Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

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Make Me Smart is a weekly conversation about the themes of today, centered around the economy, technology and culture. Hosts Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood use their expertise to connect the dots on topics they know best, and hear from other experts – CEOs, celebrities, authors, professors and listeners… read more

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110: What does "Medicare for all" actually look like?

April 23rd, 2019

37:13

"Medicare for all" was a fringe idea just a couple years ago, but it's moved front and center in the political conversation ahead of the 2020 …

109: The future of work is anchor jobs and side hustles

April 16th, 2019

34:40

We're headed for the biggest year of IPOs since the '90s dot-com boom. Lyft just went public, valued at $26 billion, with Postmates and Uber set to …

108: The Explainathon strikes back

April 9th, 2019

35:30

It's our the fifth Explainathon, the semi-biannual challenge when Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood try to answer as many of your questions as possible. …

107: Why your tax refund might be lower this year

April 2nd, 2019

37:27

Taxes are due in less than two weeks, and some of us have extra stress around that ... because things are different this year. It's the first time …

106: How do drug epidemics end?

March 26th, 2019

25:51

Opioid overdoses are killing about 50,000 Americans a year, more than car accidents and guns. Marketplace's documentary podcast, The Uncertain Hour, is digging into drug epidemics in its latest season: why people buy …

105: The Great British Break-Off

March 19th, 2019

39:01

The United Kingdom voted for Brexit almost three years ago, but there’s still no deal in place to politically and economically untangle itself from …

104: A year after Cambridge Analytica, what have we learned?

March 12th, 2019

29:14

Do you use social media? Or does social media use you? That's a question we all had to confront last year when it came out that Cambridge Analytica had harvested personal information from more than 50 million Facebook …

103: Quantum computing for normals

March 5th, 2019

37:52

We're taking a break from politics and the culture wars to get into some weird science: quantum computing. It's not super easy to explain, but going …

102: The 2020 election will be all about socialism

February 26th, 2019

33:12

No mainline American politician would touch socialism a decade ago. Now, a Gallup poll shows young people are more positive about that term than they …

101: What's the deal with the Green New Deal?

February 19th, 2019

35:45

The Senate is set to bring the Green New Deal to a vote as early as this week. Crafted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, it's an ambitious plan to de-carbonize the American economy while adding new …

100: The Oscars are a mess

February 12th, 2019

43:54

Between controversy over best picture nominees, changes to which awards are handed out during commercials and ever-plummeting ratings, this year's …

99: When memes are moneymakers

February 5th, 2019

29:51

Folks, it's time to talk about memes. It's time to talk about the Dancing Baby and Bird Box Challenge and, yes, The Egg. If none of that makes sense …

98: Can we shut down the shutdowns?

January 29th, 2019

38:17

The federal government might be reopened, but many Americans are still reeling. And, of course, it could close again in a few weeks. At 35 days, this …

97: Think before you major

January 22nd, 2019

36:00

Picture this: After years of hard work, the world is your oyster. You're about to graduate with an advanced degree into a prestigious field. Then, you're out to lunch and you see a restaurant manager position that pays …

96: Do it for the 'gram

January 16th, 2019

33:33

Something's been nagging at us all holiday break. With each fresh revelation about Facebook, new thoughts arise about whether or not to participate …

95.3: Back to design school

January 8th, 2019

25:14

In this new year, maybe you've resolved to improve yourself, or you might return to projects and problems left hanging in 2018. One approach to try: …

95.2: The problem with platforms

December 31st, 2018

19:29

We spent a lot of 2018 talking about free speech online and what responsibility social media platforms bear for the information or ideas shared on them. We'll probably spend 2019 talking about it a lot, too. For now, …

95.1: Adam ruins our Christmas

December 24th, 2018

17:54

This Christmas Eve, we're regifting one of our favorite interviews from the past year. Adam Conover's TruTV show, "Adam Ruins Everything," is back for a new season. His mission is kind of like ours: Challenging …

95: Dusting off our crystal ball for 2019

December 18th, 2018

33:59

It's our last new episode of 2018, which means it's time to check in on the predictions we made this time last year. Were we right or wrong? And what's coming next? Some of our favorite guests are back to help out, like …

94: Bottomless fixations

December 11th, 2018

33:01

Longtime listeners will know Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood are limited to one newsy Fixation Fix a week by their band of strict podcast producers (hi). …

93: Rep. Joe Kennedy is all about moral capitalism, and that sounds familiar

December 4th, 2018

37:29

Is capitalism working for enough people? We've been wrestling with that question since way back in episode two. Molly Wood and Kai Ryssdal have taken …

92: The affordability crisis of house and home

November 27th, 2018

33:42

Housing is the biggest driver of wealth and debt for most families in America. It's inextricably linked with the health of the economy, so as the …

91: How do you get out of your echo chamber?

