Overcrowded, Under-Led

A year and a half ahead of its hotly anticipated rematch against Donald Trump, the Democratic Party abounds with presidential hopefuls — but lacks one clear leader who can rally coalitions the way Barack Obama did. A roundtable of party activists discusses the road ahead.

Corporate Affairs

Bestselling author and screenwriter T.J. English (Havana Nocturne, The Westies, NYPD Blue) on the bolita mafia's emergence from the wreckage of the Cold War — the subject of his book, The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban-American Underworld.

Media Folk

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik on all things streaming, ATT-Time Warner, newspapers, Apple News+, CNN, Fox News, "login fatigue" — and Elmo taking his talents to HBO.

What a Waste ...

Recycling's Rude Reckoning: With China turning away Americans' bottles and cartons, the stuff is piling up and increasingly being landfilled or incinerated. Kate Daly of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners and James McGoff of TemperPack, a sustainable packaging startup, on the hard choices needed to dig out.

Ad-venturous Mom

Kristen Cavallo, the first female CEO of the Martin Agency, on leading the 52-year old advertising shop out of its #MeToo crisis. We discussed the work-life juggle of single motherhood; the ad industry's nagging existential doubts; and getting brands to actually stand for (or against) something.

Juice Journey

A single mother, family tragedy and the grit she and her community tapped to build her small juice business into what she hopes will become a national chain.

Bizzy Times

NY Times business editor Ellen Pollock on the headlines: the bull market at age 10; Facebook and Tesla's latest pivots; AT&T and Jeff Bezos trying to do Hollywood; GE's lost decades; the huge trade deficit; the hiring binge across biz news ... and much more.

Seed Capital

Can you do right by local farmers and the earth and do well for yourself? Livestock farmer Erica Hellen of Free Union Grass Farm and microlender Hunter Hopcroft ("Microcroft") of Slow Money Central Virginia explain how.

Mann About Globe

Filmmaker Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Heat, The Insider) and investigative author Elaine Shannon on the DEA's global pursuit of elusive evil-genius drug and weapons kingpin Paul Le Roux. Murder. Encryption. Coercion. Evasion. Corruption. N. Korea. Liberia. Missiles. It's quite stranger than fiction.

From Hooters to Haute: Chef Brittanny Anderson

Chef Brittany Anderson's journey from pieces of wings and flair to national culinary stardom. The Virginian behind Brenner Pass and Metzger Bar & Butchery is now a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist who has competed on Iron Chef. We interviewed her before a live, hungry audience.

Richmond, We Have a Problem

Writer and race-relations interlocutor Samantha Willis, veteran Richmond Times-Dispatch's political commentator Jeff Schapiro and VCU Prof. Judi Crenshaw on the scandals in Virginia, where racism is crashing into #MeToo in a full-on crisis for Democrats — and the state's global reputation.

Young and the Debt-less

Veteran personal finance writer Lauren Young of Reuters has always been my workplace big sister. We spent years together at BusinessWeek and the now-departed SmartMoney. Now on my radio show, Lauren discusses shutdowns, savings, the markets and the giant impact left by our hero, investor-champion Jack Bogle (1929-2019).

The China Journey

Weijian Shan went from childhood hunger in Mao's famished China to running Asia's biggest private equity fund. China's economy has exploded in size in the 30 years since the Tiananmen Square crackdown, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty. He discusses the opportunities and perils of the country's unprecedented trajectory.

Breakfast in America

The story of an immigrant who came to the U.S. from Lebanon with a young family and powerful drive to work and provide. He learned how to cook and acquired his own little nook ... 25 years later, Westwood Fountain diner is a Richmond institution.

The Economist on 2019

The Economist's deputy editor Tom Standage discusses the world in 2019 — from wobbly markets to China to Moscow to Facebook fatigue, rogue princes, spy craft, negative interest rates, the western hemisphere's populism and second and third thoughts on Brexit. Also: plastic straws, Joe Biden and cleaner, greener "meat."

Must Work Be So Miserable?

New York Times best-selling author Dan Lyons on his latest book, Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us. Dan used to write for HBO's hit show "Silicon Valley" — and was on staff at Forbes and Newsweek.

Volatile Compounding

Legendary investor Tom Dorsey on the return of volatility to a market that he says flashes some similarities to 1987. In 2015, he sold his shop Dorsey, Wright & Associates to the Nasdaq for $225 million


Panera Bread founder and chairman Ron Shaich on the many ups and downs that went into growing the hit restaurant chain. He now manages Act III Holdings, a $300 million fund that invests in brands focused on long-term results.

Facebook: Where Love and Hate Collide

Too big to boycott? Too developed to disrupt? Too sticky to uninstall? Facebook is that global social network that people both love to use and love to hate. Can Zuckerberg & Co just keep getting away with bad behavior?

Blood, Sweat, Tears, Sugar

How high school soccer coach Ian Kelley leveraged social media and all-around resourcefulness to turn an abandoned used-car dealership into the Sugar Shack Donuts empire.

The Reformation of Josh Brown

10 years of the Reformed Broker: the financial crisis awakening and reinvention of Wall Street icon "Downtown" Josh Brown.

Ace the Midterms (Live)

CBS chief Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, NBC White House correspondent Geoff Bennett and ABC political director Rick Klein on the many moving parts of the 2018 midterm election. Recorded for an audience at Virginia's Museum of History and Culture.

Chambers of Commerce

Longtime Cisco CEO John Chambers and co-author Diane Brady on the lessons learned from growing a once-sleepy Internet-equipment maker into a 75,000-employee multinational. Their book is Connecting the Dots: Lessons for Leadership in a Startup World. Chambers now runs venture capital firm JC2 Ventures.

Did Anything Really Change?

Former Richmond Fed president Jeffrey Lacker on the lessons learned — and morals hazarded — in the wake of the Great Meltdown of 2008.