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Slate Money Goes to the Movies: The Bonfire of the Vanities

Taffy Brodesser-Akner joins to talk about the 1990 dark journalism comedy The Bonfire of the Vanities.


Episode Notes

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

Taffy Brodesser-Akner, journalist and author of the novel turned soon-to-be television show Fleishman Is in Trouble, joins Felix and Emily to talk about the 1990 dark comedy The Bonfire of the Vanities. They get into why Emily hated this movie, the differences between the movie and the book, and all the racism. Plus, there’s some behind-the-scenes industry talk.


Podcast production by Cheyna Roth.


About the Show

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

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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.