53 episodes

Candid conversations with entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, visionaries of all kinds—about their successes, and their failures, and what they learned from both. Hosted by Alex Blumberg, from Gimlet Media.

Without Fai‪l‬ Gimlet Media

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    • 4.8 • 1.6K Ratings

Candid conversations with entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, visionaries of all kinds—about their successes, and their failures, and what they learned from both. Hosted by Alex Blumberg, from Gimlet Media.

    Introducing Michelle Obama and Her Mentees

    Introducing Michelle Obama and Her Mentees

    What's it like to have Michelle Obama as your mentor? In this preview of The Michelle Obama Podcast, she sits down with some of her mentees to talk about the fear of failure, working in the White House and what it's like to be a Black woman in the workplace. Listen to the rest at spotify.com/themichelleobamapodcast.
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    • 13 min
    Introducing How to Save a Planet

    Introducing How to Save a Planet

    Does climate change freak you out? Want to know what we, collectively, can do about it? Us too. How to Save a Planet is a podcast that asks the big questions: what do we need to do to solve the climate crisis, and how do we get it done?
    Join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist and policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, as we scour the Earth for solutions, talk to people who are making a difference, ask hard questions, crack dumb jokes and — episode by episode — figure out how to build the future we want.
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    • 11 min
    How Megan Phelps-Roper Left the Westboro Baptist Church

    How Megan Phelps-Roper Left the Westboro Baptist Church

    As the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, Megan Phelps-Roper was raised in a culture of hate. Her family was known for their hateful rhetoric and practice of picketing the funerals of gay people and soldiers. For more than 20 years, Megan didn't imagine a life outside the church—until she got a Twitter account.
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    What's Happening Around Gimlet: Every Little Thing - Essential Workers Call In

    What's Happening Around Gimlet: Every Little Thing - Essential Workers Call In

    We’re taking a break from in-studio interviews to social distance. During this time, we’re going to share our favorite Gimlet episodes about Coronavirus.
    This week we’re bringing you 'Essential Workers Call In' from Every Little Thing. Host Flora Lichtman speaks with listeners who deliver packages, stock shelves and drive buses about how their lives have changed during the pandemic.
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    • 46 min
    What’s Happening Around Gimlet: Reply All - The Attic and Closet Show 2

    What’s Happening Around Gimlet: Reply All - The Attic and Closet Show 2

    We’re taking a break from in-studio interviews to social distance. During this time, we’re going to share our favorite Gimlet episodes about Coronavirus.
    This week we’re bringing you “The Attic and Closet Show 2” from Reply All. Reply All hosts Alex and PJ are recording in their respective attic and closet (hence the name) and breaking away from the normal, heavily reported show format to take calls from listeners and find out how everyone is doing
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    • 48 min
    What's Happening Around Gimlet: Science Vs - Will Chloroquine Save Us?

    What's Happening Around Gimlet: Science Vs - Will Chloroquine Save Us?

    We're taking a break from in-studio interviews to social distance. During this time, we're going to share our favorite Gimlet episodes about Coronavirus.
    This week, we're bringing you "Will Chloroquine Save Us?" from Science Vs. Science Vs is a show that pits facts against fads and fiction. In this episode, they uncover if chloroquine, the anti-malarial drug works and whether or not it's dangerous by talking to doctors, scientists and academics.
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

ValiPacificNW ,

Fantastic podcast - insightful interviews while keeping it real and meaningful

Without Fail is the mothership of Gimlet productions that explains the foundation for Gimlet's other successful podcasts. The show explores the back stories of those who have struggled, succeeded and failed and not necessarily in that order. The production is unpretentious and the questions deconstruct and reconstruct, teaching so much. Thank you to Alex Bloomberg and his team's dedication to high quality podcasts and for making my dog walks and chores so enjoyable!

Akm 536873 ,

Love it!

Update** where are you??? This podcast is everything to me as an entrepreneur seriously
Wish y’all come back. With reply all changing. (And yesss luckily I have same political views) and now I see this podcast says 2018-2020 😔

Giving 2 stars so this post gets read— miss it!!

Love hearing the success and failures of people who are behind things that I know, Groupon, flickr, pirates of carabean, etc. As an entrepreneur I’m getting ALOT out of this; it helps normalize and also makes their success and failures feel relatable. Also, also It’s been cool to hear Alex Bloomberg’s and gimlet’s story in pieces. I LOVE Reply All, my first love and this one is now my second fav. Thankyou for all you all do!!

David Joseph Ostrowski ,

This is Very Good Radio

This is very good radio, except it’s not on the radio. I have control over it. It’s a podcast. It’s a podcast in which one of the most seasoned and skilled podcast interviewers of our time talks to some of the most influential folks of our time. It is the perfect concoction for audio and movement. May this show never end. May it go on forever. I love it. The episode in which Alex Bloomberg interviews Ira Glass (episode 11) heavily reinvigorated my life long dream of podcasting. Two heavyweights of professional broadcast journalism just talking about their histories together, produced in such a perfect way, with such an unapologetic attention to detail, designed in such a supreme way, I am floored at it. I love this podcast. I dream of being the kind of person that could one day make a podcast like this. It’s so simple, straightforward, and acute. It’s perfect. Listen to this.

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