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Politics, technology and the pursuit of happiness. Twice a week, Bradley Tusk, New York-based political strategist and venture investor, covers the collision between new ideas and the real world. His operating thesis is that you can't understand tech today without understanding politics, too. Recorded at P&T Knitwear, his bookstore / podcast studio, 180 Orchard Street, New York City.
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Last Episode Date: 16 May 2024

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16 May 2024
Are Venture Capitalists Blowing It?

Jordan Nof, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Tusk Venture Partners, returns to Firewall to discuss the challenging climate for VCs. Given that the economy is strong, inflation is down, the stock market is booming and crypto has rebounded, what's holding venture b...

45 min
14 May 2024
The Purpose Void

Why are young educated Americans rooting for Hamas? Bradley sketches out his thoughts for how to rebuild a sense of meaning and purpose. Plus, two things he agrees with — the ban of betting on political races and Mayor Adams’ Operation Padlock — and one he doesn’t: t...

47 min
9 May 2024
Where Do We Go From Radical Candor?

Kim Scott, author of the blockbuster management book "Radical Candor" joins Bradley to discuss her follow-up "Radical Respect" as well as her new campaign, the Coalition of Concerned Creators, to give creators a fighting chance against the all-powerful tech platforms.This ep...

51 min
7 May 2024
Biden vs. Trump Rematch Bracket

What single factor will have the biggest effect in an election where both candidates have already been president and have essentially 100% name ID? Bradley makes a list of the top 16 factors, sets them off against each other in a tournament bracket and picks the winners with...

49 min
2 May 2024
The Gilded Newsroom

What do you call a hedge fund that reports and publishes its own stories? Bradley talks to Sam Koppelman, co-founder and publisher of HunterBrook, an innovative hybrid that seeks to break news and generate alpha. "There's this myth that journalism is a terrible bus...

39 min
30 April 2024
Thinking Independently About Israel

Whatever people's instincts are on Israel's predicament, says Bradley, they should question the strident voices that dominate the news coverage. Only when we don't feel compelled to mimic the talking points, views or narratives of others just to fit in can progress towa...

52 min
25 April 2024
Live from P&T: Scott Galloway and the Algebra of Wealth

What are the rules of financial success in today's economy? What small steps can you take now for big returns later? Scott Galloway answers these questions and a whole lot more as Bradley interviews him about his new book, The Algebra Of Wealth, in front ...

65 min
23 April 2024
How to Make Social Change

Bradley is joined by guest cohosts Cory Epstein and Meaghan Collins and continues his how-to series with his tips for making social change. But before that, he discusses why Speaker Mike Johnson supported the foreign aid packages in Congress even if they're going to hurt his...

53 min
18 April 2024
Where Did Baseball Really Come from?

New York City, baby, New York City! Kevin Baker, author of the excellent new book "The New York Game: Baseball and the Rise of a New City" joins Bradley for a wide-ranging discussion on urban history and big-league folklore.This episode was taped at P&T Knitwear at ...

45 min
16 April 2024
The Manhattan Project of Local Government

A glowing magazine profile of Jessica Tisch had some over-the-top moments, but there's no denying that New York City's sanitation commissioner is worth keeping an eye on. Plus, the 11 contenders for the 2024 Gotham Book Prize nominees, conjuring TV shows that make the world ...

49 min
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