After Hours

By TED Audio Collective / Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, & Felix Oberholzer-Gee

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Alejandro Gracia-Zhang
 Apr 5, 2020
Very insightful. All three professors bring their expertise to the table and I really appreciate the thoughtfulness and humility of their discussions.

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Harvard Business School professors discuss and debate current events that sit at the crossroads of business and culture. Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee engage in a spirited discussion on a range of topics torn from the headlines — from Facebook, to free trade, to the #MeToo movement. Informed by their unique expertise as professors at one of the world’s leading business schools, their takes are always surprising, unconventional, and insightful.


Episode Date
Rivian Electric Vehicles, Duolingo, Gingko Bioworks, Moderna, Unicorn Valuations, Facebook, and More
47:47

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the red hot IPO market, highlighting a few of the companies reflecting a “sign of the times” including: Rivian Automotive, Duolingo, and life science companies like Gingko Bioworks and Moderna. They also answer a few letters from listeners, including questions about the soaring valuations of private company unicorns, the latest Facebook scandal, and more.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

·       Private Company Unicorns (Crunchbase)

·       Run for Office (Snapchat Mini)

·       Career and Family (Claudia Goldin)

·       Journey Across a Century of Women (Claudia Goldin)

·       How to Make Ppopgi (Honeycomb Candy, as featured in Squid Game) 

We invite you to email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  afterhours@hbs.edu.  You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Oct 13, 2021
The Global Housing Crisis, Amazon’s Newest Employee Benefit, Women Outpacing Men in College Enrollments, Carbon Capture Goes Online, and More
40:11

Housing prices are on the rise in cities all around the world, and Youngme, Felix and Mihir discuss whether there’s an end in sight. Plus they discuss other headlines, including: Amazon’s decision to start paying for college tuition for its workers; women outpacing men in college enrollments; the first major carbon capture facility going online; and more.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

·       Ministry for the Future (Kim Stanley Robinson)

·       Buddenbrooks (Thomas Mann)

·       Songs of Gastarbeiter

We invite you to email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  afterhours@hbs.edu.  You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Oct 06, 2021
Why Are Shelves Still Empty? Supply Chain Woes, plus Other Economic Takeaways from the Pandemic
40:24

Why are items still missing from grocery store shelves? Why are package deliveries being delayed? Youngme, Felix and Mihir unpack the global supply chain mess, while warning listeners to start their holiday shopping early! They also share their personal economic takeaways from the pandemic.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

·       The White Lotus (HBO)

·       Flour Water Salt Yeast (by Ken Forkish)

We invite you to email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  afterhours@hbs.edu.  You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

 

Sep 29, 2021
Has Apple Peaked? Plus, Celebrities Changing Hollywood
41:11

It’s been 10 years since the death of Steve Jobs. Has Apple peaked after 10 years of Tim Cook’s leadership or is the best yet to come? Youngme, Felix and Mihir debate the prospects for Apple; they then discuss the celebrities changing the way Hollywood does business, including Reese Witherspoon, Rihanna, and more.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

·       Google Lens (App)

·       PictureThis (Botanist in your pocket App)

·       Libby (Library App, by Overdrive)

We invite you to email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  afterhours@hbs.edu.  You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Sep 22, 2021
China Cracks Down, Fox Launches a Weather Channel, Visa Buys an NFT, and More
41:25

Youngme, Mihir and Felix talk about how to make sense of China’s crackdown on industries ranging from Big Tech to Videogaming. They also share thoughts on other stories in the news, including people behaving badly on planes, Fox launching a Weather Channel, Visa buying an NFT, and Boston Dynamics’ latest robot video.

 

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

·       Boston Dynamics Robots in Action

·       What Bobby McIlvane Left Behind (by Jennifer Senior in The Atlantic)

·       NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021 (Spike Lee documentary on HBO)

·       Crash Landing on You (Netflix)

·       Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix)

We invite you to email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  afterhours@hbs.edu.  You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Sep 15, 2021
We’re Back! Our Summer Round-Up
42:59

Youngme, Mihir, and Felix discuss some of the biggest stories from the summer, including their thoughts on the Robinhood IPO, what’s going on in the current labor market, whether the Olympics matter anymore, Simone Biles, and more.

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Sep 08, 2021
Season 4 Finale: Stories We’re Watching This Summer and a Mega-Round of Recommendations
01:04:26

Youngme , Mihir , Felix , Rebecca , and Rawi share the stories they will be watching this summer, before doing a mega-round of recommendations for things to read, watch, listen, and do.  

Each week, the hosts give their recommendations for reading, watching, and more. Here are This Week’s Picks:

Jun 30, 2021
United States–Russia Relations and YOLO!
32:01

Mihir , Rawi , and Felix debate whether or not the U.S. pays too much attention to Russia, a relatively small economy without important trade relations. They also try to make sense of YOLO (you only live once). Are we becoming too narcissistic?

