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A series about what it's really like to start a business.

152 Episodes
Does climate change freak you out? Want to know what we, collectively, can do about it? Us too. How to Save a Planet is a podcast that asks the big questions: what do we need to do to solve the climate crisis, and how do we get it done? Join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist and policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, as we scour the Earth for solutions, talk to people who are making a difference, ask hard questions, crack dumb jokes and — episode by episode — figure out how to build the future we want. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We’re sharing the first episode of Motherhacker. It’s a fiction podcast about a mother who gets involved in an identity theft ring in order to support her family. The series stars Carrie Coon, Pedro Pascal, Alan Cumming, Lucas Hedges, Tavi Gevinson and Alex Goldman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Normally, being the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, means paying attention to everyday issues, from garbage pickups to municipal budgets. But in the early morning hours of August 4, 2019, a gunman opened fire at a downtown bar in the city, and Nan Whaley’s role as mayor immediately shifted. She found herself thrust into the national spotlight as all eyes turned to Dayton. And it wasn't long before she was face-to-face with President Donald Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
When Desmond Meade got out of prison after serving time for a nonviolent felony, he was homeless and wrestling with addiction. A decade later, he started a campaign that very few people thought was winnable: amending the Florida constitution to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions. His unusual path to success on this politicized issue? Avoid politics, and appeal to principles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jonathan Vaughters was a member of the famed USPS pro cycling team when his teammate Lance Armstrong won the first of a record-breaking seven straight Tours de France. While fans were awed and inspired by the victories, Jonathan knew there was something else fueling those wins: performance enhancing drugs — something the entire team was using, including himself. The deception weighed heavy on his conscience, and Jonathan found himself at a crossroads: live with the lie or come clean and become a traitor to his friends, colleagues, and the most powerful man in cycling, Lance Armstrong. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ever since he was young, Shane McAnally knew he wanted to be a country music star. But as a gay man, he didn’t fit the Nashville mold, and so he hid his true identity for years as he struggled to break through. Little did he know that coming out would prove the key to his success.  We created a playlist of Shane McAnally hits, from artists like Kenny Chesney and Kacey Musgraves. You can find it at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aline Brosh McKenna got her big break as the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada. But even after successful box office hits and many years in Hollywood, she found herself having to compromise her vision over and over again. So she took matters into her own hands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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 company is a huge multinational serving some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies in the world. It earns over a billion dollars in revenue, making Janice the first African-American woman to start and run a billion dollar business. But her journey to CEO wasn’t an easy one. Janice talks with Alex about the people who encouraged her down that path, and her realization that being brilliant and owning your brilliance are two different things. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comedian Nick Kroll became a star by playing a cast of over-the-top characters like Bobby Bottleservice and Gil Faizon. But for years he was careful to keep his own story out of his comedy. Now, with his hit show Big Mouth, Nick is taking on his most challenging material yet: his adolescence.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, we’re sharing the first episode of Esther Perel’s new show How’s Work? In it, the couples therapist behind the beloved show Where Should We Begin? sits down with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues, and brings her inimitable perspective to workplace relationships and conflicts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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 success and Ira Glass is a household name. But in the intervening two decades, Ira has left an indelible mark on the industry by helping to shape hundreds of podcasts as well as hundreds of podcasters — including Alex. On this episode, Alex sits down with his mentor and former boss to talk about the early days at This American Life, what Ira taught Alex, and how being a good boss means learning to set people free. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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 Chronicles of Narnia, The Hunger Games, and most recently Crazy Rich Asians. She’s had a lot of success. But also some pretty big failures: a public firing, some box office flops. Nina walks Alex through her failure resume and talks about what it takes to make a hit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dapper Dan made a name for himself as one of Harlem’s premier fashion designers in the 1980s, creating unique leather designs covered in counterfeit logos from brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. But when the fashion houses found out, they shut him down. So how, 20 years later, did Dapper Dan make it to the top of the world that put him out of business?  We created a playlist of some of the songs that name-drop Dapper Dan, from artists like LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, and Pusha T... You can find it exclusively on Spotify, at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit



As acquisition talks with Spotify continue, Alex and Matt face their hopes and fears about what might lie ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Just days before Thanksgiving, Alex and Matt board a red-eye to Stockholm for a conversation that could change everything. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
It's the spring of 2018, four years after Alex and Matt launched Gimlet, and things are not going well. Audiences are flat, ad sales are flagging, and the company is burning through cash at an alarming rate. And with all of those pressures, Alex and Matt have started to fight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Five years ago, StartUp began chronicling the life of a fledgling Brooklyn-based podcasting company called Gimlet Media. This year, the streaming giant Spotify bought that company. In the final season of StartUp, what it's really like to sell a business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Introducing The Journal.

Introducing The Journal.


Alex introduces an episode of The Journal. about companies monitoring their workers. It's common, it's legal. And it can lead to employers having surprisingly personal information about the people who work for them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jenny Doan and her husband, Ron, lost most of their savings in the 2008 financial crisis. Retirement was just around the corner, and they didn’t know how they would make it through. That’s when the family went all-in on an unlikely business—a quilt shop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As a Democrat from a red state, Senator Heidi Heitkamp built a reputation for her willingness to buck party pressure and reach across the aisle. But when Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court, she found herself facing a decision between her principles and her political fate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (47)

Matthew Rees

Hi there. Is there a problem with the platform? I can only see episode 1? Cheers all.

Jun 2nd
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fatemeh khorram

such a moving story. loved it.

Apr 20th


New starup :Karnipodcast hindi

Jan 3rd

Ahmed Mostafa

`I liked this episode so much, and I'm so sorry that I didn't hear the 2 hours original episode. I was only listening to this episode but at the end when he mentioned that 2 hours thing I had to go and check on the duration of this episode and unfortunately it's only 50 minutes.

Apr 20th



Dec 1st

Vicki McLeod

made me cry, well done guys.

Oct 20th


15:08 The walk with Chris Sacca

Aug 26th
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y ?

Jun 6th



Jun 6th

Elisee Kamanzi

This guy has the voice and intonation of a movie trailer narrator.

May 15th

solomon osinloye

There are no words to describe how valuable these words are to anyone who seeks investment for a startup 🙌🏽💯

Apr 29th

Rick Bryant

great episode, unique view and perspective that rarely if ever reaches the general public.

Apr 28th

Raymond Isaac Martinez

I hate that it’s all without fail Edison’s now

Apr 20th

Tzafit Tirkel

תחת פיתמיד וחצי בס סבבה זה זב ב עככס

Apr 20th

Lj Cal

was Startup cancelled? it seems to be updating with episodes of Without Fail

Apr 7th


Very boring episode. It was more about Mary's personal story rather than her business. We didn't get to hear almost anything about "what it's really like to start a business".

Mar 31st

Khashayar Thn

I passionately hate the way that guy repeats 3 times in a row! that's

Mar 28th

anj tram

why are all the 'without fail' episodes double posted?

Mar 1st
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Feb 21st

Achour Amazouz

that's cheating. without fail was already advertised in this channel...

Feb 16th