Business Wars

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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 … read more

164 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Introducing Business Wars

January 19th, 2018

1:23

Netflix-HBO. Nike-Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet. Sometimes your attention. Sometimes just the fun of beating the other guy. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History …

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Sudden Death | 1

February 6th, 2018

27:24

This is Episode 1 of an 8-part series on the brutal business battle between Netflix and Blockbuster, and later HBO.

It all started around 1997, with a …

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Origins | 2

February 6th, 2018

19:57

After Hastings pleaded with Antioco to buy Blockbuster Online, Antioco agreed to present Hasting’s proposal to the board. What he didn’t tell him was …

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Dirty Tricks | 3

February 6th, 2018

22:27

Thinking like your enemy is the best way to beat them, and during the war, Blockbuster tried every trick in the books to get inside Netflix. Sometimes they succeeded - sending “housewives” into warehouses as spies, and …

Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Digital Divide | 4

February 8th, 2018

22:43

You know that expression “content is king”? Well it turns out, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s a hard-working algorithm that burrows into customer habits and viewing patterns. With that, Netflix had a clear upper …

Netflix vs Blockbuster - HBO Gets In The Ring | 5

February 13th, 2018

30:11

We take a step back to explore how a little company called Home Box Office went from serving B-movies to 325 homes in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to become the juggernaut that we know as HBO. In the process, HBO, become …

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Binge | 6

February 15th, 2018

23:26

Hollywood execs thought Netflix was crazy to give up advertising and spin off opportunities by letting viewers flop on a couch and watch a whole …

Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Way We Watch | 7

February 20th, 2018

25:30

Netflix goes from being a streaming company to a movement in which consumers all over the world decide what show to watch -- and when and how they …

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Interview with Rich Greenfield | 8

February 22nd, 2018

23:44

Rich Greenfield is a tech and media analyst with BTIG who’s been covering this battle in some capacity for decades. We had the chance to talk to him …

Nike vs Adidas - Sneakerheads | 1

February 27th, 2018

21:33

In 2015, Kanye West turned his back on Nike, an all out battle in the ongoing war for sneaker supremacy. Nike and Adidas are two multinational …

Nike vs Adidas - The Starting Line | 2

March 1st, 2018

23:57

Rudi and Adi Dassler started the “Dassler Business” in the 1920s in their parent’s garage, recycling materials from WWI military gear and uniforms. They got a pair of their track spikes on an athlete named Jesse Owens …

Nike vs Adidas - Walking Billboards | 3

March 6th, 2018

21:09

As long as there have been professional sports, there have been professional athletes, willing to accept money to wear certain brands, but the biggest endorsement deals were only made possible by a mid-20th century …

Nike vs Adidas - Nike Air | 4

March 8th, 2018

27:11

Every new Nike employee gets a list of principles that serves as the company’s philosophy. One: Our business is change. Two: We’re on offense, all the time.


With those principles Nike sprinted from $29 million in revenue …

Nike vs Adidas - Rebound | 5

March 13th, 2018

26:09

Nike, the late starter struck gold with its “Just Do It” campaign. Launched in 1988, the shoe giant finally had a tagline as good as its shoes. …

Nike vs Adidas - The Defectors | 6

March 15th, 2018

19:48

The rivalry between Nike and Adidas has been intense for decades, but always respectful. But with intensity comes… defectors. Just three at the …

Nike vs Adidas - Interview with Liz Dolan and David Meltzer | 7

March 20th, 2018

45:24

Today we talked to Liz Dolan, former Nike CMO, and David Meltzer, sports marketing guru and agent about this vicious war. If you loved them here, …

Marvel vs DC - Origin Stories | 1

March 21st, 2018

22:38

In the early 1960s, the Space Race was on, Chubby Checkers got everyone doin’ the twist and Superman was turning 25. DC has it all - a legacy comic, the talented writers and illustrators, and plush offices in Manhattan. …

Marvel vs DC - The Fantastic Mr. Lee | 2

March 27th, 2018

23:10

We’ve talked about several wars on this series, but here’s a first: DC and Marvel engaging with each other, sniping, making fun, and getting their …

Marvel vs DC - Copycat | 3

March 29th, 2018

21:56

As Marvel’s richer storylines captivate more readers, DC just can’t keep up, or fully understand Marvel’s success. They even try directly copying …

Marvel vs DC - Schemes, Scans, and Double Crosses | 4

April 3rd, 2018

23:59

It’s 1970 and the unthinkable just happened. Jack Kirby, one of the men who made Marvel, has defected to DC. With him he brought an idea that may …

Marvel vs DC - Big Screen Heroes | 5

April 5th, 2018

24:03

Appearances on radio programs, television shows and thousands of comic books - all just another day in the life of a superhero. But to get a larger than life hero onto a larger than life screen, there’s one secret …

Marvel vs DC - The Cinematic Universe | 6

April 10th, 2018

26:33

After more than 50 years of fighting for the hearts and attention spans of millions of readers, television viewers, and movie-goers - who wins this war? Is it DC, the original comic company company behind classic …

