The Uncertain Hour

In “The Uncertain Hour” podcast, host Krissy Clark dives into one controversial topic each season to reveal the surprising origin stories of our economy.  Because the things we fight the most about are the things we know the least about.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 35m. Bisher sind 32 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle zwei Wochen gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts
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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
 
 

A new piece of the opioid crisis origin story, revealed


We just found the answer to a really big question that’s been bugging us for years, about why the opioid crisis has hit some places so hard while other places have been relatively protected. The answer comes in the form of new academic research, that builds upon our reporting. Specifically, a secret internal marketing document from Purdue Pharma that senior producer Caitlin Esch discovered in the bowels of a county court house. She’s on this bonus episode to talk about it.


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 2019-12-19  15m
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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 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
 
 

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 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 8: “A mosquito in a nudist colony”


This story is also the last episode of our second season, all about who writes federal regulations, who unwrites them and who gets written off?


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 2018-03-08  1h19m
 
 
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