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The Clearing

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True Crime
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When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.

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When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.

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Excellent!

By ccass12 - May 18 2020
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Empathetic, thorough, genuine, and humorous at times

Enthralling

By LindsSavage - May 13 2020
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Such bravery shown, empathy and wisdom. Love the reporting and rhythm of the show!

iTunes Ratings

7747 Ratings
Average Ratings
5905
1027
404
206
205

Excellent!

By ccass12 - May 18 2020
Read more
Empathetic, thorough, genuine, and humorous at times

Enthralling

By LindsSavage - May 13 2020
Read more
Such bravery shown, empathy and wisdom. Love the reporting and rhythm of the show!
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The Clearing

Latest release on May 18, 2020

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When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.

Rank #1: 1. Hunting Season

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April reads a news story and everything changes. 

Jul 18 2019

51mins

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Rank #2: 2. Creepy John Wayne

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Who the hell was Edward Wayne Edwards anyway?

Jul 18 2019

52mins

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Rank #3: 4. Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit

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Confronting the myth of Ed Edwards.

Aug 01 2019

44mins

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Rank #4: 5. A Lot of Old Memories

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What else could Ed Edwards have done?

Aug 08 2019

51mins

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Rank #5: 3. Give Me The Needle

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How one murder case turned into three. 

Jul 25 2019

57mins

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Introducing The Clearing

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When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. 

Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet. 

Jul 03 2019

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Preview: The Clearing

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Listen to the first two episodes of The Clearing starting July 18. 

When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. 

Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet. 

Jul 17 2019

1min

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1. Hunting Season

Podcast cover
Read more

April reads a news story and everything changes. 

Jul 18 2019

51mins

Play

2. Creepy John Wayne

Podcast cover
Read more

Who the hell was Edward Wayne Edwards anyway?

Jul 18 2019

52mins

Play

3. Give Me The Needle

Podcast cover
Read more

How one murder case turned into three. 

Jul 25 2019

57mins

Play

4. Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit

Podcast cover
Read more

Confronting the myth of Ed Edwards.

Aug 01 2019

44mins

Play

5. A Lot of Old Memories

Podcast cover
Read more

What else could Ed Edwards have done?

Aug 08 2019

51mins

Play

6. Give Yourself Up Son

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How to solve a murder and why you probably won’t. 

Aug 15 2019

54mins

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7. He's In The Water

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April finds a connection in Akron, OH.

Aug 22 2019

43mins

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8. Tie A Knot In It

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On a farm in Wisconsin, April sees some good.

Aug 29 2019

43mins

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Introducing Conviction: American Panic

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When John Quinney was ten years old, he took the stand to testify against his own father. He had come to believe that his dad Melvin was the murderous leader of a satanic cult. It would be decades before John would learn that his family was just one of many swept up in a panic that gripped America in the 1980s—one in which hundreds of people were accused of taking part in underground satanic cults that sacrificed infants and sexually abused children. By the time the panic had subsided, scores of people were in prison, convicted on little to no evidence—people like John's father. Conviction: American Panic takes you inside one of the darkest and most bizarre chapters of American history. The next episode of Conviction is available right now for free, only on Spotify. https://smarturl.it/conviction-s2e2

Feb 25 2020

24mins

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Introducing Wind of Change

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It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions.

Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth.

Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.

May 18 2020

43mins

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iTunes Ratings

7747 Ratings
Average Ratings
5905
1027
404
206
205

Excellent!

By ccass12 - May 18 2020
Read more
Empathetic, thorough, genuine, and humorous at times

Enthralling

By LindsSavage - May 13 2020
Read more
Such bravery shown, empathy and wisdom. Love the reporting and rhythm of the show!