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The Morgan Stanley Ideas Podcast brings you revealing stories about the world of business, finance, technology, and beyond. Each of our episodes tackles an intriguing question (why do so many pro athletes go broke?) or a persistent problem in the business world (can gender diversity carry a bottom-line value?) and introduces us to people working in sometimes surprising corners in the realm of capital. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, members SIPC.

The Morgan Stanley Ideas Podcast brings you revealing stories about the world of business, finance, technology, and beyond. Each of our episodes tackles an intriguing question (why do so many pro athletes go broke?) or a persistent problem in the business world (can gender diversity carry a bottom-line value?) and introduces us to people working in sometimes surprising corners in the realm of capital. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, members SIPC.
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The Morgan Stanley Ideas Podcast brings you revealing stories about the world of business, finance, technology, and beyond. Each of our episodes tackles an intriguing question (why do so many pro athletes go broke?) or a persistent problem in the business world (can gender diversity carry a bottom-line value?) and introduces us to people working in sometimes surprising corners in the realm of capital. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, members SIPC.

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You Can Play Video Games for a Living?

7/13/2018
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The word “sports” may conjure images of athletes barreling down a football field or burying a three-pointer, but the latest stadium-rousing athletes rarely if ever have to leave their chairs. Welcome to the world of professional video-gaming, or eSports. Around the world, eSports is looking more and more like any big-league sport, complete with sponsorships, merchandising, and arenas full of fans. And now, eSports is on track to become a multibillion-dollar industry. In this episode of...

Duration:00:18:07

What Does It Mean to Retire Now?

6/29/2018
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After long careers and years of saving, many of today’s retirees have decided not to set sail on an exotic cruise or spend their days on the golf course. They’re changing what it means to retire by re-entering the workforce—and creating an entirely new market in the process. In this episode of the Ideas podcast, we look at the tech startups, nonprofits, and even the baby boomers themselves who are shaping the newly retired market. Steve Records, the Vice President of Field Operations at...

Duration:00:16:12

When Baseball’s Free Agents Struck Out

6/22/2018
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For the past 40 years, Major League Baseball’s off-season has been dominated by a frenzied bidding war to sign available free agents. But this year, everything changed—the free-agent market froze. For months, almost none of the 200 free agents were signed. So what happened? And what does the market shift mean for the future of America’s pastime? This season on the Ideas Podcast, we’ve been exploring unexpected markets. In this episode, we’ll look at what happens when a seemingly healthy...

Duration:00:18:39

What Do Banks, VR, and the Mars Rover Have in Common?

6/15/2018
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Virtual reality is popping up in almost every industry, doing things that were once unimaginable. How did it grow from the stuff of Sci-Fi into a real world revolution? As with so many things, it began with a language. In this episode of the Ideas podcast, we explore the virtual future by looking at one of the earliest VR worlds. Bryan Carter, a professor at the University of Arizona, guides us on a tour of Virtual Harlem, an early VR world that allowed his students to walk the streets of...

Duration:00:15:00

Distraction, Tech’s Frankenstein Moment?

6/8/2018
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Tech promised us more productivity and better lives via perpetual connectivity. Now, it seems impossible to stop looking at our screens. Can we disrupt distraction? In this episode of the Ideas podcast, we’re diving deep into the solutions-to-digital-distraction market. We talk to Suze Yalof-Schwartz, the founder of Unplug, a meditation app that helps people, well, unplug from technology by plugging in. Manoush Zomorodi, a technology journalist, shows us that the way we interact with our...

Duration:00:15:51

Can You Buy a Bagel With It?

5/31/2018
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As our lives become more digital, our money is becoming increasingly digital too. There are more than a thousand cryptocurrencies floating around and new ones seem to launch every day. But is this new form of money, one that only exists online, even a currency? What exactly gives cryptocurrencies value? In this episode of the Ideas podcast, we head to the Berkshires to see what a local currency, the BerkShare, can teach us about the value of alternative currencies. We speak with the...

Duration:00:19:53

Coming Soon: Season 3, Unexpected Markets

5/25/2018
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Get ready, the new season of the Morgan Stanley Ideas Podcast is almost here! This time around we’re making sense of a slew of surprising markets: cryptocurrency, virtual reality, baseball free agency, and many more. New episodes start in June!

Duration:00:02:03

What is the Value of Art? | Michelangelo at The Met

1/29/2018
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On this special episode of the podcast we visit an exciting new exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Along the way we talk with Art Historian Diana Gisolfi of the Pratt Institute, and with Morgan Stanley’s Ferdousi Islam, an employee guide for company clients and employees at the exhibition, to look at the value of art in all its aspects, not only the monetary. Eight years in the making, Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer is sponsored by Morgan Stanley and open to the...

Duration:00:13:55

Will Electric Cars Take Us Back to the Future?

