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United States

Every Monday, Josh Barro and Linette Lopez explore, examine, and reject the business of every day life.

Episodes

The Madonna of Department Stores  

Josh and Linette talk about the downfall of Sears and Macy's, and why one will survive and the other will not.

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Abstract Financials (with Nahema Mehta)  

Linette and Josh are joined by Nahema Mehta, CEO of Absolut Art, to discuss how Sotheby's operates and why its facing financial problems.

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Heisenberg's Rental Market  

Josh and Linette join the chaos at Trump Tower to consider how heightened security and the Trump brand affects Tiffany, ICBC, and other tenants.

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Quantifying Your Best Self  

Josh and Linette are on holiday but left a present: our pilot episode! As we close out 2016, enjoy this candlelit analysis of the cult of SoulCycle and what we can learn from their financial disclosures.

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Don't Price the Art (with Nahema Mehta)  

Linette and Josh have some questions about Art Basel Miami, and are joined by Nahema Mehta, CEO of Absolut Art, to find some answers.

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Stocks Popping on a Tweet  

Josh and Linette on market reactions to Trump's tweets and why maybe its not a bad idea to spend some money on Air Force One.

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Not Without My Carry On  

Josh and Linette consider the Basic Economy class on United, and the force behind increased stratification on airplanes.

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Big Pharma's Sidepiece  

Josh and Linette discuss how Pharmacy Benefit Managers are cashing in, and how that complicates what a Trump presidency could mean for healthcare.

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Make America Trade Again  

Linette and Josh discuss Trump's understanding of trade, the likelihood of a trade war with China, and how it won't stop automation from taking American jobs.

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Cheese will Please but Liquor is Quicker  

Josh and Linette talk about how geographic indicator laws are a hard fought part of trade agreements, and why the whiskey lobby will achieve more than the cheesemongers.

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LVMH and The Oregon Trail  

Linette and Josh discuss whether LVMH products should be available on Amazon, and what is more luxurious than Duty Free.

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Silvering in Obamacare  

Josh and Linette talk about why rising Obamacare premiums are not exactly news, and what policies we may see from Washington in response.

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The End of China's Fake Weak Currency  

Linette and Josh consider the effect of a weak yuan on the US economy, and why the New China needs and wants a reliable currency.

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Banking Good and Feeling Fines  

Josh and Linette compare the Wells and Deutsche Bank fines and how, ultimately, you get what you pay for.

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Sharing the Wealth  

Josh and Linette discuss whether our sharing economy is only for the rich, and when being rich is still not enough.

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Trading the Election  

Josh and Linette explain how volatility and stability in the stock market speak to how Wall Street will vote in this election. Linette apologizes to Mexico.

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Giving Credit Where Metal is Due  

Josh hates his new metal credit card, and Linette agrees. But Warhol may have taken a different position. This week, explore the history of credit cards, and the rise of gimmicky efforts to create status among cardholders.

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The Great Diversity Recession (with Sallie Krawcheck)  

Banks are less diverse than they were before the financial crisis. Sallie Krawcheck joins Linette to discuss the problem, and how the Vineyard Vines store in JP Morgan's lobby is part of the problem.

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Orange You Glad It's Not from Concentrate  

Linette and Josh consider the decline in the frozen concentrated orange juice market and how you'd never be able to screw the Duke Brothers with today's futures.

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Mylan is My Copay Pilot  

Josh and Linette explore why Mylan has raised the prices of EpiPen, and how it uses a copay assistance program to reduce consumer pushback.

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