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Busted Business Bureau

A painstakingly researched comedy podcast about businesses’ scams, scandals, and shenanigans.

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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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The Charles Ponzi Security Exchange Company

Episode 4

June 13, 2022

The Charles Ponzi Security Exchange Company

Late bloomer Ari Levin joins me for, I'm not kidding, probably the best episode I've made thus far. THEE Charles Ponzi's scheme has so many twists and turns. Charles Ponzi is a mama's boy, he's a pisces, he's 5'2. He's.....the man of my dreams. While many historians have actually pieced together a pretty cogent puzzle of the life Ponzi lived, none are as brave as I am because none of them acknowledge that he's a total smokeshow. I'm sure you're reading this like "she's doing a joke right now" but I AM NOT. Anyways, huge thanks to Mitchell Zuckoff, whose book on Ponzi is enrapturing. Ari is also absolutely hysterical in this episode, he's the perfect podcast guest. Follow @remlevin and catch him in Trigger Happy at the Annoyance on Wednesdays at 9:30! Or anything he's in. He's a gem!  1. Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, Mitchell Zuckoff, 2006 2. Ponzi's Scheme, Lizzie Peabody, Sidedoor - Smithsonian Institution Podcast, 2020 3. Ponzi: The Incredible True Story of the King of Financial Cons, Donald Dunn, 2004 4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Ponzi 5. This Week In History: The Boston Post Takes Down Charles Ponzi, Edgar B. Herwick III, 2014 PS I actually PAID for the books I mentioned because they weren't on Scribd. If you like stuff like this, consider tossing coins at my PATREON! It's patreon.com/bustedbizbureau ...

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"Climate Certified" Products

Episode 3

June 06, 2022

"Climate Certified" Products

KP, who invented being funny, has returned AGAIN for an episode about the market’s solution to the pesky idea of consumers hating climate change: “climate certification.” This podcast is certified carbon neutral because I venmo’d someone in France to get an impossible whopper from Burger King. This episode is not doom and gloom, it’s full of scams and glam! It’ll be fun, I pinky promise! Follow @they.call.us everywhere and thanks for the reviews! Keep ‘em coming! I love and appreciate you <3 FOOTNOTES 1. https://www.climateneutral.org/ 2. https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/carbon-cowboys-20110722-1hssc.html 3. https://features.propublica.org/brazil-carbon-offsets/inconvenient-truth-carbon-credits-dont-work-deforestation-redd-acre-cambodia/ 4. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/to-regrow-forests-us-needs-billions-of-seeds-many-more-seed-hunters 5. https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2010/0420/Carbon-offsets-How-a-Vatican-forest-failed-to-reduce-global-warming PS towards the end I mention that I really believe in individual action to stop climate change, the IMPLICATION being that I also believe in holding companies accountable for their behaviors/believe in strict regulations. I feel like that’s clear from….the entire podcast that I do….but I did in fact fail to mention it in the rant at the end. Cancel me if you feel. ...

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