February 21, 2022
Six Flags: A Chaotic Retrospective
Rollercoaster hater Peter Bucci joins the season finale to talk about Six Flags’ insane journey to becoming the world’s largest regional theme park chain. This episode has everything: bankruptcy, a hostile takeover, many gruesome rollercoaster deaths. Also, who knew the politics of parking could be so interesting? Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to follow @BustedBizBureau everywhere for updates on season 2. Footnotes: Angus G. Wynne, © Academic, 2000-2022 Restructuring a Theme Park: The Six Flags Bankruptcy, John Capps and Lauren Sherrell Incidents at Six Flags parks, Wikipedia Six Flags faces buying spree hangover, Sean Murphy, My Plainview 2005 The Atlanta Braves Borrowed Their Parking Scam From Dan Snyder, Dave Mckenna, Deadspin 2016 DEFINITIVE CONSENT SOLICITATION STATEMENT FILED BY RED ZONE LLC, 2005 Large Shareholder Files Against Six Flags Sale NFL Owner Backed By Major Investor, Paul Monies, NEWSOK 2005 Six Flags Files For Chap. 11 Bankruptcy, Forbes 2009 Dakota Hickman and Matthew D’Agostino vs. Six Flags New England, 2019 How you can eat every day at Six Flags Magic Mountain for $150 a year, Mercury News 2021 Six Flags 2018 Annual Report Six Flags settles class action lawsuit for charging season pass holders ...
February 14, 2022
Rising star Deanna Ortiz joins to talk about something we spend a stupid amount of tax dollars on in Chicago: ShotSpotter! It’s a national company, but the City of Chicago makes up nearly a quarter of its revenue. What are we spendin’ all that money on? This episode is sooo foolish, we talk about tech bros’ hubris, how good PR can change everything, and who from the company definitely got picked to be the fall guy. FUN STUFF! COMEDY PODCAST! Follow @DeannaOrtiz_ and @Crushes_podcast everywhere!! Footnotes: Shot Spotter: Can a tech startup put a dent in violent crime? Ethan Walters, Wired Apr 1 2007 Interactive Map of where Shotspotters are in Chicago ShotSpotter FAQ Could a controversial gun-surveillance system help tackle Toronto crime? Jeff Gray, 2016 Toronto Daily News Gunshot detection technology raises concerns of bias and inaccuracy, Prince Shakur, Coda 2020 ShotSpotter Sensors Send SDPD Officers to False Alarms More Often Than Advertised, Kara Grant, Voices of San Diego 2020 Courtroom testimony reveals accuracy of SF gunshot sensors a ‘marketing’ ploy, Jonah Owen Lamb, San Francisco Examiner 2017 Impact of ShotSpotter Technology on Firearm Homicides and Arrests Among Large Metropolitan Counties: a Longitudinal Analysis, 1999–2016, Green, Dineen, Doucette, Shapiro, and Rassian 2021 A Partially Randomized Field Experiment on the Effect of an Acoustic Gunshot Detection System on ...
February 07, 2022
How far would you go to protect your company’s reputation? Is it box-of-live-spiders far? Is it cross-country far? Is it re-enact-a-B-list-80s-movie far? Emily Lindsey joins for this very crime-y episode about the eBay corporate cyberstalking scandal that goes further than you’d imagine. This episode is absolutely nuts; it’s got blogging, it’s got schemes, it's got people who make a preposterous amount of money trying to do crime. Can’t miss this one! Follow @BustedBizBureau everywhere! “Take Her Down”: Inside eBay’s Stalking Campaign against a Natick Couple, Mike Damiano, Boston Magazine, December 2021 Activist Investor Eviscerates eBay Management, Ina Steiner, eCommerceBytes January 2019 eBay CEO Devin Wenig Earns 152 Times That of Employees, Ina Steiner, eCommerceBytes April 2019 FBI Affadavit, Mark Wilson, June 11 2020 Gilbert, Popp, Stockwell and Zea Charging Doc, US District Court of Massachusetts, May 2020 US District Court of Massachusetts vs. Phillip Cooke, July 2021 Pictures of iMessages, Craigslist Post, and Pig Mask, BustedBizBureau Instagram, 2022 ...
