Countdown: These Were The Most Listened To Episodes Of the Ross MBA Student Podcast This Year


Michigan Ross MBA students launched a popular podcast in 2016 in order to have open and candid discussions about the important issues that define their journeys and their time as MBA students.

Since then, Business Beyond Usual has released 24 episodes, each focusing on a unique topic, from unique perspectives.

In the final episode of the podcast’s second season, outgoing producer and host Ramu Annamalai, MBA ‘18, interviews the outgoing MBA Council President Daryl Brown, MBA ‘18, about their time as classmates at Michigan Ross. The two reflect on their MBA education, how an era of social and political change impacted life on campus, and how those experiences will stay with them throughout their careers.

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This newest episode capped off a season of shows that brought Ross MBA students together to have difficult conversations about controversial topics, and to offer insight into the MBA student experience.

The unique voice of Michigan Ross students seems to have struck a chord — the show was among the most popular business podcasts when it first premiered, and it has maintained a perfect 5-star rating from listeners in the last two years.

If you haven’t been listening, now is the perfect time to catch up while the show is on hiatus until students return with new episodes during the fall semester.

Here are the 5 most-listened to episodes from this year — a perfect place to start your binge.

#5 - First Ever Live Episode -- Discussing #MeToo

In the first ever episode of Business Beyond Usual recorded with a live audience, Host Ramu Annamalai chats with classmates about some of the most challenging conversations happening in America right now.

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#4 - Listener Q+A With Soojin Kwon

In this episode, Ramu is joined by Soojin Kwon, managing director of full-time MBA admissions and program at the Ross School of Business. He’ll ask Soojin questions from our listeners, and get the inside scoop on what it really takes to impress an admissions committee in today’s elite business school landscape.

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#3 - “Those Are Some Badass Women”

Ramu has a wide-ranging discussion with some of the most powerful MBA student leaders. The group discusses what it means to be a female leader in the world today, but also dives deep into topics relevant in the finance industry, the tech world, and diversity issues impacting all workplaces across the country.

There’s also a five-minute debate about Beyoncé and Rihanna, so tune in for that.

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#2 - The Life of An Intern

Go behind the scenes and hear what it’s really like to be an MBA intern at some of the world’s largest companies. In this episode, Ramu chats with MBA students who spent their summers working with Boston Consulting Group, Microsoft, 3M, and L’Oréal.

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#1 - A Conversation with Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger is an American institution –– vice chair of Berkshire Hathaway, business partner to Warren Buffett, philanthropist, author, and former University of Michigan student.

Earlier this year, Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, had the chance to sit down with Munger at an event in Los Angeles. This is their conversation.

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