Bad Bets

Bad Bets

Bad Bets is a new podcast series from The Wall Street Journal that unravels big-business dramas that have had a big impact on our world. This season, we’re delving into Enron, the ‘90s energy giant that later became synonymous with epic corporate fraud. Wall Street Journal reporters John Emshwiller and Rebecca Smith talk to key players who had a front row seat to the big egos and unchecked power within Enron, including a whistleblower who speaks on the record for the first time. Now, on the 20th anniversary of Enron’s collapse, this story is as relevant as ever.


October 19, 2021 37 min
Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was arguably the face of Enron's meteoric rise in the 1990s. He took a sleepy energy company and turned it into one of the most innovative corporations in the world. By the end, Enron had its fingers in all kinds of projects - including America's nascent broadband networks. In this episode, how Skilling's rise set the stage for Enron's fall. John Emshwiller is the host of this se...

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In 2001, energy company Enron was at the height of its power. Then, out of the blue, CEO Jeffrey Skilling resigned-just six months after he took the reins of a company he had helped turn into an innovation machine. Why? In this episode, we dive into the first cracks in the Enron facade. John Emshwiller is the host of this season of Bad Bets. The original reporting on which this season is based was done by him and Rebecca Smith. Ba...

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October 1, 2021 3 min

Introducing Bad Bets, a new podcast series from The Wall Street Journal that unravels big-business dramas that have had a big impact on our world. We begin with the Enron saga. In the 1990s, the U.S. energy company was a darling of Wall Street. But after the Journal uncovered monumental corporate fraud at Enron, the company quickly descended into bankruptcy, compromising tens of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. Now, on th...

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