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Author: Gimlet

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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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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 tapped its potential. Together with comedian Scott Aukerman, Jeff founded Earwolf, one of the first podcast networks, and developed shows like How Did This Get Made? and Comedy Bang! Bang!. Jeff was one of the biggest names in the industry — and then he made a decision that got him erased from the history books.
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 American chef had won that particular honor. Edouardo won for a restaurant that reclaims black southern food and proclaims its history. But he had spent years overlooking his culinary roots as he trained in high-end kitchens. It was a path he started down when, as a lowly cook in Tampa, Florida, he talked himself into a job at the famed restaurant The French Laundry.
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 deeply-held mission: letting people be themselves and share their lives on the internet. But when Facebook began to shift, deprioritizing user privacy, Dave left the company. And he tried to create his own social media utopia.  
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 years later, she disappeared. She left acting completely and decided to become something else: an utterly normal college student, who set off on an utterly normal career. Anna tells Alex about that time in her life, about her eventual return to acting, and about playing Amy Brookheimer on the HBO show Veep. She’s earned five Emmy nominations in that role. 
The Tragedy Expert

The Tragedy Expert

2019-04-0800:38:053

In the days after September 11, 2001, Kenneth Feinberg took on an unenviable task. Congress had created the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, and it was his job to figure out who should receive money and how much they should get. But much of his time was spent doing something else: listening to people’s stories. Nearly two decades later, he’s still the person we turn to in the wake of our worst catastrophes.
Today, we bring you an episode of Gimlet's new show launched in collaboration with The Cut from New York Magazine. 
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 was working. He opened a drawer, pulled out some files, and discovered the cold case that he would spend his entire career trying to solve. He did it through a trial and error process that involved old-fashioned detective work, new technology, and countless wrong turns before he finally found himself at the Golden State Killer’s front door. 
How to Fire People

How to Fire People

2019-03-1800:38:4513

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 out all the usual rules -- no more expense authorization forms or vacation requests -- and focused on creating a culture of excellence. But that culture of excellence didn’t come only through hiring the right people. Patty had to get good at firing, too. See the original Netflix culture deck here: https://www.slideshare.net/reed2001/culture-1798664
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 changed. He became the public face of a Wall Street corruption investigation that ended with the SEC banning him from the securities industry — for life. Henry tells Alex about the supreme shame of that moment, and about how he eventually started over by founding a new venture, Business Insider.
Bringing Brands Back to Life

Bringing Brands Back to Life

2019-02-2500:47:329

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 involves looking to the past. She has made a career of reinvigorating forgotten and failing brands, including Nerf, Stride Rite, and Barbie Fashions. But her career hasn’t been all success all the time. Alex talks to Sharon about a bet she made that went very wrong, and about her biggest turnaround yet, as the CEO and President of Build-a-Bear Workshop.Without Fail is hosted by Alex Blumberg. It is produced by Molly Messick and Sarah Platt and edited by Alex Blumberg and Devon Taylor. Peter Leonard and Bobby Lord mixed the episode. Theme and ad music by Bobby Lord.
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Rick Bryant

interesting and very entertaining history on podcasts.

May 15th
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Elijah Claude

Wow! This is a powerful episode!! Really going to refer back to this whenever I think about how big ambitious ideas may impact the world. And Id love to reach out to Dave Morin about how to solve depression too!!

Apr 26th
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Rick Bryant

great epoisode with a guest telling his unusual story with genuine honesty and balanced consideration for what happened.

Mar 16th
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Katri Valkamo

Same ep. as in Startup podcast?

Mar 1st
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Kevin Moore

Where was she when Obama was separating families at the border, huh??? Oh, that's right, according to you liberals it only started happening when Trump got into office. Do your damn homework, most of those kids don't even belong to the adults who are bringing them to the border! It's called human trafficking!!! #BuildTheWall

Feb 16th
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Shantanu Dixit

this was the best

Feb 12th
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David Steer

Two broadcasters using 'like' too many times.

Jan 10th
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Hayden Hudson

I absolutely love this.

Dec 22nd
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Emmet Geaney

Great show, when are you going to go International? Lots of interesting tales beyond the USA. Let me know if you make it to London.

Dec 17th
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Steve Anderson

love this show

Dec 12th
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Joseph Hallinan

Steve Anderson oh

Dec 28th
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Madelline Harvey

love it! so inspirational

Nov 2nd
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Secret lover

certified 10%

Oct 11th
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