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Lately

Welcome to the latest podcast from The Globe and Mail. It's about navigating life in the new economy. Every Friday, we’ll dive into the big, defining trends in business and tech — whether you’ve noticed them yet or not.

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The ADHD economy
Everyone knows someone who is on Adderall: ADHD diagnoses are at an all-time high and trending on TikTok. Our guest, Daniel Kolitz, author of The History of Adderall for Pioneer Works, tells us about the rise of the medication, how it’s changed the way we work, and his own experience on and off the drug.Also, Vass and Katrina self-diagnose via some questionable online quizzes.This is Lately. Every week, we take a deep dive into the big, defining trends in business and tech that are reshaping our every day.Lately is a Globe and Mail podcast.Our executive producer is Katrina Onstad. The show is produced by Andrea Varsany. Our sound designer is Cameron McIver.Subscribe to the Lately newsletter, where we unpack more of the latest in business and technology.Find the transcript of today’s episode here.Survey alert! We want to know about you and what you’d like to hear on Lately. Please go to latelysurvey.ca to fill out a brief survey (less than five minutes, we promise) and we’ll enter your name to win one of three $50 gift cards you can use to shop online. We’d love to hear from you. Send your comments, questions or ideas to lately@globeandmail.com.
32:13 5/24/24
High salary, high expectations, hightail it out of there
Pop culture loves to fetishize the world of high finance, but are the perks and the profile really worth the pain? Our guest, Carrie Sun, author of the new memoir Private Equity, describes her disillusioning journey working at a billion-dollar Wall Street hedge fund.Also, Vass and Katrina talk about what happens when your job doesn’t love you back.This is Lately. Every week, we take a deep dive into the big, defining trends in business and tech that are reshaping our every day. Lately is a Globe and Mail podcast.Our executive producer is Katrina Onstad.The show is hosted by Vass Bednar and produced by Andrea Varsany. Our sound designer is Cameron McIver.Subscribe to the Lately newsletter, where we unpack more of the latest in business and technology.Find the transcript of today’s episode here. Survey alert! We want to know about you and what you’d like to hear on Lately. Please go to latelysurvey.ca to fill out a brief survey (less than five minutes, we promise!) and we’ll enter your name to win one of three gift cards you can use to shop online. We’d love to hear from you.Send your comments, questions, or ideas to lately@globeandmail.com.
33:13 5/17/24
Boycotting the Loblawpoly
This month, people across Canada are boycotting Loblaw and its affiliated stores, thanks to momentum from a popular sub-reddit. It’s a sweeping revolt but it isn’t just about sticker shock, bread fixing and Galen Weston’s folksy image. It’s about how your friendly neighbourhood grocer turned into Amazon, and why Canada is struggling to adapt to the new competitive era.Our guest is Denise Hearn, a researcher who looks at how economic power shapes our world. Hearn is a resident senior fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, and she coauthored The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. She and Vass are the 2024 McGill Max Bell Lecturers and will publish their book on corporate power in Canada this fall.Also, Vass and Katrina talk about crowdsourcing the title of the aforementioned book in progress.This is Lately. Every week, we take a deep dive into the big, defining trends in business and tech that are reshaping our every day. Lately is a Globe and Mail podcast.Our executive producer is Katrina Onstad.The show is hosted by Vass Bednar and produced by Andrea Varsany. Our sound designer is Cameron McIver.Subscribe to the Lately newsletter, where we unpack more of the latest in business and technology.Find the transcript of today’s episode here.Survey alert! We want to know about you and what you’d like to hear on Lately. Please go to latelysurvey.ca to fill out a brief survey (less than five minutes, we promise!) and we’ll enter your name to win one of three gift cards you can use to shop online. We’d love to hear from you.
32:11 5/10/24
How we became digital serfs
