Business Wars

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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 25m. Bisher sind 348 Folge(n) erschienen. .

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 5 days 19 hours 39 minutes


episode 5: Denim Wars | Lord of the Flies

It's the '80s and Levi's is far out in front in the battle for denim dominance.  But Lee owner V.F. Corporation isn't giving up. It's about to make a major move that will pile the pressure on Levi's and threaten its status as market leader. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here


 2020-11-16  25m

episode 4: Denim Wars | From Freak to Chic

It's the late '60s and Levi's is seeking to stay on trend by tuning into the flower-power movement taking over San Francisco.  But keeping up with the ever-shifting tides of fashion is harder than it looks and soon Europe will be taking jeans onto an unfamiliar battleground: the catwalk. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at


 2020-11-11  26m

episode 3: Denim Wars | Storming the Castle

It's the 1950s and young Americans are idolizing the new wave of Hollywood rebels and horrifying their parents by wearing jeans.  But as these post-war renegades take denim duds out of the workplace, the jean giants find themselves between a rock and a hard place...


 2020-11-09  24m

episode 2: Denim Wars | Old Western Blues

It's the mid-1800s and a young wholesaler called Levi Strauss is looking to cash in on the California Gold Rush. But when a wandering tailor approaches Strauss with a revolutionary idea, his business takes an unexpected turn into the world of workwear — and it will change his family’s destiny. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here  Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - You can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at


 2020-11-04  25m

episode 1: Denim Wars | Cowboys & Indigos

It's the 1930s and Californian jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. is struggling. The Great Depression is destroying jobs and killing demand for its denim workwear. So when a craze for the Old West boosts demand for jeans, Levi's and its rival Lee seize the moment. But then an unfamiliar stranger swaggers into town looking to make their battle a three-way shootout. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here Support us by supporting our sponsors! FIVERR - Check out FIVERR...


 2020-11-02  25m

episode 61: Pandemic Economy: Best of Business Wars Daily

COVID-19 has flipped the economy on its head. But the pandemic’s new normal has also created new opportunities. Against all odds, some businesses are actually thriving -- and we’re not just talking about streaming companies. Today we bring you a roundup of some of our favorite recent stories from our weekday news podcast, Business Wars Daily.  Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here Support us by supporting our sponsors! Ring - Get a special offer on the Ring Welcome Kit when you go to


 2020-10-28  26m

Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret...


 2020-10-27  4m

episode 7: Gallo: Godfather Of Wine | The Gallo Family Today

When Ernest and Joseph Gallo died in 2007, decades after their brother Julio, it put an end to a family saga that had stretched for the better part of a century. But the company the brothers founded is still going strong. On the show this week is Cyril Penn, Editor In Chief of Wine Business Monthly, a trade magazine for the wine industry. We’ll talk about the current state of the Gallo Family wine brand and how it fits in the wider California wine industry...


 2020-10-26  32m

episode 6: Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | Wine is Thicker Than Blood

It’s the 1980’s and Gallo rockets to the top of the new lucrative wine cooler market with a brilliant ad campaign for its Bartles and Jaymes brand.  But long held resentments, buried secrets and lurking distrust bubble up to the surface when the “unknown Gallo brother,” Joe, Jr., launches a cheese business under the label of Joseph Gallo. Now Ernest, Julio and Joe Jr. fight a final bitter trademark battle in court over the family fortune and legacy...


 2020-10-21  28m

episode 5: Gallo: Godfathers of Wine | The Grapes of Wrath

Heading into the turbulent 1960s, Ernest Gallo attempts to conquer the Midwestern wine market by taking on a dangerous associate of Al Capone in Chicago.  As the company grows, the two Gallos join forces in consolidating their control over the family empire and edging their younger brother, Joe, Jr, out of the family business. But just as Gallo reaches the pinnacle of the industry, it gets caught in the middle of a major labor rights battle...


 2020-10-19  27m