January 31, 2022
The Ballad of Schwan's Frozen Pizza
My girlfriend Sarah joins to talk about frozen food, a surprising amount of corporate espionage, and the private company that has a ~70% likelihood of supplying your public school's pizza: Schwan's! The school lunch contract biz is more intense than you'd think. Please follow @BustedBizBureau everywhere! Marvin M. Schwan, John Radzilowski, Immigrant Entrepreneurship 2018 Schwan, Marvin in front of an original ice cream truck, ca. 1977 Ketchup as a Vegetable: Condiments and the Politics of School Lunch in Reagan’s America, Amy Bentley, Gastronomica 2021 Judge Allows Lawsuit to Proceed in $870 Million Schwan Heir Case, AP News 1996 MARK SCHWAN AND PAUL SCHWAN VS LAWRENCE BURDGOF ET. AL, APPEAL FROM SECOND JUDICIAL COURT, MINNEHHAHA COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA Corporate Spies: The Pizza Plot, Adam L. Penenberg and Marc Barry, NYT 2000 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA Schwan’s IP, LLC, and Schwan’s Consumer Brands North America, Inc VS Kraft Pizza Company Potato politics, with a pizza side, David Rogers, Politico 2011 Washington pizza sauce fight has deep Minnesota ties, Brett Neely, MPRNews 2011 Leading School Food Supplier, Schwan’s Food Service, Serves Up Industry’s First Portfolio of Products to Meet Proposed USDA School Meal Rules, BusinessWire 2011 City Schools’ Food Program Struggles with Pizza Problems, City Limits 2016 Schwan's Co. v. Cai 12-2-2021 ...
January 24, 2022
KP joins to talk about origins and dramatic sudden closure of iO theater. How can you make a sustainable business off of adults playing pretend? Turns out it’s pretty hard. This episode has everything: improv comedy, wage theft allegations, desecration of human remains. Twists and turns everywhere! Follow KP's incredible project @they.call.us everywhere!!! Footnotes: Behind the Laughs: Community and Inequality in Comedy, Michael P. Jeffries The Funniest One in the Room: The Lives and Legend of Del Close, Kim “Howard” Johnson Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History, Margaret Hicks Skullduggery, Tad Friend, The New Yorker Comedy Guru Charna Halpern Carries On, Achy Obejas, Chicago Tribune The First Comedy Strike, Richard Zoglin, Time Magazine This Unsung Comic Guru Turned Her Passion For Improv Into a Profitable Business INC Magazine, 2016 iO Co-Founder's Controversial Sexual Harassment Comments Spark Debate, Mae Rice, Chicagoist iO Chicago’s move is more than a new address, Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune iO makes a big move into founder Charna Halpern’s ‘dream theater’, Brianna Wellen, Chicago Reader What We Can Learn From Improv Theaters' PPP Loans, Seth Simons, Paste Magazine The Death of an Improv Theater: Mismanagement and Neglect at iO West ...
January 18, 2022
Johnson and Johnson's Transvaginal Mesh Thingy
My friend Bibi joins to talk about Johnson & Johnson’s transvaginal mesh implant that has been the center of class action lawsuits around the globe. Comedy podcast!! In this episode, we’ll dive into gruesome detail about how your organs sag with age, how some products have tried and failed to alleviate that problem, and how your work emails should never be the subject of court litigation. Follow @BustedBizBureau on all social media! It really helps me out, thanks! Footnotes: The history and evolution of pessaries for pelvic organ prolapse, Shah et al. 2005 FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, Gill v Ethicon Sàrl (No 5)  FCA 1905 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA The People of the state of California vs JOHNSON & JOHNSON, ETHICON, INC.and DOES 1 Case No. 37-2016-00017229-CU-MC-CTL, January 2020 Ethicon complaint reviewer says in J&J trial that patients felt vaginal mesh instructions fell short of explaining risks, Northern California Record 2019 Revealed: Johnson & Johnson's 'irresponsible' actions over vaginal mesh implant, The Guardian Huskey v Ethicon Day 4- Huskey Takes the Stand, Jane Akre, 2014 'Scandal' of vaginal mesh removal rates revealed by NHS records, The Guardian Patient Recruiter and Physician Plead Guilty in Bribery and Kickback Scheme in Connection with Transvaginal Mesh Litigation, DOJ 2021 Orlando doctor facing federal charges banned from performing ...