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Jun 23, 2021
Naomi Osaka and the G7’s Global Minimum Tax
37:19

Rawi and Mihir discuss Naomi Osaka’s departure from the French Open and the G7’s effort to cooperate on corporate taxation.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Jun 16, 2021
Old Habits and New Rituals (with Mike Norton)
31:16

Youngme and Felix invite their friend and bestselling author, Harvard Business School professor Mike Norton , to discuss the old habits and new rituals we have formed over the past year, during the pandemic.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Jun 09, 2021
The Shopping Episode: Retail Trends We’re Watching
33:57

Youngme , Mihir , and Felix share their shopping habits and the retail trends they’re keeping an eye on.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Jun 02, 2021
Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (with Frances Frei)
40:11

Youngme and Felix invite their friend and celebrated author, consultant, and Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei , to discuss the challenges of bringing true diversity and inclusion into the workplace.  

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

May 26, 2021
Raising the Capital Gains Tax, and Creating Better Simpler Strategy
37:53

Youngme , Mihir , and Felix debate whether it makes sense to raise the capital gains tax. They also discuss how companies can create better and more creative competitive strategies – the topic of Felix’s new book, [Better Simpler Strategy](https://www.amazon.com/Better-Simpler-Strategy-Value-Based-Exceptional/dp/B08Y639VC9/ref=sr13?dchild=1&keywords=better+simpler+strategy&qid=1621186962&sr=8-3).

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

May 19, 2021
Earnings Roundup: Crocs, Danone, PayPal, and More
33:10

Is Danone an example of failed stakeholder capitalism? Why did Zynga acquire Chartboost?

Rebecca , Rawi, and Felix discuss earnings and the recent performance of Crocs, Danone, PayPal, HelloFresh, BP, and Zynga.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

May 12, 2021
Biden’s Climate Change Plan and Europe’s Super League
30:28

Will President Biden’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent in the next decade make a real difference?  RebeccaRawi , and  Felix  discuss the parts of the plan that are most likely to be implemented and how U.S. climate change policy will influence global efforts to slow climate change. Plus, they debate why the idea for a European soccer Super League failed in spectacular fashion.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

May 05, 2021
The Art of Negotiation
39:26

Youngme , Mihir , and Felix invite their friend and negotiations expert, Harvard Business School professor Deepak Malhotra , to discuss the art of negotiation, as well as his new science fiction novel, The Peacemaker’s Code.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Apr 28, 2021
The Future of Substack and Amazon’s Failed Union Effort
36:59

Is the newsletter platform Substack the new media wunderkind or a flash in the pan? What can we learn from the failed effort to unionize Amazon workers in Alabama?

RebeccaMihir , and  Felix  debate how Substack might change news consumption and competition for talented writers. Plus, they examine why the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union failed to unionize an Amazon warehouse in Alabama.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Apr 21, 2021
CEOs Speak Out on Politics and the Future of Digital Currencies
41:20

Rawi , Rebecca , and Mihir discuss how and why CEOs are speaking out on politics and what China’s digital renminbi means for economics and politics.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Apr 14, 2021
The Future of Restaurants, Take-Out, and More
38:08

Youngme , Mihir , and Felix discuss the future of food delivery, ghost kitchens, virtual restaurant brands, and more.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Apr 07, 2021
Our Wellness Episode
39:30

Youngme , Mihir , and Felix discuss the wellness trends they love, hate, and aren’t quite sure about – from the fitness wars to touchless spas and more. Plus, they share their personal wellness habits and hacks.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Mar 31, 2021
The NFT Craze and the Future of Spotify and Streaming Music
38:33

Youngme , Mihir , and Felix discuss the hype surrounding NFTs (non-fungible tokens). They also dig into recent music industry trends and what they mean for the future of Spotify and other streaming players.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Mar 24, 2021
The Shecession and the Meaning of Harry and Meghan
39:38

Why did the Covid-19 recession affect women disproportionately and what can we do about it? Plus, what might Oprah’s recent interview with Harry and Meghan tell us about the future of the monarchy?

Rebecca , Rawi , and Mihir discuss the impacts of the pandemic recession on women and why the Harry and Meghan interview was so mesmerizing.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Mar 17, 2021
Mandatory Vaccinations and the Big Freeze in Texas
32:24

Should businesses require their employees to get vaccinated before they can return to work? Rebecca , Mihir , Rawi , and Felix debate the pros and cons of mandatory vaccinations. They also discuss why the energy market in Texas failed during a recent winter storm and how best to encourage investments in infrastructure resilience.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Mar 10, 2021
The New U.S. Stimulus Package and the Meaning of Brexit
41:22

Does the U.S. economy need more help right now, and is the latest stimulus package well designed for the moment? Plus, Brexit has fully arrived – what happens next?

Felix , Rawi , and Mihir discuss the new $1.9 trillion stimulus package in the U.S. and the departure of the UK from the European Union.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

 You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal. 

