American Scandal

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Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage.Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and am...Show More
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Sponsored | American Epidemics - Dark Days in Dallas | 3

59:01 | May 24th

This episode is brought to you by Wondery in partnership with National Geographic in anticipation of their new series, The Hot Zone. In 2014, Ebola is tearing through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but the deadly disease hasn’t yet made landfall i...Show More
Sponsored | American Epidemics - The Great Pandemic | 1

50:30 | May 10th

This episode is brought to you by Wondery in partnership with National Geographic in anticipation of their new series, The Hot Zone. The three-night limited series is inspired by true events surrounding the origins of the Ebola virus and its arrival ...Show More
Exxon Valdez: Winner Take Nothing | 4

47:24 | Feb 12th

The fishermen run a blockade. Alyeska Pipeline goes to extremes to root out a mole. Exxon and the fishermen face off in court. Photos of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Get a free trial and learn ho...Show More
Exxon Valdez: The Spin Cycle | 3

44:49 | Feb 5th

After Captain Hazelwood’s arrest, Exxon tries to clean up its public image. President Bush tells Exxon to pick up the pace on the cleanup. Fisherman Riki Ott takes on Big Oil in the Alaska State Legislature. Photos of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Exxon Valdez: Oil Meets Water | 1

37:16 | Jan 22nd

A supertanker carrying 53 million gallons of crude oil runs aground in Prince William Sound sparking the worst man-made ecological catastrophe in the country’s history at the time.  As Exxon struggles to get the cleanup underway, fishermen worry that...Show More
BALCO: Steroids and Snake Oil | 1

38:48 | Sep 18th, 2018

A college dropout with no background in science turns himself into an expert on performance enhancing drugs. Soon he attracts some of the world’s best athletes—along with the attention of a determined federal agent. Support us by supporting our s...Show More
The Standoff at Wounded Knee - The Trail of Broken Treaties | 1

40:22 | Jul 16th

In early 1973, the militant civil rights group the American Indian Movement (AIM) takes control of the town of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The action launches a 71-day standoff between Indians and federal forces...Show More
Introducing Larger Than Life | 2

07:51 | Jul 10th

In 1960s Los Angeles, after the catastrophic Watts riots, an outsized character emerged — one who found an unexpected way to unite people across race and class. Odds are you’ve never heard of him—but his name, was Big Willie. Reported, written and ho...Show More
Tuskegee Syphilis Study - Parallels | 5

30:10 | Jul 9th

Black babies in the United States are twice as likely as white babies to die before their first birthday. It’s an alarming statistic that further highlights the wide disparities in healthcare that exist between black and white Americans. And while th...Show More
Tuskegee Syphilis Study - What Was Done Cannot Be Undone | 4

42:23 | Jul 2nd

After 40 years, the Tuskegee Study has been exposed, condemned, and ended. But for the survivors and African-American community at large, this is not the end of the story. A fight begins to ensure the deceived test subjects are properly compensated, ...Show More
Tuskegee Syphilis Study - Controlled Genocide | 3

39:08 | Jun 25th

In the 1960s, as cultural attitudes shift and more doctors in the U.S. learn of the study, objections are raised on moral and political grounds. When the government refuses to end the experiment, a whistleblower goes public, and the test subjects tur...Show More
New Show From Lindsay Graham: 1865

11:14 | Jun 19th

1865 starts with the moment Lincoln got shot and follows the journey of the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, as he continues to push through Lincoln’s progressive agenda while dealing with the nuances and scandal around Lincoln’s assassination. In p...Show More
Tuskegee Syphilis Study - Treatment by Autopsy | 2

42:26 | Jun 18th

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is underway, with hundreds of African-American men unknowingly serving as human guinea pigs. Though it's initially scheduled to last only a few months, the doctors in charge of the experiment land on a nefarious scheme to ...Show More
Introducing Man in the Window

14:02 | Jun 12th

From the partnership that brought you Dirty John, comes Man in the Window. Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paige St. John investigates The Golden State Killer, and traces his path of devastation through the eyes of his victims. Listen now at wondery....Show More
Tuskegee Syphilis Study - First, Do No Harm | 1

