iilluminaughtii

Welcome to iilluminaughtii, the podcast that is all about debunking bad business. Whether it's a pyramid scheme or a charity stealing money, everything (and anything) business-related is on the table. Blair Zoń is ready to dig into the underbelly of the business world to find out where your money and time really goes. Subscribe now to make sure you don't miss any of episodes delivered fresh every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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The Spiral of John McAfee | Corporate Casket
Today's episode is about the spiral of cybersecurity expert John MacAfee.
58 min
202
Troubling Stereotypes and False Narratives: The...
Today's episode is about the history of hemp and how harmful stereotypes were formed.
33 min
203
Scamming the Vulnerable: The Firefighters Chari...
Today's episode is about the FFCF and how they try to scam those who are most vulnerable, such as wildfire victims.
25 min
204
Repeat Schemes and a Faked Death: The Dale Car ...
Today's episode is about the history of the Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation and Liz Carmichael.
35 min
205
Pushed to Perform: How Reality TV Became About ...
Today's episode is about the effects on shows such as Toddlers & Tiaras and Dance Moms have had on children in the entertainment industry.
44 min
206
The Eruption of Mt. Saint Helens | Prism of the...
Today's episode is about the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens, what led up to the event, and how the eruption has impacted the scientific community.
25 min
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Queerbaiting: Manipulating the LGBTQ+ Into Fals...
Today's episode is all about queerbaiting and how it impacts the entertainment industry when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation.
34 min
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The Tragedy of Waco Siege | Prism of the Past
Today's episode is all about what happened at Waco Siege.
29 min
209
Bitconnect: The Wannabe Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme | ...
Today's episode is about Bitconnect and how their multilevel structure caused many to lose big on cryptocurrency.
34 min
210
NSYNC and Backstreet's Producer Turned Ponzi | ...
Today's episode is about American music producer Lou Pearlman and how his legacy was fouled after being convicted of a half a billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
23 min
211
The Explosive History of Solfatara | Prism of t...
Today's episode is about Solfatara, a volcanic crater in Naples.
19 min
212
The Harmful Practices of the American Kennel Cl...
Today's episode is about the American Kennel Club and how their actions have caused more harm than good to dogs.
36 min
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Project Sunshine: The Real Body Snatching Gover...
Today's episode is about the Project Sunshine and how it caused a valid worry about the government,
22 min
214
Jewelry MLMs That Lost Their Sparkle: Paparazzi...
Today's episode is about MLMs that tried venturing into the jewelry business and how their schemes made their products lose their shine.
44 min
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Elon Musk and Tesla’s Many Missteps | Corporate...
Today's episode is about Elon Musk and some of the troubling decisions he's made while running Tesla.
55 min
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The History (and Return) of Company Towns | Pri...
Today's episode is about the history of Company Towns and how they were harmful to minorities in America.
32 min
217
The Scamming Televangelist: Jim Bakker | Corpor...
Today' episode is about infamous televangelist Jim Bakker and how he scammed his followers.
33 min
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How Nara Dreamland Faded Away | Prism of the Past
This Episode is all about Nara Dreamland.
21 min
219
Thirty One Gifts is Ugly Bag Hell | Multi Level...
Today's video is about Thirty One Gifts and how their promise of designer bags broke wallets and expectations.
33 min
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Is “Organic” Just a Marketing Ploy? | Corporate...
Today’s episode is all about the issues surrounding the term "organic" in marketing.
39 min
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Why Yellowstone is One of the Most Monitored Vo...
Today’s episode is all about Yellowstone and why it is a well monitored volcano.
20 min
222
How Canada Failed its Indigenous Population Eve...
Today's Episode is all about Canada's Indigenous Population
58 min
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Exploring The Willard Asylum's History | Prism ...
Today's Episode is all about Willard Asylum
21 min
224
Did Hempworx Use Illegal Farming Practices to B...
Today's Episode is all about MLM Hempworx
32 min
225
How Trump University Was Built to Scam People |...
Today's Episode is all about Trump University
36 min
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Explaining LaHars: Volcanic Lava Rivers | Weird...
Today's Episode is all about LaHars
18 min
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The Complicated History Of Johnny Depp And Ambe...
