Business Wars

Business Wars

Business Wars

CATEGORY: Business
New episodes come out every Monday and Wednesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.
  1. November 08, 2021
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    Introducing: Operator
    During the 1-900 number craze of the Nineties, one company provided the vast majority of phone sex. American Telnet was an empire founded by the man who called himself “The Telephone Pimp.” He ran the company “…
  2. November 10, 2021
    27 min
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    Crypto Wars | We're in the (Virtual) Money | 7
    Cryptocurrency has transformed dramatically since Satoshi Nakamoto introduced Bitcoin to the world more than a decade ago. Today, crypto has become a hot investment and, in recent years, an irreverent staple of…
  3. November 15, 2021
    26 min
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    Blackberry vs iPhone | CrackBerry | 1
    It’s September 11, 2001, and the only network running in downtown NYC is the one owned and operated by BlackBerry’s manufacturer, Reserach in Motion. On one of the most devastating days in American history, tha…
  4. November 17, 2021
    26 min
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    Blackberry vs iPhone | The Jesus Phone | 2
    It’s late 2005, and Steve Jobs is deciding between two prototypes for an Apple phone. His choice will go on to become perhaps the best-selling product ever. Now his team just has to make the touchscreen technol…
  5. November 22, 2021
    26 min
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    Blackberry vs iPhone | App Attack | 3
    It’s summer 2008, and Research In Motion’s Mike Lazaridis is at the product testing site for BlackBerry’s new device: a touchscreen designed to compete with the iPhone. This model, however, is going to leave mo…
  6. November 24, 2021
    26 min
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    Blackberry vs iPhone | A Requiem in Slow Motion | 4
    It’s January 2011 and Research in Motion’s Jim Balsillie is in Davos, Switzerland when he discovers that his company is being threatened by the Egyptian government. BlackBerry’s BBM messaging system is a lifeli…
  7. November 26, 2021
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    Wondery Presents: Flip and Mozi's Guide to How To Be An Earthling
    Introducing Flip & Mozi’s Guide to How to be an Earthling, the intergalactic musical podcast that brings conservation into the conversation for kids and their grown-ups. From the creators of the #1 Kids and…
  8. November 29, 2021
    27 min
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    Blackberry vs iPhone | The Smartphone Generation | 5
    It’s a GPS! It’s a camera! It’s a computer! It’s...your smartphone. And in 2021, it feels like you can’t live without it. But when Blackberry and iPhone got into the game in the mid-2000s, that wasn’t yet the c…
  9. December 01, 2021
    27 min
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    Christmas Movie Wars | A Very Merry Rivalry | 1
    In 2009 the Hallmark Channel launched "Countdown to Christmas," which included four original movies made on a modest budget that follow a predictable formula. It was an immediate ratings hit, catapulting Hallma…
  10. December 06, 2021
    26 min
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    Christmas Movie Wars | Once Upon A Christmas Ratings Hit | 2
    In 1951, the founder of Hallmark Cards, the successful greeting card company, decides to get into television by sponsoring a live opera airing on Christmas Eve. It’s a success, and Hallmark becomes a regular sp…
  11. December 06, 2021
    4 min
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    Introducing: Harsh Reality - The Story of Miriam Rivera
    It was supposed to be a reality show with a twist. In a sun-drenched villa in Ibiza, six hot guys compete for a cash prize and for the love of the beautiful and mysterious Miriam. It’s meant to be her big break…
  12. December 08, 2021
    23 min
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    Christmas Movie Wars | It's a Wonderful Strife | 3
    After years of being content to play second fiddle to Hallmark, Lifetime decides to make a big move in 2018. They produce more Christmas movies than ever before and go after Hallmark’s biggest weakness: its lac…
  13. December 13, 2021
    25 min
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    Christmas Movie Wars | The Scandal Express | 4
    After years of being content to play second fiddle to Hallmark, Lifetime decides to make a big move in 2018. They produce more Christmas movies than ever before and go after Hallmark’s biggest weakness: its lac…
  14. December 15, 2021
    28 min
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    Christmas Movie Wars | A Season Like No Other | 5
    As a global pandemic hits, both Hallmark and Lifetime are in danger of not being able to complete their movies for their upcoming Christmas programming. The two companies get creative to shoot their films. Mean…
  15. December 20, 2021
    26 min
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    Christmas Movie Wars | An Iconic Holiday Tradition | 6
    Over the past decade, made-for-TV holiday romance movies have gone from a seasonal guilty pleasure to a mainstream phenomenon, drawing in millions of viewers year over year. While Hallmark and Lifetime still se…
  16. December 22, 2021
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    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | Chocolate Town | 1
    It’s 1886 and in New York City, a young confectioner called Milton Hershey is desperately trying to save his business.He’s been struggling for years. He founded his first candy business in Philadelphia, only to…
  17. December 27, 2021
    27 min
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    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | Blast Off | 2
    It’s 1923 and the Hershey Chocolate Company dominates the candy bar business. With its milk chocolate Hershey bar and bite-sized Kisses, Hershey seems impossible to beat.But in a Chicago police station, an awkw…
  18. December 29, 2021
    26 min
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    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | A Candy-Coated Prayer | 3
    It’s the 1940s and Forrest Mars’ plan to create a candy empire is stepping up a gear. He’s plotting to seize control of his dad’s company Mars and turn it into a Hershey killer.First he needs to get his new can…
  19. January 05, 2022
    26 min
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    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | Mars Attacks! | 4
    It’s 1965 and Forrest Mars has just become the manufacturer of Snickers and M&M’s. He is now – at last – ready to duke it out with Hershey in a battle to become the number one candy maker in America.And he…
  20. January 12, 2022
    26 min
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    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | A Chocolate Rolls Royce | 5
    It’s the late 1970s and Mars is America’s top confectioner. But Hershey is hungry for a comeback. It’s plotting a return to the top powered by a rush of new candies it hopes can nibble away at Mars’ market shar…

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