40:28 | Jun 11th

In early 1930s America, segregation is the law of the land, and syphilis remains a grave public health concern. A handful of white government doctors aims to treat African Americans in a rural Alabama county where infection rates are especially high....Show More
Payola - Anything for a Hit | 6

41:22 | May 28th

Records stuffed with cash. Cassette cases full of cocaine. The details revealed at record promoter Joe Isgro's payola trial shock the public. And the trial's outcome is an even bigger surprise. Support our show by supporting our sponsors! ZipRec...Show More
Introducing The Shrink Next Door | 1

11:26 | May 22nd

Marty Markowitz had his share of problems. His parents had recently died. He had troubles at work. A failing relationship. He needed someone to help him through this rough patch in his life. So he decided to get some professional help from a psychiat...Show More
Payola - Music and the Mob | 5

32:51 | May 21st

In 1986, federal prosecutor Marvin Rudnick is close to cracking the biggest payola case in decades. It might even involve the Mafia and one of the record industry's most notorious figures, Morris Levy. So why do his bosses abruptly take him off the c...Show More
Sponsored | American Epidemics - 1989 and The Hot Zone | 2

42:04 | May 17th

This episode is brought to you by Wondery in partnership with National Geographic in anticipation of their new series, The Hot Zone. The three-night limited series is inspired by true events surrounding the origins of the Ebola virus and its arrival ...Show More
Payola - The Network | 4

45:05 | May 14th

Twenty years after new federal laws were supposed to eradicate payola, it's back. Now a mysterious group of record promoters called the Network are using it to control access to Top 40 radio. And to enforce their monopoly on the airwaves, they've enl...Show More
Payola - Rock ’n’ Roll on Trial | 3

46:33 | May 7th

The Congressional payola hearings of 1960 are out to expose corruption in the music industry. But they're also out to discredit a dangerous new form of music called rock 'n' roll. To do that, they've set their sights on rock's most famous champions: ...Show More
Payola - The Devil's Music | 2

47:34 | Apr 30th

In 1959, rock 'n' roll is on the rise. But parents and politicians are alarmed by this rebellious new style of music and its powerful effect on America's youth. So when Congress learns that some rock records are getting on the radio thanks to a syste...Show More
Payola - The $50 Handshake | 1

43:29 | Apr 23rd

The delicate system of secret bribes and kickbacks used to transform a mediocre record into a hit -- that’s payola. And on the eve of rock ‘n’ roll, it’s consuming the music industry. As the public catches wind of the corruption, DJ Alan Freed and Am...Show More
Introducing Sports Wars

05:27 | Apr 17th

Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic rivalries? From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars” and “American Scandal” comes Sports Wars, an electric new series that of...Show More
Michael Avenatti's Rise and Fall | 8

37:10 | Apr 16th

Stormy Daniels, secret hush money payments, and the lawyer at the center of it all: Michael Avenatti. In 2018, we saw an American scandal unfold right before our eyes -- live on television. On this special episode, Los Angeles Times political report...Show More
The Hare Krishna Murders: Inside and Out | 7

44:28 | Apr 9th

Former Hare Krishna Henry Doktorski talks about what led him to join the faith, day to day life on the West Virginia commune, and why he finally left. Read more about the Hare Krishna’s in Henry’s book, Killing for Krishna: The Danger of Deranged De...Show More
Introducing Over My Dead Body

06:03 | Apr 3rd

A seemingly-perfect marriage, a nasty divorce, and then...a murder. The first season of Over My Dead Body, "Tally" is available to binge now. To hear the rest of this episode, go to wondery.fm/omdb
The Hare Krishna Murders - Retribution and Reform | 6

50:01 | Apr 2nd

Keith Ham’s chief enforcer is summoned back to New Vrindaban for a mission.  He enlists the help of a friend of the commune who turns informer. Steve Bryant goes into hiding.  Deputy Westfall works with the state police to finally make some arrests, ...Show More
The Hare Krishna Murders: The Fracture | 5

