for America's pastime.
February 21, 2020
Victoria's Secret announced yesterday that a private equity firm was buying control of the retailer. The sale caps a long decline for the brand as well as the end of Les Wexner's 57-year run as CEO of its parent company. WSJ's Khadeeja Safdar explains.
February 20, 2020
The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy this week. WSJ's Valerie Bauerlein and Andrew Scurria explain how the organization reached this point, after decades of declining membership and intensifying legal pressure over sex abuse allegations.
February 19, 2020
The coronavirus has forced China, the world's second-biggest economy, into lockdown. WSJ's Yoko Kubota explains how that has disrupted businesses around the world, including companies like Disney and Apple.
February 18, 2020
Carla DiBello used to be a reality TV producer in Los Angeles. Now, she's riding mega-yachts and attending business meetings with the world's richest people and is a direct conduit to one of the world's most influential investors: The Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund. WSJ's Justin Scheck details her rise to prominence.
February 14, 2020
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has hugely outspent all other Democratic presidential candidates. His campaign is focusing its resources on Super Tuesday on March 3. WSJ's Tarini Parti and Michael Howard Saul look at whether his high-spending tactics could work.
February 13, 2020
Runners wearing versions of Nike's Vaporfly shoe have smashed marathon records, leading to questions about whether the shoe offers an unfair advantage. WSJ's Rachel Bachman explains the controversy.
February 12, 2020
Credit Suisse's CEO Tidjane Thiam resigned last week in the fallout from revelations the bank was spying on employees. WSJ's Margot Patrick explains the story behind the scandal.
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