Household Name

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These are the surprising stories behind our biggest, household name brands. Host Dan Bobkoff finds tales of tragedy, love, strange histories, unintended consequences, and accidental success. And in each episode, we find out how these brands changed o...Show More


41:39 | Jun 5th, 2019

Enron collapsed nearly 20 years ago, but chances are something you use today was affected by emails sent by 150 of the company’s top employees. These emails — about meetings and energy markets but als...Show More
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The publicly exposed email dump from Enron employees is being used today to make out AI smarter. But it's also raises ethical questions.

37:26 | Mar 18th

Since Jazzercise started over 50 years ago, hundreds of thousands of (mostly) women have come together to exercise and get fit. But if you think Jazzercise is just jazz hands and shoulder rolls, you’r...Show More
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I loved this look at feminism, entrepreneurship, and fitness through the lens of Jazzercise. @aliceko you might want to check this out!

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36:49 | Apr 10th, 2019

For decades, two men at Victoria's Secret have had immense power. One built the chain into a powerhouse. The other ran the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, handpicking the models called "angels." Then ...Show More
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This was a trip down memory lane to my high school and college years. It was interesting to hear how much the company had resisted change de...Show More

27:25 | Apr 1st

April Fools' pranks come and go, but one joke item that’s stood the test of time is the whoopee cushion. Today, we trace its history from ancient Rome to now. Where did it come from? Why is it funny? ...Show More

44:14 | Mar 25th

The 1980’s TV commercials for California raisins have been called some of the best ads ever made. The claymation raisins singing and dancing to Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” became ...Show More
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