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Slate Money Goes to the Movies: Citizen Kane

Ben Smith stops by to discuss the Ur-text of business-themed movies.

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Episode Notes

Welcome to Slate Money Goes to the Movies, a miniseries in which Felix Salmon, Emily Peck, and a different guest each week discuss popular business-themed movies.

Ben Smith, media columnist for the New York Times, joins Emily and Felix to discuss the Ur-text of business-themed movies, Orson Welles’ 1941 film Citizen Kane. They discuss Charles Foster Kane’s real life counterpart, William Randolph Hearst; the portrayal of Jewish characters in the 1940s; and how much (or little) the media industry has changed since Kane’s day.


Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.


About the Show

A weekly roundup of the most important stories from the worlds of business and finance, hosted by Felix Salmon and Emily Peck.

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  • Emily Peck is a veteran journalist who has worked as a writer and editor at national outlets like HuffPost, the Wall Street Journal, and the American Lawyer.

  • Felix Salmon is a host of the Slate Money podcast.