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Hell in a Cellphone is a wrestling podcast hosted by three comedian friends, where longtime marks Aaron Benoit and Bobby Hankinson introduce recent convert Eric Silver to the shock and awe of the Attitude Era in WWF/WWE. From “Austin 3:16” through “Ruthless Aggression,” in each episode they’ll watch a pay-per-view and dissect the rise of some of the biggest, most charismatic wrestlers of all time, and reckon with all the baggage that came along with them. There will be romance, there will be ...
 
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The U.S. was once a manufacturing leader in semiconductors. That's no longer the case, given the rise of contract manufacturing and outsourcing, the dominance of Taiwan Semiconductor, and Intel's own design stumbles. But how did it come to this? And can it be reversed by government policy? On this episode we speak with Willy Shih, a longtime tech i…
 
One of the surprising developments in the last year was the boom in SPACs. The so-called blank check companies raised more money in 2020 than they had in the several years prior combined. But why? Why did a year that saw a pandemic and economic devastation turn into such a boon for what has historically been a speculative financing vehicle? On this…
 
Known doggie murderer the Big Bossman sets his sights on the Big Show and his dying father for super vague reasons, but before its all done we’ll have broken watches, attempted murder and dragging coffins. Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the following episodes of RAW and SmackDown from 1999: October 7, October 11, Octobe…
 
We're in a rare moment where chess is popular in the United States. There are two big factors driving it. One is the smash hit Netflix show "The Queen's Gambit." The other is the rise of Twitch streaming, as gamers play online for thousands of fans. On this episode, we speak with Hikaru Nakamura, a popular chess streamer, about the economics of thi…
 
It's been pointed out that, after the Black Death in Europe, real wages surged because there was such a shortage of labor in the aftermath. But what was the structure of the economy that allowed this transfer of power to workers in the first place? On this episode, we speak with Patrick Wyman, historian and the host of the Tides of History podcast,…
 
Economics is all about improving living standards, but rarely does the dismal science deal with social justice or talk about how a lack of it could actually hinder growth. In this episode, UBS Global Chief Economist Paul Donovan discusses how prejudice and labor markets are intertwined, and why discrimination can restrict development. Donovan descr…
 
Happy Holidays to you! Ever wish you could watch wrestling with us? We tried to do just that and it mostly worked! If you sync up your WWE Network with a countdown in podcast Wizard of Oz/Pink Floyd style, you can hear our witty commentary live along with the final match of the Terri Invitational Tournament, Edge & Christian vs. the Hardy Boyz from…
 
2020 has been an absolutely extraordinary year for the economy. In March, we saw the fastest economic contraction in history with an extraordinary surge in unemployment. Now, as the year closes out, we've had a housing boom, an extraordinary rise in financial assets, and unemployment has fallen much faster than most people expected. We spoke about …
 
This past summer, the business intelligence software company MicroStrategy made waves when it put some of its extra cash into Bitcoin. Then, as Bitcoin ran up, it bought more, and the stock has now soared thanks to the bet. But what's the reasoning behind the move? We speak with MicroStrategy’s CEO, Michael Saylor, on why he thinks Bitcoin is the b…
 
We talk a lot about quantitative trading on the podcast, but typically from a rather big picture perspective, and not at the level of actually building the systems needed for trading and data analysis. On this episode, we speak with Camille Fournier, the head of Platform Engineering at Two Sigma, the financial services firm that, among other things…
 
So many of our deep dives come to a head at this redundantly named pay per view from the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock thankfully finishes his business with the British Bulldog. Mankind goes to war with Val Venis over a sock. The Terri Invitational Tournament has its stunning finale. Chyna finally gets sweet revenge on Jeff Jarrett. And S…
 
On a recent episode of Odd Lots, we talked about Intel, and how the former dominant American semiconductor company was stumbling. But big things are happening in the chip industry beyond the manufacturing woes of one company. As it turns out, we're seeing a dramatic rethink of chip architecture, and what they can do, with more emphasis on specializ…
 
It's obviously been an extraordinary year for markets and the economy for reasons that don't need stating at this point. But what does 2021 have in store? Can the current trends continue? We talked with two of the smartest macro thinkers we know: Jon Turek, the author of the Cheap Convexity Blog, and Naufal Sanaullah, the Chief Macro Strategist at …
 
A paper thin story with weird stakes leads to a sea change in tag team wrestling. Matt & Jeff Hardy, Gangrel’s New Brood, take on Edge & Christian, the former holders of that title, in a best of five tournament culminating in the first ever tag team ladder match at No Mercy for $100,000 and the managerial services of Terri Runnels. Want to get caug…
 
