34 episodes

Business is an everyday thing, but everyday things can have untold stories - the stories about the things we never stopped to think about. Anyone can pay attention to financial ratios and textbook principles, but the best information lives in the stories that happen. What are the stories others have created with their business challenges? From starting a new business from scratch to reinventing oneself for their second third act, this show explores how these personal stories translate into the business context. Everybody loves a good fraud story. Everybody loves a good war story. We can delight in the lessons provided by others’ experiences, both good and bad, funny and tragic, and even dumb. They all plant the seeds for good, compelling, interesting stories. Join us as we ask “What were they thinking?” and dive into the minds of business leaders who are out there, doing it every day. We’ll explore businesses as diverse as space to podcasting, sovereign citizens to Ponzi schemes. Our goal will be to make sure you enjoy it every step of the way, as we challenge the things you thought you always knew.

Business/Disrupted Ted Gavin

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

Business is an everyday thing, but everyday things can have untold stories - the stories about the things we never stopped to think about. Anyone can pay attention to financial ratios and textbook principles, but the best information lives in the stories that happen. What are the stories others have created with their business challenges? From starting a new business from scratch to reinventing oneself for their second third act, this show explores how these personal stories translate into the business context. Everybody loves a good fraud story. Everybody loves a good war story. We can delight in the lessons provided by others’ experiences, both good and bad, funny and tragic, and even dumb. They all plant the seeds for good, compelling, interesting stories. Join us as we ask “What were they thinking?” and dive into the minds of business leaders who are out there, doing it every day. We’ll explore businesses as diverse as space to podcasting, sovereign citizens to Ponzi schemes. Our goal will be to make sure you enjoy it every step of the way, as we challenge the things you thought you always knew.

    Inside the District Attorney's Office and Criminal Justice Reform

    Inside the District Attorney's Office and Criminal Justice Reform

    In this episode, we look at the challenges of progressive criminal justice reform from the standpoint of the prosecutor, by looking at how the District Attorney's office functions. The ideals of criminal justice reform are sound, but there are deficiencies in their execution. If people don't feel like their safety has improved and they don't feel good about their environment, what does that mean for the progressive D.A. movement's impact on the community? To make some sense of this, take a glimpse at how a District Attorney's office works. And, to do that, we talk with former Philadelphia District Attorney and former federally incarcerated citizen R. Seth Williams.

    • 1 hr
    The Unexpected Shackles of Binding Arbitration

    The Unexpected Shackles of Binding Arbitration

    If we think about arbitration at all, we think of it in terms of a dispute resolution mechanism written into large, complex contracts. We don't think of ordering a pizza online, streaming a movie, or using our cellphone. We probably don't expect it to involve our workplace. Yet, here we are, with everyone likely subject to at least one binding arbitration agreement of which they're not even aware. Are there horror stories? You bet there are. We talk with two experts in the field to understand how we got to this place, and what it means now that we're here. What do our lives really look like now that we've unknowingly signed away one of our fundamental legal rights in exchange for some free food?

    Guests:

    Professor Tom Stipanowich, William Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law

    E. Drew Britcher - Senior Partner, Britcher Leone & Sergio LLP, New Jersey

    • 56 min
    When Crazy, Libelous, Crazy Came to Bankruptcy

    When Crazy, Libelous, Crazy Came to Bankruptcy

    Our story is one with a lot of facets: the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School; conspiracy theories bandied about for entertainment; the preternaturally unhinged and how they react to an equally unhinged media; the power of defamation lawsuits; the sheer absurdity of ignoring a court order to produce information and, finally; abusing the bankruptcy process. In other words, we're exploring the story of noted internet crackpot Alex Jones and the bankruptcy cases he filed for three of his companies in an attempt to get out from under the looming damages award he will ultimately owe to those who have successfully sued him and his companies for defamation.

    • 46 min
    The Shotgun Marriage of Bankruptcy & Mass Tort Cases (Podcast Edit)

    The Shotgun Marriage of Bankruptcy & Mass Tort Cases (Podcast Edit)

    Boy Scouts, Purdue Pharma, and now Johnson & Johnson - all are cases that are in bankruptcy because of thousands upon thousands of negligence cases; all are typical class actions; all are in bankruptcy against the wishes of the injured parties, and all are going to have to learn to adapt because they're all staying in bankruptcy. How did mass torts end up in the bankruptcy court instead of the class action courtroom? How can a company create a subsidiary and decide that the subsidiary will be responsible for all of the claims against the parent? And what's going on with Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family's efforts to buy peace from thousands of litigants? We talk with Ed Neiger of ASK, LLP, an attorney specializing in bankruptcy and torts litigation. He represents clients in several mass tort bankruptcy cases and will discuss this awkward collision of two legal systems designed to handle claims - but in very different ways.

    • 40 min
    Being G. Washington

    Being G. Washington

    On Presidents' Day 2022, we talk with the nation's foremost historical actor of George Washington about what it is to inhabit the character of America's first General of the Armies, first President, and the person who held the states together long enough to give a burgeoning nation a shot of its own. We dispel misconceptions, the things that a career in business and a career being George Washington have in common, and we talk about the strange path that leads to the doorstep at Mount Vernon, where Dean Malissa portrayed George Washington for twenty years. There's a lot more to it than false teeth and fallen cherry trees.

    • 56 min
    The Tricky Business of Diversity & Inclusion

    The Tricky Business of Diversity & Inclusion

    There's big money in employment - companies invest significantly in finding, onboarding and training the best employees they can get - it's good business to make sure those employees feel welcome. Diversity and inclusion; equality and equity; welcoming and affirming. We use these words in relation to workplaces, but what do they mean and how do firms earn these adjectives? The landscape of Diversity & Inclusion is an evolving practice, changing as social mores change. We're joined by two attorneys expert in D&I, as part of general firm and practice management, as well as in mentoring diverse professionals and their firms. We'll explore the difficult business of creating welcoming and affirming workplaces for employee populations that reflect the makeup of our society.

    • 56 min

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