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Business Wars

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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  • 23.11.2020
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    Denim Wars | Are Your Jeans Blue or Red? | 7

    Consumers are increasingly looking to buy from brands whose values match their own, and denim is no different. These days, the jeans giants are not only facing down threats from each other, but navigating a new era of partisan consumerism. For more on how denim and other industries are appealing to consumers on both sides of the aisle, we speak with Cait Lamberton. She's a professor of marketing at Wharton who specializes in consumption behavior and marketing practice. Plus, she shares advice for entrepreneurs wondering whether to take their brands political. 

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  • 18.11.2020
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    Denim Wars | The Unravelling | 6

    It's 1999 and Levi's is a company in trouble. It's drowning in debt, out of fashion, and hobbled by sub-par distribution.

    But while Levi's searches for a way to make a comeback, a new, fast-growing enemy is out to convince people to abandon jeans altogether.

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  • 17.11.2020
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    Wondery presents Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound

    Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Jacked_Wondery

    Hosted by Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson. 

    Have you ever had a dream? Something you wanted so bad you just couldn’t let it go? For a group of kids in Harlem in the Eighties, their dreams would change pop music forever. Teddy Riley, Timmy Gatling, and Aaron Hall form a group called Guy that would fuse hip-hop and R&B and launch a new sound. By the early Nineties, the New Jack Sound dominated the pop music charts: Bell Biv Devoe, Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, and many more. But the rise of the New Jack sound would come at a cost, and not everyone would make it to the top. From Wondery and Universal Music Group, Jacked is a story of friendship, gangsters, double-crosses, and big dreams.


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  • 16.11.2020
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    Denim Wars | Lord of the Flies | 5

    It's the '80s and Levi's is far out in front in the battle for denim dominance. 

    But Lee owner V.F. Corporation isn't giving up. It's about to make a major move that will pile the pressure on Levi's and threaten its status as market leader.

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  • 11.11.2020
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    Denim Wars | From Freak to Chic | 4

    It's the late '60s and Levi's is seeking to stay on trend by tuning into the flower-power movement taking over San Francisco. 

    But keeping up with the ever-shifting tides of fashion is harder than it looks and soon Europe will be taking jeans onto an unfamiliar battleground: the catwalk.

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  • 09.11.2020
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    Denim Wars | Storming the Castle | 3

    It's the 1950s and young Americans are idolizing the new wave of Hollywood rebels and horrifying their parents by wearing jeans. 

    But as these post-war renegades take denim duds out of the workplace, the jean giants find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

    Do they hold fast to their traditional base of cowboys and factory workers, or embrace the teenagers who are adopting denim? 

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  • 04.11.2020
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    Denim Wars | Old Western Blues | 2

    It's the mid-1800s and a young wholesaler called Levi Strauss is looking to cash in on the California Gold Rush.

    But when a wandering tailor approaches Strauss with a revolutionary idea, his business takes an unexpected turn into the world of workwear — and it will change his family’s destiny.

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  • 02.11.2020
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    Denim Wars | Cowboys & Indigos | 1

    It's the 1930s and Californian jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. is struggling. The Great Depression is destroying jobs and killing demand for its denim workwear.

    So when a craze for the Old West boosts demand for jeans, Levi's and its rival Lee seize the moment. But then an unfamiliar stranger swaggers into town looking to make their battle a three-way shootout.

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  • 28.10.2020
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    Pandemic Economy: Best of Business Wars Daily | 61

    COVID-19 has flipped the economy on its head. But the pandemic’s new normal has also created new opportunities. Against all odds, some businesses are actually thriving -- and we’re not just talking about streaming companies. Today we bring you a roundup of some of our favorite recent stories from our weekday news podcast, Business Wars Daily. 

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  • 27.10.2020
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    Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

    If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret.

    Laura Beil, returns with a second season of the award-winning series “Dr Death.”

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  • 26.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers Of Wine | The Gallo Family Today | 7

    When Ernest and Joseph Gallo died in 2007, decades after their brother Julio, it put an end to a family saga that had stretched for the better part of a century. But the company the brothers founded is still going strong. On the show this week is Cyril Penn, Editor In Chief of Wine Business Monthly, a trade magazine for the wine industry. We’ll talk about the current state of the Gallo Family wine brand and how it fits in the wider California wine industry. Plus, we’ll bring in Barbara Bogaev, who wrote this series, for a quick chat about how she researched the story. 

