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4 days ago
BIG Tech: For Better or Worse
Mamoon Hamid, Partner at the Silicon Valley colossus Kleiner Perkins, joins the show to discuss the hegemony of Big Tech—and the state of venture capital during the crises of 2020.
Jul 17, 2020
School's Out For...?
Mere months after COVID-19 blindsided the nation, K-12 schools across the country are grappling with how (and when, and how much) to re-open. Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton and 2019 National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson join the show to discuss logistics, equity, and creative solutions for educating students during a pandemic.
Jul 17, 2020
NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik on journalism's year of consternation -- from newsroom revolts over social media and in the press; to the digital disruption of public radio; to Wall Street's unprecedented control of (shrinking) newspapers.
Jul 10, 2020
How the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Died
What is the business backstory behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project? We hear from Virginia Mercury environment and energy reporter Sarah Vogelsong and Richard Walker, a member of the historically Black Union Hill community.
Jul 8, 2020
The Mina Kimes Journey
Mina Kimes on making a name for herself as an investigative writer amid the magazine industry's decline -- and then the candor and risk-taking that landed her big-time at ESPN.
Jul 3, 2020
Richard Haass, Around the Globe
Veteran diplomat and President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass joins the show to talk about global challenges, what’s needed to meet those challenges, and his book The World: A Brief Introduction. Plus: a sneak peek at VPM's new podcast Resettled.
Jun 26, 2020
Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on 2020's Epidemics
Before Covid-19, the U.S. was already facing a number of public health crises. Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy joins the show to talk about the pandemic, the U.S. response, and the root cause of other American epidemics: loneliness.
Jun 19, 2020
Meanwhile, Election 2020...
A year that started with Pres. Trump riding a 50-year low in unemployment has devolved into a summer of pandemic, protests and the worst economy in a generation. The White House and Senate are up for grabs in November. Washington Week's Robert Costa and VOX's Jane Coaston discuss the many the moving parts.
Jun 12, 2020
Mythology and the Monuments
For as long as Richmond’s Jim Crow-era Confederate monuments existed, there have been calls for their removal. The Atlantic's Adam Serwer and historian Dr. Julian Hayter join the show to talk about how the myths behind the monuments and the movement to bring them down.
Jun 10, 2020
Superpower Showdown: The U.S. vs China
Bob Davis and Lingling Wei of the Wall Street Journal on their new book, Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War
Jun 5, 2020
Disinformation and 2020
In this time of pandemic, protests, and a presidential election, how can civil society protect itself from the spread of disinformation on social media? We're joined by Siva Vaidhynathan, Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia and author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy, and Celeste Headlee, public radio journalist and author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter.
May 29, 2020
While the pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of the industrial-agricultural supply chain, could the buy-local food and farms movement offer a promising future for our food supply?
May 24, 2020
The Long Con of Whitey Bulger
Bestselling investigative journalist Casey Sherman on his new book with Dave Wedge -- Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture and Killing of America's Most Wanted Crime Boss. Notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's criminal career spanned much of the 20th century, culminating in his 2011 capture and 2018 prison assassination at the age of 89.
May 22, 2020
Grit and the COVID Graduate
High school seniors are reassessing their college plans, and this spring’s college graduates are entering the most punishing labor market in memory. With so much uncertainty, what can young people do to thrive? Linda Kaplan Thaler, co-author of Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary, offers advice on how this generation’s young leaders can rise to the challenges of a COVID-19 economy.
May 15, 2020
It's Not Easy Being Green
How will Covid-19 and its economic and oil crises affect record gains made in clean energy? Eric Roston, Sustainability Editor at Bloomberg, joins the show to help answer that question. Plus, a conversation with Founder and CEO of solar-powered product manufacturer SolarMill.
May 13, 2020
Swish Upon A Star
Kara Swisher, veteran Silicon Valley correspondent, on Big Tech's unprecedented hegemony; her BoomTown journey from the Wall Street Journal to multi-platform entrepreneurship; the reinvention of the NY Times and Bill Gates; the minds of Bezos and Musk. We discussed it all.
May 9, 2020
The Great Reset
After all the retail bankruptcies and farewell letters from restaurants and cafes, what are we looking at after the worst of Covid-19? Business Insider's Hayley Peterson and Richmond BizSense's Michael Schwartz give us a picture of the retail landscape. Plus, a eulogy for a giant of American retail.
May 7, 2020
Caleb Silver, editor-in-chief of Investopedia and CNN's former head of U.S. business news, on markets in the time of Covid-19. We discussed investor anxiety, oil's collapse, Jeff Bezos's swagger, the Fed's crisis toolkit and much more.
May 1, 2020
What's This Market Trying to Tell Us?
Host Roben Farzad talks with a veteran investor at one of the country's biggest brokerage firms about the unprecedented divergence of the stock market and the coronavirus economy.
Apr 27, 2020
It Takes a Region
How leaders in Central Virginia are thinking about and addressing food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis.
Apr 23, 2020
Earnestly, Soledad O'Brien
The award-winning TV journalist on finding -- and asserting -- her true voice. So much for pre-med at Harvard...
Apr 17, 2020
Back by popular demand: Prof. Sree Sreenivasan, the globally connected digital mentor, on what you can be doing right now -- in the teeth of the jobs crisis -- to reinforce and expand your professional network and profile. He joined from his apartment in Manhattan.
Apr 12, 2020
Small Businesses, Huge Needs
As COVID-19 spreads to more communities across the country, small businesses are asking how they can stay afloat. What are the options? On this week’s show, Roben Farzad talks with two Richmond business owners and a national small business expert.
Apr 8, 2020
A Truly International Pandemic
Morgan Till, PBS NewsHour's senior foreign affairs producer, on the many international crises emanating from the pandemic. We discussed crude oil's collapse and OPEC; China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Italy, Venezuela; refugees at high risk in sub-Saharan Africa; creeping authoritarianism.
Mar 29, 2020
Delivery, Drive-Thru or Bust
How restaurants -- big, small, fast, casual, fine, "ghost kitchens" -- are scrambling to reinvent in the Pandemic of 2020. Our guest is Adam Chandler, the former Atlantic writer who authored the book Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey through the Heart of America's Fast-Food Kingdom.
Mar 20, 2020
Brand Federation's Kelly O'Keefe and Matt Williams on the rise of the "Independence Economy" from the embers of the Great Recession -- and how a far more flexible workforce will evolve from the unprecedented pandemic of 2020.
Mar 13, 2020
The Panic of 2020
Dalal Salomon and John Harper of Salomon & Ludwin -- a top-ranked financial advisory founded during the Great Recession -- on their approach to the unprecedented dual health-and-financial crisis of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 6, 2020
Markets Meet the Coronavirus
Reuters Money editor Lauren Young on how the coronavirus outbreak is coursing through the global economy and markets.
Feb 28, 2020
From Big Tobacco to Big Nicotine
UVA history professor Sarah Milov (The Cigarette: A Political History) and pediatrician Dr. Danny Avula, director of Richmond's health department, on the public-health and policy implications of Big Tobacco's pivot to vaping, heat-not-burn and other newfangled nicotine-delivery devices.
Feb 13, 2020
A Figure of Hope
Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton has been fighting the odds ever since he was adopted as a newborn. Now in his 60s, he has fought cancer and dedicated his life to helping others struggling with illness and loss. As an author. Businessman. Advocate. Philanthropist.
Feb 7, 2020
The Battle of Navy Hill
VPM city hall reporter Roberto Roldan and Richmond For All's Chelsea Higgs Wise on how an ambitious public-private plan to replace Richmond's decrepit Coliseum both divided and united the city.
Jan 30, 2020
The Journey of Jorge Valdes
A poor Cuban immigrant's journey from honors student and star at the Federal Reserve Bank of Miami to obscene wealth with the Medellin cocaine cartel; to torture and federal prison; to a PhD and book publishing.
