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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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Against the Rules with Michael Lewis Pushkin Industries

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 631 Ratings

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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    The Coach Effect

    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.


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    • 47 min
    The Coach in Your Head

    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.


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    • 54 min
    Don't Be Good – Be Great

    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.
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    • 49 min
    Against the Rules Presents: Michael Lewis in Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg

    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.

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    • 37 min
    The Invisible Coach

    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?
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    • 49 min
    Introducing Against the Rules Season 2

    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.
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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
631 Ratings

631 Ratings

WwHG10 ,

Totally amazing

The story telling and content is absolutely 5 stars.

mkesten ,

Unusual psychology show

There are many psychology podcasts these days. One of my favourites was the now defunct (I believe) Dan Ariely podcast Predictably Irrational (based on his book). But Michael Lewis is such a good storyteller in writing that I had to try his podcast. Fortunately, his humour translates to the audio format, he keeps his natural sarcasm in check, and he nibbles at the edge of good society. What’s not to like here? I still consider “Liar’s Poker” up there with Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” as among the funniest books I have ever read.

HeleneNan ,

Against the Rules

Great!

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