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  • 21.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | Wine is Thicker Than Blood | 6

    It’s the 1980’s and Gallo rockets to the top of the new lucrative wine cooler market with a brilliant ad campaign for its Bartles and Jaymes brand.  But long held resentments, buried secrets and lurking distrust bubble up to the surface when the “unknown Gallo brother,” Joe, Jr., launches a cheese business under the label of Joseph Gallo. Now Ernest, Julio and Joe Jr. fight a final bitter trademark battle in court over the family fortune and legacy. 

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  • 15.10.2020
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    Introducing a Wondery+ Exclusive Season of Business Wars: SAT vs. ACT

    Each year, over ten million students in the United States apply to college. The SAT and ACT were designed to help standardize the college admissions process. But today, they are fraught with accusations of discrimination and fraud. The question is: would the tests be a gateway for many, or the elite few? We’ll unpack all of that and more in the newest Wondery Plus exclusive season of Business Wars: SAT vs ACT.

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  • 14.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | Thunderbird | 4

    It’s the 1940s and as American soldiers battle the Axis powers overseas, Ernest and Julio Gallo fulfill lucrative government contracts for jet fuel ingredients made out of ethyl alcohol, known as "torpedo juice.” They also make a risky wager on the volatile grape market. When peace comes, the Gallo brothers pour their wartime windfall into developing the most aggressive and controversial sales techniques in the industry.

    Towards the end of the 1950s Ernest Gallo creates a blockbuster new product aimed at black, urban consumers. Thunderbird — beloved by winos everywhere — rockets Gallo to the top, but drives a wedge between the high-minded winemaker Julio Gallo and his bottom-line obsessed brother, Ernest. 

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  • 12.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | The Miracle Year | 3

    It’s the 1930s and with Prohibition finally over, Americans are eager to drown themselves in booze. Ernest Gallo persuades his reluctant brother, Julio, to partner with him on starting a winery. Ernest employs every trick in the book to bolster sales, including conning customers, flouting laws and dodging government inspectors. He then gives his younger brother Joe, Jr. a menial job in the family business, but mistreats him badly. And when Joe, Jr. comes of age, Ernest and Julio terminate their guardianship of him in a secretive manner that will haunt the family, and one day cast a terrible shadow over their empire. 

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  • 07.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | Violence in the Vineyard | 2

    It’s the roaring twenties and Joe Gallo Sr.’s two teenage sons, Ernest and Julio, help run the family’s extensive vineyards and bootlegging operations. Young Ernest plays a tricky game, dealing with Al Capone in Chicago and dodging G-men. But the stock market crash of ’29 pitches the family into a financial free fall, and drives their volatile father to become increasingly violent. Until, one fateful day, their parent’s lives come to a sudden, horrific and mysterious end. 

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  • 05.10.2020
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    Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | The Gangster and The Grape Grower | 1

    It's the early 1900’s and two young brothers emigrate from Italy to the US to make their fortunes. In California, they con, grift and bamboozle their fellow immigrants out of thousands of dollars, enough to start a wine business. But when Prohibition shuts that down, they dive into the dangerous game of bootlegging, with disastrous results.  

    The older brother has two young sons, Ernest and Julio Gallo. He doesn’t know it yet, but his sons will eventually transform his sketchy legacy into the largest wine company in the world, E & J Gallo Winery. 

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  • 30.09.2020
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    Pizza Hut vs Domino's | Hut In A Rut? | 7

    In 2009, Domino’s went into crisis mode after a prank threatened to ruin the brand’s already substandard image. You might say that was a wake up call. The company would go on to invest heavily in technology and delivery in the intervening years.

    Meanwhile, Pizza Hut doubled down on its sit-in restaurants and fancier toppings, but their investment barely moved the needle on profits.

    Now after 60 years of jockeying for the top spot in the pizza hierarchy, Domino’s has pulled out in front of its biggest competitor. But there are even more challenges coming to Pizza Hut and Domino’s, not to mention the entire restaurant industry itself.

    To dig into this more David is joined by Sam Oches. He’s the editorial director of Food News Media, a B2B company specializing in the fast casual industry. 

    For more on Sam Oches check out his podcast Fast Forward and QSR Magazine

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  • 23.09.2020
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    Pizza Hut vs Domino's | Slices of Science | 5

    It’s the 1990s and Domino’s rapid rise on the back of its 30-minute delivery guarantee is about to smash straight into a legal roadblock. 

    And while Domino’s extracts itself from the wreckage, Pizza Hut’s cooking up a new recipe for success. Its latest creation will horrify purists and help the chain fend off pizza’s newest player: Papa John’s.

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  • 22.09.2020
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    Sponsored | Seoul Taco Founder David Choi on the ‘Right Way’ to Expand a Business | 2

    Last week, we gave you the first half of our interview with Seoul Taco Founder David Choi. If you didn't catch that part of our conversation, we encourage you to go back and check it out.

