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/
Rank #2: 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.
Rank #3: S1E18: Catherine Wood: On The Edge Of A Bold, New Technological Era
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.”
Rank #4: S1E19: John Catsimatidis: Success Stories From A Serial Entrepreneur
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."
Rank #5: S1E10: Maria Bartiromo: The Scandal Not Enough People Are Discussing
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.
Rank #6: S1E20: Matt Ridley: Optimism In The Face Of “The Bad News Industry”
First up, Steve speaks to pressing topics such as oil taking a hit, retail sales, Iran sanctions, continued trade tension with China and the growing strife between Japan and South Korea.
Then, Matt Ridley, a journalist, member of the British House of Lords, and author of The Rational Optimist, argues that despite today’s constant influx of negative news, life is getting better at an accelerating rate. Ridley challenges popularly held beliefs about the current state of the world, citing that extreme poverty has been defeated, food production is more efficient than ever, humans are living longer, and warfare is actually on the decline. If there’s one thing the defiantly optimistic Ridley worries about, it’s too much bureaucracy which he sees as an attempt to curb trade and stifle innovation. Plus, hear Ridley’s thoughts on how climate change will actually improve society in the short term and why economic prosperity is even good for endangered animals and the environment.
Last, Steve’s “Read of the Week” is two articles. The first is ‘Tickle’ Therapy Could Help Slow Ageing by The University of Leeds. The second is The Dumbest Concept Ever Just Might Win Wars by Jim Lacey.
Rank #7: 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.
Rank #8: S1E17: John Tamny: How Robots Will Free Us To Pursue Our Passions
First up, Steve talks baseball trading and Hong Kong protests heating up.
Then, John Tamny, political economy editor at Forbes.com, editor of RealClearPolitics and author of The End of Work: Why Your Passion Can Become Your Job, says the belief that robots and automation will erase millions of jobs today, is misguided. Instead, Tamny argues these advances promise to positively change the very nature of work, beget jobs never before imagined and ultimately unleash creativity. Hear Tamny share his thoughts on how robots will liberate us to do the work we love and drive prosperity -- and, why college football players should major in college ball.
Lastly, Steve's "Read of the Week" are two magazine articles. The first is by James Grant in the Wall Street Journal called, "The Fed Could Use A Golden Rule." The other is by our guest, John Tamny on Forbes.com, called, "Meet El Salvador, Slayer of Keynesian and Monetarist Mysticism."
Rank #9: S1E11: Nathan Lewis: Making Economies Thrive Is Stunningly Simple
First up, Steve talks trade issues.
Then, Nathan Lewis, economic expert and writer whose most recent book, The Magic Formula, distills the sought-after goal of thriving economies to a simple solution: low taxes and stable money. Through fascinating examples from the past and present, he shows why this formula always leads to robust prosperity and demolishes the prevailing “wisdom” on tax and monetary policy.
...and, Steve’s read of the week consists of two pieces. One is an article by Philip Hamburger in the WSJ called “Stop Beating College Bureaucratic Bloat” and the other is a transcription of an interview between Jan Crawford, chief legal correspondent for CBS News and William Barr, United States attorney general.
Rank #10: S1E14: Rich Karlgaard: Why Society’s Obsession With Early Success Is Misguided
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."