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Politics in America is transforming. We’re embarking on a new series to deepen our understanding of who we are, how we got here, and how we rebuild without repeating the mistakes of the past. Ron Steslow hosts academics, behavioral economists, social psychologists, politicos, philosophers, anthropologists, journalists, poets, and storytellers—and more—to discuss America’s political present and future and dive into the deeper problems we face as a nation. Email us questions or comments: podca ...
 
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How to Start a Startup

Y Combinator and Stanford University: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman & more

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Sam Altman and the folks from Y Combinator offer up an amazing course in "How To Start A Startup" at Stanford. Course includes lectures from: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman, Keith Rabois, Ben Horowitz, Marissa Mayer, Hosian Rahman, Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy, and more
 
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To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus National security writer and Georgetown University adjunct professor Molly McKew and political strategist Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important (international) stories of the week: (01:35) China and their …
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Steven Fradkin, president of Northern Trust's wealth management business unit, which has $355 billion in assets under management. Fradkin was previously chief financial officer and head of international business at Northern Trust, among other roles. He has been a member of the corporation’s man…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Edwin Conway, the global head of BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). BAI, one of the fastest-growing parts of the investment giant BlackRock – which is itself the world’s largest asset manager, with $9.46 trillion in assets under management – manages more than $300 billion and has more than …
 
To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus In the second part of this two-episode conversation, Stanford Professors Mehran Sahami and Jeremy Weinstein join Ron Steslow to discuss their book System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot. (07:11) The modern day trolley problem (16:54) Reorienting invention towar…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Political strategists Lucy Caldwell and Simon Rosenberg join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:35) Steve Bannon’s indictment for Contempt of Congress (21:17 Beto O’Rourke’s 2022 campaign and ho…
 
To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus In this two-episode conversation, Stanford Professors Mehran Sahami and Jeremy Weinstein join Ron Steslow to discuss their book System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot. (05:42) Why they decided to write their book (10:56) How venture capital has shaped Silicon V…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Political strategists Lucy Caldwell and Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:35) The growing list of subpoenas issued by the January 6th Committee (21:08) The Bipartisan Infrastru…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Robin Wigglesworth, who is the global finance correspondent for the Financial Times and author of the just-published “Trillions: How a Band of Wall Street Renegades Invented the Index Fund and Changed Finance Forever.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Former presidential candidate and Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina joins Ron Steslow to discuss how short-term gains have gotten preferential treatment over long-term planning and success. (04:39) The differences between short-term vs. long-term (07:02) Expecting quick fixes to long-term …
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Markel Corp. co-chief executive officer Thomas S. Gayner. Gayner oversees investing activities for the company — which boasts a capital portfolio of $27 billion — as well as the Markel Ventures companies. He also serves on the boards of Colfax Corp., Graham Holdings Co., Cable One Inc. and Davi…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Social policy expert Lanae Erickson and national security writer and Georgetown University adjunct professor Molly McKew join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:35) The results of this week’s el…
 
To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Former Congressman and former Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Steve Israel sits down with Ron Steslow to discuss what Democrats must learn from the 2020 election and what they must do to have a shot at maintaining their majorities in 2022. (01:59)The balance …
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Political strategist Lucy Caldwell and communications expert Susan Del Percio join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:25) The latest in the Facebook whistleblower documents (20:26) The Republica…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Lisa Jones, who leads the $100 billion U.S. arm of the French asset management giant Amundi, which has more than $2 trillion in assets under management globally. In addition to serving as president and chief executive officer of Amundi US Inc., Jones is president of Amundi Distributor US Inc., …
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, a tech executive and entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience founding, scaling and advising companies. She is founder and chair of theBoardlist, a premium talent marketplace, and author of the recent Wall Street Journal bestseller "Choose Possibility: Take…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Social policy expert Lanae Erickson and political strategist Frank Sadler join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:39) The Democratic House members retiring before the 2022 midterms (18:37)The St…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Soraya Darabi, who is co-founder and general partner at TMV, an early-stage venture firm which has funded a broad range of startups. Darabi is also the founder of Transact Global and host of the podcast "Business Schooled." She previously served as manager of digital partnerships and social med…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Democratic strategist Liz Gilbert and political strategist Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:45) The January 6th Committee ramps up pressure on subpoenaed Trump allies (14:30) …
 
To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus National security writer and Georgetown University adjunct professor Molly McKew joins Ron Steslow to break down some of the most important international news stories: (01:50) The U.S., U.K., and Australian security partnership and the submarine deal that angered the French. (17:08) …
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Communications Strategists Susan Del Percio and Eric Koch join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:27) The Facebook whistleblower’s 60 Minutes interview and testimony before congress (21:12) Dona…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Chamath Palihapitiya, the founder and CEO of Social Capital LP, which backs breakthrough companies in areas such as health care, education, climate change and space. Prior to founding Social Capital, Palihapitiya was a member of Facebook's senior executive team. He is also owner and director of…
 
To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus In this two-episode conversation, Professor of National Security Affairs Tom Nichols joins Ron Steslow to discuss who is really to blame for the crisis in American democracy—and what we can do about it. (00:50) The “horseshoe theory” (06:56) Why globalization isn’t the boogeyman we t…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Jack Schwager, an expert in futures and hedge funds and co-founder and chief research officer of FundSeeder. Schwager has also written many books, including the "Market Wizards" series; his most recent is "Unknown Market Wizards: The Best Traders You’ve Never Heard Of." Learn more about your ad…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus National security writer and Georgetown University adjunct professor Molly McKew and political strategist Lucy Caldwell join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:30)The ongoing debates over passin…
 
