12 episodes

What if we told you that with zero experience and only a few hundred dollars down, this podcast could change your life? Well, we’d be lying. This season on The Dream, Jane Marie dives into the world of pyramid schemes, multi-level marketing, and all the other businesses that require their members to recruit their nearest and dearest in hopes of a commission. Join us as we trace the path of get-rich schemes from Jane’s roots in rural Michigan all the way to the White House. 

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 7.4K Ratings

What if we told you that with zero experience and only a few hundred dollars down, this podcast could change your life? Well, we’d be lying. This season on The Dream, Jane Marie dives into the world of pyramid schemes, multi-level marketing, and all the other businesses that require their members to recruit their nearest and dearest in hopes of a commission. Join us as we trace the path of get-rich schemes from Jane’s roots in rural Michigan all the way to the White House. 

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7.4K Ratings

7.4K Ratings

Elpphy ,

OMG

OMGAWWWDDDD!! My mum sold Mary Kay!! I have friends that have invested and sold It Works and Melaluca!! This is eye opening!! I can’t even!!

NKass90 ,

Started Strong, But then...

It got unprofessional and icky by episode 5 “Do You Party?”

When the host kept how referring to the person she was throwing under the bus as her “friend” it got really dicey for me. From the way she described their past, it became clear that pent up childhood jealousy was coloring their entire interaction and the reporter was relishing exposing the popular girl who never “escaped” their hometown. Her friend does all but blatantly say preying upon poor people is a good business model, so I’m no fan of hers either, but it’s not HER podcast, it’s not her in-depth journalism I’m here for. And again, hearing how much ick had crept into their interaction made me wonder whether it had even been edited faithfully...

I’m not from a small town, already dislike MLMs, am liberal, young, etc. (aka the podcast’s target audience) — so I’m in no way personally offended— but I just found this interaction extremely distasteful.

J.elsie ,

Amazing!!!

I have been deeply interested in MLMs since I listened to a This American Life episode entitled Wake Up Now. (A great one if you haven’t heard it.) I’ve been on the look out for coverage of this strange and terrifying cultural phenomenon, and this is the most in depth piece of journalism I have found so far. Jane takes you through the history, does interviews with company spokespeople, takes you through the experience of signing up for one of these scams and much more. I learned a lot from this show not just about MLMs but about the strange culture of money that exists in America. Brilliant work. Every one should listen.

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