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Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

By Pushkin Industries  

Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis (Liar's Poker, Moneyball) takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness. It feels like there's less of it every day—whether it comes to lending practices, college admissions, professional sports, or psychological well-being. Who are the people trying to level the playing field, and are they making an impact? Lewis interviews referees (Season 1) and coaches (Season 2) from many walks of life, bringing his trademark insight and wry humor to their stories of (in)equality today. Sign up for email updates on Against the Rules and other shows from Pushkin Industries at pushkin.fm.

Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis (Liar's Poker, Moneyball) takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness. It feels like there's less of it every day—whether it comes to lending practices, college admissions, professional sports, or psychological well-being. Who are the people trying to level the playing field, and are they making an impact? Lewis interviews referees (Season 1) and coaches (Season 2) from many walks of life, bringing his trademark insight and wry humor to their stories of (in)equality today. Sign up for email updates on Against the Rules and other shows from Pushkin Industries at pushkin.fm.

 

#22

Against the Rules Presents: Axios Today

Pushkin Industries and Axios are joining forces to produce a daily news podcast that gets audiences smarter, faster on the most pressing topics of the day. Start your morning with news that matters in just 10 minutes. Host Niala Boodhoo and a team of award-winning journalists will bring you the latest scoops from the White House and Congress, analysis on the economy and insight into the trends shaping your world—from China to AI, and all the forces shaping the next five years. And it’s all delivered in Smart Brevity—a clinical, concise coverage style that respects your time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

23 Jun 2020

11 MINS

11:41

23 Jun 2020


#21

Against the Rules Presents: Cautionary Tales

Listen to the first episode of the new Cautionary Tales mini-season where host Tim Harford asks: Why did audience members fail to flee a deadly fire... despite being told to escape? Flames are spreading through a Cincinnati hotel. The staff know it, the fire department is coming, and the people in the packed cabaret bar have been told to evacuate… and yet they hesitate to leave. Why don’t we react to some warnings until it’s too late? Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/ Tim's latest books 'Fifty Inventions That Shaped The Modern Economy' and 'The Next Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy' are available now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

18 Jun 2020

24 MINS

24:32

18 Jun 2020


#20

Aim Higher

Can everyone be coached — or are some people beyond help? The transformative power of coaching is put to the test as Michael enlists a coach to help him tackle his greatest fear. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Jun 2020

49 MINS

49:50

16 Jun 2020


#19

The Unfair Coach

Back when coaching didn’t do very much, it didn’t matter who got it and who didn’t. But coaching is clearly getting better and better, and spreading into more areas of life, which means it matters a great deal who gets it and who does not. And the people who don’t get it are often the ones who need it most. A professor attempts to teach the art of landing a joke to America’s next generation of business leaders, but will she tip the scales of privilege even more along the way? We see the other darker side of data coaching in sports, when the weaponization of information enables a cheating scandal that puts an end to a promising pitching career.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

09 Jun 2020

39 MINS

39:49

09 Jun 2020


#18

The Data Coach

We explore the quantitative, scientific, and data-driven new frontier of coaching.  Major League baseball is undergoing a coaching revolution from old-school to new tech. We talk to players whose careers were turned around not by a charismatic coach, but by data, and the techies who coach them. We see how data coaching is creeping into the workspace with a computerized conversation coach that has pinned the successful sales pitch down to a science.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Jun 2020

42 MINS

42:04

02 Jun 2020


#17

The Coach Effect

Colleges today talk a big game about valuing diversity — so why are so many of them failing to retain first-generation students? We meet a homeless straight-A track star and her ad-hoc college application coach to look at why it’s so hard to get into college while rural, poor, and uncoached. We go deep with coaches and students at a non-profit called ScholarMatch, founded by novelist David Eggers, to find out just what it can take to get first-generation college students over the graduation finish line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

27 May 2020

47 MINS

47:25

27 May 2020


#16

The Coach in Your Head

Just about anyone today can call themselves a coach. Michael traces this trend back to its source and finds out that the secret to effective coaching lies not in retraining the body, but the mind. We meet the original guru of “the inner game”: Timothy Gallwey, author of the 1974 classic, “The Inner Game of Tennis.” We find out how mental skills coaches only need one coaching toolkit to work with everyone from New York City firefighters, youth softball players, professional musicians, and even writers with a podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