Jan 24, 2020
Making BizSense of It All
Richmond BizSense editor Michael Schwartz on scaling the digital journalism upstart; the Navy Hill debate; #RVADine; donuts; Scotts Addition; Manchester; Publix and much more.
Jan 17, 2020
The Reinvention of Mike Ledesma
Quits the grind of brokerage life; goes surfing in Hawaii; aces culinary school; washes dishes; busts tail at various restaurants in Honolulu, Baltimore, West Virginia and Richmond -- working up to opening his very own, Perch, in the ruins of an ancient Chinese restaurant. How Chef Mike Ledesma hustled.
Jan 10, 2020
Richmond, VA mayor Levar Stoney on his 2020 agenda. We discussed Monument Avenue, Navy Hill, schools, poverty, housing and the state of the Democrats in Virginia -- and nationally, into the presidential election.
Dec 19, 2019
In Studio with Silversun Pickups
The evolution of Silversun Pickups, the LA band that went from gigging for lunch money to registering 10 Top 20 hits on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart -- on top of selling over a million records in the US. Founding members Brian and Nikki perform an acoustic set at RVA's RainMaker Studios. Footage to come...
Dec 10, 2019
The Life of Chika
Bestselling author Mitch Albom on his latest, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake and the Making of a Family -- which documents his life-changing experience as guardian for a sick orphan from Haiti.
Dec 5, 2019
The Vann Back to RVA
His great-grandfather in segregated Richmond labored at the Jefferson Hotel's old carriage house. That same building now houses the Brandcenter, where Madison Ave. veteran Vann Graves is executive director. We discuss his career journey, the advertising industry and creativity-on-demand amid the dominance of mobile platforms.
Nov 27, 2019
The Amtrak That Could?
Enjoying record ridership, Amtrak is en route to "breaking even" (**many asterisks**) for the first time in its 48-year history. But brutal service and capital spending decisions await. Devin Leonard unpacks his Bloomberg Businessweek story on Amtrak's future -- followed by our talk with Danny Plaugher of Virginians for High Speed Rail.
Nov 21, 2019
Battles of the Binge
The Economist's Tamzin Booth on her cover package "The $650 Billion Binge: Fear and Greed in the Entertainment Industry." We were also joined by sector expert Michael Morris of Guggenheim Partners.
Nov 18, 2019
Nada Surf on Full Disclosure (Full Set)
The concert Nada Surf performed for a taping of Full Disclosure at RVA's National. You can hear the band's interview on iTunes at link FullDRadio.com and on NPR.org / NPR One
1 hr 33 min
Nov 18, 2019
Full Disclosure Live: Nada Surf
The band Nada Surf on a quarter-century of grit, luck, euphoric "popularity," heartbreak and hustle to reinvent -- recorded for a live audience at The National in Richmond. This broadcast-length episode includes performances of "Hi-Speed Soul" and "Killian's Red."
Nov 8, 2019
The Hustle for Laughs
Comedians Maz Jobrani (Comedy Central, "Jimmy Vestvood") and Jimmy O. Yang (HBO's "Silicon Valley"; "Crazy Rich Asians") on their peculiar roads to the industry -- and the creative hustle required to make it in comedy.
Oct 31, 2019
The Overachieving Underwriter
Markel Corp vice chairman Steve Markel on the insurer and investment shop as it approaches its 90th year in business. Worth $15 million when its shares debuted on Wall Street in 1986, Markel Corp is now a Fortune 500 member in 18 countries that is valued at more than $16 billion.
Oct 24, 2019
Richmond, RVA and Next?
Michael Paul Williams, veteran Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist, on the battles for the soul of Richmond, "RVA" and Virginia -- 154 years after the Civil War ended. We discussed Monument Avenue, Navy Hill, gentrification, education, strategic corporate philanthropy, voter polarization and much more.
Oct 11, 2019
An Hour With Justin Fox
Bloomberg Opinion's Justin Fox takes us around the world of business news headlines. From China to agriculture to Tesla, Trump, Amtrak, GM, markets and the unusually long economic expansion. He previously wrote for TIME and Fortune and authored The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street.
Oct 4, 2019
How Rachel Sobel parlayed career burnout, single motherhood and an urge to overshare into a little empire of authenticity called Whine & Cheez-its.
Sep 27, 2019
The Miseducation of Nelson Aguilar
The journey of Nelson Aguilar....a kid smuggled out of Fidel Castro's Cuba and into Miami, where he became a notorious cocaine dealer who has spent half his life in prison. Nelson's story is a metaphor for the many things that have gone wrong between Havana and the U.S.
Sep 19, 2019
The Long Road to Longoven
Chef Patrick Phelan on the long, winding journey -- dishwashing; rock stardom deferred; a castle in Italy; NY's culinary rat race -- that led to Longoven, which was just named #3 on Bon Appétit's list of America's best new restaurants.
Sep 12, 2019
David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven on the struggle to make a living in the era of music streaming. Also an angel investor and a PhD who lectures on the business of music at UGA, Lowery performs an acoustic set at Rainmaker Studios in Richmond.
Sep 8, 2019
The Great Depression of Chris Gethard
Comedian Chris Gethard on his doubt-filled career ascent: from living with mental illness..to hustling big breaks..to his cable TV exploits and off-Broadway show "Career Suicide." Our co-host is Erin Mahone of the one-woman show "It Runs in the Family." We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Aug 30, 2019
IT'S ELECTRIC !!!
Since taking delivery of his Model 3 sedan, normally skeptical investor Vitaliy Katsenelson has morphed into Vitaliy Tesla-nelson. The zippy electric car has his mind racing in Ludicrous Mode -- about the money-losing company and its controversial CEO, and the numerous disruptions and opportunities in Tesla's wake. He takes us for a ride.
Aug 26, 2019
The Cisco Kid
Longtime Cisco CEO John Chambers on the lessons learned from growing a once-sleepy network-equipment maker into a hulking multinational that was once worth $555 billion. Chambers now runs venture capital firm JC2 Ventures.
Aug 16, 2019
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (VA 07) on pressing matters local, regional, national and global -- from gun control to healthcare; China, Iran, Saudi Arabia; trade wars; and holding the Democratic center. In 2018, the former CIA officer became the first Democrat elected to her Congressional seat in 50 years -- and the first woman ever.
Aug 7, 2019
How do you go from a call-center in India to cake-pop queen of Virginia to aspiring pop-up-dinner doyenne? All without spending a single dollar on marketing. The story of Keya Desai Wingfield.
Aug 2, 2019
James Altucher: Reconstructionist
Dot-com riches. Collapse. So bankrupt he couldn't afford diapers for his kid. A mental breakdown. Drug binges at the Hotel Chelsea. Hitting rock-bottom. Reinventing (constantly). Helping others.
Jul 23, 2019
Trash and junk guru Adam Minter on what we throw away and how we do it says about the new global economic order. He is author of Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale (2019) and Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade (2013).
Jul 19, 2019
Matt Winkler, co-founder and editor-in-chief emeritus of Bloomberg News, on 30 years of growing an idea with Mike Bloomberg (who he profiled for the Wall Street Journal) into a 2,700-journalist, 120-nation media empire.
Jul 12, 2019
The grit-paved journey of a Honduran immigrant who grew up in Flint, Michigan to the ranks of the country's top financial advisors. Dalal Salomon on her rise, setting out on her own during the Financial Crisis and the perils of the 2010's Bull Run. Her business partner Dan Ludwin joined the conversation.
Jul 4, 2019
Blood. Sweat. Tears. Sugar.
How a high-school soccer coach leveraged social media and all-around resourcefulness to turn an abandoned used-car dealership into the Sugar Shack Donuts empire.
Jun 27, 2019
The Wizard of Grand Rapids
Investor, author, Michigander and Fortune columnist Ben Carlson on this old, seemingly relentless bull market.
