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Hacking McDonald’s Broken Ice Cream Machines

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Jun 07, 2021

McDonald’s soft-serve machines break down so often that a corner of the internet is awash in memes and videos about their unreliability. Enter Jeremy O’Sullivan and Melissa Nelson, two entrepreneurs who wanted to fix the broken machines. They thought they'd succeeded — until McDonald’s told its franchisees to stay away. This week we talk with Jeremy, Melissa, and Andy Greenberg, the Wired reporter who first broke this story of ice cream intrigue. (This is the first of two episodes featuring stories about McDonald’s. We’ll have more next week!)

This episode contains explicit language.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "Talk To Me Now (Instrumental)" by Hayley Briasco and Ken Brahmstedt
  • "Silhouette" by Erick Anderson
  • "Prowl" by Lance Conrad
  • "Lawless" by Lance Conrad
  • "Kenny" by Hayley Briasco
  • "Trippin" by Erick Anderson
  • "Rooftop" by Erick Anderson

Photo courtesy of Andria/Flickr CC.

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