    Since starting his Seoul Taco business eight years ago, Choi has expanded to seven total locations in Illinois and Missouri.

    Today, we continue our conversation with Choi and learn more about his business philosophy, his work in the communities he serves, and what’s next for Seoul Taco.  

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  • 15.09.2020
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    Sponsored | From Food Truck to Franchise: How David Choi Started Seoul Taco | 1

    Before you’re ready for a full-fledged “Business War,” you need to start somewhere. David Choi put it all on the line and drained his bank account to buy his first food truck. 

    Eight years later, Choi’s bold vision for Korean and Mexican fusion has made an impact on the culinary scene. 

    In this episode, we hear from Choi about his humble beginnings, his hustle, and the importance of small businesses. 

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  • 14.09.2020
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    Pizza Hut vs Domino's | Meltdown | 2

    It’s the dawn of the 1970s and Pizza Hut is about to join America's business elite by floating on the stock exchange. But the Kansas pizza giant’s moment of triumph turns into defeat.

    But while Pizza Hut’s been charming investors on Wall Street, Domino’s is living on skid row. And founder Tom Monaghan’s running out of time to save the day.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Pizza Hut vs Domino's | Rolling out | 1

    It’s 1958 and on the East and West Coasts, all the cool cats are chowing down on pizza.

    Yet in the heartland, far away from the buzz of New York and LA, pizza is still rarely seen, let alone eaten. But that’s all about to change, thanks to a new pizzeria opened by two brothers in a hut in Kansas.

    And they’re not the only siblings with pie in the sky dreams. In Michigan, the Monaghan brothers are hoping to bring pizza to the nation’s front doors.

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  • 08.09.2020
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    Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga

    Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi, told with Whitney’s signature wit and style.

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  • 02.09.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | Deal with the Devil | 6

    Both FedEx and UPS are doing a lot of business with e-commerce companies, especially Amazon.  But after one disastrous Christmas season when both companies have difficulty delivering in time for Christmas, Amazon decides it’s time to bring shipping in-house. Going forward, UPS and FedEx’s biggest rival may not be each other, but the company that was once their best customer.

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  • 31.08.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | On the Line | 5

    With UPS expanding aggressively into Europe and other continents, FedEx decides to bet big on China.  But it’s a risky strategy that initially looks like it’s going to fall short.  

    Meanwhile, UPS tries to maintain its competitive advantage by pushing for more productivity from its workers.  But the drivers have had enough and UPS soon has a major labor relations problem on its hands. UPS’s troubles give FedEx an opening to peel away some of its business.

    And at the dawn of the dot com era, both companies make a play for a new type of customer.

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  • 26.08.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | When in Rome... | 4

    UPS decides it’s time to expand its market outside North America and makes a big push into Western Europe.  But it’s harder than expected to integrate its corporate culture with European norms.  

    FedEx CEO Fred Smith eschews European expansion and goes all-in on a risky new service called ZapMail, much to his executive team’s dismay.  

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  • 25.08.2020
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    Introducing American Innovations: Video Games

    Gone are the days of Pong and Spacewars, but their legacies live on in the video games of today through augmented reality, worldwide tournaments, and professional gamer leagues. But this trillion dollar global industry had humble beginnings. Not so long ago, video games were almost exclusively played by the programmers who made them. Wondery’s latest season of American Innovations is all about video games — who plays them, who makes them, and how they made their way out of a programmer’s computer and into living rooms across the world. Binge the full season now at http://wondery.fm/businesswars_AI.

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  • 24.08.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Plane | 3

    Finally financially stable, FedEx takes on the US government to overturn regulations that limit the size of the planes they can fly.  Convinced the regulations are limiting its growth, FedEx launches a multi-pronged strategy to persuade Congress to change the rules.

    And UPS realizes it needs to compete directly with FedEx and finally buys its own planes to offer next-day air service.   

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  • 19.08.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | Vegas or Bust | 2

    After a disastrous start, FedEx needs to change its sales pitch or it will run out of money before it even has a chance to take off.  Smith resorts to surprising means to raise the money to keep his fledgling company going.

    UPS is convinced FedEx will be out of business in a matter of months.  But it has its own problems to attend to, as drivers are feeling dissatisfied and start to organize for better working conditions.  

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  • 17.08.2020
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    FedEx vs UPS | Kick the Tire, Light the Fires | 1

    It’s the early 1970s, and 27-year-old Fred Smith has an idea for a new kind of package delivery service, one that uses its own planes to deliver packages in under 24 hours.  Skeptics tell him the start-up costs are too high and the demand too low, but Smith thinks he’s found a way to make it work. He invests millions of his own money to get the new company started.  