Jun 20, 2019
CarLotz CEO and co-founder Michael Bor on the state of the auto industry -- from the boom in electric vehicles and ride-sharing to innovations in self-driving and the supposed demise of the family sedan. This man would totally sell you a gently used Subaru...if he just could keep them on his lots!
Jun 13, 2019
Facing the World
CBS Face the Nation's Margaret Brennan on Hong Kong in the shadow of #Tiananmen30, Iran, Israel, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Pres. Trump's worldview and Election 2020. She also discusses her evolution from reporting on Wall Street to covering diplomacy and moderating Sunday-morning television.
Jun 4, 2019
Alex Bogusky -- named Adweek's “Creative Director of the Decade” in 2009 -- worked on some of the best-known campaigns until his self-exile from advertising in 2010. He's now back at CP+B, advising and seeding startups and new talent -- and calling out industry b.s. on social media. Alex would like to connect with you on LinkedIn.
May 26, 2019
Full Disclosure Live from the U of Richmond's Robins School: Chefs Hannah and Xavier of Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches on the inspirations, calculated risks and lucky breaks that catapulted the husband-wife team into national dessert stardom.
May 23, 2019
Chief Sex Officer
Cindy Gallop, founder of MakeLoveNotPorn, on disruption and opportunity in adult content -- from sex-tech to virtual reality and homemade sharing. How long can banks and venture capitalists just shun the massive industry?
May 15, 2019
Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass discusses Iran; the trade war with China; Venezuela; Israel; North Korea and other volatile international headlines competing for Pres. Trump's attention.
May 10, 2019
The Economist's Helen Joyce on Tech's global race to disrupt the stodgy world of banking.
May 3, 2019
Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich on growing the hit restaurant chain. He now manages Act III Holdings, a $300 million fund that invests in brands focused on long-term results.
Apr 26, 2019
Richmond Public Schools superintendent and former teacher Jason Kamras on bridging the educational opportunity gap faced by low-income and minority children -- 65 years after the Supreme Court ruled to desegregate schools.
Apr 18, 2019
A year and a half ahead of its hotly anticipated rematch against Donald Trump, the Democratic Party abounds with presidential hopefuls -- but lacks one clear leader who can rally coalitions the way Barack Obama did. A roundtable of party activists discusses the road ahead.
Apr 10, 2019
Bestselling author and screenwriter T.J. English (Havana Nocturne, The Westies, NYPD Blue) on the bolita mafia's emergence from the wreckage of the Cold War -- the subject of his book, The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban-American Underworld.
Apr 3, 2019
NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik on all things streaming, ATT-Time Warner, newspapers, Apple News+, CNN, Fox News, "login fatigue" -- and Elmo taking his talents to HBO.
Mar 28, 2019
What a Waste ...
Recycling's Rude Reckoning: With China turning away Americans' bottles and cartons, the stuff is piling up and increasingly being landfilled or incinerated. Kate Daly of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners and James McGoff of TemperPack, a sustainable packaging startup, on the hard choices needed to dig out.
Mar 22, 2019
Kristen Cavallo, the first female CEO of the Martin Agency, on leading the 52-year old advertising shop out of its #MeToo crisis. We discussed the work-life juggle of single motherhood; the ad industry's nagging existential doubts; and getting brands to actually stand for (or against) something.
Mar 14, 2019
A single mother, family tragedy and the grit she and her community tapped to build her small juice business into what she hopes will become a national chain.
Mar 7, 2019
NY Times business editor Ellen Pollock on the headlines: the bull market at age 10; Facebook and Tesla's latest pivots; AT&T and Jeff Bezos trying to do Hollywood; GE's lost decades; the huge trade deficit; the hiring binge across biz news ... and much more.
Feb 26, 2019
Can you do right by local farmers and the earth and do well for yourself? Livestock farmer Erica Hellen of Free Union Grass Farm and microlender Hunter Hopcroft ("Microcroft") of Slow Money Central Virginia explain how.
Feb 20, 2019
Mann About Globe
Filmmaker Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Heat, The Insider) and investigative author Elaine Shannon on the DEA's global pursuit of elusive evil-genius drug and weapons kingpin Paul Le Roux. Murder. Encryption. Coercion. Evasion. Corruption. N. Korea. Liberia. Missiles. It's quite stranger than fiction.
Feb 12, 2019
From Hooters to Haute: Chef Brittanny Anderson
Chef Brittany Anderson's journey from pieces of wings and flair to national culinary stardom. The Virginian behind Brenner Pass and Metzger Bar & Butchery is now a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist who has competed on Iron Chef. We interviewed her before a live, hungry audience.
Feb 8, 2019
Richmond, We Have a Problem
Writer and race-relations interlocutor Samantha Willis, veteran Richmond Times-Dispatch's political commentator Jeff Schapiro and VCU Prof. Judi Crenshaw on the scandals in Virginia, where racism is crashing into #MeToo in a full-on crisis for Democrats -- and the state's global reputation.
Jan 31, 2019
Young and the Debt-less
Veteran personal finance writer Lauren Young of Reuters has always been my workplace big sister. We spent years together at BusinessWeek and the now-departed SmartMoney. Now on my radio show, Lauren discusses shutdowns, savings, the markets and the giant impact left by our hero, investor-champion Jack Bogle (1929-2019).
Jan 23, 2019
The China Journey
Weijian Shan went from childhood hunger in Mao's famished China to running Asia's biggest private equity fund. China's economy has exploded in size in the 30 years since the Tiananmen Square crackdown, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty. He discusses the opportunities and perils of the country's unprecedented trajectory.
Jan 14, 2019
Breakfast in America
The story of an immigrant who came to the U.S. from Lebanon with a young family and powerful drive to work and provide. He learned how to cook and acquired his own little nook ... 25 years later, Westwood Fountain diner is a Richmond institution.
Jan 3, 2019
The Economist on 2019
The Economist's deputy editor Tom Standage discusses the world in 2019 -- from wobbly markets to China to Moscow to Facebook fatigue, rogue princes, spy craft, negative interest rates, the western hemisphere's populism and second and third thoughts on Brexit. Also: plastic straws, Joe Biden and cleaner, greener "meat."
Dec 17, 2018
Must Work Be So Miserable?
New York Times best-selling author Dan Lyons on his latest book, Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us. Dan used to write for HBO's hit show "Silicon Valley" -- and was on staff at Forbes and Newsweek.
Dec 13, 2018
Legendary investor Tom Dorsey on the return of volatility to a market that he says flashes some similarities to 1987. In 2015, he sold his shop Dorsey, Wright & Associates to the Nasdaq for $225 million
Nov 28, 2018
Panera Bread founder and chairman Ron Shaich on the many ups and downs that went into growing the hit restaurant chain. He now manages Act III Holdings, a $300 million fund that invests in brands focused on long-term results.
Nov 18, 2018
Facebook: Where Love and Hate Collide
Too big to boycott? Too developed to disrupt? Too sticky to uninstall? Facebook is that global social network that people both love to use and love to hate. Can Zuckerberg & Co just keep getting away with bad behavior?
Nov 11, 2018
Blood, Sweat, Tears, Sugar
How high school soccer coach Ian Kelley leveraged social media and all-around resourcefulness to turn an abandoned used-car dealership into the Sugar Shack Donuts empire.
Nov 2, 2018
The Reformation of Josh Brown
10 years of the Reformed Broker: the financial crisis awakening and reinvention of Wall Street icon "Downtown" Josh Brown.
Oct 21, 2018
Ace the Midterms (Live)
CBS chief Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, NBC White House correspondent Geoff Bennett and ABC political director Rick Klein on the many moving parts of the 2018 midterm election. Recorded for an audience at Virginia's Museum of History and Culture.
Sep 20, 2018
Did Anything Really Change?
Former Richmond Fed president Jeffrey Lacker on the lessons learned -- and morals hazarded -- in the wake of the Great Meltdown of 2008.
