25 episodes

It takes bold visionaries risking everything to create some of the most recognizable brands on the planet. The Food That Built America, based on the hit documentary series from The HISTORY® Channel, tells the extraordinary true stories of industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized the food industry and transformed American life and culture in the process.
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    • 4.5 • 568 Ratings

It takes bold visionaries risking everything to create some of the most recognizable brands on the planet. The Food That Built America, based on the hit documentary series from The HISTORY® Channel, tells the extraordinary true stories of industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized the food industry and transformed American life and culture in the process.
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    Cookie Fortunes

    Cookie Fortunes

    In the mid 1970s, a woman who wants to be more than just a housewife, is tired of living in her husband’s shadow. Armed with her phenomenal cookies, Debbi Fields seeks out an unlikely spot for her unlikely business - a cookie shop named Mrs. Fields in a shopping mall...run by a woman with no experience. With her husband’s credit on the line, she starts her journey to build a $450 million dollar cookie juggernaut.
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    • 23 min
    Chain Reaction

    Chain Reaction

    In the mid-60s, a single perfume salesman finds himself struggling to meet women to date. So, he goes to the bar to complain to the bartender about his predicament. That’s when the salesman has an idea: What if you made your own co-ed bar? What ensues is a quest to make bars coed and fun, and TGI Fridays is born, revolutionizing the idea of sit-down dining and bar culture. Now, the business has 303 locations in the United States.
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    • 36 min
    A Dish Best Served Soft

    A Dish Best Served Soft

    In Illinois, a father and son working in the wholesale ice cream mixing business have an idea. Convinced that ice cream tastes better fresh before it’s fully-frozen, what if they could create a machine that could dispense it while it’s still only semi-solid? Their names are John and Alex McCullough. By 1940 the McCullough’s open their first store, naming it Dairy Queen.
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    • 21 min
    Do or Donut

    Do or Donut

    Post-World War Two, a food entrepreneur sees promise in a new business. In 1948, William Rosenberg notices two of his offerings selling better than anything else: donuts and coffee. So, he takes a risk, opening a shop with his brother-in-law that will sell just two items. The store, Open Kettle, offers a whopping 52 kinds of hand cut donuts. After a few bumps along the road, Dunkin Donuts is born, and Rosenberg finds a way to dominate the donut business.
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    • 26 min
    A Cold One

    A Cold One

    150 years ago, German immigrants in the Midwest write the history of beer in America. A recently shipwrecked steamboat captain - Captain Frederick Pabst - buys a local brewery, becoming the largest producer in the city. The crisp American lager we know today is born. 
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    • 29 min
    Submarine Warfare

    Submarine Warfare

    Sixty years ago, sandwiches were finger food, not a whole meal, and certainly not sold as fast food. But when three high school friends encounter a sub sandwich, they realize it’s the perfect fast-food alternative. As they navigate advertising, business, and menus, they create Blimpie, and reshape the way Americans think about lunch.
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
568 Ratings

568 Ratings

MademoiselleG🩰 ,

I’m A Nerd…

I love history and I love the show! This podcast is one of the best things I listen! Also… MAKE MORE EPISODES! Also Texas guy who commented on here don’t say that about the host Like really dude jerk move I find her voice very nice!

real anti woke ,

Love the podcast.

I love the podcast and the show on the History Channel. I have to requests. 1 I wish they were longer and more of them. 2 take the show on History Channel and put it on the podcast. I watched it last night and it would work just to put the audio from the show on the podcast.

butterdude14 ,

Sub Sandwich Pod lacked meat

I normally enjoy this podcast but season 2 seems very flimsy. The Submarine sandwich episode especially. They need to add some dates for reference. The episode ended without saying anything about what happened to Tony C’s partner. The expert commentators really said nothing as well. This one was slapped together

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