Mar 03, 2021
The Future of WFH and Competing Against the Giant Internet Platforms
40:04

Youngme , Mihir , Felix , and Rawi discuss whether companies should allow employees to work from home permanently. They also debate whether it’s possible for small players to compete against the giant internet platforms.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

 You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Feb 24, 2021
Companies We’re Watching: Affirm, Patagonia, Clubhouse, and More!
41:54

Youngme , Mihir , and Felix discuss companies they’re keeping an eye on, including fintech lender Affirm, outdoor clothing brand Patagonia, social media app Clubhouse, and one that may surprise you.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

 You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal. 

Feb 17, 2021
Bezos Steps Down as Amazon’s CEO and Raising the Minimum Wage
32:05

What are Jeff Bezos’s most significant accomplishments at Amazon? What’s troubling about the business that he built? Rebecca , Rawi , and Felix look back at Jeff Bezos’s career.

They also discuss the proposal to increase the federal minimum wage in the U.S. to $15. Would we really see more unemployment?

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

Visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. Email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com. Follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Feb 10, 2021
Tesla and Bitcoin: Are You a Believer?
36:06

Youngme , Mihir , and Rawi discuss Tesla as the competition gets heated in the electric vehicle market. They also discuss how to make sense of the bitcoin craze.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

Visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. Email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com. Follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Feb 03, 2021
Bonus Episode: GameStop Traders Rock the Financial Industry
19:31

Youngme , Mihir , and Rawi share their thoughts on how a group of individual investors went head-to-head with Wall Street hedge funds, pushing up GameStop’s stock price and raising questions for the entire financial industry.

Visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. Email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com. Follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Jan 29, 2021
Google’s Dominance, and Smart Cities
35:40

Is Google so successful because it excels at building incredibly smart products? Or is it dominant in many markets because it stifles innovation and abuses its market power, as several antitrust lawsuits allege?

Rebecca, Mihir, and Felix discuss the merits of recent antitrust actions against the search giant. They also debate the promise of smart cities, and why Cisco and Google pulled back from their smart-city initiatives. Should we stop dreaming of living in smarter cities?

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

Visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. Email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com. Follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Jan 27, 2021
PACs and SPACs!
37:35

Were corporations right to stop political giving in a targeted way after the violence at the U.S. Capitol, and what is going on with SPACs?

Felix , Rebecca , and Mihir discuss the role corporations should play in politics and debate the merits of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) as an alternative to the broken IPO process.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Jan 20, 2021
Big Tech Bans, and the Alleged Russian Hacking
39:04

Youngme , Felix , and Rawi discuss Twitter and Facebook banning Trump from their platforms, as well as Apple, Google, and Amazon banning the Parler app. They also discuss the alleged Russian hacking of U.S. government and military systems.

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Jan 13, 2021
Bonus Episode: Reflections on the Tumult in Washington D.C.
42:19

In this bonus episode, Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , Mihir Desai , and Rebecca Henderson share their thoughts and reflections on the violence at the U.S. Capitol.

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Jan 08, 2021
A Year-End Mega-Episode! Our Predictions for 2021
01:05:31

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai invite their new co-hosts, Harvard Business School professors Rebecca Henderson and Rawi Abdelal , onto the show to share their predictions for 2021, covering everything from business to politics to fashion.

You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal.

Dec 23, 2020
We’re Back! Our Reflections on 2020
47:41

In this first episode of Season 4, Youngme, Felix, and Mihir share their reflections on 2020 and discuss what they learned from the pandemic. They also offer their recommendations for what to watch, read, and do over the holiday break.

To join the After Hours mailing list, click here: After Hours Sign-Up. You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to:  harvardafterhours@gmail.com.  You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Dec 16, 2020
Season 3 Finale: Stories to Watch This Summer and Summer Recommendations
48:02

In this final episode of the season, Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss the stories they’ll be watching this summer, including how businesses will re-open. They also offer an extended set of recommendations for watching, reading, and other projects during the summer months.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

Listeners are invited to join our mailing list by signing up here: After Hours Sign-Up. You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

May 13, 2020
Earnings Reports from Apple and Facebook, and Warning Signs for Uber and Lyft
31:20

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai debate what they’ve learned from first quarter earnings reports from Apple, Facebook, and others. They also discuss warning signs for Uber and Lyft, and share their thoughts about the recession.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

Listeners are invited to join our mailing list by signing up here: After Hours Sign-Up. You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

May 06, 2020
Companies and Consumers Show Their True Colors During the Crisis
35:01

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss how companies, industries, and consumers are revealing their true colors during the Covid-19 crisis.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

Listeners are invited to join our mailing list by signing up here: After Hours Sign-Up. You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Apr 29, 2020
Apple and Google Team Up for Contact Tracing, and the Federal Reserve’s Rescue Plan
35:41

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai debate Apple and Google’s Covid-19 contact tracing plan. They also discuss the Federal Reserve, which has taken a series of unprecedented actions to prop up the economy.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

Listeners are invited to join our mailing list by signing up here: After Hours Sign-Up. You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Apr 22, 2020
Predictions for the New Normal
30:01

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai debate how the world will be changed by coronavirus. Their predictions for the “new normal” span healthcare, education, the sharing economy, working from home, and more.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

