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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. Get show merch here:




‘It Felt Surreal’: A Cancer Diagnosis at 26

Meilin Keen was diagnosed with stomach cancer at 26. She’s part of a growing demographic of people who are getting cancer diagnoses before the age of 50. And doctors don’t know why. WSJ’s Brianna Abbott explains what we know so far. Further Reading: -Cancer Is Striking More Young People, and Doctors Are Alarmed and Baffled. -Many Cancers Are on the Rise in the U.S., Even as Overall Deaths Fall. -Uterine Cancer Was Easy to Treat. Now It’s Killing More Women Than Ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Alexei Navalny, Putin’s Loudest Critic, Dies in a Russian Prison

For years, anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny has been an outspoken critic and political foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Today, Russian prison authorities reported Navalny died at the age of 47. WSJ’s Ann Simmons delves into Navalny’s life, death and what this moment means for Russia. Further Reading: - Alexei Navalny Spent His Final Years Hounded—but Undeterred—by the Kremlin - Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s Most Ardent Critic, Dies in Prison Further Listening: - Russia's Media Crackdown: 'The Future is Pretty Dark' - The Plane Crash That Killed Yevgeny Prigozhin - Inside Russia’s Spy Unit Targeting Americans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The Deal to Hide Bad Actors in the Funeral Industry

Unethical funeral homes have exploited grieving customers for decades. What consumers may not know is that many of the industry’s bad actors have been hidden from the public thanks to a sweetheart deal struck between the Federal Trade Commission and the funeral industry more than 25 years ago. WSJ’s Dominique Mosbergen unpacks her multi-year investigation. Further Reading: - How the Funeral Industry Got the FTC to Hide Bad Actors Further Listening: - FTC Chair Lina Khan on Microsoft Merger, ChatGPT and Her Court Losses Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Sam Altman’s $7 Trillion ‘Moonshot’

OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman kicked off an AI revolution with the viral ChatGPT. Now, Altman has set his sights on another ambitious goal: Raise up to $7 trillion to overhaul the world’s semiconductor chip industry. WSJ’s Keach Hagey explains what the plan entails, and why skeptics think it will be an uphill battle. Further Listening: - Artificial: The OpenAI Story Further Reading: - Sam Altman Seeks Trillions of Dollars to Reshape Business of Chips and AI - Raising Trillions of Dollars Might Be the Easy Part of Altman’s Chip Plan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The Spectacular Fall of 23andMe

Five years ago, 23andMe was one of the buzziest startups in the world. Now, 23andMe’s stock is worth less than $1. WSJ’s Rolfe Winkler unpacks the startup’s meteoric rise and fall. Further Reading and Watching: - 23andMe’s Fall From $6 Billion to Nearly $0 - How 23AndMe Went From a $6 Billion Valuation to a Penny Stock - 23andMe Mulls Possible Split, Shares Fall After Disappointing Results Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Why Three Media Giants Are Betting on Sports Streaming

While the National Football League was getting ready for yesterday’s Super Bowl, major news was announced that caught high-level NFL executives off guard: Disney, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery said they are teaming up to create a new sports streaming service. WSJ’s Joe Flint explains what we know about the new venture and how it could change sports broadcasting. Further Reading: -ESPN, Fox and Warner Team Up to Create Sports Streaming Platform -Why Three Media Giants Made a Hail Mary Bet on Sports Streaming Further Listening: -ESPN’s Big Bet on an F-Bomb-Throwing YouTube Star -How Americans Watch Sports is Changing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The Epic Battle Between the 49ers and Their Home City

As the 49ers contend for Super Bowl rings this Sunday, the team has another battle to fight. The 49ers are in a decadelong war with their home city of Santa Clara over whether the team's $1 billion stadium is providing the economic boost promised. WSJ’s Zusha Elinson unpacks the conflict, which has involved lawsuits and heated local elections. Further Reading: - Why the 49ers and Their Home City Are in a Decadelong Fight Further Listening: - The Long-Last Super Bowl Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Will the Supreme Court Kick Trump off the Ballot?