November 20th, 2018

28:57

It's tough to admit you have a filter bubble, and even harder to break out of it. But we all live in one: Social networks are programmed to serve up content they think will appeal to you, and that can create a feedback …

90: Are we in a new gilded age?

November 13th, 2018

30:10

On a day that saw Amazon seemingly flex on dozens of cities all around the country over some 50,000 jobs, you might find yourself wondering just how big a company can get. We've been wondering that ourselves, about all …

89: You voting in 2016 vs. you voting in 2018

November 6th, 2018

34:25

By the time this episode is out, midterm results will be rolling in. So let's take a pause before that wave hits to ask: How are you doing? We'll …

88: Should you trust polling?

October 30th, 2018

39:57

People love to hate on polls. Since the experts seemingly got the 2016 election so wrong (or did they?), pundits and politicos have been quick to …

87: Why is the price of college such a mystery?

October 23rd, 2018

35:48

With "early decision" and "early action" deadlines looming for colleges across the United States, graduating high school seniors are stuck figuring …

86: What it's like to live in 2043

October 16th, 2018

35:16

It's getting cheaper and easier to make your house smart. That's exciting for many people. And concerning, too. Listener Jordan Parry got in touch a while back as her landlord was getting ready to install connected …

85: Expl4inathon

October 9th, 2018

30:19

It's time for another Explainathon, the biannual tradition when we put Kai and Molly to the test: In 30 minutes, they'll try to answer as many of …

84: Potcast

October 2nd, 2018

24:06

Quick programming note right up top: Kai is out sick this week, so we've had to delay our biannual Explainathon until next week. But! Instead we're gonna talk about ... weed. Pot. CBD. THC. Marijuana. It's a big …

83: The Sanctuary of Smart

September 25th, 2018

28:39

This is a really special episode, folks. We're talking with Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress. She's the first woman and the first …

82: This is your brain on VR

September 18th, 2018

30:49

Decades after it was first introduced, virtual reality finally feels like it’s on the precipice of enormous potential. And it’s not all entertainment …

81: If you didn't see this coming, you weren't paying attention

September 11th, 2018

31:51

In the push for tax cuts last year, President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans said companies would use the money they saved to reinvest in …

80: Google is rigged, just not in the way Trump thinks

September 4th, 2018

34:15

As top executives from Twitter and Facebook (and maybe Google?) get ready testify for Congress on fake account and election interference, tweets from President Trump have steered the conversation to questions of …

79: The Amazon Effect

August 28th, 2018

28:19

We talk about wage stagnation around here a lot. If the labor market is tight, companies are raking in money with a bull market and tax breaks and …

78: Keepin' it Civil with blockchain

August 20th, 2018

24:01

This week is a listener request episode. After our shows on design thinking and the blockchain, a lot of you asked about Civil. It's the journalism …

77: Big Tech is a nation-state with a constitutional crisis

August 14th, 2018

22:46

The dam finally burst last week as many of the internet's largest platforms, like Facebook, YouTube and Apple Podcasts, banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. His site, InfoWars, has gained legitimacy from President …

76: The host of "Slow Burn" makes us smart about Clinton's impeachment

August 7th, 2018

19:59

Where were you in 1998? Kai Ryssdal was just starting his career in public radio. Slate staff writer Leon Neyfakh was in middle school, watching the …

75: A little Wisconsin root in a big trade war

July 31st, 2018

32:57

Journalists love to list the disparate items caught up in the trade war. Blue jeans! Cranberries! Bourbon! Ginseng! There's something giddy about the seeming randomness of it. But lists of tariffs are not random. …

74: What do we do about Elon Musk?