Sep 14, 2018
Juul Me Twice
Just as teen smoking visited record lows, Juul (a startup that's now valued at $15 billion) came out of nowhere to offer adolescents flavored, concentrated vape hits of nicotine. The FDA calls it a public-health crisis. We talked to marketing veteran Robin Koval of Truth Initiative about the tricky new battle to save teens from themselves.
Sep 8, 2018
Kristen Cavallo, the first female CEO of the Martin Agency, on leading the 52-year old advertising shop out of its #MeToo crisis. We discussed the work-life juggle of single motherhood; the ad industry's nagging existential doubts; and -- swoosh! -- getting brands to actually stand for (or against) something.
Sep 2, 2018
Family-office investment managers Brian Broadway and W. "Biff" Pusey, Jr. on the difficulty of preaching and adhering to risk-avoidance amid the longest bull market in U.S. history.
Aug 19, 2018
When Sree Sreenivasan was laid off from NY's Metropolitan's Museum of Art, he famously broadcast his predicament over social media. After a tour as NYC's chief digital officer, the former journalism dean now travels the world to teach best practices for career mobility in the era of LinkedIn. Whether you love or hate your job -- or are somewhere in between -- you need to listen to this episode.
Aug 10, 2018
The VA Mercury and America's Local News Crisis
Berkshire Hathaway, the company run by one of the planet's richest men, ultimately didn't rescue the Richmond Times-Dispatch -- one of Berkshire's many newspaper acquisitions. Two veteran journalists recently left that daily for the Virginia Mercury, a philanthropically backed not-for-profit publication taking a crack at the age-old riddle: How do you sustainably invest in quality local journalism?
Aug 2, 2018
Saddam Hussein: My Role In His Downfall
Adnan Sarwar, a former British Muslim soldier, reflects on enlisting in the army and fighting in Iraq. "I realized," he wrote, "I felt freer in the army than I ever would in my parents'..house with an Asian cash-and-carry at one end and a mosque at the other. My comrades didn't judge me. They just wanted me to live my life."
Jul 24, 2018
B(u)y the Book
Amazon, founded as a puny online bookseller, is now eyeing a $1 trillion market valuation. Border's is gone. Barnes & Noble is teetering. But independent bookstores are having a renaissance. We talk to Fountain Bookstore owner Kelly Justice and David Shuman, who crowdfunded a rescue of the decidedly analog indie Book People.
Jul 14, 2018
Rethinking the Democrats
John Prideaux, U.S. editor of The Economist, on the many doubts and hard questions the Democrats face in the era of Pres. Trump and GOP domination of Capitol Hill. During Barack Obama's two terms in the White House, his party gave up more than 1,000 seats across Congress, state legislatures and governors' mansions. Where to now?
Jul 10, 2018
RBG Goes to Hollywood
How filmmaker Julie Cohen brought octogenarian Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the big screen in "RBG," one of this year's hit documentaries.
Jul 3, 2018
The Resilience of Adele McClure
How a girl who grew up hungry, frequently homeless and generally deprived of a normal childhood became student body president of her college of 32,000 -- and then a top policy adviser to Virginia's lieutenant governor. The story of Adele McClure.
Jun 24, 2018
John Avlon Goes to CNN
The ex-speechwriter for Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former editor-in-chief at the Daily Beast on discourse and journalism in the age of Trump -- on the very week he joins CNN ... and CNN joins AT&T. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Jun 17, 2018
"Kim Jong Won"
The Economist's David Rennie on the magazine's cover on Trump's unprecedented summit with the ruler of North Korea. The U.S. made huge concessions and alienated allies. Will the Hermit Kingdom really change?
Jun 7, 2018
Alpha Charlie Gasparino
Fox Business Network's Charlie Gasparino on his decades of covering fellow New Yorker Donald Trump -- and how he went from being Manhattan's Self-Promoter-in-Chief to U.S. Commander-in-Chief. Charlie talks about Trump's takeover of the GOP, a tense encounter with small hands and Republicans' chances in November and beyond.
May 26, 2018
The Financial Misadventures of Mark Twain
Mark Twain, the legendary author, could have been America's first cocaine kingpin; he was an inept land speculator and precious-metals prospector; he lost money on dumb contraptions and a protein supplement derived from pig feed. All great fodder for my guest, Alan Pell Crawford, author of How Not to Get Rich: The Financial Misadventures of Mark Twain.
May 21, 2018
The Miseducation of Nelson Aguilar
Re-posting from 2014: the journey of Nelson Aguilar....a kid smuggled out of Castro's Cuba and into Miami, where he became a notorious cocaine dealer. His story is a metaphor for the many things that have gone wrong between Havana and Washington.
May 13, 2018
A Random Walk Down Sorkin
In the mid 1990s, high schooler Andrew Ross Sorkin begged his way into the New York Times building, offering to photocopy and staple for free. Accidentally assigned a byline, he hung around the Times long enough to become the paper's star Wall Street correspondent and founder of DealBook; CNBC co-host; bestselling financial-crisis author and co-creator of the Showtime hit "Billions." He discusses his journey.
Apr 29, 2018
Jimmy O. Yang's Breakout
Jimmy O. Yang (Jian-Yang on HBO's "Silicon Valley") is selling out comedy venues across the map and landing movie roles. The Hong Kong-born funnyman talks about ditching his miserable financial services job, making ends meet by driving Uber and bouncing at clubs... and his new memoir, How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents.
Apr 22, 2018
State and the World
Former chief State Department spokesman Jamie Rubin on U.S. diplomacy in the wake of Obama's pullbacks and Trump's do-it-yourself decision-making. We discuss Syria, Iran, Russia, the demoralized State Department and Trump's grand meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.
Apr 14, 2018
The Value Investor From Google
Saurabh Madaan on his journey from India to Google to value investing. In January, the polymath was named managing director at Markel, where he is being mentored by Warren Buffett disciple Tom Gayner.
Apr 7, 2018
Cramming for Midterms
Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health & Human Services and president of the University of Miami, is running for U.S. Congress. Up for grabs: an open seat in Miami long held by the GOP. We talked about Democrats' leadership vacuum, Trump's peculiar appeal to blue-collar voters -- and South Florida vs the opioid epidemic and sea-level rise.
Mar 24, 2018
Bestselling author and screenwriter T.J. English (Havana Nocturne, The Westies, NYPD Blue) on the Cuban-American bolita mob's evolution from the wreckage of the Cold War -- the subject of his new book, The Corporation. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Mar 18, 2018
Man v. Marlboro
Richmond City Councilman Parker Agelasto on his campaign to pass a cigarette tax to raise money for the city's crumbling schools. This is far easier said than done in the hometown of the nation's biggest tobacco company.
Mar 11, 2018
Famous investor Tom Dorsey (founder of Dorsey Wright, which Nasdaq bought in 2015) on the lessons of his more than four decades of working on and with Wall Street. Can you really beat the market? How much diversification is too much? We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Feb 26, 2018
Grinding Out A Dream
The story of Ironclad Coffee Roasters, a Virginia upstart that is taking the plunge into the cafe business -- with the help of family & friends and even crowdfunding. How do you win business vs corporate giants? How to clear a profit on a cup of coffee? How do you decide what to pay yourself? We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Feb 17, 2018
Confessions of a PR Exec
Ed Zitron, PR executive and author of the book Fire Your Publicist, dishes on the rampant bullshattery and worst practices of the public relations industry. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio, iTunes: FullDRadio.com
Feb 11, 2018
VIXing It Up Again
Bear Stearns and AIG veteran Ardavan Mobasheri on the decade since the economy and Wall Street's historic meltdown -- and what the market's recent surge in volatility is telling us. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio | Facebook.com/FullDRadio | iTunes at FullDRadio.com
Feb 4, 2018
Puttin' On the Rit
Barry Ritholtz, founder and CIO at Ritholtz Wealth Management, on markets, risk aversion, AmazonBerkshire Health .... and maybe even a little bit of the Bitcoin. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Jan 28, 2018
Warren Buffett disciple Tom Gayner started at Markel Corp in 1990 and reinvented the insurer into an investing powerhouse with diverse holdings. Gayner's eye for good values (financial and cultural)helped propel Markel's stock to 93 times where it traded upon his arrival. We talk about his career, markets and the lost art of "value investing" in go-go-growth 2018.
