Jun 27, 2017

06/27/2017: Where finance meets humanity

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Here's a thought: What if a wider reading of the humanities can help you understand finance? We talk to Harvard Business School Professor and economist Mihir Desai who wrote a book about just that, called "The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return." Also on today's show: A record week for IPOs. Ten companies are expected to go public this week, making it the busiest week for IPOs in two years. 

Segments From this episode

Why home health monitoring devices could improve care and costs for chronically ill patients

Jun 27, 2017
Remote monitoring allows doctors to keep an eye on their patients with chronic conditions and intervene before a health crisis.
Cheryl and Steven Larson stand in front of a fountain. Cheryl Larson jumped at the chance to volunteer for a remote monitoring program, ImagineCare, that Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system in New Hampshire was launching.
Joy Hafen

High school students feel disengaged in the classroom

Jun 27, 2017
A new study says high schools should not be a one-size-fits-all.

What corporate bankruptcy can teach us about morality

Jun 27, 2017
'The Wisdom of Finance' aims to discover the humanity at the heart of high finance.
Greek tragedies — like that of, say, Orestes — can teach us a lot about bankruptcy.
Punch Magazine circa 1858/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Here’s a thought: What if a wider reading of the humanities can help you understand finance? We talk to Harvard Business School Professor and economist Mihir Desai who wrote a book about just that, called “The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return.” Also on today’s show: A record week for IPOs. Ten companies are expected to go public this week, making it the busiest week for IPOs in two years. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC