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Dear Ted Sarandos— Get a new PR team. Love, Business Pants. P.S. The Wealthy Williams are fighting about commercial space flight and Striketober is far from over. (Trigger warning: suicide)
THURSDAY BUSINESS NEWS QUIZ SHOW!! Does Captain Kirk have a spiritual awakening in a phallic spaceship? Is tickling cops the newest TikTok trend? Does Ari make her RAP DEBUT in this episode??
Business Pants takes on the NFL and The New England Patriots this week! On today's episode, Matt sits down with Seth Wickersham, senior writer at ESPN and author of the newly published book on the New England Patriots' dynasty, “It's Better To Be Feared”. They cover everything from the parallels between CEOs and coaches to the importance of diversity on the coaching staff and in the board room.Also, Emma and Damion discuss Jon Gruden's resignation as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Less exciting, we know.
THE GOOD GAME! Rate the headlines: ‘Pandora Papers' investigation sheds light on secretive financial dealings of global eliteJP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon: To cut my $31.5m pay would 'offend the board'Walmart, CVS Face Billions in Claims They Fueled Opioid EpidemicAmazon announces Astro the home robotAirlines pledge 10 per cent sustainable aviation fuel by 2030Denmark Agrees to Binding 2030 Climate Target for AgricultureHollywood union workers vote to authorise strikeWorkers at all of Kellogg's U.S. cereal plants go on strikeTesla Ordered to Pay Worker $137 Million for Racism at PlantPG&E charged with manslaughter after equipment sparked deadly California wildfire in 2020Facebook “is tearing our societies apart,” whistleblower says in interviewInstagram said it's putting 'Instagram Kids' for under-13s on hold, citing backlashGoogle Tells Judges It's So Popular It's Bing's Top Search TermCiti's head of diversity says the company is on track for 40% female leadership by the end of the yearFund Managers Start Axing ESG Buzzword as Greenwash Rules BiteAustria Adds Carbon Levy, Trims Income Taxes in Coalition DealJapan to require 4,000 companies to disclose climate risksBrain implant relieves patient's severe depression in “landmark” US studySalomon Sisters' Is Coming to Wall Street as a Women-Owned BankAs Environmental Criticism Mounts, Bitcoin Miners Eye Nuclear Power
We're talking about Facebook. What choice do we have?? We talk hate tweets, whistleblowers, and a Business Pants correspondent attends the first EVER Facebook press conference.
Business Pants THURSDAY GAME SHOW EDITION! We test Matt and Ari on their knowledge of everything from illegal "glamping" to the Queen of the Stonks to Amazon drone obstacles.
Can Facebook build the metaverse “responsibly”? Is climate change altering the shape the Earth's crust? Could Marco Rubio be Emma's new political idol?? Find out on BUSINESS PANTS!
The GOOD GAME is BACK with atmospheric carbon removal devices, Facebook bulls***, a vending machine for meat, more Facebook bulls***, Amazon factory towns, and even more Facebook bulls***
Business Pants is BACK with controversial German smoothies, a horse dewormer shortage AND lentil-based whipped cream?? Don't worry, we cover (slightly) less insane stuff too.
Business Pants Presents— A BIZ QUIZ! Matt and Ari go head to head in a battle to the death over “Secret Terms Only Amazon Employees Know” for eternal glory… and a crop top.
The GOOD GAME! Rate the headlines: Boeing's board lawsuit! Bitcoin vs. Google! Starbucks apple macchiato! McDonald's runs out of milkshakes! Plus, Pinterest, Alibaba, Lyft, Uber, VF Corp, Maersk, Wendy's, Alphabet, Google, Amazon, AMC, Theranos, Allbirds, Ubisoft, toilet Siri, nuns and guns... it's all in the headlines!!
Prisoners plug meat worker shortage, directors don't oversee CEOs, Facebook's "Election Commission", Uber and the abortion law. HEADLINE ROUNDUP! Back from break, also check Emma's "Family Climate Feud", Today in Dystopia, and Amazon's pot smoking employee play...
BUSINESS PANTS REPLAY: The Emmys are basically the S&P 500, why aspiring board members should aspire to youth above all, and more Munger + Buffet nonsense
It'ssss the GOOD GAME! Is the NFL a leading feminist organization?? (no). Is all climate change news coverage finally accurate?? (nope). Does Elon Musk live in an enormous mansion?? (not anymore…)
Who knew that Wall Street only cares about humanitarian crises when they impact the market?? WE DID. YikYak comes back from the dead, our Data Queen talks carbon emission from planes, and much more!!
A lonely but lively bag of BIZNUGGETS! There's other stuff but just remember that the World Health Organization needs 3% of Jeff Bezos' net worth to vaccinate poorer nations…
The IPCC isn't screwing around and NEITHER ARE WE… well maybe we'll screw around a little bit. Climate change death sentences, a board diversity mandate from NASDAQ, and Ari the Data Queen is BACK!!
THE GOOD GAME featuring Ari the Data Queen! Activision's misogyny tax? Beyond Meat meat tax? Tencent's spiritual opium? WalMart's tuition? Corporate COVID mandates? RATE THE HEADLINES! And welcome Ari to the Free Float Family!
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD SPECIAL! Bill Cosby! Apology letters! Apology translation! Misogyny taxes! Bobby Kotick! ESG Ratings fails! Plus, WeWork madlibs!
A whimsical, ethereal, delightful bag of BIZ NUGGETS! A factory in space? Racist commercials for cancerous baby power? Useless Floridian sea walls??
