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Business 20/20

This podcast series explores the changing relationship between business and society from 1999 to today. Each episode unpacks a key event—from the Seattle WTO protests to the global financial crisis and beyond—to find insights for the future. Produced by the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program and hosted by Michelle Harven.

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Two Geopolitical Shocks of 2001

Episode SummarySeptember 11th, 2001, was a day of horror that changed our sense of self and our place in the world. It also changed the US economy, shaping everything from government policy to how businesses operate. This episode explores the decades-long aftershock of that day, alongside those of another day in 2001: December 11th, when China joined the WTO. Examining these stories together challenges simple narratives that globalization will make societies richer and in time, more democratic. What comes next—and how should businesses prepare? Episode NotesGuestsLinda Bilmes, Jim Barkley, Regina Abrami HostMichelle HarvenWriting and ProductionWritten by Keith Schumann with input from T.A. Frank, Miguel Padró, Felicia Davis, and the Business & Society Team.Recorded by Ben Eyler and edited by Jesse Krinsky.The Business & Society team wishes to thank the audio technicians and everyone involved in the production of this episode, including:Chiquita PaschalMary DooeYahya ChaudhryWayne DavisMusic Samples Featured in this EpisodeChad Crouch—Song Sparrow Serenade (Excerpted form of the track; used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License)All the Answers by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Brevyn—Dark Depths (Excerpted) Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/Trees In The Wind by Daniel Birch (www.danielbirchmusic.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Betrayal by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Chad Crouch – Algorithms (Excerpted form of the track; used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License)Tobacco Road – Storyblocks AudioArchival AudioNBC News, September 10, 2001ABC News, September 10, 2011NBC News, October 7, 2001CNN, October 7, 2001Archival Audio – The Associated Press, May 2, 2016Cleveland.Com, July 21, 2016Bloomberg Business, Oct 15, 2019Sky News Australia, August 29, 2019 Fox Business News, October 14, 2019

19mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Economic crises: A crucible for change?

GuestsMaureen Conway, Rana Foroohar, Adam Winkler HostMichelle HarvenWriting and ProductionWritten by Keith Schumann with input from T.A. Frank, Miguel Padró, Felicia Davis, and the Business & Society Team.Recorded by Ben Eyler and edited by Jesse Krinsky.The Business & Society team wishes to thank the audio technicians and everyone involved in the production of this episode, including:Austin MadertLorry SaundersDan LebiednikDaniel WoldorffLarry BuhlLucy HuangMusic Samples Featured in this EpisodeChad Crouch – Algorithms (Excerpted form of the track; used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License)Chad Crouch—Negentropy (Excerpted form of the track; used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License)Kai Engel—Dark Alleys (Excerpted form of the track; used under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International CC BY 4.0)Tobacco Road – Storyblocks AudioArchival AudioCNN, September 15, 2008CNBC, September 15, 2008Associated Press, September 29, 2008

19mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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Are we still living in Enron’s world?

Episode NotesGuestsRick Wartzman, Doug Chia, Mary GentileHostMichelle HarvenWriting and ProductionWritten by Keith Schumann with input from T.A. Frank, Miguel Padró, Felicia Davis, and the Business & Society Team. Recorded by Ben Eyler and edited by Jesse Krinsky.The Business & Society team wishes to thank the audio technicians and everyone involved in the production of this episode, including:Chiquita PaschalAnny Celsi Michael BernierMusic Samples Featured in this EpisodeAlgorithms by Chad Crouch (Excerpted form of the track; used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/Dark Alleys by Kai Engel (Excerpted form of the track) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Infiltration by Room Of Wires (Excerpted form of the track) Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/The Stork by Ketsa (Excerpted form of the track) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Tobacco Road – Storyblocks Audio

17mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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Is History Repeating Itself on Climate, Government, and Business?

Episode NotesGuestsRebecca Henderson, Aron Cramer, Earthea NanceHostMichelle HarvenWriting and ProductionWritten by Keith Schumann with input from T.A. Frank, Miguel Padró, Felicia Davis, and the Business & Society Team.Recorded by Ben Eyler and edited by Jesse Krinsky.The Business & Society team wishes to thank the audio technicians and everyone involved in the production of this episode, including:Gail DelaughterJohanna PoschwattaAndrew SeltzerAdeline SireTheresa DiederichMusic Samples Featured in this EpisodeAlgorithms by Chad Crouch (Excerpted form of the track; used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License)Ongoing Cases by Blear Moon (Excerpted form of the track) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/All the Answers by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Island of Despair by Daniel Birch (www.danielbirchmusic.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Tobacco Road – Storyblocks AudioArchival AudioC-SPAN – June 11, 2001

20mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #4

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Lessons for the Techlash from the Tech Crash

In most tellings, the 2000 tech crash is a straightforward story: the music stopped and unprofitable dot-com companies failed, paving the way for the more innovative companies of the Web 2.0 era. This episode explores a very different view of the tech crash: as a key turning point where the idealism of early web entrepreneurs gave way to new business practices that would in time, drive today’s backlash against technology companies—the “techlash.” This fresh look at tech’s evolution suggests new answers for idealism in tech, and for promoting greater equality and innovation in the US economy.  GuestsJerry Davis, Brian McCullough, Jaime Levy HostMichelle HarvenWriting and ProductionWritten by Keith Schumann with input from T.A. Frank, Miguel Padró, Felicia Davis, and the Business & Society Team.Recorded by Ben Eyler and edited by Jesse Krinsky. Additional editing by Ben Berliner and Clifton King.The Business & Society team wishes to thank the audio technicians and everyone involved in the production of this episode, including:Rebecca Kruth Anny CelsiMarci KrivonanMusic Samples Featured in this EpisodeThe End is Near (Part 1) by Daniel Birch (www.danielbirchmusic.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Effemeah Weeps by Uncan Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Typical Babbler by Unconceptual Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Technetium Planet by Lobo Loco Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Asset House by Six Umbrellas Licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/Tobacco Road – Storyblocks AudioSound Samples Featured in this EpisodePit_trading » Floor_trading7.wav

19mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #5