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Harry Shearer, the Comedian and the Voice

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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This week in our Masters in Business, we chat with Harry Shearer who has variously acted in, written for and done voice over for "The Simpsons," "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Saturday Night Live." 

Perhaps best known for the many characters he gives life to on "The Simpsons" for the past 26 years, Shearer discusses the economics of voice actors on “an outrageously successful show.” Shearer, a resident of New Orleans, made a documentary about Hurricane Katrina called “The Big Uneasy,” in which he makes a persuasive case that the storm was an “unnatural disaster.” Appropriately, our conversation took place on Katrina’s 10th anniversary. He also hosts the radio program "Le Show," which covers topical issues and politics. 

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Next week, we speak with Jason Zweig, author of the "Devil’s Financial Dictionary."

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