Hosted by Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood, “Make Me Smart with Kai & Molly” is a weekly podcast about the economy, technology and culture. In a time when the world is moving faster than ever, this podcast is where we unpack complex topics, together. Because none of us is as smart as all of us.
Here's the Latest Episode from Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly:
It may be too late to avoid the worst consequences of our warming planet. But we could still adapt to them.
Seriously … what's a central bank to do? The Federal Reserve's got quite the puzzle on its hands.
The gene-editing tool is ushering in a biotech revolution. Here's what you need to know.
As the idea inches toward the mainstream, we unpack how it could affect the economy.
A string of IPOs cements the gig economy as part of working life.
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. This one has everything: Privacy regulation! Social Security! 5G! The college admissions scandal! The dark web! We tackle it all.
... And why that's not so bad, even if it feels that way.
In its new season, The Uncertain Hour is trying to find out.
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 Europe. The BBC's Ros Atkins tells us why we should care about Brexit.
The scandal made us think differently about Facebook. Here's what to do about it.
What's the size of a refrigerator, prefers -460 degrees Farenheit and has nations racing to master it? Starts with Q ...
NPR's Sam Sanders on democratic socialism and his time reporting on Sen. Bernie Sanders (no relation). He spent much of 2015 and 2016 embedded in the Bernie Sanders campaign.
It's more about the political climate. It's an ambitious plan to de-carbonize the American economy while adding new jobs in infrastructure and alternative energy.
New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris helps us make sense of it.
It's our dankest episode yet. We get you up to speed on memes before we ask the money question: Where is the profit when they go viral?
How did closing the government became a political weapon in the first place?
The years of your life, the mountains of debt... more people wonder if higher ed pays off.
And by "it" we mean "deleting Facebook." Wait, what?
Can design thinking help us solve this country's problems at scale? What about existential-crisis scale?
As a year of social media scandals ends, let's revisit our talk with internet law professor Kate Klonick.
We're rerunning our interview with fact-checking comedian Adam Conover. His mission is kind of like ours: Challenging assumptions and questioning everything in a bid to make us all smarter. Doesn't that sound useful over the holidays?
We've got a whole bunch of our favorite guests back to help us reflect on the year that was and look at what's ahead.
China! Cults! Sex on the internet! And so much more!
An idea we've been obsessed with is gaining momentum as a national political platform.
Real estate 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 market shows signs of cooling off, this week we're getting smart about it.
First, admit you're in one.
And, uh, how'd the last one end again?
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?
A week before midterms, 21 percent of people we polled said not really.
With "early decision" and "early action" deadlines looming for colleges across the United States, graduating high school seniors are stuck figuring what any given school will actually cost. The sticker price is just the start.