Listeners are invited to join our mailing list by signing up here: After Hours Sign-Up. You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Apr 15, 2020
Bonus Episode: Reimagining Capitalism (with Rebecca Henderson)
30:48

Felix Oberholzer-Gee welcomes a guest to the podcast, Harvard Business School professor Rebecca Henderson, who argues that capitalism needs to be reimagined in light of the urgency associated with climate change.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

Listeners are invited to join our mailing list by signing up here: After Hours Sign-Up. You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Apr 13, 2020
Standout Companies and Breakout Phenomena
29:50

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss companies that are standing out during the coronavirus crisis, including Zoom and World Central Kitchen (founded by Chef José Andrés‎). They also discuss breakout phenomena associated with the widespread shutdown.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

To join our mailing list, click here: After Hours Sign-Up. Visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. Email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. Follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Apr 08, 2020
Bonus Episode: Letters from Listeners
27:37

Listeners around the world write in to ask questions and share their experiences of Covid-19 with Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

To join our mailing list, click here: After Hours Sign-Up. Visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. Email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. Follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Apr 06, 2020
The Varying International Responses to Covid-19, and the U.S. Stimulus Package
37:02

Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Mihir Desai discuss how and why countries have differed in their responses to Covid-19, with a particular emphasis on their public health and economic responses. They also debate whether or not the recent U.S. stimulus package, including the bailouts, is designed appropriately.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

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Apr 01, 2020
The Housing Crisis, and Helping Renters During the Pandemic
37:06

In this episode, Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss the housing crisis and what the coronavirus pandemic means for renters, in particular.

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Mar 24, 2020
Bonus Episode: Coronavirus News and Industry Bailouts
34:25

In this bonus episode, Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss the latest coronavirus news, debate whether the airlines deserve a bailout, and share some of their personal reflections on the crisis.

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Mar 20, 2020
Reflections on the Ongoing Coronavirus Crisis
30:50

Youngme Moon and Mihir Desai discuss the latest economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis and share some of their personal reflections from the week.

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Mar 17, 2020
Making Sense of the Economic Impact of the Coronavirus
33:47

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the economy. How alarmed should people be about swings in the stock market? Should the Federal Reserve cut interest rates further? What should be the government’s fiscal policy response?

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Mar 11, 2020
Healthcare Companies We’re Watching, and Productivity Hacks
31:03

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss some of the healthcare companies they’re keeping an eye on, before sharing their favorite productivity hacks. (Listeners are invited to join our mailing list by signing up here: After Hours Survey.)

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

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Mar 04, 2020
The Future of Movie Theaters, and Radical Salary Transparency
34:42

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai debate the future of movie theaters, as well as the controversial notion that companies should make everyone’s salary transparent to all employees. (Listeners are invited to join our mailing list by signing up here: After Hours Survey.)

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

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Feb 26, 2020
Casper and DTC Brands, Plus California’s New Freelancer Law
31:32

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai debate the fate of DTC brands like Casper mattresses and whether independent contractors should be classified as employees under California’s new AB5 law. (Listeners are invited to fill out the After Hours Survey.)

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

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Feb 19, 2020
Coronavirus, 5G, and Earnings Season
38:46

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss the impact of the coronavirus; the advertising hype surrounding the rollout of 5G; earnings reports from Tesla and the big banks; and what Google’s earnings tell us about YouTube.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

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Feb 12, 2020
Academy Awards Episode: “Parasite” and “American Factory”
30:13

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai celebrate Academy Awards week by discussing two of their favorite nominations: the film “Parasite” and the documentary “American Factory.”

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

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Feb 05, 2020
Remembering Clayton Christensen (with Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria)
23:23

Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen died January 23, 2020. Christensen, one of the world’s leading business thinkers, is remembered in this conversation with Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria.

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Jan 29, 2020
Alcohol Trends and Super Bowl Political Advertising
32:42

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai mark “Dry January” by discussing trends in the alcohol industry. Then they discuss the decision by Trump and Bloomberg to purchase Super Bowl ads for their campaigns.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

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Jan 22, 2020
Tabloid Edition: Fugitive Carlos Ghosn and Royal Family Drama
29:25

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai debate whether former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn was justified in fleeing Japan, before discussing the British Royal Family drama and what’s next for Harry and Meghan.

Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:

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Jan 15, 2020
Predictions for 2020
30:18

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai review last year’s predictions for business, technology, politics, and culture. Then they debate their new predictions for 2020.

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Jan 08, 2020
2019 Awards Episode!
36:01

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai hand out their “awards” for 2019, including best/worst trend of the year, their sleeper award, comeback of the year, most under-reported story of the year, most over-hyped story of the year, and person of the year.

Some Recent Picks:

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Dec 18, 2019
The Good and Bad of Modern Airports and the End of an Era at Google
35:52

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss the good and bad of modern airports. They also discuss the end of an era at Google/Alphabet, with the co-founders now stepping away from their operating roles.

