Rank #1: S1E4: Joanna and Chip Gaines: Ordinary Americans Turned Extraordinary Media Mavericks
Joanna and Chip Gaines are building a business empire based on their personal priorities of family, marriage and home. Their reality show, “Fixer Upper,” put them on the celebrity map with fans devouring their chemistry, talents and work ethic. Hear them walk down memory lane with Steve, sharing their journey from young, broke parents with disorganized entrepreneurial dreams to who they are today: matured, thoughtful with hard-earned business savvy.
And, Steve's Read Of The Week is: https://www.claremont.org/crb/article/is-the-pope-catholic/
Apr 21 2019
Rank #2: S2E1: Bold Life Lessons From The Master Of Finance: Stephen Schwarzman - Part One
First up, Steve shares his thoughts on a bunch of economic numbers coming out including residential housing prices, consumer confidence index and durable goods numbers. He also speaks to the upcoming United Nations meeting and the United Kingdom Supreme Court.
Then, with a personal net worth of over $18 billion dollars, venerable Wall Street titan and Blackstone Group Cofounder, Chair and CEO, Steve Schwarzman, has become the world’s most powerful financial leader. This hard-fought success is documented in his new book, What It Takes: Lessons In The Pursuit Of Excellence which details Schwarzman’s remarkable journey from not knowing the difference between a stock and a bond at his first Wall Street job to leading an investment firm that controls companies worth over $500 billion. One of the key takeaways? The person at the top of any organization should always be eager to learn—and to teach. Which is why he has created a uniquely successful culture at Blackstone aimed to help employees thrive. He’s also never hesitated to try to teach those who were ranked higher than him. For example, he told the dean of Harvard Business School during his time there that his organization was not well-run. In this episode, he shares with Steve his colorful path from working in his father’s local shop as a young boy to negotiating one of the biggest mergers in U.S. corporate history at the age of thirty. This is part one in a two-part conversation.
Last, Steve's "Reads of the Week" are three articles. They are: “Antitrust Can’t Catch Big Tech” by Andy Kessler, "Don’t Ban Nontobacco Flavored ecigarettes. Adults are in more Danger than your Kids" by Sally Satel and ”Why Hasn’t Brexit Happened?" By Christopher Caldwell
Sep 22 2019
Rank #3: S1E18: On The Edge Of A Bold, New Technological Era: Catherine Wood
First up, Steve talks about the Fed’s involvement in interest rates and the ongoing threat of Iran.
Then, Catherine Wood, CEO of Ark Invest, helps us peer into the future of genome sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy storage and blockchain technology. Plus, hear why she feels Tesla, as led by Elon Musk, is way ahead in the electric vehicle game, why electric vehicles are here to stay — and why banks are in trouble.
Next, Steve’s “Read of the Week” is an article by Robert Kagan in Foreign Affairs magazine titled, “The Return Of The German Question.”
Jul 28 2019
Rank #4: S1E1: Part 1 || Howard Schultz: How The Former Starbucks CEO’s Early Experiences Shaped His Worldview
On this episode, hear how the former Starbucks CEO rose from the projects of New York City to build his business empire and create one of the world’s iconic brands. He’ll reveal stories of a troubled childhood, the familial debt that haunted him into young adulthood and the role Bill Gates’ father played in saving Starbucks. This is part one of a two-part conversation with Schultz. Part two will post on Sunday, April 7th.
Mar 31 2019
Rank #5: S1E10: The Scandal Not Enough People Are Discussing: Maria Bartiromo
First, Steve shares his thoughts on the manufacturing and services reports coming out which will give insight into how the economy is doing.
Then, Maria Bartiromo, journalist and host of Fox News and Business shows Mornings with Maria, Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street and Sunday Morning Futures shares how she developed her intense work ethic at her dad’s restaurant, entertaining stories about her tenacious rise in the news industry and the political scandal brewing that’s not getting enough attention.