Today's Episode is all about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
40 min
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The Haunting History of Hashima Island | Prism ...
Today's Episode is all about Japan's Hashima Island
26 min
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Why World’s Finest Chocolate Isn’t So Sweet | M...
Today's Episode is all about the MLM World's Finest Chocolate
37 min
230
Is NEXT For Autism Just Autism Speaks Jr? | Cor...
Today's Episode is all about NEXT for Autism
38 min
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The Explosive History of Krakatoa | Weird Wild ...
Today's Episode is all about the volatile volcano Krakatoa
20 min
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How American Apparel Fell From Grace | Corporat...
Today's Episode is all about clothing company American Apparel and their fall from grace.
31 min
233
Satanic Panic: What Was It And How Did It Take ...
Today's Episode is all about Satanic Panic and how it seized headlines in the 80s and 90s.
42 min
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Beautycounter Can’t Cover Up These Blemishes | ...
Today's episode is all about the MLM Beautycounter and why it isn't so beautiful.
43 min
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Why Lena Dunham Remains Unlikeable | Corporate ...
Today's Episode is all about Lena Dunham and why she continues to be a controversial figure.
38 min
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Sinkholes: The Hidden Terror Beneath Your Feet ...
Today's episode is all about sinkholes, how they form, and the destruction they cause.
24 min
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Bayer's History is a Hard Pill to Swallow | Cor...
Today's episode is all about Bayer's dark history.
34 min
238
The History of the Playboy Mansion | Prism of t...
Today's episode is all about the checkered and unsettling history of the Playboy Mansion.
38 min
239
How Kamala Harris and Herbalife Failed Californ...
Today's episode is how Kamala Harris seemingly gave Herbalife a pass in California when she shouldn't have.
27 min
240
The Fall of Papa Johns Pizza | Corporate Casket
Today's episode is all about Papa John's Pizza and how they remain stuck in controversies.
32 min
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History of The Bermuda Triangle | Weird Wild World
Today's episode is all about the history of teh Bermuda Triangle.
29 min
242
The Sad Truth About the Supplement Industry | C...
Today's episode is all about the unregulation in the supplement industry, and what that means for you, the consumer.
28 min
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What Happened on 3 Mile Island? | Prism of the ...
Today's episode is all about discussing the events at 3 Mile Island and the aftermath of America's worst nuclear incident.
23 min
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The Ant Farm Ponzi Scheme You Won't Believe Was...
Today's episode is all about a Chinese art farm ponzi scheme.
26 min
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Greenpeace: Trial and Error | Corporate Casket
This episode is all about Greenpeace's maybe attempts to make changes, albeit, some misguided attempts
36 min
246
Deception Island is Actually an Active Volcano ...
Today's episode is about Deception Island, an deceptively named active volcano.
23 min
247
The Fall of the Pharma Bro, Martin Shkreli | Co...
This episode is all about Martin Shkreli the "Pharma Bro" who notoriously raised the price of certain medications by 1200% purely for profit.
46 min
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The Shady History of Nu Skin | Multi Level Mondays
Today's episode is all about Nu Skin, an MLM that doesn't have a lot going for it, except lawsuits and lies.
42 min
249
PETA and Their Hypocrisy With Their Celebrity S...
This episode is all about how PETA gives their celebrity sponsors special treatment when it comes to actually caring about animals.
35 min
250
The Truth Behind Timeshares and Travel Clubs | ...
Timeshares (or "Travel Clubs" as they're being rebranded as) are pre-paid vacation destinations that are not as sweet as they seem. Let's find out why.
27 min
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Satan Throughout History: How His Image Changes...
Today's episode is all about the history of Satan and his role throughout history.
35 min
252
MLMs & LDS: Why are so Many Mormon Women Involv...
Today's episode is all about looking at why so many Mormon women are involved in MLMs. Let's find out.
34 min
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Pink Tax: The Hidden Tax on Women's Products | ...
This episode is all about the pink tax, or the reason why women's products cost more.
25 min
254
White Island: The Volcano that Blew up with Tou...
This first episode of Weird Wild World is all about White Island, the active volcano in New Zealand that blew up in 2019 when tourists were still on it.
