Spectacular Failures

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Corporate crookedness. Family feuding. Hilariously half-baked decisions. Host Lauren Ober tackles some of the most spectacular business failures of all time, and what could have been done to avoid them. Some of these stories are shocking. Some are funny. Some are just downright sad. But each one wil… read more

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Introducing Spectacular Failures

May 30th, 2019

2:30

Corporate crookedness. Family feuding. Hilariously half-baked decisions. Host Lauren Ober tackles some of the most spectacular business failures of …

A Christian theme park plunges into scandal

June 17th, 2019

31:11

How Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s wildly popular Christian theme park was upended by fraud, scandal and lavish spending.
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MoviePass begins with plenty of drama

June 24th, 2019

29:01

Unlimited movie theater tickets for $9.99 a month? It sounds too good to be true and, well... it might be.
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Schlitz Beer goes bad, then worse

July 1st, 2019

28:34

"The beer that made Milwaukee famous" cuts corners. And loses its most loyal customers.
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A funeral industry giant keels over

July 8th, 2019

26:49

A family-owned business fights a billion-dollar, multinational company. And wins.
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Kodak misses its moment

July 15th, 2019

32:29

The world's largest photography company pioneers the snapshot, invents the digital camera and... declares bankruptcy.
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Family fighting sends U-Haul on a detour

July 22nd, 2019

33:37

Failed therapy sessions, fistfights in the board room and even murder accusations. U-Haul’s trip to bankruptcy will make you think twice about mixing …

The inferno that transformed American labor

July 29th, 2019

35:39

The aftermath of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire helped usher in higher wages, safer conditions and a prohibition on child labor. But the problems that led to the fire haven’t gone away. Not even close.
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Lincoln Savings loses it all

August 5th, 2019

37:11

Charles Keating robbed working people of their life savings and cost taxpayers billions of dollars. All under the watch of powerful politicians.
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Toys R Us goes bust

August 12th, 2019

36:05

No amount of nostalgia could save Toys R Us from the private equity firms that owned it.
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Trump's big gamble on Atlantic City

August 19th, 2019

41:38

By the time the final dice were thrown, Trump's Atlantic City casino operations had gone bankrupt six times. Despite that, Trump won the long game.

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