7 episodes

On each episode of RIP Corp, we tell the story of one failed business, or a business failure. Join us in the dead mall of business history.

RIP Corp is a production of Charts & Leisure, hosted by Ingrid Burrington with research and fact checking by Matt Giles. Produced by Meghal Janardan and Mike Rugnetta. Original music and sound design from Andrew Atkin and Michael Simonelli, and artwork and design by Megan Mulholland and Beatriz Lozano. Executive produced by Jason Oberholtzer.

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    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

On each episode of RIP Corp, we tell the story of one failed business, or a business failure. Join us in the dead mall of business history.

RIP Corp is a production of Charts & Leisure, hosted by Ingrid Burrington with research and fact checking by Matt Giles. Produced by Meghal Janardan and Mike Rugnetta. Original music and sound design from Andrew Atkin and Michael Simonelli, and artwork and design by Megan Mulholland and Beatriz Lozano. Executive produced by Jason Oberholtzer.

    Sex, Lies and Classifieds: The Fall of Backpage

    Sex, Lies and Classifieds: The Fall of Backpage

    Years before QAnon, myths and distortions about children being sold for sex fueled a politically-motivated moral panic in the name of protecting kids, yet largely targeting sex workers, not sex traffickers. This episode of RIP Corp is about Backpage — the classified advertising website founded in 2004 — and the path that led to its dramatic closure in 2018. The fall of Backpage led to a turning point in the coverage of sex work and criminal justice while also foreshadowing future media flashpoints.

    • 49 min
    Minisode — Failing Upward: Dan Snyder and The Six Flags of Football Teams

    Minisode — Failing Upward: Dan Snyder and The Six Flags of Football Teams

    On this RIP Corp minisode, we spoke with journalist Dave McKenna to help us chart the upward-failing trajectory of Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder, how his earlier failure as Chairman of Six Flags led to opportunities to fail in different arenas, and what he now represents (vis-à-vis failure).

    • 19 min
    In Space No One Can Hear You Sell

    In Space No One Can Hear You Sell

    This episode of RIP Corp is about Planetary Resources — a company formed to "expand Earth's natural resource base" through asteroid mining — and its ... not quite failure to launch, but failure to conquer the final frontier. It’s also about how their brief, ill-fated trajectory has seemingly only strengthened the resolve of people working to make space mining a reality.

    • 45 min
    Pierced Ears to Private Equity: The Rise and Fall of Claire’s

    Pierced Ears to Private Equity: The Rise and Fall of Claire’s

    While bankruptcies of familiar retail brands made headlines this past year, you can actually still shop at some of them–JC Penney, Nieman Marcus, Guitar Center. So that’s what this episode of RIP Corp is about: Claire’s, and the wild world of modern retail bankruptcy which kind of exists to help distressed companies avoid total collapse, but is also an increasingly gamed system to help a handful of people stay hella rich.

    • 40 min
    It’s a Wonderful RIP Corp Holiday Special

    It’s a Wonderful RIP Corp Holiday Special

    The story of Frank Capra’s Liberty Films, which produced "It’s A Wonderful Life," whose path toward becoming a holiday staple had pretty high body count. The movie destroyed Liberty Films, and some believe Capra’s career. Some of the screenwriters ended up on the Hollywood blacklist. How did this weird, ambitious movie go from losing money and killing dreams to being a beloved Christmas classic?

    • 26 min
    Blockbuster and Enron and Chill

    Blockbuster and Enron and Chill

    In March of 2001, Blockbuster and Enron abruptly terminated an exclusive 20-year agreement to deliver video-on-demand to consumers' homes, just eight months after the deal's announcement. By the end of that year Enron would enter what, at that time, was the biggest corporate bankruptcy in American history. Meanwhile, Blockbuster would spend the next decade trying, and failing, to compete with Netflix before filing for bankruptcy in 2010. Today both companies are cautionary tales, relics, punchlines in business case studies.

    But the thing is, the tech worked.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

quaad ,

Very listenable!

Smart and informative. A deep dive into some lesser known events that informs our current landscape.

timx23 ,

Witty, wry, and super smart

A delightful foray into the high-stakes world of corporate chicanery.

jon bron ,

Smart as hell

and witty to boot. Love to have an opportunity to refine my dunks on dead businesses.

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