Jan 23, 2018
The Economist: Taming the Tech Titans
Investor and b-school case-study darlings Facebook, Google and Amazon now sport a combined $2 trillion in value and enviable swathes of market share. The Economist's U.S. tech editor Alexandra Suich Bass on how the triumvirate's dominance is bad for consumers and competition.
Jan 7, 2018
Richard Haass on a World in Disarray
The Council on Foreign Relations president and veteran diplomat on the volatility of international affairs in the era of Trump. We discuss Haass's latest book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order. [Twitter @FullDRadio | Facebook.com/FullDRadio]
Dec 30, 2017
Defragging the Year in Tech
Bloomberg Gadfly's Shira Ovide on tech's heady year...and the tensions and risks going into 2018. Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Google, Netflix, Snapchat. Uber. Twitter. WholeFoodsPrime. It's all here.
Dec 17, 2017
This Bull-Headed Market ...
Top-ranked financial advisors Dalal Salomon and Daniel Ludwin (Salomon & Ludwin: $1 billion in assets) on the increasingly tricky questions facing investors after yet another huge year for markets. Complacency is rampant. Nothing is really cheap. Who even remembers volatility? What's a correction? Is cash necessarily trash?
Dec 12, 2017
Laughing, Crying and Healing with Ms. Pat
Do call it a comeback: How Patricia Williams went from a violent and hungry childhood, drug-dealing, teen motherhood and prison ("I've been shot twice and hit by a dump truck!") to breakout fame on the national comedy circuit. Her hot-selling memoir is Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat -- and you must read it. But first listen to this episode.
Nov 30, 2017
Full Disclosure: Live @WNYC
Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben of Rakontur -- the award-winning studio behind "Cocaine Cowboys" and ESPN's "The U" -- on stage at WNYC to make sense of Big Media & Entertainment's decline. Is anyone truly doing digital profitably? Who pays for journalism anymore? And Miami ... just what is it about Miami?
Nov 13, 2017
The Meddled East
Eli Lake of Bloomberg View on the increasingly uneasy plate tectonics of international relations in the Middle East, from Saudi Arabia's feud with Iran and its implications on Beirut; to Israel's newfound love for Riyadh; and Syria and Baghdad's debt to Tehran. Oh, and has anyone seen Lebanon's Prime Minister?
Nov 4, 2017
From Receptionist to Mad Woman to Educator
Brandcenter chief Helayne Spivak started out in 1973 as a Madison Ave receptionist. She endured rampant sexism to work her way up to copywriter and then decorated industry exec. "#MeToo", she now says, in this season of confession for victims of sexual harassment and abuse...in Hollywood, corporate America, newsrooms...just about everywhere.
Oct 27, 2017
Will Video Save the Telecom Star?
Former AT&T Broadband CEO Leo Hindery on the dizzying ways content and distribution are (once again) tag-teaming, from AT&T-Time Warner to Verizon-AOL-YaHooffPo and free Netflix on T-Mobile. Fat pipes. Dumb pipes. Skinny bundles. Cord-shaving. Fed-up subscribers. Elusive margins. We've got it all on this week's show.
Oct 15, 2017
The Bull Market in Everything?
The Economist's Simon Cox on the implications of lofty asset prices across the planet -- the magazine's recent cover topic. Stocks, real estate, farmland....seemingly nothing is cheap in 2017. Does it all have to end in heartbreak? We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Oct 4, 2017
Willie Falcon started dealing cocaine in 1970s Miami. He was on the run from the law in the '80s; captured and prosecuted in the '90s; sentenced in the '00s. Now, the Feds want to deport him to his native Cuba. Smuggling pal Carlos Ruiz and "Cocaine Cowboys" producer Alfred Spellman on the five-decade pursuit of Miami's most famous kingpin.
Sep 24, 2017
Puerto Rico, Puerto Pobre
Reeling from a $70-billion financial crisis, the very last thing Puerto Rico needed was wholesale destruction by massive hurricanes. The territory is losing population to the mainland U.S.; the power is out everywhere; everything is rusted or damaged and San Juan is broke. Puerto Rico Clearinghouse's Cate Long on the stark choices facing the island. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Sep 13, 2017
Miami Water Torture
Miami dodged catastrophe when Hurricane Irma swerved. Even so, much of its downtown ended up submerged. Keeping the sea at bay has rapidly become costlier and more complicated for this Pan-American boomtown, whose skyline holds record foreign wealth. What if...? I talked to condo power broker Alicia Cervera Lamadrid and the Miami Herald's Nick Nehamas. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Sep 4, 2017
The Fed's Looooooong Unwind
Unemployment's low. Stocks are at highs. The financial crisis is a distant memory. So why are interest rates still so stubbornly low? And how will they get back up to some level of "normalcy"? We ask Al Broaddus, the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He joined the Fed back in 1970.
Aug 27, 2017
The Rogue Mouseketeer
Wall Street analyst Rich Greenfield is outspoken in his belief that Walt Disney Co., parent of struggling ESPN, is in trouble. The CEO blocked him on Twitter. He's ignored on Disney's analyst calls. You know the House-of-Mouse of Pain is in effect, y'all.
Aug 13, 2017
HBR's Appetite for Disruption
Harvard Business Review editor in chief Adi Ignatius on the 95-year old publication's reinvention for the smartphone age. After cutting its print frequency and doubling down on digital and subscriber-only content, HBR just posted record circulation growth. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio.
Aug 6, 2017
The Cigarette's Last Stand?
Dr. Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, on the FDA's surprise decision to target nicotine levels in cigarettes. Though U.S. smoking rates have been falling, cigarettes remain a cash-cow. Is this Big Tobacco's big reckoning? We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Jul 28, 2017
(He Moved Your Cheese)
Jon Steinberg is CEO and founder of Cheddar, the "post-cable" news network that's drawing in investors, viewers and marketing partners. Big Media is rapidly getting disrupted. Netflix. Amazon. Apple. Facebook. AT&T-TimeWarner. Apps and digital startups. Everyone wants a wedge of the action. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio | Facebook.com/FullDRadio
Jul 25, 2017
Globally yours, Gayle
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, the author of two NY Times bestsellers and a former politics producer for ABC News. We talk about her career reinvention and U.S. foreign policy in the shadows of Iraq and Afghanistan. Twitter @FullDRadio
Jul 16, 2017
Edward Harrison, Credit Diplomat
Global Macro Advisors' banking and finance expert talks about the difficulty of normalizing monetary policy 10 years after the onset of the financial crisis. Markets are hot. Unemployment is back down. Shouldn't interest rates be (much) higher? On iTunes at FullDRadio.com • Twitter @FullDRadio • Facebook.com/FullDRadio
Jul 2, 2017
The iPhone at 10
The gadget that changed everything. Veteran tech writer Arik Hesseldahl discusses that journey and where Apple -- now the most valuable company in America -- needs to go in the next 10 years. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Jun 25, 2017
The story of Mollie, the femme fatale hostess, "one of the guys" and kingpins' favorite at Miami's infamous Mutiny hotel. She's in my upcoming book, Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami (https://is.gd/f1yvxA).
Jun 11, 2017
Meet Ben from Michigan
Family man Ben Carlson, CFA, of Ritholtz Wealth Management wrote the book A Wealth of Common Sense: Why Simplicity Trumps Complexity in Any Investment Plan. We talk markets, fatherhood, saving and (among other things) Faygo. On Twitter @FullDRadio
Jun 4, 2017
Anil Dash Responded to My Tweet!
