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Deep Background with Noah Feldman

by Pushkin Industries

Behind every news headline, there’s another, deeper story. It’s a story about power. In Deep Background, Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman will bring together a cross-section of expert guests to explore the historical, scientific, legal, and cultural context that help us understand what’s really going on behind the biggest stories in the news.iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

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Murder Brokers from Hot Money: The New Narcos

29m · Published 05 Dec 10:00

When a Dutch crime reporter makes an unbelievable discovery, a small-town murder case begins to look like an international assassination plot. Enjoy this episode from Hot Money: The New Narcos, a podcast from Pushkin Industries and the Financial Times.

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Introducing: playing god?

29m · Published 10 Oct 04:00

While Andrea Rubin lay unconscious and severely burned after a car fire, her father told doctors to do everything they could to keep her alive. She would need many surgeries. Her quality of life wouldn’t be the same. Her friends were outraged. They told doctors that Andrea would not want to live that way. While Andrea was being kept alive on a ventilator, her loved ones fought about what would be best for her. In this episode, we explore how medical decisions are made for patients who are incapable of deciding for themselves. Enjoy this episode from playing god?

Show notes:
In addition to Andrea Rubin, this episode features interviews with:
Jeffrey Kahn, Andreas C. Dracopolous Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Monica Gerrek, Co-director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at MetroHealth System (where Andrea was treated)

You can learn more about Andrea’s case here.

A similar case to Andrea’s happened in the 1970s. A man named Dax Cowart repeatedly asked doctors to let him die after suffering severe burns. But the doctors continued to treat him against his wishes. Here’s an interviewwith Mr. Cowart ten years after his accident, where he talks about his experience with the Washington Post. Dr. Gerrek wrote a paper comparing the two cases, and showing how medical decision making for severe burn patients has evolved over the past 50 years.

For further reading about medical decision making and patient autonomy, visit the Berman Institute’s episode guide.

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Transformations in AI: Why Foundation Models are the Future

39m · Published 19 Sep 10:30

Major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence research often reshape the design and utility of AI in both business and society. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Goldstein explore the conceptual underpinnings of modern AI with Dr. David Cox, VP of AI Models at IBM Research. They talk foundation models, self-supervised machine learning, and the practical applications of AI and data platforms like watsonx in business and technology.

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AI for Business: Multiplying the impact of AI

32m · Published 05 Sep 10:30

As businesses adopt AI, a new era of problem-solving, innovation, and creative decision making can be brought to scale. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Goldstein explore the future of AI for business with Kareem Yusuf, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Growth for IBM Software. They discuss the advent of foundation models, how AI can transform data storage and decision making, and how next-generation AI platforms like watsonx from IBM can empower businesses to use AI at scale.

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The 2023 Unhedged Stock Draft

20m · Published 27 Jul 04:00

Seven stocks are powering the market: Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Microsoft, Nvidia and Tesla. How will they do in the second half of this year? Ethan Wu hosts as Rob ‘Value This’ Armstrong takes on Elaine ‘The Lex Flex’ Moore. In three rounds they pick their winners for the second half of 2023, and tell us why they chose them. If you enjoyed this preview of the new podcast Unhedged, subscribe to the show now:

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New York Times Reporter Astead Herndon on Talk Easy

1h 3m · Published 19 Jul 04:00

Listen to a sneak peek of the latest Talk Easy episode where New York Times reporter Astead Herndon joins Sam Fragoso for a candid examination of news media in 2023: where the Times falls short, lessons learned (and not learned) since 2016, and how he sees his podcast The Run-Up is a kind of corrective to contemporary political reporting. If you want to hear more, subscribe to Talk Easy:

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355 Days in Space: Finding Meaning with Astronaut Mark Vande Hei

31m · Published 14 Feb 05:00

After a historic 355 days in orbit, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei returned to Earth on March 30, 2022, breaking the record for the longest single spaceflight by an American. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell and Mark Vande Hei discuss conducting experiments in space, the impact of extended spaceflight on humans, and the spiciness of space chili peppers.

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From The January 6 Tapes with celebrated legal analyst Preet Bharara

6m · Published 15 Nov 08:00

This excerpt from Pushkin's new audiobook, The January 6 Tapes, features lawyer and legal analyst Preet Bharara's thoughtful breakdown of the January 6 Select Committee Hearings. The only compilation of the actual hearings, this audiobook is filled with the riveting testimonies that will define history. Go buy yourself a copy at, Audible, Apple Books, Spotify or anywhere audiobooks are sold.

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The Tree Branch from The Last Archive

41m · Published 10 Nov 08:00

On this episode of her American history podcast The Last Archive, Noah Feldman's colleague Jill Lepore offers an alternate history. What would the world might be like if, fifty years ago, in 1972, Americans had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting not only protection–but representation–to the natural world.

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Introducing Story of the Week with Joel Stein: Billionaires Prepping for the Apocalypse

11m · Published 20 Oct 07:00

Here's a preview of a new podcast from Pushkin Industries, Story of the Week with journalist Joel Stein. On Story of the Week, Joel chooses an article that fascinates him, convinces the writer to tell him about it, and then interrupts a good conversation by talking about himself. Sometimes the story will be the one everyone is talking about, like the New Yorker article on smoking hallucinogenic toads. Other times we’ll find a story you might have missed, like the one in the Verge about the rock groupie turned hacker who had huge corporations at her mercy. These are stories you’ll tell your friends about. Stories that stick with you long after you forget whatever headline you just doom-scrolled through. Listen to Story of the Week at

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Deep Background with Noah Feldman has 170 episodes in total of non- explicit content. Total playtime is 94:02:26. The language of the podcast is English. This podcast has been added on November 25th 2022. It might contain more episodes than the ones shown here. It was last updated on February 17th, 2024 19:40.

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