...and, Steve’s Read of the Week is two articles. One is “No, The Rich Don’t Get Rich At The Expense Of The Poor” by Rainer Zitelman and the other is “A Hard Rain Is Going To Fall On Obama” by Charles Lipson.
Jun 02 2019
Rank #6: S2E6: Cow Sh*t, Climate Change, and Free Trade: A Conversation with Hubertus Mühlhäuser
The “second son” of a German manufacturing family, Hubertus Mühlhäuser has made a name for himself in his own right as the CEO of CNH Industrial, the second-largest agricultural manufacturer on the planet. A global citizen who speaks four languages, Mühlhäuser has lived and worked in China, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany and the United States. In this episode, Mühlhäuser shares his global perspective on pressing matters such as climate change and international trade, offers a peek into the exciting world of agricultural technology, and explains his views on creativity and collaboration in the workplace.
Oct 27 2019
Rank #7: S2E7: Live from Singapore: Jack Ma and the Treasure of Alibaba
Jack Ma failed his exams. But that didn’t stop him from founding Alibaba Group, one of the largest e-commerce conglomerates in the world. Having empowered millions of entrepreneurs through Alipay – an online payment platform that has boasted more users than PayPal – Ma is now stepping away from his role as CEO to enter the world of philanthropy. In this live recording from the Forbes Global CEO Conference in Singapore, listen in as Steve talks to Ma about entrepreneurship, inclusivity, and fighting with Jet Li.
Nov 03 2019
Rank #8: S2E9: Amity Shlaes Rethinks the Great Society
A box full of ignored ideas? An esteemed Fed Chairman schmoozed into folly? These are just some of the provocative stories found in Great Society: A New History, the latest work from former Forbes contributor and NYT bestselling author Amity Shlaes. Reexamining the turbulent era of the 1960’s and 70’s in America, Shlaes considers the long-lasting effects of LBJ’s “War on Poverty,” portraying it as a well-meaning yet misguided reform movement with unintended consequences we’re still experiencing today.
Nov 17 2019
Rank #9: S1E14: Why Society’s Obsession With Early Success Is Misguided: Rich Karlgaard
First up, Steve speaks to the PM race in Britain, ICE negotiations and Trump's standing in the polls.
Next, society’s preoccupation with early achievement ignores the reality that for most, identifying your passions and developing your talent takes time. Age is actually an asset, not a liability. Rich Karlgaard, Forbes publisher and author of Late Bloomers: The Power Of Patience In A World Of Early Achievement, makes the case that ignoring this reality has created harmful pressure that can stunt growth in kids and young adults today, rather than foster it.
Rich shares compelling research around the psychology of late blooming and why there’s no standard timetable for success.
And, lastly, Steve's "Read of of the Week" is two articles. One written by Steve himself, an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, and the other is by William Langewiesche in The Atlantic titled, "What Really Happened to Malasia's Missing Airplane."
Jun 30 2019
Rank #10: S1E19: Success Stories From A Serial Entrepreneur: John Catsimatidis
First up, Steve warns about the dire social unrest in Hong Kong and the unrelenting trade tension with China.
Then, John Catsimatidis arrived in America as a young Greek immigrant and started kindergarten not speaking a word of English. Now, he's a billionaire. Hear about his voracious entrepreneurial appetite that led him from making a dollar an hour working at a grocery store to building a supermarket empire. Then followed real estate investment, an oil refinery, a media company and more. His story is full of humor, smarts and insight into the beloved American “can-do” attitude.
Lastly, Steve's "Read of the Week" is two articles. The first is by Nathan Lewis on Forbes.com called, "Stable Value Is Our Monetary Goal, Not Stable Prices." The second is by Gideon Rachman called, "Hong Kong Is A Flashpoint In The New Cold War."
