Jackpot Media Coverage & Events

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New York Review of Books (review)

The Chauncey Devega Show (podcast)

Contemporary Sociology (review)

 NRC Handelsblad (Dutch newspaper article)

Drinks With Tony (podcast) — January  


Nov. 19 — Podcast: Had a great conversation yesterday with conservative Daily Beast senior columnist Matt Lewis about the weird—and not always so great—lives of the super-rich. Which goes to show you that one can enjoy reading Jackpot no matter your politics.

Nov. 8 — Podcast: In which I join Slate Money cohosts—Axios’s Felix Salmon and journalist Emily Peck—for a saucy recap of HBO’s Succession, Season 3 Episode 4. We debate whether the show is a comedy, how true it hews to the real lives of the super-rich, and how patriarch Logan Roy loves his children, and yet uses their need for his love and approval to manipulate them. Listen to “Succession: “Goons and Stooges and Rough-Jacks”

Oct. 29 — Interview: “Into the realm of the super-rich: Oakland author reports from the gilded edge,” The Mercury News (and reprinted in its sister newspapers).

Ray Chavez, Mercury News

Oct. 6 — Excerpt: “Rich Management,” Metro, Silicon Valley

Sept. 21 — Radio: “The Lowdown” with Ira Wood, WOMR-FM, Cape Cod

Sept. 3 — Podcast: The Tully Show, with comedian and New York Times best-selling author Mike Tully

Aug. 21 — Article: “‘Vivons heureux, vivons caché: le mantra des milliardaires américains” ( “Let’s live happily, let’s live in hiding: the mantra of American billionaires”), by Philippe Boulet-Gercourt, L’Obs (a.k.a Le Nouvel Observateur). This particular piece is in French—and behind a paywall, malheureusement

New Yorkers en route to the Hamptons for the weekend. Richard B. Levine/Newscom/SIPA

Aug. 10 — Review: “A Fresh Take on Concentrated Privilege From ‘Jackpot,'” by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Aug. 6 — Review: “Winner Takes All: Michael Mechanic’s Deep Dive into the Super-Rich,” by Lauren Sarazen, Los Angeles Review of Books

Aug. 3 — Event: “The Rich Get Richer: How Our Quest to Accumulate Wealth has Divided America,” live signing and conversation with author/researcher Chuck Collins (The Wealth Hoarders) at 118 Elliot gallery, Brattleboro, VT. Sponsored by Everyone’s Books.

July 26 — Review/Interview: “No, the rich aren’t like the rest of us: Michael Mechanic on the secret worlds of wealth,” by Chancey DeVega, Salon

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July 11 — Review: From “This Land,” the newsletter of Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn

July 2 — Radio: “Unheard Voices,” KSQD community radio, Santa Cruz

June 22 — Review: “The Millionaires Who Want to Abolish Extreme Wealth,” by Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein, The New Republic

June 16 — Mini-Review: “Editor’s Picks: What to Read and Watch This Summer,” California magazine.

June 11 — Radio: “The Bradcast,” host Brad Friedman’s syndicated KPFK radio show

June 8 — Instagram Live: With journalist Jesse Mechanic (no relation)

June 7 — Interview: The Giving Review, Part 1 & Part II

June 3 — Cover story/excerpt: “Life of the 1 Percent” in Monterey County Weekly. Online version is here.

May 31 — Interview: “The Poor Subsidize the Giving of the Rich,” FrankNews

May 21 — Podcast: “Stand Up! With Pete Dominick” (Starts ~29:00.)

May 19 — TV: “The Sit-Down,” with DJ Sixsmith, CBS Local.

May 18 — Podcast: “Back to School,” hosted by comedian extraordinaire and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” guest host Maz Jobrani.

May 13 — Review/interview: “The Wealth Myth,” by Jeffrey Anderson, Red Canary Magazine. Plus a Jackpot excerpt.

May 13 — Radio: “It’s the Economy,” with host Claudia Cragg, on KGNU-FM community radio, Denver/Boulder, Colorado.

May 6 — Radio: The Rick Ungar Show, a syndicated program wherein we talk about the gutting of the IRS’s ability to go after wealthy tax cheats.

May 5 — Profile: “Wasteful World,” in Oakland’s weekly East Bay Express

May 3 — Radio: “How the Extreme Wealth Gap Harms Us All” via On Point, with host Megna Chakrabarti. This syndicated show from WBUR Boston airs on hundreds of NPR stations.

April 29 — Radio: “Background Briefing with Ian Masters,” KPFK-FM (Los Angeles)

April 28 — Review: “‘Jackpot’ Looks at How Inequality Is Experienced by the Very, Very Rich,” by Jen Szalai, the New York Times.

April 27 — Radio: “Late Mornings with Jeff Schechtman” on KVON-FM (Napa, California).

April 27 — YouTube/Podcast: The Majority Report” with Sam Seder.

April 23 — Excerpt: The Secret Credit Card That’s Only for the Rich,” on author/journalist Timothy Noah’s “Backbencher” substack

April 22 — Event: Mike talks wealth and inequality with Dashka Slater, author of the nonfiction best-seller The 57 Bus, via A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland, California.

April 20 — Article: “How the Rich Mask Their Greed With Ostentatious Philanthropy, by Lewis Beale, the Daily Beast

April 20 — Event: Jackpot chat with bestselling author and veteran DC reporter David Corn via Labyrinth Books (Princeton, NJ).

April 19 — Radio: “Get Up!” with host Michael Causey, WOWD-FM (Takoma Park, Maryland)

April 14 — Podcast/writeup: “America’s Wealth Gap Is Much More Obscene Than You Had Imagined,” by Molly Schwartz. And The Mother Jones Podcast, hosted by Jamilah King.

April 14 — Interview: “Michael Mechanic Takes on the Absurdities of the Super-Rich,” by Christina Waters, Good Times. (Plus a column shout-out from editor Steve Palopoli.

April 13 — Yahoo Finance TV appearance

April 13 — Podcast: “It’s All Political,” with SF Chronicle reporter Joe Garofoli

April 12 — Review: “Want to Be Really Rich? First Read This!” by former Chicago Tribune reporter Michael Millenson, on Medium

April 9 — Mini-review: Esquire‘s “The 20 Best Books of Spring 2021” & “The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2021 (So Far)

April 7 — Profile: “Princeton High School Graduate Discusses His Book About Super-Rich,” by Anne Levin, Town Topics (Princeton, NJ)

April 7 — “Oakland Writes” arts editor’s column in the East Bay Express.

April 4 — Excerpt: “Research Proves It: There’s No Such Thing as Noblesse Oblige,” The Atlantic

March 2 — Mini-Review: The 42 Must-Read Books of Spring 2021,” Town & Country

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