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.
China’s Accidental Dissidents
Cao Zhixin and her friends went to a rally to honor people who died in a fire. Several weeks later, they were detained by Chinese authorities and now face years in prison. WSJ's Shen Lu explains why Beijing is cracking down on a new kind of protester. Further Reading: - In China, Young Women Become Accidental Symbols of Defiance - Under Xi Jinping, Women in China Have Given Up Gains - The Exposure of China’s ‘Bought Wives’ Further Listening: - …
'Putin's Chef' Now Serving Up Gains for Russia in Ukraine
Russia’s invasion forces have tightened the noose around Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine with help from a paramilitary outfit called the Wagner Group. Heading the group is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close confidants -- Yevgeny Prigozhin. WSJ’s Benoit Faucon explains why the Wagner Group has been drawing condemnation for its deployments in several global hotspots. Further Reading and Watching: - Wagner: How Russian Mercenaries Help Putin in Ukraine - Russia Tightens Grip Around Bakhmut as Ukraine Awaits Western Tanks …
Hacking the Hackers
For years, the U.S. government went after hackers by trying to arrest them. Now, they’re trying a new approach. WSJ’s Robert McMillan tells the story of how one of the world’s most infamous hacking groups, called Hive, got busted. Further Reading: - FBI Disrupts ‘Hive’ Ransomware Group Further Listening: - Hack Me if You Can - Why a Ransomware Group Is Pretending to Be a Real Company - Ransomware, a Pipeline and a Gas Shortage