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The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture. True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.'Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at crimewriterson@gmail.com.Artwork by Benjamin Frisch

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The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture. True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.'Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at crimewriterson@gmail.com.Artwork by Benjamin Frisch

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Way too much filler

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This used to be a great podcast but they keep adding more and more filler and ads to each episode. Most episodes are well more than a hour long but the actual content people want only takes up about 50-60% of each episode. It's gotten so bad that most episodes don't actually start til around the eight minute mark, but yet this is a very simple and low budget podcast that basically only consists of four people chatting in front of microphones. The amount of ads in each episode is completely unreasonable.

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Because I learned something. Dark and sometimes hard to watch

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2343 Ratings
Average Ratings
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183
71
60
121

Way too much filler

By Chris-132 - Dec 09 2019
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This used to be a great podcast but they keep adding more and more filler and ads to each episode. Most episodes are well more than a hour long but the actual content people want only takes up about 50-60% of each episode. It's gotten so bad that most episodes don't actually start til around the eight minute mark, but yet this is a very simple and low budget podcast that basically only consists of four people chatting in front of microphones. The amount of ads in each episode is completely unreasonable.

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Because I learned something. Dark and sometimes hard to watch

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Crime Writers On...True Crime Review

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The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture. True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.'Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at crimewriterson@gmail.com.Artwork by Benjamin Frisch

Extra! The Golden State Killer has been caught! So here's our I'll Be Gone In The Dark book club show!

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If you've been following the news, you've probably heard that the man dubbed the Golden State Killer by I'll Be Gone In The Dark author Michelle McNamara has been caught, according to multiple sources.

You probably also know that we just started making a special book club podcast for Patreon supporters. Well, in honor of the news, and to entice you to become a supporter, we're releasing our inaugural book club discussion about I'll Be Gone In The Dark.

Click here to support us on Patreon and hear future book club shows!

Book club guests: Rabia Chaudry, Patrick Hinds, and Rebecca Lavoie

Music by Twin Guns

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Apr 25 2018

1hr 5mins

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Serial Season 2, Limetown, Dishing Maura Murray

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Rebecca, Kevin, Toby and Laura talk about the possibility of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's story as the focus of season two of Serial. Rebecca also interviews the guys behind Missing Maura Murray, a podcast that has the rest of the panel up in arms. Plus, the Crime Writers dish on the surprise hit Limetown and dissect the latest 'Crime of the Week.'

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Oct 04 2015

1hr 7mins

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Breaking: Adnan Syed's DNA was NOT found in new evidence tests. But what does that mean?

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Ahead of this weekend's final episode in "The Case Against Adnan Syed," the Baltimore Sun broke the news with an article that says the State of Maryland ran DNA tests in October 2018 on previously untested evidence from the Leakin Park burial site of murder victim Hae Min Lee. And Adnan Syed's DNA was not discovered on any of the samples.

This has sparked a torrent of discussion and misinformation online. So, Rebecca and Kevin discussed the findings and their implications with attorney Susan Simpson of "Undisclosed."

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Mar 29 2019

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The Case Against Adnan Syed Part 1 & Leaving Neverland

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The crime writers give their take on part 1 of HBO's "The Case Against Adnan Syed." Like the movie version of a favorite book, the episode covers the story of Adnan and Hae's high school relationship, but adds to it in a way "Serial" did not. Note: this episode was recorded before Friday's decision in the case by the MD Court of Appeals.

TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE FOR EPISODE ONE, GO TO 39:41.

Then the panel wrestles with HBO's two-part "Leaving Neverland." The documentary - told simply and starkly - is the most powerful indictment of Michael Jackson's systematic abuse of star-struck children and their families. (Warning: discussion of this documentary may be triggering for some audience members.)

TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE FOR LEAVING NEVERLAND, GO TO 1:08:30

In Crime of the Week: how the cookie crumbles.

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Mar 11 2019

1hr 23mins

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Limetown (on Facebook Watch) and The Undercovers

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First up, Facebook Watch is out with its own imagining of the podcast, "Limetown." As with the original, the story revolves around a public radio reporter investigating the sudden disappearance of hundreds of people from a tiny town and remote research facility years ago.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "LIMETOWN," GO TO 28:32

Moving on, “The Undercovers” is an audio dramatization of the life and career of a DEA agent and his exploits working to take down narco-terrorists from inside their organizations. It attempts to set itself apart in style and storytelling, with tough-guy dialogue to go along with the tough-guy action.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE UNDERCOVERS," GO TO 55:28

In Crime of the Week: blood bath.