Marvel vs DC - Interview with Jason Mewes and Reed Tucker | 7

April 12th, 2018

43:50

What's that? Up in the sky? It's another episode of Business Wars. Today we're talking to two super guests, Reed Tucker is a journalist living in New York City, and the author of the book Slugfest: Inside the Epic …

The First Computer War - The Electronic Brain | 1

April 19th, 2018

23:16

With so much information at our fingertips, it’s hard to remember that we haven’t always walked around with supercomputers in our pockets. In fact, …

The First Computer War - Father, Son, and The Future | 2

April 24th, 2018

25:30

How do you really “get ahead” in a war? Sometimes you don’t have to do anything, you just wait for your opponent to fumble.

And in the late 1940s, IBM’s CEO Thomas Watson Sr., did. He’s just beginning to grasp the …

The First Computer War - IBM versus The UNIVAC | 3

April 26th, 2018

24:01

What’s a 16% market share when the public thinks you have more? A potential anti-trust suit, if you’re IBM. Watson Jr. sees a potential lawsuit as a …

The First Computer War - Abdication | 4

May 1st, 2018

26:20

In Episode 1 the UNIVAC successfully predicted that Eisenhower would win the 1952 election. In Philadelphia, a champagne hangover quickly settled in …

The First Computer War - Betting the Store | 5

May 3rd, 2018

25:03

It’s 1961. Since his father retired 5 years earlier, Thomas Watson Jr pushed to modernize IBM from the top down. New management, new ideas, newer, faster, machines. The company has grown, employing 1,000 people, they’ve …

The First Computer War - Computing Gets Personal | 6

May 8th, 2018

26:47

After all that IBM has been through over the decades, it would have never in a million years guessed that their undoing would be at the hands of a …

Gregor Mendel vs the World - American Innovations | 1

May 10th, 2018

35:33



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Nintendo vs Sony - Stabbed in the Back | 1

May 15th, 2018

30:12

Once a symbol of 80s teenage nerdom, video games are now as common as television sets in American households. Can you imagine a world where the Sony …

Nintendo vs Sony - Man of Steel | 2

May 17th, 2018

30:14

It's 1949. 22-year old Hiroshi Yamauchi is the heir apparent for his family's playing card company, Nintendo. From humble beginnings as a scrappy …

Nintendo vs Sony - Charm Offensive | 3

May 22nd, 2018

25:41

From the moment it began, the PlayStation project was in danger. The problem was none other than PlayStations knight and chief advocate: Kutaragi. He …

Nintendo vs Sony - Game Time | 4

May 24th, 2018

24:47

This is a story about Sony and Nintendo, but it also involves a little company called Sega. Ever play Sonic the Hedgehog? That’s Sega. And during …

Nintendo vs Sony - The Sleeping Giant | 5

May 29th, 2018

23:28

Nintendo decided early on that the Nintendo 64 would be a cartridge console, instead of a CD console. But CDs are much cheaper to make and have much …

Nintendo vs Sony - No Surrender | 6

May 31st, 2018

25:33

After years of sitting on the sidelines of the next-generation console war, Nintendo is finally ready to make its move. But, the years it’s spent …

Nintendo vs Sony - Interview with Vance Wallace | 7

June 5th, 2018

27:04

We're wrapping our coverage of the console wars between Nintendo and Sony. David is joined by Vance Wallace, who knows video games from both sides of …

Hearst vs Pulitzer - The Headless Torso, Part 1 | 1

June 7th, 2018

24:43

This is the beginning of a mystery, a great business rivalry, and a look into American history. To tell the story of Hearst vs Pulitzer, we called …

Hearst vs Pulitzer - The Headless Torso, Part 2 | 2

June 12th, 2018

23:22

In 1897, America looked very different. Carriages rolled through the streets of New York. Mass media was just growing up, and Hearst was convinced …

Hearst vs Pulitzer - The Price of News | 3

June 14th, 2018

22:05

In 1883, 15 years before the Headless Torso Murder, New York City's population was rapidly growing and the newspaper scene was pretty sleepy. The …

Hearst vs Pulitzer - War Drums | 4

June 19th, 2018

27:16

What happens when there’s no news? You have to MAKE the news.

