Here are the shows we posted this week!

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The return of Cosimo de Medici! On 5 October, 1434, Cosimo arrived at his villa outside Florence and stopped for some food. The Signoria sent him a message begging him NOT to arrive that day, because they thought it would cause a riot. So he sneaks in at night and goes straight to visit the Pope. Rinaldo degli Albizzi, his sons and descendants were all banished from Florence, as were many families of the oligarchy. The Medici family rule supreme. But, like Augustus Caesar 1450 year earlier, Cosimo tries to appear like a normal citizen and keeps up the appearances of the Republic. He’s not it in for personal glory. He just wants political stability, safety for his family and, most of all – to make money. 

Today we discuss the collapse of Apollo Tourism’s share price; the recent Berkshire Hathaway Annual General Meeting and Tony relates the time he attended the Berkshire AGM a few years ago; the trouble with bank shares at the moment; and then we analyse this week’s stock, Mitchell Services (MSV).

According to Tacitus, 23 CE is the turning point in Tiberius’s reign. He blames it on Lucius Aelius Sejanus. Suetonius, on the other hand, blames Sejanus on Tiberius. On this episode, we tell the story of the rise of Sejanus – the man who ruined Rome. 

Let’s look at another two antivax claims: that the very first vaccine was a disaster and that vaccines are highly profitable for pharmaceutical companies and the health care industry.