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Join Christian Borkey as she performs dissections (and vivisections!) on various businesses’ scandals, scams and shenanigans. This research-based comedy podcast is for listeners who enjoy densely packed information, white collar true crime, and naturally funny people :) Thanks for tuning in. Follow @BustedBizBureau everywhere!

Busted Business Bureau Christian Borkey

    • Comedy
    • 4.7 • 38 Ratings

Join Christian Borkey as she performs dissections (and vivisections!) on various businesses’ scandals, scams and shenanigans. This research-based comedy podcast is for listeners who enjoy densely packed information, white collar true crime, and naturally funny people :) Thanks for tuning in. Follow @BustedBizBureau everywhere!

    Monsanto 8: The Acquisition. The Antitrust Jubilee. The Awards.

    Monsanto 8: The Acquisition. The Antitrust Jubilee. The Awards.

    WE'VE GONE AND DONE IT! EIGHT HOURS LATER, THE MONSANTO SEASON IS COMPLETE! This episode goes over Bayer's disastrous acquisition of Monsanto, how the antitrust division of the US government is simply set up to fail, and we have a look back on all of the hee-hees and haw-haws of the Monsanto season. After sitting in that studio for hours on end with Bluid and Amy, I think we deserve a little retrospective as a treat. I hope you're all feeling emotionally ok after this season. Drink some water. Hug your besties. I hope to see as many of you at the live show as possible this Saturday, and if not, I'll catch you in Season 4! Should be out by the end of 2022. Kissies! 
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    SOURCES: 

    https://www.justice.gov/atr/case-document/file/1066656/download
    Bayer Tightens Control Over the World’s Food Supply, Carin Smaller, International Institute for Sustainable Development 2016. 
    Bayer raises Monsanto cash takeover offer to $65bn, Rob Davies, The Guardian 2016
    Justice Department approves Bayer-Monsanto merger in landmark settlement, Brian Fung and Caitlin Dewey, WP 2018
    How Bayer-Monsanto Became One of the Worst Corporate Deals—in 12 Charts, Ruth Bender, WSJ Aug 2019
    Bayer Investor Sues Top Officials for ‘Disastrous’ Monsanto Deal, Chris Dolmetsch, Claims Journal 2020
    Seed monopolies: Who controls the world's food supply?, Charli Shield, DW 2021

    • 59 min
    Monsanto 7: The Good Fight

    Monsanto 7: The Good Fight

    Barehanded honeykeeping, moms-on-facebook, and deadly scientific coverups are all converging to form the final bell toll for Monsanto's mortal time. With all of the doom-and-gloom from past episodes, you're probably wondering how this company...doesn't...still exist, given its titanic political, scientific, and corporate influence. The answer is it's all of it and it's none of it. We're really going through the ringer this episode with a final act that is so heartbreaking that I was, in fact, crying while reading it. Check it out! Please rate and leave reviews on the podcast if you love it; it really helps me out :)
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    SOURCES: 

    The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice, Carey Gillam 2021
    Leydy Pech, the "honey lady" who stopped Monsanto, Beatriz Garcia, Al Dia News 2020
    https://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/leydy-pech/
    Mayan Women Fought Monsanto—And Won, Christin Sandberg, Bitch Media 2014
    Guatemalan protests against Monsanto Law, Rebecca Griest Swathmore College 2015
    https://web.archive.org/web/20151226231418/http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/guatemala-indigenous-communities-prevail-monsanto/
    I Won a Historic Lawsuit, But May Not Live to Get the Money, Carey Gillam, Time  2018
    He was drenched in a weed-killer made by Monsanto in a workplace accident. Then he was diagnosed with cancer, Vanessa Caldwell, CBC Docs 2022

    • 48 min
    Monsanto 6: PR and Philanthropy

    Monsanto 6: PR and Philanthropy

    What would you say the work-life balance is on the Death Star? This episode follows a path down the Monsanto communications rabbit hole. PRAD majors, get your forks! Come eat! Blender Bluid, Amy Do and I try to answer a key question throughout the episode: do the entry/mid-level Monsanto employees....know? Do they know the vibe? To answer that question, we talk about intra-company communication, PR strategies, and track a story straight out of an episode of a Nev Schulman TV show. Oh, we also break into a lengthy discussion on that Lockheed Martin twitter drama discourse; how much ire is appropriate to direct at somebody who works at an evil mega-company? 
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    SOURCES

    Missouri business groups divided on LGBT-discrimination ban, Summer Ballentine, Fulton Sun 2016
    Gay? Transgender? Why You Might Want to Work for Monsanto, Lindsay Toler, RiverFront Times 2018
    Monsanto Leading the Way for Women in Leadership, Sara Miller, LinkedIn 2018
    The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy, Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer, Harvard Business Review 2002
    Monsanto Discovers a New Social Media, Wilhelm Peekhaus, International Journal of Communications 2010
    Monsanto archived website links: 

    https://web.archive.org/web/20100205155240/http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto_today/for_the_record/default.asp
    https://web.archive.org/web/20091224173230/http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto_today/for_the_record/monsanto_business_practice_indonesia.asp
    https://web.archive.org/web/20100524063155/http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto_today/for_the_record/india_farmer_suicides.asp

