23 episodes

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
    • 4.7, 353 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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    Against the Rules Presents: Deep Cover

    Against the Rules Presents: Deep Cover

    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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    • 40 min
    Against the Rules Presents: Axios Today

    Against the Rules Presents: Axios Today

    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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    • 11 min
    Against the Rules Presents: Cautionary Tales

    Against the Rules Presents: Cautionary Tales

    Listen to the first episode of the new Cautionary Tales mini-season where host Tim Harford asks: Why did audience members fail to flee a deadly fire... despite being told to escape?
    Flames are spreading through a Cincinnati hotel. The staff know it, the fire department is coming, and the people in the packed cabaret bar have been told to evacuate… and yet they hesitate to leave. Why don’t we react to some warnings until it’s too late?
    Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/
    Tim's latest books 'Fifty Inventions That Shaped The Modern Economy' and 'The Next Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy' are available now.
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    • 24 min
    Aim Higher

    Aim Higher

    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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    • 49 min
    The Unfair Coach

    The Unfair Coach

    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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    • 39 min
    The Data Coach

    The Data Coach

    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 down to a science. 


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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
353 Ratings

353 Ratings

Uncle Blah Blah ,

Typically informed, quirky Lewisian story telling

Might be a bit redundant in my subject line, but if you like Michael Lewis, you’ll really like this podcast. It’s full of entertaining characters - including his son - quotes and ironic situations that all support the underlying referee narrative/moral in the story. We all need to do something about the abhorrent student loan situation. If I didn’t know any better, I’d suspect Michael Lewis of being a Jesuit-educated and guilty Irish-Catholic boy...

Negative (geddit?) ,

Always thoughtful, witty and full of insight

I am a long time fan of Michael Lewis from my days working with Herman the German. The title says it all.

cheeky chumpster ,

Enlightening

This is easily one of the best podcasts ive listened too, abd I’ve listened to a lot! It’s incredibly well researched, produced and edited which is hardly surprising given its author and production team, but it’s real triumph is making tricky subjects and concepts simple to understand. I found myself feeling outraged at the unfairness in our society, especially in financial institutions, and rooting for a new kind of hero - the referee. Brilliant.

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