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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
    • 4.5, 7.4K 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: 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
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
7.4K Ratings

7.4K Ratings

moremeat ,

Great

Good addition to any feed

BMakla ,

Lost Me 5 Minutes Into Season 2

They start season 2 complaining about people who can’t balance a simple budget. Literally discussing the fact that people will not write down their expenses and balance it against their income to avoid over draft fees, as if this is some evil scheme by big banks. 👎

bastardum ,

All

Michael, did you ever imagine just how many ways and how many of us DJT could kill as you sat in that hospital bed and speculated on the potential for national and personal damage our newly-elected commander-in-mischief could inflict?

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