Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly
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Because none of us is as smart as all of us. 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 to connect the dots on the topics they know best, and get help from listeners and experts about the ones they want to know better. The conversation begins January 2017.
||Clean9: Everything or nothing is a crisis||Alyssa Mastromonaco tells us about life in the Obama White House and her new book "Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?"||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: The singer and the supercomputer||Singer-songwriter Marian Call on what it's like to inadvertently launch a global hashtag and work with IBM's Watson supercomputer||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Lyft co-founder says the company could be profitable by 2018||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 confident in that. We even think there's the likely scenario that we will be the first U.S. ride-share player to be profitable, and part of that is because of our focus on the United States." We've got much more with Zimmer, who along with CEO Logan Green runs the five-year-old ride-sharing company that used to describe itself as "your friend with a car."Also, President Donald Trump's new revised executive order on immigration — what does it mean for doctors, people at airports, and of course, the U.S. economy? And don't forget to check out our digital interactive chronicling the "speed bumps" faced by Lyft's main competitor. Spoiler alert: Still Uber.||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6.5: Complexification||Kai and Molly return to follow up on the President's address to Congress and Travis Kalanick's apology to Uber employees||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Reddit CEO Steve Huffman is not horsing around||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 share everything from wholesome memes to "ask me anything" sessions with newsmakers and celebrities to topics we couldn't possibly describe. Huffman also has the "most Reddit answer" to our Make Me Smart question, and we give you a way to think about the president's budget. Here's the letter Kai mentions up top, by the way.Subscribe to "Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly" on iTunes or your favorite podcast app.||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Reputation in the age of the protest economy||Why reputation matters abroad, at home and at Uber. Also, we dig into the protest economy and what that means for the yarn industry.||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: It's the economy, Cupid||This week, the one thing the Trump administration isn't talking about, David Frum answers our Make Me Smart question, and Part 2 of how to trust government numbers||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Lord of the attention merchants||Kai and Molly talk with author Tim Wu about net neutrality and his new book "The Attention Merchants."||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKai Ryssdal and Molly Wood take the Marketplace quiz||"Italian leather boots are no joke," and other life lessons.||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.5: The limits of moral capitalism||An update on moral capitalism, business as an unofficial part of American checks and balances and the right to eat waffles on this mini episode.||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Checks and balances and business||Business as a check and balance? Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood talk about the reaction to President Trump's executive order on immigration.||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: The land of unintended consequences||President Donald Trump, the TPP and so much more on our first full episode.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
LIKE! LIKE! LIKE!
They're only teasing us so far, and already this show is a delight. Subscribe to hear the witty, pointed perspective of Molly Wood paired with Kai Ryssdal's bright insights. In agreement or on opposite sides of the issue, these two have fantastic conversation chemistry, and Molly brings out the lighter side of Kai that we occasionally catch when he's at the news desk. I hope we get a Molly rant every now and again. If you don't know what I'm talking about, just wait—it is so worth the wait.
I feel smarter already
I listened to the preview episodes and I already love the show. Kai and Molly have a great rapport and are getting into some really interesting stuff that affects many of us, like HSAs, housing starts, and Trump conflicts of interest. I can't wait for the real thing.
Thoughtful and measured
Very excited to hear two of my favorite media correspondents in a longer form that gives them the freedom to explore topics at length. I really enjoy the mini episodes so far.