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Bribe, Swindle or Steal
18 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Drago Kos and the OECD Working Group on Bribery
Drago Kos joins the podcast to talk about the work of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, its ambitious Revised Recommendation, what he hopes the group will accomplish in his final year with the WGB and the search to find his replacement.
24 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Casey Michel with the Hudson Institute's Kleptocracy Initiative joins the podcast for a very lively discussion about his new book, American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History. Casey discusses America’s role in the problem of global kleptocracy and shares some optimism about the path ahead.
27 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Oligarchs in Ohio
Michael Sallah, senior investigations editor with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, joins the podcast to talk about his “Dirty Dollars” investigation into how foreign corruption swamped the very center of America where huge sums were laundered at the expense of the local community. Note: While the sound quality of this episode isn't ideal, we hope you'll stick with the interview for Michael's extremely important insight. Episode resources: Dirty Dollars, by Michael Sallah, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 16 April 2021 Mentioned at (01:00): FinCEN Files, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, 2020
26 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Carlos Ghosn’s “Collision Course”
Hans Greimel and William Sposato join the podcast to discuss their excellent new book: Collision Course: Carlos Ghosn and the Culture Wars That Upended an Auto Empire, published over the summer. The book provides a sweeping review of Ghosn’s rise to executive star status in Japan, his ultimate detention in and escape from Japan, and the cultural and historical context we need to understand the story.
27 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Federico Masera with the University of New South Wales and the Resilient Democracy Lab in Sydney joins the podcast to discuss his recent research, together with Giorgio Gulino, "Contagious Dishonesty: Corruption Scandals and Supermarket Theft." Their intriguing research uncovers a trend toward substantially increased customer theft at supermarkets in the immediate aftermath of local corruption scandals involving prominent public officials.
25 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Flags of Convenience
Tom Cardamone, President and CEO of Global Financial Integrity, joins the podcast to discuss the regulatory and enforcement challenges associated with flags of convenience. These range from trafficked labor to environmental violations and Tom highlights the inherent tension between substantial tax incentives on one hand and accountability on the other.
25 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Leonid Volkov, Alexei Navalny’s Chief of Staff
Leonid Volkov joins the podcast to talk about Putin’s obsessive campaign against Navalny, who was first poisoned with Novichok and later imprisoned. Volkov also discusses the deep roots of corruption in Russia and how the west can support Russians determined to end the looting of their country.
52 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
After You Pay a Bribe: Lindsey Mitchell
Listen to the riveting first-hand story of a Unaoil executive who found himself at the center of a bribery scheme.
32 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
MCI’s Accounting Fraud
Walt Pavlo discusses the accounting fraud at MCI that led to his two-year prison sentence, his book “Stolen Without a Gun: Confessions from inside history’s biggest accounting fraud,”and his second career with Prisonology
23 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
The Smartest Guys in the Room
Peter Elkind tells the story of the Enron financial scandal; it’s a timely refresher on that corporate disaster as the Trump Administration rolls back financial regulations.
37 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
"Thieves of State": Sarah Chayes on Afghanistan
Sarah Chayes describes her time in Afghanistan and discusses the link between corruption and national security.
28 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal
Jack Ewing of the New York Times in Frankfurt discusses his excellent book, “Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal,” and the outrageous fraud and cover-up uncovered by a handful of WVU students.
27 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post describes the sleaze and corruption that compromised the top ranks of the Seventh Fleet.
17 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
An Update on the FinCEN Files
Will Fitzgibbon of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) joins the podcast with an update on last year’s FinCEN Files story, including a prison sentence for the whistleblower who leaked the information.
25 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Author and business radio host Jim Campbell discusses his recent book about Bernie Madoff, his Ponzi scheme and his lack of remorse, based on extraordinary access to Madoff and members of his family and team. Jim's book is "Madoff Talks: Uncovering the Untold Story Behind the Most Notorious Ponzi Scheme in History."
35 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
The New Corporation: How Good Corporations are Bad for Democracy
Joel Bakan joins the podcast to discuss his books, and the films based on them. He outlines the fundamental conflict inherent in companies ostensibly committed to ESG principles while simultaneously driven by a legal requirement to maximize shareholder value. Episode resources: Mentioned at (03:30): The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (book), by Joel Bakan, 2003 Mentioned at (03:30): The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (film), 2004 Mentioned at (03:30): The New Corporation: How "Good" Corporations are Bad for Democracy (book), by Joel Bakan, 2020 Mentioned at (03:30): The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (film), by Joel Bakan, 2020 Mentioned at (11:11): Moneyland, by Oliver Bullough, 2019 Learn more about Joel's work here.
27 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
“Wilful Blindness: How a Network of Narcos, Tycoons, and CCP Agents Infiltrated the West”
Investigative reporter Sam Cooper describes the waves of drugs and laundered money from China crashing on Canada’s shores. Sam's new book is “Wilful Blindness: How a Network of Narcos, Tycoons, and CCP Agents Infiltrated the West.”
23 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Kleptopia at FraudFest!
Tom Burgis, investigations correspondent at the Financial Times and author of "Kleptopia", discusses the increasingly disturbing influence that kleptocrats exert internationally, who enables them and the flaws in our efforts to contain them.
27 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Golden Passports and Visas
The golden passports and visas industry boomed during the pandemic and attracted the attention of policymakers. This week, we’re reposting our interview with Oliver Bullough, author of “Moneyland”, on this shady industry and how it operates.
19 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Using Universities to Launder Reputations
John Heathershaw of the University of Exeter discusses the working paper he co-authored for the National Endowment for Democracy: “Paying for a World Class Affiliation: Reputation Laundering in the University Sector of Open Societies.” He shows how vulnerable universities are to abuse by kleptocrats seeking to shape the conversation, often quite subtly, about their governments and their legacies. Episode resources: Paying for a World Class Affiliation: Reputation Laundering in the University Sector of Open Societies, a working paper by Alexander Cooley, Tena Prelec, John Heathershaw and Tom Mayne for the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, 25 May 2021 For related work, visit the Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence project.
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