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Oct 28 2019

1hr 12mins

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S-Town by Serial - Episode 1 Recap & Review

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The Crime Writers review episode one of S-Town - the new podcast series from the folks behind Serial and This American Life. The entire series, featuring host Brian Reed, dropped on Tuesday, March 28.

Watch your feed for recap shows reviewing episodes 2-4 and 5-7.

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Mar 29 2017

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That Laci Peterson series, a Bowe Bergdahl update, and a podcaster controversy

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Red-eyed and jet-lagged, Rebecca and Kevin are back from Podcast Movement in Anaheim with stories of their exploits with your (and their) favorite podcasters. They'll spill some tea over what caused some controversy a big name - "NOT a podcaster" Payne Lindsey from Up & Vanished - made an audacious, self-congratulatory presentation...and how some even bigger names in the room reacted.

Plus, a true crime podcast update! A hungover R&K met up with old friend Lt Col James Weirick for an update on Bowe Bergdahl's court martial and the defense's move that could bode well for the disgraced former POW. (Audio of the full discussion can be found on our website - and beware, it's unedited and was literally recorded in a hotel hallway.)

Back in the confines of Square Egg Studio, Lara & Toby chime in on A&E's new limited series, "The Murder of Laci Peterson." So far, the show seems to be playing the story down the middle, not sensationalizing its retrospective of the crime, and is of surprisingly high quality for a basic cable show.

Then in Crime of the Week: our house is a very very very moldy house.


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Sep 01 2017

1hr 23mins

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Serial Epilogue: Adnan Syed Gets a New Trial...Maybe

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Ever since Sarah talked to Asia the world wondered whether she was the key to getting Adnan Syed a new trial. In the end, it was a single sentence in a pile of thousands of documents.

The result is in. Judge Welch has ruled Adnan's Sixth Amendment rights were violated and he'll get a new trial...if it ever gets that far. The Crime Writers pull apart the decision and discuss where the case may go from here. Does the state have any evidence left? How would 12 Baltimore jurors (who'd never listened to a podcast) size up Adnan? And why could it be years before he gets out of jail?

The panel is joined by super-professor Colin Miller, who answers questions about the legal ins-and-outs of the ruling. Then the Crime Writers take your questions and voice memos. They also discuss the dilemma of the Alford plea: would you admit your guilt to a crime you didn't commit if it gets you out of prison? Also, WTF is a jury view like at the scene of a lumber theft?

Here's something new: our first Crime Writers On Summer Book Club show. Each writer has nominated a book. You vote online, then we'll all read and share (bring your own white wine). The nominees are If I Did It by OJ Simpson, I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry, and Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman.

In the Crime of the Week, one of our listeners makes a marital confession...
#Serial #SerialSeasonOne #AdnanSyed #Undisclosed

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Jul 09 2016

1hr 16mins

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Adnan Syed's Bail Motion, Sarah Koenig's Serial Choices, Offshore's Big Splash

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Heads up Baltimore City Court! Here comes Adnan Syed seeking a bail hearing. It's not your usual motion, written more like a campaign speech than a legal brief.

The Crime Writers dig into the latest in the efforts of Serial's protagonist to get out of prison now that his conviction has been vacated.

And a journalism conundrum: IF Sarah Koenig knew about Jay Wild's post-Adnan criminal history, should she have included it in Serial?

Also, the panel hangs ten in Hawaii with the new podcast, "Offshore" from Honolulu Civil Beat and PRX. Can a white reporter do justice to a tale of Hawaiian culture and disenfranchisement?

Related: Toby recommends reading this article from the New Yorker, "The American Raj," to learn more about Hawaiian history.

In our Crime of the Week, the panel shakes the tree. But who goes undercover as a tree, anyway? (Kevin reported on a similar bank robbery story in NH. Watch the version filed by his colleagues.)

Plus: mystery solved! Who bought the family-sized bucket of massage lotion? We finally know. Finally.

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Oct 28 2016

1hr 18mins

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Serial Season 3: Episode 1 and 2 - Our breakdown and review!

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Get ready for the best discussion and analysis of the Serial podcast. Sarah Koenig is back for season 3 (finally!) - Along with Emmanuel Dzotsi, Sarah gives us a year in the life of the Cleveland Justice Center.

For episode one, "A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center," the crime writers discuss whether the lesson is about prosecutorial discretion...or about race?

In episode two, "You've Got Some Gauls," we can't even with Judge Gaul. But does he have a point? (Spoiler alert - he does not.)

Also, we give our take on the Curtiss Flowers update episode of "In the Dark." The more things change, the more they stay the same.

In crime of the week: whale fail. See the dumpster snafu here and the classic exploding whale incident here.

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Sep 24 2018

1hr 18mins

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S-Town by Serial - Episodes 2-4 Recap & Review

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The Crime Writers jump in to chapters two through four of "S-town," the new podcast series from Serial and This American Life. The entire series, featuring host Brian Reed, dropped on Tuesday, March 28.

Watch your feed for recap shows reviewing episode 1 and episodes 5-7.

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Mar 31 2017

1hr 12mins

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Dirty John (and Debra!), a Sarah Koenig encounter, and a (maybe) deal for Serial's Bowe Bergdhal

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Rebecca met Sarah Koenig!! She fills us in on that awkward encounter.

What's the latest with Serial season two subject Bowe Bergdahl? Seems he's made some kind of deal with the government. We invite back retired USMC Lt Col James Weirick of the Military Justice podcast to explain why he thinks some of the early media reports are wrong and what a plea for a lighter sentence might look like.

Then the panel digs into the new hit podcast from the LA Times, Dirty John.

TO SKIP PAST THE SPOILERS AND JUST HEAR OUR REVIEW, GO TO TIME CODE: 1:03:25

This six-part true crime profile looks at grifter John Meehan and the trouble he wreaked on Debra Newell and her family. Judging by your Twitter and Facebook questions, you seemed just as amazed by Debra's willingness to forgive the gold digger as you are in Dirty John's evil designs.

In Crime of the Week, how many Facebook likes would you need before your turned yourself into the police?

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Oct 13 2017

1hr 19mins

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An S-Town lawsuit, an In The Dark tragedy, and a Sharp Objects Review

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While Toby broadcasts from a beautiful island lake house, the rest of the panel sweats it out to bring you another episode of Crime Writers On with a brand new logo!

There are true crime updates galore:

We talk about the MD Court of Appeals granting cert in the continuing post-conviction struggles of Serial's Adnan Syed.

Curtis Flower's mother passed away and we reflect on the meaning of injustice within injustice.

Plus, the "estate" of John McLemore is suing "S-town" for violating his privacy. Legally, morally, ethically - do they have a leg to stand on?

We talk about HBO's new prestige drama "Sharp Objects." As much a character study as it is a crime mystery, will the star-driven adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel thrill fans like “Gone Girl” or leave them disappointed like “True Detective" season 2?

Plus, we give the Granite State some summer tourism plugs this week with shout-outs to Story Land, Santa's Village, and Clark's Trading Post (with the dancing bears and the Wolfman who shoots a gun at you).

TO HEAR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "SHARP OBJECTS," FAST-FOWARD TO 1:14:47

Then in crime of the week: blow it up your ass.

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Jul 20 2018

1hr 30mins

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That JonBenet Ramsey Special - Yup, We Went There

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The Crime Writers take on what's good - and what's *not* so good - about the The Case of JonBenet, the four-hour CBS special featuring profilers Jim Clemente and Laura Richards and an all-star cast of forensic investigators. We talk about the case, the show's WTF moments (THEY BUILT THE HOUSE??), and dive deep into the potential defamation of Burke Ramsey, who is (in the experts' opinions) a leading suspect in the cold case.
We also chat with Ann Bartow, a law professor at UNH Law School and expert on all things defamation and internet speech, and tie that conversation in with issues raised in this week's episode of the excellent In The Dark podcast.
Finally, our crime of the week has Rebecca airing an old grudge with her favorite public radio host, Ira Glass.
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Sep 30 2016

1hr 12mins

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Done Disappeared, Alias Grace on Netflix and More

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OMG - We can't get enough of Done Disappeared, the amazing parody true crime podcast by the unparalleled talent that IS John David Booter. We review that show and try to figure out the mystery of just what happened to missing 1987 woman Clara Pockets.