When Hearst heard from his top reporter that the Spanish-Cuban tension wasn’t looking …

Hearst vs Pulitzer - Newsies | 5

June 21st, 2018

22:02

A close up look at a crisis of their own making. One that nearly cost Hearst and Pulitzer their grip on the country’s first media empires. Instead of …

Hearst vs Pulitzer - Days of Atonement | 6

June 26th, 2018

25:59

By 1900, the days of yellow journalism were already fading, and both William Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer were searching for a new direction even as …

Hearst vs Pulitzer - Interview with Gabriel Kahn | 7

June 28th, 2018

27:09

Joining us today is Gabriel Kahn, a professor of journalism at the University of Southern California. He’s a former Los Angeles bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal and a frequent commentator on monetization and the …

Ford vs Chevrolet - Tin Lizzie Becomes Roadkill | 1

July 3rd, 2018

31:55

In 1896, Henry Ford puttered around Detroit streets testing his “Quadricycle.” This was the whimsical beginning to a revolution that redesigned the …

Ford vs Chevrolet - Detroit Joins the War | 2

July 5th, 2018

29:42

FDR believed that WWII was a contest of mass production. Whoever could build the most trucks, tanks, guns and airplanes would come out on top. What …

Ford vs Chevrolet - Fast and Sexy | 3

July 10th, 2018

30:37

In the 1960s, the biggest generation of Americans of all time are reaching driving age. They want cars, and they want them to be fast and powerful, …

Ford vs Chevrolet - Technology in the Fast Lane | 4

July 12th, 2018

33:45

It's been a hard fought battle for decades, and in the 1970s there's no signs of Ford or Chevrolet slowing down. But this time they're fighting on …

Business Wars Daily: Battling for the Two-Wheeled Rider | 2

July 17th, 2018

2:22

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July 19th, 2018

2:39

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eBay vs PayPal - Going Once, Going Twice | 1

July 24th, 2018

26:43

At the dawn of the dotcom era, a Silicon Valley tech geek on a personal vendetta rolls out the world’s first e-commerce site. Vintage lunchboxes? …

eBay vs PayPal - The E-commerce Revolution | 2

July 26th, 2018

26:39

As eBay gathers steam, a libertarian chess champion and a programmer who fled Communist Ukraine team up to change the world with their encryption software. But when their plan to piggyback on the ubiquitous Palm Pilot …

eBay vs PayPal - PayPal Goes Viral | 3

July 31st, 2018

26:37

In the midst of the dot-com boom, there's also a lot of dot-com bust. PayPal desperately needed to grow but they companies who'd raised millions more …

eBay vs PayPal - How Bad Is It? | 4

August 2nd, 2018

24:43

Remember the summer of 2000? The Olympics were in full swing and PayPal was under attack. Not from eBay, but Russian hackers. In looking for soft …

eBay vs PayPal - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do | 5

August 7th, 2018

26:39

By late 2000, PayPal and X.com are yoked together, with X.com CEO Elon Musk leading the newly combined company. But it’s a rocky marriage: PayPal’s founders clash with their new leader over everything from his imperious …

eBay vs PayPal - Outta the Gate | 6

August 9th, 2018

25:30

PayPal is running out of time. The online payment service is hauling in new users, but its bottom line is bleeding red. Without a buyer to pump it …

eBay vs PayPal - Interview with Kara Swisher | 7

August 14th, 2018

28:04

We hope you enjoyed our series on eBay vs PayPal. Here to discuss her thoughts on the PayPal mafia alums is Kara Swisher. Swisher is the self-described "grumpy lady of tech" and host of the podcast Recode Decode. She's …

Coke vs Pepsi - Cocaine is King | 1

August 16th, 2018

27:47

In turn of the century Atlanta, pharmacist John Pemberton has invented a dynamite health tonic with some secret ingredients his customers can’t get enough of. There’s only one problem. With the city about to go dry, the …

Coke vs Pepsi - Candy Monster | 2

August 21st, 2018

28:11

The cola cops are coming. Pepsi, an upstart Coca-Cola imitator, grabs its rival’s attention by serving up its own beverage to unsuspecting soda …

Coke vs Pepsi - Cola über Alles | 3

August 23rd, 2018

25:57

With world war on the horizon, Coca-Cola and Pepsi face a supply crisis. How to get enough sugar to continue bottling their sweet fizzy goodness? One …

Coke vs Pepsi - The Imitator's Revenge | 4

August 28th, 2018

26:41

Welcome to the Pepsi Generation. As Pepsi fires up a hot new ad campaign, Coca-Cola starts getting nervous. But a sudden plane detour through Ireland …

Coke vs Pepsi - No Sacred Cows | 5

August 30th, 2018

28:03

With the Pepsi Challenge under attack by Coke, Pepsi needs a new ad campaign. So the company turns for inspiration to the biggest pop star in the …

Coke vs Pepsi - The Soda Revolt | 6

September 4th, 2018

29:05

Coke continues to grapple with Pepsi’s winning ads, but as Y2K nears both companies realize this isn’t just a cola war anymore. There’s more backlash …

Coke vs Pepsi - Interview with Tristan Donovan | 7

September 6th, 2018

26:18

Host David Brown chats with series writer Tristan Donovan, author of Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World, about some of the juicy tidbits that didn’t make the final series. Like Fanta’s roots in Nazi Germany, Pepsi’s …

Southwest vs. American - Clearing the Runway | 1

September 11th, 2018

25:54

In Texas in the 1960s, Rollin King had a crazy idea. He wanted to create a no-frills airline service that served San Antonio, Dallas and Houston. All …

