The SEC’s whistleblower program shattered records in 2020. On this episode of the inSecurities podcast, Chris and Kurt take a look at the numbers and break down recent amendments to the SEC’s whistleblower rules. Our co-hosts also chat with New York Times best-selling author Tom Mueller about challenges many whistleblowers face, the state of the SEC’s whistleblower program, and his book, Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud.
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Tom Mueller is a freelance writer of nonfiction and fiction. He was educated at Oxford (DPhil, Rhodes Scholar), Harvard (BA, summa cum laude), and Alief Hastings High School in rural east Texas, home of the Fighting Bears. I studied classical guitar in Seville, Spain with América Martínez, a disciple of Andrés Segovia. I also worked as an associate in M&A at Goldman Sachs in their London and Frankfurt offices. I've lived or worked in 48 countries.
My most recent book, Crisis of Conscience, is a cultural history of whistleblowing and fraud, published in October 2019 by Penguin Random House (in their Riverhead imprint) in the United States, and by Atlantic Books in the UK and Commonwealth countries. My previous book, Extra Virginity, is a New York Times best-selling account of olive oil culture, history, and crime, published by W. W. Norton. My articles have appeared in the New Yorker, National Geographic Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and elsewhere, and have been included in anthologies like Best American Science Writing and Best American Travel Writing.