Then, a more earnest review of the Netflix series Alias Grace. Based on a Margaret Atwood novel, does this show resonate? Or does it's less-than-Handmaid's Tale production values take away from what could have been a compelling view of a fascinating true crime?

NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO SKIP THE DISCUSSION AND JUST HEAR THE REVIEW, GO TO 50:41

Finally, the Crime of the Week tackles a whole lot of nudity and a whole lot of kidnapping.

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Dec 01 2017

1hr 11mins

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OJ: Made in America, Adnan Syed: Made for TV

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We've spent a lot of time with the boob tube (ahem) so far this summer. This episode, the Crime Writers take out their ear buds and tune in to some of the season's most talked about television.

The Adnan Syed case finally gets the prime-time treatment on Investigation Discovery. For crime fans who can't figure out how to download a podcast, or those who only know the tale from hearing it at the water cooler, this hour-long special provides an overview of Serial's season one case. But for those who've spent hours and hours devouring minutia about the crime (I'm looking at you cell tower L689!), is there anything in this show for us?

AND - Though you'd think we'd all have had enough of that former Bills running back, especially after the superior drama "The People vs OJ Simpson," ESPN's ambitious documentary may prove you can't get enough of a good thing - if it's a good thing. And "OJ: Made In America" is 450 minutes of a good thing. Race, sex, celebrity...this is why it was the Crime of the Century - and the Crime Writers dive right in.

Also - did the crime writers make the same mistake with "Reply All" that the jury made with Paul Modrowski? And we're going for the gold with the Crime of the Week.

#Serial #AdnanSyed #OJMadeInAmerica

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Jun 24 2016

1hr 21mins

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Serial Season 3 News? Sort Of. And What's Different About Up And Vanished?

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Breaking: Lara's cat has a super weird disease! For real.

Some maybe-news about Serial Season 3 has us theorizing. Was Kevin super, duper wrong when he said Sarah Koenig would never do a true crime story again?

Plus, we get a whole lot of listener email and tweets about what podcasts we should be listening to and talking about.

One of the podcasts we’ve had pimped to us the most often lately is the hit show "Up and Vanished," an investigative podcast about the 2005 disappearance of Ocilla Georgia Beauty queen Tara Grinstead.

But before we get into our discussion about Up and Vanished, we'll first listen in to Rebecca's conversation with someone who knows a little bit about that show - its host and creator Payne Lindsey. Even if you haven't heard the podcast, you should listen to this interview.

And, Toby apologizes to a nation. And our Crime of the Week strikes pretty damn close to home.

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Nov 11 2016

1hr 18mins

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Atlanta Monster gets our review! And Dirty John gets the prime time treatment!

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It was one of 2017's biggest podcasts. Now the tale of "Dirty John" gets the treatment from Dateline NBC. Does a 42 minute TV episode add anything to a story already told over five hours in podcast form? Maybe just some pictures of how hunky John Meehan really was.

The main event: we breakdown the first installments in "Atlanta Monster," the new podcast from Payne Lindsey's Tenderfoot TV and HowStuffWorks. This look back at the 1980s Atlanta child murders is billed as "an investigative podcast," but where is it taking us? Does Lindsey repeat the best parts (or the worst parts) of his hit debut "Up and Vanished"?

(Want to skip to our thumbs up or down review of Atlanta Monster? Go to 1:03:20)

And in the Crime of the Week: Gesundheit!

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Jan 19 2018

1hr 24mins

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The Staircase/Michael Peterson Owl Theory, Alford Pleas & A Stranglers Podcast Review

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The panel tackles a HUGE true crime update - the Alford plea taken by Michael Peterson, the novelist and suspected murder featured in The Staircase - a documentary Rebecca contends is the Citizen Kane of true crime. As a bonus, our very own Legal Siri (AKA legal professor and Undisclosed genius Colin Miller) educates us on WTH Alford pleas actually are. 

Then the Crime Writers argue about an alternative theory posed in the Peterson case...was his wife Kathleen actually killed by an owl? That was the theory posed in the amazing pilot episode of the podcast Criminal - but Toby's not exactly buying it. (Shocking, we know.)