12/1/2017
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A rapid shift in the auto industry is coming. Electric vehicles, the long-anticipated cars of the future, are poised to dominate global markets in the next few decades. What impact will they have on how we live our lives? In this episode of the Ideas podcast, we wonder what an electric-car-powered future will look like. Will the internal combustion vehicle go the way of the horse and buggy? Will it mean the revival of the drive-in theater? Or the drive-in home? We speak with urban...

Duration:00:14:46

Are You Ready for Your Digital Afterlife?

11/13/2017
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We know to make sure our heirs can access our online bank accounts, but what about the rest of our digital selves? As more and more meaningful parts of our lives enter the virtual world, how do we value the assets we leave behind online? What are they worth and to whom? In this episode of the Ideas podcast, we wonder: What’s a good way to pass on 10,000 photos from all those family vacations? Does a viral social media account have real-world value after you die? Could our endless streams...

Duration:00:18:30

Are Two Bottom Lines Better Than One?

10/27/2017
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Finding the rare unicorn startup that both disrupts an entire industry and changes the world for the better has been the mission for Nancy Pfund of DBL Partners. These double bottom line businesses are changing the way many are thinking about sustainability. In this episode of the podcast we learn what Nancy values in these companies, visit a transformative soap factory in a struggling Chicago community, and hear from Hilary Irby, Morgan Stanley’s co-head of Global Sustainable Finance,...

Duration:00:16:09

Why Is It Difficult to Give Away $1 Million — and Make It Count?

10/13/2017
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When businessman Ron Harrington turned his attention and considerable fortune toward philanthropy he, like many others, confronted the issue of how to make the biggest impact. In this episode we explore the challenges of effective philanthropy, hear stories from Bill and Melinda Gates, talk about the importance of failure, discuss the solution the Harrington project is putting in place and get some tips from Melanie Schnoll-Begun of Morgan Stanley Philanthropy Management. For further...

Duration:00:15:39

Why Is It Hard for a Robot to Make Sneakers?

9/29/2017
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Can consumers get the same quick turnaround on new styles from the sneaker industry that they’ve come to expect for sportswear? This episode, we travel from a sneakerhead haven on New York’s Lower East Side to a state of the art robotics workshop outside Atlanta. Along the way we talk with Jay Sole, Morgan Stanley’s Branded Apparel and Footwear Analyst, about the future of the sneaker industry.

Duration:00:15:39

Can a Building Save Energy, Money and Maybe Your Job?

9/15/2017
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Can a building be great for the environment, great for the people inside, great for the bottom line and even great for the economy? In this episode, we visit Seattle's Bullitt Center, one of the greenest commercial buildings in the world. Morgan Stanley analyst Faty Dembele shares her research on the opportunities and impacts of sustainable building solutions, while University of Washington researcher Heather Burpee explains what it takes to design a building that goes far beyond a LEED...

Duration:00:17:17

What Do You Need for a Team to Succeed?

8/18/2017
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You might assume that building great teams only requires hiring smart people who get along and can work toward a common goal, but that isn’t necessarily what the data tells us. Carnegie Mellon professor Anita Williams-Woolley shares her research on how to maximize collective intelligence, or the type of intelligence that emerges from effective collaboration. We learn about the importance of having cognitive diversity on a team, and the critical step of creating the right environment for...

Duration:00:12:37

How Can You Avoid Thinking Like the Herd?

7/21/2017
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Smart decision-making takes more than intelligent people and good data. The theories of behavioral economics inform how businesses, and the rest of us, can try to avoid the irrational responses that may work against our best interests.

Duration:00:16:31

When Software Drives the Car, Who Pays the Insurance?

7/6/2017
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This week we're focusing on what may be a blind spot in all the excitement over autonomous vehicles: the future of car insurance. How will it work if there are no actual drivers to insure? We get a glimpse of the not-too-distant future by traveling to Mcity, a leading self-driving car test site at the University of Michigan and we hear from Jon Hocking, who covers the auto insurance industry for Morgan Stanley Research, as well as Hilary Rowen, a legal insurance expert who keeps close...

Duration:00:15:14

Want Better Profits at Less Risk? Hire More Women

6/30/2017
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This week we're looking at gender diversity in the workplace. Ashley talks with Jana Rich, an executive recruiter in Silicon Valley, who has spent years working through the thorny issues of changing the gender mix in big firms. Plus, you'll hear from Eva Zlotnicka, whose work on the Sustainable + Responsible Investment team within Morgan Stanley Research has produced results that have even the quants paying attention to how workplace gender diversity can impact investment results.

Duration:00:17:53

Is Alternative Energy Really Alternative Anymore?

6/22/2017
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This week we travel to Arizona to see how alternative energy, solar power investment, and utilities are taking what was on the fringes of science 30 years ago and turning it into the norm.

Duration:00:20:58

Why Do Athletes Go Broke?

6/16/2017
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In this inaugural episode, we hear from Antoine Walker, retired NBA star, who shares his journey from multi-millionaire to bankrupt, and building his way back. Plus, you'll hear from sports writer Aaron Mansfield and Morgan Stanley’s Drew Hawkins.

Duration:00:16:01