Southwest vs American - Dogfight Over Dallas | 2

September 13th, 2018

23:48

Baniff and Southwest battled in court for domination over the skies. Southwest came out on top for a little while, but Baniff pushed back with prices …

Southwest vs American - Aviation Cyber Wars | 3

September 18th, 2018

21:24

The computer age is on the horizon, and American Airlines has a secret weapon: SABRE. Sure, the airline is top of the heap under the current pen-and-paper reservation system — the one where travel agents use a massive …

Southwest vs American - The Darling of Deregulation | 4

September 20th, 2018

25:40

As deregulation dawns, Southwest Airlines’ founder and CEO are locked in a power struggle. In the middle is Herb Kelleher, Southwest’s corporate …

Southwest vs American - The Cult of Herb | 5

September 25th, 2018

26:03

Everyone loves Herb Kelleher—even FAA regulators. The onetime corporate counsel-turned-CEO is coming into his own at the helm of Southwest. But his …

Southwest vs American - Free LUV | 6

September 27th, 2018

26:26

Thanks to deregulation, no-frills knock offs of Southwest take to the skies like crows.  About 120 airlines have gone out of business or filed for …

Southwest vs American - Interview with Joseph Guinto | 7

October 2nd, 2018

27:35

Host David Brown chats with freelance journalist and series writer Joseph Guinto about the 22 years he’s spent covering Southwest Airlines… including his memories meeting and interviewing Southwest’s major players, from …

Xbox vs Playstation - The Biggest Cannon in the World | 1

October 4th, 2018

25:13

Sony was preparing Playstation to eventually replace personal computers. Microsoft sees that coming and goes into combat mode. Bill Gates spends more …

Xbox vs Playstation - The Red Ring of Death | 2

October 9th, 2018

26:07

Microsoft put all its efforts into it’s new console, the Xbox 360 to beat combat Sony’s market share and it looked like it was working. Thousands of …

Introducing Legal Wars | 3

October 10th, 2018

10:05

The courtroom can be a battlefield over money, people’s rights, and even their lives. For some cases, the consequences can affect us long after the verdict is read.

Based on extensive interviews and court transcripts, …

Xbox vs Playstation - Tear Down This Wall | 3

October 11th, 2018

26:48

As Nintendo burns with the failure of Wii U, Sony can’t woo PS2 users to the new Playstation 3. It vows to not make that mistake again, and the Playstation 4 prioritizes on what the gamers want: a better gaming …

Xbox vs Playstation - Interview with Tristan Donovan | 4

October 16th, 2018

24:37

Host David Brown sits down with Tristan Donovan, series writer and author of Replay: The History of Video Games, just as this console war enters …

Red Bull vs Monster - Get Your Wings | 1

November 13th, 2018

28:55

It’s the early 1980s, and in Bangkok, Thailand, a jet-lagged toothpaste marketing exec named Dietrich Mateschitz has just tasted Krating Daeng, an …

Red Bull vs Monster - Beast Gores Bull | 2

November 15th, 2018

29:17

As Red Bull plans its U.S. invasion, an unlikely upstart vies to beat it to market. Led by branding guru Mark Hall, the wholesome Hansen Beverage …

Red Bull vs Monster - Buzzkill | 3

November 20th, 2018

29:34

As the extreme marketing battle between Red Bull and Monster reaches unprecedented heights (128,000 feet above sea level, to be precise), a new …

Browser Wars - Kickstarting a Revolution | 1

November 27th, 2018

25:35

It’s 1992, and in the basement of the chemistry building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, two computer science students are working on a new web browser. Up to this point, browsing has made up less …

Browser Wars - The Birth of a Dot Com Giant | 2

November 29th, 2018

22:14

Two disgruntled tech whizzes, Jim Clark and Marc Andreessen, join forces to exact revenge on the companies that wronged them, building a browser so …

Browser Wars - Poker Face | 3

December 4th, 2018

26:08

It’s 1974, and a young programmer named Paul Allen has just caught a glimpse of the world’s first personal computer, the Altair 8800. It has the …

Browser Wars - An Offer They Can’t Refuse | 4

December 6th, 2018

26:18

It’s summer 1995, and Bill Gates is worried about the sudden rise of the Internet. In the world of computers, Gates is used to being in the driver’s seat. Now it seems he’s not even in the car. 

