Get an edge with the Hidden Forces podcast. Media entrepreneur and financial analyst Demetri Kofinas uses a financial and cultural lens to help you draw meaningful connections, challenge consensus narratives, and formulate solutions to complex problems—empowering you to make smarter decisions.
WeWork, Adam Neumann, & the Great Startup Debacle | Maureen Farrell
In Episode 200, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Maureen Farrell about the rise and fall of WeWork, a real estate company that was at one point the most valuable start-up in America, despite racking up over $10 billion dollars in losses and vaporizing nearly forty billion dollars in equity value practically overnight.
In the episode Overtime, Demetri and Maureen apply the lessons of WeWork to the broader startup ecosystem, with implications for investors and the general public.
The Asian Financial Crisis & the Birth of the Age of Debt | Russell Napier
In Episode 199, Demetri Kofinas speaks with investor and author of “The Asian Financial Crisis,” Russell Napier, about the 97-98 crisis, its drivers, and the practices & policies that made it possible. The second hour is spent on the resolution to the crisis and applying the lessons learned from that period to today, with implications for the future path of interest rates, inflation, growth, political stability, and most practically, opportunities for investing in the new market regime to follow.
The Memory Thief & the Secrets Behind How We Remember | Lauren Aguirre
In Episode 198, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Lauren Aguirre, an award-winning science journalist who tells the story of a team of doctors responsible for discovering a surprising connection between the use of opioids and memory loss. This condition, first detected in drug overdose victims with severe damage to their hippocampus has since led to a series of discoveries about the nature of memory, as well as the mysteries that persist about how we remember.
Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World | Benjamin Bratton
n Episode 197, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Benjamin Bratton, author of “Revenge of the Real: Politics, for a post-pandemic world,” about how our response to the pandemic demonstrates a critical inability on the part of society to govern itself.
This episode addresses not only how we came to find ourselves in our current predicament of mask wars, urban riots, and institutional decay, but also, how we might go about constructing a world that is more representative of reality and the needs of the moment.
Crypto Ethics & How to ‘Make Money Great Again’ | Hasu & Demetri
In Episode 196, Demetri is interviewed at ETHGlobal by crypto researcher & writer Hasu about his theory of financial nihilism and hyperreality, with a particular focus on how these trends manifest in Bitcoin, Ethereum, DeFi, and the larger crypto ecosystem.
This includes a discussion about crypto ethics and the importance of moral accountability, particularly among some of Bitcoin’s most outspoken promoters.
You can follow Demetri on Twitter at @kofinas, Hasu at @hasufl, and ETHGlobal at @ETHGlobal.
Mental Immunity & the Search for a Better Way to Think | Andy Norman
In Episode 195, Demetri Kofinas speaks with philosopher Andy Norman about how mental immunity works and how epidemics of nonsense spread by exploiting loopholes in the chain of reasoning that most of us rely on in order to make sense of reality and come to consensus about the nature of the world around us.
The Overtime includes conversations about spirituality, “mattering theory,” as well as a discussion about how to build up our mental immunity so that we can become better and more responsible think
Provides insight to the topics that interest me
I love the hidden forces podcast and, because of the consistent quality of the show, I am now a paid subscriber. If you want to explore topics related to finance, global politics, and the likes this is the podcast for you. The deep dives and interviews with experts help build your view of how some of the biggest complexities of our times work and point you to sources if you care to explore these topics more. Highly recommend!
Always insightful and informative
Overall, it’s a solid podcast. The worst part by far is the intro and music, it’s absolutely horrendous. Other than that, the conversations are interesting and quite nuanced, but I think listeners should always think for themselves and take into consideration who the person being interviewed is and what their intentions are. After all, everyone has an agenda.