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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: If you would like to send us feedback, suggestions for guests we should bring on, or connect with Bethany and Luigi, please email: contact at...
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4.5 stars from 551 ratings
Timely and Insightful
The SVB episode was timely, landing within days of the entire collapse. The guests along with Luigi and Bethany provided the expected insightful explanations of what happened and how it could be fixed. Keep it up!
12ytu34 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/22/23
This is a fabulous podcast and I always get excited when a new episode comes out. As to the McKinsey episode, I agree with Luigi that the author shied away from many of his questions and frankly the interview part was disappointing (not because of the lack of trying on the interviewers’ part). It...Read full review »
VHXHVH007 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/06/23
For people who seek the truth and are open to changing their minds, not for those who have fixed beliefs and are looking to reaffirm them in an echo chamber. Also, the way Bethany and Luigi change minds is through concrete data and evidence as well as cogent, articulate, and persuasive argument....Read full review »
BFLN24 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/25/23
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