Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness in American life through the lens of people who depend on public trust. After exploring what’s happened to referees and coaches, the third season of Against the Rules tackles what’s happened to our trust in experts and expertise. An expert has probably saved your life more than once. So why is it so hard to judge who the real experts are? And why, once we’ve found them, do we struggle to listen to what experts have to say? In this season, we meet oceanographers and baseball writers, nurses and former gang members — people who don’t have a lot in common but the mixed blessing of their expertise. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

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March 22, 2019 2 min

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?

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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.

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April 9, 2019 45 min

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.

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April 16, 2019 41 min

Everyone hates grammar and ethics cops. Until they need one.

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April 23, 2019 42 min

The authenticator ref absolves everyone of blame. And sometimes generates money out of thin air.

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April 30, 2019 39 min

What kind of person makes a neutral referee? It’s not the kind of person you think.

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May 7, 2019 39 min

Judges now want us to know they’re human. But maybe we’d be better off if we didn’t know.

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May 14, 2019 53 min

Where is a millisecond worth a million dollars? The New York Stock Exchange. 

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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.”

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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, ...

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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 thos...

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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 Am...

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May 5, 2020 44 min

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?

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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/.

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May 12, 2020 44 min

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.

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May 19, 2020 49 min

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 firefighte...
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    May 27, 2020 42 min

    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...
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    June 2, 2020 36 min

    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 dow...
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    June 9, 2020 34 min

    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 ...
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    June 16, 2020 44 min

    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.
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