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Annalisa Merelli is the host of season 4 of the Quartz Obsession podcast, and a senior reporter covering the intersection of inequality and healthcare. She is obsessed with romantic comedies, interspecies friendships, and having strong opinions about the way you make Italian food.

Julia Malleck is a writer at Quartz. She is obsessed with Lynchian horror, peach gummies, and medieval tavern ambience.


Special thanks to G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller, who was very graciously game to pop into the studio for a cameo.

Show notes

On the Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin, 1859

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, 1776

Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign speech in which he mentions “the invisible hand”


The video of Noam Chomsky that got Julia obsessed

Economics by Paul Samuelson and William Nordhaus, first published in 1948, now in its 19th edition


Metamorphoses by Ovid, 8 C.E.

Andy Zaltzman on the invisible hand

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