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.

Spectacular Failures American Public Media

    • Business
    • 4.4, 2.4K Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

mrpres1776 ,

Love this podcast...where are you?

I loved listening to this podcast, where did it go? The content was fun and entertaining.

bcimhe ,

Never Boring

Opens a door in the human decisions and unavoidable changes that bring down companies, people and ideas. Such a great reminder that there are people behind the news stories. Never boring!

CaitScarpetta ,

Clever & educational

I really love this podcast. I had no idea that there were such interesting backstories to all of these companies that I've seen go from burning bright to burning out during my lifetime. I'm 31 years old and especially enjoyed the episodes about Toys 'R' Us (that jingle, I'd forgotten how brilliant- and clingy- it is hahah!!) and Oneida. I'm from Long Island so the Levittown/Concord episode was super intriguing. I also had the privilege of touring Biosphere 2 when I spent time in Arizona several years ago, what an incredible structure. "Spectacular Failures" did such an awesome job with the Biosphere 2 episode...the narration & sound effect detail was so good that when I closed my eyes it really felt like I was back inside of there! There's also an episode about Jamestown and I thought it was so cool & unique that they interviewed Irene Bedard (the voice of Disney's animated film "Pocahontas") - I met Irene at my tribe's Powwow when I was much younger and she is super interesting & super intelligent, just completely beautiful inside and out, so I was so thrilled to hear her on this podcast. The host is engaging & witty, her voice is a pleasure to listen to. I definitely recommend this podcast! WE WANT MORE EPISODES PLEASE!!!! MAKE NEW SEASONS!!

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