11 episodes

Corporate crookedness. Family feuding. Hilariously half-baked decisions. Host Lauren Ober tackles some of the most spectacular business failures of all time, and what could have been done to avoid them. Some of these stories are shocking. Some are funny. Some are just downright sad. But each one will give you a totally new perspective on big business… and big failure. From American Public Media and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

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Corporate crookedness. Family feuding. Hilariously half-baked decisions. Host Lauren Ober tackles some of the most spectacular business failures of all time, and what could have been done to avoid them. Some of these stories are shocking. Some are funny. Some are just downright sad. But each one will give you a totally new perspective on big business… and big failure. From American Public Media and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

    Trump's big gamble on Atlantic City

    Trump's big gamble on Atlantic City

    By the time the final dice were thrown, Trump's Atlantic City casino operations had gone bankrupt six times. Despite that, Trump won the long game.
    You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.
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    • 41 min
    Toys R Us goes bust

    Toys R Us goes bust

    No amount of nostalgia could save Toys R Us from the private equity firms that owned it.
    You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.
    Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.

    • 36 min
    Lincoln Savings loses it all

    Lincoln Savings loses it all

    Charles Keating robbed working people of their life savings and cost taxpayers billions of dollars. All under the watch of powerful politicians.
    You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.
    Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.

    • 37 min
    The inferno that transformed American labor

    The inferno that transformed American labor

    The aftermath of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire helped usher in higher wages, safer conditions and a prohibition on child labor. But the problems that led to the fire haven’t gone away. Not even close.
    You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.
    Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.

    • 35 min
    Family fighting sends U-Haul on a detour

    Family fighting sends U-Haul on a detour

    Failed therapy sessions, fistfights in the board room and even murder accusations. U-Haul’s trip to bankruptcy will make you think twice about mixing business and family.
    You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.
    Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.

    • 33 min
    Kodak misses its moment

    Kodak misses its moment

    The world's largest photography company pioneers the snapshot, invents the digital camera and... declares bankruptcy.
    You can follow Spectacular Failures on Twitter and Facebook using @failureshow. We're @failure_show on Instagram. Follow Lauren Ober on Twitter and Instagram at @oberandout.
    Spectacular Failures is powered by you. Support the show with a donation at spectacularfailures.org/donate.

    • 32 min

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