    But when one thing after another goes wrong, it looks like Smith might have made a big mistake. And that’s before he’s even had a chance to challenge one of the most respected companies in America: UPS. 

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  • 10.08.2020
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    Dating App Wars | An App-rehensive Future | 6

    Whitney Wolfe Herd establishes Bumble with a strident anti-misogyny agenda, but that foundation is rocked when shocking accusations of sexual harassment surface against Wolfe Herd’s co-founder. 

    Meanwhile, the revolutionary gay app Grindr goes through a scandalous upheaval when a Chinese company buys the company and installs a straight president.  

    And the cyber dating world undergoes a major rethinking as the coronavirus ushers in unprecedented, devastating changes for singles and everyone else on the planet. 

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  • 06.08.2020
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    Introducing The Dollop

    The Dollop is a comedic podcast about American history. Each episode centers around an event or person from selected for its humorousness or peculiarity.The Dollop is hosted by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds.

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  • 05.08.2020
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    Dating App Wars | Are You Ready to Bumble? | 5

    Niche apps are kicking into high gear for users with specific criteria, and there’s something for everyone: muzmatch for Muslims, Mouse Mingle for Disney fans, Twindog for canine lovers, Sizzl for bacon aficionados, Bristl for beard enthusiasts and Dead Meet for morticians and other death professionals. 

    In the mainstream, Match and Tinder have a new, serious competitor: Whitney Wolfe Herd’s Bumble. The feminist app debuts to a huge response — and a stinging lawsuit from Wolfe Herd’s former employer, Tinder. 

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  • 03.08.2020
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    Dating App Wars | Crimes of Passion | 4

    What seemed like a run of the mill office romance gone very, very wrong will result in a devastating upheaval in the power structure at Tinder. And repercussions will be felt throughout the industry as Whitney Wolfe exacts some delicious corporate revenge.

    And as the cyber dating world is rocked by horrific violence against women, apps that put female users in the driver’s seat start to get serious traction. 

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  • 29.07.2020
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    Dating App Wars | The Revolution Will Be Swiped | 3

    A new app aimed at gay users is about to break open an entirely new feature that will redefine the cyber dating business. And a young man emerging from a shower gets his inspiration for a new hookup site as he wipes the steam from his mirror. 

    Soon Tinder is on fire, but the conglomerate Match Group is determined to get a stranglehold on the market. And as the industry leaps from computer screens to mobile devices, things are heading into uncharted territory.

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  • 22.07.2020
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    Dating App Wars | Lighting Up Match.com | 1

    It’s 1995, and computer dating is in its infancy. Most people think it’s a dark, sleazy world for desperate losers and horny perverts. But that’s all about to change. Pioneer site Match.com paves the way for cyber dating to move toward mainstream culture, but—in an era when few people even use a computer—it’s going to be a serious struggle.

    And as the dating market blossoms, burgeoning companies will stop at nothing to get the coveted edge, fighting for hip cache, consumer convenience and tech advances. It’s a tough business, but all’s fair in online love and war.  

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  • 20.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | The Future of the Diamond Industry | 8

    Today we conclude our Diamond Wars series.

     These precious stones are known to be undeniably beautiful, rare and a symbol of luxury. But  diamonds have also been associated with war, human rights abuses and death. In response, consumers these days are demanding more transparency about where stones are sourced. Some are seeking out less expensive gemstone alternatives or lab-grown diamonds. And even powerhouse companies like De Beers have taken strides to adapt.  

    To find out more about the future of the diamond industry we’ll hear from Paul Zimnisky, an independent global diamond industry analyst. 

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  • 15.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | The Alchemists | 7

    It’s the 2000s and the diamond cartel is dead. Now, De Beers must adjust to its new status as the market leader rather than the monopoly. But the threats to its business aren’t going away.  

    Diamonds are losing their luster with the young, and Zimbabwe’s undermining the industry’s response to conflict diamonds. And most threatening of all, a wave of new start ups are out to disrupt De Beers by growing man-made diamonds.

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  • 15.07.2020
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    Wondery Presents Blood Ties Season 2

    Blood Ties Season 2 is out now!

    Blood Ties is a scripted audio drama starring Gillian Jacobs, Josh Gad, Dominic Monaghan, Amy Landecker, and Wayne Knight.  

    After the sudden death of Michael and Eleonore Richland’s billionaire father, disturbing allegations emerge about his dark past. These revelations thrust them into a fight they’re completely unprepared for. As the stakes of telling the truth continue to rise, they grapple with their father’s legacy and what to do with it. 