Marc Andreessen has just …

Browser Wars - Microsoft on the Hot Seat | 5

December 11th, 2018

29:12

To compete with Netscape, Bill Gates is forced to do the one thing he hates most: give tech away for free. He bundles Internet Explorer with Windows, effectively making his browser ubiquitous--and Netscape’s redundant. …

Browser Wars - Even When They Lose They Win | 6

December 13th, 2018

27:34

Microsoft has officially won the battle against Netscape, but for Bill Gates, the browser war is far from over. The federal government has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, and called Gates to Washington, …

Waze vs Apple Maps | 3

December 18th, 2018

28:50

The debut of the Apple iPhone in 2007 means unprecedented changes for human communication. But even its inventor Steve Jobs at first fails to realize …

Zankou Chicken Murders - Out of Beirut | 1

December 18th, 2018

22:35

It’s January 14th, 2003, and 56-year-old Mardiros Iskenderian, the founder of the family-owned chain of rotisserie restaurants Zankou Chicken, is …

Zankou Chicken Murders - The Death of an American Dream | 2

December 20th, 2018

29:53

Mardiros Iskenderian was known for two things: the unbelievable generosity he showed to the Armenian community, and the deep love he expressed for …

McDonald’s vs Burger King - Fastest Burger in the West | 1

January 7th, 2019

24:43

It’s 1948, and somewhere around the edge of the Mojave Desert, a drive-in restaurant is making waves. It's called McDonald’s and it’s like no burger joint anyone’s seen before—a carhop-free eatery with lightning fast …

McDonald’s vs Burger King - Cooking with Gas | 2

January 9th, 2019

25:49

It’s the late 1950s and fry cooks are flipping as fast as they can. But McDonald’s and Insta-Burger King’s desire for national success far outstrips their ability to deliver. It’s not enough to just make a better …

McDonald’s vs Burger King - Feeding Frenzy | 3

January 14th, 2019

23:56

By the mid-1960s, Americans have developed a taste for fast, delicious, affordable food — and they’re demanding more. U.S. fast food franchises — McDonald’s, Burger King and Burger Chef — know that if they want to feed …

McDonald’s vs Burger King - Have It Your Way | 4

January 16th, 2019

24:13

It’s the 1970s, and the burger barons are turning to TV advertising to propel profits skyward. McDonald’s is betting that a little song and dance can give it the competitive edge, but Burger King is stepping up their …

McDonald's vs Burger King - Battle of the Burgers | 5

January 21st, 2019

25:59

Burger King is under pressure. McDonald’s is wowing the nation with a new way to eat chicken and Wendy’s is quickly closing in on the number two fast food spot. Backed into a corner, Burger King prepares to bite back …

McDonald’s vs Burger King - Super Fan Supernova | 6

January 23rd, 2019

24:51

It’s a new century and times are tough for the burger giants. Burger King’s in a rut and McDonald’s is about to report its first loss in nearly 40 years. Both brands need to reinvent themselves fast. But can they come …

McDonald’s vs Burger King - Breakfast Wars | 7

January 28th, 2019

23:45

Egg McMuffins, Croissan’wiches and coffee. Today’s fast food fight is all about breakfast time. Wall Street Journal reporter Julie Jargon joins to …

Best of Business Wars Daily | 1

January 30th, 2019

28:54

Oreo vs. Hydrox. Twitter vs. TikTok. Business rivals are doing battle every day. On Business Wars Daily, we give you a brief daily update, Monday through Friday, on the latest wars between the world’s biggest companies …

USFL vs NFL - Birth of a Spring Football League | 1

February 4th, 2019

25:50

For years, David Dixon has been trying to convince the National Football League to launch an expansion team in New Orleans, but he always comes up empty-handed. Finally, after one too many letdowns, Dixon realizes his …

USFL vs NFL - A General Triumph | 2

February 6th, 2019

22:26

Description: The NFL has faced rival leagues in the past, and routinely squashed them without breaking so much as a sweat. The NFL’s powerful …

USFL vs NFL - A Challenge to the King | 3

February 11th, 2019

23:16

By most measures, the USFL’s debut season is a success. The games post solid numbers--in both ticket sales and television ratings--offering …

USFL vs NFL - Making Spring Football Great Again | 4

February 13th, 2019

22:01

Description: It’s 1984, and at USFL franchise offices across the country, multi-million dollar contracts are flowing like Gatorade. As the United …

USFL vs NFL - The Empire Strikes Back | 5

February 18th, 2019

25:43

For nearly two full years, the mighty NFL sat idly by as the upstart USFL tried to chip away at its status, talent, and reputation as the most …

USFL vs NFL - Football Day in Court | 6

February 20th, 2019

24:10

The battle between the NFL and the USFL finally comes to a head. Donald Trump has bullied his way to the top of the USFL and pressured his league …

USFL vs NFL - Risky Business | 7

February 25th, 2019

30:20

Mike Pesca, Slate, joins to talk about the biggest risks facing the NFL, whether the Patriots are good or bad for the league, and what our culture …

Hasbro vs Mattel - Dream Doll | 1

March 20th, 2019

25:56

It’s the late 1940s and two small toymakers are taking their first uneasy steps. The names of these young hopefuls are Hasbro and Mattel. One’s an …

Hasbro vs Mattel - Boy Toy | 2

March 25th, 2019

24:01

It’s the 1960s and Hasbro is struggling. The pencil manufacturer turned toymaker hasn’t had a major success since Mr. Potato Head hit the shelves in 1952, and it’s starting to lose money. If the company doesn’t act …

