21 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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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: Hasta La Vista, America

    Against the Rules Presents: Hasta La Vista, America

    The news is overwhelming right now. Maybe we all need a laugh. Here's an excerpt from Hasta la Vista, America: Trump’s Farewell Address, an original audiobook parody written by Kurt Andersen and performed by Alec Baldwin. The book imagines Trump holed up in the White House with only advisor Hope Hicks there to run the recording session. It's available exclusively from Pushkin Industries at ATrumpFarewell.com. And it's just $0.99.
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    • 2 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
    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

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Katerina Lom. ,

Thank you for your work ML

I am very grateful for ML and for the medium of podcasts, because I haven’t had time to read any of his stuff for a year or so (time goes by fast!) and with this podcast I can again enjoy his amazing work.

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