Peter Elkind tells the story of the Enron financial scandal; it’s a timely refresher on that corporate disaster as the Trump Administration rolls back financial regulations.
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We Have a Chocolate Problem
29:57Etelle Higonnet with the National Wildlife Federation takes us through the complex and intersecting problems raised by the cocoa industry: environmental degradation, child labor and extreme financial disparities that prevent most cocoa farmers from ever tasting the chocolate they grow.
Drago Kos and the OECD Working Group on Bribery
18:13Drago Kos joins the podcast to talk about the work of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, its ambitious Revised Recommendation, what he hopes the group will accomplish in his final year with the WGB and the search to find his replacement.
24:25Casey Michel with the Hudson Institute's Kleptocracy Initiative joins the podcast for a very lively discussion about his new book, American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History. Casey discusses America’s role in the problem of global kleptocracy and shares some optimism about the path ahead.
Oligarchs in Ohio
27:00Michael Sallah, senior investigations editor with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, joins the podcast to talk about his “Dirty Dollars” investigation into how foreign corruption swamped the very center of America where huge sums were laundered at the expense of the local community. Note: While the sound quality of this episode isn't ideal, we hope you'll stick with the interview for Michael's extremely important insight. Episode resources: Dirty Dollars, by Michael Sallah, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 16 April 2021 Mentioned at (01:00): FinCEN Files, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, 2020
Japan’s “Ghosn Shock”
26:19Hans Greimel and William Sposato join the podcast to discuss their excellent new book: Collision Course: Carlos Ghosn and the Culture Wars That Upended an Auto Empire, published over the summer. The book provides a sweeping review of Ghosn’s rise to executive star status in Japan, his ultimate detention in and escape from Japan, and the cultural and historical context we need to understand the story.
26:32Federico Masera with the University of New South Wales and the Resilient Democracy Lab in Sydney joins the podcast to discuss his recent research, together with Giorgio Gulino, "Contagious Dishonesty: Corruption Scandals and Supermarket Theft." Their intriguing research uncovers a trend toward substantially increased customer theft at supermarkets in the immediate aftermath of local corruption scandals involving prominent public officials.
Flags of Convenience
24:36Tom Cardamone, President and CEO of Global Financial Integrity, joins the podcast to discuss the regulatory and enforcement challenges associated with flags of convenience. These range from trafficked labor to environmental violations and Tom highlights the inherent tension between substantial tax incentives on one hand and accountability on the other.
Leonid Volkov, Alexei Navalny’s Chief of Staff
24:35Leonid Volkov joins the podcast to talk about Putin’s obsessive campaign against Navalny, who was first poisoned with Novichok and later imprisoned. Volkov also discusses the deep roots of corruption in Russia and how the west can support Russians determined to end the looting of their country.
After You Pay a Bribe: Lindsey Mitchell
51:57Listen to the riveting first-hand story of a Unaoil executive who found himself at the center of a bribery scheme.
MCI’s Accounting Fraud
32:16Walt Pavlo discusses the accounting fraud at MCI that led to his two-year prison sentence, his book “Stolen Without a Gun: Confessions from inside history’s biggest accounting fraud,”and his second career with Prisonology