Then, in our regular segment about whether you should watch/listen to/read the latest big thing in crime media, we review Stranglers, the podcast by Earwolf that takes a deep ol' dive into the Boston Strangler case. (Warning: This segment features a quasi-mansplain meltdown and Kevin Flynn doing a pretty convincing trashy Boston accent.)

Finally, our Crime of the Week features one of Rebecca's favorite big box stores, a sex crime, and scabies.

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Feb 11 2017

1hr 1min

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Serial Season 3: Episode 3 & Uncover: Escaping NXIVM

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In Serial episode 3, "Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit," Sarah looks into the issue of how the police interact with the African-American population in their communities. A large topic writ small through the story of one arrest in a hallway. Which one of the crime writers says this is the best single episode of Serial ever?

Then the panel discuss the new CBC podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM. The distinctive Canadian presentation style takes on an alleged sex cult. (Want to skip to our spoiler-free review? The time code is 1:04:06)

In Crime of the Week: game over. (Thanks to listener Kevin Carroll for contributing this COTW!)

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Oct 01 2018

1hr 18mins

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Broken Justice & Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator

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There arose such a clatter at Lara's town holiday celebration (fowl play). And Toby has been getting Twitter trolled by Dan Taberski! 

PBS NewsHour has released a podcast examining the public defender system in the US entitled “Broken Justice.” Frank Carlson and Amna Nawaz look at the issue through the lens of the Missouri public defenders office, one in which attorneys are given more clients than they can ethically handle.

A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "BROKEN JUSTICE" CAN BE FOUND AT APPROXIMATELY 34:02.

Netflix's documentary “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator” chronicles the rise of the self-made yoga-master-to-the-stars who founded the hot yoga movement.The film details how Bikram Chaudry used his position to prey on his students who had professional and financial pressures to please him. 

A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR" CAN BE FOUND AT APPROXIMATELY 57:34.

In Crime of the Week: it's written all over your face

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Dec 09 2019

1hr 10mins

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Hunting Warhead and The Devil Next Door

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Netflix’s “The Devil Next Door” recaps the legal battles of John Demjanjuk, a retired autoworker in Cleveland accused of being a Nazi prison camp guard known as "Ivan the Terrible." Featuring extensive film from the original trial as well as disturbing Holocaust images, "The Devil Next Door" challenges the viewer’s allegiances.

Then, CBC Podcasts and Norwegian newspaper VG have teamed up for a disturbing investigation into the digital world of child pornography. “Hunting Warhead” begins with an investigative reporter whose explorations of the dark web as he stumbles upon “Child’s Play,” a huge network of criminals around the world sharing images of child sexual abuse.

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS DISCUSSION OF SEXUAL ABUSE THAT MIGHT NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL LISTENERS.

In Crime of the Week: Skelly's belly.

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Nov 25 2019

1hr 15mins

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Have You Seen This Man & Tell Me Who I Am

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This week, Lara is bitten by a tick (not on the podcast though), we squee about The Crown, and a person from a recent podcast sends an email to the crime writers.

ABC Audio’s new podcast "Have you Seen This Man" goes on the manhunt for a former-death row convict who walked away from an Ohio prison in 1973 and hasn't been seen since. Reporter Matthew Mosk follows US Marshals still hunting Lester Eubanks after five decades on the run.

Netflix’s “Tell Me Who I Am” documents one amnesia patient’s quest for answers about his life, answers his twin brother has refused to supply. The documentary poses tough questions about whether it’s better to confront one’s painful past or to remain blissfully ignorant of its destructive consequences.

In crime of the week: Helter Shelter

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Nov 18 2019

1hr 7mins

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Why you should watch Watchmen, plus Murder in Oregon

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Murder in Oregon” explores one of that state’s most infamous homicides. Corrections Department Director Michael Francke was stabbed outside of his office in 1989. Was his killing tied to his investigation of corruption?

HBO's “Watchmen” takes place in an alternative history where cops who hide behind masks for their own safety team with costumed vigilantes to fight crime and avoid a race war. Like the comic, "Watchmen" ponders what kind of heroes are needed in a world where truth and justice are in short supply.

In crime of the week: turn the other cheek.

