Without Fail

Without Fail

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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.
How to Fire People
Mar 18 • 40 min
In 1998, Patty McCord joined a new company called Netflix. Her title was chief talent officer. And over the next ten years as Netflix grew (and grew), she and CEO Reed Hastings built a new kind of workplace. They threw out all the usual rules — no more…
Black Sheep of Wall Street: Henry Blodget
Mar 11 • 41 min
During the dot-com bubble, Henry Blodget was making millions of dollars as a top analyst on Wall Street. But when that bubble burst, his fortunes changed. He became the public face of a Wall Street corruption investigation that ended with the SEC banning…
Bringing Brands Back to Life
Feb 25 • 46 min
For many businesses, it’s all about looking forward. New trends, new brands, new verticals. But Sharon Price John sees a different path: one that involves looking to the past. She has made a career of reinvigorating forgotten and failing brands, including…
How a Revolution Turned into America’s Number One Radio Station
Feb 18 • 42 min
Before 1970, the most popular radio stations in the U.S were run by white people. But that all changed when Percy Sutton helped to form Inner City Broadcasting with the mission of putting black programming in the hands of black people. Together he and his…
The Secret Early Lives of Sam Esmail
Feb 11 • 42 min
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…
Introducing Conviction — Part One: The Private Eye
Feb 6 • 36 min
The first episode of Gimlet’s latest release: Conviction. This investigative series explores the dark truths about the criminal justice system in America and the developing case of Pedro Hernandez. Pedro’s case has gained national attention as an…
Ira Glass: The Man Who Launched a Thousand Podcasts
Dec 10, 2018 • 54 min
In November 1995, Ira Glass quietly launched the first episode of This American Life. The rest, as they say, is history. Today his show is a colossal success and Ira Glass is a household name. But in the intervening two decades, Ira has left an indelible…
How One Mom Tried to Reunite Migrant Families
Dec 3, 2018 • 35 min
When Julie Schwietert Collazo heard that migrant families were being separated at the U.S.-Mexico, she wanted to do something to help. But how could she, just one person, thousands of miles away from the border, actually make a difference? Julie tells…
The Accidental Technologist: Caterina Fake
Nov 26, 2018 • 43 min
Caterina Fake was on her way to life in academia as a Renaissance literature scholar when the tech world came knocking. She co-founded Flickr, the hugely popular photo-sharing site, and started a handful of other tech companies. These days she runs her…
The Man Behind the Iconic Apple Stores: Ron Johnson
Nov 19, 2018 • 50 min
Twenty years ago, Steve Jobs had an idea: he wanted to build an Apple store. Something sleek and iconic and unlike anything else in retail. But he had no idea how to do it. So he called someone who might: retail genius Ron Johnson. Ron tells Alex the…
Smart Out Loud: How Janice Bryant Howroyd Learned to Own Her Brilliance
Nov 12, 2018 • 31 min
Janice Bryant Howroyd’s company started in the front of a rug shop with just a phone, a fax machine, and a lot of hustle. 40 years later, that company is a huge multinational serving some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies in the world. It earns over a…
Relentless: How One Guy Brought the Internet to America’s Schools
Nov 5, 2018 • 45 min
When you run a company, you hear two pieces of advice over and over again. One is that you must persevere at all costs. And the other is that you have to be ready to pivot on a dime. To persevere or pivot: it can be hard to tell which is right. But when…
Golden State Warrior Andre Iguodala
Oct 29, 2018 • 32 min
NBA player Andre Iguodala plays for one of the most dominant teams in the league, the Golden State Warriors. Before that, he was the number one option for the Philadelphia 76ers. Andre talks with Alex about playing for a team where everyone loves you…and…
Nina Jacobson: How to Make a Hit in Hollywood
Oct 22, 2018 • 46 min
Nina Jacobson is a force in Hollywood. She’s behind some of the biggest movies of the last 20 years: The Sixth Sense, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hunger Games, and most recently Crazy Rich Asians. She’s had a lot of success.…
Sophia Amoruso: From Nasty Gal to Girlboss
Oct 15, 2018 • 46 min
When Sophia Amoruso started selling vintage clothing on eBay from her tiny San Francisco apartment, she had no idea that one day she would be at the helm of a fashion brand valued at 350 million dollars. And once venture capital came into play, it seemed…
Groupon’s Andrew Mason: Pt. 2, The Fall
Oct 8, 2018 • 38 min
When we left off last episode, Groupon had gone from an idea to a worldwide phenomenon. It had thousands of employees, 100’s of millions in monthly revenue. And Andrew Mason had gone from a grad student to a world famous CEO. In the final part of this…
Groupon’s Andrew Mason: Pt. 1, The Rise
Oct 1, 2018 • 36 min
When Andrew Mason started Groupon 10 years ago he was in his mid-20s, fresh out of grad school, and running a company for the first time ever. Within 2 years Groupon was called the fastest growing company in history. And then just as rapidly and just as…
Premiering October 1: Without Fail
Sep 26, 2018 • 3 min
Any big success requires looking failure in the eye. Without Fail is the new show from Gimlet Media that asks people who have pursued incredible things: What worked? What didn’t? And why? Without Fail premieres October 1.
Introducing Three New Gimlet Shows
Sep 24, 2018 • 2 min
New series premiering this October: Without Fail (October 1) The Cut on Tuesdays (October 16) The Horror of Dolores Roach (October 17)