Aug 04 2019
Rank #11: S2E14: Battling the Soul-Eater: New Directions in Dementia Research with Dr. Gregory Petsko
“If dementia were a country, it would be the ninth largest country on the planet,” says Dr. Gregory Petsko, noted Alzheimer’s researcher and biochemist at Harvard Medical School. With the already high number of U.S. Alzheimer’s patients expected to more than double by 2050, Petsko is leading the charge against the epidemic with outside-of-the-box research methods, hoping to find ways to prevent the disease and ease the “colossal burden” of its treatment—which amounts to $290 billion a year and immeasurable emotional distress for families. In this episode of What’s Ahead, Petsko shares fascinating insights from his work, promising new directions for dementia research, and crucial ideas for future sources of support.
Dec 22 2019
Rank #12: S1E7: George Gilder: The Creativity of Capitalism And The Post-Google Era
George Gilder, technologist and economist, discusses his recently published book Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy. With his eyes constantly on the future, to Gilder it’s clear: the internet as we know it will soon be upended with the coming cryptocosm.
Gilder also speaks to why Google's business plan is causing it to have a nervous breakdown, the fear of computers taking over the world and the obsolescence of centralized data privacy because it’s simply not safe. Plus, hear about the inventive ways in which Chinese companies have figured out how to collect revenue from customers without an over-reliance on advertising.
May 12 2019
Rank #13: S2E8: All Aboard for Lance Fritz and America's Engine of Progress
2019 marks exactly 150 years since Leland Stanford hammered in the Golden Spike, tying together America’s east and west coasts through the transcontinental railroad. Since those glory days, though, rail companies been fraught with obstacles—resistance from landowners, regulation from Washington, and competition from the trucking industry. But good news is on the horizon. According to Lance Fritz, chairman, president, and CEO of the venerable Union Pacific Railroad, trains are now speeding back to their rightful place in the U.S. economy, powered by cutting edge technology.
Nov 10 2019
Rank #14: S2E5: 22 Million Jobs And Hospital Care from Home? The Future of 5G With Steven Mollenkopf
According to Qualcomm CEO and self-proclaimed "gadget person" Steven Mollenkopf, there was a time when industry professionals doubted whether consumers would really use their mobile devices for anything other than placing phone calls. How wrong they were. These days we’re in the fourth generation of cellular broadband technology (4G), and the demand to stream video, use GPS and listen to podcasts on our smartphones grows higher every day. In this episode of What’s Ahead, join Steve as he talks to Mollenkopf about 5G—an expansion of data capabilities that could change how we interact with everything from our cars to our doctors.
Also, Steve looks to the week ahead with a focus on the US/China trade dispute, the Canadian elections, the Syria catastrophe, continued talk of a Trump Impeachment, the anticipated Barr report -- and lots of financial numbers that help to understand the state of the American economy.
For Steve’s Read of the Week, he recommends three articles. They are: Joe Biden Isn’t Going To Make It by Dan Henninger, The Case For Free Trade Is A Unilateral One by Donald Boudreux and Mifsud’s Cell Phones Mean Barr Investigation Heating Up by Roger Simon.
Oct 20 2019
Rank #15: S1E21: Wall Street Turbulence And Dividend-Growth Stocks Are Perfect Together: David Bahnsen
First up, Steve speaks to a number of topics such as inverted yield rates which could mean a recession is coming, a great anecdote about his dad, Malcolm Forbes, Hong Kong and Iran continued tensions and upcoming financial reports including home sales and unemployment insurance claims.
Then, recent stock market turmoil has investors asking: What’s the best path for fantastic—and sustainable—wealth creation? Prepare yourself for a happy shock! It’s not high-tech stocks—unless you can always pick winners like Facebook and avoid the countries busts. David Bahnsen, author of The Case for Dividend Growth, makes the remarkable case that a dividend-growth strategy is the best way to superb, long-term returns. And get this: the kind of volatility we see now can be an investor’s best friend. Bahnsen tells us what to look for to find these great stocks.