In December, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump couldn’t appear on the presidential ballot because his actions on January 6 disqualified him. The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. WSJ’s Jan Wolfe listened to today’s arguments, and explains why it appears the decision will likely be overturned. Further Listening: - The Prosecutor Bringing a Racketeering Case Against Trump - Meet Jack Smith, the Special Counsel Prosecuting Trump - Pro-Trump Mob Storms the Capitol Further Reading and Watching: - Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Challenge to Donald Trump’s Ballot Eligibility Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The Day the Music Died on TikTok

Music from major artists like Taylor Swift and The Weeknd has been muted on TikTok after a licensing deal fell apart. WSJ’s Anne Steele breaks down what happened to billions of videos and why the two companies are at loggerheads over the terms of a new deal. Further Reading and Watching: - Bad Blood: Why TikTok Videos With Taylor Swift and Other Universal Artists Are Now Silent - Universal Music Group Poised to Stop Licensing Music to TikTok Further Listening: - How TikTok Became the World's Favorite App Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Mark Cuban on ‘Shark Tank,’ the Mavs and Elon Musk

Mark Cuban is best known as a panelist on the reality TV show “Shark Tank” and for his ownership of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Now, the billionaire investor is switching gears. This will be his last season on “Shark Tank,'' and he recently sold a majority stake in the Mavericks. Instead, he’s focusing more on an industry he wants to disrupt: healthcare. Further Reading: -Mark Cuban Enters Elon Musk’s Echoverse of Madness -Mark Cuban Is Set to Sell Majority Stake in Dallas Mavericks to Adelson Family -Mark Cuban Has a New Job: Working at an Online Discount Pharmacy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Money, Drugs, Elon Musk and Tesla's Board

Elon Musk and some members of Tesla's board of directors have deep personal and financial ties. The connections are an extreme blurring of friendship and fortune and raise questions among some shareholders about the independence of the board members charged with overseeing Musk. WSJ's Rebecca Elliott reports. Further Reading: - The Money and Drugs That Tie Elon Musk to Some Tesla Directors - Elon Musk’s $55.8 Billion Tesla Pay Package Struck Down by Judge - Elon Musk Has Used Illegal Drugs, Worrying Leaders at Tesla and SpaceX Further Listening: - Elon Musk's 'Demon Mode' - Elon Musk on Why He Wants More Robots and Less Government Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The UN Agency Accused of Links to Hamas

Amid a deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, no aid group has the reach of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the organization that for decades has provided schooling, healthcare and other assistance to Palestinian refugees in Gaza. But an Israeli intelligence report alleges that 12 UNRWA staff members were directly linked to the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel. As WSJ’s David Luhnow explains, the fallout could put millions of lives on the line in Gaza. Further Listening: The Hospital at the Center of Israel’s War on Hamas For Palestinians Trapped in Gaza, There’s No Way Out Further Reading A U.N. Agency Is Accused of Links to Hamas. The Clues Were There All Along. Intelligence Reveals Details of U.N. Agency Staff’s Links to Oct. 7 Attack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Why Buying Paramount Global Won't Be Easy

Paramount Global is a media titan and lately potential buyers have been circling, hoping to get some of its parts. But as WSJ’s Jessica Toonkel explains, there’s a problem. The company’s owner is only interested in selling the whole thing. Further Reading: -Allen Media Group Makes $14.3 Billion Offer for Paramount Global -Skydance Backers Explore All-Cash Deal To Gain Control of Paramount -Warner and Paramount CEOs Discussed Possible Merger of Companies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Ukraine's $30 Billion Problem

