30 episodes

Freakier than Freakonomics. More funny than Planet Money.

Join author and innovation maharishi Steve Faktor for a trek through The McFuture, a world drowning in Avengers, but starved for meaning...and laughter. The show features Steve's provocative, funny predictions and prescriptions for our future - a mix of tech, economics and culture.  Guests have included Larry King, comedian Jim Jefferies, Governor Jesse Ventura, Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz and more. The brand new season features edgy monologues building up to the keys to our virtualized future... You don't want to miss it. Also check out our previous 6-part series on how to solve universal healthcare system - without breaking everything.

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TOPICS: Economics, Satire, Innovation, Comedy, Culture, Technology, Futurism, Happiness, Purpose, Philosophy, Political Humor, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Social Sciences, Society & Culture, Parody, Talk Radio, Talk Shows, Culture of Technology, Faith, Humor, Political Satire, Ideas, Strategy, News

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    • Social Sciences
    • 4.8, 19 Ratings

Freakier than Freakonomics. More funny than Planet Money.

Join author and innovation maharishi Steve Faktor for a trek through The McFuture, a world drowning in Avengers, but starved for meaning...and laughter. The show features Steve's provocative, funny predictions and prescriptions for our future - a mix of tech, economics and culture.  Guests have included Larry King, comedian Jim Jefferies, Governor Jesse Ventura, Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz and more. The brand new season features edgy monologues building up to the keys to our virtualized future... You don't want to miss it. Also check out our previous 6-part series on how to solve universal healthcare system - without breaking everything.

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TOPICS: Economics, Satire, Innovation, Comedy, Culture, Technology, Futurism, Happiness, Purpose, Philosophy, Political Humor, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Social Sciences, Society & Culture, Parody, Talk Radio, Talk Shows, Culture of Technology, Faith, Humor, Political Satire, Ideas, Strategy, News

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FOR THOSE WHO LIKE: John Oliver, Joe Rogan, Jon Stewart, Scott Galloway, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Seth Godin, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Malcolm Gladwell, Penn Jillette, Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr, Tony Robbins, Dennis Prager, Bryan Callen, Thomas Friedman, Tim Ferriss, James Altucher, Adam Carolla, Jeremy Rifkin, Jesse Ventura, Joseph Stiglitz, Larry King, Louis CK, Mike Rowe, Pete Holmes, Ricky Gervais, Greg Proops, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, George Orwell, Leo Laporte, Michael Malice, Dick Masterson, Niall Ferguson, Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Jordan Harbinger

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FOR FANS OF: TED, The Economist, The Atlantic, Forbes, Politico, New Yorker, NPR, Pivot, The New York Times, Psychology Today, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Evonomics, Wait But Why, Harvard Business Review (HBR), Vox, FiveThirtyEight, The Future of Everything

    Riots, Race & Redemption with Professor Glenn Loury

    Riots, Race & Redemption with Professor Glenn Loury

    My guest today is the provocative and fearless Glenn Loury, Professor of Economics at Brown University. He is an outspoken critic of Black Lives Matter and our new 'Awokening' . His dissent is rooted in a lifetime dedicated to studying racial inequality and effective social policy solutions. Glenn Loury became the first black tenured professor of Economics at Harvard University in 1982. He's also taught at Boston University, Northwestern, and University of Michigan. He is a prolific writer and social commentator. Links to his work can be found at GlennLoury.com.

    In this episode we cover EVERYTHING:



    * How far can the Wokeness revolution go?

    * Will we cancel MLK?

    * Why protesters are "playing with fire"

    * Role of belief and truth

    * Can Professor Loury save me from Conspiracyland?

    * Corporate-sponsored racism (with special bonus at the end)

    * Affirmative action

    * Real solutions to poverty

    * The professor's personal struggles and road to redemption



    You don't want to miss this.

    PS - Yes, I know, the production is a work in progress...

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    PPS - Also check out this great interview with Glenn on Reason.com.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    GYMPOSSIBLE GREED: How To Lose All Your Customers, Mid-Pandemic

    GYMPOSSIBLE GREED: How To Lose All Your Customers, Mid-Pandemic

    Ever have the most infuriating customer service call...mid-pandemic...with an executive at a company that screwed you over...and lecture them on customer service? Then, release the full recording publicly, with scathing commentary? No? Enjoy. (Watch the full video here or embedded below.) 

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    Also check out the full Coronanomics Video Series.