Hasbro vs Mattel - The House of Cards | 3

March 27th, 2019

24:50

Sizzlers, Mattel’s new motorized Hot Wheels, were supposed to be the top toy this Christmas. But sales have fizzled, leaving Mattel $30 million below target. For the last ten years, Mattel’s done exceptionally well by …

Hasbro vs Mattel - Resurrection Joe | 4

April 1st, 2019

27:12

It’s the early 1980s and things are not looking good for Hasbro. The company hasn’t had a hit since Hungry Hungry Hippos; its founding CEO Merrill …

Hasbro vs Mattel - The Shotgun Wedding | 5

April 3rd, 2019

24:29

A few months ago, Mattel’s revenues were just fifty million dollars behind Hasbro’s. But now that Hasbro’s swallowed Tonka—the classic maker of Nerf, …

Hasbro vs Mattel - Screen Dreams | 6

April 8th, 2019

31:07

With the world plugging into the Internet, toys are under pressure. Kids are swapping plastic play for screen-based entertainment and both Mattel and Hasbro need to adapt. The question is: how?

Mattel’s also finding out …

Hasbro vs Mattel - Today's Toys | 7

April 10th, 2019

33:11

Bratz. Monster High. Funko. These are the toys that rule the roost in 2019. Veteran toy industry analyst Sean McGowan joins to discuss the big …

Ferrari vs. Lamborghini - The Gauntlet | 1

April 15th, 2019

27:55

It’s the early 1960s. In Maranello, Italy, Enzo Ferrari has made a name for himself building the most exotic road cars in the world. But when a dissatisfied customer named Ferruccio Lamborghini shows up to complain …

Ferrari vs. Lamborghini - Lamborghini Spawns an Icon | 2

April 17th, 2019

30:25

It’s 1970. At his factory in Italy, Ferruccio Lamborghini is desperate to build a car that can outdo his rival, Enzo Ferrari, whose Ferrari factory is just 20 miles away. With the help of genius designers and engineers, …

Ferrari vs. Lamborghini - Supercar Speed Freaks | 3

April 22nd, 2019

25:43

It is 1997. For decades, Lamborghini has struggled to survive as a company, and to compete with its nemesis Ferrari. All that is about to change. …

Ferrari vs. Lamborghini - The Future of Cars | 4

April 24th, 2019

27:11

Electric. Diesel. Driverless. Automobile Magazine’s New York Bureau Chief, Jamie Kitman, joins to talk about the latest developments in the car industry and what’s next for Ferrari and Lamborghini.

Support us by …

Netflix vs Blockbuster Revisited - Sudden Death | 1

April 29th, 2019

29:34

The way we watch is changing so rapidly that we’ve decided to revisit our very first and most popular Business War: Netflix versus Blockbuster. We’re …

Netflix vs Blockbuster Revisited - Origins | 2

May 1st, 2019

23:00

After Hastings pleaded with Antioco to buy Blockbuster online, Antioco agreed to present Hasting’s proposal to the board. What he didn’t tell him was …

Netflix vs Blockbuster Revisited - Dirty Tricks | 3

May 6th, 2019

24:22

Thinking like your enemy is the best way to beat them, and during the war, Blockbuster tried every trick in the book to get inside Netflix. Sometimes they succeeded — sending “housewives” into warehouses as spies — and …

Netflix vs Blockbuster Revisited - The Digital Divide | 4

May 8th, 2019

23:13

You know the expression “content is king”? Well it turns out, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s a hard-working algorithm that burrows into customer habits and viewing patterns. With that, Netflix had a clear upper hand …

Netflix vs Blockbuster Revisited - HBO Gets in the Game | 5

May 13th, 2019

28:52

We take a step back to explore how a little company called Home Box Office went from serving B-movies to 325 homes in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to become the juggernaut that we know as HBO. In the process, HBO, became …

Justin Long Gets Personal on "Life is Short" | 1

May 14th, 2019

8:07

Life is Short with Justin Long finds the actor sitting down with some of the funniest and most intriguing people of today, like Dax Shepard, Olivia Wilde and Neil Patrick Harris. No topics are out of bounds, and no …

Netflix vs Blockbuster Revisited - Binge | 6

May 15th, 2019

23:32

Hollywood execs thought Netflix was crazy to give up advertising and spin off opportunities by letting viewers flop on a couch and watch a whole …

Netflix vs Blockbuster Revisited - Break the Wheel | 7

May 20th, 2019

26:32

Netflix goes from being a streaming company to a movement in which consumers all over the world decide what to watch, and when and how they watch. …

Netflix vs Blockbuster Revisited - Streamers Everywhere | 8

May 22nd, 2019

22:03

It’s spring 2019, and the Mouse House is determined to challenge Netflix for streaming supremacy. Disney CEO Bob Iger draws gasps at an industry event when he announces the new Disney Plus streaming service will cost …

Netflix vs Blockbuster Revisited - What’s Next for Digital Streaming | 9

May 27th, 2019

34:15

On today's special interview episode, renowned media futurist Rich Greenfield returns to fill us in on the latest developments in the streaming wars and how these changes might impact viewers in the coming years. …