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Nov 11 2019

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Dolly Parton's America & Bad Batch

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Leading off, the medical mystery behind Wondery's "Bad Batch" is not just who is responsible for contaminated stem cells that made patients sick. It also looks at the company’s claims that stem cells can treat virtually everything, when it’s only approved for blood disorders.

FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "BAD BATCH," GO TO 28:07

Moving on, NYC Studios and OSM Audio are rolling out a nine-part series about an American icon. In “Dolly Parton’s America,” RadioLab host Jad Abumrad explores the over-sized cultural impact of the perhaps under-appreciated country music singer.

FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "DOLLY PARTON'S AMERICA," GO TO 58.36

In crime of the week: who'll start the rain?

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Nov 04 2019

1hr 12mins

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Limetown (on Facebook Watch) and The Undercovers

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First up, Facebook Watch is out with its own imagining of the podcast, "Limetown." As with the original, the story revolves around a public radio reporter investigating the sudden disappearance of hundreds of people from a tiny town and remote research facility years ago.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "LIMETOWN," GO TO 28:32

Moving on, “The Undercovers” is an audio dramatization of the life and career of a DEA agent and his exploits working to take down narco-terrorists from inside their organizations. It attempts to set itself apart in style and storytelling, with tough-guy dialogue to go along with the tough-guy action.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE UNDERCOVERS," GO TO 55:28

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Oct 28 2019

1hr 12mins

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StartUp's final episodes and Motive from WBEZ

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We start with a look inside podcasting's biggest business deal: Spotify's acquisition of Gimlet. In "StartUp," Alex Blumberg and Matt Leiber reveal the behind-the-scenes tensions and pose the question: can a nine-figure paycheck mend this friendship? 

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Next, "Motive" from the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ tells the case of teen exonerated for a murder, awarded millions, only to wide up in jail again. With its “Making a Murderer”-themes, “Motive” is a cautionary tale about the system failing the innocent and what happens when redemption is squandered.

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In crime of the week: these dogs have flees.

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Oct 21 2019

1hr 13mins

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The Mysterious Mr. Epstein & The Missing Cryptoqueen

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The Crime Writers get into about book covers. (Guess which one has the worst cover ever?)

In “The Mysterious Mr. Epstein,” host Linsey Graham hopes to fill in the blanks around the infamous investor-to-the-stars’s origin story and how he was able to lure and rape young women with no consequences for so long.

To hear our spoiler-free review of The Mysterious Mr. Epstein, go to 32:34.

BBC Sounds presents an investigation into a multi-million dollar scam involving OneCoin and the disappearance of the cryptocurrency’s founder. Host Jamie Bartlett shows us that Dr. Ruja Ignatova turned her digital money venture into a cult-like phenom.

To hear our spoiler-free review of The Missing Cryptoqueen, go to 1:03:26.

In Crime of the Week: legal dream team.

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Oct 14 2019

1hr 15mins

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Criminal & Passenger List

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Although her dog is on her final legs, Rebecca pushes through to lead the discussion. Kevin gives a shout out to his Walk a Mile in Her Shoes supporters.

First up: Netflix’s new crime series is an anthology set in a police interview room and its adjacent observation post. In Criminal: UK, we see a specialized team try to get suspects to crack. In addition to Criminal: UK, the series also brings us to Spain, France, and Germany without ever leaving the set.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "CRIMINAL:UK" GO TO 25:38

Moving on, Radiotopia’s ambitious drama “Passenger List” follows a woman who seeks answers from friends and relatives of flier on ill-fated Atlantic 702. Is the airline lying about a bird strike taking down the plane? Was the airliner caught up in a global conspiracy?

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "PASSENGER LIST" GO TO 53:10

Then in Crime of the Week: death, taxes, satellite TV.

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Oct 07 2019

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The Thing About Pam and Hit Man

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First off is a look at iHeartRadio's "Hit Man." The podcast follows the stories of the hit men - one who used music and one who used a gun - as well as a discussion about whether a book providing a step-by-step guide to getting away with murder is speech that ought to be protected.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "HIT MAN," GO TO 24:33

Moving on...in "The Thing About Pam" from Dateline, police zone in on Russ Feria for his wife's murder, pointed there by co-worker Pam Hupp. It’s not an open-and-shut case and the Dateline team gets dragged into the story. But mostly...this is about Keith Morrison.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE THING ABOUT PAM," GO TO 50:22

In crime of the week: golden oldies.

