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Navigating the marketplace is the original choose-your-own adventure. Thrilling Tales of Modern Capitalism takes a company in the news, and looks at its history to figure out why it finds itself in its present circumstances. Host Seth Stevenson brings you stories you may not have heard about the brands that shape how you live and work. And whether they’ve succeeded or failed, these companies have been on more of an adventure than you may have imagined.

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Navigating the marketplace is the original choose-your-own adventure. Thrilling Tales of Modern Capitalism takes a company in the news, and looks at its history to figure out why it finds itself in its present circumstances. Host Seth Stevenson brings you stories you may not have heard about the brands that shape how you live and work. And whether they’ve succeeded or failed, these companies have been on more of an adventure than you may have imagined.

    A Tuna Tale | Starkist, Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, and the Sinking of Seafood Empires

    A Tuna Tale | Starkist, Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, and the Sinking of Seafood Empires

    A few years ago, the Department of Justice started looking into business practices in the canned tuna industry. What unfolded was a price fixing story so dark and disruptive, it threatened to upend a century-old industry. 
    Podcast production by Jess Miller, with help from Madeline Ducharme, Hannah Klein, Megan Kallstrom, and Asha Saluja.
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    • 23 min
    Thinking Inside the Box | The Story of Domino’s

    Thinking Inside the Box | The Story of Domino’s

    Its chief digital officer called it “an e-commerce company that sells pizza.” Tasters across the country once said its products tasted like cardboard. But by cornering the delivery business early on, Domino’s set itself up for success—a gamble that especially paid off once in-house dining went on pause.
    Podcast production by Jess Miller, with help from Asha Saluja and Megan Kallstrom.
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    • 25 min
    Kings of Consulting | McKinsey & Company

    Kings of Consulting | McKinsey & Company

    Since its founding in the 1920s, McKinsey has become the gold standard for management consulting. But as its business grew, so did America’s wealth gap. Is that a coincidence?
    Podcast production by Heba Elorbany and Jess Miller with help from Asha Saluja.
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    • 35 min
    The Fortnite Founder | Tim Sweeney and Epic Games

    The Fortnite Founder | Tim Sweeney and Epic Games

    Epic Games changed the world of gaming with its smash hit, Fortnite. But for founder Tim Sweeney, Fortnite was a culmination of everything he had learned since he received his first computer at age 11.
    Podcast production by Jess Miller and Asha Saluja.
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    • 22 min
    Swan Thong | The Rise and Fall of Victoria’s Secret

    Swan Thong | The Rise and Fall of Victoria’s Secret

    Although it’s known for making products for women, Victoria’s Secret was created as a shopping experience for men. It hit its stride in the 1990s, with stores in malls across America and a brand built on a very specific kind of fantasy: supermodels, angel wings, and diamond-studded bras. But when this definition of glamour—and retail— began to fall out of fashion, Victoria’s Secret refused to budge. Now, its future is in jeopardy.
    Casey Crowe Taylor is a former Victoria’s Secret employee. Heidi Zak is the co-founder and CEO of ThirdLove.
    Podcast production by Jess Miller, Asha Saluja, and Megan Kallstrom.
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    • 23 min
    Sanity and Sanitizer | The Story of Purell

    Sanity and Sanitizer | The Story of Purell

    Before this pandemic, the story of Purell was mostly about innovation -- inventing something people needed before they realized they needed it. Now, it’s a story about something every business executive dreams of -- a sudden influx of customers desperate to get their hands on your product.  
    But when demand surges so fast that the leading brand can’t produce enough of it, it results in scarcity and price gouging... and other companies jump in to fill the gap. When life returns to some level of normalcy, will the makers of Purell discover that this moment has birthed a whole raft of new competitors? And will there still be enough unclean hands to go around?
    David Owen is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Matt Cunningham is co-founder of Old Glory Distilling Co. in Clarksville, TN.
    Podcast production by Jess Miller.
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    • 20 min

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