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Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

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Oct 12, 2020

Against the Rules Presents: Brave New Planet

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Introducing Brave New Planet, a seven-part series that delves deep into powerful technologies changing our world. They have amazing potential upsides, but we can’t ignore the serious risks. Hosted by Dr. Eric Lander, director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.
This episode examines deep fakes. It’s getting easy to create convincing—but false —videos through artificial intelligence. These “deepfakes” can have interesting applications in art and education, but they can also cause great harm — from ruining the reputation of an ex-partner to provoking international conflicts or swinging elections. When seeing is not believing, who can we trust, and can democracy and truth survive? 
For links to materials referenced in the episode, suggestions for further learning, and guest bios, visit bravenewplanet.org.  
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Here is a preview of the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries:  Hearing with Tali Farhadian Weinstein.  It’s an interview show devoted to the battle for a better criminal justice system.  Tali is a veteran of the Obama Justice Department and former General Counsel to the Brooklyn District Attorney.  And now she’s a candidate to become the next District Attorney of Manhattan. 
In this episode, you’ll hear Tali in conversation with New Yorker staff writer Jiayang Fan talking about doing justice in immigrant communities – both legally and narratively. Future interviews will include Senator Cory Booker, civil rights leader Ben Jealous, and Pushkin’s own Malcolm Gladwell.
Hearing is a new kind of political podcast, where listeners will hear a candidate’s campaign evolve as she engages in true discourse about the issues that matter most.  
This show is paid for by New Yorkers for Tali. To learn more about Tali’s campaign for Manhattan DA, please visit http://taliforda.com.
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Jul 21, 2020

Against the Rules Presents: Deep Cover

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Against the Rules presents Deep Cover: The Drug Wars. Marijuana, motorcycles, and mayhem. Deep Cover is the true story of an FBI agent in Detroit who goes undercover in an outlaw motorcycle gang and makes a series of bizarre discoveries that inadvertently lead to the US invasion of a foreign country.

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Jun 23, 2020

Against the Rules Presents: Axios Today

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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.
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Jun 09, 2020

The Unfair Coach

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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. 

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May 27, 2020

The Coach Effect

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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.

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May 26, 2020

The Coach Effect

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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.

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May 26, 2020

The Coach Effect

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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.

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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? 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.
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