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Fallen Angels: A Story of California Corruption

Fallen Angels is a journalistic thriller — Chinatown meets Spotlight — one that takes us into the shadows of sunny LA. Over 10 thirty-minute episodes, we go deeper and deeper into the intermingled world of power and privilege. LA Times investigative reporter Paul Pringle is our host – but he doesn’t simply narrate this story. Like a classic LA Noir, as Paul and his team of reporting colleagues—who joined forces in secret from their bosses—investigate the story, they meet obstacles and stonewalling at every turn: from USC,  from law enforcement, and more troubling still, from their own organization. 

Episode 5: The Warren Family

Fallen Angels: A Story of California Corruption

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  • about 1 month ago
  • 39:08

The team tracks down the family of Sarah Warren, who have been desperate to get Puliafito out of their daughter’s life for years. The reporters discover that Puliafito’s control over vulnerable people struggling with drug addiction is far greater than they imagined. And Sarah is not the only young person to have come under his spell. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 4: The Secret Reporting Team

Fallen Angels: A Story of California Corruption

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  • about 1 month ago
  • 40:39

Paul and his editor decide to form a secret reporting team with four other reporters, out of sight of the top editors at The LA Times. Bit by bit, the team starts to unravel the truth of Puliafito’s double life, and his surprising circle of associates: drug users, dealers, and sex workers. And they might have finally found the identity of the young woman from the Hotel Constance: her name is Sarah Warren.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 3: Company Men

Fallen Angels: A Story of California Corruption

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  • about 2 months ago
  • 41:17

With rock solid reporting that proves Carmen Puliafito was involved in the incident at the Hotel Constance, Paul and his editor take the story to the top brass at the LA Times. But the story is slow-walked, then killed by the top editors at the paper. And Paul starts to wonder: is it possible that his own paper doesn’t have the stomach to take on the powerful and influential USC?  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 2: The Trojan Wall

Fallen Angels: A Story of California Corruption

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  • about 2 months ago
  • 36:42

LA Times Reporter Paul Pringle starts to investigate what really happened at the Hotel Constance. But there’s a surprising lack of a police paper trail, and the Pasadena Police are stonewalling at every turn. So is USC. But Paul has investigated the university before, and he has his sources. Still, there’s one missing piece to the puzzle: the identity of the young woman found in the hotel room. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 1: The Hotel Constance

Fallen Angels: A Story of California Corruption

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  • 2 months ago
  • 42:15

An unconscious young woman in a room full of drugs: that’s the scene at the Hotel Constance in Pasadena, California. But when the hotel manager tries to call 911, the woman’s much older companion tells him that won’t be necessary – he’s a doctor. The manager makes the call anyway. And yet, when the police and paramedics arrive, this so-called doctor simply…walks away. And then the hotel manager learns who this man is: his name is Carmen Puliafito, and he’s the dean of the medical school at the University of Southern California (USC).See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.