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Meet at the intersection of Washington and Wall Street with the most influential minds on the economy. Every Wednesday, Ben White and the POLITICO team will help you understand the economic and financial policies that move markets in the U.S. and around the world.

Meet at the intersection of Washington and Wall Street with the most influential minds on the economy. Every Wednesday, Ben White and the POLITICO team will help you understand the economic and financial policies that move markets in the U.S. and around the world.
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Meet at the intersection of Washington and Wall Street with the most influential minds on the economy. Every Wednesday, Ben White and the POLITICO team will help you understand the economic and financial policies that move markets in the U.S. and around the world.




How China acquires the crown jewels of U.S. technology

POLITICO's Cory Bennett joins Ben to talk about the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.


A user's guide to Larry Kudlow

POLITICO White House reporter Nancy Cook joins Ben White to talk about the interview they had with Larry Kudlow, the Director of the United States National Economic Council as he transitions into working for the Trump administration.


Kevin Warsh on what it's like to interview for Fed Chair with Trump

Former senior economic adviser to President Bush and current Hoover fellow Kevin Warsh was in the running to become the next Federal Reserve chairman in 2017. Warsh shares insights from his interview with President Trump for the job, his take on interest rates, the state of the Republican Party and job growth.


Go inside the 2018 Milken Global Conference with Ben

Ben White takes listeners inside one of the most prominent financial conferences of the year, the 2018 Milken Global Conference. The show features highlights from celebrity interviews, hallway interviews and an excerpt from the "Financial Regulation: New Era, New Regulators" panel.


Get smart on Trump and trade

In the latest POLITICO Money podcast, POLITICO trade journalists Megan Cassella, Adam Behsudi and Doug Palmer explain exactly what’s going on with the Trump White House and international trade. Will the U.S. ultimately decide to get back into the Trans-Pacific Partnership or seek individual deals with Japan and other TPP members? Can the White House meet a looming deadline to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and get a new deal through Congress?


Austan Goolsbee: Does debt limit hypocrisy drive you nuts?

Former top Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee joins POLITICO Money to discuss President Trump potentially putting political pressure on the Federal Reserve. Goolsbee also reflects back on his own experiences in the Obama administration, especially leaving the White House on the day in 2011 when Standard & Poor’s downgraded U.S. debt for the first time ever in the midst of a bitter debt limit crisis.


Governor Hickenlooper has a vision for fixing American's polarized politics

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Ben White come to you live from Midtown in New York City. The governor discusses his recent visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, the impact of steel and aluminum tariffs on the beer industry in Colorado, a possible "unity ticket" with Governor Kasich and, of course, baseball.


Facebook faces regulation questions in wake of Cambridge Analytica

This week, Ben unpacks the personal data questions swirling around the Cambridge Analytica scandal and examines what kind of government regulation could prevent privacy violations going forward. David Kirkpatrick, author of "The Facebook Effect," discusses how this data leak happened and how the company is responding to the crisis. POLITICO tech reporter Nancy Scola also joins the show to talk regulation options and how heavy governance could impact the targeted advertising business.


Could tariffs trigger a trade war with China?

This week, Ben delves into Donald Trump’s plan to slap as much as $60 billion in tariffs on imported Chinese goods. Does the president misunderstand the nature of the U.S. trade relationship with China? Or is it imperative that tariffs be used to protect American workers?


A reality check on watering down Dodd-Frank

This week Ben White explores the Crapo bill, the legislation that reforms the Dodd-Frank Act by scaling back regulations on regional banks. The banking bill is supported by some moderate Democrats, but is getting criticized by the far left. Is there teeth to the argument or are we wading into partisan politics?


Ask Ben Anything: Will there be a trade war?

In this edition of Ask Ben Anything: trade, tariffs, beer cans... he answers it all. Host Ben White tackles listener-submitted questions on the tariff talks taking over economic news this week, and reveals his deep knowledge of a specific Star Wars movie (not the one you'd expect) at the same time.


Fed Chair Jay Powell's first big Capitol Hill test

Newly installed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome "Jay" Powell turned in a smooth inaugural performance on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, parrying both Republican and Democratic attempts to get him to make news. Ben assesses the top takeaways from the testimony and welcomes Glenn Hubbard, Dean of the Columbia University business school and close friend of Powell’s, to discuss the Fed Chair's economic outlook.


Sallie Krawcheck on why Wall Street hasn't had its "Me Too" moment

Former top executive at Citigroup and current CEO of Ellevest Sallie Krawcheck has some ideas for why the testosterone-fueled world of Wall Street has not yet had a 'Me Too' moment. Sallie also discusses combating "mansplaining" and how financial independence impacts women's politics.


Mark Meadows on frustrations of being a deficit hawk on the Hill

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows joins POLITICO Money to discuss being a fiscally conservative stronghold in the midst of exploding deficits and rising debt. Meadows also speaks out against the White House's handling of the Rob Porter scandal and explains why the House should take the lead of immigration. Meadows is undoubtedly frustrated. But he won't overthrow the House leadership ... not yet, at least.


Stock market volatility is back. Mohamed El-Erian says that may not be a bad thing.

Mohamed A. El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz, analyzes the recent chaos in the stock market and what it means for the country's larger economic picture. El-Erian also discusses the tax cut, running a responsible deficit and if the recent Fed Chair change contributed to the downturn.


Top 5 Money takeaways from State of the Union

Ben White breaks down the top money moments from President Trump's 2018 State of the Union address. Ben dissects the infrastructure, tax and trade points, and analyzes how the assertions with play with Democrats, fact checks claims, and discusses Trump's "Morning in America" moment.


Senator Jim Inhofe urges action from White House on infrastructure

Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe discusses working with the White House on an infrastructure proposal, where the $1 trillion in funding would come from, and how the shutdown affected the agenda item's timetable. Inhofe also discusses President Trump's nontraditional leadership style and why Trump's tweets have been "helpful" in chastening North Korea.


Senator Tom Carper on infrastructure funding, Amtrak improvements and the Detroit Tigers

Top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Senator Tom Carper discusses the crumbling state of infrastructure in the country and how much the Trump administration is reportedly willing to spend to make necessary improvements. Carper also talks about his daily Amtrak commute, why he's loved the Detroit Tigers since he was a child ,and his trusty mini-van with over 400,000 miles on it.


Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: 'The world is on the edge right now'

Former Obama Chief of Staff and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew discusses the Trump administration's "luck" this far, the stock market's resilience to global threats, and how he raised spirits in the White House following Hillary Clinton's 2016 loss.


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