Netflix vs. HBO and other big business battles: ‘Business Wars’ outlines the behind-the-scenes rivalries

Business March 31, 2022
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Sometimes the biggest battles happen behind boardroom doors. That’s right – we’re talking about Wondery’s “Business Wars.” Whether it’s social media platforms’ battle for time-sucking supremacy or fast food chains fight for their territory, it can all be found here. Whether it’s money, supremacy, or beating your competitor just for fun, business is war. Host David Brown, who also worked on Wondery’s “WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork,” takes us through these corporate campaigns.

There are plenty of “Business Wars” episodes to choose from. Nearly 400, actually. And they all make up 6- to 7-episode-long series about one particular corporation smackdown. While episodes within these series should be listened to in order, the series themselves can be listened to in whatever order you like. Episodes themselves are just 30 minutes long.

“Business Wars” began with some true titans, from HBO vs Netflix, Nike vs Adidas, and Marvel vs DC. Some of these competitors clearly came out victorious, but as we travel through more corporate conflicts, things start to get a little hazy.

This Wondery podcast recently did a series called “Crypto Wars,” which isn’t necessarily your typical Hallmark vs Lifetime Christmas Movie Wars story. Instead, David brings us through the many uphill battles that cryptocurrency has endured since BitCoin originally began as a way for people to sell illegal drugs. From the involvement of Facebook’s Winklevoss twins to Coinbase carving up the crypto scene, hear how cryptocurrency went from an untraceable way to purchase illegal items to one of the hottest investments in the modern world.

Even more recently, “Business Wars” has been looking into Airbnb, but it’s once again not as black and white of a story like Blackberry vs iPhone. Instead, it’s Airbnb vs New York City, the many legal battles they have fought, and the many housing problems that rental apps like Airbnb are causing.

“Business Wars” is a dramaticized retelling of what happened between these competitors. Complete with voice actors that harken back to the golden age of radio plays of Orson Welles and the sort, this Wondery podcast is unique, fresh, and entertaining. Also, it’s the recent winner of the Best Business Podcast award at the 2022 Ambies. Be on the lookout for new episodes released on Wednesdays.

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