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  • 13.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | Monopolies Aren’t Forever | 6

    It’s the late 1990s and rebel armies in Angola, Sierra Leone and Congo are bankrolling campaigns of mass murder and terror with diamonds. Now, after years of turning a blind eye, the diamond-buying public is starting to notice the bloodshed. 

    But as the issue of so-called “blood diamonds” rises up the political agenda, De Beers is plotting what might be the boldest move yet in its long history: giving up its quest to control all the world’s diamonds.

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  • 08.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | Blood and Champagne | 5

    It’s 1966 and De Beers is about to abandon its eleven-year search for diamonds in Botswana. But the geologist behind the search is far from ready to pack up his tools.

    And De Beers isn’t the only one searching for gemstones. Soon, a major diamond find in Australia will leave the diamond monopoly facing a big dilemma: should it seek to control or to destroy this Antipodean threat?

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  • 06.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | The Shadow World | 4

    It’s the early 1950s and West Africa’s growing number of diamond smugglers is causing headaches for De Beers. 

    Faced with millions of pounds in losses, the diamond monopoly decides it’s time to get tough with the smugglers.

    But while De Beers battles the illicit diamond traders, in the far east of the Soviet Union a new threat is brewing. 

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  • 02.07.2020
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    Introducing the Wondery+ Exclusive Season of Business Wars: Playboy vs Penthouse

    In our new after-dark exclusive series, we dive into the heyday of the 1970s, when Playboy and Penthouse rule the adult genre, and the line between sexy and obscene starts just below a woman’s belly button. But when it comes to the boundaries of good taste, how far will founders Hugh Hefner and Bob Guccione go to expand their erotic empires?

    Listen to this exclusive season of Business Wars, Playboy versus Penthouse on Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. Download it today. https://wondery.app.link/O4qJ8XPEN7



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  • 01.07.2020
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    Diamond Wars | Diamond Dogfight | 3

    It’s 1940, and the world is at war. The Allies and Axis powers are scrambling to lock down supplies of the industrial diamonds needed to mass produce their tanks, planes and submarines.

    But when the White House demands De Beers hands over a year’s supply of industrial diamonds, it soon learns the cartel is as hard to break as the diamonds it sells. 

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  • 29.06.2020
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    Diamond Wars | The Puppet Master | 2

    It’s 1914 and De Beers’s monopoly is under threat. Diamonds have been discovered on the desolate coast of the German colony of South West Africa.

    So it hired an ambitious diamond expert named Ernest Oppenheimer and gave him his orders: head to the beach and assess the threat.

    But then World War One disrupts De Beers chance to do a deal with the German diamond miners. Now, Oppenheimer sees his chance to scramble to the very top of the diamond industry.

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  • 24.06.2020
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    Diamond Wars | The Diamond Rush | 1

    It’s 1869 and diamonds have been found in Cape Colony. 

    Now, diamond hunters from across the world are heading to this remote British outpost in southern Africa, seeking a glittering fortune.

    And among them are two wide-eyed hopefuls: streetwise Barney Barnato, who hails from the London slums, and Cecil Rhodes, a vicar’s son with a head full of imperialist daydreams.

    When the diamond rush turns to bust, Barnato and Rhodes embark on a quest to conquer the mines. But only one man can win.

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  • 17.06.2020
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    Uber vs Lyft | Evolve or Die | 6

    New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is cleaning house after the departure of Travis Kalanick. But after a disappointing IPO, Khosrowshahi has to boost the company’s ailing financials and fight against lawmakers who are siding with aggrieved drivers.

    Then COVID-19 hits. Uber and Lyft are faced with a crisis that could alter ridesharing forever. Khosrowshahi leans into Uber Eats, while John Zimmer and Logan Green struggle to keep their dream alive.

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  • 15.06.2020
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    Uber vs Lyft | Damage Control | 5

    February 2017, Super Bowl Sunday. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a black car home when he gets in an altercation with the driver. LIttle does he know, the entire exchange has been captured on a dashcam recording. And when it goes viral, Kalanick will have to fight for his reputation — and his job. 

    Lyft, meanwhile, spies an opening. As sexual harassment scandals plague their rival and users move to #DeleteUber, John Zimmer and Logan Green finally have a chance to really capitalize on their “good guy” reputation.

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  • 10.06.2020
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    Uber vs Lyft | Kill or Be Killed | 4

    Uber is facing blowback from all directions — the taxi industry, riders, and the most important man in tech: Apple's Tim Cook. Uber’s been engaged in some disreputable activity, and it's finally catching up with them. 

    Lyft forges ahead and forms a new alliance to fight back against Uber's growing global footprint. But Uber will once again outmaneuver its competitor. 

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