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Candid conversations with entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, visionaries of all kinds—about their successes, and their failures, and what they learned from both. Hosted by Alex Blumberg, from Gimlet Media.

Without Fail Gimlet Media

    • Careers

Candid conversations with entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, visionaries of all kinds—about their successes, and their failures, and what they learned from both. Hosted by Alex Blumberg, from Gimlet Media.

    The Secret Early Lives of Sam Esmail (Rebroadcast)

    The Secret Early Lives of Sam Esmail (Rebroadcast)

    Director and screenwriter Sam Esmail’s TV series Mr. Robot was an immediate hit when it premiered in 2015, turning him into one of the most in-demand showrunners in Hollywood. But he didn’t have an easy path to that point. Sam was 38 by the time Mr. Robot launched. He’d worked all kinds of jobs -- including a stint as a startup founder -- and seen all kinds of setbacks. Sam tells Alex about the stuff that came before, and about why he couldn’t quit trying to make movies, even when success was a long way off.

    • 42 min
    The Woman Who Took On Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics

    The Woman Who Took On Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics

    For years, Larry Nassar, the team doctor for USA Women’s Gymnastics, sexually assaulted his patients under the guise of medical treatment. And that abuse might have continued had it not been for one woman: Rachael Denhollander.

    • 55 min
    Michelle Phan: The Original Internet Influencer

    Michelle Phan: The Original Internet Influencer

    Michelle Phan became a viral sensation when she began posting beauty tutorial videos in the early days of YouTube. As YouTube's popularity grew, Michelle kept pace, racking up millions of views — and millions of dollars. But then, at the peak of her fame and fortune, she disappeared without a word.

    • 42 min
    How Earlonne Woods Podcasted His Way to Freedom

    How Earlonne Woods Podcasted His Way to Freedom

    When Earlonne Woods was sent to prison in the late 1990s, there was a good chance he’d never walk free again. But then he made a visit to the media center at San Quentin State Prison. And that changed everything.

    • 42 min
    The 32 Seconds that Changed This Mayor’s Life

    The 32 Seconds that Changed This Mayor’s Life

    Normally, being the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, means paying attention to everyday issues, from garbage pickups to municipal budgets. But in the early morning hours of August 4, 2019, a gunman opened fire at a downtown bar in the city, and Nan Whaley’s role as mayor immediately shifted. She found herself thrust into the national spotlight as all eyes turned to Dayton. And it wasn't long before she was face-to-face with President Donald Trump.

    • 38 min
    Introducing How’s Work? with Esther Perel

    Introducing How’s Work? with Esther Perel

    This week, we’re sharing the first episode of Esther Perel’s new show How’s Work? In it, the couples therapist behind the beloved show Where Should We Begin? sits down with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues, and brings her inimitable perspective to workplace relationships and conflicts.

    • 57 min

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The way Alex asks questions is so great. He really takes care to be open ended and non judgmental; curious and warm-hearted. I just listened to the interview with Rachel who instigated the investigation into Larry Nasser and was so touched by his sensitivity. I really enjoy Without Fail!

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Truly exceptional

Love Planet Money and absolutely love this show! When How I built this first came out I was a fan but I got tired for the format quickly. Ever episode of this show somehow sounds different but in the best way and so authentic. I love getting to know snippets of the person being interviewed whether I know them or it’s my first time hearing about them. Please keep this show going! What you guys are doing is truly awesome.

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