Happy New Year! Our first episode of 2022 is dedicated to one of the world’s most powerful cultural forces: Disney. What happens when a company with that much influence just keeps growing? We visit Disneyland for a rare interview with CEO Bob Chapek, with FT reporters Chris Grimes and Anna Nicolaou. We explore where Disney Plus fits into the digital streaming wars. And Lilah speaks with a Disney expert, Sabrina Mittermeier, about how the company is reckoning with its prejudices 100 years into its history. 

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Links and mentions from the episode: 

– Chris and Anna’s profile of Bob Chapek, Disney CEO: https://www-ft-com.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/content/69e1cc1e-9c64-4000-b47f-a7e448107a5b 

– And their follow-up on the streaming wars: https://www-ft-com.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/content/ae756fda-4c27-4732-89af-cb6903f2ab40

– Dr. Sabrina Mittermeier’s book, A Culture History of the Disneyland Theme Parks: https://press-uchicago-edu.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/C/bo70345519.html

–Follow Anna Nicolaou on Twitter @annaknicolaou

–Follow Chris Grimes on Twitter @grimes_ce

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