What’s News

What’s News

What's News brings you the headlines and business news that move markets and the world—twice every weekday. In 10-12 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.


5/31/2022 5:23:00 PM

Some Prosecutors Say They Won’t Enforce Tougher Abortion Laws

P.M. Edition for May 31. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, more than half of U.S. states could have new restrictions on abortions. But some city and state prosecutors say they won’t enforce stricter laws on the procedures. WSJ national legal-affairs reporter Laura Kusisto joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss.

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5/31/2022 5:43:00 AM

Americans Brace for a Summer of Shortages

A.M. Edition for May 31. Americans hoping for the first normal summer in several years could soon be in for a rude awakening, as chronic labor shortages threaten the smooth operation of services including pools, restaurants and camps. WSJ economics reporter Harriet Torry explains which parts of the “summer economy” are likely to be affected and why businesses can’t just raise wages to attract the talent they need. Luke Vargas hosts.

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5/27/2022 5:47:00 PM

Uvalde Police Made 'Wrong' Call; Gun-Control Groups Stall in D.C.

P.M. Edition for May 27. Police who responded to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, made a mistake in waiting to enter the classroom where the gunman had locked himself, an official said. WSJ reporter Alicia Caldwell reports from Uvalde. Plus, gun-control groups that sprang up in the wake of past school shootings are seeing a surge in donations after Uvalde. Yet leaders say they are making little progress on their goals. WSJ reporter Natalie Andrews joins host Daniella Cheslow to discuss.

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5/27/2022 5:56:00 AM

War in Ukraine Casts Pall Over Davos Summit

A.M. Edition for May 27. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its impact on geopolitics was a dominant theme at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. WSJ’s Europe business editor Chip Cummins has more on the annual meeting. Annmarie Fertoli hosts.

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5/26/2022 5:44:00 PM

Uvalde Parents Question Police Response to School Shooting

P.M. Edition for May 26. Police in Uvalde, Texas, say the gunman fired for 12 minutes outside Robb Elementary School before he went inside and killed 19 children and two teachers. Parents of the victims say they want answers on how the police reacted. WSJ reporter Elizabeth Findell joins host Daniella Cheslow to discuss. Plus, WSJ chief China correspondent Lingling Wei discusses how China's officials are seeking to reassure businesses that have been rattled by Covid-19 restrictions.

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5/26/2022 5:48:00 AM

How Iran Evaded Nuclear Probes

A.M. Edition for May 25. Nearly two decades ago, Iran reportedly used secret records from the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency to skirt investigations into its nuclear program. Laurence Norman, WSJ’s deputy bureau chief in Brussels, explains what the documents tell us, and how their disclosure might influence future talks to restore the 2015 nuclear agreement. Annmarie Fertoli hosts.

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5/25/2022 6:25:00 PM

School Shooting Sparks Grief in Texas, Familiar Deadlock in Congress

P.M. Edition for May 25. Families in Uvalde, Texas, are reeling after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in the deadliest U.S. school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. Meanwhile, Democrats in Washington face long odds in gathering support for new gun laws in Congress. WSJ reporter Rob Copeland joins host Daniella Cheslow to discuss.

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5/25/2022 5:59:00 AM

Why Export Bans Could Worsen Food Inflation

A.M. Edition for May 25. Dozens of countries have imposed food export bans on products such as wheat, corn and edible oils in recent months as prices soar and the war in Ukraine threatens supply chains. WSJ reporter Jason Douglas explains that even though economists warn that bans could have unintended effects, more countries are moving ahead with new restrictions and there is little the World Trade Organization can do about it. Luke Vargas hosts.

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5/24/2022 5:52:00 PM

When Will Inflation Peak? These Uncommon Measures Could Offer Clues.

P.M. Edition for May 24. The most common gauge of inflation, the Consumer Price Index, shows that the average price of goods and services in the U.S. rose 8.3% in April from a year earlier. But to get a finer-grained picture of where prices are headed, economists are monitoring several alternative trackers. WSJ economy reporter Gwynn Guilford joins host Daniella Cheslow to discuss.

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5/24/2022 6:06:00 AM

Georgia Primary Tests Trump’s ‘Stolen Election’ Narrative

A.M. Edition for May 24. Voters in Georgia head to the polls today in yet another test of former President Donald Trump’s endorsement in Republican primary races. WSJ staff reporter Cameron McWhirter says the vote will also test the potency of a “stolen election” platform in the state at the center of Trump’s push to overturn his 2020 loss. Luke Vargas hosts.

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Annmarie Fertoli

Host, Senior Producer, WSJ Podcasts, The Wall Street Journal


Annmarie Fertoli hosts the PM edition of the What's News podcast. She joined The Wall Street Journal in 2017 after more than a decade in public radio: first with WFUV at her alma mater, Fordham University, then at WNYC, where she worked as a news host, reporter and producer for All Things Considered. Annmarie has also worked as a reporter and arts and entertainment editor for weekly newspapers on Long Island and in Queens. Her first print story for the WSJ focused on how the popular video game “Animal Crossing” became a form of therapy during the coronavirus pandemicfor her and many others.

Host, WSJ Podcasts, The Wall Street Journal


Luke Vargas is the AM host of the What’s News podcast. He joined the WSJ in 2021 from the Skimm, where he was the senior producer of Skimm This. He previously spent seven years as a U.N.-based correspondent, hosting The World in 2:00 radio newscast and reporting from more than 35 countries for a consortium of local and regional AM/FM radio stations. Luke is a published poet and an avid permaculture landscaper, and designs detailed video game maps in his spare time.


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