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The 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.

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The Rise of Botox and the Wrinkle in Its Future

No longer just for celebrities, Botox's multi-billion dollar success has helped kickstart a new industry of medical cosmetic procedures. But now, a competitor is on the horizon. WSJ's Rory Satran and Jared Hopkins on the new anti-wrinkle shot that's trying to take on Botox. Further Reading: - FDA Approves New Botox Rival - Getting Botox Used to Be a Secret. Now It’s Not. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


24 Oct 2022

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Why Florida's Coast Is Becoming the 'Preserve of the Wealthy'

Stronger hurricanes, higher insurance premiums and stricter building codes are changing who can afford life on the coast. After Hurricane Ian, WSJ's Arian Campo-Flores headed to southwestern Florida to see how the state's coastal communities are faring and transforming. Further Reading: - Florida Coastal Living Reshaped by Hurricane Housing Codes - Hurricane Ian Is Latest Blow to Florida’s Struggling Home Insurers - Home Buyers Flock to Florida Cities Devastated by Hurricane Ian - Flattened by Hurricane Michael, Florida Town Tries to Stave Off Big Development Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


21 Oct 2022

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Will There Be a Recession? America's Top Bankers Weigh In

The CEOs of the nation’s largest banks, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, are sending different messages about the economy. One is more optimistic, the other more pessimistic. WSJ’s Ben Eisen explains what’s driving their differences. Further Reading: - Bank of America CEO’s Optimism Defies Economic Gloom - Jamie Dimon Says U.S. Consumers Still Have Six to Nine Months of Spending Power - JP Morgan Chase Earnings Show Economy is Resilient, but Jamie Dimon’s “Hurricane” Looms Further Listening: - The Fed’s Plan to Curb Inflation Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


20 Oct 2022

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How a Miami Couple Used Empty Mansions to Pocket Millions

Southern Florida is awash with empty luxury properties. For one Miami couple and their accomplices, that looked like prime hunting ground for nearly $10 million in mortgage fraud. Their targets? Venezuela’s sanctioned elite. As WSJ’s Konrad Putzier reports, it was fun while it lasted.  Further Reading: - Florida Couple Turned the Empty Miami Mansions of Venezuela’s Elite Into Personal Piggy Banks Further Listening: - An Undercover Operation to Reveal an Alleged Ponzi Scheme Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


19 Oct 2022

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How a New 'Anti-Woke' Bank Stumbled

A new banking startup, GloriFi, was created to counter a perception among some conservatives that mainstream banks are too liberal. But despite major investment and celebrity backing, GloriFi now finds itself in disarray and on the verge of bankruptcy. WSJ’s Rachel Ensign breaks down the latest. Further Reading: - How a New Anti-Woke Bank Stumbled - CEO of Anti-Woke Bank Startup GloriFi Resigns Further Listening: - Can My Stock Portfolio Save The Planet? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


18 Oct 2022

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How Xi Jinping's Dream Slowed China's Economy

As China’s top leaders gather for the 20th Communist Party congress, all eyes are on China’s economy. A decade ago, President Xi Jinping set out his “China Dream" and promised it would boost the economy. But as WSJ’s Lingling Wei explains, Xi’s state-centered approach isn’t delivering on that vision. Further Reading: - China’s Xi Jinping Stakes Out Ambitions, With Himself at the Center - China Abruptly Delays GDP Release During Communist Party Conference - Xi Jinping’s Ideological Ambition Darkens China’s Economic Prospects Further Listening: - The Political Cost of China’s Faltering Economy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


17 Oct 2022

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How to Build a Metaverse, Part 4: Why Build a World?

Second Life never went mainstream. But just because the platform wasn’t for everyone doesn’t mean it wasn’t for anyone. In part 4 of our series, we talk to longtime Second Life users about the lives they’ve built in the metaverse and what virtual worlds have to offer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


14 Oct 2022

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Government Officials and Their Stocks

Hidden records show that thousands of senior executive branch employees owned stocks in companies whose fates were affected by their employers’ actions. WSJ’s Brody Mullins and Rebecca Ballhaus take us inside the nearly year-long Wall Street Journal investigation. Further Reading: - Government Officials Invest in Companies Their Agencies Oversee - 131 Federal Judges Broke the Law by Hearing Cases Where They Had a Financial Interest - Congressional Staffers Gain From Trading in Stocks Further Listening: - The Federal Law that 138 Judges have broken Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


13 Oct 2022

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Does the Future of Streaming Look More Like Cable?

In the last few years, streaming has overtaken cable as the go-to means of watching TV. But as more streaming platforms flood the market, the industry’s major players are finding it harder to grow. WSJ’s Jessica Toonkel says companies are finding new solutions in the old cable bundle playbook. Further Reading: - You Hated Your Cable Package. Your Streaming Services Are Bringing It Back. - Paramount Explores Merging Showtime Streaming Service Into Paramount+ - Disney Explores Membership Program Like Amazon Prime - Walmart Reaches Video-Streaming Deal to Offer Paramount+ to Members Further Listening: - Netflix Turns to Ads - NBC's Olympic Bet on Peacock Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


12 Oct 2022

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Ukraine Makes a Deal with Wall Street

The war in Ukraine has taken a heavy toll on the country and rebuilding will be expensive, estimated in the tens of billions. WSJ's Matt Wirz tells the story of one Ukrainian official's unconventional plan to win over Wall Street and help keep his country afloat. Further Reading: - Ukraine Takes Unorthodox Pitch to Wall Street to Raise Billions in Debt Further Listening: - Losing in the War, Putin Raises the Stakes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


11 Oct 2022

Rank #10