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43 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
The Wrong Shoes to Wear to the Acropolis
Bradley returns to the helm of Firewall with some micro insights — about, among other things, the proper footwear for sightseeing in Greece — and some macro observations about the course of human evolution. Are we getting smarter and more civilized, or are we doomed to make the same mistakes over and over again?
28 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
"The Ideas Are Very Big"
Jordan Nof, the co-founder and managing partner of Tusk Venture Partners, and Michaela Balderston, Tusk's head of comms, analyze emerging trends in the VC world. The best new companies he's seeing, Jordan says, "are not necessarily chasing an incumbent and trying to do a specific thing better. It's 'How do we flip this entire industry on its head. How do we create the Robin Hood of the creator economy.'"
39 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Catharine Dockery launched Vice Ventures after discovering that certain lucrative industries — sex, booze, drugs — are out of bounds for traditional VCs. Five hundred cold emails later, she's got a $25 million fund and an enviable portfolio. She talks about growing up in the West Village, where her dad tended bar at the Corner Bistro, and how she learned the value of charm, resilience and doing the dirty work.
38 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Bob Greenlee who runs Tusk's Chicago office steps in for Bradley to discuss his efforts to restore the gray wolf to the Endangered Species List. Plus, he weighs in on the burgeoning movements to clamp down on Facebook and free Britney Spears.
31 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Bezos Blasts Off
Bradley talks to Brad Stone, head of global tech coverage at Bloomberg and the author of two books about Amazon, including the new besteller 'Amazon Unbound', about the excellent adventures of Jeff Bezos.
29 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Revolt of the Reasonable
Bradley lays out his vision of a new political alignment in Washington, with the big fat middle seizing power back from the extremes. All it will take is an implosion of one or both of the parties, and fortunately, they're working on it! Plus, he breaks down why teachers unions have embraced wokeness.
47 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
The Exurban Tilt
How has the pandemic has permanently altered the nature of cities? Jim Kapsis and Molly Turner, the hosts of the Technopolis podcast, join Bradley for a special collaboration episode.
38 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Didi's Woes, Teneo's Follies and the Awesomeness of Joey Chestnut
Bradley considers the most pressing questions of the week; what is to be learned from China's knee-capping of the ride-hailing giant Didi? Who would pay a minimum retainer of $250K a month to a consulting firm that can't keep its own house in order? And could a competitive eater be the most dominant athlete of our time?
37 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
The Buddy System
As fixated as Americans are on the presidency, we know shockingly little about the closest confidantes of our presidents and how they've influenced history. Bradley talks to Gary Ginsberg, the author of the excellent new book 'First Friends: The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents.' Can you name the only president in history who had no first friend? We'll give you one guess.
38 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
The Big Tech Brawl
As lawmakers in Washington begin to make serious moves against the monopolistic powers of big tech, Bradley analyzes the huge fight that lies ahead. Plus, he post-mortems Andrew Yang's run for Mayor of New York and why the future of politics can't come quickly enough.
40 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
The Audacity of Audacity
Bradley trots out an old favorite argument of his — the link between the OJ Simpson trial and Donald Trump's victory in 2016 — and explains what it means for the future of politics. Plus he analyzes the new public choice option in Nevada and the tinkering of gun laws in Colorado as evidence that democracy is not fully broken.
31 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Do Any Big City Mayors Get a Passing Grade on Tech?
The geography of tech has never been more competitive, as companies pursue ever more hospitable places to do business. John Thomey of Urban Tech News gives Bradley the new lay of the land.
36 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Danger: This Start-Up Will Implode
Katerra promised to revolutionize the construction industry but the signs of its demise were evident years go, says Bradley. Plus he breaks down the imminent failure of the progressive movement to land the big prize.
23 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Best in Show
The pet industry is a dog-eat-dog world, but Patricia Machado and Regina Haymes turned their start-up, Pride & Groom, into a hit with a novel concept — reconceptualizing dog shampoo as a beauty product.
41 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
What If Your Brain Lacks an Off Switch?
Hard as he tries, Bradley has never been able to meditate. Living without the New York Times, however, that's no problem. Plus, summer movies to see in the theater, the ethics of running a business that doesn't need to make money, the latest on the Yang campaign and the new narrative driving the NYC mayoral race.
30 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
How to Be Yourself
The key to personal branding, says Kinsey Grant, proprietor of the 'Thinking is Cool' podcast, is never faking it. Strip away the artifice, she tells Bradley, and let your audience see and hear the real you. Her brand is "not anybody else's idea of me. It's just me."
30 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
If At First You Don't Secede ...
Whether or not the upscale neighborhood of Buckhead actually declares independence from Atlanta, says Bradley, all the nascent secessionist movements around the country show us how much our politics must improve. Plus, why we are obsessed with Squeegee Men, how the slow pace of drug legalization is costing lives, and if Naomi Osaka doesn't want to talk to the press, good for her.
29 minutes | May 27, 2021
Beg to Differ
The clashes we see every day on Twitter and cable TV are a terrible model for how to handle differences of opinion, says Ian Leslie, the author of ‘Conflicted: How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes.’ He talks to Bradley about how dissent can make us smarter.
32 minutes | May 25, 2021
The Privacy Headfake
The greater the claims Big Tech makes about privacy, says Bradley, the less we should trust them. Plus, quick takes on vaccine incentives, Breyer, Beto and UFOs.
28 minutes | May 20, 2021
Too Smart to Get Too Big to Fail
Could the secret to longevity on Wall Street be aligning your interests with the common man? That's one of the lessons of Zachary Karabell's 'Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Power.' He talks to Bradley about why today's companies aren't more mindful of the impact they have on the world.
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