Some Recent Picks:

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Dec 11, 2019
Under-the-Radar Companies, including OYO Hotels, Carbon Engineering, Whim, and more!
31:20

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss some of the under-the-radar companies that they think people should be paying more attention to.

Some Recent Picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Dec 04, 2019
The FOOD Episode!
30:53

In this special Thanksgiving edition taped a few days before the holiday, Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss all things food, including food halls, the plastic problem, vertical farming, CBD menu sightings, culinary tourism, and fast whiskey.

Some Recent Picks:

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Nov 26, 2019
The Launch of Disney+, the War on Billionaires, and the 4-Day Work Week
31:18

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss several topics from a busy news week, including the launch of Disney+ (what does it mean for Netflix?), the growing public animosity towards billionaires, and proposals to move to a 4-day work week.

Some Recent Picks:

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Nov 20, 2019
Biggest Money Mistakes People Make, and the Rise of the Micro-Influencer
30:37

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss the biggest money mistakes people make when managing their personal finances. They also discuss the rise of the social media “micro-influencer.”

Some Recent Picks:

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Nov 13, 2019
Google Buys Fitbit, and Twitter Bans Political Ads
27:30

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss Google’s announcement that it’s buying Fitbit and what this tells us about the future of wearable computing. Later in the show, they discuss how Twitter and Facebook are handling political advertising.

Some Recent Picks:

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Nov 06, 2019
TikTok, Museums, the Audio Explosion, and Other Trends in Entertainment
30:10

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss a variety of trends from the world of entertainment — including TikTok, the resurgence of museums, the audio explosion, newspaper paywalls, spiked seltzer, entertainment genres, and binge-watching vs. appointment-viewing.

Some Recent Picks:

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Oct 30, 2019
Making Sense of the China-NBA Firestorm, and Debating the Wealth Tax
31:46

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai try to make sense of the firestorm sparked by the NBA’s clash with China. They also debate the merits of a wealth tax of the kind proposed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Some Recent Picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Oct 23, 2019
Amazon Under Attack, and Household Financial Stress
36:28

Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss the problem of household financial stress. They also debate whether current criticisms of Amazon are justified.

Suggested Reading

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Oct 16, 2019
The Race for Space, and the Invasion of the Electric Scooters
33:33

Does Space represent a real economic opportunity or are expensive endeavors like SpaceX a form of billionaire hubris? Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai discuss the Race for Space, before debating the viability of the electric scooter market in cities around the world.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Oct 09, 2019
Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google – Who Won the Summer? Plus, WeWork’s Fall from Grace
38:58

After Hours is back for Season 3! Youngme Moon , Felix Oberholzer-Gee , and Mihir Desai debate which of the Big Tech companies (Apple, Facebook, Amazon, or Google) had the best/worst summer, before digging into the WeWork saga.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Oct 02, 2019
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
08:37

It’s a wrap for Season 2, as Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai head off on a summer hiatus. Note to listeners: After Hours will return for Season 3 in the fall.

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Jun 19, 2019
Stories to Watch This Summer
31:07

Wrapping up Season 2, Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai count down the top stories they’ll be keeping an eye on over the summer. A note for listeners: After a summer hiatus, After Hours will return for Season 3 in the fall.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Jun 12, 2019
Mailbag Episode: Questions from Listeners
36:11

Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai answer questions from listeners and end up discussing everything from the U.S.-China trade dispute to Disney, CVS Health, short-termism, and how to express an opinion persuasively.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Jun 05, 2019
Should Vaping Among Teens Be Banned? And the Promise of Precision Medicine
32:27

Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai debate whether the FDA should crack down on teen vaping. They then discuss whether the promise of precision medicine is real or hype.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

May 29, 2019
Facial Recognition Fears and Rihanna + LVMH
32:46

Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai debate the pros and cons associated with the increased use of facial recognition technology and whether San Francisco’s ban on such technology makes sense. They then discuss whether Rihanna represents the future of the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, LVMH.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

May 22, 2019
Debating the Sackler Family Role in the Opioid Crisis, and Using AI Bots to Conduct Job Interviews
35:18

Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai discuss whether pharmaceutical players like the Sackler family members should be held accountable for the current opioid crisis. They then debate the growing reliance on artificial intelligence bots by human resource departments in the job screening process.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

May 15, 2019
Beyond Meat, and Facebook’s Pivot to Privacy
31:46

Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai talk about the Beyond Meat IPO and whether plant-based meat alternatives like Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger will become mass-market products. They then discuss Facebook’s announcement that it is pivoting to put greater emphasis on user privacy.

