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51 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
S1 Ep#42: The Apology Line
It started as a social experiment in 1981. You'd call a phone number and leave a message in which you would apologize for a crime or misdeed you'd committed. But to the man who created it, Allan Bridge, the “Apology Line” became a fascination.On this episode, we feature The Apology Line podcast from Wondery and speak to the host, Marissa Bridge, wife of "Mr. Apology", who details the behind-the-scenes story of the social phenomenon and the man who created it.
54 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
S1 Ep#41: Scattered
Chris Garcia was in denial when his father was diagnosed with dementia. Until the day his dad didn’t recognize him. So Chris did what any comedian would do – he joked about it. The result is his podcast, Scattered, from WNYC Studios. Often funny and always touching, Scattered follows Chris as he attempts to learn the story of his dad’s life and honor his last request.
54 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
S1 Ep#40: Suave
Serving life in prison since the age of 17, “Suave” Gonzalez assumed he would die behind bars. But one day he met a journalist whose words gave him purpose. Then when a Supreme Court ruling set him free, he truly was given a second chance.“Suave” is a podcast about the juvenile criminal justice system, life after prison, and an unlikely friendship between an inmate and an investigative reporter.This week, David Luis "Suave" Gonzalez and journalist Maria Hinojosa are guests on The Pod Spotter.
51 minutes | May 31, 2021
Bonus Ep: Best of "Last 5 Minutes, No One Is Listening" Part 1
No one listens to the last 5 minutes of any podcast. And so each week Zack and our guests use that time to reveal secrets, get something off their chest, or just share something personal. It’s resulted in some of our best audio.Unfortunately, no one has heard it because, well, no one was listening.Until now.This week we present Part 1 of "The Best of No One’s Listening."
51 minutes | May 24, 2021
S1 Ep#39: Trickeration
Some of the greatest stories in sports didn’t happen between the lines, during the games, or in front of the cameras.They are the best sports stories you've never heard.This week we talk to Matt Waxman, creator and host of iHeart's Trickeration. A podcast dedicated to the best pranks, schemes and scams in the history of sports.
63 minutes | May 17, 2021
S1 Ep#38: Gamblers
To some, gambling isn’t much of a gamble.Certainly no more risky than investing in the stock market.Of course, there is the chance you’ll get hassled by law enforcement, the government, or “rolled” in a convenience store parking lot for the wad of cash hidden in your shoe.Our featured podcast this week is Gamblers from The Ringer Network. Author and journalist, David Hill joins us to talk about his deep-dive into the lives of professional gamblers.
66 minutes | May 9, 2021
S1 Ep#37: Band of Mothers
On this special Mother’s Day episode, we celebrate the realities of motherhood with a couple of moms who know that there’s no such thing as a perfect mother or a perfect kid.The Pod Spotter welcomes the Band of Mothers podcast and hosts Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee. They know all about the joys of motherhood, but also that sometimes mommy needs some peace, quiet, and wine…not whine.
63 minutes | May 3, 2021
S1 Ep#36: Bear Brook
There are tons of investigative, True Crime podcasts. But how many actually contributed to solving a cold case?This week we feature Bear Brook, an investigative series that profiled, and helped solve, a 30-year old quadruple-murder.Host and reporter, Jason Moon, joins us to discuss the science, amateur sleuthing and all the details of this very complicated case.
61 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
S1 Ep#35: The Edge: Houston Astros
In 2014, the Houston Astros were the laughing stock of Major League Baseball, if not all of sports. But just 3 years later, they were World Champions.Was it brilliant coaching? Exceptional talent evaluation? Superior player development? Or did they somehow cheat their way to the top?In his 6-episode podcast, The Edge: Houston Astros, sportswriter & host Ben Reiter talks to key figures and digs deep into the scandal that rocked the Astros' franchise and the baseball world. This week, Ben joins The Pod Spotter to talk about his pod and the anatomy of the scheme.
62 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
S1 Ep#34: Caught
Roughly 53,000 juveniles are in some form of lockup. Nearly 60 percent are black or Latino. We all make dumb mistakes when we’re young. But for these kids, those “dumb mistakes” have a lasting impact.This week we talk to Kai Wright, host of the award-winning podcast Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice, which tells the stories of kids in lockup with the help of some very raw & intimate audio.