It's no secret that some African nations went on a borrowing spree in recent years, tapping both international markets and sovereign lenders such as China to finance massive infrastructure projects. But all that debt is becoming problematic as the coronavirus crisis strains public finances, resulting in a slow-motion debt crisis. In November, Zambi…
 
Episode 96, an inspiring chat with the creative force in Bernard Pearce. From Promised Land, Louisiana, Pearce has been based out of New Orleans for most of his life. A nomadic artist, he's also travelled the world, mostly by ship! He's a chef, poet, musician, and community builder. Learn about his latest project, the Selma Alabama Art House and mu…
 
For years, the IMF was generally of the view that free trade was good, and that open capital flows were also good. But in recent years, the latter view has started to change. Increasingly the IMF, while continuing to promote openness, has viewed restricting the capital account for emerging markets as a useful tactical macro tool. On this episode of…
 
In our first of two deep dives leading up to No Mercy 1999, we explore the continuing rise of Chyna as a top superstar, the depths of Jeff Jarrett’s kayfabe misogyny, and the insane booking decisions the WWE had for every other woman on the roster, making a guest appearance, or just hanging around backstage Want to get caught up? This episode deals…
 
With developed economies still operating well below pre-crisis levels, central banks face substantial pressure to pursue stimulative policies on an ongoing basis. But what more can they do with the tools at hand? And how much do political fights get in the way? On the latest Odd Lots, we speak with Peter Praet, the former Chief Economist at the ECB…
 
For years, Intel has been the pre-eminent U.S. semiconductor company. But lately, the company has stumbled. This past summer, shares in the company plunged after it said it was experiencing delays in the production of its next generation chips. And while most tech companies have been on an absolute tear, Intel is still close to its lowest levels si…
 
It’s off to Birmingham, England for another for another glorified house show at Rebellion 1999. While it does feature a major moment in the Stephanie McMahon storyline and a pretty good steel cage match between the Rock and Triple H, it also has a lot of British Bulldog. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our Midst” by Disco Vietnam Art by Alexis Ya…
 
There are many similarities between cryptocurrencies and social networks. And the rise of payment apps like Venmo make the link between payments and social media explicit. But this convergence between money and social media goes back a long time. On this episode, we speak with Lana Swartz, a media studies professor at the University of Virginia, ab…
 
What a talk with Dr. Kathryn Ladano about her journey with the bass clarinet, and etching out a diverse career in music. From artistic direction (NUMUS), to teaching (Laurier University), to performance and academia, Dr. Ladano is in it for life and making a big difference in helping define modern music. Brought to you by the colour MERLOT!…
 
Traditional quant strategies that try to screen for stocks that are "cheap" have had an extremely rough period. So is this just a temporary setback that will eventually mean revert, or are the existing strategies dead and busted? Earlier this year, Inigo Fraser-Jenkins of Bernstein Research provocatively said he was sticking a fork in the quant wor…
 
More Rock! More Sock! Unlikely partners Mankind and the Rock found themselves teaming up in 1999. Eric, Bobby and Aaron find themselves teaming up in 2020 to talk about it. But can they coexist? Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the following episodes of RAW and SmackDown from 1999: September 27, September 30, October 4, O…
 
Bitcoin has been on a tear lately, but it's been a bit unclear as to what's driving it. But whatever's driving it, co-host Tracy Alloway has given up her longtime skepticism on the digital currency and now believes in its value. This episode is why. We spoke with Meltem Demirors, the Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, a firm that offers vehicles…
 
The politics of taxes are always fraught. In theory, everyone wants to pay less of them and bristle at the prospect of paying more. But it turns out that our feelings are more complicated and nuanced. On this episode, we speak with Stefanie Stantcheva, a Harvard economist who has done deep survey work on how people really feel about taxes. What she…
 
Unlikely partners Mankind and the Rock found themselves teaming up in 1999. Eric, Bobby and Aaron find themselves teaming up in 2020 to talk about it. But can they coexist? Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the following episodes of RAW and SmackDown from 1999: August 30, September 2, September 6, September 9, September 20…
 
Investors have always had to pay attention to what's going on in Washington DC, but this year it's been on a whole new level. Between virus response policy, fiscal stimulus talks, and, of course, the recent election, there's been a huge demand for understanding of politics. On this episode, we speak with Jake Sherman, a reporter from Politico, who …
 
