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The business, market, and ESG news, brought to you by experts, edited for humans. After more than two decades of experience as ESG company and market analysts and eight decades of experience in fact-based snark, we make business and investing news suck less for real people and the investor-curious.

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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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 56:42

    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??

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 56:33

    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??

    Seth Wickersham on how the Patriots' Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft are just like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jack Welch, and Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 35:14


    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: Amazon's Astro the home robot, PG&E charged with manslaughter, Fund Managers Start Axing ESG Buzzword, and more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 51:33

    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.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 42:43

    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.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 45:05

    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 34:14

    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***

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 56:48

    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.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 30:18

    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.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 45:57

    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.

    Billionaire says what? Facebook ignores itself, Twitter ignores Nicki Minaj, Musk hates unions, and wooly mammoths are the future?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 32:00

    Billionaire says what? Facebook ignores itself, Twitter ignores Nicki Minaj, Musk hates unions, and wooly mammoths are the future?

    The GOOD GAME! Rate the headlines: Boeing's board lawsuit! Bitcoin vs. Google! Starbucks apple macchiato! McDonald's runs out of milkshakes!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 53:51

    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 58:36

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 30:46

    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

    BUSINESS PANTS REPLAY: Proxy season redux with the deepfake environmentalist Exxon win

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 56:25

    BUSINESS PANTS REPLAY: Proxy season redux with the deepfake environmentalist Exxon win

    BUSINESS PANTS REPLAY: Buffett blows hard, Intern Jordan's Marginally Upset Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 30:20

    BUSINESS PANTS REPLAY: Buffett blows hard, Intern Jordan's Marginally Upset Money. We're on vacation, be back in two weeks.

    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…)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021


    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!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 42:58

    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…

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 34:04


    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!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 50:33

    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 59:21

    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 30:23

    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??

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 40:37

    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...

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 54:25

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 55:54

    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 44:33

    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 48:02


    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 55:42


    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 59:50

    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?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 41:10


    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 38:59

    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 37:20


    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! The Good Game! Expensive Chipotle? Better Paid Workers!! Human Composting? Good for the Environment!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 60:19

    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???

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 36:07


    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 35:40

    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!

    Billionaire Space Tax Blast Off! Bezos goes further into space, no one pays taxes, and the loser billionaire siblings!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 51:50


    Billionaire Space Tax Blast Off! Bezos goes further into space, no one pays taxes, and the loser billionaire siblings!


    The Good Game! The SEC regulates Reddit, CEO pay tied to diversity, investor opposition to CEO pay, and wage hikes! Plus, SPEED ROUND!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 45:53

    The Good Game! The SEC regulates Reddit, CEO pay tied to diversity, investor opposition to CEO pay, and wage hikes! Plus, SPEED ROUND!

    Blowhard Throwback: BUY THE HEADLINES! AMC, Amazon, Wendy's, Microsoft, Tesla.. ALL SUCK. Buy Krispy Kreme instead! Plus, a voicemail from Danaher!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 56:06

    Blowhard Throwback: BUY THE HEADLINES! AMC, Amazon, Wendy's, Microsoft, Tesla.. ALL SUCK. Buy Krispy Kreme instead! Plus, a voicemail from Danaher!

    A Sweet Bag of Biz Nuggets! Poisonous Sunscreen, Creepy Papa John on Tik Tok, a $100 Avengers Themed Sandwich, and More Chicken Options Than You'll Ever Need

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 40:18

    Plus Matt has a single anger nugget... you can skip over that part if you want.

    The Alternative Democracy Special! Proxy voting weirdness! Plus, Matt Makes incredulity that the Exxon vote was actually a "sea change"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 57:21

    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.

    The Good Game! Amazon gets sued! Killer robots get ethics! Exxon climate activists win board seats! Bank of America's $25 minimum wage! RATE IT!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 63:39

    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? Also, Damion fell in love with Jamie Dimon, and Matt Makes things to ask before taking a job

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 52:24

    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

    Big Bag of Biz Nuggets! Bitcoin the goat? Kneeler in chief at JPM? Matt's Anger Nuggets?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 50:30

    Big Bag of Biz Nuggets! Bitcoin the goat? Kneeler in chief at JPM? Matt's Anger Nuggets?

    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...

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 61:18


    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...


    The Good Game! Faux diamonds, universal basic income, and no more bitcoin for Tesla...

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021

    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.

    Elon Musk SNL Review Extravaganza!! King of the Meme Stocks Hosted SNL and It Was...Something

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 45:15


    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 52:40

    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 58:50

    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! Apple vs. Spotify? JP Morgan's 2.5tn climate pledge? Unions? Gisele at Draftkings? RATE IT!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 63:52


    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


    TIM V MARK: Showdown! Plus, CEO behavior wins, a rubber CEO voicemail, and Matt Makes some ESG xenophobia

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 43:06

    TIM V MARK: Showdown! Plus, CEO behavior wins, a rubber CEO voicemail, and Matt Makes some ESG xenophobia

    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 34:01


    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!


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