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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 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.

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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’ attention.WCW isn’t pulling its punches either. Under the command of Eric Bischoff, WCW is dropping spoiler bombs, luring away WWF’s top wrestlers and trashing the WWF brand.And as WCW gains momentum, Bischoff is plotting a killer blow – a shock role reversal that will force WWF boss Vince McMahon to rethink how his wrestling promotion works.Support us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Save time, money, and unneeded headaches with NetSuite. Right now, they’re offering you valuable insights with a FREE guide called “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits.” And you can find it at NetSuite.Com/WARS
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 episodes each weekday morning: http://wondery.fm/TheLeadED
WWF vs WCW - Prime Time | 3

WWF vs WCW - Prime Time | 3

2019-09-1600:29:254

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 sponsors. And as WCW’s star power increases, so does its popularity with wrestling fans.But the WWF is in no position to fight back. It’s struggling to keep the lights on, there’s discontent among its roster of wrestlers, and Vince McMahon is preoccupied with staying out of prison.And now Turner wants to deliver a killer blow. A new Monday night wrestling show that will go head to head with the WWF’s flagship TV program Monday Night Raw.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Titan - As an added bonus to Business Wars listeners, Titan is offering 25% off fees if you start investing in the next 2 weeks. Head to titanvest.com/bw to take advantage of this offer!
WWF vs WCW - Bulking Up | 2

WWF vs WCW - Bulking Up | 2

2019-09-1100:30:126

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 stuck in damage control mode as it fights to stem the losses from falling TV ratings, ticket sales, and pay-per-view buys.Meanwhile, Ted Turner’s trying to get World Championship Wrestling fighting fit with help from a former Pizza Hut regional manager, a self-proclaimed Cowboy, and a back-up announcer who wants to bring wrestling to Disney World.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - See why ZipRecruiter is effective for businesses of all sizes. Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/BW
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. Vince McMahon has just taken over the World Wrestling Federation, and he wants war. He’s on a mission to crush all opposition and establish the WWF as the only wrestling game in town.But his assault on the wrestling status quo will also make him a powerful enemy: cable TV mogul Ted Turner.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/BW
Electric Bikes  | 7

Electric Bikes | 7

2019-09-0400:31:163

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 scene and the company is looking for its next target market. But will people be interested in a bike that is so fundamentally different than what the company is known for? And how do motorbikes overall fit into an auto industry that is becoming increasingly electric? Journalist Bradley Brownell writes about the auto industry and motorcycles, and has even test driven Harley's new electric bike. He joins us to talk about Harley Davidson, the motorcycle industry and its electric future.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Away - As a listener of Business Wars, you can get $20 off an Away suitcase! To get that $20 off, here’s what you do: visit awaytravel.com/bw and use promo code BW during checkout.
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 in the ‘50s with no success, but now there’s a man in the White House who loves the all-American Milwaukee brand.In the years ahead Harley stands tall, surviving all manner of battles. But there’s one foe that never stops: time. The company needs to appeal to a new generation of young riders who may not be attracted to Harley hogs — or motorcycles at all. It’s yet another vexing chapter for the 116-year-old company that refuses to die.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Right now, you can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/BW
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 Rubenstein and Ty Hildenbrandt as they offer insights into each conference, game analysis, and plenty of commentary throughout the season and beyond. Start listening today at: http://wondery.fm/solidverbal
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 even higher with the American counterculture, much to the chagrin of the aging, conservative company owners in Milwaukee. They’ve long-hated the fact that the Hells Angels ride Hogs, but now the top Angel reveals some shocking news on his true feelings about Harleys.Finally, there’s a new light in Milwaukee. Willie G. Davidson, son of Harley’s president, rises as chief of style and design. He not only appreciates the outlaw bikers, he looks like one. Harley-Davidson needs to embrace the image that’s grown around the bikes, and Willie G. seems like the man to lead the charge. But can he pull it off?Support us by supporting our sponsors!Westin - At Westin Hotels & Resorts, their entire reason for being – is your well-being. Explore at Westin.com, a member of Marriott Bonvoy.
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 machines from Japan. Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki and—the biggest, most popular of them all—Honda. It’s a nightmare that will force the company to the edge of bankruptcy as the Japanese redefine the industry. Whether Harley can change with the changing times remains to be seen.On the literary front, writer Hunter Thompson canonizes the Hells Angels with his bestselling book dissecting the outlaw biker crew, highlighting their passion for Harleys. As Honda’s sunshiney ‘60s ad jingle says, you meet the nicest people on a Honda. It begs the question, who do you meet on a Harley?Support us by supporting our sponsors!DoorDash - Use promo code BW for $5 off your first order from DoorDash!
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Travis Heaney

m

Sep 17th
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Clanjo

half of this is ads, i understand making money in advertising but this is ridiculous

Sep 16th
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Ahmad Hamad

awesome

Sep 16th
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Jose Belen

Yes! thanks for this one!

Sep 10th
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Mad Matt

been waiting for this episode!!!

Sep 10th
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Clanjo

it feels like half the show is adds

Aug 29th
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Jerome Almeida

yeah this is perfect guys it got charm and it still informs

Aug 10th
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Jose Belen

Please do the Monday Night Wars

Aug 7th
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Santiago

Jose Belen Please

Aug 7th
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steven connolly

you guys put the SUPER in Superficial! What dross!

Aug 6th
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Grant Demaray

lol nice attempt at a Canadian accent...

Jul 25th
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moses munene

God damn!!!

Jul 24th
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J.

The broke game developer called Microsoft and when asked what they were working on, the developer uttered the name of an obscure game called "Halo." I had goose bumps when I heard that scene.

Jul 22nd
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Gloria Watson

J. 🙄🙄

Jul 23rd
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Crystal donnelly

Uber/Lyft Vs Taxi Cabs...?

Jul 14th
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Ollie B

Really wanted to love this podcast but the execution is just terrible!

Jun 24th
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Nicholas Ustin

At 23:49 the audio skips and a whole section between Leo seeing Travis perform and Leo and George building a guitar is missing. What gives?

Jun 20th
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aravind gogineni

Just finished Blockbuster vs Netflix. Loved it. Keep doing the good work.

Jun 14th
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Ahmad Hamad

I loved this episode a lot

Jun 13th
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Nicolas Cortinas

hi! what's the word the host says at 2:02? often ...? thanks!

Jun 8th
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Mohammadmehdi Amoeian

Nicolas Cortinas acerbically

Jul 26th
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Anirban Dutta

Nicolas Cortinas excilent

Jul 10th
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Jarrell Newman

what about geniuses game

Jun 5th
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Jarrell Newman

what about geniuses game

Jun 5th
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