Who profits from our online lives? How is all our clicking and scrolling giving tech companies such unprecedented power and wealth? This isn’t capitalism, argues Yanis Varoufakis: it’s technofeudalism. Maverick economist Varoufakis argues that we’re all serfs now, paying rents to the big tech "cloudalists” (cloud + capitalists). He talks about why we don’t actually own the music and movies we buy online; what Don Draper knew about behaviour modification; and how a Star Trek future could save us, and democracy. Yanis Varoufakis is the former finance Minister of Greece whose latest book is called Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism.Also, Vass and Katrina talk about whether Civil War is worth a trek to the theatre.This is Lately. Every week, we take a deep dive into the big, defining trends in business and tech that are reshaping our every day. Lately is a Globe and Mail podcast.Our executive producer is Katrina Onstad.The show is hosted by Vass Bednar and produced by Andrea Varsany. Our sound designer is Cameron McIver.Subscribe to the Lately newsletter, where we unpack more of the latest in business and technology.Find the transcript of today’s episode here.Survey alert! We want to know about you and what you’d like to hear on Lately. Please go to latelysurvey.ca to fill out a brief survey (less than five minutes, we promise!) and we’ll enter your name to win one of three gift cards you can use to shop online. We’d love to hear from you.Send your comments, questions, or ideas to lately@globeandmail.com.
29:51 5/3/24
Watch me lose my job
It's playing out across screens everywhere: Employees log into Zoom only to find out they’re being let go, sometimes alongside hundreds of colleagues. And now they're pushing back by posting it all on TikTok. Our guest is Amanda Hoover, a staff writer at Wired.com who recently wrote a story called The Stark Realities of Posting Your Layoff on TikTok. She unpacks the viral layoff ecosystem, how HR practices are being outed on social media, and the unexpected upside of uploading your job loss trauma. Also, Vass and Katrina talk about their own tragicomic layoff stories.This is Lately. Every week, we take a deep dive into the big, defining trends in business and tech that are reshaping our every day. Lately is a Globe and Mail podcast.Our executive producer is Katrina Onstad.The show is hosted by Vass Bednar and produced by Andrea Varsany. Our sound designer is Cameron McIver.Subscribe to the Lately newsletter, where we unpack more of the latest in business and technology.Find the transcript of today’s episode here.We’d love to hear from you. Send your comments, questions, or ideas to lately@globeandmail.com.
27:41 4/26/24
Breaking up with dating apps
Dating apps got costly, creepy, and exhausting. Users are fleeing and the industry is anxious. But how did dating apps change us? And if you haven’t given up on connection, what comes next? Our guest is Marina Adshade, an economist who looks at how the market affects our love lives. She’s the author of Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love and teaches at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver School of Economics.Also, Vass and Katrina talk about the war room tactics Vass used to find her (now) husband.This is Lately. Every week, we take a deep dive into the big, defining trends in business and tech that are reshaping our every day. Lately is a Globe and Mail podcast.Our executive producer is Katrina Onstad.The show is hosted by Vass Bednar and produced by Andrea Varsany. Our sound designer is Cameron McIver.Subscribe to the Lately newsletter, where we unpack more of the latest in business and technology.Find a transcript of this episode here. We’d love to hear from you. Send your comments, questions, or ideas to lately@globeandmail.com.
28:43 4/19/24
How online reviews got gamed
Welcome to Lately. Every week, we take a deep dive into the big, defining trends in business and tech that are reshaping our every day. In our very first episode, we tackle the fake review economy: how online reviews got corrupted and if we can ever trust them again. Our guest is Joseph Reagle, an associate professor at Northeastern University and the author of several books, including Reading the Comments. He recently posted a positive review of a dog raincoat on Temu. Also, Vass and Katrina talk about what it’s like to find your own name on a review for a rug you never bought! Lately is a Globe and Mail podcast. Our executive producer is Katrina Onstad. The show is hosted by Vass Bednar and produced by Andrea Varsany. Our sound designer is Cameron McIver. Subscribe to the Lately newsletter, where we unpack more of the latest in business and technology. Find a copy of this episode's transcript here.We’d love to hear from you. Send your comments, questions, or ideas to lately@globeandmail.com.
32:09 4/12/24
Welcome to Lately
Introducing Lately, a new weekly podcast from The Globe and Mail that's about navigating the big, defining trends in business and tech. Listen every Friday starting on April 12.
00:30 3/29/24

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