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Criminal

Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We are a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

Episode 161: Only in Hollywood

Criminal

  • 380 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 35:34

When Joan Borsten married actor Oleg Vidov, also known as “the Soviet Robert Redford,” he introduced her to beautiful Soviet animations created in Moscow’s Soyuzmultfilm studio. They eventually acquired the rights to distribute the films outside of the former Soviet Union. One day, Joan realized someone was undercutting their business, and she devised a very Hollywood solution. Check out our online shop. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you’d like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Article is offering our listeners $50 off their first purchase of $100 or more.  to claim, visit article.com/criminal and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Better Help Get 10% off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/criminal Headspace Go to headspace.com/criminal for a free one-month trial. Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving. Quip Go to getquip.com/criminal, right now, you can get a free plastic dispenser with any refill plan. Rothy’s Check out all the amazing shoes, bags and masks available right now at rothys.com/criminal. Simplisafe Visit SimpliSafe.com/criminal to get a free camera plus SimpliSafe’s holiday savings. Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Sun Basket is offering $35 off your order when you go right now to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code criminal at checkout. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. Ziprecruiter See for yourself how ZipRecruiter makes hiring faster and easier. Try it now for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.

Episode 160: Hot Lotto

Criminal

  • 430 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 28:56

In 2010, a $16.5 million Hot Lotto ticket was sold at a gas station in Des Moines, Iowa. At first, no one showed up to claim the prize. And then, a series of lawyers tried to claim the money on behalf of a client they would not name. Things got stranger, and eventually investigators uncovered what has been called the biggest lottery fraud in U.S. history. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you’d like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Article is offering our listeners $50 off their first purchase of $100 or more. To claim, visit article.com/criminal and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Better Help Get 10% off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/criminal Headspace Go to headspace.com/criminal for a free one-month trial. Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving. Quip Go to getquip.com/criminal, right now, you can get a free plastic dispenser with any refill plan. Rothy’s check out all the amazing shoes, bags and masks available right now at rothys.com/criminal. Simplisafe Visit SimpliSafe.com/criminal to get a free camera plus SimpliSafe’s holiday savings. Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Sun Basket is offering $35 off your order when you go right now to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code criminal at checkout. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. Ziprecruiter See for yourself how ZipRecruiter makes hiring faster and easier. Try it now for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.

Episode 159: Spiritual Developments

Criminal

  • 270 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 38:01

One Sunday afternoon, a man named William Mumler decided to take a self portrait. He said he was alone in the photography studio, but as the photograph developed, he saw something very strange—the image of someone else, sitting beside him. Louis Kaplan’s book is The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you’d like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. For a transcript of this episode, send an email to transcripts@thisiscriminal.com with the episode name and number. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Article is offering our listeners $50 off their first purchase of $100 or more.  to claim, visit article.com/criminal and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Better Help Get 10% off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/criminal Headspace Go to headspace.com/criminal for a free one-month trial. Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Simplisafe Visit SimpliSafe.com/criminal to get a free camera plus SimpliSafe’s holiday savings. Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket $35 off your order when you go right now to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code criminal at checkout. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. Ziprecruiter See for yourself how ZipRecruiter makes hiring faster and easier. Try it now for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.

Episode 158: "If it ever happens, run."

Criminal

  • 490 views
  • 6 months ago
  • 33:42

“What I recall most is the way that she grabbed my wrist and, shaking a bit, she said over and over again, ‘If it happens, run. Don't let that happen to you. Run. If it ever happens, run.’” It was years before Cynthia Brown understood what her great-grandmother, Athalia Howe, was talking about. David Zucchino's book is Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you’d like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: AMC Acorn TV Try Acorn TV free for 30 days, by going to Acorn.tv and use promo code criminal. Article Article is offering our listeners $50 off their first purchase of $100 or more.  to claim, visit article.com/criminal and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Better Help Get 10% off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/criminals Quip go to getquip.com/criminal, right now, you can get a free plastic dispenser with any refill plan. Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Simplisafe Visit SimpliSafe.com/criminal to get a free camera plus SimpliSafe’s holiday savings. Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket $35 off your order when you go right now to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code criminal at checkout. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. Ziprecruiter See for yourself how ZipRecruiter makes hiring faster and easier. Try it now for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.

Episode 157: The Short Life of Qandeel Baloch

Criminal

  • 260 views
  • 6 months ago
  • 35:08

Qandeel Baloch grew up in a conservative village in Pakistan, a place where it was shocking to see a woman swimming outdoors. She ran away from home, changed her name, and eventually became "Pakistan's first social media star." By 2015, she was reported to be one of the 10 most Googled people in Pakistan. The next year, she was dead. Sanam Maher's book is A Woman Like Her: The Story Behind the Honor Killing of a Social Media Star. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you’d like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: AMC Acorn TV Try Acorn TV free for 30 days, by going to Acorn.tv and use promo code criminal. Article Article is offering our listeners $50 off their first purchase of $100 or more.  to claim, visit article.com/criminal and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Better Help Get 10% off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/criminal Quip Go to getquip.com/criminal, right now, you can get a free plastic dispenser with any refill plan. Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Simplisafe Visit SimpliSafe.com/criminal to get a free camera plus SimpliSafe’s holiday savings. Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket $35 off your order when you go right now to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code criminal at checkout. Ziprecruiter See for yourself how ZipRecruiter makes hiring faster and easier. Try it now for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.

Episode 156: Sister Helen

Criminal

  • 410 views
  • 7 months ago
  • 39:54

In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean was invited to write a letter to a man on death row named Elmo Patrick Sonnier. She told us, "I thought that all I was going to be doing was writing letters. And lo and behold, two years later, I am in that execution chamber." She's now 81, and has been present at the executions of six men. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you’d like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: AMC Acorn TV Try Acorn TV free for 30 days, by going to Acorn.tv and use promo code criminal. Article article is offering our listeners $50 off their first purchase of $100 or more.  to claim, visit article.com/criminal and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Better Help  Get 10% off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/criminals Progressive  Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Simplisafe  Visit SimpliSafe.com/criminal to get a free camera plus SimpliSafe’s holiday savings. Squarespace  Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket $35 off your order when you go right now to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code criminal at checkout. Ziprecruiter  See for yourself how ZipRecruiter makes hiring faster and easier. Try it now for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.