Spectacular Failures - APM Studios Podcast Art
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Corporate crookedness. Family feuding. Hilariously half-baked decisions. Host Lauren Ober tackles some of the most spectacular business failures of all time, and what could have been done to avoid them. Some of these stories are shocking. Some are funny. Some are just downright sad. But each one will give you a totally new perspective on big business… and big failure. From American Public Media.

Production Team

Lauren Ober

Lauren Ober

Lauren Ober is the host and producer of Spectacular Failures and has been known to fail a time or two. Prior to that she hosted and produced WAMU & NPR's The Big Listen. In a life before hosting, Lauren was an award-winning public radio reporter, producing stories for outlets like NPR, 99% Invisible and Criminal. Lauren once won a regional Emmy and is hoping to nab the elusive regional EGOT before she dies. She is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop, Syracuse University and American University. A proud Pittsburgh native, Lauren currently lives in the 51st state.

Whitney Jones

Whitney Jones is a public radio/podcast producer whose previous work includes Pitch, a music journalism show he co-created and co-hosted, as well as production credits from all over the public radio/podcast world from Studio 360, to The Moth, to Missing Richard Simmons, to 99% Invisible. Whitney’s work has aired around the world on NPR, BBC, CBC, local public radio stations, and on numerous podcasts. Whitney’s work reflects his deep interest in news, politics, arts, and culture.

Phyllis Fletcher

Phyllis Fletcher

Phyllis, our senior editor, is a decorated mentor and journalist. She provides editorial guidance to APM Podcasts and is frequently sought as a panelist, keynote speaker, teacher, and coach. Phyllis was named the inaugural Editor of the Year by Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and has been recognized with a national Edward R. Murrow award, two Gracies, a Sigma Delta Chi medal and two Salutes to Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Spectacular Failures Podcast Assistant Producer David Zha

David Zha

David Zha is our assistant producer. He joined the Spectacular Failures team after working as a temp producer at NPR for shows like All Things Considered and How I Built This. Before becoming an audio producer, he was a paralegal, a hardware store clerk, and a salesman. Things he enjoys include math rock and MMORPGS.

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