For interested listeners:

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

May 08, 2019
Quick Takes on Uber, Apple/Qualcomm, Pinterest, Brexit, and More
31:58

Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai offer short takes on six different topics, including: Uber’s S-1, Apple and Qualcomm settling their lawsuit, Pinterest’s prospects as a public company, Brexit, and the best TV shows about business.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

May 01, 2019
Disney+, Notre Dame Donations Spark a Backlash, and Mihir’s New Book!
41:40

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the upcoming launch of Disney’s new streaming service (Disney+), as well as the backlash sparked by billionaires pledging money to repair Notre Dame Cathedral. They then do a bonus segment about Mihir’s new book, How Finance Works.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Apr 24, 2019
Big Tech vs. the EU, and Why Is College So Expensive?
37:06

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate the effectiveness of the European Union’s attempts to regulate Big Tech. They then discuss the reasons underlying the soaring price of college in the U.S.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Apr 17, 2019
Has Car Ownership Peaked, and Is Joe Biden Too Physical?
32:39

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss whether we have officially reached “peak car” — meaning can we now expect a steady decline in private car ownership? They then debate whether Joe Biden’s physical displays of affection are appropriate.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Apr 10, 2019
Apple’s Big Event, Plus Is Corporate Debt at a Crisis Level?
31:50

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir share their reactions to Apple’s big event announcing the launch of its new TV+ service. They then discuss whether corporate debt levels are reaching crisis potential.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Apr 03, 2019
Peloton and Partisan Political Prejudice
29:32

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate Peloton, the high-flying exercise startup. They then discuss why partisan political prejudice is worse in some parts of the country than others.

For interested listeners:

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Mar 27, 2019
Food Delivery Wars and Boeing’s Crisis Management
33:14

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the food delivery war between DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, and others. Then they evaluate Boeing’s crisis management performance in the wake of two recent air disasters.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Mar 20, 2019
Airbnb, Plus Lessons from Kraft Heinz and Zero Based Budgeting
31:33

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate how well Airbnb is managing growth amid backlash from cities like New York City. They also discuss Kraft Heinz’s controversial zero-based budgeting approach to management.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Mar 13, 2019
IPO Fever, and Do Bullies Make Good Bosses?
33:40

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss why so many high-profile companies (Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Airbnb, Slack, Postmates, Casper, Peloton, etc.) are planning to go public this year. They also debate whether it’s acceptable for bosses to throw temper tantrums at work.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Mar 06, 2019
Walmart’s Strategy to Beat Amazon, and Millennial Socialism
32:38

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss how Walmart is trying to compete against Amazon and whether the strategy is working. They also debate the rise of socialism in U.S. millennials — is it a healthy phenomenon or a dangerous one?

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Feb 27, 2019
WeWork, and Can the Government Really Print as Much Money as It Wants?
31:37

Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai discuss whether WeWork’s success is sustainable. Plus, can the government really spend as much money as it wants without worrying about deficits? What in the world is Modern Monetary Theory and does it actually make sense?

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Feb 20, 2019
Medicare for All, plus Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amazon HQ2, Marie Kondo, Toys, Spotify and Podcasting, and More
34:17

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate Medicare for All and ask whether the U.S. healthcare system is broken. They then offer quick takes on everything from Amazon’s latest HQ2 news, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s influence, Marie Kondo, the toy industry, Spotify’s aggressive push into podcasting, and more!

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Feb 13, 2019
Fears About Huawei, and Facebook Earnings (What We Learned)
33:08

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate U.S. fears about Huawei and implications for U.S.-China relations. They also offer their interpretation of Facebook’s latest earnings results, before sharing their After Hours picks for the week.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Feb 06, 2019
Taxing the Rich, and the “Woke” Advertising Trend
34:47

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate two of the dramatic and controversial tax ideas being proposed by Democrats (a 70% marginal income tax rate and a 2% wealth tax), before discussing the trend among brands like Gillette, Nike, and Pepsi to launch “woke” advertising campaigns. They also offer their After Hours picks for the week.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Jan 30, 2019
High CEO Churn, and the 401(k) Turns 40
30:52

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss why CEO departures are occurring so frequently, before unpacking the flaws in our 401(k) system. They also offer their After Hours picks for the week.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Jan 23, 2019
Apple in China, and Payday Lending
31:52

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss Apple’s position in the Chinese market; debate whether payday lending is good or bad for workers; and ask whether companies should be doing more to help employees manage cash shortfalls. They also offer their After Hours picks for the week.

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Jan 16, 2019
New Year’s Crystal Ball Episode
35:27

Taped a few days before heading off for the holidays, Youngme, Felix, and Mihir share their After Hours Predictions for 2019, covering everything from Big Tech, to food, to finance, to entertainment.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Jan 02, 2019
2018 Awards Episode
35:04

Taped a few days before heading off for the holidays, Youngme, Felix, and Mihir share their After Hours Awards for 2018, including their awards for Best/Worst Trend of the Year, Biggest Fail of the Year, Sleeper of the Year, Comeback of the Year, Work Cut Out for Them Next Year, Most Under-Reported Story of the Year, Most Over-Hyped Story of the Year, Person of the Year, and Favorite Entertainment of the Year.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Dec 26, 2018
Not Everyone Can Build a Digital Ad Business, Plus Debating Radical Transparency
31:25

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss Verizon’s write-down on Oath (Yahoo, AOL) and the challenges with building a digital advertising business. They also debate the notion of Radical Transparency, before sharing their After Hours picks for the week.

