Slate Money on subprime auto loans, CEO activism, and climate change divestment.

Are CEOs the New Political Party?

Are CEOs the New Political Party?

Slate’s weekly business and finance podcast.
April 4 2015 2:05 AM

The Revolting Edition

Slate Money on subprime auto loans, CEOs vs. states, and the biggest fund to divest from fossil fuels.


Listen to Episode No. 47 of Slate Money:

On this week’s episode of Slate Money, host Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of Mathbabe, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann take on capitalists who are revolting in every sense of the word. Topics include:

  • The proliferation of subprime auto loans being marketed to poor and minority communities.
  • The unexpected stand of CEOs of companies from Apple to Walmart against the “religious freedom” laws of Indiana and Arkansas that could have protected private companies’ discrimination against gays and lesbians.
  • The Guardian’s campaign of divestment from fossil fuels—and what it means when investors take a moral stand.
  • And, in a rare departure from our policy of not covering the monthly jobs report, a look at some very disappointing numbers.

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Cathy O'Neil is a former hedge fund quant and blogger at

Felix Salmon is a journalist.

Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.