Don’t let the poster fool you. There is absolutely no Undertaker in this show from Charlotte, NORTH Carolina. What we do have is a 6 pack challenge featuring 5 of the greatest superstars of the era and the British Bulldog, the completely satisfying “Kennel from Hell” match that was definitely not a complete embarrassment, and all the drama of the r…
 
Working with such artists as Tool, Nine Inch Nails, even Motley Crue, James Cavalluzzo walks us through his unique career in music, and main project Malhavoc. His love of music and the friendships made along the way are central in every tale told in this podcast full of soulful tactics. Get down!By Friendly Rich
 
This year's stock market boom has coincided with a boom in new listings. There have been plenty of IPOs, numerous SPACs, and an uptick in companies doing direct listings on the exchange. That third category has gotten relatively less attention, but it potentially represents a powerful offering from the NYSE, which unlike many other financial compan…
 
Measuring a company's book value is a classic practice among investors seeking to understand how much a firm's actual assets are worth. But what happens when a firm's assets are not things like buildings, factories, and land, but intangible assets, such as intellectual property and brand value? How does that change the task of analyzing a company's…
 
The IPO of Ant Financial will go down as one of the most extraordinary deals of all time. And in general, Chinese internet companies have been huge winners in the post-crisis period. But what does it take to really analyze the quality of their businesses? On this episode, we speak with Stephen Clapham, a forensic accountant, and the founder of Behi…
 
Just gonna say it: Al Snow gets a little chihuahua friend, and the Big Bossman decides to feed it to him. And then the story keeps going! Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from SummerSlam 1999 and the following episodes of RAW and SmackDown from 1999: July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 26 August 30, Sepet…
 
The COVID-19 crisis has pushed central banks around the world into uncharted territory. Typically when we talk about this, it's from the perspective of the Fed or the ECB. But this has also been an extraordinary period for emerging market central banks. On this episode, we speak with Ruth Krivoy who ran the Venezuelan central bank in the early 1990…
 
For months now, traders have been positioning for a major volatility spike around the November election. But what are markets really expecting, and how are investors hedging? On this episode, we speak with Josh Younger, a rate derivatives strategist at JPMorgan to discuss how he goes about finding signal in the market's noise, how traders are posit…
 
It’s SummerSlam from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and everyone’s here, even former Governor Jesse Ventura! Wait, he was the CURRENT governor? We also get a great match from Shane McMahon and some incredible tag team action from Edge & Christian. Not to mention . . . I’m sorry, I’m still stuck on the governor thing. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our …
 
Central banks around the world are increasingly launching pilot projects to explore the possibility of issuing digital currencies. But how would they work and what would they accomplish? On this episode, we speak with Benoît Cœuré, the head of the BIS Innovation Hub and a former member of the ECB Executive Board. We discuss CBDCs as well as the fut…
 
With just two weeks until the election, talks over a stimulus deal remain ongoing, with negotiations having picked up between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Many of the disagreements haven't been about the price tag per se, but around language on such things as a national testing strategy and workplace liability. …
 
It's been an extraordinary year for traders of volatility. We had the crisis, we had this incredible surge in retail call options buying, and we have the election coming up. On this episode, we speak with Kris Sidial, a co-founder and vice president at The Ambrus Group, to discuss volatility arbitrage trading in this extraordinary environment.…
 
To celebrate the arrival of the Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla Y2J on the August 9, 1999 episode of RAW, we look back at some of Chris Jericho’s best matches before he joined WWE. Here’s what made the list: July 7, 1995 - WAR 95 vs. Ultimo Dragon December 13, 1995 War Super J Cup 1995 vs. Wild Pegasus March 9, 1996 - ECW Big Ass Extreme Bash vs. Cactu…
 
For over a century, tobacco stocks have been among the greatest investments in history, consistently outperforming other sectors decade after decade. But what is it about tobacco companies specifically that has led to this incredible performance? On this episode, we speak with financial advisor Lawrence Hamtil along with Gene Hoots, a financial adv…
 
In the wake of the Great Financial Crisis, you heard a lot of talk about the US becoming like Greece unless the budget deficit were brought under control. However, these warnings proved to be unfounded. That being said, there are risks of a different variety. On the latest Odd Lots, we speak with the economist Michael Hudson on the risk of too much…
 
We’re back with a new one! The road to SummerSlam takes us through Buffalo, New York. It’s so big it takes us from the arena to a service road by the arena to a parking structure adjacent to the arena. It’s all leading to a first blood match between Austin and the Undertaker, and if Austin wins, we will never see Vince McMahon ever again on televis…
 
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