July 24th, 2018

26:11

In some ways, Elon Musk is made for our times. He's a fiercely polarizing billionaire who's positioned himself as a singular visionary, capable of …

73: Bitcoin IRL

July 17th, 2018

26:18

We've told you about other wild uses for blockchain technology besides bitcoin: mortgages, weddings and more. Now it's time to go down …

72: Are we an eponymous lifestyle brand yet?

July 10th, 2018

39:05

Make Me Smart loves the art of the zoom out. Wages aren't rising? Let's look at how capitalism is or isn't working for people. Big leak at Facebook? Let's talk about the ethics of running a huge tech company. And one …

71: Your front row seat to the trade war

July 3rd, 2018

38:21

This is what a trade war looks like. Trump has been standing his ground on tariffs (he's even had a law drafted called the FART Act — U.S. Fair and …

70: Can VR make us more empathetic?

June 26th, 2018

39:10

If you work in an office, chances are you've sat through some pretty lame harassment training — videos, click-through programs and materials that might feel straight out of the '90s. For many of us, these trainings are …

69: Why does "zero tolerance" look like this?

June 19th, 2018

31:06

By now, you've probably seen them. Heart-wrenching images of parents and children separated and the southwest border, sent to jail or youth detention …

68: Ajit Pai's internet is "free and open," but no longer neutral

June 12th, 2018

35:44

Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai was on something of a victory lap Monday when he talked with Kai on Marketplace about the repeal of …

67: Blockchain all the things. Or don't.

June 5th, 2018

29:53

Could you explain blockchain in a few sentences? After this episode, we hope you'll be able to get close. Pamela Morgan, an attorney and educator, …

66: "Roseanne" and ethics in business

May 29th, 2018

33:52

When we called up business ethicist Greg Fairchild from the University of Virginia this morning, we expected to have a wide-ranging conversation to get at Kai's question of a few weeks back: Are there market-based …

65: It's a GDPaRty!

May 24th, 2018

24:38

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably seen a email or two (or a million) saying something along the lines of "we're updating our …

64: The case of the Butter Bot

May 22nd, 2018

46:53

It started with an email about butter. We got it in our listener submission inbox, and it was mostly nonsense with a sketchy link. You probably get spammy emails like this every day. Do you ever wonder who sent them, or …

63: Take your data and go home

May 15th, 2018

40:59

What would a Hippocratic oath look like for the people we trust with our data? That's one of the questions NYU professor Laura Norén asks in her …

62: We could never get free

May 8th, 2018

26:06

Molly Wood dives even deeper into radical economics this week with Glen Weyl of Microsoft Research, who's also a visiting scholar at Yale and …

61: Is capitalism obsolete?

May 1st, 2018

38:26

Make Me Smart often asks if capitalism is working for enough people. But writer and capital-t Thinker Umair Haque is taking it a step further, asking …

60: "The great lie at the heart of the criminal justice system"

April 24th, 2018

38:02

When Robin Steinberg and David Feige were public defenders in New York, they saw thousands of clients — often poor people of color — stuck in jail …

59: Adam ruins our show

April 17th, 2018

38:13

What does the sketch comedy TV show "Adam Ruins Everything" have in common with our podcast? Well, we kinda share the same mission. In his TruTV show, live tours and podcast, comedian Adam Conover takes on topics we …

58: So ... you wanna talk about Facebook?

April 12th, 2018

25:43

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's loooong testimony on Capitol Hill is over, and we have so many thoughts we added an episode to hash them out. So we're …

57: Can big data really bring the world closer together?

April 10th, 2018

41:44

As we taped this week's episode, Mark Zuckerberg was about to begin his testimony in front of Congress. Lawmakers are expecting an explanation for how Facebook's self-professed mission to "bring the world closer …

56: "The best cure for hatred and ignorance"

April 3rd, 2018

27:52

Instead of making ourselves smart about news stories this week, we're taking a broader look at The News. It's truly not just navel gazing to say our …

55: The surveillance economy

March 27th, 2018

34:22

Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before Congress about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but does he get it? Like, really get it? And, crucially, do we? Harvard's Yochai Benkler is on the show today to make us smart …

54: Protecting speech, protecting students

March 20th, 2018

44:02

Kai and Molly are getting smart about last week's nationwide walkout organized by high school students pushing for stricter gun control. First …

53: The hidden workplaces all around us

March 13th, 2018

44:58

Where were you when the economy collapsed? We're coming up on the 10-year anniversary of the fall of Bear Stearns, a time when Kai and Molly both …

We're back! New episodes start next week

March 6th, 2018

4:06

We've missed you guys. You've sent us a lot of great insights over the break, and Kai and Molly return with all-new full episodes next week, wading …

52: Rahm Remixed

February 20th, 2018

39:18

Rahm Emanuel likes to talk. The two-term mayor of Chicago and former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama spoke with us at length …

51: Remember when a Columbia River boat pilot made us smart about shoes?

