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Busted Business Bureau

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BONUS: Second City's "A Red Line Runs Through It"

Episode 10

August 01, 2022

BONUS: Second City's "A Red Line Runs Through It"

Aasia Lashay is BACK for what I'm calling a bonus episode, but is simply the length of a regular episode. They were in a Second City show years ago that wound up being the centerpiece of a reverse racism discrimination lawsuit. The complaint never went anywhere, so years later, she's on this pod to respond to the allegations! SLAY!  FOOTNOTES: 1. Stream Aasia's music: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1wL4h8Av9COEVikfmGEtgb 2. Here's the full complaint: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4041688-Secondcity 3. Second City current performer union efforts: INSTAGRAM @secondcityworkers TWITTER: https://twitter.com/scworkers 4. BUSTED BUSINESS BUREAU LIVE SHOW INFO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/busted-business-bureau-live-tickets-392610848617 ...

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BetterHelp

Episode 9

July 25, 2022

BetterHelp

A woman with literally no water signs in her astrological chart through Pluto, Claire Rufin, joins me to throw away any chances I had at getting sponsored by BetterHelp! I'm working through a lot of my own understanding on the subjects in this episode, including how a CEO who is presumably worth millions of dollars would take to Reddit to address a complaints lobbied by a Youtuber named Memeology 101. Anyways, this episode is about privacy, employees' rights, and big data. I could not have formed my understanding on these subjects without Cathy O'Neill's Weapons of Math Destruction: AWESOME book! But yeah, I think this is a unique take on BetterHelp. Claire was great on this podcast, @claireannalee is her instagram, I'm cracking open a daiquiri with a paper straw in her honor tonight.  Weapons of Math Destruction, Cathy O'Neill 2016 How Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit behemoth, suddenly imploded, Lance Williams, Reveal News Sep 2016 Are Workplace Personality Tests Fair?, Lauren Weber and Elizabeth Dwoskin, WSJ 2014 When Your Boss Makes You Pay for Being Fat, Leslie Kwoh, WSJ 2013 At Talkspace, Start-Up Culture Collides With Mental Health Concerns, Kashmir Hill and Aaron Krolik, NYT Aug 2020 Eat the Rich episode 90: Online Therapy Platforms https://jezebel.com/the-spooky-loosely-regulated-world-of-online-therapy-1841791137 https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/privacynotincluded/betterhelp/ https://www.polygon.com/2018/10/4/17932862/betterhelp-app-youtube-sponsorship-controversy-explained https://pitchbook.com/profiles/investor/461812-87#overview https://medium.com/@alonmatas/when-betterhelp-found-itself-in-a-youtube-controversy-3fd472229a4e https://www.betterhelp.com/privacy/ https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rollingstone.com%2Fculture%2Fculture-features%2Fbetterhealth-app-astroworld-travis-scott-1255876%2F https://www.betterhelporg.com/ ("Robust Reporting") ...

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Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal: For the Boys!

Episode 8

July 18, 2022

Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal: For the Boys!

Dan Carroll, who is one of the boys, joins me for probably the most fucked up episode I've made to date. Medical horror abound, this one is certainly dark. If you think illegally marketing a drug to be used off-label for disabled children is bad, it's literally not even scratching the surface of how bad the rest of it gets. Strap in for the longest episode script I've made thus far all about geriatric abuse, simping for the FDA, and body changes that are so shocking that I waited until 30 minutes in to tell Dan where the episode was going. Oh also, you get some lore about me! Follow @DanCarroll__ on twitter, hug your people tight, and thanks again for listening to this podcast. Love you all! B) FOOTNOTES:  1. America's Most Admired Lawbreaker, Steven Brill, Huffington Post DocuSerial 2016 2. Johnson & Johnson to Pay More Than $2.2 Billion to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations, DOJ 2013 3. https://risperdalboys.com/ 4. https://thenationaltriallawyers.org/2014/03/risperdal-lawsuit-montana-5-9-million-settlement/ 5. https://www.drugwatch.com/risperdal/lawsuits/ 6. https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/news/jj-janssen-risperdal-lawsuit/ 7. https://web.archive.org/web/20180804183932/https://newbrunswicktoday.com/article/jj-biochemist-testifies-company-never-gave-fda-risperdal-safety-analysis-it-knew-about-years 8. https://web.archive.org/web/20180804183827/https://newbrunswicktoday.com/article/latest-risperdal-verdict-jj-hit-70-million-compensatory-damages 9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1256452/?page=3 ...

