After Hours

By HBR Presents / Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, & Felix Oberholzer-Gee

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Harvard Business School professors discuss and debate current events that sit at the crossroads of business and culture. Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee engage in a spirited discussion on a range of topics torn from the headlines — from Facebook, to free trade, to the #MeToo movement. Informed by their unique expertise as professors at one of the world’s leading business schools, their takes are always surprising, unconventional, and insightful.

Episode Date
Stories to Watch This Summer
1867
In their final episode of Season 2, Youngme, Felix, and Mihir count down the top stories they'll be keeping an eye on over the summer. A note for listeners: After a summer hiatus, After Hours will return for Season 3 in the fall.
Jun 12, 2019
Mailbag Episode: Questions from Listeners
2172
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir answer questions from listeners and end up discussing everything from the U.S.-China trade dispute to Disney, CVS Health, short-termism, and how to express an opinion persuasively.
Jun 05, 2019
Should Vaping Among Teens Be Banned? And the Promise of Precision Medicine
1948
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate whether the FDA should crack down on teen vaping. They then discuss whether the promise of precision medicine is real or hype.
May 29, 2019
Facial Recognition Fears and Rihanna + LVMH
1966
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate the pros and cons associated with the increased use of facial recognition technology and whether San Francisco's ban on such technology makes sense. They then discuss whether Rihanna represents the future of the world's largest luxury conglomerate, LVMH.
May 22, 2019
Debating the Sackler Family Role in the Opioid Crisis, and Using AI Bots to Conduct Job Interviews
2119
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss whether pharmaceutical players like the Sackler family members should be held accountable for the current opioid crisis. They then debate the growing reliance on artificial intelligence bots by human resource departments in the job screening process.
May 15, 2019
Beyond Meat, and Facebook’s Pivot to Privacy
1907
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir talk about the Beyond Meat IPO and whether plant-based meat alternatives like Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger will become mass-market products. They then discuss Facebook's announcement that it is pivoting to put greater emphasis on user privacy.
May 08, 2019
Quick Takes on Uber, Apple/Qualcomm, Pinterest, Brexit, and More
1918
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir offer short takes on six different topics, including: Uber's S-1, Apple and Qualcomm settling their lawsuit, Pinterest's prospects as a public company, Brexit, and the best TV shows about business.
May 01, 2019
Disney+, Notre Dame Donations Spark a Backlash, and Mihir’s New Book!
2501
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the upcoming launch of Disney's new streaming service (Disney+), as well as the backlash sparked by billionaires pledging money to repair Notre Dame Cathedral. They then do a bonus segment about Mihir's new book, "How Finance Works."
Apr 24, 2019
Big Tech vs. the EU, and Why Is College So Expensive?
2226
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.
Apr 17, 2019
Has Car Ownership Peaked, and Is Joe Biden Too Physical?
1960
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.
Apr 10, 2019
Apple’s Big Event, Plus Is Corporate Debt at a Crisis Level?
1910
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.
Apr 03, 2019
Peloton and Partisan Political Prejudice
1772
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.
Mar 27, 2019
Food Delivery Wars and Boeing’s Crisis Management
1994
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.
Mar 20, 2019
Airbnb, Plus Lessons from Kraft Heinz and Zero Based Budgeting
1893
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.
Mar 13, 2019
IPO Fever, and Do Bullies Make Good Bosses?
2021
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 at work.
Mar 06, 2019
Walmart’s Strategy to Beat Amazon, and Millennial Socialism
1959
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?
Feb 27, 2019
WeWork, and Can the Government Really Print as Much Money as It Wants?
1898
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 actually make sense?
Feb 20, 2019
Medicare for All, plus Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amazon HQ2, Marie Kondo, Toys, Spotify and Podcasting, and More
2057
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 aggressive push into podcasting, and more!
Feb 13, 2019
Fears About Huawei, and Facebook Earnings (What We Learned)
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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.
Feb 06, 2019
Taxing the Rich, and the “Woke” Advertising Trend
2087
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” advertising campaigns. They also offer their After Hours picks for the week.
Jan 30, 2019
High CEO Churn, and the 401(k) Turns 40
1852
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.
Jan 23, 2019
Apple in China, and Payday Lending
1912
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 picks for the week.
Jan 16, 2019
New Year’s Crystal Ball Episode
