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Bankruptcy Lite

Bankruptcy Lite

By Eric Leuschner
Every bankruptcy has a silver lining! Part group therapy, part practical advice, part distant hysterical laugh in the wilderness, this podcast is about regaining control of your personal financial destiny.
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Paid Time Off
I take a risk and a "day off" in order to read Henry David Thoreau aloud to you in order to inspire you from the comfort of my garage. I read the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, alone in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months. At present I am a sojourner in civilized life again.
32:51
January 1, 2021
David Alan Tepper
What would you do with $100 trillion dollars? This episode begins with a shocking proposal to radically devalue outstanding bonds. I relate a personal cautionary tale about using available credit to pay off credit card bills. We turn to a friend to discuss game theory and global trade. I ponder the surface of personal enrichment, and leave on a high note in a rhapsody of hedge funds.
43:47
December 1, 2020
State Employees Credit Union
We begin today's special on-location episode discussing economic indicators like hot air balloons and destination weddings. We go on to cover demographics, mid-century American labor-driven financial institutions, and the town square. We pick up where last week's call-in guest left off, and we wrap up with some touching memories of my old credit union.
33:37
November 1, 2020
Car Loans
Today’s episode is preoccupied with the topic of automobile financing and the importance of taking a “step in the right direction” in the financial evolution of the individual. We spare some time to distinguish positive and normative approaches to the science of economics, "what ought to be" versus "what is". An old friend calls in and shares his experiences of credit stress while working as a freelance cartoonist in Los Angeles, the city of angels. Luxury goods are brought into laser focus through the lens of Indian custom car culture.
30:20
October 1, 2020
Wine Company LLC
Today's episode begins with a discussion of personal debt "outside the law" by way of Rocky Balboa, the quintessential American Loan Shark Heavy. We take a long overdue look at Chapter 11, the corporate cousin of Chapter 7. We check out the impact of Yelp on the Food Beverage and Lifestyle ecosystem. A call-in guest discusses independent contract law and some alternatives.
26:12
September 1, 2020
Yanis Varoufakis
I put on a real toga to illustrate a curious practice in the democracy of ancient Athens: Debt Slavery. A novelist friend gives his two cents on valuation of literary products and labor. We talk around bailout practices on the European continent, analyzing everything from synthetic CDOs to Angela Merkel's "Red/Yellow Button". We come full circle with a brief review of similarities between Puerto Rico and its sister country Greece.
36:13
August 1, 2020
Quadruple Witching
We start this episode with a celebration of my new (used) car! We describe possible scenarios you might expect in the 180 days after discharging chapter seven personal liquidation bankruptcy. A listener calls in and inquires about "quadruple witching" (a quarterly financial brouhaha). We read emails from the public and conclude with some musings on the impact of corporate bankruptcy vis-à-vis unemployment and personal finance.
29:24
July 1, 2020
Uncommitted Pledges
We touch on the situation in the far east, starting with the enterprise bankruptcy law in People’s Republic of China. The West African health crisis is put into the context of World Bank’s uncommitted pledges and the global drug industry. A guest calls in to relate a deeply personal story about her own mother’s bankruptcy, succumbing to the pressures of small-scale farming and relationships. We respond to listener emails and even take a stab at dream interpretation, perhaps hinting at Jungian twist in the term “shadow banking”. We conclude with a word on the value of silence before discharge of Chapter 7 personal liquidation bankruptcy.
32:29
June 1, 2020
Credit Report
In this episode we discuss the value of the proverbial long hard look in the mirror in the context of chapter seven bankruptcy. We explain how to take advantage of George W Bush's Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, with a high-level overview of the algorithms that underlie the "big 3" credit reporting agencies.
24:50
May 1, 2020
Leverage
In this episode our host discusses the concept of financial leverage, defines the role of the US Trustee in chapter seven bankruptcy proceedings, and waxes rhapsodical about the classic board game "Monopoly".
20:03
April 1, 2020
Trailer - Bankruptcy Lite Podcast
Every bankruptcy has a silver lining! Join me on my commute as I drive distracted while weaving together bad advice, awkward interviews, deep digressions, traffic reports, and classical music.
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March 31, 2020