67 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
S1 Ep#33: Do No Harm
A child is injured. The injury is diagnosed as being the result of abuse and the child is removed from the parents’ home. Another child saved?Not in this case. Misdiagnoses can leave children scarred, parents distraught and families traumatized.We talk with the host of Do No Harm, NBC News National Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh, and the subject of his podcast, Melissa Bright.If you’re a parent, there are important lessons to be learned from this week’s episode.
58 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
S1 Ep#32: Articles of Interest
Why do kids' clothes have pockets?What’s a chambray shirt?Should I burn my cargo shorts?If you have a question about what’s in your closet, don’t miss this episode.This week we talk to Avery Trufelman, creator and host of the award-winning Articles of Interest from @99piorg, a podcast that looks at what we wear and why we wear it.
64 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
S1 Ep#31: Smithsonian Sidedoor
What’s the story behind Wonder Woman? Charles Ponzi’s scheme? Dynamite? The worst video game ever?The Smithsonian is home to over 150 million artifacts and every one of them has a backstory you wouldn’t learn during your average museum tour. This week on the Pod Spotter we profile Smithsonian Sidedoor and talk to Host Lizzie Peabody and Producer Justin O’Neill about the weird, the wonderful and the unknown treasures of the Smithsonian.
58 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
S1 Ep#30: Other People's Lives
From clown fetishes to tales of hunting Bigfoot, the hosts of our next featured podcast have heard it all. Comedian and YouTuber, Joe Santagato and Greg Dybec are the hosts of Other People’s Lives, which features conversations with anonymous guests who have fascinating jobs, dark secrets or unusual turn-ons.
62 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
S1 Ep#29: The Worldwide Tribe: Stories from the Refugee Crisis
The Worldwide Tribe podcast features the human stories of displaced people. Stories from those who fled religious, political or economic oppression in their home country, desperately looking for a better life. They’re the people behind the cold, immigration statistics.This week we feature the pod’s creator and host, Jaz O’Hara. A great episode focused on a great pod which puts a face on a worldwide issue.
64 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
S1 Ep#28: Forgotten: Women of Juárez
Hundreds of women missing. Many of them ultimately found murdered. Discarded. No public outcry. Police inaction. The only people who seem to care are their devastated families. And our next guests.Mónica Ortiz Uribe and Oz Woloshyn are the hosts of the podcast, Forgotten: Women of Juárez. We talk to them about the apathy, the cover-up, and the profound heartbreak.
59 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
S1 Ep#27: Everything is Alive
An introspective can of soda.A pillow with aspirations.A ten-dollar bill who questions its worth.If you thought everyday objects were inanimate, Ian Chillag wants you to think again.The host and creator of Everything is Alive, sits and chats with everyday objects that you otherwise might never have thought much about. His interviews are funny, intimate and surprisingly, well, human.
64 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
S1 Ep#26: Uncover
Uncover is an investigative series from CBC Podcasts. With 8 seasons in the books and more on the way, now is the time to check it out if you haven’t already.This week we feature the investigative, true-crime pod and talk to Arif Noorani, CBC’s Executive Producer, and Michelle Shephard, Investigative Reporter and Host of Season 8, “Brainwashed.”
66 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
S1 Ep#25: Risk!
Imagine your most private, deepest, darkest secret.Got it?Now imagine standing on a stage and telling that secret, in intimate detail, to a couple hundred strangers.Then imagine it’s recorded, published as a podcast, and made available on every platform out there.That’s Risk!, our next featured podcast. Zack talks to host, Kevin Allison, about some of the craziest, funniest, shocking-est Risk! stories told on his pod by regular people like you, and also reveals some of his own.
60 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
S1 Ep#24: Canary: The Washington Post Investigates
Two women are sexually assaulted 35 years apart but their cases are inextricably linked. This week we speak with Amy Brittain, an investigative reporter and host of the podcast Canary: The Washington Post Investigates. It’s a story about the bravery of the women who fought back when the system failed them.
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