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 49 Folge(n) erschienen. .

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 4 hours 26 minutes

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The Uncertain Hour Season 3: Inside America’s Drug War


Thirty years ago, President George H.W. Bush held up a baggie of crack on live TV, and said it had been seized right in front of the White House. The Uncertain Hour’s third season looks at how the policies launched that day continue to reverberate – even as the crack epidemic has faded into history. New episodes start March 21.


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 2019-03-07  2m
 
 

Introducing “This Is Uncomfortable”


We’re hard at work on the next season of “The Uncertain Hour,” but in the meantime, we’re excited to share a new podcast from Marketplace: “This Is Uncomfortable.” It’s a storytelling podcast, all about life and how money messes with it. Every Thursday, host Reema Khrais will dig into the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult. The first episode is out now...


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 2019-06-15  3m
 
 

George Bush’s infamous crack speech, 30 years later


On this day, 30 years ago, President George H.W. Bush gave his first address from the Oval Office. Bush held up a baggie of crack he said had been seized just outside the White House. Today, we’re revisiting our episode about that speech, the events that led up to it and the lives it affected. For more on America’s drug war, listen to season 3 of our show.


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 2019-09-05  45m
 
 

episode 1: George H.W. Bush and his baggie of crack


It was the perfect political prop: drugs seized by government agents right across the street from the White House, just in time for a big presidential address. The reality was more complicated.


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 2019-03-21  45m
 
 

episode 2: What happened to Keith?


One day, early in the semester, Keith Jackson didn’t show up to class. He’d been arrested for selling crack, but for his classmates, that wasn’t the surprising part.


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 2019-03-22  32m
 
 

episode 3: Sentencing


The drug bust and the trial were a “farce,” but the full force of the law still came down on Keith Jackson — and thousands of people like him. That didn’t end the crack epidemic, so what did?


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 2019-03-28  48m
 
 

episode 4: Welcome to Wise County


It’s the deadliest drug epidemic our country has ever faced. We go to ground zero, where “nothing changes except for the drug.”


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 2019-04-04  35m
 
 

episode 5: Supply


It’s not easy being an undercover cop in a county of just 40,000 people. But drugs were making it hard for Bucky Culbertson to run his business, so he made it his business to get rid of drugs.


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 2019-04-11  40m
 
 

episode 6: Kicking the habit


Many people in Wise County agree that they can’t jail their way out of a drug epidemic, but there’s a lot less agreement on what to do instead. And we find out what happened to Joey Ballard.


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 2019-04-18  49m
 
 

episode 7: 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
 
 
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