Podcast: After Hours


November 8, 2018


HBR Presents

After Hours

Harvard professors discuss news at the crossroads of business and culture.

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Season 2 – Episode 4

Can Netflix Keep Winning? And Why People Are Fleeing Latin America

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.Read more

Season 2 – Episode 3

How Bad is Airline Service, Really? And Other Customer Service Complaints

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.”Read more

Season 2 – Episode 2

Is Retail Dying? Plus, How Are Companies Spending their Tax Cuts?

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.Read more

Season 2 – Episode 1

Debating Minimum Wage, and Reflections on a Year of #MeToo

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 20

New Media and Predictive Policing

In this episode, hosts Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Mihir Desai 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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 19

Trade and Soccer

In this episode, hosts Mihir Desai and Felix Oberholzer-Gee discuss trade, soccer, offer their After Hours picks.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 18

Food, food, and more food!

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 17

The #MeToo Movement and Its Impact on Business (Live)

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 16

Is the Job of the Presidency Too Big? Plus, Vaping Among Teens

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 15

Brainstorming Gun Control Ideas, and the Affordable Housing Dilemma

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 14

A Conversation with Teens

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 13

Antitrust and Big Tech, and Is Corporate Lobbying A Good or Bad Thing?

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 12

Why Management Practice Matters

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 11

The Rise of Voice Assistants like Amazon Echo, and How to Punish Wells Fargo

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 10

The Future of Newspapers, and Debating Big Tech

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 9

Why They Do It: White Collar Criminals

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.
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Season 1 – Episode 8

The Gender Wage Gap, and Debating the Benefits of Retail Medicine

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.
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Season 1 – Episode 7

Zuckerberg Faces Congress, and the Plight of the Post Office

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 6

Trump’s Trade War, and the Fate of Tesla

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 5

Fixing the Culture at Uber

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 4

How Money Can Buy Happiness

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 3

Debating Universal Basic Income, plus Google and the Right to be Forgotten

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 2

Making Sense of Online Reviews, Our Best/Worst Service Experiences, plus Debating the Future of Spotify

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.Read more

Season 1 – Episode 1

The #NeverAgain movement, Facebook and the Russian Influence Campaign, Should Pornography Be Banned, and Oscar Picks

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.Read more

Season 1 – Trailer

Introducing After Hours

Listen in as Harvard Business School faculty discuss hot topics at the intersection of business and society.Read more

HBR Presents is a network of podcasts curated by HBR editors, bringing you the best business ideas from the leading minds in management. The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Harvard Business Review or its affiliates.

About the Hosts
Youngme Moon is the Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She sits on the Board of Directors of Unilever, Rakuten, and Warby Parker. She is the author of the bestseller, Different.
Mihir A. Desai is the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His research has been cited in The Economist, BusinessWeek, and The New York Times. He is the author of The Wisdom of Finance.
Felix Oberholzer-Gee is the Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. His work has been profiled by media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, Le Figaro, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and The Straits Times.
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