Anheuser-Busch vs Miller - The Beer Barons | 1

May 29th, 2019

27:42

It’s 1893 and Chicago is about to host The World’s Columbian Exposition. It’s going to be the biggest show the world’s ever seen, and that means it’s …

Introducing Inside Star Wars

May 30th, 2019

6:33

Heroes, villains, action... all set in a galaxy far, far away. Join Inside Star Wars and go behind the camera and find out how one of the most iconic series in film history came to be. Listen now at:

Anheuser-Busch vs Miller - Swinging for the Majors | 2

June 3rd, 2019

26:26

By 1933 Prohibition is over, and that means the race is on to dominate a beer market that’s been reset. Under the leadership of Anheuser-Busch heir Gussie Busch, the company is out to reclaim the beer throne. But …

Anheuser-Busch vs Miller - It’s Miller Time! | 3

June 5th, 2019

23:14

Come the early 1970s, Miller has a new owner: tobacco giant Philip Morris. Armed with the Marlboro maker’s millions and marketing skills, Miller is about to shake up the beer business with a campaign targeting …

Anheuser-Busch vs Miller - Miller Killers | 4

June 10th, 2019

25:59

It’s the late 1970s and Miller is hurtling towards the top of the brewing industry on the back of High Life and Lite. Anheuser-Busch’s new leader August Busch III knows he must act fast to stop the threat.

But before he …

Anheuser-Busch vs Miller - Surprise Attack Dog | 5

June 12th, 2019

25:49

It’s the 1980s and Miller’s glory days are over. Drinkers are deserting High Life and Anheuser-Busch is about to launch a $50 million attack on Miller Lite.

With the pressure mounting, Miller hunts for a way to revive …

Anheuser-Busch vs Miller - Fighting the Crocodile | 6

June 17th, 2019

27:49

It’s a new century and the beer industry is changing fast. Beyond America, new brewery empires are forming and they want to buy their way into the lucrative U.S. market.

And Miller is the first to fall, bought out by a …

Introducing 1865

June 18th, 2019

11:15

1865 starts with the moment Lincoln got shot and follows the journey of the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. Stanton continues to push through …

Gibson vs Fender - Les and Leo | 1

June 19th, 2019

27:01

In the 1930s and ’40s the market for electric guitars is growing, but it’s hindered by the instruments’ flawed designs. But a small group of mavericks is rethinking the guitar for the electronic age.

One of them, …

Gibson vs Fender - Loud and Clear | 2

June 24th, 2019

29:45

It's 1950, and Fender's first solid-body guitar, the Esquire, is the laughingstock of the music industry. To guitar makers used to elegantly made …

Gibson vs Fender - The Stratocaster Blasts Off | 3

June 26th, 2019

27:38

Gibson's Les Paul sets a new standard for the solid-body electric guitar, and rival guitar maker Fender needs to respond. The company does so in 1954 …

Gibson vs Fender - Les Pauls Unleashed | 4

July 1st, 2019

23:22

 In the 1960s, rock'n roll's popularity continues to grow. But one of the genre's most popular guitars, the Les Paul, is no longer being made. Now …

Gibson vs Fender - Back From the Brink | 5

July 3rd, 2019

26:26

It's the early 1980s, and for the first time in 30 years, the U.S. guitar market has gone cold. Bands are switching to synthesizers and kids are …

Gibson vs Fender - Attack of the Robot Guitars | 6

July 8th, 2019

26:08

In the '90s and 2000s, new ownership has revitalized both Fender and Gibson and rekindled their rivalry. Through acquisitions, artist endorsements and their rapidly expanding custom shops, both brands are in a heated …

Gibson vs Fender - The Future of the Electric Guitar | 7

July 10th, 2019

28:26

Ian S. Port, author of The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll joins us to talk about …

Cereal Wars - A Divine Mission | 1

July 15th, 2019

26:13

It’s the late 1800s and America is in the grip of a bellyache epidemic. But, thanks to a divine revelation, help is on the way in the form of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan. In his …

Cereal Wars - Breakfast of Champions | 2

July 17th, 2019

27:04

It’s 1904 and Quaker Oats is about to make an, ahem, explosive entry into the cold cereal business. With the Kellogg brothers at risk of being left …

Cereal Wars - Sugar Rush | 3

July 22nd, 2019

26:39

World War II is in the rearview mirror, and breakfast cereal is on the brink of a new calorific era. Post Cereals decides to break from its healthful …

Cereal Wars - Cereal Offenders | 4

July 24th, 2019

27:09

It’s the late 1950s and General Mills is playing catch-up. While Kellogg’s and Post are thriving on the back of animated characters and sugary cereals, General Mills’ cereals are looking stale. So now the Cheerios maker …

Introducing The Pitch

July 26th, 2019

15:41

Listen as real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors — for real money. To hear what happens after The Pitch and listen to more episodes, go to gimlet.media/pitch

Cereal Wars - Trix of the Trade | 5

July 29th, 2019

27:08

It’s the 1980s and General Mills is making waves with a new cereal based on the world’s hottest video game: Pac-Man. 

