WSJ What’s News podcast

WSJ What’s News

What's News brings you the headlines and business news that move markets and the world—twice every weekday. In about 15 minutes, get caught up on the best Wall Street Journal scoops and exclusives, with insight and analysis from the award-winning reporters that broke the stories. Hosted by Annmarie Fertoli and Luke Vargas.

What's News brings you the headlines and business news that move markets and the world—twice every weekday. In about 15 minutes, get caught up on the best Wall Street Journal scoops and exclusives, with insight and analysis from the award-winning reporters that broke the stories. Hosted by Annmarie Fertoli and Luke Vargas.

 

#20

After Bitcoin ETFs, Are More Crypto Funds Next?

A.M. Edition for Feb. 27. Following the SEC’s January approval of U.S. exchange-traded funds that hold bitcoin, a slew of Wall Street firms have [applied to launch other crypto funds] (applied%20to%20launch%20other%20crypto%20funds) holding a smaller and more volatile asset. WSJ reporter [Vicky Ge Huang] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/vicky-ge-huang) explains the prospects for spot ether ETFs. Plus, President Biden urges lawmakers to avoid [a looming government shutdown] (https://www.wsj.com/politics/policy/biden-calls-leaders-to-white-house-as-shutdown-looms-ukraine-aid-stalls-bea90b8e?st=x46ea5l173bg2vc&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . And Canada proposes [forcing social-media platforms] (https://www.wsj.com/world/americas/canada-to-compel-digital-platforms-to-remove-harmful-content-fcadb948?st=na2dh89odr8srf7&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) to remove harmful content. Luke Vargas hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#19

FTC Sues to Block $25 Billion Kroger, Albertsons Supermarket Merger

P.M. Edition for Feb. 26. The Federal Trade Commission has sued to block [one of the largest supermarket deals ever] (https://www.wsj.com/business/retail/kroger-albertsons-antitrust-ftc-lawsuit-911514b4?st=5vkrcv435uhryk7&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) —a proposed tie-up between Kroger and Albertsons. Agriculture business reporter [Patrick Thomas] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/patrick-thomas) explains. And Nvidia is at the top of the artificial-intelligence economy. Semiconductor reporter [Asa Fitch] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/asa-fitch) discusses potential challenges to its dominance. Plus, in a surprise move, [Iran reduces its near-weapons-grade nuclear material stockpile] (https://www.wsj.com/world/middle-east/iran-reduces-near-weapons-grade-stockpile-defying-expectations-ba384777?st=gxwdy2vaopc43mp&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . Annmarie Fertoli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#18

Can Nikki Haley's Swing Voters Sustain Her Trump Fight?

A.M. Edition for Feb. 26. WSJ senior political correspondent [Molly Ball] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/molly-ball) explains why Nikki Haley is [continuing her primary fight] (https://www.wsj.com/politics/elections/trump-tightens-hold-on-gop-crowding-out-even-popular-rivals-93810b3a?st=kasj6xhnbiilf0f&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) against Donald Trump after a string of defeats in early-voting states. Plus, Benjamin Netanyahu pledges to push ahead with an [Israeli invasion of Rafah] (https://www.wsj.com/world/middle-east/israeli-police-clash-with-protesters-calling-for-early-elections-e7ae5a8d?st=ymvdrci1sghd3zm&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) despite U.S. pushback. And why [Warren Buffett] (https://www.wsj.com/finance/stocks/warren-buffett-was-there-for-the-japanese-market-rally-deb6315c?st=ay62s7uye5u29ii&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) is happy standing pat on a record pile of cash. Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#17

What’s News in Markets: Nvidia’s Record, Stalled Rivian, Destination Moon

Was Nvidia the only stock that mattered this week? And has Rivian’s motor stalled? Plus, how did a lunar landing send a company shooting for the stars? Host Francesca Fontana discusses the biggest stock moves of the week and the news that drove them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

24 Feb 2024

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#16

Chasing the Base: How Trump Won Over Michigan’s White Working Class

Factory employees and other working-class voters have long been a key political constituency in Midwest states like Michigan. They had been reliable Democrats, but former President Donald Trump won many of them over to his column in 2016. His continued appeal among blue-collar voters has kept him on track to once again secure the GOP nomination. It’s a voting bloc that also will be hotly contested in the general election. WSJ political reporter Jimmy Vielkind travels to metro Detroit to speak with auto workers and former Democrats that Trump brought into his fold to find out what’s behind his enduring popularity with these groups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

