58 episodes

The Closer brings you the inside story of deals changing the world, as told by the people who know how it all went down.

Understand the human motivations behind groundbreaking business decisions, and learn dealmaking lessons through a deep dive into one deal each week, with host Aimee Keane.

The Closer is a Project Brazen production. For more thrilling storytelling, search for the Brazen channel on Apple Podcasts or visit brazen.fm, home to all our podcasts, documentaries and newsletters. At Brazen, we show you how the world really works. From landmark business deals to international espionage and organised crime, we’ll take you inside stories from hidden worlds.

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The Closer: Deals Change the World Brazen

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 44 Ratings

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The Closer brings you the inside story of deals changing the world, as told by the people who know how it all went down.

Understand the human motivations behind groundbreaking business decisions, and learn dealmaking lessons through a deep dive into one deal each week, with host Aimee Keane.

The Closer is a Project Brazen production. For more thrilling storytelling, search for the Brazen channel on Apple Podcasts or visit brazen.fm, home to all our podcasts, documentaries and newsletters. At Brazen, we show you how the world really works. From landmark business deals to international espionage and organised crime, we’ll take you inside stories from hidden worlds.

Subscribe to Brazen+ on Apple Podcasts or at brazen.fm/plus to and get exclusive bonus episodes for The Closer and all our shows, as well as ad-free listening and early access to new podcasts. For the latest from Brazen delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletters at brazen.fm/newsletters.

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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Inside Florida’s home insurance meltdown

    Inside Florida’s home insurance meltdown

    Florida owns a massive property insurance company that’s been gobbling up policies while rates rise and some private insurers leave the state. A deal struck by the state legislature last year aims to fix this insurance market meltdown. To understand what’s happening – and what’s being done to fix it – we talked to former State Senator Jeff Brandes and insurance industry expert Mark Friedlander.

    For more from The Closer and to subscribe to our newsletter, visit www.thecloser.fm.

    The Closer is a Project Brazen production. Subscribe to Brazen+ on Apple Podcasts or at brazen.fm/plus and get exclusive bonus episodes for The Closer and all our shows, as well as ad-free listening and early access to new podcasts.

    For more fearless storytelling visit brazen.fm, home to all our podcasts, documentaries and newsletters. At Brazen, we show you how the world really works – from espionage and corruption to deal-making and organised crime, we’ll take you inside stories from hidden worlds.

    • 34 min
    Extra from The Closer: Jeff Brandes

    Extra from The Closer: Jeff Brandes

    In this subscriber-only bonus episode, reporter Ben Walsh talks to former State Senator Jeff Brandes about what it will take to really fix the insurance market in the state.

    For more from The Closer and to subscribe to our newsletter, visit www.thecloser.fm.

    For more fearless storytelling visit brazen.fm, home to all our podcasts, documentaries and newsletters. At Brazen, we show you how the world really works – from espionage and corruption to deal-making and organised crime, we’ll take you inside stories from hidden worlds.

    Extra from The Closer: Ina Verstl

    Extra from The Closer: Ina Verstl

    In this subscriber-only bonus episode, host Aimee Keane talks to beer industry journalist Ina Verstl about the marketing and pricing strategy that helped make Modelo America’s top beer.

    How Modelo became America’s #1 beer. And it’s not what you might think.

    How Modelo became America’s #1 beer. And it’s not what you might think.

    Last summer, a Mexican beer overtook the longtime favorite Bud Light as America’s best-selling beer. It happened amid a customer boycott against Bud Light for a marketing campaign featuring transgender social media personality Dylan Mulvaney. But the story of how Modelo knocked Bud Light from its perch is about much more than a marketing u-turn. It’s an antitrust tale that includes the Department of Justice, and one lawyer in particular, along with a once little-known wine and spirits company from upstate New York. Featuring Ina Verstl, a Munich-based journalist who covers the global beer industry.

    For more from The Closer and to subscribe to our newsletter, visit www.thecloser.fm.

    The Closer is a Project Brazen production. Subscribe to Brazen+ on Apple Podcasts or at brazen.fm/plus and get exclusive bonus episodes for The Closer and all our shows, as well as ad-free listening and early access to new podcasts.

    For more fearless storytelling visit brazen.fm, home to all our podcasts, documentaries and newsletters. At Brazen, we show you how the world really works – from espionage and corruption to deal-making and organised crime, we’ll take you inside stories from hidden worlds.

    • 29 min
    Extra from The Closer: Anna Nicolaou

    Extra from The Closer: Anna Nicolaou

    In this subscriber-only bonus episode, host Aimee Keane talks to media journalist Anna Nicolaou about how ESPN became a coveted channel for both cable and Disney. She also shares how CEO Bob Iger’s deal-making spree unfolded during the company’s heyday.

    ABC and ESPN made Disney into an entertainment powerhouse. It’s now at a crossroads.

    ABC and ESPN made Disney into an entertainment powerhouse. It’s now at a crossroads.

    The Disney we know today came about in a series of game-changing deals led by CEO Bob Iger. But before the entertainment juggernaut bought properties like Pixar and Marvel, Disney, and former CEO Michael Eisner, inked an $19 billion deal for Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. The acquisition kick-started Disney’s transformation from a theme park and animated film business to one of the largest companies in the world. In this episode, media journalist Anna Nicolaou tells us why Iger is now faced with potentially having to sell some of the very assets that fueled his growth spree.

    For more from The Closer and to subscribe to our newsletter, visit www.thecloser.fm.

    The Closer is a Project Brazen production. Subscribe to Brazen+ on Apple Podcasts or at brazen.fm/plus and get exclusive bonus episodes for The Closer and all our shows, as well as ad-free listening and early access to new podcasts.

    For more fearless storytelling visit brazen.fm, home to all our podcasts, documentaries and newsletters. At Brazen, we show you how the world really works – from espionage and corruption to deal-making and organised crime, we’ll take you inside stories from hidden worlds.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Unicorn Juggler ,

Stop and Listen Now

If you enjoy Marketplace, Planet Money, The Indicator or How I Built This then you need to add this to your queue right now. Aimee and Ben (and the whole staff) do a phenomenal job of diving deep into a relevant topic and giving it just the right amount of intrigue and story telling to keep you engaged all the way through the process. I thoroughly enjoy how they take the listener through “the deal” and how it is relevant to what is going on today. The story about the strategic petroleum reserve is amazing. Take the time to listen, it really is one of the best productions around.

Dave in Tahoe ,

High marks for clarity and intelligence

Fascinating stories, great production values, concise and informative- on air presenters are excellent communicators!

Nicolas0701 ,

Nice

Good

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