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Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

22 EpisodesProduced by Pushkin IndustriesWebsite

Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis (Liar's Poker, Moneyball) takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness. It feels like there's less of it every day—whether it comes to lending practices, college admissions, professional sports, or psychological well-being. Who are the people tr… read more

22 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Introducing Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

March 22nd, 2019


Get ready for the launch of Michael Lewis's first podcast, where he takes listeners from student-loan call centers to the courts of Uzbekistan to the new trading hubs of Wall Street (in New Jersey). What happens when …

Ref, You Suck!

April 2nd, 2019


Rage at referees is all the rage in professional sports. Michael Lewis visits a replay center that’s trying to do the impossible: adjudicate fairness.

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The Seven Minute Rule

April 9th, 2019


The government protects us from some dangerous products, but not from others that, over time, ruin countless lives.

Michael has started a Go Fund Me campaign to help Katie finally be free of her student loan burden. If …

The Alex Kogan Experience

April 16th, 2019


Everyone hates grammar and ethics cops. Until they need one.

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The Hand of Leonardo

April 23rd, 2019


The authenticator ref absolves everyone of blame. And sometimes generates money out of thin air.

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The Neutral

April 30th, 2019


What kind of person makes a neutral referee? It’s not the kind of person you think.

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Baby Judge School

May 7th, 2019


Judges now want us to know they’re human. But maybe we’d be better off if we didn’t know.

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The Magic Shoebox

May 14th, 2019


Where is a millisecond worth a million dollars? The New York Stock Exchange. 

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Bonus Live Episode: Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell

May 21st, 2019


Around the launch of Against the Rules, Michael spoke with his friend and co-producer, the author Malcolm Gladwell, at the 92Y in New York. Hear them …

Against the Rules Presents: Cautionary Tales

November 15th, 2019


A new show from Pushkin Industries: Cautionary Tales. We tell our children unsettling fairy tales to teach them valuable life lessons, but these Cautionary Tales are for the education of the grown ups – and they are all …

Bonus Against the Rules: Help in a Crisis

March 25th, 2020


While working on the next season of Against the Rules coming later this spring, Michael Lewis has had some conversations that we didn’t want to hold. …

Introducing Against the Rules Season 2

April 21st, 2020


Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis (Liar's Poker, Moneyball) takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness. It feels like there's …

The Invisible Coach

May 5th, 2020


Credit card companies are making billions of dollars off of people who don’t understand the rules of the money game. Can a good coach help level the …

Against the Rules Presents: Michael Lewis in Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg

May 7th, 2020


Michael Lewis interviews the Co-Founders of Pushkin Industries, Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg, as part of Dell Technologies Small Business …

Don't Be Good – Be Great

May 12th, 2020


Michael revisits his high school days in New Orleans to tell the story of Billy Fitzgerald, the baseball coach who changed his life; and makes the …

The Coach in Your Head

May 19th, 2020


Just about anyone today can call themselves a coach. Michael traces this trend back to its source and finds out that the secret to effective coaching …

The Coach Effect

May 27th, 2020


Colleges today talk a big game about valuing diversity — so why are so many of them failing to retain first-generation students?

  • We meet a homeless …

The Data Coach

June 2nd, 2020


We explore the quantitative, scientific, and data-driven new frontier of coaching. 

  • Major League baseball is undergoing a coaching revolution from …

The Unfair Coach

June 9th, 2020


Back when coaching didn’t do very much, it didn’t matter who got it and who didn’t. But coaching is clearly getting better and better, and spreading into more areas of life, which means it matters a great deal who gets …

Aim Higher

June 16th, 2020


Can everyone be coached — or are some people beyond help?

  • The transformative power of coaching is put to the test as Michael enlists a coach to help …

Against the Rules Presents: Cautionary Tales

June 18th, 2020


Listen to the first episode of the new Cautionary Tales mini-season where host Tim Harford asks: Why did audience members fail to flee a deadly …

Against the Rules Presents: Axios Today

June 23rd, 2020


Pushkin Industries and Axios are joining forces to produce a daily news podcast that gets audiences smarter, faster on the most pressing topics of the day. Start your morning with news that matters in just 10 minutes. …

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