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Capitalisn't

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Is capitalism the engine of destruction or the engine of prosperity? On this podcast we talk about the ways capitalism is—or more often isn’t—working in our world today. Hosted by Vanity Fair contributing editor, Bethany McLean and world renowned economics professor Luigi Zingales, we explain how capitalism can go wrong, and what we can do to fix it. Cover photo attributions: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/research/stigler/about/capitalisnt
 
Big Business is shaping the world in unprecedented ways. Through a series of conversations with today’s best business writers and thinkers, journalist Bethany McLean (co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room) cuts through the hype and hand-wringing to reframe the stories you thought you understood and uncover the ones you didn’t know were important.
 
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Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.

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Conventional wisdom says you can’t get financial and social returns from the same investment. It’s wrong. Join host Bethany McLean and the rest of the team as they travel the country debunking the tension between returns and impact. By identifying hidden investment opportunities that do well on a risk-adjusted basis – and also do good in the community – they reveal how impact investing delivers the double bottom line that today’s savviest investors are looking for.
 
The Perch Pod focuses on bringing first-hand geopolitical analysis from experts across various disciplines. Brought to you by Perch Perspectives, the most reliable and complete source of geopolitical information and international affairs for businesses and decision-makers. If you like what you hear, subscribe to the podcast. We put out new interviews every other Monday.
 
Learning is best accentuated when you learn from vicarious experiences and not just your own. This is a place where Manish Dhawan and Puneet Khurana, interview interesting people from different walks of life. This is our endeavor to unearth the value system and thought process of maverick decision makers from the world of Investing, Psychology, Business, Sports and others.
 
From the worldwide rise of populism and medical tourism, to Chinese smartphones and Nigerian Cinema -- each season we’ll travel to different places and bring you the stories that you aren't already hearing about, connecting them to the current news at every turn. On this show, we’ll continue the conversations from our books with the journalists who know these stories best.
 
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Bethany McLean is one of the world’s most prominent financial and investigative journalists. In this episode, we revisit her masterpiece on Enron, the Wall Street darling that suddenly imploded in 2001. We focus on timeless insights and discuss charismatic leaders, breakpoints, math, narratives, lessons from a day with Buffett, and much more. For m…
 
Last year, Capitalisn’t featured two episodes on the pluses and minuses of meritocracy. Supporters of meritocracy, such as Adrian Wooldrige, emphasize its ethical dimension. Critics, such as Michael Sandel, emphasize the luck component. At the end of the day, it is an empirical question, albeit a difficult one: How much of “success” is driven by ef…
 
Chris Mayer is an expert on stocks that return 100 times or more. In a thoughtful conversation with many company examples, we talk about how to identify 100-baggers and their common characteristics. Chris also shares his portfolio strategy and the mindset needed to reach superior investment results. For more info about the podcast, go to the episod…
 
Stoic philosopher and author Ryan Holiday shows us how to use the ancient philosophy to calm our mind and create a foundation for lasting success. Listen as Holiday takes us behind the scenes, revealing how he not only reads books and what he looks for, but his process for writing and retaining information he can later put to use. He also discusses…
 
One of the most pressing questions in current geopolitical affairs brings Max Suchkov back to the table for this week's episode. Will Russia Invade Ukraine? If so, why? Check in to this week's episode to hear a Russian perspective on the question. Max is, of course, Director for both the Institute for International Studies and the Center for Advanc…
 
Yanis Varoufakis is a vocal critic of capitalism. He is a Greek academic, writer, and politician – as former Minister of Finance, led negotiations during the government debt crisis of 2015. But even as the founder of the left-wing political party MeRA25 (European Realistic Disobedience Front) in 2018, he laments the bankruptcy of today’s left. He d…
 
"Politics is about justice, and power, and the interactions between them." Maurice Chammah, staff writer at the Marshall Project, comes on with Jacob to discuss the criminal justice system in the United States, which is about as political as things get. Maurice and Jacob discuss how we treat prisoners, how we deal with life and death, the origins a…
 
