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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.

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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.

    Business Battles | Toilet Paper Wars: White Gold | 4

    Business Battles | Toilet Paper Wars: White Gold | 4

    Quarantine restrictions during the coronavirus have induced toilet paper panic-buying as people scratch, claw and punch each other to get rolls. But why? What’s behind the frenzy, and how will that affect the TP industry? 

    In the last 150 years, it’s grown from selling humble boxes of paper to mass marketing rolls of delicate, luxurious tissue. And now a wave of eco-friendly independent companies are making a bid for your bathroom business. 

    It’s a high stakes, multi-billion dollar industry that we take for granted. Until we fear losing it. Then all bets are off.

    • 24 min
    Wondery presents The School of Greatness with Kevin Hart | 80

    Wondery presents The School of Greatness with Kevin Hart | 80

    Kevin Hart opens up about what it means to win, grow your business, and empower others on this week's episode of The School of Greatness.

    The School of Greatness, hosted by bestselling author Lewis Howes, features conversations with world-class game changers, and dives into topics from entrepreneurship and inspiration, to health and relationships. Get ready to learn the wisdom, skills, and tools to write your own story.

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    • 3 min
    Business Battles | Tetris: Soviet Blocks | 3

    Business Battles | Tetris: Soviet Blocks | 3

    It’s 1988, and Tetris is making waves. It’s billed as the first Soviet video game, and it’s selling fast.

    But the man who introduced it to the West harbors a secret: he’s doesn’t own the rights. And when his subterfuge fails, a multi-million-dollar battle to win over the communist regime breaks out on the streets of Moscow.

    It’s a clash that pits the Japanese gaming overlords of Nintendo against the sprawling empire of ruthless media baron Robert Maxwell.

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    • 28 min
    Business Battles | Cola Space Race: One Giant Sip for Mankind | 2

    Business Battles | Cola Space Race: One Giant Sip for Mankind | 2

    It’s 1984 and the cola war is neck and neck. After years of struggle, Pepsi looks ready to triumph over Coca-Cola. 

    So Coke’s striking back by opening a new battlefront in the quest for soda supremacy: outer space. 

    But its plan to send its world-famous drink into orbit won’t stay secret for long. And when Pepsi finds out, it sparks a new space race.

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    • 25 min
    Business Battles | Monopoly: Winner Takes All | 1

    Business Battles | Monopoly: Winner Takes All | 1

    It's 1902 and political campaigner Lizzie Magie is fighting a losing battle. For years, she’s pushed the idea of a land-value tax, but fewer and fewer people are listening.

    So she’s going to try something new to spread the word. She’s going to make a board game – and not just any game. Magie’s game is going to become the biggest game of all time.

    Trouble is, when the battle for her game breaks out, she’s the one who winds up the loser.

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    • 27 min
    Amazon vs Walmart | How COVID-19 Could Change the Retail Landscape | 7

    Amazon vs Walmart | How COVID-19 Could Change the Retail Landscape | 7

    Since the novel coronavirus hit, Amazon and Walmart have seen a rise in profits, unlike many other retailers. But there have also been struggles to keep up with the flood of customer demands during the pandemic.

    Hundreds of thousands of workers have been hired collectively between Amazon and Walmart. And employees for both companies have accused management of not protecting workers enough from the threat of COVID-19. So how are Amazon and Walmart handling the pushback from disgruntled employees? And will they become even bigger threats in the retail market once the pandemic ends? 

    To find out what the future holds for these companies, we turn to Jason Del Rey, a senior correspondent covering commerce at ReCode. Del Rey also hosted a podcast from Vox and ReCode called “Land of the Giants: The Rise of Amazon.”

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    • 28 min

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