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Welcome to iilluminaughtii, the podcast that is all about debunking bad business. Whether it's a pyramid scheme or a charity stealing money, everything (and anything) business-related is on the table. Blair Zoń is ready to dig into the underbelly of the business world to find out where your money and time really goes. Subscribe now to make sure you don't miss any of episodes delivered fresh every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

iilluminaughtii Blair Zoń

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    • 4.8 • 595 Ratings

Welcome to iilluminaughtii, the podcast that is all about debunking bad business. Whether it's a pyramid scheme or a charity stealing money, everything (and anything) business-related is on the table. Blair Zoń is ready to dig into the underbelly of the business world to find out where your money and time really goes. Subscribe now to make sure you don't miss any of episodes delivered fresh every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

    Balloon Boy, The Hoax Within a Hoax | Multi Level Mondays

    Balloon Boy, The Hoax Within a Hoax | Multi Level Mondays

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    Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction. In the case of the ‘balloon boy’ hoax, this is definitely true. The world watched, terrified, as a homemade UFO with a child inside floated over seven thousand feet in the air—but was it all a publicity stunt?

    Welcome to Multi Level Mondays, a weekly series all about multi level marketing, pyramid schemes, and ponzi schemes.

    Connect with me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii
    Sources: https://justpaste.it/68qak

    Writers/Researchers/Helpers:
    Ali Z-B

    This episode was edited and mixed by:
    G. Thomas Craig

    Album cover art created by:
    Betsy Primes

    Intro Song Credits:
    Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert

    Outro Song Credits:
    Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe

    • 27 min
    The Wild (and Terrible) Legacy 4Loko Left Behind | Corporate Casket

    The Wild (and Terrible) Legacy 4Loko Left Behind | Corporate Casket

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    Four Loko has been described as a blackout in a can which, honestly, isn’t that far from the truth. But when caffeine and alcohol mix, the combination can literally be deadly. Is Four Loko to blame, or the irresponsibility of its consumers?

    Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a semiweekly series where bad businesses go to die. We will discuss any and everything from bad charities, terrible CEOs, and businesses that have a lot to hide. 

    Connect with me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii
    Sources: https://justpaste.it/1u7kq

    Writers/Researchers/Helpers:
    Ali Z-B

    This episode was edited and mixed by:
    G. Thomas Craig

    Album cover art created by:
    Betsy Primes

    Intro Song Credits:
    Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert

    Outro Song Credits:
    Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe

    • 25 min
    How Joe Rogan Became a Weaponized Fool | Corporate Casket

    How Joe Rogan Became a Weaponized Fool | Corporate Casket

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    Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a semiweekly series where bad businesses go to die. We will discuss any and everything from bad charities, terrible CEOs, and businesses that have a lot to hide. 

    Joe Rogan was once beloved by all or at least most comic and television host. But, at some point, everything began to change. As his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience” was catapulted into popular culture, Joe Rogan started spewing out his opinions and having everyone and I mean everyone on his show. This all would have been fine if his guests didn’t include some of the most controversial people in the United States. 

    Connect with me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii
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    Writers/Researchers/Helpers:
    Jess Hubbert

    This episode was edited and mixed by:
    G. Thomas Craig

    Album cover art created by:
    Betsy Primes

    Intro Song Credits:
    Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert

    Outro Song Credits:
    Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe

    • 28 min
    Crisis Pregnancy Centers: A Wicked Twist on Big Brother | Corporate Casket

    Crisis Pregnancy Centers: A Wicked Twist on Big Brother | Corporate Casket

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    The first Crisis Pregnancy Center was opened in 1967 in response to the ever-growing rise of pro-choice feminism and the future of an abortion-friendly America. As time has gone on, Crisis Pregnancy Centers have become a backbone feature of the pro-life movement. Tricking people into attending by offering “medical advice”, they have become synonymous with spreading misinformation about abortion and working to dismantle it from the inside out.

    Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a semiweekly series where bad businesses go to die. We will discuss any and everything from bad charities, terrible CEOs, and businesses that have a lot to hide. 

    Connect with me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii
    Sources: https://justpaste.it/51qw7

    Writers/Researchers/Helpers:
    Jess Hubbert

    This episode was edited and mixed by:
    G. Thomas Craig

    Album cover art created by:
    Betsy Primes

    Intro Song Credits:
    Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert

    Outro Song Credits:
    Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe

    • 32 min
    The MLM Exploiting A Celerity Death For Profit | Multi Level Mondays

    The MLM Exploiting A Celerity Death For Profit | Multi Level Mondays

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    Welcome to Multi Level Mondays, a weekly series all about multi level marketing, pyramid schemes, and ponzi schemes.

    At first, TrimSpa was just your run-of-the-mill diet pill fad. But, when mega star social starlet Anna Nicole Smith decided to join in on their campaigns and lost her own weight, it absolutely exploded. Suddenly TrimSpa was everywhere and they had their celebrity star to thank for it. But, after her death, it all came spiraling down. They lost a massive amount of their customers, found themselves in fights with the FTC and FDA, and had to change the entire makeup of their products. Now, they’re back, charging an exorbitant amount of money for diet pills that likely, don’t work. 

    Connect with me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii
    Sources: https://justpaste.it/6l2jy

    Writers/Researchers/Helpers:
    Jess Hubbert

    This episode was edited and mixed by:
    G. Thomas Craig

    Album cover art created by:
    Betsy Primes

    Intro Song Credits:
    Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert

    Outro Song Credits:
    Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe

    • 25 min
    How a Doping Scandal Ruined Livestrong | Corporate Casket

    How a Doping Scandal Ruined Livestrong | Corporate Casket

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    Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a semiweekly series where bad businesses go to die. We will discuss any and everything from bad charities, terrible CEOs, and businesses that have a lot to hide. 

    Lance Armstrong’s charity, the Livestrong Foundation, has become well-known for funding cancer research. However, when Lance’s scandal about using illicit substances to win his titles made it to the spotlight, the foundation crumbled. Did Lance’s good deeds cancel out his previous cheating, and was Livestrong truly just caught in the crosshairs?

    Connect with me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii
    Sources: https://justpaste.it/9jeua

    Writers/Researchers/Helpers:
    Ali Z-B

    This episode was edited and mixed by:
    G. Thomas Craig

    Album cover art created by:
    Betsy Primes

    Intro Song Credits:
    Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert

    Outro Song Credits:
    Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
595 Ratings

595 Ratings

🏳️‍🌈Random🏳️‍🌈 ,

The Pyramid that is against Pyramid Schemes

I found this kind of stuff through Ready to Glare who was my top commentary YouTuber, until I found illuminaughtii (on YouTube, until I recently moved to apple, where I can listen to podcast versions, which I prefer while I’m trying to play something while also listening to this at the same time,) this amazing concept of “Pyramid against Pyramid schemes.”
Before then I have never heard of podcasts like this, and I believe this is amazing to listen to, and without Blair, I would have never been able to find Pyramid Scheme podcasts, which have now become my favorite form of controversial-topic podcasts.

Also Hello Fresh. Wonderful introduction to it.

Thanks Blair, you’ve changed my life for the better with your amazing podcasts.

PrecociousWeirdo ,

So much fun!

Hey Blair! Love the podcast and youtube channel, the dark comedic twist in these is amazing and keeps these episodes from being too depressing.

nancye01 ,

So good!!

Just found this podcast this weekend and I’m so excited to binge all the episodes. The host keeps it real and gets in all the info you need to understand what’s going on without dragging anything out. My favorite is the Hobby Lobby episode - I’m a huge crocheter and won’t give one single penny to them, but so many of my friends don’t get why. I finally felt validated!

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