The Knowledge Project closes 2021 with a look back at some of the best conversations of the year. Featuring interviews from 10 of the most downloaded and acclaimed episodes of 2021, this collection of conversations offers a variety of insights into how to make crucial decisions, how to spark creativity, the best ways to avoid distraction, how to de…
 
Year end specials are for the birds. Remember those holiday special shows in the 70s and 80s when networks like ABC or CBS would throw their B-list actors from their shitty sitcoms together in amazingly awful skits, toss in a few "hip" up-and-coming musicians like Captain & Tennille or Pepsi-disco-cocaine boy Leif Garrett as they sing the standard …
 
Increased polarization in America has meant more political homogeneity across our digital, social, and civic spaces. But what about our workplaces, where so many Americans spend a bulk of their time?Associate Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth, Elisabeth Kempf, has new data and research out looking at political alignment within corporate executi…
 
We believe that a multidisciplinary approach is essential for every long-term investor. One of the most practical books we have found on the topic is “An Investment Thinking Toolbox”, by Daniel Sun Zhang, published in 2021. In this episode, we have the author on the show to discuss some of the 11 most important mental models for investors, the comp…
 
What can we learn from the intersection between the fundamental tenets of Stoicism and military heroism? Author and professor Nancy Sherman uses her extensive experience in both subjects to discuss why there’s much to gain from examining ancient Greek and Roman philosophies and how to use their teachings today. On this episode Sherman explores how …
 
Garry Golden hops back into the fray after his appearance in episode 30! Garry is an academically trained, bona fide futurist who's been providing insights to clients on industry trends for a long time. Garry and Jacob talk about the future of hydrogen, the differences between electrification and decarbonization, and why Garry thinks that hydrogen …
 
Jerad W. Alexander is a writer, who's work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Esquire and other notable print publications. He is the author of the recently released book "Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War". Mr. Alexander served as a U.S. Marine during the peak years of the Global War on Terror from 1998 to 2006. His military service took him t…
 
Vivek Ramaswamy, a scientist, lawyer, and former venture capitalist and entrepreneur, has a new book out: "Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam". In this book, he argues that "wokeism" has become a way for corporations to wrap themselves in a mantle, which then furthers the idea of crony capitalism and extends their power into…
 
Michael Mauboussin is a thought-leader on decision-making, the role of complexity in markets, and most topics related to investing. His latest contribution to the investor community is the updated version of "Expectations Investing", published in 2021. To us, the book is a must-read and our conversation with Michael is both an introduction to the b…
 
Paul Rabil knows what it takes to reach the top in both sports and business. In this episode, he teaches us the mindsets to succeed, where confidence comes from, and even tells us about the time Bill Belichick recruited him to play in the NFL. Rabil spent 14 years as a professional lacrosse player in the United States and in 2019 co-founded the Pre…
 
Lewis Lucke, USAID director and US Ambassador, pops in to discuss his forthcoming book and the USA's role in international affairs. Ambassador Lucke served in the US Agency for International Development or USAID for about 27 years. He was a director for at least five different countries in USAID including Bolivia, Jordan, Brazil, Haiti, and Iraq. H…
 
"The Simpsons" is probably the most famous American television series in history. It's the cultural landmark equivalent to STAR WARS, Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer," and Michael Jackson's "Thriller." It's had 33 seasons. Only news shows, NFL programming, soap operas and "The Tonight Show" have been on longer. The show was developed by the legendary Matt…
 
Colin Sullivan is the founder and CEO of Mintgreen. Based in British Columbia, Sullivan’s organization makes Digital Boilers that heat communities sustainably with Bitcoin. This Canadian visionary is attempting to solve 2 crises at once: establishing a stable currency in a world rife with hyper fiat currency inflation and generating heat where it i…
 
The monopoly power of massive tech platforms has thrust antitrust law back into the spotlight in recent years. But while everyone was focused on monopoly power, a handful of academics have actually been looking into monopsony power. Specifically, how employers in highly concentrated labor markets use anticompetitive methods to suppress wages.Univer…
 
Erik Sprinchorn is one of Sweden's most successful investment managers. Our conversation centers around a book on self-justification and cognitive biases, vital concepts for every investor. Erik Sprinchorn is a portfolio manager at TIN Fonder, focusing on profitable growth companies within technology and innovation. For more info about the podcast,…
 
