After Hours

After Hours

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From Harvard Business Review
Big Tech vs. the EU, and Why Is College So Expensive?
Apr 17 • 37 min
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.
Has Car Ownership Peaked, and Is Joe Biden Too Physical?
Apr 10 • 32 min
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.
Apple’s Big Event, Plus Is Corporate Debt at a Crisis Level?
Apr 3 • 31 min
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.
Peloton and Partisan Political Prejudice
Mar 27 • 29 min
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.
Food Delivery Wars and Boeing’s Crisis Management
Mar 20 • 33 min
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.
Airbnb, Plus Lessons from Kraft Heinz and Zero Based Budgeting
Mar 13 • 31 min
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.
IPO Fever, and Do Bullies Make Good Bosses?
Mar 6 • 33 min
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…
Walmart’s Strategy to Beat Amazon, and Millennial Socialism
Feb 27 • 32 min
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?
WeWork, and Can the Government Really Print as Much Money as It Wants?
Feb 20 • 31 min
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…
Medicare for All, plus Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amazon HQ2, Marie Kondo, Toys, Spotify and Podcasting, and More
Feb 13 • 34 min
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…
Fears About Huawei, and Facebook Earnings (What We Learned)
Feb 6 • 33 min
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.
Taxing the Rich, and the “Woke” Advertising Trend
Jan 30 • 34 min
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”…
High CEO Churn, and the 401(k) Turns 40
Jan 23 • 30 min
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.
Apple in China, and Payday Lending
Jan 16 • 31 min
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…
New Year’s Crystal Ball Episode
Jan 2 • 35 min
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.
2018 Awards Episode
Dec 26, 2018 • 35 min
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…
Not Everyone Can Build a Digital Ad Business, Plus Debating Radical Transparency
Dec 19, 2018 • 31 min
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.
The Student Debt Crisis, and the FIRE Movement
Dec 12, 2018 • 28 min
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.
Microsoft Trending Up, Apple Trending Down…? Plus, The Marriott Data Breach
Dec 5, 2018 • 31 min
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.
Tackling Climate Change, and Making Sense of the Nissan-Renault Drama
Nov 28, 2018 • 30 min
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir tackle climate change, discuss the Nissan-Renault soap opera, and share their After Hours picks for the week.
Grading The New York Times’ News Coverage, and Quick Takes on Random Things
Nov 20, 2018 • 29 min
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.
Uber Prepares to Go Public, and China’s Social Credit System
Nov 14, 2018 • 29 min
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.
Can Netflix Keep Winning? And Why People Are Fleeing Latin America
Nov 7, 2018 • 31 min
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.
How Bad is Airline Service, Really? And Other Customer Service Complaints
Oct 31, 2018 • 29 min
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.”
Is Retail Dying? Plus, How Are Companies Spending their Tax Cuts?
Oct 24, 2018 • 31 min
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.
Debating Minimum Wage, and Reflections on a Year of #MeToo
Oct 17, 2018 • 36 min
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.
New Media and Predictive Policing
Jul 2, 2018 • 30 min
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.
Trade and Soccer
Jun 27, 2018 • 30 min
In this episode, Mihir and Felix discuss trade, soccer, offer their After Hours picks.
Food, food, and more food!
Jun 15, 2018 • 29 min
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.
The #MeToo Movement and Its Impact on Business (Live)
Jun 4, 2018 • 41 min
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.
Is the Job of the Presidency Too Big? Plus, Vaping Among Teens
May 30, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Brainstorming Gun Control Ideas, and the Affordable Housing Dilemma
May 24, 2018 • 31 min
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…
A Conversation with Teens
May 19, 2018 • 25 min
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.
Antitrust and Big Tech, and Is Corporate Lobbying A Good or Bad Thing?
May 17, 2018 • 31 min
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.
Why Management Practice Matters
May 9, 2018 • 28 min
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…
The Rise of Voice Assistants like Amazon Echo, and How to Punish Wells Fargo
May 2, 2018 • 29 min
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.
The Future of Newspapers, and Debating Big Tech
Apr 26, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Why They Do It: White Collar Criminals
Apr 24, 2018 • 30 min
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…
The Gender Wage Gap, and Debating the Benefits of Retail Medicine
Apr 19, 2018 • 29 min
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.
Zuckerberg Faces Congress, and the Plight of the Post Office
Apr 13, 2018 • 27 min
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.
Trump’s Trade War, and the Fate of Tesla
Apr 7, 2018 • 35 min
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.
Fixing the Culture at Uber
Apr 2, 2018 • 31 min
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…
How Money Can Buy Happiness
Mar 21, 2018 • 32 min
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…
Debating Universal Basic Income, plus Google and the Right to be Forgotten
Mar 14, 2018 • 29 min
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.
Making Sense of Online Reviews, Our Best/Worst Service Experiences, plus Debating the Future of Spotify
Mar 11, 2018 • 34 min
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.
The #NeverAgain movement, Facebook and the Russian Influence Campaign, Should Pornography Be Banned, and Oscar Picks
Mar 3, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Introducing After Hours
Mar 1, 2018 • 1 min
Listen in as Harvard Business School faculty discuss hot topics at the intersection of business and society. (Trailer)