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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.
Listen to Business Wars on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. Experience all episodes ad-free and be the first to binge the newest season. Unlock exclusive early access by joining Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial today by visiting wondery.com/links/business-wars/ now.

Business Wars Wondery

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 97 Ratings

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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.
Listen to Business Wars on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. Experience all episodes ad-free and be the first to binge the newest season. Unlock exclusive early access by joining Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial today by visiting wondery.com/links/business-wars/ now.

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    Cruise Ship Wars | Anchors Aweigh!

    Cruise Ship Wars | Anchors Aweigh!

    In 1950, an enterprising Miami businessman has the idea to use a passenger liner to ferry retired Floridians to the Caribbean. He makes their time on board the ship as much a part of the appeal as the destination. Modern cruising is born, but it’s still just a small niche activity.




    But in the 1960s, a group of ambitious men in both the United States and Europe sees huge potential in this form of vacation travel. Within six years Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival are all founded. They spend the next 60 years battling to be the biggest and best cruise line in the world. 

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    • 40 min
    Cruise Ship Wars | Making Waves

    Cruise Ship Wars | Making Waves

    After his bitter exit from Norwegian Cruise Line, Ted Arison has limited time to make his new company Carnival a success. With little funds and one run-down ship, the odds are stacked against him. Meanwhile, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean compete to be the most luxurious cruise ship company on the market. And all three get an unexpected boost from Hollywood.

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    • 45 min
    Cruise Ship Wars | A Shot Across the Bow

    Cruise Ship Wars | A Shot Across the Bow

    As Carnival cements its success by going public, founder Ted Arison and his son and CEO Micky set their sights on growing the company through acquisition. They make long-time rival Royal Caribbean their target. But with a new ambitious executive at the helm, Royal Caribbean isn’t going down without a fight. Norwegian Cruise Line struggles to keep up with the competition.

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    • 43 min
    Cruise Ship Wars | Mayday

    Cruise Ship Wars | Mayday

    This episode comes out for free on 07/24, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

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    As the cruise industry enters the 21st century, Carnival and Royal Caribbean square off again as they battle to acquire British company Princess Cruises. Whoever wins Princess will be virtually uncatchable as the largest cruise company in the world. But when the Covid-19 pandemic breaks out, the cruise industry struggles to keep passengers safe, and the entire existence of the industry is in jeopardy.

    Drug Cartels | Inside Miami’s Drug Wars with Hotel Cocaine

    Drug Cartels | Inside Miami’s Drug Wars with Hotel Cocaine

    It’s 1978 in Miami, Florida. The hottest spot in town is a club located inside the world famous Mutiny Hotel. And it’s also the epicenter of Miami’s infamous drug wars.The new MGM+ Hotel Cocaine takes you deep into this world, where every pleasure has a price. David sat down with creator and showrunner Chris Brancato and series stars Danny Pino and Mark Feuerstein to learn more about the glamorous Mutiny Club and the darker reality that surrounded it.For more on the illicit cocaine trade and the battles that followed, check out our season “Drug Cartels,” airing only on Wondery+ on August 7.

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    • 39 min
    College Football Wars | Title Fight

    College Football Wars | Title Fight

    It’s the 90s. College football’s a hot mess of untapped profit potential. But two TV execs have an answer. It’s called the Bowl Championship Series and it’ll ignite a rush for the big bucks.

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Srishti 15 ,

Storytelling powerful narrative

Absolutely love the way it’s ear-played. Can not afford to lose attention for even a second :)

Vijpap ,

Best Business Competition Podcast

Let me warn you, this podcast is addictive. Basically, they take 2 competitors and walk you through how the competition unfolded as if you are in the same room as the people in the company hearing their every words! Keep up the good work!!

Soham Vakani ,

Amazing narrative!Great show

Awesome

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