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Sep 30 2019

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Unbelievable on Netflix is, well, unbelievable

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We're got a true crime podcast update from the team at "In the Dark." Also, Kevin will be doing a walkathon in high-heel shoes. Click here to donate to Kevin's Walk A Mile In Her Shoes page.

Netflix’s buzzed-about new series “Unbelievable” is a dramatic take on the true story of a serial rapist who escaped detection for years. The show follows two narrative timelines. The first focuses on a teenage victim who falsely recanted her story under pressure from investigators. The second thread takes place three years later and follows a pair of female detectives who realize the separate rape cases they’re working on may be connected.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "UNBELIEVABLE," GO TO 59:22

In crime of the week: blowing through.

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Sep 23 2019

1hr 12mins

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Over My Dead Body: Joe Exotic & Happy Jail

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Rebecca gets around. Even as she’s laid up recovering from ankle surgery, our host will appear on other podcasts including "Undisclosed Addendum," "The JV Club," and bonus episodes of "In the Dark." Meantime, there’s a True Crime Podcast Update featuring everyone’s least-favorite prosecutor Doug Evans.

They were the Pilipino inmates who became a YouTube sensation with their “Thriller” dance. Netflix’s “Happy Jail” returns to that detention center. It follows former inmate-turned security consultant Marco Toral. As his fortunes fade, so do the fortunes of the prisoners.

FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “HAPPY JAIL” GO TO 32:07

Moving on…Wondery’s “Over My Dead Body” returns for a second season with the story of Joe Exotic. Host Rob Moor introduces us to the charismatic and controversial exotic animal collector who claims to be a target for ruin at the hands of a woman whose husband vanished under mysterious circumstances.

FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “OVER MY DEAD BODY: JOE EXOTIC” GO TO 1:00:51

Then in Crime of the Week: fowl play.

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Sep 16 2019

1hr 12mins

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Bardstown & The Great Hack

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Kevin provides some good news in his battle with cancer. Also, Lara hired a murderer. (It's complicated.)

The panel talks about Netflix’s latest documentary, a deep dive into the scandal around Cambridge Analytica. “The Great Hack” is a think piece about how forces can harness our digital footprints to influence our voting behaviors and the way we look at the world.

FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “THE GREAT HACK,” GO TO 33:50

Moving on, Vault Studios and WHAS TV News have teamed for the new podcast “Bardstown.” The series examines five unsolved cases in a small Kentucky town over the past few years.

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In Crime of the Week: it takes a thief…

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Sep 09 2019

1hr 17mins

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Mindhunter returns! Plus, 30 for 30: The Sterling Affairs

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On the podcast, Kevin talks about being radioactive and Toby, where is thy sting?

In True Crime Update: even more about Dirty John.

The panel reviews the latest from 30 for 30 podcasts: The Sterling Affairs. It explores the downfall of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a whirlwind of sex, race, and sports...all caught on audiotape.

FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE STERLING AFFAIRS," GO TO 28:10

Then, Netflix is out with season two of its triumphant “Mindhunter.” This time, Holden, Bill, and Wendy are taking their research on serial killers and attempt to apply it in the real-world.

FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "MINDHUNTER," GO TO 57:03

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Sep 02 2019

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Room 20 & Who Killed Garrett Phillips?

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Studio C has been relocated to accommodate Rebecca and Kevin's upcoming medical procedures. They give Lara and Toby health updates.

First on the double bill is HBO's "Who Killed Garrett Phillips." The 12-year-boy was strangled in his apartment after school and the perpetrator escaped from a third-floor window. Reminiscent of The Staircase, it's a look at race and justice in America.

FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "WHO KILLED GARRETT PHILLIPS" GO TO 33:55.

Then it's a review of top-ten podcast "Room 20" which looks at the strange case of an unidentified man who has been living in a vegetative state for 15 years. Host Joanne Faryon tries to learn the name of the patient known for all these years only as “Sixty-six Garage."

FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "ROOM 20" GO TO THE 1:00:43.