33 min
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The Doctors TV Show: Worse Than You Can Imagine...
Today's episode is all about The Doctors, a TV show that focuses more on bogus claims and less on facts.
35 min
256
American Income Life: The Insurance MLM That Wo...
This episode is all about AIL, or American Income Life, the agressive insurance company MLM that won't leave you alone, even after you try to leave it. Let's find out how.
39 min
257
Synanon: The Cult That Inspired The Troubled Te...
Today’s episode is all about Synanon, the rehab facility turned religion and cult, this is the story of the place that inspired the Troubled Teen Industry's absuive tactics by adopting the "Synanon Game" as a therapy method, when it was anything but that.
36 min
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Teach For America: The Non-Profit That Forgot i...
This week's episode is all about Teach for America, a non profit that may have lost its vision and goals.
37 min
259
One of the Most Dangerous Water Parks Ever: Act...
Today's episode is all about the history of Action Park, one of the most dangerous water parks to exist.
31 min
260
Le-vel/Thrive: The MLM That Can't Patch it's Re...
This episode is all about Le-vel/Thrive, another wellness MLM that just can't seem to keep its image squeakly clean.
37 min
261
ADF: Is it Really Defending Freedom? | Corporat...
Today's epsidoe is all about ADF, or Alliance Defending Freedom, and it's CEO, Michael Farris. Let's dig in.
31 min
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Dr. Phil's Involvement with Turnabout Ranch is ...
Today's episode is all about Dr. Phil's involvement with Turnabout Ranch. Let's take a look at what's happening there.
41 min
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A Small Content Update
I just wanted to give you an exciting update about upcoming epsidoes.
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Kirby Vacuums Suck | Multi Level Mondays
Today's episode is all about Kirby Vacuums, one of the original door-to-door sales companies.
32 min
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The Dark Side of Amazon, Part 2 | Corporate Casket
Today's episode is part 2 of the look inside Amazon.
28 min
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The Many Mistakes of Ms. Tyra Banks | Corporate...
Today’s episode is all about Tyra Banks and the not so photo ready behavior and deals made behind the scenes. If you want an in-depth look at her now defunct MLM, make sure to check out the youtube channel for that episode!
29 min
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IML: International Markets Live. The Forex MLM ...
Today's episode is all about IML or International Markets Live, an MLM that doesn't really try to teach its clients about foreign exchange currency trading.
31 min
268
Is Collegeboard Taking Advantage of High School...
Today's episode is all about Collegeboard. Are they taking advantage of high school students and monopolizing an industry while claiming to be a non profit? Let's find out.
33 min
269
I Don’t: The Hidden Secrets of the Wedding Indu...
Today’s episode is all about the wedding industry. Do you know why your diamond ring costs so much or
33 min
270
Plexus and the Pink Drink Lie | Multi Level Mon...
Today’s episode is all about Plexus, the weight loss MLM focused around a supposed miracle "pink drink" to lose weight (and no, it's not the Starbucks one)
35 min
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The Dark Side of Amazon, Part One | Corporate C...
Today’s episode is all about the history of Amazon: the good, the bad, and the Bezos.
28 min
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The Hidden Cost of Fast Fashion | Corporate Casket
Today’s episode is all the human cost of fast fashion.
36 min
273
Forever Living's Aloe Can't Cure Scammy Behavio...
This week's episode is all about Forever Living, an MLM centered around the Aloe plant.
33 min
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The Elan School: Death By Misinformation | Corp...
Today’s episode is all about the Elan School, another example of the horrors of the troubled teen industry.
34 min
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Not All That Glitters is Lisa Frank | Corporate...
Today’s episode is all about the rise and fall of Lisa Frank. Nostalgia, here we come.
30 min
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Is Modere Really "Living Clean" Like They Claim...
Today’s episode is about Modere, the MLM where "living clean" is only a theory.
33 min
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Activision Blizzard Played Their Players | Corp...
Today’s episode is about Activision Blizzard and how they've continually exploited and alienated their player base.
30 min
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The My Pillow Update We Needed | Corporate Casket
Today's episode is about the My Pillow/Mike Lindell update we needed, but are disappointed to find out.