To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus In this two-episode conversation, Professor of National Security Affairs Tom Nichols joins Ron Steslow to discuss who is really to blame for the crisis in American democracy—and what we can do about it. (01:43) Why it was difficult to write this book (06:38) The feeling that we’re li…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Communications expert Susan Del Percio and political strategist Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:42)The newest form of single issue voters and the rifts in the Republican part…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Hubert Joly, who earned a host of accolades during his tenure as chairman and CEO of Best Buy, and is currently a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School. Joly's new book is "The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism." Learn more about your ad-choices at htt…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Campbell Harvey, a Duke University finance professor whose courses have included “Innovation and Cryptoventures” and “Blockchain Business Models.” Dr. Harvey is also a research associate at NBER and a partner and senior adviser at Research Affiliates LLC, which oversees over $180 billion in cli…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Social policy expert Lanae Erickson and political strategist Lucy Caldwell join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:47) President George W. Bush on 9/11 and January 6 (20:01) The new democracy pr…
 
To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Poler Family Professor and chair of the psychology department at Amherst College Dr. Catherine Sanderson joins Ron Steslow to talk about happiness and how to harness the power of a positive mindset. (02:49) The negative connotation of the “power of positive thinking” and adopting a g…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Jack Devine, a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency and the founding partner and president of the international risk consulting firm The Arkin Group. Devine is also the author of “Spymaster’s Prism: The Fight Against Russian Aggression” and “Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s S…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content (including the TAPPED episode with David Becker), visit: https://politicology.com/plus Former DNC president Liz Gilbert and Lincoln Project co-founder Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:41) The fever pitch across Am…
 
To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Political strategist Lucy Caldwell joins Ron Steslow to answer Politicology listeners’ questions: (00:24) What can be done about Fox News and right wing media lies? (06:04) What happens if we “lose” and democracy fails? (15:43) How do caucuses affect the legislative process? Have a q…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Tiedemann Advisors managing director Robert Hormats, whose decades of experience in international trade and investment have brought him to posts in Western Europe, China, India, Russia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Prior to his work with Tiedemann Advisors, Hormats spent 25 years at Gold…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Political strategist Lucy Caldwell and attorney George Conway join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: (01:32) The political fallout from the Afghanistan withdrawal: how Republicans are reacting, and…
 
To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus National security writer and researcher Molly McKew and Fmr. Senior CIA Official and author Marc Polymeropoulos continue their conversation with host Ron Steslow about America’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the role of the Biden and Trump administrations. (01:03) Democ…
 
To unlock exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus National security writer and researcher Molly McKew and fmr. senior CIA official and author Marc Polymeropoulos join host Ron Steslow to discuss the chaos and catastrophe in Afghanistan. (03:10) Molly’s and Marc’s unique vantage points on Afghanistan (14:33) Putting Afghanistan in co…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Joan Solotar, who is the global head of private wealth solutions at Blackstone, which has $684 billion in assets under management. Solotar also serves on Blackstone's management committee, and is a member of the board of trustees of East Harlem Tutorial Program and East Harlem Scholars Academie…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Communications expert Susan Del Percio and political strategist Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to look at some of the most important stories of the week: *Note: A full episode on Afghanistan will be published on Politicology on Septembe…
 
To unlock exclusive premium content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Photographer Gabriella Demczuk walks listeners through her firsthand account of the January 6, 2021 insurrection, from Donald Trump’s “Stop The Steal” rally on the National Mall to the gallery of the House chamber as rioters breached the Capitol. (03:01) Getting the assignmen…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Fran Kinniry, who is global head of private investments at the $7 trillion Vanguard Group. During his more than two-decade tenure at Vanguard, Kinniry helped create the concept of advisor's alpha, and was previously principal in the investment strategy group and global head of portfolio constru…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Political strategist Lucy Caldwell and reporter Ben Jacobs join Ron Steslow to look at the most important stories of the week: (01:39) Biden’s speech, who’s to blame for the bungled Afghanistan withdrawal, and lessons learned after 20…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Greg Becker, who is the chief executive officer of Silicon Valley Bank — the only bank dedicated to the global innovation sector — and president and CEO of SVB Financial Group. Greg joined SVB in 1993 and has served as CEO since 2011; he previously held various senior positions including co-fou…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Cuban-American attorney and ‘No Labels’ vice chairman Al Cardenas and social policy expert Lanae Erickson join Ron Steslow to look at the top stories of the week: (02:08) Hurdles in the House for the trillion-dollar bipartisan infrast…
 
To access this episode’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Fmr. Senior CIA Official Marc Polymeropoulos and author of Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA joins Ron Steslow to discuss Havana Syndrome, his struggle for treatment, and what he learned about leadership in 26 year…
 
To access this week’s Politicology+ segment and unlock more exclusive content, visit: https://politicology.com/plus Political strategist Lucy Caldwell and former Congresswoman Katie Hill join Ron Steslow to look at the top stories of the week: (02:02) New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed crimes, and Cuomo doub…
 
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Sandy Rattray, who co-invented the VIX index and is chief investment officer at Man Group, which has more than $125 billion in assets under management. Rattray is also co-author of the recent book "Strategic Risk Management: Designing Portfolios and Managing Risk." Learn more about your ad-choi…
 
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