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Buffalo Wild Wings

Episode 7

July 11, 2022

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo native and hater-by-trade, Christian McCann, has dropped by the podcast to give us a people's history of the most bizarre restaurant chain: Buffalo Wild Wings! It is kind of crazy how many things Buffalo Wild Wings has entered into our culture. Its origin story is COMPLETELY left field. We also talk about how busted the service industry is. If you like wage theft, polio, or overindulgent descriptions of meat, this is definitely the episode for you. Christian is so near and dear to my heart, follow @c_and_c_dueling_pianos on Instagram or his twitter @CThomasMccann (he thought his handle was @fullonacidtrip, but it is not. he simply lied for attention) FOOTNOTES:  https://www.newspapers.com/image/195224567/?terms=a%20Woman%20Worth%20Moving%20a%20Restaurant%20Chain%20For&match=1 https://www.nrn.com/mergers-acquisitions/arby-s-buy-buffalo-wild-wings-29b-deal?NL=NRN-02_&Issue=NRN-02__20171129_NRN-02__134&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1_1&utm_rid=CPG06000002760274&utm_campaign=20321&utm_medium=email&elq2=4c13e545705c41069634f725a3785a8e https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-11/buffalo-wild-wings-sued-by-server-over-tipped-wage-practices https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2015/10/buffalo_wild_wings_owners_agre.html https://www.fslawfirm.com/blog/current-cases/buffalo-wild-wings-complaint/ https://www.bradleygrombacher.com/blog/2017/september/buffalo-wild-wings-wage-hour-lawsuit-alleges-unp/ https://www.legalreader.com/buffalo-wild-wings-agrees-to-pay-1-5m-ending-lawsuit-over-employee-pay/ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-27/buffalo-wild-wings-cuts-jobs-amid-rising-labor-wing-prices https://www.carlsonattorneys.com/news-and-update/food-poisoning-lawsuit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ODqkxgg1AM&ab_channel=MattPlapp   ...

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Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Episode 6

July 04, 2022

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

TECH ERROR FIXED! Woman with BFA, Sarah, is back on the pod to talk about the musical that got cancelled to its death on Twitter: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812! This is my favorite musical ever written that unfortunately was, in fact, a busted business. Bad decisions all the way at the top. I'm not kidding, you should put this on a playlist with all the bangers from the show. If you like controversy, overindulgence, opulence, and Josh Groban, this one's a must-listen! If you're going to listen to one song to get into the show, I think I might recommend sitting down and fully listening to The Ball. Sooooo enchanting. Anyways, plz follow @BustedBizBureau on tiktok and instiegram if you want to see all the Great Comet vids I've posted (of which I've posted many). Donate to the patreon, I guess. Go on Dave Malloy's website, too. You won't regret it. Cheers! :) FOOTNOTES:  https://www.papermag.com/beetlejuice-broadway-tiktok-trend-1-2640689936.html https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/theater/how-to-keep-the-great-comet-party-going-on-broadway-dish-out-the-pierogies-and-add-josh-groban.html https://digboston.com/experience/2011/12/from-the-aisle-three-pianos/ https://thehustle.co/the-economics-of-broadway-shows/ scribd.com/book/401397644/I-Wanna-Be-a-Producer-How-to-Make-a-Killing-on-Broadway-or-Get-Killed https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/theater/on-the-town-producers-keep-faith-in-their-investment.html https://playbill.com/article/great-comet-and-ars-nova-say-contract-dispute-resolved https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/theater/josh-groban-great-comet.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcTfhMT2_4o&ab_channel=KevinSpaceyTalks https://www.npr.org/2017/05/18/528803081/josh-groban-leaves-big-shoes-to-fill-in-the-tony-nominated-great-comet https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ohenry-report/id1261146501 https://playbill.com/article/mandy-patinkin-will-return-to-broadway-in-the-great-comet https://deadline.com/2017/07/mandy-patinkin-drops-out-of-natasha-pierre-and-the-great-comet-of-1812-on-broadway-1202138576/ https://nypost.com/2017/09/21/investor-demands-answers-from-shuttered-great-comet/   ...

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Bumblebee Foods: The Canned Tuna Conspiracy

Episode 5

June 20, 2022

Bumblebee Foods: The Canned Tuna Conspiracy

Loyal Piggly Wiggly customer, Aasia Lashay, joins me for a deep dive (haha get it) into the scandalous world of packaged seafood products. You know it's bad when a whole ass CEO genuinely faces consequences for it. If you like scheming, gruesome workplace safety violations, backstabbing, and DOJ antitrust investigations, you better listen ASAP! You'll definitely have stories for your coworkers to break the ice after this one. Anyways, stream ALL of Aasia's music on Spotify (D.A.B.O. is my personal fav), watch the stuff she writes for (What We Do in the Shadows and Upload), and follow her on ALL SOCIAL MEDIAS @euthanAasia! FOOTNOTES: 1. This government price-fixing case makes the tuna industry sound like the mafia, LA Times, Michael Hiltzik, 2019 2. Dairy companies fined for price rigging, The Korea Herald, 김지현 2011 3. https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/4483839/Bunble-Class-Action-Complasint-Copy.pdf 4. The most important details of the Walmart suit against the “big three” tuna companies, Seafood Source, Cliff White 2016 5. Asserting innocence, Lischewski hopes to return to Bumble Bee CEO role, Undercurrent News, Jason Smith 2019 6. Cooked to death in agony for two hours: Gruesome guilty plea by Bumble Bee Foods, My News LA, Stephanie Michaud 2017 7. Chris Lischewski hopes to avoid prison, while prosecutors push for 10-year sentence, Seafood Source, Cliff White 2020 8. Thai Union's Chicken of the Sea blew the whistle on tuna price fixing, Bumble Bee and StarKist replace legal teams, Seafood Source, Cliff White 2017 9. Lischewski — There Was No Price Fixing in the Tuna Industry, Medium, Chris Lischewski 2020 10. https://twitter.com/LischewskiChris/status/1201639711124738049 PS If you live in chicago, I have a comedy/dueling pianos show coming up this Friday, June 24 2022, at the Lincoln Lodge at 6pm! It's called Christian and Christian dueling ...

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