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Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

10 episodes - English - Latest episode: 5 months ago - ★★★★★ - 6.3K ratings

Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis (Liar's Poker, Moneyball) takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness—in financial markets, newsrooms, basketball games, courts of law, and much more. And he asks what’s happening to a world where everyone loves to hate the referee.

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Bonus Against the Rules: Help in a Crisis

March 25, 2020 09:00 - 22 minutes

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. Conversations with people who are helping others through the Covid-19 crisis. We’ll hear from a software developer focused on helping the 40 million Americans on food assistance manage their benefits, as well as a teacher on the frontlines of the crisis in New York State. To help those in need, go to Learn more about y...

Against the Rules Presents: Cautionary Tales

November 15, 2019 05:05 - 38 minutes

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 true. Tim Harford (Financial Times, BBC, author of “Messy” and “The Undercover Economist”) brings you stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos. They'll delight you, scare you, but also make you wiser. Featuring original music and a...

Bonus Live Episode: Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell

May 21, 2019 08:00 - 57 minutes

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 talk about podcasting, referees, and the magic of “conversational delight.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

The Magic Shoebox

May 14, 2019 08:00 - 57 minutes

Where is a millisecond worth a million dollars? The New York Stock Exchange.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Baby Judge School

May 07, 2019 08:00 - 43 minutes

Judges now want us to know they’re human. But maybe we’d be better off if we didn’t know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

The Neutral

April 30, 2019 08:00 - 42 minutes

What kind of person makes a neutral referee? It’s not the kind of person you think. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

The Hand of Leonardo

April 23, 2019 08:00 - 46 minutes

The authenticator ref absolves everyone of blame. And sometimes generates money out of thin air. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

The Alex Kogan Experience

April 16, 2019 08:00 - 45 minutes

Everyone hates grammar and ethics cops. Until they need one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

The Seven Minute Rule

April 09, 2019 10:00 - 49 minutes

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 you would like to contribute, visit Katie's Go Fund Me. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Ref, You Suck!

April 02, 2019 10:00 - 40 minutes

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Introducing Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

March 22, 2019 04:00 - 2 minutes

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 fairness can't be enforced? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Malcolm Gladwell

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