We love to ask the big questions here at OZY — from life lessons and feminism to hot takes on global capitalism. It’s Friday, so it’s time to relax, and we have just what you need: a bingeable weekend lineup from The Carlos Watson Show to feed your soul.
How exactly did a show about moral philosophy become a network TV hit at this moment in American history? Because of The Good Place’s crack writing and breakout stars like William Jackson Harper, better known as Chidi. But Harper wasn’t an overnight smash: His arrival took some 15 years. And now that he’s here, he’s redefining Black masculinity.
The past decade or so has minted a new type of celebrity: the TED Talk master. Adam Grant qualifies in the top tier, as the author and organizational psychologist has become the culture-defining puppet master for the likes of Google. His killer advice for dealing with the pandemic comes via an astronaut (who knows a thing or two about remote work): Finish this time with “the same energy and enthusiasm” as when it began.
This week, the world lost Helen Reddy, who sang the anthem “I Am Woman,” but Gloria Steinem is still here and roaring at 86. She’s got a bone to pick with the portrayal of the women’s movement in the TV series Mrs. America, and she’s correcting the record about the underrepresented Black feminist leaders who fought alongside her. She also has some wordsfor the white women who voted for Donald Trump in 2016: “They were voting their husband's interests.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar has withstood intense controversy and a stiff primary challenge in her first term in Congress, as a much scrutinized member of “The Squad” of young female Democrats. While she describes herself as “loud, defiant and unafraid,” take some time to get to know the person behind the caricature. Hers is a remarkable American tale of a Somali refugee who got the U.S. House to change its rules so she could wear her hijab on the floor.
Iranian-born Afsaneh Beschloss* shattered glass ceilings at the World Bank and elsewhere, and now manages more than $14 billion as the CEO of RockCreek. You’ll want to hear her takes on the countries and sectors that are thriving — and flopping — during these turbulent times.
“I hate to say it, when there’s blood in the water, when it looks like everything’s terrible, you got to buy. You got to buy, even though it feels terrible and you don’t want to do it.” That’s the scoop from CNBC host Andrew Ross Sorkin, who’s not afraid to get aggressive with powerful CEOs or even his own co-hosts on Squawk Box. Since you can’t take a time machine back to March and buy during the market crash, heed his advice now.
What’s the “Karen syndrome”? It’s the phenomenon of white women relentlessly heckling comedians, explains Aida Rodriguez, who is more than happy to dish it back and take on big targets like Taylor Swift. From a gritty background that included a period of homelessness, Rodgriguez has emerged as a comic star with a style that’s both insulting and uniting at the same time.
“Famously Black” is how Tichina Arnold describes herself, from her time on sitcoms like Martin and Everybody Hates Chris. It’s been a rocky road to fame, though, for the comedian who started cracking wise to avoid spankings. And today? She’s showing up to interviews pants-less.