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United States

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

Episodes

Trading Away Extra Guac  

Josh and Linette talk about how Trump's position on NAFTA is a big threat to your ability to get guacamole at any time of the year.

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The Luxury of Accessible Art (with Nahema Mehta)  

Linette and Josh talk with Nahema Mehta, CEO of Absolut Art, about maintaining luxury in a mass art market, and how platforms are shaping that space.

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You Are Cordially Invited to Fitness  

Linette and Josh unpack invitation only fitness in the wake of the David Barton Gyms bankruptcy. Specifically, are we seeing a new business model for gyms?

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Are you 401(k)?  

Josh and Linette talk about what's plaguing the 401k, and the myth of the pension-funded retirement.

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Trains, Planes, and Subway Lines  

Josh and Linette dive into the details of Trump's infrastructure plan, and why the new Second Avenue subway in NYC may reveal some flaws.

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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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