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Aug 19 2019

1hr 13mins

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Bundyville: The Remnant and The Clearing

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As summer rolls on, so do the hot new podcasts. First, the panel revisits the Patriot Movement in the sequel to Bundyville: “The Remnant.” It’s a deep look at how a bomber who targeted a former co-worker may be tied to the larger anti-government movement.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “BUNDYVILLE: THE REMNANT,” GO TO 26:26.

Then the crime writers dive into “The Clearing,” an investigation into serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards. A journalist and the killer’s daughter try to sort out what other crimes he committed…and which ones he didn’t.

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Then in crime of the week, do chickens have felons?

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Aug 05 2019

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I Love You, Now Die & Exhibit A

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We're back with a double review. First, HBO's “I Love You, Now Die,” exams the strange case of a teenager accused of ordering her boyfriend to commit suicide over text message. The documentary tells a deeper story than was presented on TV news, probing the troubled lives of both young people to offer more complex reasons Conrad Roy might have wanted to die and why Michelle Carter didn’t stop him.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “I LOVE YOU, NOW DIE,” GO TO 34:30

Next, Netflix's “Exhibit A” looks at four court cases in which questionable forensic science was used to secure otherwise shaky convictions. The documentary goes at the public’s blind trust in science, giving real-life examples of how it can be misused or misinterpreted. Our discussion of "Exhibit A" was recorded in front of a live audience at the True Crime Podcast Festival in Chicago.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “EXHIBIT A,” GO TO 1:03:32

Then in Crime of the Week: traffic cop-out.

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Jul 22 2019

1hr 18mins

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In the Dark Revelations and Atlantic

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Following the US Supreme Court striking down Curtis Flowers’ conviction, In The Dark has returned with what could be the final episode of season two. The Polk Award-winning podcast saved some of its most compelling journalism for its final hour, accomplishing more in 56 minutes than most podcasts do in their entire series.

FOR OUR THUMBS UP OR THUMBS WAY UP REVIEW OF THIS EP OF IN THE DARK, GO TO 25:04

The Irish Times’s podcast “Atlantic” examines the unsolved mystery of Peter Bergmann, a tourist found dead on a beach in County Sligo in 2009. The question remains - not how did he die - but why did he come to Ireland to disappear?

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “ATLANTIC,” GO TO 46:55

Then in Crime of the Week: burn, baby, burn.

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Jul 08 2019

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Big Little Lies and Slate's The Queen

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This week, the panel talks about Madeline Baron’s rapid response episode of “In the Dark” following the SCOTUS decision on Curtis Flowers. What was the response from residents in Winona…including prosecutor Doug Evans?

The crime writers review “The Queen,” a new podcast from Slate. It follows the story of Linda Taylor, the con woman whose brazen public assistance scam gave rise to the “welfare queen” narrative. The mixture of crime, politics, and dog-whistle racism has left a legacy which resonates today.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “THE QUEEN,” GO TO 31:13.

HBO offers a second season of “Big Little Lies,” as we see the fallout from Perry’s death on the women who keep the secret. Relationships become more complicated and the stakes get higher.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “BIG LITTLE LIES,” GO TO 1:00:00.

Then in Crime of the Week: you’re not the sauce of me.

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Jul 01 2019

1hr 12mins

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Double review: Confronting OJ and Man in the Window

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Lots of true crime podcast updates this week! The US Supreme Court has vacated the conviction of In The Dark S2 subject Curtis Flowers in a 7-2 decision. Will he be tried for a seventh time? There’s a shocking discovery in NPR’s White Lies podcast. We have a verdict in the Escaping NXIVM case and a new plea from the suspect in The Teacher’s Pet podcast.

After their hit Dirty John, the LA Times and Wondery have paired up again to tell the story of California’s most infamous serial killer. “Man in the Window” charts the evolution of the Golden State Killer. Will they capture lightning again or simply re-tread a significantly covered crime?

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF MAN IN THE WINDOW, GO TO 33:34.

Confronting: OJ Simpson,” hosted by Kim Goldman, sister of murder victim Ron Goldman, revisits some of the primary and peripheral figures of the crime. Does it bring anything new to this well-known case?

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF CONFRONTING: OJ SIMPSON, GO TO 59:18

Then in Crime of the Week: cat-astrophe.

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Jun 24 2019

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