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Updated: 23 Jun 2021 • 213 episodes

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Ben Mathis & Brad Stone 23 Jun 2021 • EN

Brad Stone Takes Us Inside Amazon

Bloomberg journalist Brad Stone discusses his book Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire.  He talks about how Amazon has exploded during the pandemic, how the company’s purchase of Whole Foods proved all the critics wrong, and why the online retail giant is now making a big bet on brick and mo

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Ben Mathis & Malcolm Gladwell 14 Jun 2021 • EN

Malcolm Gladwell on the Bomber Mafia

Malcolm Gladwell discusses the stranger fiction of the story of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.  Plus Malcolm talks about his heart-wren

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Ben Mathis & Jon Meacham 01 Jun 2021 • EN

Jon Meacham on the Roots of the Capitol Riot

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Jon Meacham returns to discuss the early rumblings within the Conservative movement that led to the Capitol riots of January 6, 2021 and why Democrats and Republicans can no longer agree on something as objective as facts.  He reveals that the roots of January 6 go as far bac

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Ben Mathis & Kenneth Burns + Lynn Novick 05 Apr 2021 • EN

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on Ernest Hemingway

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick come back to the podcast to discuss their new 3-part documentary on Ernest Hemingway.  They share their own memories of the first Hemingway books they ever read, the challenges of getting to the real person behind the legend, and what it was like to re-examining some of the trouble aspects of

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Ben Mathis & Jo Koy 25 Mar 2021 • EN

Comedian Jo Koy

Comedian Jo Koy talks about growing up as a biracial military brat, his mom’s immigrant hustle, and his first taste of the spotlight as a childhood Michael Jackson impersonator.  He recalls selling tickets door to door for his first comedy show, encountering racism in Hollywood, and how he's now paying it forward to ot

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Ben Mathis & Melissa Bernstein 22 Mar 2021 • EN

Melissa Bernstein of Melissa & Doug Toys

Melissa Bernstein co-founded the wildly successful toy company Melissa & Doug.  You might think that this happily-married mother of 6, who has created over 5,000 toys which have sold over a billion dollars, is always chipper and full of positivity, but Melissa reveals that many days she wonders if she'll make it tomorr

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