2128
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.
Jan 02, 2019
2018 Awards Episode
2104
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 Out for Them Next Year, Most Under-Reported Story of the Year, Most Over-Hyped Story of the Year, Person of the Year, and Favorite Entertainment of the Year.
Dec 26, 2018
Not Everyone Can Build a Digital Ad Business, Plus Debating Radical Transparency
1886
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.
Dec 19, 2018
The Student Debt Crisis, and the FIRE Movement
1719
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.
Dec 12, 2018
Microsoft Trending Up, Apple Trending Down…? Plus, The Marriott Data Breach
1871
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.
Dec 05, 2018
Tackling Climate Change, and Making Sense of the Nissan-Renault Drama
1804
Youngme, Felix, and Mihir tackle climate change, discuss the Nissan-Renault soap opera, and share their After Hours picks for the week.
Nov 28, 2018
Grading The New York Times’ News Coverage, and Quick Takes on Random Things
1788
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.
Nov 20, 2018
Uber Prepares to Go Public, and China’s Social Credit System
1792
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.
Nov 14, 2018
Can Netflix Keep Winning? And Why People Are Fleeing Latin America
1916
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.
Nov 07, 2018
How Bad is Airline Service, Really? And Other Customer Service Complaints
1775
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."
Oct 31, 2018
Is Retail Dying? Plus, How Are Companies Spending their Tax Cuts?
1902
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.
Oct 24, 2018
Debating Minimum Wage, and Reflections on a Year of #MeToo
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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.
Oct 17, 2018
New Media and Predictive Policing
1815
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.
Jul 02, 2018
Trade and Soccer
1806
In this episode, Mihir and Felix discuss trade, soccer, offer their After Hours picks.
Jun 27, 2018
Food, food, and more food!
1756
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.
Jun 15, 2018
The #MeToo Movement and Its Impact on Business (Live)
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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.
Jun 04, 2018
Is the Job of the Presidency Too Big? Plus, Vaping Among Teens
1760
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 week.
May 30, 2018
Brainstorming Gun Control Ideas, and the Affordable Housing Dilemma
1887
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 picks for the week.
May 24, 2018
A Conversation with Teens
1515
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.
May 19, 2018
Antitrust and Big Tech, and Is Corporate Lobbying A Good or Bad Thing?
1888
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.
May 17, 2018
Why Management Practice Matters
1706
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 Americans do IT better, the secrets of her productive partnership and how she came to economics, and her recommendation for a biography of a pioneering female economist.
May 09, 2018
The Rise of Voice Assistants like Amazon Echo, and How to Punish Wells Fargo
1787
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.
May 02, 2018
The Future of Newspapers, and Debating Big Tech
2311
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 vulnerable; and offer their After Hours picks for the week.
Apr 26, 2018
Why They Do It: White Collar Criminals
1808
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 can prevent such crimes from occurring, and his most memorable conversations with criminals he has interviewed. Eugene also shares an After Hours recommendation.
Apr 24, 2018
The Gender Wage Gap, and Debating the Benefits of Retail Medicine
1790
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.
Apr 19, 2018
Zuckerberg Faces Congress, and the Plight of the Post Office
1666
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.
Apr 13, 2018
Trump’s Trade War, and the Fate of Tesla
2134
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.
Apr 07, 2018
Fixing the Culture at Uber
1884
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 what should be done about “bad people doing bad things” and the link between strategy and culture. Plus, she gives a behind-the-scenes look at preparing for her TED talk.
Apr 02, 2018
How Money Can Buy Happiness
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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 a few tips of her own.
Mar 21, 2018
Debating Universal Basic Income, plus Google and the Right to be Forgotten
1793
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.
Mar 14, 2018
Making Sense of Online Reviews, Our Best/Worst Service Experiences, plus Debating the Future of Spotify
2087
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.
Mar 11, 2018
The #NeverAgain movement, Facebook and the Russian Influence Campaign, Should Pornography Be Banned, and Oscar Picks
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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 recommendations for the week and reveal what movies they’re rooting for (and against) at this year’s Oscars.
Mar 03, 2018
Introducing After Hours
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Listen in as Harvard Business School faculty discuss hot topics at the intersection of business and society. (Trailer)
Mar 01, 2018