The U.S. and the European Union have promised Ukraine billions of dollars in new financial aid to keep the country running as the war with Russia drags on. But both pledges have been delayed by political infighting in Washington and Brussels. WSJ’s Chelsey Dulaney reports that without this foreign money, the Ukrainian government could be forced to take painful economic measures to stay afloat. Further Reading: - Ukraine’s $30 Billion Problem: How to Keep Fighting Without Foreign Aid Further Listening: - Ukraine Makes a Deal With Wall Street - Three Ukrainians on Enduring a Year of War Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Argentina’s New President Takes a Chainsaw to the Country’s Government

Argentine President Javier Milei took office in December promising a free-market revolution to fix the country’s ailing economy. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Milei explained his agenda, which includes privatizing state companies and slashing government spending. WSJ’s Ryan Dubé unpacks Milei's goals and the challenges he faces. Further Reading and Watching: - Argentina’s President Promised a Free-Market Revolution, and Says He’s Delivering - Argentina’s Libertarian President Urges Global Leaders in Davos to Embrace Free Market - Argentina’s Inflation Surges After New President Cuts Subsidies Further Listening: - Why Protesters Rioted in Brazil’s Capital Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


A Deadly Drone Attack and Iran’s ‘Axis of Resistance’

Three U.S. service members were killed and at least 34 injured in a drone strike in Jordan on Sunday. It’s the latest in a series of attacks in the Middle East by armed militia groups linked to Iran. WSJ’s Sune Engel Rasmussen explains how Iran uses these groups to fight proxy wars and to extend its influence in the region. Further Reading: - Three U.S. Troops Killed in Drone Attack in Jordan - U.S. Failed to Stop Attack in Jordan After Mixup Over Drone Identity Further Listening: - ‘We Were Attacked’: Militants Upend Global Shipping - Will Israel Face a Second Front? - Cheap Drones Are Transforming the Battlefield Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


A Russian Billionaire, an Art Dealer and an Epic Feud

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev owned art by da Vinci, Picasso and Magritte. But over more than a decade, he says his trusted art dealer defrauded him by as much as $1 billion. WSJ’s Kelly Crow tells us about the case that Rybolovlev alleges is the biggest art fraud in history. Further Listening: - The Basquiat Sisters on Managing One of Art's Hottest Brands - How an Antiques Dealer Uncovered a Massive Museum Heist Further Reading: - Fraud, or Just a Bad Deal? Oligarch and Sotheby’s to Battle in Court Over Rarefied Art Trade Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


How China's BYD Overtook Tesla

A few years ago, the founder of Chinese automaker BYD was worried the company might not survive. But last year, BYD surpassed Tesla to become the world’s top seller of electric vehicles. WSJ’s Selina Cheng chronicles BYD’s ascent, as well as the challenges it faces holding onto the top spot. Further Reading: - How China’s BYD Became Tesla’s Biggest Threat - Surpassing Tesla, China’s BYD Will Take On the World in 2024 - A Lamborghini-Style EV: BYD Goes Upmarket to Outmaneuver Tesla Further Listening: - Elon Musk’s ‘Demon Mode’ - Tesla’s Big Price Cut Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The Company Taking on Apple’s Watch Technology

If you own an Apple Watch, you may have noticed the device’s pulse oximeter feature. Masimo, a medical technology company, claims that the oximeter technology is theirs and it is suing Apple. Masimo CEO Joe Kiani and WSJ’s Aaron Tilley on the story of how Masimo decided to take on a tech giant. Further Listening: -One Company’s Quest to Burst Apple’s Blue Bubble Texts Further Reading: -The Entrepreneur Who Bet His Company on a Fight With Apple -Apple to Remove Blood-Oxygen Sensor From Watch to Avoid U.S. Ban Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The Computer Glitch That Caused Nearly 1,000 Convictions

Between 1999 and 2015, some 983 people were convicted for stealing from post offices in the U.K. Some people ended up in jail. At least four died by suicide. Turns out, it was a computer glitch. WSJ’s Max Colchester explains how one TV series helped bring their stories to light— and to justice. Further Reading: - Nearly a Thousand People Were Convicted of Stealing Over Decades. It Was a Computer Glitch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit