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The Score: Bank Robber Diaries

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14 months. 30 Banks. An all-access pass into the mind of one of Southern California’s most prolific bank robbers. On the show, Joe Loya - the so-called “Beirut Bandit” - reveals his story of transformation from abusive childhood to prolific bank robber, violent convict, ex-con, writer and ultimately, a reconciled son. Produced by Peabody-Award winning podcaster Ben Adair (The Sterling Affairs, Dr. Death, Reveal) at Western Sound in partnership with Acast Studios.

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14 months. 30 Banks. An all-access pass into the mind of one of Southern California’s most prolific bank robbers. On the show, Joe Loya - the so-called “Beirut Bandit” - reveals his story of transformation from abusive childhood to prolific bank robber, violent convict, ex-con, writer and ultimately, a reconciled son. Produced by Peabody-Award winning podcaster Ben Adair (The Sterling Affairs, Dr. Death, Reveal) at Western Sound in partnership with Acast Studios.

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1285 Ratings
Average Ratings
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39

Just Awesome!! They NAILED it!

By Tuffstuff1980 - May 02 2020
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I have listened to this series twice and am starting a third binge. Try it out you will enjoy!

Joe your presh

By &Tay& - Apr 30 2020
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Ok I love joe!! This is soooo interesting!! He breaks my heart and definitely worth your time!!

iTunes Ratings

1285 Ratings
Average Ratings
1098
82
35
31
39

Just Awesome!! They NAILED it!

By Tuffstuff1980 - May 02 2020
Read more
I have listened to this series twice and am starting a third binge. Try it out you will enjoy!

Joe your presh

By &Tay& - Apr 30 2020
Read more
Ok I love joe!! This is soooo interesting!! He breaks my heart and definitely worth your time!!
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The Score: Bank Robber Diaries

Latest release on Aug 17, 2020

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14 months. 30 Banks. An all-access pass into the mind of one of Southern California’s most prolific bank robbers. On the show, Joe Loya - the so-called “Beirut Bandit” - reveals his story of transformation from abusive childhood to prolific bank robber, violent convict, ex-con, writer and ultimately, a reconciled son. Produced by Peabody-Award winning podcaster Ben Adair (The Sterling Affairs, Dr. Death, Reveal) at Western Sound in partnership with Acast Studios.

Rank #1: First Time Out

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Ever wonder what it's like to rob a bank?


Breaking the rules at a young age set Joe Loya up for a descent into crime. From his first time robbing a bank, to a violent altercation behind bars, this is Joe Loya’s origin story.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 12 2019

44mins

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Rank #2: Mama's Boy

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After his mom dies when he’s just 9 years old, Joe’s life begins to unravel. The death wreaks havoc on his home in ways that would affect him his entire life.

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Nov 19 2019

46mins

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Rank #3: The Wolf and the Sheep, Part 2

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The violence in Joe's household reaches a new level. And Joe makes a promise to his dad, his brother and himself.

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Dec 10 2019

41mins

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Rank #4: Who's Your Daddy?

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Young Joe's relationship with his father pushes him in unexpected directions.

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Nov 26 2019

41mins

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Rank #5: The Wolf and the Sheep, Part 1

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Joe's troubled home life gets complicated with the arrival of his new step mom.

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Dec 03 2019

35mins

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Rank #6: The Hunter

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Joe's relationship with his dad comes to extreme and tragic violence. The result propels him in a completely new direction — towards power and crime.

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Dec 17 2019

33mins

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Rank #7: Big Bank Little Bank

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How many banks did Joe rob? A lot of effing banks!

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Dec 24 2019

35mins

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Rank #8: The Victims

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Is bank robbery a victimless crime? No. No, it's not.

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Dec 31 2019

36mins

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Rank #9: Two Too Many

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After all these banks we’ve been hearing about, I’m sure you’re wondering, how far can one bank robber go?

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Jan 07 2020

39mins

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Rank #10: Your Listener Questions

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A special AJA episode (Ask Joe Anything) featuring your questions. Sorry we didn't have enough time to get to all of them!

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Jan 14 2020

38mins

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The Score: Bank Robber Diaries Trailer

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When is walking to a bank not just walking to a bank? When you’re walking to a bank robbery — and you’re the robber.


The Score: Bank Robber Diaries — coming soon.