40 min
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The Church Ponzi Scheme That Got Caught: Greate...
Today’s episode is all about Greater Ministries International, The Church Ponzi Scheme You Won't Believe Was Real
33 min
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Celestial Tea's Strange Cult-Like History | Cor...
Today’s episode is about Celestial Tea and their odd, cult-like history. Let's take a look.
35 min
281
PragerU Isn't Teaching Anyone Anything | Corpor...
Today’s episode is about PragerU, the brand that claims to focus on learning, while spreading many, many factual inaccuracies.
42 min
282
Colorstreet's History is Not Bright | Multi Lev...
Today’s episode is all about Colorstreet, a nail art MLM with a less than bright history. Let's take a look.
25 min
283
The Sleep Industry Isn't So Comfy | Corporate C...
Today’s episode is all about taking a look at the sleep industry. Is it helping, or hurting?
31 min
284
The Self Defense MLM That's Not Protecting Anyo...
Today's episode is all about the Damsel in Distress MLM, where self defense may not actually be its top priority. Let's find out.
22 min
285
What is The Landmark Forum? Is it a Cult or a W...
This episode is all about The Landmark Forum. What is it? A motivational seminar, or something more sinister? Let's find out.
31 min
286
Uighur Muslims are Being Erased in Chinese Conc...
Today’s episode is all about the Uighur Muslim population that is being erased from China.
38 min
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Melaleuca: The Wellness Company That isn't Doin...
Today’s episode is all about Melaleuca, the wellness company that isn't doing well. Let's take a look at what's happening to them.
42 min
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Bang Energy's Less Than Energetic Past| Corpora...
Today’s episode is all about Bang Energy's interesting past. We are taking a look at the many shades of grey behind the company's operations and lawsuits. Let's get into it.
37 min
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Explaining Qanon: The Bad, The Ugly, and the He...
Today’s episode is all about the Qanon conspiracy group: How they started, how they've grown, and what they believe in. Buckle up for this very wild ride.
38 min
290
Juice Plus+: The MLM That Needs to Get Squeezed...
Today’s episode is all about Juice Plus+, the MLM that doesn't sell juice, or anything truly nutritious or good for you. Let's find out what's really going on behind the scenes.
50 min
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The Rise and Fall of Dr. Phil, Part Two| Corpor...
Today’s episode is all about the rise and fall of TV doctor, Dr. Phil. This is the second part of the two part series taking a look at the man behind the brand. Let's find out what happened.
25 min
292
The Many MLMs of Donald Trump | Multi Level Mon...
Today’s episode is all about two high profile MLMs Donald Trump has been involved with, ACN and The Trump Network (formerly Ideal Health). Let's find out what happened to them.
44 min
293
The Rise and Fall of Dr. Phil, Part One| Corpor...
Today’s episode is the first part of a two part series taking a look at the rise and fall of Dr. Phil and his show. Let's find out what happened.
24 min
294
Is The VA as Bad as Everyone Says? |Corporate C...
Today’s episode is all about The VA. Is it as bad as everyone says, and what is happening to it? Let's find out.
30 min
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Is Mobile Game Addiction Real? Corporate Casket
Today’s episode is all about taking a look at mobile game addiction. Is it real? If it is, what consequences are potentially available due to this new addiction?
25 min
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World Ventures: Multi Level Mondays
Today’s episode is all about World Ventures, a travel MLM that makes travel anything but fun.
35 min
297
Tech Support Scams: Corporate Casket
Today’s episode is all about different tech support scams, what they do, and how they cross the line into illegal activity.
27 min
298
Flat Earth Society: Corporate Casket
Today’s episode is all about The Flat Earth Society, and trying to take a look at some of the most entertaining, but misguided, individuals. Let's find out how.
41 min
299
BurnLounge LLC: Multi Level Mondays
Today’s episode is all about BurnLounge LLC, a music MLM turned pyramid scheme that saw it's rise and fall in the early 2000s. Let's find out what happened.
35 min
300
Reality TV Shows: Corporate Casket
Today’s episode is all about the reality behind reality TV shows and finding out the shocking truth about the psychological trauma of contestants who perform on these shows.
27 min