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Under the Influence gives listeners a rare backstage pass into the hallways, boardrooms and recording studios of the ad industry.Join host and adman Terry O’Reilly for fascinating (and humorous) stories that connect the dots between pop culture, marketing and human nature.
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Under the Influence with Terry O'Reilly But Wait, There's More!

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Under the Influence gives listeners a rare backstage pass into the hallways, boardrooms and recording studios of the ad industry.Join host and adman Terry O’Reilly for fascinating (and humorous) stories that connect the dots between pop culture, marketing and human nature.
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    Die Another Day: Reviving Old Commercials

    Die Another Day: Reviving Old Commercials

    Occasionally, an old advertising campaign is brought back from the dead.

    Even if it has been off the air for decades.

    This week, we’ll discuss a recurring Coke commercial that has been called the most popular ad of all time.

    A much-loved beer campaign that has been revived after 34 years.

    And a controversial commercial that was yanked off the air in 1989, but was re-run again recently.

    But Wait, There's More: The Sound of Under the Influence

    But Wait, There's More: The Sound of Under the Influence

    You might be amazed to learn how much work goes into the “sound” of Under The Influence. It takes 12 hours to assemble and mix the sound for each 27-minute episode. This week, we bring you a bonus episode - where our Chief Sound Engineer Geoff Devine takes you through his process for building a typical episode and podcast.

    Bookmarks 2024

    Bookmarks 2024

    This week it’s our annual Bookmarks episode.
    We read a lot of books to research Under The Influence. 
    But there’s never enough room to include all the great stories we find.
    So this episode is dedicated to those great stories that didn’t fit into our regular episodes. 
    This year, our theme is bravery.
    We’ll tell an amusing story about how Danny DeVito made a bold decision when he was auditioning for the sitcom Taxi.
    We’ll salute Lucille Ball’s bravery.
    And we’ll talk about how Jacques Plante revolutionized goaltending by being brave enough to defy his coach.

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    • 28 min
    Record the Under the Influence Fun Fact

    Record the Under the Influence Fun Fact

    Under the Influence fans know that at the very end of each episode there’s a Fun Fact – an interesting little tidbit related to the show. Well, this year we’re asking you, our listeners, to record that Fun Fact. All you need is a phone or computer. Just visit our Fun Fact Page, follow the prompts and have fun with it.
    We choose two listeners every week – to be featured in the podcast and on CBC Radio.
    Happy recording. Oh, and keep checking back. The latest Fun Fact is refreshed every week.

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    The Gong Show: Ads That Could Never (Ever) Run Today

    The Gong Show: Ads That Could Never (Ever) Run Today

    This week, we go back in advertising history and take a look at the ads and commercials that could never, ever, EVER run today.
     
    They are either so politically incorrect, so sexist, or so inappropriate, you won’t believe your ears.
     
    From doctors recommending cigarettes, to 7-Up advertising to babies, to everyone singing about the joys of DDT, it’s amazing to think they all ran back in the day.
     
    Ads that couldn’t run today.


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    • 26 min
    Cars Are The Stars: Automobile Brands in Hollywood

    Cars Are The Stars: Automobile Brands in Hollywood

    Almost every movie and television show needs cars, and auto companies are happy to supply them – because it helps sell a lot of cars.
     
    We’ll look back at James Bond and Starsky & Hutch, and explore auto partnerships with movie franchises like Transformers and Marvel.
     
    We’ll also tell a crazy story of how the most sought-after car from a Steve McQueen movie was finally found – and the cosmic coincidence that led to its discovery.
     
    Cars are the stars.


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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
5.6K Ratings

5.6K Ratings

yellomarley ,

BEST. PODCAST EVER!!!!!!!

I’m only 11 and I love under the influence. I use it to fall asleep not because it is boring because terry has the perfect voice to relax you and make you fall asleep. The stories are AMAZING and very interesting. GREAT PODCAST!!! Pls make an ep about failed advertising and that failed miserably

Btw ur kinda abusing the ads their like 5 min!!!!!

Marc Merulla ,

Hey folks…you can skip the ads!

I’ve been a fan for years. When I picture myself on a boat on a river with only one podcast to chose from, I chose Under the Influence! I’m also an entrepreneur so I know the importance of making money. It is unfortunate that people are choosing to leave such incredulous reviews and poor ratings for a podcast they clearly LOVE because of ads. Pro tip: I start the podcast, hit the fast forward “30s” button 4 times (very low level of energy required) and voila, my teeth are “whiter than no no no!” and all is good in the world!

eyeclark ,

Absolutely love listening

Hearing the background stories of ads or products takes me back to the time I heard or saw them and the influence they had on my young mind, unbeknownst to me at the time.

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