    • 58 min
    Monsanto 5: Bovine Growth Hormone

    Monsanto 5: Bovine Growth Hormone

    This one's a banger, no way around it. This one will give a detailed history of Monsanto's relationship with the FDA -- spoilers, it literally goes ALL the way back -- and how the FDA was complicit in the expediting of Bovine Growth Hormone. We also go on a very long tangent on if the father of food safety was a fellow homosexual (Because it's my podcast! And I get to do whatever I want!)
    This episode is full of such compelling characters; it's a shattering reminder that there are always people fighting the good fight. Hope you're enjoying the season so far! My description-writing game has dramatically weakened. Need to redirect my brain power into the episodes lol. But if you like this podcast, please keep telling your friends! I can tell a lot of you have been already!! 
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    SOURCES: 

    The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, Deborah Blum 2018
    Harvey W. Wiley: An Autobiography, Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, New York: Bobs-Merrill Company 1930
    The 19th-Century Fight Against Bacteria-Ridden Milk Preserved With Embalming Fluid, Deborah Blum, Undark Magazine 2018
    The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin 2008
    Bovine Somatotropin (bST), FDA.gov April 2022
    Pushing RBST: How the Law and the Political Process Were Used to Sell Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin to America, David Aboulafia, PACE Environmental Law Review 1998
    Monsanto lobbying: an attack on us, our planet, and democracy, Nina Holland and Benjamin Sourice, Corporate EuropeObservatory 2016
    Torturing Animals with Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Feed, Katherine Paul, Truthout 2013

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Monsanto 4: The Roundup Episode

    Monsanto 4: The Roundup Episode

    This is the birth of Modern Monsanto, and it takes quite a turn from the previous episodes. Instead of talking about the diseases and human suffering as a result of the products (like we've been doing at length), we're going to be looking at the sexy, muscular legal arm of Monsanto. Clarence Thomas comes back in this one! PokeMonsanto collection growing every day! :D Thanks again for tuning in and for all of your support. It means the world to me. Follow Amy Do and Blender Bluid on all the social medias @BlenderBluid and @HelloAmyDo
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    SOURCES: 

    Monsanto’s Bet, Linda Grant and Alicia Moore, CNN Money 1997
    The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin 2008
    Monsanto’s Technology Agreement, 2008
    Safe Or Scary? The Shifting Reputation Of Glyphosate, AKA Roundup; Dan Charles, NPR 2019
    Monsanto Vs. US Farmers, Center for Food Safety report 2005
    Monsanto vs. US Farmers, 2010 Update, Center for Food Safety
    Down and Out in Covington, Andy Meek, Memphis Daily News 2006
    Monsanto wins $7.7b lawsuit in Brazil – but farmers’ fight to stop its ‘amoral’ royalty system will continue, Beth Daily, the Conversation 2019
    WIKIPEDIA PAGES FOR THE FOLLOWING: 

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Monsanto 3: Superfund Sites and Slag

    Monsanto 3: Superfund Sites and Slag

    Hello again, y'all! This episode's all about the ENVIRONMENT and it is a real doozy. If you choose for some reason to start with this one, understand that we'd been in the studio for hours at this point. Blender Bluid, Amy Do and I were all simply transcending the mortal form. Anyways, in this riveting episode we talk about Times Beach Missouri, Anniston Alabama, and Soda Springs Idaho's separate disasters connected to Monsanto. There's a surprising amount of horses and Ronald Reagan, but not related to one another despite the fact that he was really into horses. Fun fact for ya. Cheers!
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    SOURCES: 

    Baptized in PCB’s: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town, Ellen Griffith Spears 2014
    The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin 2008
    Missouri's Costly Dioxin Lesson, Marjorie Sun, Science VOL. 219, NO. 4583 pp. 367-369, 1983
    Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution, Michael Grunwald, Washington Post 2002
    Pollution, Poverty and People of Color: Dirty Soil and Diabetes, Brett Israel, Environmental Health News, 2012
    Monsanto’s Superfund Secret, Bart Elmore, Dissent Magazine 2017
    Roundup’s Other Problem: Glyphosate is Sourced from Controversial Mines, Gosia Wozniacka Civil Eats, 2019
    Residential zoning at former Monsanto site dangerous for future homebuyers, Sue Stevenson Columbia Daily Herald, 2021

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Meowwjbsk ,

omg the finale

im sad this is over can you all do more? i enjoy you three +producer a lot <3 idk why i am writing myspace style but ty for informing me on all this horror. DOOOOOD you should do north korea.. just thought of that
ok done love it n don’t stop xoxo

cph1285 ,

Love this show

I look forward to new episodes every week!

coffeelegs ,

Great topics, poor presentation

This topic is right up my alley, and I found Christian on TikTok and loved her videos, so I started listening. I still really like the podcast, but think she would be better on her own, or with guests who weren’t just random friends of hers. The Lockheed Martin episode was great because it was someone who was actually knowledgeable about the subject and so laughs or jokes weren’t as forced, and it had more of the desirable energy of two people having an energetic conversation. Usually though there’s too much annoying laughter. Saying “slay” or “girl boss” ironically after someone has done something terrible is not comedy. I’m listening to the carbon offset episode right now and it’s so bad. Making an episode “silly” or “for the girls” isn’t what I’m here for when I’m listening to a podcast that is explicitly about how corporations are destroying our world. I understand she’s trying to market this a comedy podcast, but it would be better as a drier comedy more like the style of her TikTok videos or if the guests were more knowledgeable and they were actually capable of joking about the topic and not other random things.

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