The Uncertain Hour

Each season, we explain the weird, complicated and often unequal American economy — and why some people get ahead and some get left behind. Host Krissy Clark dives into obscure policies and forgotten histories to explain why America is like it is. The latest season examines this thing we used to call employment: what happened to it, why it happened and what a workforce made up of “nonemployees” means for our future.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 36m. Bisher sind 48 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 12 Tage.

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episode 7: Law and Odor: a crime story about orchids, pig smell, refineries and you


There are people who argue there are just too many federal regulations with criminal consequences, that with thousands of potential criminal acts on the books, how can you know if you’re doing something wrong? And that argument has some very powerful forces behind it. In this episode, we look at the issue that’s come to be known as “overcriminalization,” and the debate about what’s a crime worth enforcing and what’s bureaucratic overreach.


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 2018-01-26  1h8m
 
 

episode 6: Who’s regulating whom?


This week, we're zooming out to trace the unexpected ways regulators and corporations are intertwined.


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 2018-01-05  45m
 
 

episode 5: Your regulations questions, answered


First we’re going to answer some of your questions about the stories we’ve brought you so far in this season. Then, because regulations have been in the news so much, we’re also wanted to give you some helpful context for what you’ve been hearing.


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 2017-12-21  27m
 
 

S02-4: The sentence that helped set off the opioid crisis


It's a highly misleading claim. It came with every bottle of Oxycontin for years. The FDA signed off on it, but it’s not clear who wrote it.


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 2017-12-13  1h5m
 
 

S02-4: The sentence that helped set off the opioid crisis


When OxyContin went to market in 1996, sales reps from Purdue Pharma hit one point particularly hard: Compared to other prescription opioids, this new painkiller was believed to be less likely to be addictive or abused.But recently unsealed documents in this investigative episode shed light on how the maker of OxyContin seems to have relied more on focus groups than on scientific studies to create an aggressive and misleading marketing campaign that helped fuel the national opioid crisis...


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 2017-12-13  1h5m
 
 

episode 3: The peanut butter verdict


One of the most surreal, misunderstood and yet pivotal battle over regulations ends here.


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 2017-11-22  38m
 
 

episode 2: The Peanut Butter Wars


They were long. They were difficult. They were... pretty much how regulations always get made.


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 2017-11-10  37m
 
 

Meet Ruth Desmond, a concerned citizen who changed the face of food regulation


How'd America become a regulatory state? We went looking in a D.C.-area kitchen.


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 2017-10-27  9m
 
 

episode 1: The Peanut Butter Grandma goes to Washington


In the 1950s, some food companies were ripping off customers and using additives that haven't been tested for safety. A Virginia housewife went to the FDA to expose the truth.


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 2017-10-26  33m
 
 

The Uncertain Hour dives into red tape


A preview of our new season, about regulations in America.


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 2017-10-03  4m