Episodes
Published 02/29/24
Despite limited resources, Ed Boyd builds his special markets sales team at Pepsi and plots a revolutionary ad campaign. But tough times are coming for Pepsi. As the company struggles, Ed risks his job to stand up for his principles. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 02/22/24
In 1940, Pepsi President Walter Mack makes headlines by hiring a team of Black salesmen to target African American customers in a new “special markets” division. The pioneering sales team ventures into the Jim Crow south, where they build Pepsi’s brand loyalty among the Black community, despite the challenges of rampant segregation.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 02/15/24
Publishing expert Dr Jane Potter discusses the impact of internet shopping and self-publishing on the book industry, and what modern publishing can learn from the story of Allen Lane and Penguin. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 02/08/24
As Allen Lane begins the last decade of his life, he’s just as determined as ever to dominate all aspects of the publishing industry – but his strong-willed nature sees him fall out with once-trusted allies and leaves Penguin facing an uncertain future. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 02/01/24
As Penguin faces increased competition from new paperback publishers, Allen Lane seeks new ways to keep his books at the top of the best sellers charts – including a risky plan that might put him behind bars. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 01/25/24
Published 01/22/24
Although Penguin’s new business model is popular among book buyers, it must expand quickly to become profitable – but one of the three Lane Brothers who co-founded the company will not survive World War Two to see the results. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 01/18/24
To save the publishing company he inherited from his uncle, British publisher Allen Lane launches a radical new line of paperback books – but finds it’s a tall order to get a resistant industry to embrace the new business. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 01/11/24
Published 01/08/24
Professor Eric Rath, author of “Japan’s Cuisines: Food, Place and Identity”, discusses an unlikely-seeming story of globalization: how an American fast-food staple became a Japanese Christmas tradition. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 01/04/24
Young businessman Takeshi “Shin” Okawara takes the gamble of a lifetime when he leaves a secure job to become the manager of one of the first KFCs in Japan. The bold step looks to be failing, until Shin has an idea to bring together fried chicken and Christmas. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 12/28/23
Historian Dr Vicki Howard examines the rise - and fall - of the American department store and discusses what the future may hold for industry giants like Macy’s. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 12/21/23
The end of World War One brings new challenges and opportunities for the Straus brothers and the Macy’s department store. In the exciting era of the Roaring Twenties, the brothers eye expansion beyond Manhattan and begin a holiday tradition which will become a national institution. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 12/14/23
Following the death of Macy’s co-owner Isidor Straus aboard the ocean liner Titanic, a new generation of Straus men take charge of the famous department store. But their plans for the future are disrupted by an unforeseen challenge: the outbreak of World War One. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 12/07/23
Following the deaths of Rowland Macy and his heirs, the Macy’s department store eventually passes into the ownership of the Straus family. Brothers Isidor and Nathan set about revitalizing the store, but Macy’s is soon threatened by a new rival in Manhattan and the Strauses are forced into a dramatic decision. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 11/30/23
After a series of failed enterprises in California and Massachusetts, Rowland Macy launches his latest retail store in New York – in the fast-growing metropolis he finds not only success at last, but also a new family to take his legacy forward. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 11/23/23
Professor Emeritus James O’Toole, author of The Enlightened Capitalists, discusses the relationship between capitalism and altruism, and how Milton Hershey is just one example of a business leader who struggled to marry money-making with do-gooding.Professor Emeritus James O’Toole, author of The Enlightened Capitalists, discusses the relationship between capitalism and altruism, and how Milton Hershey is just one example of a business leader who struggled to marry money-making with...
Published 11/16/23
Milton Hershey’s Utopia is split in two as the chocolate-maker takes on his own striking employees. And as the world changes around the aging businessman, Milton’s legacy is called into question. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 11/09/23
Published 11/06/23
Milton Hershey steers his company and town through a catastrophic bet, the Great Depression, and criticisms from the press. But not even a king in his chocolate city can keep the outside world at bay forever. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 11/02/23
As construction on the Hershey Chocolate Company’s new factory nears completion, Milton and his team work tirelessly to develop a recipe for mass-producing milk chocolate. But success is just a steppingstone to Milton’s greater goal - building a utopian town for his workers in the Pennsylvania countryside. In the idyllic town of Hershey, there will be no poverty, no illiteracy - and one man will be king. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at...
Published 10/26/23
After two failed candy businesses, the confectioner Milton Hershey discovers a new recipe for making caramels and starts the Lancaster Caramel Company. The business makes him a millionaire, but he quickly becomes interested in the seductive promise of a new product: chocolate. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Published 10/19/23