24 Feb 2024

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#15

Nvidia Hits $2 Trillion Valuation, But Falls Below the Mark at Close

P.M. Edition for Feb. 23. [Nvidia hit $2 trillion in valuation] (https://www.wsj.com/tech/ai/nvidia-stock-market-cap-2-trillion-b1c839c8?st=y07f1azi0otdxmk&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) in morning trading, before falling back below the mark at closing. It is still one of the most valuable U.S. companies, trailing only Microsoft and Apple. Plus, markets reporter [Caitlin McCabe] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/caitlin-mccabe) explains the strategy behind the [three hedge funds dominating the game] (https://www.wsj.com/finance/investing/the-hedge-funds-that-changed-the-game-857abc5b?st=vd4fecuc3ar4qlx&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . Annmarie Fertoli hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#14

U.S. Makes First Moon Landing in 50 Years

A.M. Edition for Feb. 23. U.S. firm Intuitive Machines [makes a historic touchdown] (https://www.wsj.com/science/space-astronomy/odysseus-spacecraft-completes-first-u-s-moon-landing-since-1972-c24d6c0e?st=qaf2k598hbrmzhv&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , becoming the first commercial outfit to put a spacecraft on the Moon. Plus, a cyberattack hits one of [America’s biggest prescription processors] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/hospitals-urged-to-disconnect-from-unitedhealths-hacked-pharmacy-unit-11c9691e?st=hl6uxc0xet40n9r&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . And two years since Russia invaded Ukraine, [James Marson] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/james-marson) and [Georgi Kantchev] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/georgi-kantchev) take stock of how both economies are faring amid sanctions, declining aid and major military expenditures. Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

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#13

Nvidia Soars to All-Time High, Powering U.S. Market Rally

P.M. Edition for Feb. 22. [Shares of Nvidia soared more than 16%] (https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/stock-market-today-dow-jones-earnings-02-22-2024?mod=hp_lead_pos1) , setting a record for the largest one-day market cap gain for any company and powering a rally in U.S. markets. Semiconductor reporter [Asa Fitch] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/asa-fitch) explains. And new data shows more than half of [college graduates] (https://www.wsj.com/lifestyle/careers/college-degree-jobs-unused-440b2abd?st=gclwnc7a4htmqz9&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) are working in jobs where their degrees aren’t needed. Careers reporter [Lindsay Ellis] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/lindsay-ellis) has more. Plus, [AT&T says it has restored service] (https://www.wsj.com/business/telecom/att-cell-phone-outage-80e56b87?st=k59xxcvnyct3fng&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , after thousands of customers reported losing cell service. Annmarie Fertoli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#12

Nvidia Sends Markets Surging as AI Demand Tops All Expectations

A.M. Edition for Feb. 22. Nvidia’s shares have [spiked in pre-market trading] (https://www.wsj.com/tech/nvidia-stock-company-market-cap-291b7b7d?st=pt4lodfyvjruwyf&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) after the AI titan said revenues soared 265% in the last quarter. Heard on the Street tech columnist [Dan Gallagher] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/dan-gallagher) unpicks the blockbuster earnings and what the future holds for the [AI revolution] (https://www.wsj.com/finance/stocks/nvidias-ai-party-is-far-from-over-af2e31d1?st=9w5zw8zcx0rtv90&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . Plus, Japanese stocks [eclipse a 1989 record] (https://www.wsj.com/finance/stocks/japans-nikkei-after-34-years-briefly-tops-record-close-in-intraday-trading-7c29e029?st=yqcev1zoaxke5zm&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . And an Alabama court ruling is already [changing the landscape for fertility treatment] (https://www.wsj.com/us-news/law/major-alabama-health-system-pauses-ivf-treatments-after-state-court-says-frozen-embryos-qualify-as-children-71ed704e?st=dl76ivf74d6oxx6&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) in the state. Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Feb 2024

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#11

Reddit Turns to Loyal Users in Unusual IPO Bet

P.M. Edition for Feb. 21. Reddit wants to offer shares to 75,000 of its biggest users, in the hope they will boost [its stock-market debut] (https://www.wsj.com/finance/stocks/reddit-stock-ipo-buyers-users-58744446?st=x03bb8jp1vlzrjp&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , according to people familiar with the matter. IPO reporter [Corrie Driebusch] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/corrie-driebusch) explains the possible risks and rewards of the strategy. And the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s January meeting show more officials were [concerned with cutting rates too soon] (https://www.wsj.com/economy/central-banking/federal-reserve-minutes-jan-2024-rate-cuts-25f72187?st=we4bea6ekvh57ql&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) as opposed to holding rates too high for too long. Plus, the vice president of Boeing’s 737 program is [leaving the company] (https://www.wsj.com/business/airlines/boeing-executive-overseeing-737-program-leaving-company-2de872bc?st=bmnlwa6qvceaipp&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . Annmarie Fertoli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Feb 2024

