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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

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    • 4.8 • 168 Ratings

Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

    Encore: WWF vs WCW | Bulking Up | 2

    Encore: WWF vs WCW | Bulking Up | 2

    It’s the dawn of the 1990s and Vince McMahon’s WWF is the king of wrestling. But trouble’s brewing: a steroids scandal is about to deal a body blow to the WWF and its family-friendly reputation.

    The scandal will leave WWF stuck in damage control mode as it fights to stem the losses from falling TV ratings, ticket sales, and pay-per-view buys.

    Meanwhile, Ted Turner’s trying to get World Championship Wrestling fighting fit with help from a former Pizza Hut regional manager, a self-proclaimed Cowboy, and a back-up announcer who wants to bring wrestling to Disney World.

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    Sponsored: Small Business Stories | Columbia Sportswear | 2

    Sponsored: Small Business Stories | Columbia Sportswear | 2

    This episode is brought to you by Wondery in partnership with Dell Technologies. In honor of small businesses, we're featuring inspiring stories of successful companies that started out small.

    It’s 1970 and Gert Boyle’s life is in ruins. Her husband’s just died, and now, as a middle-aged stay-at-home single mom, she’s become the boss of the family’s debt-ridden outerwear company.

    No one – herself included – thinks she can save the business. 

    But she’s about to find an inner strength that will enable her to yank the business back from the cliff’s edge and haul it straight to the summit.

    Encore: WWF vs WCW | Titan Rising | 1

    Encore: WWF vs WCW | Titan Rising | 1

    It’s the early 1980s and there’s peace in the wrestling business. For years regional wrestling companies have maintained order by sticking to their own slices of US and Canadian territory.

    But that’s all about to change. Vince McMahon has just taken over the World Wrestling Federation, and he wants war. He’s on a mission to crush all opposition and establish the WWF as the only wrestling game in town.

    But his assault on the wrestling status quo will also make him a powerful enemy: cable TV mogul Ted Turner.

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    Sponsored: Small Business Stories | Domino's Pizza | 1

    Sponsored: Small Business Stories | Domino's Pizza | 1

    This episode is brought to you by Wondery in partnership with Dell Technologies. In honor of small businesses, we're featuring inspiring stories of successful companies that started out small.

    It’s 1961 and Tom Monaghan is about to drop out of college and put his all into the hole-in-the-wall pizzeria he founded with his brother.

    But the recipe for success is going to prove elusive. To make it, he’ll have to overcome flaky business partners, a devastating fire, and run-ins with debt collectors.

    Vaccine Wars | Big Pharma's Big Gamble Pays Off | 7

    Vaccine Wars | Big Pharma's Big Gamble Pays Off | 7

    BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca. These companies are now household names thanks to their COVID-19 vaccines. The gambles these businesses took are paying off. 

    The pharmaceutical giants are in line to profit heavily from their life-saving work, but the system of distributing the vaccines has seen its fair share of hiccups and controversy.

    We spoke to Annalisa Merelli, a healthcare reporter for Quartz about the pandemic, the economic effects of the vaccine rollout and the current surge in COVID cases in India.




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    Vaccine Wars | Arms Race | 6

    Vaccine Wars | Arms Race | 6

    It’s late 2020 and the first vaccines are going into arms across the world.

    With supplies tight, the nations of the world are pushing and shoving to get their shots, and investors are salivating at the thought of the profits to be made now that humanity’s got Covid’s on the run.

    But this virus isn’t going down without a fight. And in South Africa, one geneticist is about to make an alarming discovery.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
168 Ratings

168 Ratings

Barbrainer ,

Informative

Thank you guys, you are working with some big fish hooks out there. I don’t see why anyone would not get hooked up. Never mind the detail, I love what I get out.

Memphis_ZA ,

Great

Top stuff. Very informative

Tonie Ehlers ,

I really enjoyed this!

Even for a South African this podcast is wonderful,like wondery. 😁

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