November 22, 2019
Alex Talks to Nick Kroll
Comedian Nick Kroll became a star by playing a cast of over-the-top characters like Bobby Bottleservice and Gil Faizon. But for years he was careful to keep his own story out of his comedy. Now, with his hit show Big Mouth, Nick is taking on his most challenging material yet: his adolescence.
So Help Me
When Anna was in college, she learned to manage her anxiety with a very colorful, very meticulous calendar. For a long time, it worked – until letting the calendar run her life led to a huge mistake. She tries to address that anxiety, and that mistake, while immersed in a warm, salty bathtub.
November 21, 2019
Police Shootings: The Data and the Damage Done
It’s been five years since the high profile shootings of several unarmed black teenagers and men launched the Black Lives Matter movement. Since then, police departments have been doing all kinds of things to respond to the deaths and protests. But do any of them work? To find out we speak with social psychologist Prof. Jennifer Eberhardt, psychologist Prof. Phillip Atiba Goff, public policy expert...
Inside Hong Kong's Violent Protests
Protests in Hong Kong have spiraled into increasingly violent clashes with police. WSJ's John Lyons explains what's changed on the ground.
My Principal Ate a Worm/Backstage Dreams
Siegfried discovers a Gladiator Planet where he is challenged to battle in ways he never expected. Featuring two new stories: “My Principal Ate a Worm,” a shocking tale inspired by real events, by Jonah, a 9 year old from Michigan and “Backstage Dreams,” a dramatic story about big breaks, epic roles and a life in the theater by a 10 year old from New York named Thuy.
When Elyse was 21, her father, Billy, disappeared without explanation. When Elyse finally learned of his whereabouts, she was shocked by the new life he was living. Now, for the first time in five years, Billy and Elyse sit down to talk.
November 20, 2019
Has Fracking Fueled Its Own Undoing?
Fracking made the U.S. the top oil producer in the world. WSJ's Christopher Matthews explains what drove the fracking boom and what may cause its undoing.
November 19, 2019
Taylor Swift Versus Big Machine
Taylor Swift and her former record label, Big Machine, are in a dispute over Swift's rights to perform her old music. WSJ's Anne Steele on the implications of the fight.
The Woman of Your Dreams
The Cut on Tuesdays
Once upon a time, Carmen Maria Machado met a woman who was beautiful and smart and funny and (amazingly, to Carmen) wanted to be her girlfriend. They got together, and at first, it was everything Carmen had been waiting for... and then things started to change. We spoke to Carmen about her new memoir, In the Dream House, and her search for more women with stories like hers.
November 18, 2019
The Great Beer Battle of 2019
A 2019 Super Bowl ad kicked off a showdown between the maker of Bud Light and the maker of Coors Light. WSJ's Jennifer Maloney explains how that standoff has led to accusations of corporate espionage, two lawsuits and questions about the future of the beer industry.
Twinspiracies: The Truth About Twinspeak and More
Every Little Thing
Do twins communicate in the womb? Can they read each other’s minds? ELT tackles listeners’ twin questions and investigates some burning twin-spiracies. Guest: Nancy Segal, psychology professor at California State University, Fullerton, and author of Twin Mythconceptions. Thanks to twins Kelly and Kristina, Reply All’s Phia Bennin, and everyone who called with twin questions.
The 32 Seconds that Changed This Mayor’s Life
Normally, being the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, means paying attention to everyday issues, from garbage pickups to municipal budgets. But in the early morning hours of August 4, 2019, a gunman opened fire at a downtown bar in the city, and Nan Whaley’s role as mayor immediately shifted. She found herself thrust into the national spotlight as all eyes turned to Dayton. And it wasn't long before she was f...
November 15, 2019
Nike and Amazon's Breakup
Nike said it would no longer sell its products on Amazon after two years on the platform. WSJ's Khadeeja Safdar explains why the two companies split.
Introducing How’s Work? with Esther Perel
This week, we’re sharing the first episode of Esther Perel’s new show How’s Work? In it, the couples therapist behind the beloved show Where Should We Begin? sits down with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues, and brings her inimitable perspective to workplace relationships and conflicts.
Listen to the first episode of Gimlet's new scripted fiction podcast, Motherhacker. The series stars Carrie Coon, Pedro Pascal, Alan Cumming, Lucas Hedges, Tavi Gevinson, Rupert Friend, Alex Goldman, and more.
Betraying Your Childhood Dreams
When Anna moved from a large apartment in Philadelphia to a small apartment in Queens, she had to get rid of most of her possessions. Throwing stuff out felt good until she got to three large plastic bins in the corner of her apartment. They were filled with all the art she’d made in Art School. For weeks, she couldn’t bring herself to throw the art away. To understand why, she turned to a 4’7 Japa...
November 14, 2019
When a Hospital becomes The Butcher Shop
A group of teenagers and college kids were fed up with the lousy healthcare in their neighborhood. So they decided to fight the system head on—a fight that still resonates today. Sid Davidoff, Mickey Melendez, and Cleo Silvers share their story.
A Controversial Fix for High Drug Prices
An obscure think tank in Boston is getting drug companies to lower their prices - using something called a QALY. WSJ's Denise Roland explains what a QALY is, and why it's controversial.
#151 Thank You for Noticing
A listener finds a UFO floating in the sky over a leather store, and Alex sets out to find the man who put it there.
Cucumbers 4 Life/The Family of Cows
The Story Pirates throw a pool party on a new water planet, revealing a multiplicity of surprises. Featuring two new stories: “Cucumbers 4 Life,” a country song about vegetables and heavy metal, by Imogen, a 9 year old from the UK, and “The Family of Cows,” a shape-shifting saga on the farm, by an 8 year old from Mississippi named Lydian.
November 13, 2019
Google's Project to Collect Millions of People's Medical Records
Google is amassing detailed health information on millions of people without their knowledge. WSJ's Rob Copeland explains 'Project Nightingale' and why it sparked a federal inquiry.
Got Goals? Grab a Cru (#78, The Cru)
Tiffany Dufu has spent her career uplifting women and girls. Now, she’s turning a lifetime’s worth of expertise into a venture-backed business. Her startup, The Cru, is dedicated to helping women achieve their goals by connecting them to a network of other women. And while there’s no question that Tiffany has the right experience to pursue this mission, the question is whether the business can gene...
Behind The Beats With So Wylie
This is Behind the Beats. In this series we’ll go behind the scenes to discover how Mogul got its distinct sound. In this first episode we’ll hear from the woman behind the show’s sound design, So Wylie. Her inspirations, her process, her beats.
November 12, 2019
What to Know About the First Public Impeachment Hearings
House Democrats this week hold the first in a series of open impeachment hearings. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains who will testify and what to expect in the questioning.