The technologist, blogger, investor, CEO and -- wait for it -- LINKEDIN INFLUENCER talks about Big Tech's concentration of power, elitism in the Valley, cord-cutting, the resurgent NYTimes and how to make a damn buck in content. On Twitter @ FullDRadio
May 28, 2017
"Skin in the Game..."
Sociologist and author Tressie McMillan Cottom on her book Lower Ed -- and the candor and empathy we're avoiding around race, class, privilege ...and the legacy of slavery. Do not miss this episode. Twitter @FullDRadio and Facebook.com/FullDRadio
May 23, 2017
Are You Psyched?
Harvard Business Review's Daniel McGinn on his new book Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio and Facebook.com/FullDRadio
May 7, 2017
The Doctorow Is In
In studio: bestselling writer, activist and digital entrepreneur Cory Doctorow. We discuss his new novel, Walkaway, and delve into everything from empathy to income inequality to Thomas Piketty and how to make a buck as a creative. Twitter @FullDRadio
May 2, 2017
Live from the International Church of Cannabis
April 20th weekend at Denver's den of marijuana worship, where visibility hit zero daily at 4:20pm. We talk about the challenges and opportunities in cannabis commerce; the uphill battles of nationwide decriminalization and taking on entrenched political interests; pot's challenge to Pharma; the history of marijuana...and kilos upon kilos more. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
1 hr 21 min
Apr 18, 2017
The Case for Shamelessness
Jeetendr Sehdev, author of bestseller The Kim Kardashian Principle: Why Shameless Sells (and How to Do it Right). His accent alone will break the Internet. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Apr 2, 2017
Ira Boudway on his Bloomberg Businessweek cover on ESPN's subscriber losses as people ditch cable -- and what this means for media players big and small. Our co-host is an ad man: the Martin Agency's Neil Patel, formerly digital media exec at Disney, ESPN's parent company. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Mar 25, 2017
Always Be Closing: Retail's Apocalypse
Business Insider's Hayley Peterson on retailers' worsening prospects as Amazon (worth $405 billion) takes on everything from apparel to office supplies to groceries to diapers. We talk dead malls, broken restaurant brands and the potential hit to lenders. Twitter @FullDRadio
Mar 16, 2017
The War of the Lakers
The 11-time NBA-champ LA Lakers are a broken franchise, having surrendered 229 losses over the last four seasons. Fired coaches. Disastrous trades. Wasted contracts. Now, the siblings who co-own the team are suing to control it. Our guest, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, has been all over the story. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Mar 11, 2017
Repeal and Regress
Teacher and single mother Krysti Albus, 43, has racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills since her 2004 cancer diagnosis. Obamacare was her only means of getting affordable insurance. We are joined in studio by health-focused behavioral scientist Caroline Orr (@RVAWonk).
1 hr 6 min
Feb 28, 2017
Diagnosing the Democrats
HBS organizational behavior Prof. Gautam Mukunda on how Democrats should rethink and rebuild after 2016's disaster -- which he just wrote about in the Harvard Business Review: https://is.gd/9jZInP. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
1 hr 3 min
Feb 21, 2017
An Office Hour with Prof. Steven Strauss
The Princeton foreign and public affairs professor and columnist has advised governments across the planet. He was previously at McKinsey, the World Economic Forum and in Mayor Bloomberg's NYC administration. We talk Trump, China, Big Tech, the Democrats, monetary and fiscal policy -- and much more. Find us on Twitter @FullDRadio
1 hr 1 min
Feb 4, 2017
America's Chief Sex Officer
Cindy Gallop, founder of MakeLoveNotPorn, whose tagline is "Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference." She talks about disruption and opportunity in the industry: rampant piracy and diminishing returns on production vs huge strides in sextech, VR and social. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio -- and on Facebook at Facebook.com/FullDRadio
1 hr 3 min
Jan 27, 2017
Tobias Levkovich of Citi + Lauren Young of Reuters
Citigroup's chief U.S. equity strategist and Reuters money editor Lauren Young talk markets in 2017. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Jan 18, 2017
Money on the RVA: Parker, Salomon and Beall
Three famous Richmond investors -- Jerry "Turtle" Parker; star financial advisor Dalal Salomon; and Davenport veteran Michael Beall -- talk markets, the economy and the year ahead at the historic Hippodrome Theater in Jackson Ward. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Dec 20, 2016
The Economist Magazine on 2017
The Economist's executive editor Daniel Franklin joins from London to discuss the magazine's special "World in 2017" issue. We talk Trump, Putin, Syria, China, Iran, markets, Brexit, Europe, Africa, rates, politics, foreign affairs, Obama's legacy...and then some. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
1 hr 4 min
Dec 15, 2016
The World According to Ken Adelman
The veteran diplomat, White House advisor and author of Reagan at Reykjavik talks about Russia's role in the 2016 election, President-elect Trump, Syria, the broader Middle East and the legacy of Obama's foreign policy decisions. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
1 hr 3 min
Dec 4, 2016
Castro, Cuba and the Weed that Whacked Miami
"Blondie La Grande," "The Hose" and "Carlos Birdseed" were three big Cuban exile pot smugglers in 1970s Miami. In this special episode, they reminisce about their exploits and the economic and political forces that rapidly turned the city into America's drug capital. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio | Facebook.com/FullDRadio
Dec 1, 2016
Pressing Matters with Jay Rosen
Veteran NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen senses the greatest threat to freedom of the press since WWI. We talk timidity at newspapers and public radio; Donald Trump's hostility toward the news industry; the deluge of clickbait and outright fake content. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
1 hr 1 min
Nov 21, 2016
Two Rabbis Talk Trump
Rabbis Dovid Asher and Michael Knopf and AIPAC activist Robyn Galpern discuss what a President Trump will mean for Israel and American Jews. We talk about the resurgence of right-wing nationalism here and abroad; BDS amid Democrats' diverging affiliations; the increasing normalization of racism and antisemitism. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
1 hr 11 min
Nov 6, 2016
Chris Gethard's Great Depression
Comedian Chris Gethard on his doubt-filled career ascent: from living with mental illness..to making his own big breaks..to his new off-Broadway show "Career Suicide." Our co-host is Erin Mahone of the one-woman show "It Runs in the Family." We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Oct 26, 2016
AT&T Time WTF?!
