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A weekly roundup of the most important stories from the worlds of business and finance, hosted by Felix Salmon.

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A weekly roundup of the most important stories from the worlds of business and finance, hosted by Felix Salmon.

    The Weirdo Camp

    The Weirdo Camp

    This week, Felix Salmon, Emily Peck and Stacy-Marie Ishmael talk about the ProPublica report on the tax returns of US billionaires, how Uber prices are changing and what it means, and the consequences of Bitcoin becoming legal tender in El Salvador. 

    In the Plus segment: UI fraud.

    Mentioned in the show:
    “The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax” by Jesse Eisinger, Jeff Ernsthausen and Paul Kiel for ProPublica

    “We Ran the Treasury Department. This Is How to Fix Tax Evasion.” by Timothy F. Geithner, Jacob J. Lew, Henry M. Paulson Jr., Robert E. Rubin and Lawrence H. Summers for the New York Times

    “Farewell, Millennial Lifestyle Subsidy” by Kevin Roose for the New York Times
    “Cryptocurrency Comes to Retirement Plans as Coinbase Teams Up With 401(k) Provider” by Anne Tergesen for The Wall Street Journal 
    “There’s a New Vision for Crypto, and It’s Wildly Different From Bitcoin” by Joe Weisenthal for Bloomberg 
    “Half of the Pandemic's Unemployment Money May Have Been Stolen” by Felix Salmon for Axios

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    Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.

    Twitter: @felixsalmon, @EmilyRPeck, @s_m_i 
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    • 56 min
    Are SPACs Scams?

    Are SPACs Scams?

    This week, Felix Salmon, Emily Peck and Stacy-Marie Ishmael talk about AMC’s meme stock moment and the pros and cons of working from home. Then, Charles Duhigg of the New Yorker and Slate’s How To! podcast, joins to talk about his recent article on Chamath Palihapitiya.

    In the Plus segment: The latest Jobs Report. 

    Mentioned in the show:
    “Employees Are Quitting Instead of Giving Up Working From Home,” by Anders Melin and Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou for Bloomberg
    “Commuting is Psychological Torture,” by Luke O'Neil
    “The Pied Piper of SPACs,” by Charles Duhigg for the New Yorker
    “America’s Cruel Unemployment Experiment,” by Emily Stewart for Vox

    Email: slatemoney@slate.com
    Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.

    Twitter: @felixsalmon, @EmilyRPeck, @s_m_i
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    • 58 min
    Win-Lose

    Win-Lose

    Joe Weisenthal of Bloomberg joins Slate Money to talk about his take on inflation, Exxon’s new activist investors, and Amazon buying MGM. 
    In the Plus segment: Joe on the importance of semiconductors. 
    Mentioned in the show:
    "It’s Time to Talk About Something and Inflation Isn’t the Right Word for it,” by Joe Weisenthal for Bloomberg
    “What Scaremongering About Inflation Gets Wrong,” by Rebecca L. Spang for the Washington Post
    "Daniela Gabor on the Critical Case Against Private Sector ESG,” by Joe Weisenthal for Bloomberg
    "The Texas Winter Storm and Power Outages Killed Hundreds More People Than the State Says,” by Peter Aldhaus, Stephanie M. Lee, and Zahra Hirji for Buzzfeed
    "How the Texas Legislature Could Change the state's Power Grid This Session,” by Erin Douglas and Mitchell Ferman

    Email: slatemoney@slate.com
    Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.
    Twitter: @felixsalmon, @EmilyRPeck, @s_m_i
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    • 55 min
    Male Mass Hysteria

    Male Mass Hysteria

    Edmund Lee of the New York Times joins Felix Salmon, Emily Peck, and Stacy-Marie Ishmael to talk about AT&T's massive WarnerMedia-Discovery merger, this week’s Bitcoin crash, and burnout.  
    In the Plus segment: Future media merger speculation. 
    Mentioned in the show:
    “U.S. Telecoms Decide Focusing on Pipes Isn’t So Dumb After All,” by Nic Fildes, Anna Nicolaou ,and Sujeet Indap for the Financial Times 
    “‘Why the Bitcoin Crash Was a Big Win for Cryptocurrencies,” by Jim Bianco for Bloomberg 
    “The Lie of ‘No One Wants to Work’,” by Gaby Del Valle for Eater
    Email: slatemoney@slate.com
    Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.
    Twitter: @felixsalmon, @EmilyRPeck, @s_m_i 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Blackmail Episode

    The Blackmail Episode

    Felix Salmon, Emily Peck, and Stacy-Marie Ishmael are joined by Brad Stone to talk about the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and his new book Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire, covering things like AMI’s extortion of Bezos, what the single cow burger tells about who Bezos has become, the impact of Amazon’s labor practices, and many more Bezos/Amazon topics. 
    In the Plus segment: Neobanks. 
    Mentioned in the show:
    “No Thank You, Mr. Pecker,” by Jeff Bezos
    “Colonial Pipeline Paid the Ransom. Bad Move,” by Timothy L. O'Brien for Bloomberg 
    “The Deadly Toll of Amazon’s Trucking Boom,” by Paris Martineau for The Information
    “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace,” by Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld for the New York Times
     “Simple Banking Customers Still Locked Out; Parent BBVA Says Its Customer Service Crashed,” by Mike Rogoway for Oregon Live

    Email: slatemoney@slate.com
    Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.
    Twitter: @felixsalmon, @EmilyRPeck, @s_m_i
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Having Children is Hard

    Having Children is Hard

    Felix Salmon, Emily Peck and Stacy-Marie Ishmael talk about the disappointing jobs report and how it relates to falling birth rates, the Bill and Melinda Gates divorce news and Trump’s Facebook ban.

    In the Plus segment: The Peloton treadmill recall. 

    Mentioned in the show:

    “The Great Birth Rate Freak-Out” by Jill Filipovic
    MIT Media Lab director resigns over financial ties to Jeffrey Epstein” by Felix Salmon for Axios
    “How an Élite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein” by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker

    Email: slatemoney@slate.com

    Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.

    Twitter: @felixsalmon, @EmilyRPeck, @s_m_i 
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
772 Ratings

772 Ratings

Ian St. Ian ,

Decent listen

Usually enjoy this show. It’s not the same without Anna, who in my view had the most insights among the co-hosts, but still worth the weekly listen. I appreciate that it comes out on weekends when most others pods don’t. Felix needs to stop interrupting so darn often.

Davehh1 ,

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If Pesca doesn’t return, or at least an update isn’t provided (it’s been 4 months) than this one goes end of June. Destroyed your daily golden goose for some real insignificant junk. Mike is different (smarter) than the Slate regs so that’s it? We all knew he was bigger than Slate so you had to take him down but this was low. That’s why we’re leaving this last show in 3 weeks.

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