Douglas Rushkoff is obsessed with technology and how it impacts our lives. In this interview, he offers insight into how we shape and are shaped by technology, what’s happening with mainstream media, and some tips on remaining sane online. Rushkoff is an author, professor, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, culture, and institutions …
 
Author, journalist, and Vanity Fair Magazine contributing editor: Bethany McLean sits in with the boys to talk some shop… College, journalism, documentary filmmaking, Enron, the opiate crisis, Bob Dylan, penguins, parenting tips for raising strong, confident, kickass daughters, penguins, did we mention penguins? This one has it all! Don’t miss it.…
 
There are those of us from Generation X in the U.S. that grew up on a steady diet of horror films, underground comix, sci-fi mags, punk and metal music while the rest of the country soaked up sitcoms and disco. It was an era where such preoccupations were not met with wide enthusiasm despite occasional mainstream successes. This, of course, has all…
 
Histories are often relegated to the sidelines of economic study. But what do we lose in our theories when we only focus on the math and models? In his new book, “Ages of American Capitalism”, University of Chicago historian Jonathan Levy looks at the turning points in the history of capitalism and what those moments can teach us about today.…
 
This episode features the eminent Professor Lawrence Cunningham and his book Quality Investing from 2016. What is his view on the topic today, how do you identify quality companies, and what enables them to outperform? Leading the conversation is Christian Billinger, investment manager of Billinger Förvaltning and part of Investing by the Books web…
 
Author and philosophy professor William Irvine goes in-depth on Stoicism, and why the fundamental tenets of this ancient philosophy can provide answers to some of the toughest problems in today’s society. On this episode Irvine offers a definition and some useful background on Stoicism and its origins, the original Stoics, their thoughts on failure…
 
The Buzzards go for round three about the business of marijuana. This episode we get frontline reportage back from our cannabis correspondents and Buzzards-at-Large Brian Jones and Patrick Ryder. They covered the MJBizCon in Las Vegas and have quite a bit to fill in as to the bright future marijuana has in its steamrolling legalization throughout t…
 
Mary A. Shiraef comes to the table to discuss her research on border closures during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as her research on Albania. Interestingly enough, closing international borders did... not have an outsized impact on COVID transmission, and didn't lead to a reduction in spread. Interested to know more? Check out the whole episode! M…
 
Emily Dickinson wrote a poem about recapturing the spark she once held for something that she truly desired. On this episode of FIVE DOLLAR BUZZ we honor that spirit by interviewing two people that have reinvented themselves and are now on the journey of their lives, reigniting that spark they both held years ago as artists and world travelers. Ter…
 
In September China's second largest real-estate developer, Evergrande, missed an $83.5 million debt payment. Skeptics and bears on China have long said that its property market, which makes up some 30 percent of GDP, is over-leveraged and overheated. The recent news has people asking...are the bears right, and could this be China's Lehman Moment.On…
 
On this episode of FIVE DOLLAR BUZZ, we are just a two-Buzzard squad with George and Roger while Pete takes a u-turn down the newborn baby highway. We're up to the task, though, because this guest today is a true blue, dyed-in-the-wool Generation X variation of the Ramblin' Man. We are excited to have Eric Kramak in the house, coming to us live fro…
 
In this episode, we invite a money manager to share insights from one of his favorite investing-related books. Our guest is the brilliant Henrik Andersson, manager of the Global Equity Fund at Didner & Gerge and a founding member of Investing by the Books. Henrik's choice is "The Essays of Warren Buffett" by Lawrence Cunningham, a classic piece wit…
 
What are the best strategies to get people to say “Yes” to your requests in life? Acclaimed psychologist Robert Cialdini dives deep into the seven small things that make a huge impact in influencing others, as well as the difference between being influenced and being manipulated into making decisions. What are the tactics, how do they work, and how…
 
Caroline Rose and Jacob have a discussion about the present - and future - of the Middle East. What are Russia and China's interest in the region? How likely (and how soon) are they going to act on those interests? Why is Turkey in its current position, and will it remain a part of NATO? These questions and more. Caroline Rose is a Senior Analyst a…
 
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