But Kellogg’s is hoping to cash …

Cereal Wars - Going Soggy | 6

July 31st, 2019

24:58

It’s the year 2000 and, for the first time in almost a century, Kellogg’s is no longer America's top cereal maker. Now a new CEO is in the driving seat, and he’s on a mission to win back the cereal crown from General …

Cereal Wars-The Most Important Meal | 7

August 5th, 2019

30:53

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Or is it? While that phrase sounds scientifically and nutritionally sound, it’s origins can be traced back to cereal company marketing departments. We conclude our series …

Introducing Sean Carroll's Mindscape

August 6th, 2019

8:35

How big is our galaxy? Why do certain movies make us cry? And what exactly is string theory? Join Sean Carroll's Mindscape to dive deep into the …

Business Battles - Monster vs Beats by Dre | 1

August 7th, 2019

27:38

With all the hype around portable and smart speakers, it’s easy to forget that they didn’t always exist. In fact, it took one fateful meeting with …

The Latest from Business Wars Daily | 1

August 12th, 2019

33:39

A shakeup in the maple syrup industry. The slowest pizza delivery in the world. Pet food companies cashing in on your love for Fido. On our sister show Business Wars Daily, we bring you breaking news about the business …

Harley and the Biker Wars - The British Invaders | 1

August 14th, 2019

26:40

By the late 1940s, Harley-Davidson has become America’s leading motorcycle manufacturer. The family-owned Milwaukee brand has battled hundreds of …

Introducing The Jordan Harbinger Show

August 15th, 2019

10:12

Join Jordan Harbinger with Jason DeFillippo as they get deep into the untapped wisdom of the world's top performers -- from intelligence operatives to legendary musicians, iconoclastic writers to visionary changemakers. …

Harley and the Biker Wars - The Hog Is Born | 2

August 19th, 2019

24:38

It’s 1903, and Harley-Davidson is entering the spanking new motorcycle market. Of the hundreds of fledgling brands, the bike to beat is Indian, and Harley has the company in its crosshairs. But a decade later, Harley is …

Harley and the Biker Wars - Uneasy Riders | 3

August 21st, 2019

21:42

By the late 1940s, World War II has ended, but Harley’s battle with a few disenfranchised veterans is just beginning. Bored and looking for kicks, these men are forming clubs based around a love of boozing, brawling and …

Harley and the Biker Wars - Japan Takes No Prisoners | 4

August 26th, 2019

28:29

It’s 1963. After battling the wave of British bikes vying for the high-dollar U.S. motorcycle market, Harley-Davidson is slammed by a tsunami of …

Harley and the Biker Wars - The Freedom Machine | 5

August 28th, 2019

26:45

It’s 1969, and the iconic film Easy Rider stars Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and—most prominently—Harley choppers. It boosts the brand’s cool cred …

Get Ready for College Football Season

August 29th, 2019

6:36

If you’re a fan of all the pageantry and excitement that college football brings, then The Solid Verbal is the podcast for you. Join hosts Dan …

Harley and the Biker Wars - Live to Ride | 6

September 2nd, 2019

26:56

By the early 1980s, Harley-Davidson is fighting to survive. Japan has glutted the American market with bikes, creating a war Harley can’t fight alone. The company turns to the U.S. government. It’s something they tried …

Electric Bikes | 7

September 4th, 2019

29:21

Harley Davidson built its brand on big, loud and heavy bikes. So why is the company staking its future on an electric motorcycle? It turns out Harley's main demographic, baby boomers, are aging out of the motorcycle …

WWF vs WCW - Titan Rising | 1

September 9th, 2019

31:11

It’s the early 1980s and there’s peace in the wrestling business. For years regional wrestling companies have maintained order by sticking to their own slices of US and Canadian territory.

But that’s all about to change. …

WWF vs WCW - Bulking Up | 2

September 11th, 2019

28:15

It’s the dawn of the 1990s and Vince McMahon’s WWF is the king of wrestling. But trouble’s brewing: a steroids scandal is about to deal a body blow to the WWF and its family-friendly reputation.

The scandal will leave …

WWF vs WCW - Prime Time | 3

September 16th, 2019

27:15

It’s 1994 and WCW is stepping up its game. To get the jump on WWF, Ted Turner is writing big checks to steal away the WWF’s biggest stars and …

Introducing The Lead: Your New Daily Sports Fix

September 17th, 2019

7:33

From Wondery and The Athletic, The Lead is the first daily sports podcast that will bring you one big story each day from The Athletic's all-star team of local and national sports reporters. Subscribe now to hear new …

WWF vs WCW - New World Order | 4

September 18th, 2019

27:20

It’s 1995 and the Monday Night Wars are underway. WCW’s new show Monday Nitro is grappling with the WWF’s Monday Night Raw to win TV viewers’ …

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