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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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    • Business
    • 4.6 • 11.1K 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.

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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Crypto Wars | The Great Slow Motion Swindle

    Crypto Wars | The Great Slow Motion Swindle

    This episode comes out for free on 10/27, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    It’s 2013 and bitcoin’s gaining traction at last. But just as crypto reaches for credibility, bitcoin is blindsided by high-profile arrests, corporate collapses and multi-million-dollar hacks.


    But as the leading lights of the bitcoin industry crash and burn, Coinbase senses a chance to cash in on the failures of others.

    Crypto Wars | The Untouchables

    Crypto Wars | The Untouchables

    This episode comes out for free on 10/25, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    It’s 2011, and Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss are trying to move on from their legal battle with Mark Zuckerberg over who created Facebook. And their nemesis is about to derail the twins’ dreams again. But then a chance encounter on the dance floor catapults them into crypto.

    Crypto Wars | Generate Coins

    Crypto Wars | Generate Coins

    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.




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    Fast Fashion | Can Fast Fashion Sustain Itself?

    Fast Fashion | Can Fast Fashion Sustain Itself?

    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.

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    • 29 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11.1K Ratings

11.1K Ratings

ZXCVBNM1/0 ,

Love It

It is great for running, waiting for some thing, or just overall listening. The Dunkin versus Starbucks one was really really entertaining.

Reelbusy ,

Unless you subscribe and pay they don’t care about you

Used to be a good show but they only really want you to subscribe now. Doesn’t matter if you’ve listened to every episode they ever did over four years. Now stuff is just been made for subscribers only. Screw that. Not sure I’ve seen an entertainment franchise that didn’t care about the audience that made it a success. I have now. I unsubscribed/unfollowed.

ero4321 ,

Overproduced and paywall

Interesting topics but way too overproduced and the voice acting is unbearably cringey. Wish it were more of a documentary style. Such a shame, it has great promise

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