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Ahead of the Curve


money . culture . politics .
interesting people . interesting things .

money . culture . politics .
interesting people . interesting things .

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Episode 137:  “How Financial Regulations are Reshaping America” with Todd Zywicki and Brian Johnson


Guest(s): Todd Zywicki Brian Johnson


If you think a show about financial regulation is likely to be boring, I ask you to think again.   Financial regulations are really about money.   And in particular, ordinary Americans’ money.   Consumer credit and credit cards Student loans  Credit reporting Mortgage finance Fintech  Crypto currencies How small businesses get financed   And financial regulations have become yet another pr ...

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-Bill Walton

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Episode 136: Why Republican Glenn Youngkin could become the next Governor of Virginia


The most politically important election in America takes place this November - the race to become the next governor of Virginia. This race will not be just about Virginia. It will be the first statewide election since Joe Biden took office, and will also be a referendum: How do voters feel about where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are taking the country. Glenn Youngkin is the Republican candidate ...


Episode 135: “A Woke CIA is a Broke CIA” with Fred Fleitz and Mike Waller


“I used to struggle with imposter syndrome, but at age thirty six I refuse to internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be. I am tired of feeling like I'm supposed to apologize for the space I occupied rather than intoxicate people with my effort, my brilliance. I am proud of me, full stop.”    Is this a quote from a self-help workshop in a “safe space” on a u ...


Episode 134: The TBWS Roundtable on “Joe Biden’s Horribles”


My friend Paul Teller keeps a running (and depressing) list of the destructive actions taken by Joe Biden’s Administration. Joe Biden has been in office for just a few months and already the list is a mile long.   Paul, who was a top aide to VP Mike Pence and is now his chief of staff, calls his list “The Horribles” The TBWS Team agrees that the name is apt. In yet another free association ...


Episode 133: The Future of Policing in America


The Bill Walton Show Roundtable worries about what the future of law enforcement could look like in this country. In many cities, seasoned officers are rushing to retire - causing a major deficit as those positions are becoming harder to fill. Increasingly, resisting arrest is becoming a badge of protest.  And rather than punishing law breakers, police officers are being demonized for doing ...


Episode 132: “Combating Woke Capitalism” with Justin Danhof and Matt Schlapp


For years, major American corporations have been drifting to the political Left.  Now that drift seems more like a tidal wave. Companies like Coca Cola, Delta Airlines … and even Major League Baseball have, for example, condemned Georgia’s legislature’s effort to protect free and fair elections. ...


Episode 131: “The Chinese dominance of your medicine cabinet” with Rosemary Gibson


When you think of all the things in your house that are "made in China", one thing you may not realize is how many medicines are. That bottle of aspirin? Made in China. Penicillin? Made in China. Even something as simple as Vitamin C is produced in China. And if that's not shocking enough, there's also a good chance your doctor doesn't even know where these medicines are being manufactured! ...




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