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The Super App Dream

Cezary Podkul joins Slate Money to talk Robinhood, UI fraud, and Chinese stocks.


Episode Notes

This week, Felix Salmon, Emily Peck, are joined by Cezary Podkul of ProPublica to talk about his in-depth article on unemployment insurance fraud, Robinhood’s IPO and ambitions of being a “super app,” and everything that’s going on with private companies in China and the stock market in Hong Kong.

In the Plus segment: Payment for order flow.

Mentioned in the show:

How Unemployment Insurance Fraud Exploded During the Pandemic,” by Cezary Pokul for ProPublica

U.S. SEC says Chinese IPO hopefuls must provide additional risk disclosures,” by Echo Wang, Scott Murdoch, and Kane Wu for Reuters

Hong Kong’s Status as a Financial Center Seems Safe”, by Felix Salmon for Axios

The Time Tax,” by Annie Lowrey for the Atlantic


Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.


About the Show

A weekly roundup of the most important stories from the worlds of business and finance, hosted by Felix Salmon, Emily Peck, and Elizabeth Spiers.

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  • Emily Peck is a veteran journalist who has worked as a writer and editor at national outlets like HuffPost, the Wall Street Journal, and the American Lawyer.

  • Felix Salmon is a host of the Slate Money podcast.