19 May 2020

54 MINS

54:23

19 May 2020


#15

Don't Be Good – Be Great

Michael revisits his high school days in New Orleans to tell the story of Billy Fitzgerald, the baseball coach who changed his life; and makes the case for the old-school, tough- love coaching that many parents find hard to take these days. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

12 May 2020

49 MINS

49:51

12 May 2020


#14

Against the Rules Presents: Michael Lewis in Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg

Michael Lewis interviews the Co-Founders of Pushkin Industries, Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg, as part of Dell Technologies Small Business Podference, Hear what it's like to start a business with a close friend and how Pushkin Industries is navigating the COVID-19 crisis. Find more episodes from the Small Business Podference at https://delltechnologiespodference.com/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

07 May 2020

37 MINS

37:08

07 May 2020


#13

The Invisible Coach

Credit card companies are making billions of dollars off of people who don’t understand the rules of the money game. Can a good coach help level the playing field? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 May 2020

49 MINS

49:31

05 May 2020


#12

Introducing Against the Rules Season 2

Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis (Liar's Poker, Moneyball) takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness. It feels like there's less of it every day—whether it comes to lending practices, college admissions, professional sports, or psychological well-being. Who are the people trying to level the playing field, and are they making an impact? In the second season, Lewis looks at the rise in coaching in American life, bringing his trademark insight and wry humor to their stories of (in)equality today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

21 Apr 2020

02 MINS

02:04

21 Apr 2020


#11

Bonus Against the Rules: Help in a Crisis

While working on the next season of Against the Rules coming later this spring, Michael Lewis has had some conversations that we didn’t want to hold. Conversations with people who are helping others through the Covid-19 crisis. We’ll hear from a software developer focused on helping the 40 million Americans on food assistance manage their benefits, as well as a teacher on the frontlines of the crisis in New York State. To help those in need, go to givedirectly.org/covid-19. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

25 Mar 2020

22 MINS

22:25

25 Mar 2020


#10

Against the Rules Presents: Cautionary Tales

A new show from Pushkin Industries: Cautionary Tales. We tell our children unsettling fairy tales to teach them valuable life lessons, but these Cautionary Tales are for the education of the grown ups – and they are all true. Tim Harford (Financial Times, BBC, author of “Messy” and “The Undercover Economist”) brings you stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos. They'll delight you, scare you, but also make you wiser. Featuring original music and an award-winning cast including Alan Cumming and Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Russell Tovey (Quantico) – and Malcolm Gladwell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Nov 2019

38 MINS

38:04

15 Nov 2019


#9

Bonus Live Episode: Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell

Around the launch of Against the Rules, Michael spoke with his friend and co-producer, the author Malcolm Gladwell, at the 92Y in New York. Hear them talk about podcasting, referees, and the magic of “conversational delight.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

21 May 2019

57 MINS

57:37

21 May 2019


#8

The Magic Shoebox

Where is a millisecond worth a million dollars? The New York Stock Exchange.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

14 May 2019

57 MINS

57:09

14 May 2019


#7

Baby Judge School

Judges now want us to know they’re human. But maybe we’d be better off if we didn’t know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

07 May 2019

43 MINS

43:25

07 May 2019


#6

The Neutral

What kind of person makes a neutral referee? It’s not the kind of person you think. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

30 Apr 2019

42 MINS

42:49

30 Apr 2019


#5

The Hand of Leonardo

The authenticator ref absolves everyone of blame. And sometimes generates money out of thin air. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

23 Apr 2019

46 MINS

46:29

23 Apr 2019


#4

The Alex Kogan Experience

Everyone hates grammar and ethics cops. Until they need one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Apr 2019

45 MINS

45:35

16 Apr 2019


#3

The Seven Minute Rule

The government protects us from some dangerous products, but not from others that, over time, ruin countless lives. Michael has started a Go Fund Me campaign to help Katie finally be free of her student loan burden. If you would like to contribute, visit Katie's Go Fund Me. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

09 Apr 2019

49 MINS

49:33

09 Apr 2019


#2

Ref, You Suck!

Rage at referees is all the rage in professional sports. Michael Lewis visits a replay center that’s trying to do the impossible: adjudicate fairness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Apr 2019

40 MINS

40:50

02 Apr 2019


#1

Introducing Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

Get ready for the launch of Michael Lewis's first podcast, where he takes listeners from student-loan call centers to the courts of Uzbekistan to the new trading hubs of Wall Street (in New Jersey). What happens when fairness can't be enforced? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

22 Mar 2019

02 MINS

02:28

22 Mar 2019