Some recent picks:

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Dec 19, 2018
The Student Debt Crisis, and the FIRE Movement
28:39

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss staggering student debt levels, the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) Movement, and share their After Hours picks for the week.

For interested listeners:

Some recent picks:

  • Today, Explained Podcast, Nov. 30 Episode (Humans 2.0)
  • Babylon Berlin (Netflix)
  • The Prison Inside Me” (Reuters)
  • Robert Stavins (follow on Twitter)
  • FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data)
  • RBG (Documentary on Amazon Video)
  • The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video)
  • The Ringer website
  • Janesville (Amy Goldstein)
  • Airtable (software)
  • Small Fry (Lisa Brennan-Jobs)

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Dec 12, 2018
Microsoft Trending Up, Apple Trending Down…? Plus, The Marriott Data Breach
31:11

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate whether Microsoft is trending up while Apple is trending down, before discussing the Marriott (Starwood) data breach. They also share their After Hours picks for the week.

Some recent picks:

  • Robert Stavins (follow on Twitter)
  • FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data)
  • RBG (Documentary on Amazon Video)
  • The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video)
  • The Ringer website
  • Janesville (Amy Goldstein)
  • Airtable (software)
  • Small Fry (Lisa Brennan-Jobs)
  • Educated (Tara Westover)

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Dec 05, 2018
Tackling Climate Change, and Making Sense of the Nissan-Renault Drama
30:04

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir tackle climate change, discuss the Nissan-Renault soap opera, and share their After Hours picks for the week.

For interested listeners:

Some recent picks:

  • The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video)
  • The Ringer website
  • Janesville (Amy Goldstein)
  • Airtable (software)
  • Small Fry (Lisa Brennan-Jobs)
  • Educated (Tara Westover)
  • Burn After Reading (Netflix)
  • Janelle Monae
  • Company (Stephen Sondheim musical)

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can also follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Nov 28, 2018
Grading The New York Times’ News Coverage, and Quick Takes on Random Things
29:48

Youngme and Felix decide to “grade” The New York Times’ news coverage, before sharing their quick takes on other random things. They also share their After Hours picks for the week.

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You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com. You can follow Youngme and Mihir on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon and @DesaiMihirA.

Nov 20, 2018
Uber Prepares to Go Public, and China’s Social Credit System
29:52

Youngme, Mihir, and Felix discuss how much Uber is worth as it prepares to go public, before debating China’s controversial Social Credit system. They also share their After Hours picks for the week.

You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com.

Nov 14, 2018
Can Netflix Keep Winning? And Why People Are Fleeing Latin America
31:56

Youngme, Mihir, and Felix debate whether Netflix’s success is sustainable, before trying to wrap their heads around the unthinkably high murder rate in Latin America. They also share their After Hours picks for the week.

For interested listeners:

You can email Youngme, Mihir, and Felix with your comments and ideas for future episodes at: harvardafterhours@gmail.com.

Nov 07, 2018
How Bad is Airline Service, Really? And Other Customer Service Complaints
29:35

Youngme and Mihir welcome their colleague Ryan Buell to discuss whether airlines deserve their reputation for terrible customer service. They also share other customer service pet peeves, as well as their personal “Customer Experience Picks.”

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You can email Youngme, Mihir, and Felix with your comments and ideas for future episodes at: harvardafterhours@gmail.com.

Oct 31, 2018
Is Retail Dying? Plus, How Are Companies Spending their Tax Cuts?
31:42

Youngme, Mihir, and Felix discuss whether the “retailpocalypse” is real, try to figure out how companies are spending their Trump tax cuts, debate whether share buybacks are a good thing or a bad thing, and offer their picks for the week.

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Oct 24, 2018
Debating Minimum Wage, and Reflections on a Year of #MeToo
36:32

Youngme, Mihir, and Felix are back with Season 2 of After Hours! In this episode, they debate whether the federal minimum wage should be raised, offer their personal reflections on a year of the #MeToo movement, and share their picks for the week.

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Oct 17, 2018
New Media and Predictive Policing
30:24

In this episode, Felix and Mihir explore the prospects for media outlets like Vice and Buzzfeed, discuss their thoughts on predictive policing, and offer their After Hours picks for the week.

Jul 02, 2018
Trade and Soccer
30:15

In this episode, Mihir and Felix discuss trade, soccer, offer their After Hours picks.

Jun 27, 2018
Food, food, and more food!
29:24

In this light-hearted episode taped a couple of weeks ago, Youngme, Mihir and Felix discuss the #eatclean movement, their most/least favorite food trends, and offer their After Hours picks for the week.

Jun 15, 2018
The #MeToo Movement and Its Impact on Business (Live)
42:09

In this LIVE! episode taped in front of an audience of Harvard Business School alumni, Mihir and Youngme discuss the #MeToo Movement and its impact on business.

Jun 04, 2018
Is the Job of the Presidency Too Big? Plus, Vaping Among Teens
29:28

In this episode, Youngme, Felix and Mihir debate whether the job of the presidency is too big even for the most competent of executives; discuss whether the vaping trend among teenagers should have us worried; and offer their After Hours picks for the week.

