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The Best Multi-Part Documentaries, with documentaries on Obama, Federer vs Nadal, the making of Star Wars, Netflix vs Blockbuster and more. Add episodes you're interested into your queue below!

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The Best Multi-Part Documentaries, with documentaries on Obama, Federer vs Nadal, the making of Star Wars, Netflix vs Blockbuster and more. Add episodes you're interested into your queue below!

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An 8-part series on the brutal business battle between Netflix and Blockbuster, and later HBO.

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"It all started around 1997, with a guy named Marc Randolph and his mathematician friend Reed Hastings. Randolph and Hastings knew they’d have to take on Blockbuster, but what they didn’t anticipate was that their business model would take on network television and eventually change the entire movie industry. This was an 8-year total war that left innumerable casualties in its wake: thousands of hollowed out buildings and economic losses in the billions."

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Sudden Death | 1

Business Wars
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This is Episode 1 of an 8-part series on the brutal business battle between Netflix and Blockbuster, and later HBO.It all started around 1997, with a guy named Marc Randolph and his mathematician friend Reed Hastings. Randolph and Hastings knew they’d have to take on Blockbuster, but what they didn’t anticipate was that their business model would take on network television and eventually change the entire movie industry.This was an 8-year total war that left innumerable casualties in its wake: thousands of hollowed out buildings and economic losses in the billions.Support us by supporting our sponsors:ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BWSquarespace - Get 10% off your first website or domain when you enter code BW at checkout. Visit them at Squarespace.com to get going!

Sep 02, 2019
27 mins
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A 7 part series on Federer and Nadal

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You don't have to like tennis to like this. There is so much to learn from how this rivalry made each player better. This series explores the unique tennis rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal-- two very different players, both exceptional, in pursuit of perfection. Swiss-born Roger Federer was seemingly born with a racquet in his hand and at a young age he quickly masters the game, but what he needs to reach the top is to learn how to master his emotions. Meanwhile, Spaniard Rafael Nadal learns the game under the tutelage of his uncle Toni on the clay courts of Mallorca, where the decision to make him a left-handed player separates him early from his competition.

Federer vs Nadal - The Hothead | 1

Sports Wars
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In this series we explore the unique tennis rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal-- two very different players, both exceptional, in pursuit of perfection. Swiss-born Roger Federer was seemingly born with a racquet in his hand and at a young age he quickly masters the game, but what he needs to reach the top is to learn how to master his emotions. Meanwhile, Spaniard Rafael Nadal learns the game under the tutelage of his uncle Toni on the clay courts of Mallorca, where the decision to make him a left-handed player separates him early from his competition.  Support us by supporting our sponsors!Mack Weldon - For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code SPORTSWARS at checkout!

Sep 02, 2019
28 mins
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A 6 part series on IQ Tests and a little-known case called Larry P v Riles that in the 1970s … put the IQ test itself on trial.

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"Are some ideas so dangerous we shouldn’t even talk about them? That question brought Radiolab’s senior editor, Pat Walters, to a subject that at first he thought was long gone: the measuring of human intelligence with IQ tests. Turns out, the tests are all around us. In the workplace. The criminal justice system. Even the NFL. And they’re massive in schools. More than a million US children are IQ tested every year. We begin Radiolab Presents: “G” with a sentence that stopped us all in our tracks: In the state of California, it is off-limits to administer an IQ test to a child if he or she is Black. That’s because of a little-known case called Larry P v Riles that in the 1970s … put the IQ test itself on trial. With the help of reporter Lee Romney, we investigate how that lawsuit came to be, where IQ tests came from, and what happened to one little boy who got caught in the crossfire."

G: The Miseducation of Larry P

Radiolab
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Are some ideas so dangerous we shouldn’t even talk about them? That question brought Radiolab’s senior editor, Pat Walters, to a subject that at first he thought was long gone: the measuring of human intelligence with IQ tests. Turns out, the tests are all around us. In the workplace. The criminal justice system. Even the NFL. And they’re massive in schools. More than a million US children are IQ tested every year. We begin Radiolab Presents: “G” with a sentence that stopped us all in our tracks: In the state of California, it is off-limits to administer an IQ test to a child if he or she is Black. That’s because of a little-known case called Larry P v Riles that in the 1970s … put the IQ test itself on trial. With the help of reporter Lee Romney, we investigate how that lawsuit came to be, where IQ tests came from, and what happened to one little boy who got caught in the crossfire. This episode was reported and produced by Lee Romney, Rachael Cusick and Pat Walters. Music by Alex Overington. Fact-checking by Diane Kelly. Special thanks to Elie Mistal, Chenjerai Kumanyika, Amanda Stern, Nora Lyons, Ki Sung, Public Advocates, Michelle Wilson, Peter Fernandez, John Schaefer. Lee Romney’s reporting was supported in part by USC’s Center for Health Journalism. Radiolab’s “G” is supported in part by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science. Support Radiolab today at Radiolab.org/donate.

