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The Uncertain Hour is an immersive docu-pod that reveals the origin stories of our economy in unexpected and provocative ways. Host Krissy Clark dives deep into one topic each season, unpacking what we see as normal to show it didn't just happen. Brought to you by Marketplace's Wealth & Poverty Desk, the first season explores the uncertainties of Welfare as we don't know it. Season one episodes are biweekly beginning April 28.

The Uncertain Hour is an immersive docu-pod that reveals the origin stories of our economy in unexpected and provocative ways. Host Krissy Clark dives deep into one topic each season, unpacking what we see as normal to show it didn't just happen. Brought to you by Marketplace's Wealth & Poverty Desk, the first season explores the uncertainties of Welfare as we don't know it. Season one episodes are biweekly beginning April 28.
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The Uncertain Hour is an immersive docu-pod that reveals the origin stories of our economy in unexpected and provocative ways. Host Krissy Clark dives deep into one topic each season, unpacking what we see as normal to show it didn't just happen. Brought to you by Marketplace's Wealth & Poverty Desk, the first season explores the uncertainties of Welfare as we don't know it. Season one episodes are biweekly beginning April 28.

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Episodes

S2-08: “Mosquitoes in a nudist colony”

3/7/2018
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President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress rolled back gun regulation last year that would have restricted some people with mental disabilities from buying guns. Now, this story isn’t about gun control, but the law they used to erase that rule and 14 others last year. It’s a tale that goes back decades, and it starts in Kenya in the 1960s. Along the way, we’ll meet a man in a white suit and an army of used car dealers. This story is also the last episode of our second season, all...

Duration:01:19:08

S02-6: Who's regulating whom?

1/4/2018
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The U.S. Constitution doesn't mention corporations once. But if you want to talk about federal regulations, you have to talk about private enterprise, too. They're yin and yang, intertwined over centuries, locked in an eternal struggle. This week, we're tracing that history back to the 13 colonies, when corporations helped to create the basic framework of our democracy. And we hear how railroad companies, the country's first big homegrown corporations, regulated the people before the...

Duration:00:45:34

S02-5: Your regulations questions, answered

12/21/2017
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We’re working on the next batch of episodes for season two, but this week we're taking a quick break over the holidays to bring you a sort of reporter’s notebook, a glimpse behind the scenes. First we’re going to answer some of your questions about the stories we’ve brought you so far in this season. Then, because regulations have been in the news so much, we’re also wanted to give you some helpful context for what you’ve been hearing. Subscribe to The Uncertain Hour podcast.

S02-4: The sentence that helped set off the opioid crisis

12/13/2017
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When OxyContin went to market in 1996, sales reps from Purdue Pharma hit one point particularly hard: Compared to other prescription opioids, this new painkiller was believed to be less likely to be addictive or abused. But recently unsealed documents in this investigative episode shed light on how the maker of OxyContin seems to have relied more on focus groups than on scientific studies to create an aggressive and misleading marketing campaign that helped fuel the national opioid crisis....

Duration:01:05:18

S02-2: The Peanut Butter Wars

11/10/2017
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It's 1959 and Ruth Desmond, the gurney-climbing, cook-from-scratch co-founder of the Federation of Homemakers was prowling the halls of the FDA, about to earn her "peanut butter grandma" namesake. She stumbled upon this unassuming, but ultimately history-changing memo. It was four little paragraphs, a proposal to regulate one of the most popular foods in the country. The government was trying to answer an existential question: how many additives can you put into a jar of peanut butter...

Duration:00:38:02

Meet Ruth Desmond, a concerned citizen who changed the face of food regulation

10/27/2017
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Reining in federal regulation has been on lawmakers minds for decades. President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are just the latest to promise economic growth through deregulation. But how did we become a regulatory state in the first place? On this season of "The Uncertain Hour," we traced it back to Ruth Desmond, a D.C.-area homemaker turned powerful consumer activist. By the 1970s she was the so-called Peanut Butter Grandma, the Terror of Washington who "spit in the corporate...

Duration:00:09:04

S01-7: The Album, “Work Makes the Difference”

8/17/2016
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One county welfare office made a whole album of motivational work songs. Listen to the whole thing.

Duration:00:11:53

S01-6: The road not taken

7/7/2016
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20 years ago, welfare reformers chose to emphasize work over education

Duration:00:43:05

S01-5: “Pregnant? We can help.”

6/23/2016
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In some states, crisis pregnancy centers get federal welfare dollars.

Duration:00:22:07