Bethany McLean’s Weekend Reading List: YouTube, Food Banks and AI

Bethany McLean
Bethany McLean is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, a columnist for Yahoo Finance, and a contributor to CNBC. Her 2001 Fortune piece, “Is Enron Overpriced?,” was one of the first skeptical articles about the company. After Enron collapsed into bankruptcy, she co-authored (with Peter Elkind) The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. A documentary based on the book was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006. She is also the author of All the Devils Are Here (with Joe Nocera), Shaky Ground, and Saudi America. Along with Luigi Zingales, she co-hosts the Podcast Capitalisn't.

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Corruption, lobbying, corporate malfeasance, and frauds: a weekly unconventional selection of must-read articles by investigative journalist Bethany McLean. 

No, this isn’t about financial malfeasance, and it’s not about the corona-crisis. But it’s lovely, and we all need a dose of loveliness right about now:

Ok, back to regular programming: Doom, gloom and all things horrible.

The positive story about the lockdown is that we’ve gone from an estimate of 2 million Americans dead by the end of the summer to…60K.  That is remarkable.

The less positive story is that the cost has been beyond staggering, and that cost being borne by those in our society who can least afford it. This is a very cruel virus indeed.

Onto brighter things! So we won’t be able to leave our homes, and soon, we won’t have to talk because AI will read our brain waves. I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to think I like the past.

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