May 30, 2018
Brainstorming Gun Control Ideas, and the Affordable Housing Dilemma
31:35

In this episode, Youngme, Mihir and Felix brainstorm out-of-the-box ideas for gun control; discuss whether cities like Boston should be trying to attract companies like Amazon despite the affordable housing crunch created; and offer their After Hours picks for the week.

May 24, 2018
A Conversation with Teens
25:29

In this special episode, Youngme asks three teenagers (including her own son) a set of 10 random questions that address everything from how they think about social media, to bullying in high schools, to how optimistic they are about the future.

May 19, 2018
Antitrust and Big Tech, and Is Corporate Lobbying A Good or Bad Thing?
31:36

In this episode, Youngme, Mihir and Felix discuss antitrust and whether we should be concerned about the size of the big tech companies; debate the propriety of corporate lobbying; and offer their After Hours Picks for the week.

May 17, 2018
Why Management Practice Matters
28:38

In this episode, Mihir sits down with HBS economist Rafaella Sadun, who has dug deep into why and how management practices matter with award-winning large-sample empirical work. Rafaella discusses the problems and promise of family ownership, why Americans do IT better, the secrets of her productive partnership and how she came to economics, and her recommendation for a biography of a pioneering female economist.

May 09, 2018
The Rise of Voice Assistants like Amazon Echo, and How to Punish Wells Fargo
29:57

In this episode, Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss why voice assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home are all the rage; debate how to punish Wells Fargo for criminal wrongdoing; and offer their After Hours picks for the week.

May 02, 2018
The Future of Newspapers, and Debating Big Tech
38:38

In this episode, Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss whether there’s a market for a Netflix for News; debate the future of newspapers like The New York Times; argue about which Big Tech company (Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook) is most and least vulnerable; and offer their After Hours picks for the week.

Apr 26, 2018
Why They Do It: White Collar Criminals
29:28

Youngme Moon interviews Eugene Soltes, who talks about "Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White Collar Criminal." Among other things, Eugene discusses his unique relationship with Bernie Madoff, the motivations behind white collar crime, how firms can prevent such crimes from occurring, and his most memorable conversations with criminals he has interviewed. Eugene also shares an After Hours recommendation.

Apr 24, 2018
The Gender Wage Gap, and Debating the Benefits of Retail Medicine
29:49

In this episode, Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate what it would take to close the gender wage gap; discuss whether retailers like Walmart and CVS entering the medical care space is good or bad for consumers; and share their After Hours picks for the week.

Apr 19, 2018
Zuckerberg Faces Congress, and the Plight of the Post Office
27:42

In this episode, Youngme, Felix, and Mihir give their quick takes on Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before Congress; discuss the plight of the U.S. Post Office; and share their picks for the week.

Apr 13, 2018
Trump’s Trade War, and the Fate of Tesla
35:28

In this episode, Youngme, Felix, and Mihir vent about trade deficits and potential tariffs against China; they also debate the future of Tesla. Plus, their After Hours picks for the week.

Apr 07, 2018
Fixing the Culture at Uber
31:23

In this episode, Youngme talks to Professor Frances Frei, who was hired by Uber last year to help rebuild a broken culture. Frances describes how toxic the culture at Uber actually was and how she dealt with difficult work scenarios. She also talks about what should be done about “bad people doing bad things” and the link between strategy and culture. Plus, she gives a behind-the-scenes look at preparing for her TED talk.

Apr 02, 2018
How Money Can Buy Happiness
32:22

In this episode, Youngme talks to her friend and colleague, Professor Mike Norton, about how to spend money to create happiness. Mike's tips include spending money on experiences rather than on "stuff," "buying time," and investing in others. Youngme adds a few tips of her own.

Mar 21, 2018
Debating Universal Basic Income, plus Google and the Right to be Forgotten
29:49

In this episode, Youngme, Mihir, and Felix debate the idea of a Universal Basic Income; discuss Google and the Right to be Forgotten; and offer their After Hours picks for the week.

Mar 14, 2018
Making Sense of Online Reviews, Our Best/Worst Service Experiences, plus Debating the Future of Spotify
34:42

In this episode, Youngme, Mihir, and Felix try to make sense of online reviews, dish about their best/worst service experiences, and offer their thoughts on Spotify. Plus, their After Hours recommendations for the week.

Mar 11, 2018
The #NeverAgain movement, Facebook and the Russian Influence Campaign, Should Pornography Be Banned, and Oscar Picks
51:44

In this pilot episode, Youngme, Mihir, and Felix discuss the NRA and whether the #NeverAgain movement has a chance; disagree about Facebook and the Russian influence campaign; and debate the idea of banning pornography. Plus, they offer their After Hours recommendations for the week and reveal what movies they’re rooting for (and against) at this year’s Oscars.

Mar 03, 2018
Introducing After Hours
01:05

Listen in as Harvard Business School faculty discuss hot topics at the intersection of business and society. (Trailer)

Mar 01, 2018