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#10

Saudi Arabia’s Megaprojects Are Draining Its Cash Reserves

A.M. Edition for Feb. 21. To pay for flashy spending plans, Saudi Arabia is [turning to borrowing] (https://www.wsj.com/world/middle-east/megaprojects-in-the-desert-sap-saudi-arabias-cash-45478ce5?st=yls01ze3i7gvq11&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) and planning a major sale of Aramco stock. WSJ reporter [Chelsey Dulaney] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/chelsey-dulaney) breaks down the long term tradeoffs that could accompany those moves. Plus, American [food spending hits highs] (https://www.wsj.com/economy/consumers/its-been-30-years-since-food-ate-up-this-much-of-your-income-2e3dd3ed?st=4gsvhczzkbnp3g9&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) not seen in more than three decades. And legendary tech investor Cathie Wood joins others in [capturing profits from chipmaker Nvidia.] (https://www.wsj.com/podcasts/take-on-the-week/ark-invest-cathie-wood-ai-boom-is-real-but-still-selling-nvidia/9203111c-6310-47dd-b1c3-0a6b4ac44e09) Hear more from her on WSJ Special Access on [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/2GrqC2aJq7LVAzG8j90yBh?si=7ce57dd79c17446f&nd=1&dlsi=64837e9a017548f6) or [Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wsj-special-access/id1704056318) . Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#9

Treasury Extends Anti-Money-Laundering Rules to Private Equity

P.M. Edition for Feb. 20. The first case involving what defense lawyers call [“shadow insider trading”] (https://www.wsj.com/finance/regulation/an-executive-bought-a-rivals-stock-the-sec-says-thats-insider-trading-84ef8aae?st=00h1zksw6cdfd9y&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) goes to trial next month. Reporter [Dave Michaels] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/dave-michaels) explains the test it poses for the SEC. And after decades of debate, the U.S. Treasury Department is planning to extend [anti-money-laundering rules to private equity] (https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-rules-will-force-buyout-firms-to-flag-suspicious-investments-2c7d4449?st=8v6qku923ahp2fe&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . WSJ Pro reporter [Chris Cumming] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/chris-cumming) has more. Plus, [FuboTV sues ESPN, Warner and Fox] (https://www.wsj.com/business/media/fubotv-sues-to-block-espn-warner-and-fox-sports-streaming-service-b117e173?st=m3hzgu6z8xofdoa&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) over their planned sports-streaming service. Annmarie Fertoli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Feb 2024

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#8

Capital One to Buy Discover in Credit-Card Shakeup

A.M. Edition for Feb. 20. Capital One’s more than $35 billion purchase of Discover would [vastly increase its power in the payments ecosystem] (https://www.wsj.com/finance/capital-one-is-buying-discover-financial-sources-say-a7c43dd2?st=meusphc9m7atk76&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) currently dominated by Visa and Mastercard. Plus, [Israel gives Hamas a Ramadan deadline] (https://www.wsj.com/world/middle-east/israel-sets-deadline-for-rafah-ground-offensive-within-weeks-0d5d0818?st=uo9u4sjc0uqt7xz&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) to return hostages or face a ground offensive in Rafah. And WSJ reporter [Rhiannon Hoyle] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/rhiannon-hoyle) takes us inside [a recent bust in EV metals prices] (https://www.wsj.com/finance/commodities-futures/the-boom-in-battery-metals-for-evs-is-turning-to-bust-5630493c?st=a7mgfgfdxmmwjtc&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) that’s thwarting attempts to steer supply chains away from China. Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Feb 2024

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#7

Investing During Earnings Season: Your Questions Answered

It’s earning season and many retail investors wonder what moves they should make based on companies’ quarterly reports. On this week’s What’s News Sunday, markets reporter Hardika Singh answers listeners’ questions about the dominance of the Magnificent Seven in the S&P 500. Then, some of our beat reporters take on listeners’ questions on specific companies and industries, including tech, renewable energy and EVs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Feb 2024

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#6

What’s News in Markets: Lyft's Typo, JetBlue Activist, Robinhood Soars

How did Lyft's stock respond to a typo in the company's earnings report? And what does an activist investor have planned for JetBlue? Plus, is Robinhood out of the woods? Host Francesca Fontana discusses the biggest stock moves of the week and the news that drove them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Feb 2024