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Oct 11 2019

3mins

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First Time Out

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Ever wonder what it's like to rob a bank?


Breaking the rules at a young age set Joe Loya up for a descent into crime. From his first time robbing a bank, to a violent altercation behind bars, this is Joe Loya’s origin story.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 12 2019

44mins

Play

Mama's Boy

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After his mom dies when he’s just 9 years old, Joe’s life begins to unravel. The death wreaks havoc on his home in ways that would affect him his entire life.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 19 2019

46mins

Play

Who's Your Daddy?

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Young Joe's relationship with his father pushes him in unexpected directions.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 26 2019

41mins

Play

The Wolf and the Sheep, Part 1

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Joe's troubled home life gets complicated with the arrival of his new step mom.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 03 2019

35mins

Play

The Wolf and the Sheep, Part 2

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The violence in Joe's household reaches a new level. And Joe makes a promise to his dad, his brother and himself.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 10 2019

41mins

Play

The Hunter

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Joe's relationship with his dad comes to extreme and tragic violence. The result propels him in a completely new direction — towards power and crime.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 17 2019

33mins

Play

Big Bank Little Bank

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How many banks did Joe rob? A lot of effing banks!

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 24 2019

35mins

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Upcoming special AMA episode with Joe - send questions to thescore@western-sound.com

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In a couple weeks, Joe's going to sit down and answer YOUR questions in a special "Ask Me Anything" podcast episode.


Send your questions to thescore@western-sound.com and we'll try to answer every one of them. You can also DM us on IG at @westernsound and @thescore.podcast


Send those questions in — let's go!


PS: this will probably be the only file in this feed NOT marked explicit, so enjoy the lack of f-bombs for a change :)

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Dec 29 2019

1min

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The Victims

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Is bank robbery a victimless crime? No. No, it's not.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 31 2019

36mins

Play

Two Too Many

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After all these banks we’ve been hearing about, I’m sure you’re wondering, how far can one bank robber go?

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 07 2020

39mins

Play

Your Listener Questions

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A special AJA episode (Ask Joe Anything) featuring your questions. Sorry we didn't have enough time to get to all of them!

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 14 2020

38mins

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Second Time In

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After pleading guilty to robbing three banks, Joe is sent back to prison — only this time, it's maximum security, federal prison. New people, new rules, new dangers, and new opportunities.

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Jan 21 2020

43mins

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Cracks in the Wall

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After getting out of his handcuffs and stabbing another inmate, Joe is taken to solitary. And that's when he finally starts to crack.

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Jan 28 2020

41mins

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The Monster

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After cracking in solitary confinement, Joe begins to transform into a different kind of inmate. A different kind of person.

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Feb 04 2020

40mins

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Fatal Peril

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Joe returns from prison a changed man, but adjusting to non-institutionalized life is harder than he expected.

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Feb 11 2020

43mins

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Last Words

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Everyone we've met in this season — Joe's family, friends, even the FBI agent who caught him — all weigh in on one, very complicated question: Has Joe really changed?

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Feb 18 2020

46mins

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Bonus Episode with Piper Kerman (Orange is the New Black)

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What does Joe Loya have to do with Orange is the New Black? A lot more than you know!

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Apr 08 2020

16mins

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Bonus Episode with Richard Rodriguez

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Richard Rodriguez is a writer and essayist who played a very influential role in Joe's own development as a writer in prison. He appeared a few times in the last episodes of the show. In this almost full length interview he talks about Joe, the power of story and how hard it can be to write yourself in or out of your own narrative.

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Apr 22 2020

36mins

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Bonus Episode - Creating the Sound of the Bank Robber Diaries

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Western Sound's Daniel Leone composed all the music and sound-designed the world of the Bank Robber Diaries. In this bonus episode, Ben talks with Dan about his creative process, the music and sound effects that brought Joe Loya's stories to life.

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May 13 2020

51mins

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iTunes Ratings

1285 Ratings
Average Ratings
1098
82
35
31
39

Just Awesome!! They NAILED it!

By Tuffstuff1980 - May 02 2020
Read more
I have listened to this series twice and am starting a third binge. Try it out you will enjoy!

Joe your presh

By &Tay& - Apr 30 2020
Read more
Ok I love joe!! This is soooo interesting!! He breaks my heart and definitely worth your time!!