Sep 02, 2019
1 hour 4 mins
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OwlTail

A 6 part series on people cheating their way into top US Colleges (aka the College Admissions Scandal)

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"This multi-part documentary is centered on the 2019 college admissions scandal that is exposing everyone from CEOs to celebrities. Award-winning documentarian, Andrew Jenks, uncovers the origins and inner workings of this unprecedented scam, introducing you to the people involved, and exploring the larger debate around higher education that has been brought to the forefront. The final chapter of this story is still being written, as the federal investigation into these crimes continues to grow and unfold. Episode 1 brings to life just how dirty these schemes were. We also hear from a student who cheated on his SAT, a psychologist who deals with students and parents trying to game the system to get more time to take the SAT and ACT. "

S1 [1] The Side Door | The College Admissions Scandal

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Through transcriptions of wiretapped conversations between Rick Singer, Felicity Huffman, and others, Episode 1 brings to life just how dirty these schemes were. We also hear from a student who cheated on his SAT, a psychologist who deals with students and parents trying to game the system to get more time to take the SAT and ACT, and Jenks breaks news by finding the ringleader, Rick Singer, in an unlikely place.

Sep 02, 2019
38 mins
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Former President Barack Obama — along with friends, mentors, and rivals — tells the story of his climb from Chicago to the national stage.

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This 6 part series HAS Obama and friends talking in it!!! It's amazing.

Obama 1: The Man In The Background

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Before he was the 44th President, Barack Obama worked as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago. Hear how the city shaped his political ambitions.

Sep 02, 2019
45 mins
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A 6 part series on how the Kardashians became the Kardashians.

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How does a divorcée with a high school education, no alimony, and four kids to support mastermind the rise of one of America’s most ubiquitous and polarizing families — one that now includes the world’s youngest self-made billionaire?

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How does a divorcée with a high school education, no alimony, and four kids to support mastermind the rise of one of America’s most ubiquitous and polarizing families — one that now includes the world’s youngest self-made billionaire? Before she becomes the world’s most famous “momager,” Kris Jenner blows up her marriage to O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Kardashian. But she leaves with something invaluable: a first-class education in the art of image management. When she meets Bruce Jenner (now known as Caitlyn Jenner), a former Olympian with a sputtering career, he becomes her blueprint for turning a well-known person into a brand. In the first episode of our six part series about the Kardashian-Jenner clan, we look at how Kris’ humble beginnings and failed marriage fuel her drive for wealth and fame — and create the template she and her daughters will use to build a business empire. Support us by supporting our sponsors! SimpliSafe - Try SimpliSafe with free shipping and free returns! Go to SimpliSafe.com/PLUSONERobinhood - To get a FREE stock, go to plusone.robinhood.comCayman Jack - Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.

Sep 02, 2019
30 mins
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A 7 part series about the making of the original 1977 Star Wars.

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Even if you don't like or haven't watched Star Wars you'll like the creation story of Star Wars and it's father George Lucas. You hear about George's entire life from childhood to early film making career, to the huge struggle to get Star Wars made, to selling Star Wars to Disney and all the way through to the current day. This series includes interviews with George himself. It's a wonderful story of struggling in the face of adversity to eventually make a dream come true.

Two Suns Setting | 1

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A torturous first day of shooting Star Wars in the Tunisian desert. Including a one-time “carpenter to the stars,” an actor named Harrison Ford. Cut to: A young George Lucas captivated and thrilled by a new gadget called “television” and the thrilling, swashbuckling serials of Flash Gordon. Later, Lucas falls for fast cars. More speeding tickets than baseball cards. Fights at home with his father over work and school and career. “I’m gonna be a millionaire before I’m 30,” he shouts at his dad. But he’s failing classes and his best hopes are for a life as an auto mechanic. Then, one fateful day he’s in his tiny Fiat turning left across traffic. That’s when a car smashes into him - an accident that nearly kills him. And an experience that will change his life forever. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Wix - Go to Wix.com and use the coupon code YODA, you’ll get 10% off any premium plan!Quip - Go to GETQUIP.com/YODA to get your first refill pack for FREE!

Sep 02, 2019
27 mins
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A series about Madoff's $65 Billion Financial Fraud

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This 2 part series walk through how Madoff stole from retirement funds, charities, and Holocaust survivors. And from the 1960s to 2008, people handed over their money willingly. It also goes through the psychology of creating a fraud.

Bernie Madoff Pt. 1: Wizard of Wall Street

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He stole from retirement funds, charities, and Holocaust survivors. And from the 1960s to 2008, people handed over their money willingly. In our first episode, we’ll see how Bernie Madoff turned his Manhattan broker-dealer firm into a vehicle for international fraud, and created the world’s largest Ponzi scheme.Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!

Sep 02, 2019
58 mins
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