Is Facebook finding its religion? Is golf the next sport to be “Peloton-ified”?? Matt and Emma Lurking go ROGUE without your favorite Mainer...
A sweeeeeet round of the GOOD GAME!! NBA 2K takes a turn for the feminist, employees are strikin' up a storm, and Matt gives you poor advice on how to manage your employees effectively
Seriously billionaires, can we stop with the space penises? Also, Facebook vs. Uncle Joe Biden, Facebook style! Plus, listener questions and Emma thinks the Emmy's are like the S&P 500!
Big Bag of Biz Nuggets! GM cars blow up, too! Tesla CEO Musk is trapped! Zuck likes Sheryl Sandberg's skin! Branson jumps the mesopausal shark!
Richard Branson pierced the virgin MESOPAUSE! Billionaires, take out your measuring sticks! Plus, Elon Musk rather hates CEOing, and Sheryl Sandberg is Zuck's moral beard!
RATE THE HEADLINES! No more photo touching in Norway? AirBnB's party ban? The word "cockpit" is sexist? Paying farmers for carbon capture? Plus, texts and voicemails: what is net worth anyway? And as an investor, is there actually an investment that can stop climate change?
If you remove the J from Jeff Bezos and Andy Jassy, you get Eff Bezos and Andy Assy. Plus, A LISTENER THEME SONG?Narcissistic CEOsAmazonFacebook/July 4thSpace RaceWFTBill GatesRobinhoodClimate emergencyExxon lobbyistsBBC
A Glorious, Gargantuan, Overflowing Bag of Biznuggets!! A Tsunami of Money and Advising 23-Year-Olds Against Following Their Dreams?? Ft. Matt's Happy Nugs and Emma's Ew Nugs
NO FACEBOOK ANTITRUST! CEO of the Week Ted Darnall! Elon vs. Dorsey! John McAfee keeps giving! Plus, 10K risks that SHOULD be disclosed and a voicemail!
The Good Game! Expensive Chipotle? Better Paid Workers!! Human Composting? Good for the Environment!! Las Vegas Raiders' Defensive End Comes Out as Gay? His Jersey Becomes the Most Purchased of Any Current NFL Player!!
IIIIIT'S PRIME DAY! Happy multi-billion dollar payday to Mr. Bezos himself. We're also talking “labor shortages” for American Airlines and adding a new character to our cast of idiots… Bo Burnham???
Big Bag of Biz Nuggets! Fisher Price goes full Peloton, Trump says Zuck keeps calling, bank CEOs use parent voice, and Business Pants saves and kills in voicemails!
Blowhard Throwback: BUY THE HEADLINES! AMC, Amazon, Wendy's, Microsoft, Tesla.. ALL SUCK. Buy Krispy Kreme instead! Plus, a voicemail from Danaher!
The Alternative Democracy Special! Proxy voting weirdness! Plus, Matt Makes incredulity that the Exxon vote was actually a "sea change". The consensus investor dissent pick was an ex-oil executive who spearheaded funding AGAINST climate regulation for over a decade… that's called status quo.
Rate these headlines - is this good? Amazon gets sued! Killer robots get ethics! Exxon climate activists win board seats! Bank of America's $25 minimum wage! RATE IT!
Want to meet the Dollar General store that quit for a living wage? We interviewed Berndt Erikson and Hannah, and they make the case for stakeholder capitalism. Also, somehow Damion fell in love with kneeler in chief Jamie Dimon, and Matt Makes things to ask before taking a job
Top 5 passive aggressive things NOT to say at work! Facebook's a farce! Elon's a hero(?)! Ghost tree farts! Plus, Matt Makes CEO Pay hurt his head...
Matt is still ABSENT from the show which means we’re short a pundit to play THE GOOD GAME. But luckily, Damion is a decent Matt substitute and filled in quite nicely. If you’re interested in Mayor de Blasio taking on Chipotle or McDonald’s pretending to care about their workers… you’ve come to the right place.
Matt is out of the office (cough, cough… we fired him) which means Emma and Damion get to have fun! Unfortunately, Elon Musk being the host of SNL was anything but fun. Our review of his SNL episode is HERE and we’re talking monologue, least favorite skits, which cast members saved the day, and more!
Big Bag of Moist Biz Nuggets! The SNL Dogecoin trade, Facebook's officially an ineffectual government, rich people taxes, and Leon Cooperman sells the Department of Ed!
OLD BILLIONAIRE PALOOZA! Buffett, Munger, and Berkshire are too folksy for climate change, Robinhood, Bitcoin, and Swarthmore! Plus, ESG TMZ - Bill and Melinda edition!
The Good Game! Includes: Tesla apologizes to A customer. Apple vs. Spotify. Elon Musk on SNL. The name "Mayo". CVS and Beyond Meat. Beyond Meat faux chicken. Epicurious drops the beef. Beavers! Lululemon circular economy. JP Morgan's 2.5tn climate pledge. Australian CEOs vow on sexual harassment. Blackrock vows "loud" activism. CEOs give black people jobs. Unions. Coinbase's gift. Citigroup's worker reps. Apple's US jobs. Amazon goes in your garage. Chipotle and Pepsi save the world. Gisele at Draftkings. RATED. Also, Emma's "Better Know a Founder" game, and Matt previews a new Blowhard Index
Big Bag of Biz Nuggets! Elon Musk secret agent? Delta says middle seats are cool again? Mushroom leather Nikes? Plus, 5 things Emma hates, and voicemail from Dunkin' guy!