Ira Glass, host of This American Life

Why? Because banh mi and bubble tea are a million idea, that’s why.

This weekend’s episode of This American Life (which originally aired July 16, 2010) features the story of dueling banh mi shops in Brooklyn. Hanco runs a successful banh mi shop on Bergen Street when suddenly a banh mi shop with an identical menu to his own opens up four blocks down. Who opened it? A trio of his former employees. Is this surreal or a serious violation of business ethics? Any New Yorkers know how the shops have fared since the story aired?

Catch the broadcast on your local NPR station, or click here to listen.  Also featured on this episode are stories on mastering the elevator pitch, the anti-elevator pitch, taking down Big Tobacco, and how to cheat a game show. Enjoy!

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