    • 28 min
    Covidiocracy + Mourning Glory

    Covidiocracy + Mourning Glory

    Our Coronavirus conundrum has exposed our fragility. In the first part of this episode, I explore the importance of mourning our old lives and how we must adapt. Then I revisit Idiocracy, a member-only episode, on how we've bred fragility into our society. It's even more salient in light of this pandemic. In it, I cover the one thing that will decide if we get smarter or end up watering our crops with Gatorade. And it's not what you think. (Stay tuned past the credits for some bonuses.)

    Also check out the Coronanomics Series.

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    • 33 min
    Did Coronavirus Kill Live Entertainment? (w/Alonzo Bodden)

    Did Coronavirus Kill Live Entertainment? (w/Alonzo Bodden)

    Hilarious comedian Alonzo Bodden joins me to discuss the future of comedy and live entertainment business, post-coronavirus and quarantine. But before we do, we somehow end up slaughtering every sacred cow - from Trump to religion to abortion to guns. Grab a jug of wine and enjoy! (If you're in a rush, jump +40 min ahead to hear about the fate of the entertainment business.) Listen to the bonus episode with Alonzo on Patreon!

    Also check out the Coronanomics Series.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    CORONANOMICS 7: THE AFTERMATH – ESSENTIALISM

    CORONANOMICS 7: THE AFTERMATH – ESSENTIALISM

    So what happens next? What happens months, years, a decade after the pandemic? And what will be our biggest missed opportunity. Steve Faktor shares a few thoughts on our future.

    This 9-part Quarantine Edition of The McFuture podcast explores the economics of the deadly Coronavirus – and how we can avoid the possibly deadlier consequences of its cure – a deep recession, or worse.

    This series will cover:



    * Opportunity – my inspiration for this series: our last recession – and why I’m optimistic we can positively affect our outcomes.

    * Forbidden Math – calculating the coronavirus death toll and $-value of human life 

    * Pass or Fail? – the three measures of “success” in handling this crisis?

    * Jobpocalypse NOW – impact of coronavirus on jobs and the economy

    * Trillion Dolllar Babies – How is a $2 Trillion rescue package even possible?? Where does that money come from? And what else should we be doing with it RIGHT NOW?

    * Quarantips for Entrepreneurs – strategies, tactics and plenty of examples of ways small businesses, startups and employees can thrive, even in quarantine

    * The Future – what happens in the coming months, years, and decade after?

    * Gouging & Hoarding – for Patreon supporters only (Starting at just $5 a month! Join to support the show & access killer member-only content!)

    * ENEMIES – for Patreon supporters only



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    • 10 min
    Coronanomics 6: QuaranTips for Entrepreneurs

    Coronanomics 6: QuaranTips for Entrepreneurs

    Ideas, strategies, tactics, and examples of ways small businesses, startups and employees can survive - or even thrive - even under a pandemic quarantine.

    This 9-part Quarantine Edition of The McFuture podcast explores the economics of the deadly Coronavirus – and how we can avoid the possibly deadlier consequences of its cure – a deep recession, or worse.

    This series will cover:



    * Opportunity – my inspiration for this series: our last recession – and why I’m optimistic we can positively affect our outcomes.

    * Forbidden Math – calculating the coronavirus death toll and $-value of human life 

    * Pass or Fail? – the three measures of “success” in handling this crisis?

    * Jobpocalypse NOW – impact of coronavirus on jobs and the economy

    * Trillion Dolllar Babies – How is a $2 Trillion rescue package even possible?? Where does that money come from? And what else should we be doing with it RIGHT NOW?

    * Quarantips for Entrepreneurs – strategies, tactics and plenty of examples of ways small businesses, startups and employees can thrive, even in quarantine

    * The Future – what happens in the coming months, years, and decade after?

    * Gouging & Hoarding – for Patreon supporters only (Starting at just $5 a month! Join to support the show & access killer member-only content!)

    * ENEMIES – for Patreon supporters only



    Patreon supporters get lots of exclusives & pre-release episodes. 

    If you can’t join right now, be sure to share, subscribe & review the podcast on iTunes or your favorite app.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

NJ807 ,

Great insight and perspective!

Steve's perspectives and comedic twist on topics are entertaining and interesting. I thoroughly enjoy listening. Keep them coming!

DanO'63 ,

Highly Recommend

Love the combination of insight, wit and humor which Steve brings to each session. Even more, in a time of inescapable political banter with each side digging in their heels, impressive how Steve effortlessly slides back and forth on the political spectrum which makes him both unpredictable and highly entertaining.

imafan2017 ,

Succinct, entertaining, and informative

Excellent podcast describing the current state of economic affairs, the underlying causes, and what to do about it. Not to be missed!

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