Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

Against the Rules with Michael Lewis
There’s a coach for that.

Against the Rules Presents: Deep Cover
Jul 21 • 40 min
Against the Rules presents Deep Cover: The Drug Wars. Marijuana, motorcycles, and mayhem. Deep Cover is the true story of an FBI agent in Detroit who goes undercover in an outlaw motorcycle gang and makes a series of bizarre discoveries that inadvertently…
Against the Rules Presents: Axios Today
Jun 23 • 11 min
Pushkin Industries and Axios are joining forces to produce a daily news podcast that gets audiences smarter, faster on the most pressing topics of the day. Start your morning with news that matters in just 10 minutes. Host Niala Boodhoo and a team of…
Against the Rules Presents: Cautionary Tales
Jun 18 • 24 min
Listen to the first episode of the new Cautionary Tales mini-season where host Tim Harford asks: Why did audience members fail to flee a deadly fire… despite being told to escape? Flames are spreading through a Cincinnati hotel. The staff know it, the…
Aim Higher
Jun 16 • 49 min
Can everyone be coached — or are some people beyond help? The transformative power of coaching is put to the test as Michael enlists a coach to help him tackle his greatest fear. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Unfair Coach
Jun 9 • 39 min
Back when coaching didn’t do very much, it didn’t matter who got it and who didn’t. But coaching is clearly getting better and better, and spreading into more areas of life, which means it matters a great deal who gets it and who does not. And the people…
The Data Coach
Jun 2 • 42 min
We explore the quantitative, scientific, and data-driven new frontier of coaching. Major League baseball is undergoing a coaching revolution from old-school to new tech. We talk to players whose careers were turned around not by a charismatic coach, but…
The Coach Effect
May 27 • 47 min
Colleges today talk a big game about valuing diversity — so why are so many of them failing to retain first-generation students? We meet a homeless straight-A track star and her ad-hoc college application coach to look at why it’s so hard to get into…
The Coach in Your Head
May 19 • 54 min
Just about anyone today can call themselves a coach. Michael traces this trend back to its source and finds out that the secret to effective coaching lies not in retraining the body, but the mind. We meet the original guru of “the inner game”: Timothy…
Don’t Be Good – Be Great
May 12 • 49 min
Michael revisits his high school days in New Orleans to tell the story of Billy Fitzgerald, the baseball coach who changed his life; and makes the case for the old-school, tough- love coaching that many parents find hard to take these days. Learn more…
Against the Rules Presents: Michael Lewis in Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg
May 7 • 37 min
Michael Lewis interviews the Co-Founders of Pushkin Industries, Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg, as part of Dell Technologies Small Business Podference, Hear what it’s like to start a business with a close friend and how Pushkin Industries is…
The Invisible Coach
May 5 • 49 min
Credit card companies are making billions of dollars off of people who don’t understand the rules of the money game. Can a good coach help level the playing field? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Introducing Against the Rules Season 2
Apr 21 • 2 min
Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis (Liar’s Poker, Moneyball) takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness. It feels like there’s less of it every day—whether it comes to lending practices, college admissions, professional sports, or…
Bonus Against the Rules: Help in a Crisis
Mar 25 • 22 min
While working on the next season of Against the Rules coming later this spring, Michael Lewis has had some conversations that we didn’t want to hold. Conversations with people who are helping others through the Covid-19 crisis. We’ll hear from a software…
Against the Rules Presents: Cautionary Tales
Nov 15, 2019 • 38 min
A new show from Pushkin Industries: Cautionary Tales. We tell our children unsettling fairy tales to teach them valuable life lessons, but these Cautionary Tales are for the education of the grown ups – and they are all true. Tim Harford (Financial Times,…
Bonus Live Episode: Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell
May 21, 2019 • 57 min
Around the launch of Against the Rules, Michael spoke with his friend and co-producer, the author Malcolm Gladwell, at the 92Y in New York. Hear them talk about podcasting, referees, and the magic of “conversational delight.” Learn more about your ad…
The Magic Shoebox
May 14, 2019 • 57 min
Where is a millisecond worth a million dollars? The New York Stock Exchange. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Baby Judge School
May 7, 2019 • 43 min
Judges now want us to know they’re human. But maybe we’d be better off if we didn’t know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Neutral
Apr 30, 2019 • 42 min
What kind of person makes a neutral referee? It’s not the kind of person you think. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Hand of Leonardo
Apr 23, 2019 • 46 min
The authenticator ref absolves everyone of blame. And sometimes generates money out of thin air. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Alex Kogan Experience
Apr 16, 2019 • 45 min
Everyone hates grammar and ethics cops. Until they need one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Seven Minute Rule
Apr 9, 2019 • 49 min
The government protects us from some dangerous products, but not from others that, over time, ruin countless lives. Michael has started a Go Fund Me campaign to help Katie finally be free of her student loan burden. If you would like to contribute, visit…
Ref, You Suck!
Apr 2, 2019 • 40 min
Rage at referees is all the rage in professional sports. Michael Lewis visits a replay center that’s trying to do the impossible: adjudicate fairness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Introducing Against the Rules with Michael Lewis
Mar 22, 2019 • 2 min
Get ready for the launch of Michael Lewis’s first podcast, where he takes listeners from student-loan call centers to the courts of Uzbekistan to the new trading hubs of Wall Street (in New Jersey). What happens when fairness can’t be enforced? Learn more…