Without Fail

27 EpisodesProduced by Gimlet

Candid conversations with entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, visionaries of all kinds—about their successes, and their failures, and what they learned from both. Hosted by Alex Blumberg, from Gimlet Media.

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A 90s Sitcom Star's Fight for the Future of Black TV

June 17th, 2019


Actor Erika Alexander came of age at a moment when there were lots of Black TV shows airing in primetime. She got her break in the early ‘90s with a …

Don’t Underestimate Gretchen Carlson

June 10th, 2019


Gretchen Carlson, the long-time co-host of Fox & Friends, set off shockwaves in 2016 when she filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Just two weeks later, he was ousted …

How a Hollywood Newcomer Shook Up Prime Time

June 3rd, 2019


Steven Canals was a virtual unknown when he co-created the award-winning TV series Pose. Set in the 1980s ballroom scene of New York, the show is unlike any prime time television drama that had come before it — and that …

Exiled from the Industry He Helped Create

May 13th, 2019


Jeff Ullrich was a struggling business manager with a drinking problem and a waning sense of professional direction when, in 2010, he saw an opportunity: podcasting. It was a brand new medium, and no one had really …

Showing Up at Your Dream Job Uninvited

May 6th, 2019


When Edouardo Jordan’s Seattle restaurant JuneBaby won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant last year, it was the first time that an African …

An Early Facebook Insider Reckons with What He Built

April 22nd, 2019

Dave Morin’s love for the internet began when he was a geeky kid in Montana. By his early 20s, it had led him to Apple and then to Facebook, where he became employee number 29. He helped the company innovate, pursuing a …

How Anna Chlumsky Got a Second Act

April 15th, 2019


Anna Chlumsky became famous virtually overnight at the age of 10, when she starred in the 1991 hit My Girl opposite Macaulay Culkin. And then, a few …

The Tragedy Expert

April 8th, 2019


In the days after September 11, 2001, Kenneth Feinberg took on an unenviable task. Congress had created the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, …

Introducing The Cut on Tuesdays

April 1st, 2019


Today, we bring you an episode of Gimlet's new show launched in collaboration with The Cut from New York Magazine. 

The Decades-Long Hunt for the Golden State Killer

March 25th, 2019


Paul Holes was starting out in the field of criminology when, one day in 1994, he spotted a filing cabinet in the library of the crime lab where he …

How to Fire People

March 18th, 2019

In 1998, Patty McCord joined a new company called Netflix. Her title was chief talent officer. And over the next ten years as Netflix grew (and grew), she and CEO Reed Hastings built a new kind of workplace. They threw …

Black Sheep of Wall Street: Henry Blodget

March 11th, 2019


During the dot-com bubble, Henry Blodget was making millions of dollars as a top analyst on Wall Street. But when that bubble burst, his fortunes …

Bringing Brands Back to Life

February 25th, 2019

For many businesses, it’s all about looking forward. New trends, new brands, new verticals. But Sharon Price John sees a different path: one that …

How a Revolution Turned into America’s Number One Radio Station

February 18th, 2019


Before 1970, the most popular radio stations in the U.S were run by white people. But that all changed when Percy Sutton helped to form Inner City …

The Secret Early Lives of Sam Esmail

February 11th, 2019


Director and screenwriter Sam Esmail’s TV series Mr. Robot was an immediate hit when it premiered in 2015, turning him into one of the most in-demand …

Ira Glass: The Man Who Launched a Thousand Podcasts

December 10th, 2018

In November 1995, Ira Glass quietly launched the first episode of This American Life. The rest, as they say, is history. Today his show is a colossal …

How One Mom Tried to Reunite Migrant Families

December 3rd, 2018

When Julie Schwietert Collazo heard that migrant families were being separated at the U.S.-Mexico, she wanted to do something to help. But how could …

The Accidental Technologist: Caterina Fake

November 26th, 2018

Caterina Fake was on her way to life in academia as a Renaissance literature scholar when the tech world came knocking. She co-founded Flickr, the …

The Man Behind the Iconic Apple Stores: Ron Johnson

November 19th, 2018


Twenty years ago, Steve Jobs had an idea: he wanted to build an Apple store. Something sleek and iconic and unlike anything else in retail. But he had no idea how to do it. So he called someone who might: retail genius …

Smart Out Loud: How Janice Bryant Howroyd Learned to Own Her Brilliance

November 12th, 2018


Janice Bryant Howroyd’s company started in the front of a rug shop with just a phone, a fax machine, and a lot of hustle. 40 years later, that …

Relentless: How One Guy Brought the Internet to America’s Schools

November 5th, 2018

When you run a company, you hear two pieces of advice over and over again. One is that you must persevere at all costs. And the other is that you have to be ready to pivot on a dime. To persevere or pivot: it can be …

Golden State Warrior Andre Iguodala

October 29th, 2018


NBA player Andre Iguodala plays for one of the most dominant teams in the league, the Golden State Warriors. Before that, he was the number one …

Nina Jacobson: How to Make a Hit in Hollywood

October 22nd, 2018


Nina Jacobson is a force in Hollywood. She’s behind some of the biggest movies of the last 20 years: The Sixth Sense, Pirates of the Caribbean, The …

Sophia Amoruso: From Nasty Gal to Girlboss

October 15th, 2018


When Sophia Amoruso started selling vintage clothing on eBay from her tiny San Francisco apartment, she had no idea that one day she would be at the …

Groupon's Andrew Mason: Pt. 2, The Fall

October 8th, 2018

When we left off last episode, Groupon had gone from an idea to a worldwide phenomenon. It had thousands of employees, 100’s of millions in monthly revenue. And Andrew Mason had gone from a grad student to a world …

Groupon's Andrew Mason: Pt. 1, The Rise

October 1st, 2018

When Andrew Mason started Groupon 10 years ago he was in his mid-20s, fresh out of grad school, and running a company for the first time ever. Within …

Premiering October 1: Without Fail

September 26th, 2018


Any big success requires looking failure in the eye. Without Fail is the new show from Gimlet Media that asks people who have pursued incredible things: What worked? What didn't? And why? Without Fail premieres October …

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