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Spectacular Failures

Author: American Public Media

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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 will give you a totally new perspective on big business… and big failure. From American Public Media and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
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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.You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.
Toys R Us goes bust

Toys R Us goes bust

2019-08-1200:36:493

No amount of nostalgia could save Toys R Us from the private equity firms that owned it.You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.
Lincoln Savings loses it all

Lincoln Savings loses it all

2019-08-0500:37:5510

Charles Keating robbed working people of their life savings and cost taxpayers billions of dollars. All under the watch of powerful politicians.You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.
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.You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.
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 business and family.You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.
Kodak misses its moment

Kodak misses its moment

2019-07-1500:34:4418

The world's largest photography company pioneers the snapshot, invents the digital camera and... declares bankruptcy.You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.
A family-owned business fights a billion-dollar, multinational company. And wins.You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.Visit our website for this week’s BizWiz link at spectacularfailures.orgSpectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.
"The beer that made Milwaukee famous" cuts corners. And loses its most loyal customers. You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout. Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.
Unlimited movie theater tickets for $9.99 a month? It sounds too good to be true and, well... it might be.You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram, where you can see photos from Lauren's tour of the former Heritage USA property. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.
How Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s wildly popular Christian theme park was upended by fraud, scandal and lavish spending.You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram, where you can see photos from Lauren's tour of the former Heritage USA property. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.
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Comments (29)

Chris Horton

Being originally from New York most of these events were known to me which is why I was against Trump becoming President. I found many, maybe most, of the people in the Midwest where I now live unaware of Trump's history of business failures while lining his pockets. I hope that this well done, factual podcast will be heard by many who don't know these true stories.

Aug 31st
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Jesus Coria

The Atlantic City whale jab actually had me laughing in my seat.

Aug 19th
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Megan Divers

The snarky remarks are what make this podcast fantastic! If it were a straightforward history lesson on unfortunate business failures, it would be depressing. A lot of these are laugh or cry situations, and I appreciate that we can laugh! Fascinating history with a side of dumb "dad" jokes, for the win! This is like a SparkNotes comedy version of American History Tellers, in the very best way. Keep your humor, keep your enthusiasm, and keep talking as fast as you want. I love it and I'm here to stay!

Aug 15th
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Hiroyuki Okamoto

Nothing personal, but the narrator tries to be funny/snarky, without success. Also, too scripted. Please try and sound more natural. Otherwise, good content.

Aug 13th
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Chris Horton

I truly enjoy this podcast and the occasional glib comments a refreshing.

Aug 8th
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Jason Bui

The snarky remarks are the worse part of this podcast. Stop!

Aug 7th
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Jeremiah C.

ZzzzZZZzzzz snoozer😴

Aug 6th
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Egy Poluf

This was an invigorating podcast :)

Aug 5th
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D.L. George

I wish you wouldn't talk so fast it makes it hard to understand you sometimes.

Jul 29th
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Carl Doby

It is nasty beer

Jul 22nd
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Danielle Parr

anyone jump out of their skin at 16:30? the unexpected onset of that music scared the crap out of me 🤣

Jul 18th
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Cynthia S

Really enjoy this podcast!!!

Jul 15th
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Catherine Heglar

very interesting that was a good one

Jul 8th
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N W

Could you start doing like 14 episodes per week?

Jul 8th
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Kristina Braun

bro I love this podcast already

Jul 2nd
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