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Is capitalism the engine of destruction or the engine of prosperity? On this podcast we talk about the ways capitalism is—or more often isn’t—working in our world today. Hosted by Vanity Fair contributing editor, Bethany McLean and world renowned economics professor Luigi Zingales, we explain how capitalism can go wrong, and what we can do to fix it. Cover photo attributions:


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4.5 out of 5 stars from 538 ratings
  • Devolved in ramblings fit for Twitter

    The podcast has devolved into a social justice warrior espousing her views and an academic occasionally injecting sense into the conversation. I subscribed years ago to hear Professor Zingales’ mind at work. more

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    United States2 months ago
  • Seriously impactful!

    Capitalisn't has quickly become a favorite in my feed! Every episode flies by, and I always walk away feeling far more knowledgeable and better informed. Highly recommend tuning in!

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    Arlie K
    United States4 months ago
  • Insightful podcast

    These days the old press and social media are dumbing down information and politicizing information. This is one of the avenues to obtain unbiased information.

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    Aaron Ram 28
    United States4 months ago
  • Sanction insights

    Very perceptive comments on the unintended consequences of sanctions and why China was farsighted in controlling social media as they are not neutral players

    Apple Podcasts
    United States5 months ago
  • Smart and rigorous

    Great podcast where ideas are pushed around in a rigorous and non partisan matter. Luigi and Bethany are terrific hosts and they have no problem challenging each other and their guests in a friendly and professional manner. more

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