The Journal.-logo

The Journal.

Wall Street Journal Radio

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 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.


United States


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.




Why China Is Jumping Into Digital Currency

China has been testing a digital yuan for the past year. WSJ's James T. Areddy says digital currency is the future of money and that China's head start could threaten the U.S. dollar's dominance.


The U.S. and Iran Try for a New Nuclear Deal

President Biden made restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal a key piece of his foreign policy. WSJ's Sune Rasmussen reports from Vienna, where indirect talks began this week, about the tricky path to reviving the deal.


Biden Tries to Bring Back 'Big Government'

In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan ushered in an era of limited government that lasted for decades. President Biden's new plans and proposals set out to change that. WSJ's Jacob M. Schlesinger traces the history of how big government became taboo in Washington and explains why Biden wants to take a new approach.


What's Driving Migrants to the Southern Border Now

The number of migrants at the southern U.S. border reached a 15-year high last month, after rising for several months, leading to a humanitarian crisis for the Biden administration. WSJ's Juan Montes spoke to migrants about why they are coming now, and Alicia Caldwell explains the Biden administration's response.


The Business Backlash to Georgia's Voting Law

After a group of Black executives condemned a new voting law in Georgia, some of the state's biggest businesses, like Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines, voiced their own concerns. WSJ's Cameron McWhirter walks through the controversial law that's fraying the relationship between state Republicans and the business community.


Why China's Internet Froze Out H&M

H&M faced a firestorm on Chinese social media last week and then started disappearing from map searches and e-commerce sites. WSJ's Eva Xiao explores what led to the attack on the Swedish retailer.


A Tug of War Between a Billionaire and a Hedge Fund Over Local News

Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund known for its cost-cutting approach to local newspapers, had made a bid to buy Tribune Publishing, a conglomerate of local papers including the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun. Then, a billionaire put in an offer of his own. WSJ's Lukas Alpert details the face-off between the hedge fund and the billionaire, which could forever change the newspapers caught in the middle.


The Secret Investor Who Triggered a Massive Market Selloff

Since Bill Hwang got in trouble with regulators for insider trading about a decade ago, the Wall Street veteran has built his investments back up. And last week, he was behind a more than $30 billion selloff that hit some blue-chip companies. WSJ's Juliet Chung charts Hwang's rise and untangles how he sent stocks into a tailspin.


The Suez Canal and a Hard Year at Sea

Even before the debacle at the Suez Canal, it had been a challenging year for the shipping industry. WSJ's Costas Paris explains why the timing of this incident was especially bad for the global supply chain. And one captain talks about his trying year.


Will Amazon Unionize in Alabama?

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala. are wrapping up voting today on a big decision: whether to unionize. We hear from a worker who's in favor of unionizing and one who's opposed. And, WSJ's Sebastian Herrera describes what's at stake for Amazon.


A Tipping Point for Paying College Athletes?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association faces mounting pressure to let its athletes get paid. WSJ's Rachel Bachman traces the changes in public opinion on the issue and outlines what's at stake in an upcoming Supreme Court case. Plus, a University of Iowa star Jordan Bohannon shares why he started the hashtag #notNCAAproperty ... and why his team purloined a rug.


AstraZeneca's Rocky Road to Releasing a Vaccine

Countries around the world had high hopes for AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, but it's run into problems. WSJ's Jenny Strasburg explains how manufacturing issues, a scare about side effects and questions about AstraZeneca's trial data have undermined faith in the shot.


An Asian-American Business Owner on a Challenging Year

As he prepared to reopen his chain of Chinese restaurants in New York City last year, Jason Wang worried about two different dangers facing his employees: coronavirus and racist attacks. Plus, WSJ's Akane Otani spends an evening with a volunteer safety patrol in a majority Asian-American neighborhood.


Pete Buttigieg on Getting an Infrastructure Deal

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is convinced there's bipartisan support for big infrastructure spending. But WSJ's Ted Mann explains why reaching a deal may be an uphill battle.


How China's Superstar Entrepreneur Ran Afoul of the Government

Alibaba founder Jack Ma was a rock star of China's business world. Now, he's an outcast. WSJ's Lingling Wei and Keith Zhai reveal how Ma fell out of favor with Beijing and what that means for other entrepreneurs in China.


A Surprise Turkey and 200 Lemons: Everyday Stories From the Pandemic

At the WSJ, a recurring feature known as the A-hed captures the bizarre twists and turns of everyday life. It took on a whole new meaning over the past year. Today, we share five A-hed stories - from trying to plant a garden to learning to ride a bike.


Greensill Wanted to 'Democratize Capital.' Now It's Bankrupt.

Lex Greensill went from farm boy to financier with a simple mission: to bring big bank financing to small business supply chains. But WSJ's Duncan Mavin explains how his ambition for growth and risky lending caused his namesake company to implode.


Dr. Anthony Fauci: 'The Game Is Not Over'

An interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci about how efforts to vaccinate the country are going, what it will take for work and school to return to normal and whether the pandemic is ending.


How an Art World Outsider Landed a $69 Million Sale

Fresh off his $69 million sale, the digital artist known as Beeple says he's not trying to "blow up" the contemporary art world. And WSJ's Kelly Crow explains how a new technology led to a historic sale.


Who is Getting Left Behind in the Vaccination Push

As Covid-19 vaccinations race along, elderly Black and Latino people are getting left behind. WSJ's Daniela Hernandez explains why. We also talk to a doctor trying to get his elderly father a vaccine and a community organizer in Miami.