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Busted Business Bureau

Join Christian Borkey as she performs dissections (and vivisections!) on various businesses’ scandals, scams and shenanigans. This research-based comedy podcast is for listeners who enjoy densely packed information, white collar true crime, and naturally funny...more

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Monsanto 2: The US Army, Vietnam, and Agent Orange

Episode 2

September 08, 2022

Monsanto 2: The US Army, Vietnam, and Agent Orange

All in all, this is a comedy podcast. But this is definitely one of the darkest episodes I've made. It's really important to me and it's heartbreaking...huge content warning for gruesome body horror. I'm really proud of this one, and despite it all, Amy and Blender Bluid managed to make this one real funny. This episode talks about Monsanto's role in the US imperial machine! We've got warmongering, we've got factories blowin' up, we have a new kind of acne that has literally never been observed before. Hitherto unforseen diseases will unfortunately be a running theme. This episode also tests the limits of what we will put up with when it comes to French people being french. Enjoy! LIVE SHOW TICKETS OCTOBER 1 PLZ SUPPORT MY PATREON FOOTNOTES:  Dioxin, Agent Orange, the Facts. Michael Gough, Plenum US 1986 Viktor Yushchenko: Ukraine's ex-president on being poisoned - BBC News, 2018 Agent Orange On Trial, Peter Shuck 1987 The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin 2008 Monsanto: A Checkered History, Brian Tokar, The Ecologist 1998 The Children of Agent Orange, Charles Ornstein and Hannah Fresques, ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh for The Virginian-Pilot, 2016 THE AGENT ORANGE SYNDROME, James Nachtwey, Vanity Fair 2007 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ranch_Hand Kemner v. Monsanto Co., Casetext, 1991 ...

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Monsanto

Episode 1

September 05, 2022

Monsanto

SEASON 3 LET'S GO! This episode is the first of 8 in a FULL MONSANTO SEASON!!! I'd recommend starting with this episode; it will provide a complete timeline of Monsanto's wacky history and will give us some surprise tools to help us in later episodes. Blender Bluid and Amy Do are the guests for the entire season and girl they are hysterical. This episode is full of scientific abominations, the US government, Mark Ruffalo, and a place coloquially referred to as titty city. Welcome to my magnum opus, and enjoy the view from halfway down! Also I forgot to mention it aloud in the podcast but please come to my live show on October 1st :) The topic will not have to do with Monsanto; it's going to be a banging time.  Follow @BlenderBluid and @HelloAmyDo LIVE SHOW TICKET LINK PATREON LINK SOURCES:  The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin 2008 “Incorporated to Be a Sewer”: A Historical Analysis of Industrial Pollution in Sauget, Illinois, Fiona Eckert, Washington University in St Louis Center for Humanities, 2020 Funky Town! Smokestacks, strip joints and a seriously solid tax base: Welcome to Sauget, Illinois, Mike Seely, Riverfront Times 2004 Village Tax Levy is Only Thirteen Cents, Belleville News-Democrat, 1930 The Dayton Project, Atomic Heritage Foundation c. 2019 Monsanto Company, Company-Histories.com Former Monsanto CEO John "Jack" Hanley dies at 96, Bryce Gray, St. ...

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Season 3 Update!!!

August 22, 2022

Season 3 Update!!!

Oops! I accidentally wrote an 8 part episode and decided to make it its own season! LOL! Season 3 is coming September 5. Listen to this teaser to find out what the topic will be and the new release schedule. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LISTENING TO THIS PODCAST! All of your kind words make me so happy! Keep telling your friends about it if you love it. It's about to get real fuckin' coconuts.  PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/bustedbizbureau LIVE SHOW TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/busted-business-bureau-live-tickets-392610848617 (Dueling Pianos tickets bc me and other christian's show is friday aug 26): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christian-and-christian-dueling-pianos-tickets-350709189627 Instagram/Twitter/Tiktok: @BustedBizBureau ^My instagram usually has the most updates, twitter has the most drunk shitposts, tiktok has the most Polished Content.  ...

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An Episode About Rats

Episode 10

August 08, 2022

An Episode About Rats

Dr. Alex Berr is on the pod to 1) brutally roast me several times and 2) help me think about the questions regarding the business of selling and distributing animals. The question that drives this episode is: Are animals products? We talk about the industry standards for both pet rats and lab rats when it comes to breeding, caretaking, and liability. Dr. Berr got her PhD in biomedical engineering and has PLENTY of experience with mice...it's really cool stuff. While this episode is absolutely hilarious, it's also pretty dark and gross. Don't listen if you're squeamish about animal stuff; this one is simply not for you. I forgot to put a disclaimer up top so consider yourself warned. Anyways, go see Uncontrolled Variables at the Lincoln Lodge this Thursday at 7:30pm! :) FOOTNOTES:  Mr. McKnight works to keep on rolling, Liz Such, Kaneland Krier 2013 EVERY DOG CAN HAVE ITS DAY: EXTENDING LIABILITY BEYOND THE SELLER BY DEFINING PETS AS “PRODUCTS” UNDER PRODUCTS LIABILITY THEORY, Jason Parent, Animal Law Review at Lewis & Clark Law School, 2005 Caruso v Crawford Hospital, NY 1979 Bazzini vs Garrant, NY 1982 https://www.criver.com/sites/default/files/noindex/catalogs/rms/brown-norway-rats-us-pricing.pdf Special report: Thousands of mice were euthanized at Rutgers during last year's campus shutdown, Madison McGay and Hayley Slusser, The Daily Targum 2021 The History of the Lab Rat Is Full of Scientific Triumphs and Ethical Quandaries, Sam Schipani, Smithsonian Magazine (This one has EAR RAT in it) https://www.melirats.com/our-rattery USDA uncovers abuse at rodent supplier that PETA claims is used by PetSmart, Russ Wiles, AZ Central 2016 Petco Rats Need ...

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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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