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Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

Society-and-culture • Business • Sports

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 peopleRead more

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Live Interview 5/19/21: Michael Lewis and Geraldine Brooks

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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks interviews Michael Lewis about his new book “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story.” They also discuss how Michael started his writing career and why growing up in New Orleans made him a better storyteller. This conversation was recorded as part of the Live Talks Los Angeles series and posted May 19, 2021....

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Presenting: The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

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I’m hard at work on the next season of Against the Rules, coming this fall. Until then, I wanted to share a new audiobook from my good friend, Malcolm Gladwell. The Bomber Mafia looks at one of the greatest moral challenges of the Second World War. It’s a riveting tale of persistence, obsession, innovation, and the incalculable wages of war. You’ll hear the voices of gener...

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Dec 2 • 27:11

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