February 6th, 2018

30:16

The Columbia River Bar is one of the most dangerous places in the world for ships of all sizes. That's where the Columbia River Bar Pilots come in. …

50: The internet of thoughts

January 23rd, 2018

31:21

This week, we're looking back at our previous episodes that focused on the internet. First up, our conversation with Zeynep Tufekci, author of "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest," then …

49: Gerrymandering, hard-wired brains and the baby under the desk

January 9th, 2018

30:55

Could big data make elections more fair? One of our listeners is looking for answers about gerrymandering, and we got some help this week from Justin …

48: Explainathon the third

January 2nd, 2018

24:23

To kick off the new year, we're answering another bunch of questions from you, the listeners. Kai and Molly give their takes on what companies value …

Special report: How one sentence helped set off the opioid crisis

December 28th, 2017

1:05:19

When OxyContin went to market in 1996, sales reps from Purdue Pharma hit one point particularly hard: Compared to other prescription opioids, this …

47: Make Me Smart predictions

December 26th, 2017

32:35

It's the final Make Me Smart of 2017 and we got a few of our previous guests to give us predictions about what they think might happen in 2018.Who made predictions:Andy Weir, author of "The Martian" and "Artemis."

46: With Gates' power comes Gates' responsibility

December 19th, 2017

27:25

In 2006, Microsoft founder Bill Gates told USA Today that "with great wealth comes great responsibility, a responsibility to give back to society and …

45:"A Wrinkle in Time" and the battle against rhythmic cyclical hopelessness

December 14th, 2017

35:22

Madeleine L'Engle, the author of the classic novel "A Wrinkle in Time," believed "there comes a point where you can go as far as thinking will take you, and then you will move into the world that might become fantasy, …

44: Where are all the "lost Einsteins?"

December 5th, 2017

32:49

Who are the "lost Einsteins?"  That's the question Raj Chetty is trying to answer. He's a professor of economics who works on the Equality of Opportunity Project at Stanford University. The project uses big data sets, …

43: Andy Weir loves to geek out about space economics

November 28th, 2017

30:50

Andy Weir really likes to do research. He's a software engineer who wrote "The Martian," which was adapted into a movie a couple years ago starring …

42: Breaking bread without conflict

November 21st, 2017

21:52

Retired cognitive science and linguistics professor George Lakoff appeared in a previous episode, explaining how your brain reacts to political …

41: Do you hear the people sing?

November 14th, 2017

26:33

As we continue to ask the question of whether free-market capitalism is working for enough people, we found ourselves with another question — what …

40: Explainathon 2! The search for more answers

November 7th, 2017

33:00

It's time for another Make Me Smart Explainathon, where we answer as many of your questions as we can about the things you want to know more about. We also have an answer to our Make Me Smart question from a listener, …

39: Distressed human assets

October 31st, 2017

34:46

One way to improve capitalism? Focus on dignity.  That's what Arthur C. Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, believes.  He says that the only way to more economic growth is bringing a sense of …

38: Confronting Capitalism

October 25th, 2017

38:50

Ethical capitalism. Moral capitalism. Enlightened capitalism. What are we talking about when we talk about how to change capitalism?  Molly talked …

37.5: Hold on for one more day...

October 24th, 2017

3:43

No podcast today, but there will be one Wednesday. Until then, we've got a little preview of our continuing discussion of moral capitalism to whet your appetite ... or make you run for the hills. You decide. Talk with …

37: Is it time to take capitalism into the shop for a look under the hood?