46:25 | Mar 26th

Steve Bryant is forced out of the commune at gunpoint and heads to California where he finds evidence that the Gurus are frauds. Berkeley Temple Leader Hansadutta has a meltdown that lands him in jail. An attempt to start a Guru Reform movement divid...Show More
Introducing The Thread: The Insanity Defense

08:45 | Mar 20th

From the trial of James Hadfield in 1800 to the trial of Aurora gunman James Holmes over two centuries later, this season of The Thread explores six of the most high-profile murder cases in history through the lens of the controversial legal defense ...Show More
The Hare Krishna Murders: The WhistleBlower | 4

39:57 | Mar 19th

When a devotee in West Virginia goes missing, his wife suspects murder. Deputy Westfall is thwarted by the DA when he tries to take action. Keith flexes his muscles and expands his power over New Vrindaban. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ...Show More
The Hare Krishna Murders: A Vigil of Vultures | 3

46:08 | Mar 12th

When the Swami dies, eleven senior disciples declare themselves gurus and take control of the movement. In Berkeley, Hansadutta becomes paranoid and starts amassing an arsenal of weapons. In West Virginia, Keith Ham finishes constructing his palace o...Show More
The Hare Krishna Murders: Sowing the Seeds | 2

43:42 | Mar 5th

When devotees at the NYC temple confront Keith Ham, he decides to found a commune of his own in West Virginia.  Krishnas in temples across the country come up with illegal ways to raise money for the group, including drug dealing and money scams.
The Hare Krishna Murders: Go West, Old Man | 1

44:20 | Feb 26th

An elderly swami from India captures the zeitgeist of 1960s counterculture in America with his message of peace and love.  But his western disciples are hungry for power, and one of his most trusted devotees betrays him. You can find new episodes ...Show More
Introducing One Plus One

10:25 | Feb 19th

This is One Plus One, the show about the spark that drives two original thinkers to ultimate success. We’ll unearth the stories of Paul McCartney & John Lennon, Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, Beyonce & Jay-Z, Shaq & Kobe, and many more, and learn what i...Show More
Exxon Valdez: 30 Years Later | 5

40:12 | Feb 19th

It’s been 30 years since the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Port William Sound, but the disaster still reverberates. A conversation with marine conservation professor and Alaska fisherman Rick Steiner about the state of things today. Plus, journalist ...Show More
Exxon Valdez: The Mosquito Fleet | 2

44:47 | Jan 29th

The fishermen find that damage from the spill is even worse than expected, while a winter storm destroys Exxon’s plans for a quick cleanup.  Captain Hazelwood disappears. Photos of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Iran Contra: Inside | 6

45:19 | Jan 1st

How does the Iran Contra investigation compare to the Russia investigation today? We go behind the scenes with Michael Bromwich, a lawyer who worked on the Iran Contra case. He tells us what it’s like to delve into the dealings of America’s most powe...Show More
Iran Contra: The Inner Circle | 5

46:50 | Dec 25th, 2018

Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh sets his sights on the White House and tries to answer the question everyone has been asking: Exactly how much did President Reagan know and when did he know it? Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Arti...Show More
Iran Contra: Walsh | 4

45:25 | Dec 18th, 2018

Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh is called to D.C. to investigate Iran-Contra and bring those responsible to justice. But what he discovers will shake his political allegiances, and drive a wedge through the heart of the country. Support this show...Show More
Iran Contra: Don and Ed | 3

45:13 | Dec 11th, 2018

When the story breaks that senior US government officials secretly traded arms for hostages, Congress and the American people demand answers. Chief of Staff Don Regan and Attorney General Ed Meese begin building a wall around the President.  Links t...Show More
Iran Contra: Ollie | 2

41:17 | Dec 4th, 2018

Two of Reagan’s top priorities are in jeopardy: American hostages are still in the hands of terrorists in Iran, and the Contras are losing their fight against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. In early 1986, the two operations merge. In the middle of it ...Show More
Lindsay Graham's Newest Podcast: 1865

11:54 | Dec 3rd, 2018

April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton takes control, determined to bring the assassin to justice. Heavily researched, this historical political thriller is an audio drama that explores A...Show More
Introducing TBD with Tina Brown

