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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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The Ballad of Schwan's Frozen Pizza

Episode 7

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 ...

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iO Theater

Episode 6

January 24, 2022

iO Theater

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 ...

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Johnson & Johnson's Transvaginal Mesh Thingy

Episode 5

January 18, 2022

Johnson & 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) [2019] 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 ...

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Kars4Kids

Episode 4

January 10, 2022

Kars4Kids

Karsten Runquist joins for an overwhelmingly deep dive into Kars4Kids. When you donate your car, where does your money go? This question is what inspired me to start this entire podcast. If you like looking through public tax records, learning about real estate speculation, or being frightened by sentient 5-dollar-bill mascots, this one's for you. Follow @karstenrunquist and/or @runquistkarsten everywhere!  Listen on Amazon Prime / Audible Listen on Youtube Footnotes:  Kars4Kids website, check out the houses and stuff! Pretty fun!  Car donation: When it makes sense to seek a charity tax deduction, Peter Gareffa Edmunds Kars4Kids Tax Filings by year, ProPublica  Kars4Kids Charity Reneged on Deal, Josh Nathan-Kazis, 2012 Charity in Taxes Tussle, Wall Street Journal, 2012 Kars4Kids Charity Loses Big on Real Estate, Josh Nathan-Kazis, 2012 Court: Oorah is tax-exempt in town of Jefferson, Matthew Mckibben, 2014 Oorah Tax Filings by year, Propublica Did an Orthodox Charity Secretly Buy a Synagogue Just to Avoid Filing a Tax Return?, Josh Nathan-Kazis, 2016 More on Congregation Oorah, Hannah Dreyfus, 2016 Oorah Federal Covid-related Complaint, 2021 The Cruel (but Effective) Agony of the Kars4Kids Jingle, Jake Rossen 2018 NonProfit Quarterly -- Kars4Kids: ...

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Clothing Donation Bins / Tvind Teachers Group

Episode 1

January 03, 2022

Clothing Donation Bins / Tvind Teachers Group

Jaxi Alegria joins to talk about commercial clothing donation bins, specifically the ones tied to an international political cult. Big swing for the first episode! We'll talk about troubled teen facilities, international fugitives known for tax evasion, fradulent charities, and how sexy you have to be to commit certain crimes.  Listen on Amazon Prime / Audible Listen on Youtube 1. Tvind Alert Website 2. Minneapolis and USagain bins, Grant Wilson 3. Case Summary of Danish Prosecutor vs. Mogens Amdi Petersen 4. FBI Report on Tvind, 2001 5. Former supporters describe charity leader's rise and fall, Chicago Tribune 6. Concerning Tvind, Steen Thomsen 7. Charity Commission Report, 1997 8. Fresh abuse allegations at children’s ‘home of horrors’ with links to ‘cult-like’ group, Tom Bristow 9. Teachers Group: The cult-like group linked to a charity that gets UK aid, BBC 10. US taxpayers are financing alleged cult through African aid charities, Reveal News 11. PlanetAid's 2020 Annual Report, Talks about One World University and Humana People to People 12. Tvind's Website Timeline stating that they founded One World University and Humana People to People ...

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The Salvation Army's Labor Violations

Episode 3

January 03, 2022

The Salvation Army's Labor Violations

Blender Bluid joins to talk about the Salvation Army. NOT THE GAY STUFF. This is about worker’s rights, weird Christians, incredibly lax laws around what counts as “rehab,” and resisting the urge to cry while reading court documents about labor violations. Follow @blenderbluid everywhere! Listen on Amazon Prime / Audible Listen on Youtube 1. The anti-drinking listicle, William Booth 1888 2. Salvation Army ARC magazine write-up, New Frontier Chronicle (now CARING magazine) 3. Charlotte ARC write-up, UNC MediaHub contributors  4. Chaotic De Moines Article, Lee Rood 5. Department of Labor decision, Washington Times 6. "Work Therapy"—How the Salvation Army's Chain of Rehabs Exploits Unpaid Labor, Kenneth Anderson 7. Guy Dixon court summary, Jan 2005 8. California Salvation Army Court Complaint, May 2021 9. Chicago Salvation Army Court Complaint, Nov 2021 ...

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