October 18th, 2017

30:42

Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, says financial markets are almost like rogue artificial intelligence, but it doesn't have to be that way. Then: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai finally says no, you actually can't …

36: "The Man in the High Castle" has a lot on his mind

October 10th, 2017

50:05

"Blade Runner." "Total Recall." "Minority Report." These are big-budget movies from big-name directors, but they all sprung from the mind of author Philip K. Dick. He also wrote "The Man in the High Castle," our second …

35: Facebook is the field democracy plays out on (and that's not good)

October 5th, 2017

20:17

Is Facebook too big for anyone to understand how big it really is? Even Mark Zuckerberg? New York Magazine senior editor Max Read is on the show …

34.5: No new show today

October 3rd, 2017

1:02

There's no new Make Me Smart podcast today.  But we did answer that one remaining question about the sequester, from last week's Explainathon. It's …

34: Explainathon!

September 26th, 2017

38:25

Why is voice recognition not out of this world?  Why do companies whisper their earnings estimates?  And should the government run the credit …

33: Equifax and the future of your data

September 19th, 2017

28:56

In the wake of the Equifax hack (and the one before that, and the one before that ... ), how should you think about credit, data security and online …

32: April Reign, #OscarsSoWhite and the art of influence

September 12th, 2017

30:38

The power of social influence is the power to capture your attention. This week, we look at the role of an individual and an institution in shaping …

31: What's a CEO's statement worth to this White House?

September 5th, 2017

40:49

The Trump administration announced it's ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era rule protecting undocumented …

30: The price of too much pavement

August 29th, 2017

22:41

Houston's natural topography combined with the infrastructure for six million people creates a flood risk,  according to Sam Brody. He's a professor …

29: Too many two-Molly interviews

August 22nd, 2017

37:28

President Trump announces a change to U.S. military policy in Afghanistan; Cloudflare's CEO Matthew Prince describes why we shouldn't let companies …

28: CEOs quit the CEO in Chief

August 16th, 2017

41:54

Globalization is in the headlines, but what does it mean for our economy? Marketplace's Scott Tong explains it to us. We answer your questions about globalism, nationalism and the companies that have to navigate between …

27.5: Where's my podcast?

August 15th, 2017

0:45

We won't have a Make Me Smart podcast in the feed today, but we will have one tomorrow. We'll be talking with Marketplace correspondent Scott Tong …

27: Where are all the bitcoins?

August 8th, 2017

31:13

What do you need to know to understand the new language of money? Bitcoin? Blockchain? And Ethereum? Laura Shin, senior editor at Forbes magazine and host of the "Unchained" podcast, makes us smart about cryptocurrency …

26: Too much is never enough

August 1st, 2017

42:18

What do Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations," a science fiction book about Mars and a ride share company have in common? Each one has something to say about the idea of endless economic growth. And so does Kenneth …

25: The police can just take your stuff

July 25th, 2017

34:39

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently rolled back federal restrictions on civil-asset forfeiture. Local police and other enforcement agencies can …

24: Always tie your shoes

July 18th, 2017

29:12

The Columbia River Bar is one of the most dangerous places in the world for ships of all sizes. That's where the Columbia River Bar Pilots come in. …

23: The Righteous Mind

July 11th, 2017

42:48

Ever wonder what makes up your moral compass? That's the premise behind the first selection of the Make Me Smart Book Club. We read "The Righteous …

22: Weird is the new normal

June 27th, 2017

41:08

Maybe you feel like a weirdo at work. You almost certainly work with at least one weirdo. This week, we're talking with Jennifer Romolini about her …

21: Tax cuts and partisan brain candy

June 20th, 2017

29:06

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a series of big tax cuts back in 2012, pledging to put money back in the hands of individuals and grow the economy. It became known as an experiment in "trickle-down," or supply-side …

20: The Enforcer

June 13th, 2017

35:42

Enforcers abound on this week's podcast. With help from Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Uber took on a series of recommendations to save itself …

19: Delete your account?

June 6th, 2017

34:56

We look at the events of the last two weeks through the lens of "normal" versus "not normal" and how to ask that question from a different perspective.  Todd Lieberman, producer of the live-action film "Beauty and the …

18.5: We're not here

May 30th, 2017

4:37

Make Me Smart is taking the week off, but don't worry, there's plenty to keep you busy ahead of next week's episode.You can join our weekly Make Me Smart editorial meetings at noon Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern. You can find …

18: A source familiar with the matter

May 23rd, 2017

40:14

The Trump administration has released its proposed budget, and supply side economics is back on the menu. Plus, Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist

17: Filter Failure

May 16th, 2017

43:39

What's the news that's getting buried by the news? A lot, actually. We're taking a look at one major story: media consolidation. This week, Kai …