What in the world is AT&T thinking bidding $86 billion for Time Warner, owner of HBO, CNN and all manner of content on small and big screens? Veteran industry analyst Craig Moffett and NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik ponder this and other meanings of life. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
1 hr 2 min
Oct 18, 2016
The Debasing of American Politics
James Astill of the Economist discusses this week's cover story on the election. Co-hosting with me is Brandcenter's Helayne Spivak, a veteran ad exec who worked on Bush / RNC '88. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
1 hr 1 min
Sep 24, 2016
.@Jason on #PrettyMuchEverything
Jason Calacanis -- angel investor, re-launcher of Inside.com, Silicon Valley opiner -- talks AppleCar, Tesla, Uber, online journalism, the fate of the New York Times, Hulk Hogan's bare ass...and at least 200 other hot topics. We're on Twitter and Facebook @FullDRadio
1 hr 9 min
Sep 3, 2016
Alexandra Suich, the Economist's U.S. technology editor, and Jeff Burkett, transportation banker at Harris Williams & Co, talk all things Uber -- the hugely disruptive $70 billion startup on this week's Economist cover. We're on Twitter @FullDRadio
Aug 26, 2016
In Sickness and in Wealth
Doctors Shaiv Kapadia of Iggbo and Phil Duncan discuss fear and loathing in U.S. healthcare, what with the EpiPen price hike and insurers dropping out of Obamacare. How technology and innovation can cut through the logjam. On Twitter @FullDRadio
Aug 4, 2016
Here Comes the Sun: Solar's Breakout
Bert Green of SolarMill, an off-the-grid manufacturer, and Will Reisinger, an alt-energy attorney and former VA assistant attorney general, discuss the implications of the boom in solar power. Exciting stuff. on Twitter @FullDRadio | Facebook.com/FullDRadio
Jul 28, 2016
Talk Turkey to Me
Caglar Somek of $16-billion investment shop TimesSquare Capital Management, talks about Turkey -- that vital bridge between Europe and the Middle East -- after its botched coup attempt. Twitter @FullDRadio
Jul 22, 2016
"YOU AGAIN?!" The View From Tim O'Brien
Timothy O'Brien, editor of Bloomberg View and Bloomberg Gadfly and author of Trump Nation: The Art of Being the Donald. We talk the rise of Trump and world affairs. Follow on Twitter @FullDRadio
Jul 14, 2016
Michael Gayed on the Safety Bubble
Michael Gayed of Pension Partners, for the hour. Follow on Twitter @FullDRadio Facebook at Facebook.com/FullDRadio. We're on iTunes at FullDRadio.com
Jun 25, 2016
£ucy Marcus on Br€xit
Joining us from London on the morning after: Lucy Marcus, professor, writer, thinker and head of Marcus Venture Consulting. She talks about the many implications of Britain's vote to leave the EU. Follow on Twitter @FullDRadio
Jun 15, 2016
Hear this Guy Out
Guy Spier, head of $175 million shop Aquamarine Capital and author of The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment. Twitter @FullDRadio
Jun 8, 2016
NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax
The economy according to NPR's Marilyn Geewax
May 18, 2016
An Evening with Chef Peter Chang
The James Beard Award finalist tells us about his unlikely journey from poverty in Hubei, China to his U.S. restaurant empire. Taped at Richmond's historic Hippodrome Theater, where a sellout crowd enjoyed a four-course dinner prepared by Chang. Twitter @FullDRadio
1 hr 6 min
May 11, 2016
The App That Changed the World
Uber driver and entrepreneur Matt Donlon in studio with Uber addict Helayne Spivak, director of VCU's Brandcenter. We're @FullDRadio
Apr 28, 2016
What Are Words For?
Joshua Topolsky (stealth mode digital exec) and NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik on print journalism's ancient struggle to make a digital living. We also talk the New York Times, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos, NPR and beards in Brooklyn. Twitter: @FullDRadio
Apr 19, 2016
Internet pioneer Yahoo! -- once worth $140 billion; its core business is now worth under $3 billion -- has reluctantly put itself up for sale. Activist investor Eric Jackson tells us where the company's board and management went wrong and what this says about the broader state of corporate governance. Twitter @FullDRadio
Apr 13, 2016
Young House LIVE
Sherry and John Petersik -- "Young House Love" -- are bestselling DIY authors, accidental Internet business moguls and overall millennial badasses. Hear their story of reinvention ... at our first show from Richmond's historic Hippodrome Theater. Follow us @FullDRadio and on Facebook.com/FullDRadio
1 hr 3 min
Mar 23, 2016
After 37 years as a prolific writer, editor and blogger at TIME and Fortune, Philip Elmer-DeWitt is going solo as Apple 3.0. We talk about the heyday of expense-account journalism, magazines' prolonged decline and the challenges of getting readers to shell out for your content. Also: bathrobes.
Mar 16, 2016
Tuesdays With Marty: Episode 2
An hour around the world and across the headlines with one of my favorite journos: Marty Schenker, senior executive editor at Bloomberg News. We talk Election 2016, oil, China, markets, hedge funds, activism, real estate and the meaning of life.
Mar 8, 2016
Dr. Arnold Kim, Mac Daddy
Paging the nephrologist turned MacRumors guru. We talk about his unlikely career pivot, all things Apple, blogging, bathrobes, Tesla, kidney stones and making money on content in 2000 vs 2016.
Feb 25, 2016
Frequent travelers Rafat Ali of Skift and Meg Riley of the Martin Agency lament the industry's record levels of passive-aggression -- and how technology and innovation are giving customers more leverage and new choices. Twitter.com/FullDRadio Facebook.com/FullDRadio
Feb 17, 2016
The Great 2016 Supermarket War
Kroger. Whole Foods. Wegman's. Publix. Ahold Giant. Lidl. Aldi. Trader Joe's. AMAZON! Old regional monopolies, be damned. The supermarket industry is in an arms race to scratch and claw for single-digit profit margins. Why is this otherwise sedate and mature business suddenly in hyper-expansion mode? Is it a bubble? Consider the case of Richmond, VA -- perhaps the country's most supermarketed city. Twitter @FullDRadio
Feb 3, 2016
Shooting the Bull$h*t with Jason Zweig
Finally: veteran investing columnist Jason Zweig of the WSJ agrees to come on Full Disclosure. He talks about the markets, his career, Wall Street's rampant bullshattery and his handy little book, The Devil's Financial Dictionary. We're @FullDRadio on Twitter and Facebook.com/FullDRadio ...
Jan 13, 2016
Quit Your Job Without a Backup Plan
Tess Vigeland, longtime Marketplace host, left her job, sold her belongings and is now traveling the world to reinvent. She authored the book Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want. We patched her in from Vietnam.
Dec 17, 2015
The No-Ply Economy
Hyperinflation. Empty store shelves. A thriving black market for smugglers and dummy businesses. An angry street. Crippling debt. Five-cent gasoline. Welcome to the dystopian economy of Venezuela after Hugo Chavez. Craig Shealy of BlackCreek Group guest hosts.
Dec 6, 2015
One Nation, Under the Gun
We're joined by Paul Barrett of BW, author of Glock: The Rise of America's Gun; and investor Craig Shealy, a lifelong hunter who owns several guns but refuses to join the NRA.
Nov 25, 2015
Venture Capital v 20.15
Venture capitalist Mamoon Hamid, general partner and co-founder at Social Capital talks about his path to the industry, the path forward for technology, Yahoo, Tesla and the necessary audacity of startups like Uber and Airbnb.
Nov 17, 2015
What is Paris Telling Us?
My guests are Tarek Masoud, professor at Harvard's Kennedy School and co-author of The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform (2015); and Roberta Oster-Sachs, a former NBC News producer who covered the 9/11 attacks and frequented Paris.
Nov 7, 2015
Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, co-founders of ad giant (Publicis) Kaplan Thaler, talk about the state of advertising and their national bestseller GRIT to Great. Available on NPR One, iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Oct 21, 2015
The Six Lives of Henry Blodget
Henry Blodget, the former Wall Street Internet analyst who reinvented as a digital news mogul. On NPR One, WRIR, Stitcher and iTunes. Twitter @FullDRadio Facebook.com/FullDRadio
Oct 13, 2015
A Layover with Margaret Brennan
CBS News foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan assesses how the U.S. and the world are trying to deal with a convulsing Middle East.
Sep 29, 2015
The World According to Ian Bremmer
Eurasia Group president and Time foreign affairs columnist Ian Bremmer joins us to talk the Middle East, Vlad Putin, oil and the 2016 election.
Sep 19, 2015
This Iranian Life: Maz Jobrani
Iranian-American funnyman Maz Jobrani talks about coming to America, making it in Hollywood, making it in spite of Hollywood -- and investing in himself.
Aug 27, 2015
Chanos on China
Hedge fund manager James Chanos, Wall Street's most outspoken skeptic on the Chinese economy. We talk commodities, central planning, comparisons to Japan, Joe Biden, solar financing and clambakes.
Aug 25, 2015
An Emerging Emergency?
A frank conversation with James Harmon and Katy Chih of the Caravel Fund, a top performer in emerging and frontier markets -- having grown from $1 million to over $800 million in assets since its 2004 launch. How does this compare to 1997? Or Japan's 1989? Is the emerging market dream over? Interrupted? Only as good as China? Don't miss this episode.