Lastly, Steve’s “Read Of The Weeks” are three articles. They are: Top Secret Teens: The Highschoolers Recruited By The National Security Agency by Alex Marquardt, CNN, Europe Poised To Put Warning Labels On Jewish-Made Products by Adam Kredo and Nucor’s Founder Predicted Long Ago That Tariffs Would Kill The Steel Industry by Alan Golombok
Aug 18 2019
Rank #16: S2E2: Bold Life Lessons From The Master Of Finance: Stephen Schwarzman - Part Two
First, Steve addresses impeachment, Israel’s election, Iran’s pain caused by financial sanctions, Brexit and what’s up with the Federal reserve pumping money into banks?
Then, in part two of this series, Blackstone Group Cofounder & CEO Stephen Schwarzman discusses the firm’s growth into a global behemoth including a paradigm-shifting investment deal made with China — the first time the country ever invested in a private company. The self-made billionaire also details the prescient call he almost didn’t make to the Treasury Secretary on the brink of the 2008 financial crisis. Also, hear about his philanthropic work through the Schwarzman Scholarship, akin to the Rhodes Scholarship, which brings an international cohort of students to Beijing. This is the final episode in a two-part conversation.
Last, Steve’s “Read of the Week” consists of three articles: “Trump’s Fight With The ‘Globalists’” by Daniel Henninger, “Realities Of The Current Trade War” by Frank Hollenbeck and “The Limits Of Clean Energy” by Jason Hickel.
Sep 29 2019
Rank #17: S1E12: More Robots Will Lead To More Productivity: Mark Mills
First up, Steve speculates about interest rates and oil prices.
Next, taking human labor out of tasks is something humanity has sought and developed for thousands of years in order to increase productivity. Mark Mills, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and partner of Cottonwood Venture Partners, says productivity leads to more wealth for everyone and the best way to increase it is to make more robots -- that is, accelerate automation. Inspired by Mills’ recently published book, Work In The Age Of Robots, Steve and Mills discuss how automation will benefit people, why it’s regulation, not demand, that will hurt manufacturing and how the FDA is making way for more innovation in technology and drug therapy development.
...and lastly, Steve’s “Read of the Week” is an article by Steven Malanga in City Journal now titled “Marijuana’s Black Market.”
Jun 16 2019
Rank #18: S2E10: Bernard Tyson: A Final Conversation (Part One)
The healthcare industry lost one of its most visionary leaders with the sudden, untimely passing of Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. Named by Time magazine in 2017 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Tyson had been implementing far-reaching reforms that were profoundly and positively changing the nature, quality and accessibility of healthcare for all. In this special, two-part series, Bernard talked to Steve shortly before his death about his pathbreaking programs that hold such promise for this critical area of our lives.
Nov 24 2019
Rank #19: S2E15: Dr. Oz on Health and Happiness in the New Year (Part One)
Need help keeping your New Year’s Resolution? Dr. Oz has you covered. An accomplished cardiothoracic surgeon and host of The Dr. Oz Show—now in its 11th season—Mehmet Oz has saved thousands of lives and helped countless Americans take charge of their own health and wellbeing. In this first installment of a special two-part series, “America’s Doctor” opens up about his family, his personal and spiritual beliefs, and his signature views on how we can all get healthier in 2020.
Jan 06 2020
Rank #20: S2E12: The Film Hollywood Wouldn’t Make: No Safe Spaces with Justin Folk and Owen William Brennan
Universities used to be bastions of free speech and diverse opinions, but not so anymore say filmmakers Justin Folk and Owen William Brennan. In their new documentary No Safe Spaces, they examine the recent trend of college students protesting controversial speakers and getting them banned from their campuses. Should we be proud of these young people for speaking out and demonstrating? Or should we be worried that their rigorous ideology poses a threat to first amendment rights? In this episode of What’s Ahead, Folk and Brennan discuss how their film seeks to answer these questions.
Dec 08 2019