Spectacular Failures

By American Public Media

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Ajay Hotchandani
 Aug 28, 2020
Absolutely amazing show. Entertaining, educational and energetically funny.


 Jul 21, 2020
l love this podcast. It is informative, interesting and humorous.


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 Sep 28, 2019
insightful and yet very informative the narration is spot-on


 Jul 31, 2019
Nice work! Keep them coming please!

Description

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 will give you a totally new perspective on big business… and big failure. From American Public Media.

Episode Date
Subprime times at Countrywide Financial
00:43:02

Before the housing bubble burst, Countrywide Financial was one of the nation’s largest home mortgage lenders. But after years of predatory lending practices, the predator went extinct.

Our sponsors this week:

Indeed - Indeed.com/spectacular

Policy Genius - Policygenius.com

Our Crowd - ourcrowd.com/spectacular

Sign up to receive our brand new newsletter, featuring weekly recommendations from Lauren and the rest of the team at spectacularfailures.org/newsletter.

Read the transcript of the trailer at spectacularfailures.org.

You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter at @failureshow and like us at Facebook.com/failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.

Sep 21, 2020
Pan Am hits major turbulence
00:39:49

Pan Am made air travel cool—from chic crew uniforms to exotic locations to square-jawed flyboy pilots. But a couple of bad business deals, massive deregulation, and a devastating terrorist attack sunset the airline for good.

Sign up to receive our brand new newsletter, featuring weekly recommendations from Lauren and the rest of the team at spectacularfailures.org/newsletter.

Read the transcript of the trailer at spectacularfailures.org.

You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter at @failureshow and like us at Facebook.com/failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.

Sep 14, 2020
A dairy giant gets milked
00:37:45

Got milk? These days, chances are maybe not. Americans have been saying no thanks for years now, and changing consumer tastes have been bad news for what used to be the nation’s largest milk processor, Dean Foods.

Sign up to receive our brand new newsletter, featuring weekly recommendations from Lauren and the rest of the team at spectacularfailures.org/newsletter.

Read the transcript of the trailer at spectacularfailures.org.

You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter at @failureshow and like us at Facebook.com/failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.

Sep 07, 2020
Napster fought the law and the law won
00:38:25

The recording industry, Metallica, and ultimately federal court put the brakes on Napster’s music file sharing. But before exiting the stage, Napster changed the way we listen to music—and how much we’re willing to pay for it.


Our sponsors this week:
Bombas: bombas.com/spectacular
Policy Genius: policygenius.com
NetSuite: netsuite.com/spectacular

Sign up to receive our brand new newsletter, featuring weekly recommendations from Lauren and the rest of the team at spectacularfailures.org/newsletter.

Read the transcript of the trailer at spectacularfailures.org.

You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter at @failureshow and like us at Facebook.com/failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.

Aug 31, 2020
The toxic tale of the Love Canal fail
00:39:39

When Hooker Chemical sold its infamous toxic waste landfill to the Niagara Falls School Board, the $1 deal left Niagara residents seriously ill. But few believed the company could truly be at fault...until it was too late.

Our sponsors this week:
NetSuite: netsuite.com/spectacular
Betterhelp: betterhelp.com/spectacular

Sign up to receive our brand new newsletter, featuring weekly recommendations from Lauren and the rest of the team at spectacularfailures.org/newsletter.

Read the transcript of the trailer at spectacularfailures.org.

You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter at @failureshow and like us at Facebook.com/failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.


Aug 24, 2020
The curtain falls on a big Broadway company
00:41:54

Livent was a showstopper of an operation. But eventually, forgery and fraud stole the scene, the money exited stage left, and the lead actor landed behind bars.

Our sponsors this week:
Indeed: indeed.com/spectacular
NetSuite: netsuite.com/spectacular
The Great Courses Plus: thegreatcoursesplus.com/spectacular

Sign up to receive our brand new newsletter, featuring weekly recommendations from Lauren and the rest of the team at spectacularfailures.org/newsletter.

Read the transcript of the trailer at spectacularfailures.org.

You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter at @failureshow and like us at Facebook.com/failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.

Aug 17, 2020
Forever 21 goes from rags to riches to bankruptcy court
00:35:39

The mom-and-pop fast-fashion retailer exploded into malls across the globe. But eventually, Forever 21 unraveled like the hem on a cheap crop top.

Our sponsors this week:
Fiverr: fiverr.com promo code SPECTACULAR
NetSuite: NetSuite.com/SPECTACULAR
The Great Courses Plus: thegreatcoursesplus.com/spectacular

Sign up to receive our brand new newsletter, featuring weekly recommendations from Lauren and the rest of the team at spectacularfailures.org/newsletter.

Read the transcript of the trailer at spectacularfailures.org.

You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter at @failureshow and like us at Facebook.com/failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.

Aug 10, 2020
Blue Apron wilts, then rises to a new challenge
00:35:15

The meal kit delivery service was almost belly-up before the pandemic hit. But then people stuck cooking at home gave the brand a lifeline. Investors found it tastier than ever, but will customers still hanker for the big blue box once this is all over?


Our sponsors this week: Betterhelp: betterhelp.com/spectacular code spectacular
NetSuite: netsuite.com/spectacular
Policygenius: policygenius.com


Sign up to receive our brand new newsletter, featuring weekly recommendations from Lauren and the rest of the team at spectacularfailures.org/newsletter.


Read the transcript of the trailer at spectacularfailures.org.

You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter at @failureshow and like us at Facebook.com/failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.


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Aug 03, 2020
Spectacular Failures - Season Two
00:01:30
Spectacular Failures is back for season two, starting August 3rd! 2020 has been a year of fail. Global pandemic, check. Economic meltdown, check. Political unrest, check. Busted businesses and collapsed corporations are having a moment, and who better to tackle those tales than Lauren Ober and Spectacular Failures?Sign up to receive our brand new newsletter, featuring weekly recommendations from Lauren and the rest of the team at spectacularfailures.org/newsletter.Read the transcript of the trailer here at spectacularfailures.org.A little surprise! If you donate now to support Spectacular Failures, we’ll send you the first two episodes of the new season early, before they’re available anywhere else. EXCLUSIVE! There’s no minimum donation — you decide what amount is right for you. Just keep in mind this is a public media podcast, and your donations are a really important part of our budget. Every donation makes a real difference. Go to spectacularfailures.org/donate and make your donation by Thursday. We’ll send you the first two episodes on Friday, July 24th, ten days early!
Jul 20, 2020
Trump's big gamble on Atlantic City
00:41:38
Aug 19, 2019
Toys R Us goes bust
00:36:05
Aug 12, 2019
Lincoln Savings loses it all
00:37:11
Aug 05, 2019
The inferno that transformed American labor
00:35:39
Jul 29, 2019
Family fighting sends U-Haul on a detour
00:33:37
Jul 22, 2019
Kodak misses its moment
00:32:29
Jul 15, 2019
A funeral industry giant keels over
00:26:49
Jul 08, 2019
Schlitz Beer goes bad, then worse
00:28:34
Jul 01, 2019
MoviePass begins with plenty of drama
00:29:01
Jun 24, 2019
A Christian theme park plunges into scandal
00:31:11
Jun 17, 2019
Introducing Spectacular Failures
00:02:30
May 30, 2019