07:59 | Nov 30th, 2018

As editor in chief at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, Tina Brown has had opportunity to sit down with the world’s most important people to hear their thoughts on the zeitgeist and on her new Podcast, “TBD with Tina Brown,” she invites you to hear her...Show More
Iran Contra: Bud | 1

50:49 | Nov 27th, 2018

In July of 1985, the National Security Advisor to President Reagan, Robert “Bud” McFarlane puts a plan in motion that could change the course of history and turn the Reagan administration upside down.  Support this show by supporting our sponsors! ...Show More
New York State of Crime: Interview with filmmaker Alex Gibney | 5

48:06 | Nov 20th, 2018

Host Lindsay Graham talks with Alex Gibney, director of “Client 9,” a documentary that examines the rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer. Support us by supporting out sponsors! Ancestry.com - Get your kit for just $59 today at Ancestry.com/AS Hair Cl...Show More
New York State of Crime: Two Men in a Cell | 4

45:35 | Nov 13th, 2018

Preet Bharara investigates Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos - the explosive trials and the aftermath. You can read more about the Sheldon Silver trial here, and read about the Dean Skelos trial here. Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Bro...Show More
New York State of Crime: Interference | 3

41:43 | Nov 6th, 2018

Governor Cuomo tries to stamp out corruption with an independent commission who deals with interference from unexpected places. Attorney Preet Bharara lasers in on the committee’s findings. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Art of Shavi...Show More
New York State of Crime: An Affair to Remember | 2

44:31 | Oct 30th, 2018

Troopergate explodes. Governor Spitzer finds himself embroiled in a scandal. Senator Bruno is investigated by the FBI. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Hair Club for Men - Get a free hair analysis and free haircare kit ($300 value) at hair...Show More
New York State of Crime: Three Men in a Room | 1

42:47 | Oct 23rd, 2018

In 2006 Eliot Spitzer is elected governor on a promise to tackle corruption in the most dysfunctional state capital in the country--Albany, NY. He is quickly challenged by one of the most powerful men in the state. Will the governor change Albany or ...Show More
BALCO: Interview with authors Mark Fainaru Wada and Lance Williams | 6

39:38 | Oct 16th, 2018

Host Lindsay Graham talks with the journalists who broke the BALCO scandal and almost went to jail.   Mark Fainaru Wada and Lance Williams are the authors of “Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sport...Show More
Introducing Legal Wars | 1

09:57 | Oct 10th, 2018

The courtroom can be a battlefield over money, people’s rights, and even their lives. For some cases, the consequences can affect us long after the verdict is read. Based on extensive interviews and court transcripts, Wondery’s new podcast LEGAL WAR...Show More
BALCO: Winners and Losers | 5

40:09 | Oct 9th, 2018

Victor Conte loses his battle when he’s sentenced to prison. Marion Jones’ carefully crafted defense threatens to collapse because of a bitter divorce. And agent Novitzky’s case hits some snags as Barry Bonds fights for his reputation. After investig...Show More
BALCO: Liars and Leaks | 4

37:48 | Oct 2nd, 2018

The raid on BALCO succeeds beyond Agent Novitzky’s wildest dreams. He gets all the evidence he needs to prove that some of the top athletes in the world have cheated their way to records and medals. But Barry Bonds isn’t going down without a fight an...Show More
BALCO: Syringes and Secrets | 3

37:49 | Sep 25th, 2018

A syringe with a mysterious substance sets off a race to save the Olympics from a doping scandal. Backstabbing, recriminations and a dedicated team of investigators threaten to destroy everything Victor Conte has created. And agent Novitzky plants an...Show More
BALCO: Gold Medals and Bad Blood | 2

34:39 | Sep 18th, 2018

Track star Marion Jones gets caught in the middle of an Olympic steroid scandal and turns to Victor Conte for help. In baseball, Barry Bonds is fed up watching other players beat records and garner fame. He teams up with a trainer who sets him on a p...Show More
Introducing American Scandal

01:46 | Sep 10th, 2018

American Scandal Premieres September 18th.