16: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to challenge your premise

May 9th, 2017

43:11

Rahm Emanuel likes to talk. The two-term mayor of Chicago and former White House chief of staff to President Obama spoke with us at length about …

15: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on 'Minecraft' and H-1B visas

May 2nd, 2017

40:30

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is on the show this week, doing his first podcast interview with Molly. They discuss Microsoft's new education …

14: Beware of the nurtured narrative

April 25th, 2017

29:59

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say Washington has forgotten them,  according to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research poll.  So what's behind …

13: 'Nobody's got to use the internet'

April 18th, 2017

33:26

In a recent town hall with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, a constituent was upset about the congressman's vote to repeal internet privacy laws. He replied, "Well, you know, nobody's got to use the internet."But …

12: This is your brain on Trump

April 11th, 2017

42:29

President Trump uses the language of a "strict father" to communicate. That's according to George Lakoff, a professor emeritus of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. It's a …

11: Why do our taxes have to be so complicated?

April 4th, 2017

37:20

Six billion hours. That's how much time the IRS estimates U.S. taxpayers spend each year preparing and filing their taxes. And with tax reform on the agenda for Congress and the Trump administration, it's the perfect …

10: Avocado toast is really a story about NAFTA

March 28th, 2017

34:28

Donald Trump campaigned on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement or pulling the United States out of the deal altogether. But what is …

9: Everything or nothing is a crisis

March 21st, 2017

31:25

The FBI director testified on Capitol Hill, confirmation hearings begin for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and more changes to the health care …

8: The singer and the supercomputer

March 13th, 2017

34:12

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The debt limit, South by Southwest and other recurring disruptions on this week's Make Me Smart. Also singer-songwriter Marian Call debuts a snippet of a new song …

7: Lyft co-founder says the company could be profitable by 2018

March 7th, 2017

35:42

Lyft's co-founder and president, John Zimmer, won't mention his company's main competitor by name. Spoiler alert: It's Uber. But he is willing to say, "We've talked about being profitable next year, we feel very …

6.5: Complexification

March 1st, 2017

22:23

President Donald Trump addressed Congress last night and we're back to look at what wasn't in the speech and how to read between the lines.  Plus: …

6: Reddit CEO Steve Huffman is not horsing around

February 28th, 2017

28:57

Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood interview Steve Huffman, the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, a social sharing platform where more than 200 million users …

4: It's the economy, Cupid

February 14th, 2017

27:28

Time take a look at a big thing that's getting lost in the first four weeks of the Trump administration. Hint: It's the economy. David Frum, senior writer for The Atlantic, answers our Make Me Smart question: "What's …

3: Lord of the attention merchants

February 7th, 2017

32:38

This week we're talking with Tim Wu, professor of law at Columbia University and author of the book "The Attention Merchants." Back in 2003, Wu …

Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood take the Marketplace quiz

February 3rd, 2017

5:49

No matter who you are, you've probably had a rough day at the office that changed your perspective, or maybe you made an impulse purchase you really, …

2.5: The limits of moral capitalism

February 2nd, 2017

12:28

On this mini episode, we wanted to follow up on a conversation in this week's show about the business community at large, and the tech industry in …

2: Checks and balances and business

January 31st, 2017

37:14

Checks and balances: that's a phrase you usually hear when we talk about the branches of government.  But on this week's "Make Me Smart," we discuss …

1: The land of unintended consequences

January 24th, 2017

27:35

On the first full episode of Make Me Smart, we explored how to tell the difference between party-line political changes and "non-standard" changes in …

Mini Ep 3: Unlock the vault!

December 21st, 2016

12:58

It's the last mini episode of Make Me Smart before the new year, and we're going to unlock the vault and share some moments from the never before …

Mini Ep 2: The golden lobby parade

December 14th, 2016

13:12

On the latest episode of Make Me Smart, the President-Elect meets with technology leaders from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and more.  And, …

Mini Ep 1: Unanswered and Unintended

December 9th, 2016

10:50

We discuss the unanswered questions and potential consequences of one well-meaning press release on a mini-episode of "Make Me Smart." Facebook, …

Introducing "Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly"

November 28th, 2016

2:48

"Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly" is a podcast about the economy, technology and culture. Hosts Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood will use their expertise …

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