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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 Wars Wondery

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 416 Ratings

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New episodes come out every Monday and Wednesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.
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 on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Crypto Wars | Generate Coins

    Crypto Wars | Generate Coins

    This episode comes out for free on 10/20, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    It’s 2009 and in a modest suburban home, a monetary revolution is beginning. It’s called bitcoin and it arrives with a whimper. There’s just no compelling reason to swap dollars for this worthless digital token. But then, a wannabe crime lord spots bitcoin’s potential and enacts a plan to filthy rich.

    Fast Fashion | Can Fast Fashion Sustain Itself?

    Fast Fashion | Can Fast Fashion Sustain Itself?

    This episode comes out for free on 10/18, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.


    Fast fashion has a crisis on its hands. The industry is wreaking havoc on the environment, and even the execs are starting to notice. Massive amounts of pollution and textile waste have taken a toll on the planet as these shops continue to send runway styles to mainstream markets in record time. The bargains keep consumers coming back for more, but how long can it last? And what will it take to change the habits of shoppers used to getting the latest trends for cheap?

    To unpack fast fashion and its future, we spoke with Rachel Tashjian, Fashion Critic at GQ, who's written extensively about the fashion world and its relationship with the environment. We'll explore the dilemmas facing the space today, and some of the ways the industry and the consumers are working toward building a more sustainable closet.

    Fast Fashion | Long Haul

    Fast Fashion | Long Haul

    It’s 2019, and the internet is overflowing with videos of satisfied customers showing off their Shein hauls. But it’s not all smooth sailing when allegations go viral that the company steals from independent designers.

    Meanwhile, former Topshop brand director Jane Shepherdson has a new gig in the clothing rental business-- but is renting outfits actually more eco-friendly? Shein makes a play to save Topshop, but the company is bought by another online shopping giant, with a catch. And in the hands of new leadership, Forever 21 tries to start anew in a rapidly changing fashion landscape.

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    • 28 min
    Fast Fashion | Dress for Excess

    Fast Fashion | Dress for Excess

    It’s 2018, and H&M is drowning in billions of dollars worth of unsold inventory. Brick and mortar stores are struggling. But on the internet, Shein is thriving, capitalizing on social media trends to get desirable, ultra-cheap clothing made and into customers’ hands in a matter of days.


    And once the head of the pack, Topshop is at risk when Philip Green is very publicly accused of abuse, racism, and sexual harassment. Forever 21 finds itself in a heap of trouble too.

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    • 26 min
    Introducing: Who, When, WOW!

    Introducing: Who, When, WOW!

    Created by Tinkercast and hosted by Rebecca Sheir (Circle Round), “Who, When, Wow!” is an auditory journey into the lives of unsung heroes, unknown heroines and amazing humans. Each 20 minute “cartoon-for-the-ear” episode immerses kids and their grown-ups in a historical narrative around one fascinating figure you don’t hear about in school but who brought WOW to our world!

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    • 6 min
    Fast Fashion | Clothes Call

    Fast Fashion | Clothes Call

    This episode comes out for free on 10/6, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.


    It’s 2010, and a series of deadly tragedies at factories in Bangladesh paint H&M and the fast fashion industry in a negative light. In response, the company doubles down on sustainability, launching a new eco-friendly line.

    Meanwhile, Forever 21 goes to court over copyright infringement allegations, and Zara invests in technology to streamline its supply chain. But there’s a new player on the scene, Chinese company Shein, and their online-only business model is about to change the game.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
416 Ratings

416 Ratings

NakulUppal ,

History of businesses

This is a great app for anyone interested in brands, and to know the amazing stories behind some of the world’s best products.

Yashaswini 08 ,

Love it but there’s one issue

I love Business Wars! The detail, narration, content, everything is of the highest quality. But I just heard a Hindi ad in between my daily listen of the Late Night Show series and I felt it was very stereotyped. All Indians, actually very few, speak Hindi. The jingle for is also very jarring to the ears. The image I got listening to it is the white man’s idea of an India that only speaks Hindi, charms snakes, wears turbans... you get the drill. Please don’t make this mistake again, I really look forward to your podcast.

Lots of love from a non-Hindi Indian!

Shankar Mahadevan says ,

You should screen the ads before placing them

There’s a horrible Hindi ad of a woman screaming that randomly interrupts the podcasts (fewikwik I think). Please screen your ads, they’re ruining your show.

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