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#5

Trump Ordered to Pay More Than $350 Million in Civil-Fraud Case

P.M. Edition for Feb. 16. A Manhattan judge has ordered former President Donald Trump and his business to pay more than [$350 million dollars] (https://www.wsj.com/us-news/donald-trump-new-york-civil-fraud-trial-ruling-6447c2cd?st=gy72e8zkabjev6p&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) for misrepresenting his wealth for financial gain. The judge has also placed restrictions on Trump’s future business activity. Reporter [Corinne Ramey] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/corinne-ramey) has the details. Plus, Moscow bureau chief [Ann M. Simmons] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/ann-m-simmons) reflects on the life and legacy of Russian opposition leader [Alexei Navalny] (https://www.wsj.com/world/russia/alexei-navalnys-death-robs-russian-opposition-of-a-tenacious-anti-putin-voice-d7f5ca62?st=6zb4ys3uaeb019n&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) , who died in a Russian penal colony today. He was 47. Annmarie Fertoli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

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#4

‘I’m Not on Trial’: Fani Willis Defends Conduct in Trump Georgia Case

A.M. Edition for Feb. 16. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis testifies in a [dramatic hearing] (https://www.wsj.com/us-news/law/new-york-judge-sets-march-25-trial-date-in-trumps-hush-money-case-2346be87?st=i31tzpsnx5i5v1u&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) as defense attorneys make conflict-of-interest allegations in order to sideline her from an election-interference case. Plus, OpenAI [unveils a new tool] (https://www.wsj.com/tech/ai/openai-develops-tool-to-create-realistic-ai-videos-31f5597f?st=onufe38j0o5ardn&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) to create realistic AI videos based on written prompts. And WSJ reporter [Robert McMillan] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/robert-mcmillan) explains how a new era of deepfakes is [complicating upcoming elections] (https://www.wsj.com/tech/ai/new-era-of-ai-deepfakes-complicates-2024-elections-aa529b9e?st=222234gcz549eo9&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) around the world. Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

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#3

Russia Is Developing Antisatellite Weapon, White House Confirms

P.M. Edition for Feb. 15. The Biden administration [confirms] (https://www.wsj.com/politics/national-security/russia-space-weapon-classified-confirmed-b5beacf7?st=affk4y5y5iog2w2&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) that Russia is developing an antisatellite weapon that represents a serious concern, but does not pose an active threat to Americans’ safety. And U.S. retail sales fell more than analysts had [expected] (https://www.wsj.com/economy/consumers/why-wall-street-expects-an-underwhelming-retail-sales-report-c8f01bbe?st=j6vrextqvb0cndx&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) in January. Markets reporter [Charley Grant] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/charley-grant) has more. Plus, a WSJ exclusive: Egypt is [building] (https://www.wsj.com/world/middle-east/egypt-builds-walled-enclosure-on-border-as-israeli-offensive-looms-e5c12043?st=8jpdyzelnropx0s&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) a walled enclosure for Palestinian refugees, as an Israeli offensive looms in southern Gaza. Annmarie Fertoli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Feb 2024

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#2

‘No Need for Alarm’ After GOP Lawmaker Warns of Russian Military Threat

A.M. Edition for Feb. 15. The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee [warned yesterday] (https://www.wsj.com/politics/national-security/security-threat-russia-intelligence-a1243acb?st=rhqa3r9ws4thx4g&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) of a “serious national-security threat” that people familiar with the matter said related to Russian ambitions to develop a nuclear weapon in space, leading House Speaker Mike Johnson to try and reassure the public. And as America’s immigration influx continues to spark a political firestorm, the WSJ’s [Paul Kiernan] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/paul-kiernan) says a new report finds it could also trigger [an economic windfall] (https://www.wsj.com/economy/jobs/immigration-wave-delivers-economic-windfall-but-theres-a-catch-51085c4f?st=s2imdzi3t8rwc9q&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) . Luke Vargas hosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Feb 2024

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#1

One Dead in Shooting Near Kansas City Super Bowl Victory Parade

P.M. Edition for Feb. 14. At least one person was [killed] (https://www.wsj.com/us-news/shots-fired-near-chiefs-super-bowl-parade-8a4b359e?st=ds9rqr4kw8pewy3&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) and several others injured after shots were fired in Kansas City, where crowds gathered to celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl win. And the State Department is [investigating] (https://www.wsj.com/world/middle-east/u-s-probes-israeli-strikes-that-killed-civilians-in-gaza-possible-use-of-white-phosphorus-in-lebanon-b8fb043b?st=rgq4683ytd11mp5&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) several airstrikes in Gaza that killed dozens of civilians, which could result in new conditions on the delivery of U.S. weapons to Israel. Reporter [Dion Nissenbaum] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/dion-nissenbaum) has more. Plus, health reporter [Liz Essley White] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/liz-essley-whyte) explains why the FTC is [launching] (https://www.wsj.com/health/healthcare/drug-shortages-trigger-ftc-probe-136eca5a?st=qw7xufp5qqzniiu&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) a probe into a shortage of drugs sold to U.S. hospitals. Annmarie Fertoli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Feb 2024

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