Aug 11, 2015
My Sisters from Other Misters
Lauren Young, Money editor of Reuters, joins portfolio manager Jenny Van Leeuwen Harrington. They are like big sisters to me.
Aug 5, 2015
The Wolff of Madison Ave
Media critic Michael Wolff, author of the new book Television is the New Television. He explains, admits, dishes, disses...
Jul 28, 2015
Terminal Velocity: An Hour with Marty Schenker
A rare, in-depth conversation with Marty Schenker, senior executive editor at Bloomberg News. The veteran is like the news giant's curator-in-chief, overseeing the most important headlines that go out to Bloomberg's battalions of terminal-addicted customers across the planet. We talk China, the Fed, Kanye, emerging markets, Iran, Trump...and the meaning of life.
Jul 12, 2015
An Iranian-American Dream
What can we learn from an Iranian businessman who just moved his family to America?
Jul 4, 2015
Remembering the CEO of Yes
Trevor Rabin, longtime guitarist for the band Yes, recalls the life of his pal Chris Squire, the band's bassist and co-founder.
Jun 23, 2015
Poaching Felix Salmon
Felix Salmon on journalism, finance, tea and reinvention -- and the broader meaning of chicken tikka masala. (@FullDRadio)
Jun 16, 2015
Behind the great American micro brewing craze...
Jun 10, 2015
Nothing for Money
We talk about the bond market, seven years of zero interest rate policy and investor memory with Brian Broadway of Aspen Partners -- on his 20th year in the business.
May 27, 2015
Lunch Lady Love
Kendra Feather, veteran restaurateur -- Garnett's, The Roosevelt and Ipanema -- advises fledgling Liz Fishman and her Daily Jars
May 20, 2015
The Content Biz is Brutal. Long May It Live.
A mildly NSFW vent session with Sarah Lacy, editor and founder of PandoDaily. We talk AOL's (latest) demise, Facebook, Google, BuzzFeed, Vice News, Yahoo, legacy news outlets and the Don Draper of Silicon Valley.
May 6, 2015
Power to the People!
Tesla's Powerwall wants to change the world. Guests: author Steve LeVine of Quartz; energy banker Craig Shealy; solar salesman Henry Clifford. On NPROne, Stitcher, iTunes and Twitter and Facebook @FullDRadio
Apr 29, 2015
Why Must Amtrak Stink?
Apr 14, 2015
The View from Bloomberg, w Fox and Dwyer
Columnists Justin Fox and Paula Dwyer join me for our inaugural "Headline Roulette."
Apr 7, 2015
Go Midwest, Young Turtle: Jerry Parker's Journey
Full Disclosure presents Jerry Parker, famed Turtle Trader and CEO of Chesapeake Capital
Mar 31, 2015
The Wicked Son: A Special Passover Full Disclosure
The Wicked Son: A Special Passover Full Disclosure by Roben Farzad
Mar 17, 2015
The Kingpin Whisperer
The Kingpin Whisperer by Roben Farzad
Mar 11, 2015
Top-One-Percenter James Altucher Feels Your Pain
You can't really describe James Altucher. Just listen.
Mar 3, 2015
Bibi and Barack: A Love Story
An Iranian, a rabbi and a politics wonk discuss Israeli PM Netanyahu's controversial visit to DC.
Feb 14, 2015
Barry: 'Rit Large
An hour of quality psychotherapy with Barry Ritholtz, author of Bailout Nation and prolific blogger at the Big Picture, Washington Post and BloombgView. http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/barry-ritholtz-curriculum-vitae/
Feb 4, 2015
Vitaliy Katsenelson: From Communist to Capitalyeest
Vitaliy Katsenelson: From Communist to Capitalyeest by Roben Farzad
Jan 28, 2015
How You Like This Apple?
How You Like This Apple? by Roben Farzad
Jan 14, 2015
Capped Out by Roben Farzad
Jan 7, 2015
The Cord-Cutter's Guide to the Galaxy
The Cord-Cutter's Guide to the Galaxy by Roben Farzad
Dec 24, 2014
The Miseducation of Nelson Aguilar
The Miseducation of Nelson Aguilar by Roben Farzad
Dec 11, 2014
You Gotta Fight...For Your Right...to X%
You Gotta Fight...For Your Right...to X% by Roben Farzad
Dec 10, 2014
Call Center Love
Call Center Love by Roben Farzad
Dec 3, 2014
Crudely Speaking... by Roben Farzad
Aug 7, 2014
Fat of the Land: Investing in Agriculture
The plight of the family farmer is no more. Food prices are soaring; the Chinese want our chickens, hogs and corn; and investors want a real asset to hedge against inflation. More food crops are being diverted to the production of bio fuels. All told, U.S. farmland prices have increased more than 17 percent a year over the last decade of economic uncertainty. On this "Full Disclosure," Roben Farzad talks with a farmer, a tractor-loving investor and a grocery buyer.
Aug 6, 2014
Full Disclosure with Roben Farzad: Fat of the Land
Don't look now, but U.S. farmland has soared in value over the last twenty years. You can thank higher food prices by way of the voracious demand for grains and proteins from emerging markets -- as well as competition for crops from biofuels in an era of higher energy prices. Lately, investors have been piling into farmland (up more than 17% a year over the last ten years) as a hedge against inflation and currency debasement. Is this trend here to stay? Or are "nouveau-ags" swelling yet another asset bubble? We ask one of Virginia's biggest farmers, a buyer for a localvore-friendly market and a farm-raised investment banker who was recently a biofuels mogul.
Jul 14, 2014
Full Disclosure with Roben Farzad: Tuning Out the Bull
Full Disclosure with Roben Farzad: Tuning Out the Bull by Roben Farzad
Jul 14, 2014
Quick Hit: James Harmon's Ex-Im Bank Anecdote
"I don't usually go around discussing these stories," says James Harmon, founder and chairman of the Caravel Fund. Harmon shares with host Roben Farzad an incident that happened on his watch, back when led the Export-Import Bank in this "Quick Hit" excerpt from "Pushing the Frontier" (aired June 13, 2014).
Jul 14, 2014
Quick Hit: Rakontur's Advice To Young Media Makers
Miami-based moviemakers Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman share with host Roben Farzad their advice for would-be media moguls and entrepreneurs in this "Quick Hit" excerpt from "The Disruptors" (aired May 16, 2014).
Jun 30, 2014
Full Disclosure with Roben Farzad: Indebted
How steep gambling debts, credit-card debt and a debt to society brought two troubled men together and on the straight and narrow: a true story.
Jun 21, 2014
Full Disclosure with Roben Farzad: Gonzo Activism
Full Disclosure with Roben Farzad: Gonzo Activism by Roben Farzad
Jun 17, 2014
Full Disclosure with Roben Farzad: Tusked Off!
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was supposed to cake-walk his way through a joke primary against a little-known and vastly underfunded college professor; no one down here much took the election seriously. Instead, the Richmond Tea Party somehow ousted the powerful Republican, proving that its wing of the party would have to be reckoned with this election year and, more importantly, in the 2016 Presidential race. What's the Tea Party's beef with today's GOP? Immigration? The IRS? Two Richmond Tea party organizers join us, as well as Randolph-Macon professor and immigration advocate Debra Rodman and ABC News political director Rick Klein.
Jun 13, 2014
Full Disclosure with Roben Farzad: Pushing The Frontier
Caravel Fund’s James Harmon and Caglar Somek, accomplished investors in the “frontier” — delicate but fast-growing developing economies like Ghana, Bangladesh and the Philippines that are gunning to become the next Korea and Brazil. Can you do well and do good? Harmon, a Wall Street veteran, worked as the head of the Export-Import Bank under Bill Clinton … when Hillary urged him to take his first-ever trip to Africa. We’re joined by Adaora Udoji, a Nigerian-American author and former WNYC host, for a talk on the paradox of Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest economy, which is booming while constantly on the brink of civil war.