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The RFK Tapes

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When Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, a lone gunman was captured at the scene, revolver in hand. It seemed like an open and shut case. So why did the police keep evidence hidden away for decades? Over ten episodes, hosts Zac Stuart-Pontier...Show More
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S1 [1] June 5, 1968 | The RFK Tapes

26:31 | Jun 5th, 2018

Fifty years ago, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, moments after winning the California Democratic primary. A lone gunman was captured at the scene, pistol in hand. Police said the case w...Show More
S1 [6] The Manchurian Candidate | The RFK Tapes

27:33 | Jul 17th, 2018

To prepare for Sirhan Sirhan’s 2011 parole hearing, his current legal team brings in an expert to investigate whether or not Sirhan was hypno-programmed to shoot Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
S1 [3] You Do Not Destroy Evidence! | The RFK Tapes

28:55 | Jun 19th, 2018

As Allard K. Lowenstein continues his investigation into Senator Robert F. Kennedy's murder, he enlists the help of Paul Schrade, one of the surviving shooting victims in the case. Together, they force a reexamination of the evidence collected by the...Show More
S1 [2] My God, the Cosmos Shook | The RFK Tapes

32:21 | Jun 12th, 2018

Allard K. Lowenstein encourages Senator Robert F. Kennedy to run for president but ends up wheeling him into the morgue. Years later, when he picks up the autopsy report, Lowenstein is stunned at what he finds. Through intimate private recordings, we...Show More
S2 [BONUS] I'll Call You Back | The Ballad of Billy Balls

38:34 | Jul 18th

iO returns some of the many compelling listener calls, while Austin checks in with old friends.
S2 [BONUS] Leave a Message | The Ballad of Billy Balls

36:41 | Jul 11th

In the afterglow of the season, we play some voicemails we've received from our wonderful listeners.
S2 [13] Life After Death | The Ballad of Billy Balls

46:51 | Jul 4th

As the show comes to an end, iO tries to figure out what the wisdom of it is.
S2 [12] The Guy in the Cowboy Hat | The Ballad of Billy Balls

34:20 | Jun 27th

The elusive character at the center of the mystery is found, and iO gets his story.
S2 [10] Something Bigger Than Me | The Ballad of Billy Balls

46:20 | Jun 6th

iO's upbringing pushes him to a life or death moment, and his path toward healing leads straight to Billy.
S2 [9] Ophelia | The Ballad of Billy Balls

41:47 | May 30th

Rebecca's grief in the years following Billy’s death leads her to an unlikely source of comfort, and a big surprise.
S2 [8] Cops Tend to Shoot | The Ballad of Billy Balls

40:56 | May 23rd

After months of anticipation, iO and Austin receive the biggest piece of evidence yet,
Introducing Gangster Capitalism

05:49 | May 21st

Gangster Capitalism Season 1 is centered on the 2019 college admissions scandal that is exposing everyone from CEOs to celebrities. Award-winning documentarian Andrew Jenks uncovers the origins and inner workings of this unprecedented scam, introduci...Show More
S2 [6] Amanda | The Ballad of Billy Balls

45:46 | May 2nd

Amanda, a game-changing character, tells her story.
S2 [5] Those High-Powered Lawyers | The Ballad of Billy Balls

40:56 | Apr 25th

Was there a conspiracy to murder Billy in order to keep him quiet? iO's search for an answer leads to a sobering reality.
Introducing Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia

04:41 | Apr 18th

When Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia, was brutally killed in 1947, it gripped the entire country. Many believe Dr. George Hodel was the killer, thanks to an investigation by Hodel's own son. But murder is just part of the Hodel family...Show More
S2 [4] Get in the Wind | The Ballad of Billy Balls

28:26 | Apr 11th

iO explores a darker side of Billy - did it lead to his death?
S2 [3] Billy the Kid | The Ballad of Billy Balls

35:06 | Apr 4th

As the investigation begins, iO explores Billy's journey to New York City.
S2 [2] He's Not Done Yet | The Ballad of Billy Balls

28:59 | Mar 28th

After Billy dies, his body disappears and strange things start to happen. Rebecca insists the whole thing is a cover up and we set out to find the truth.
S2 [1] Billy Balls and His Babygirl | The Ballad of Billy Balls

33:45 | Mar 28th

New York City. The 1970s. Artists flock to the East Village hoping to make a name for themselves. Enter Rebecca, an aspiring model, who meets Billy Balls, a rock and roll musician like no other. They fall madly in love and are inseparable, until one ...Show More
S2 Trailer | The Ballad of Billy Balls

03:00 | Mar 21st

"Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls" premiers March 28th, 2019.
S1 [BONUS] Tom Jackman of the Washington Post Talks RFK and More | The RFK Tapes

25:46 | Mar 15th

Zac talks to Washington Post reporter Tom Jackman about the latest in the RFK case. And then, Tom takes Zac through another of his stories about an old spy taking down a Jamaican scam... all caught on a wire.
S1 [BONUS] Loose Ends | The RFK Tapes

30:13 | Dec 24th, 2018

After a few months away from the RFK case, Zac sits down with producer Jesse Rudoy to discuss some loose ends. 
S1 [BONUS] That’s Not the Girl You Described | The RFK Tapes

31:24 | Oct 9th, 2018

On the night of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, waiter Vincent DiPierro told police that he saw a girl in a polka dot dress standing with Sirhan in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel. Bill and Zac pay DiPierro a visit and hear an unbelievable stor...Show More
S1 [BONUS] Follow the Lies | The RFK Tapes

38:08 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Bill takes the reins as he goes through some of the additional evidence that convinced him a second gun was firing the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.
S1 [BONUS] He Was Irreplaceable | The RFK Tapes

32:40 | Sep 25th, 2018

A collection of the best Robert F. Kennedy stories and speeches that didn't make it into the show, featuring speechwriter Adam Walinsky, special assistant William vanden Heuvel and campaign coordinator Steve Isenberg.
Up and Vanished, Season 2

36:57 | Sep 18th, 2018

Up and Vanished merges storytelling with investigation, highlighting a new missing persons case each season. Season 2 focuses on the disappearance of young mother Kristal Reisinger from a remote mountain town in Colorado. Follow along with host Payne...Show More
S1 [BONUS] The Trial of Scott Enyart | The RFK Tapes

27:51 | Sep 11th, 2018

On the night of Robert Kennedy’s murder, a young photographer named Scott Enyart had his film confiscated by the LAPD. When Enyart sued the city more than twenty years later, Bill Klaber was there.
S1 [BONUS] Live in Brooklyn | The RFK Tapes

42:06 | Sep 4th, 2018

Last week, Zac and Bill sat down in front of a live audience at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The show featured a heated debate between Bill and special guest Dan Moldea, plus musical performances by Rosaleen Eastman.
S1 [10] You May Not Be the Same Zac | The RFK Tapes

40:57 | Aug 28th, 2018

Zac goes back to Acidalia for one last interview with Bill.
Slow Burn, Season 2

36:34 | Aug 21st, 2018

Slate's Slow Burn excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history -- and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 2 captures what it felt like to live through the saga of Bill Clinton's impeachment. ...Show More
S1 [9] Here’s Where You and I Part Ways | The RFK Tapes

39:32 | Aug 14th, 2018

Investigative journalist Dan Moldea finds the man he believes assassinated Robert F. Kennedy.
S1 [8] I Wanted to Solve This F*cking Murder | The RFK Tapes

28:40 | Aug 7th, 2018

Investigative journalist Dan Moldea begins a quest to try to find evidence of a second gun in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel… by talking to the cops who were there that night.
S1 [7] He Didn't Think He Was Bulletproof | The RFK Tapes

31:40 | Jul 31st, 2018

Zac sets out on his own to talk with former aides to Senator Robert F. Kennedy about what that 1968 campaign was like, and what they believe happened the night of the California primary.
S1 [5] The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress | The RFK Tapes

30:23 | Jul 10th, 2018

Moments after Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, Sandra Serrano, a young campaign worker, says she saw a suspicious woman in a polka dot dress running away from the hotel screaming, “We shot him, we shot him.”
S1 [4] Reach For Your Gun, Sirhan | The RFK Tapes

38:16 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Was the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy a deliberate political statement or the act of a sick mind? As Sirhan Sirhan sits in jail awaiting trial, the prosecution sends in a psychiatrist to find out.
[BONUS] The Confession of Geneva White

26:22 | Jun 26th, 2018

In 1990, Bill went to Texas to interview a woman named Geneva White. He recorded her chilling deathbed confession about her husband’s possible involvement in the murder of President John F. Kennedy. When Bill played excerpts from his interview on a r...Show More
S1 Trailer | The RFK Tapes

04:11 | May 29th, 2018

Fifty years after the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, questions about the crime still linger. The RFK Tapes will explore the case through rare recordings and new interviews to try to understand what really happened on June 5, 1968. A new ...Show More