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American Scandal

New episodes come out every Tuesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.

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 ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls. And when the dust finally settles, we?re left to wonder: how did this happen? Where did they trip up, and who is to blame? From the creators of American History Tellers, Business Wars and Tides of History comes American Scandal, where we take you deep into the heart of America?s dark side to look at what drives someone to break the rules and what happens when they?re caught. Hosted by Lindsay Graham.

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Introducing: Shadow of Truth

It?s one of the most haunting murder cases you?ll ever hear about, and it takes place in a small town in Israel. Tair Rada was only 13-years-old when her body was found inside a locked bathroom stall. She was viciously murdered during a school day, and yet no one saw or heard a thing. The police arrested the janitor, Roman Zadorov, and he eventually confessed, but this was far from being the end of it. Based on the hit true-crime series from Netflix, the podcast "Shadow of Truth" will take you on a journey into one of the wildest and most contested murder cases in the history of Israel, as it reaches its final resolution, 15 years after it all started.

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2021-10-27
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LA Steals Its Water | The Showdown | 3

The fighting grows fierce between Inyo County and Los Angeles. But when LA's aqueduct is taken hostage, William Mulholland makes a fateful decision that threatens a disaster.

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2021-10-26
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LA Steals Its Water | Ransom | 2

William Mulholland pushes ahead with LA's aqueduct. But when the people of Inyo County learn the truth, they begin preparing for war.

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2021-10-19
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LA Steals Its Water | The Biggest Problem | 1

William Mulholland climbs to the top of the water department. But once he's there, he learns that Los Angeles has a terrible secret, one that could destroy the city.

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2021-10-12
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Wondery Presents: Over My Dead Body - Fox Lake

A small town cop is gunned down in a swamp in the summer of 2015. He quickly became a martyr in the national media, until a dogged investigator uncovered the officer's bizarre and dark past. When the truth comes out, the townspeople must reconcile betrayal, corruption and the secrets of an American hero. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes the third season of Over My Dead Body: Fox Lake.

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2021-10-11
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Theranos | Are Venture Capitalists to Blame? | 4

Lindsay sits down with Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covers the tech industry. The two explore why venture capitalists work to create monopolies, and whether these powerful investors bear responsibility for the failures at Theranos.

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2021-10-05
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Theranos | The Race to Publish | 3

An investigative journalist looks into Theranos, and is shocked by his discoveries. Elizabeth Holmes tries to fend off the potentially devastating story.

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2021-09-28
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Theranos | The Walgreens Deal | 2

Theranos prepares to go public with its blood-testing devices. But the company faces increased scrutiny, as problems with its technology?and its leadership?add up.

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2021-09-21
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Stories from after 9/11

How did 9/11 the day become 9/11 the idea? That question drives award-winning host Dan Taberski (Missing Richard Simmons, Running From COPS, The Line) to shift his focus to what happened on 9/12, and every day after that. 9/12 is a poignant, surprising, and surprisingly funny seven episode series about people who wake up on 9/12 having to navigate a new, radically altered world. A teenager gets caught up in an out-of-control conspiracy theory that he helped start. A Pakistani business owner finds hundreds of his Brooklyn neighbors are disappearing. Joke-writers at The Onion must figure out just how soon is ?too soon?? 9/12 asks what it all means. We know what happened on 9/11. But what happened on 9/12 to alter our memory and our perspective forever? 

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2021-09-15
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Theranos | Startup | 1

Elizabeth Holmes has an idea that could revolutionize medicine?and make her very rich. But first, she'll need to find investors and put together a company.

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2021-09-14
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Attica Prison Uprising | New York's Cover-Up | 5

Lindsay sits down with Heather Ann Thompson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water, which tells the history of Attica. Thompson discusses the troubling aftermath of the uprising, when New York?s government took back control of the prison. And she reveals how, for decades, the state has worked to suppress the truth about its siege.

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2021-09-07
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Attica Prison Uprising | Last Rites | 4

The inmates receive a final threat, as the state demands their surrender. Governor Rockefeller makes a fateful decision.

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2021-08-31
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Attica Prison Uprising | A Plea for Surrender | 3

An unexpected death upends the negotiations. As both sides dig in their heels, the hope for a peaceful resolution begins to fade.

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2021-08-24
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Attica Prison Uprising | Amnesty | 2

Negotiators enter the prison, and attempt to bring an end to the uprising. But the prisoners make a demand that proves to be a major obstacle.

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2021-08-17
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Attica Prison Uprising | Liberation | 1

The Attica Correctional Facility is a notoriously brutal prison, where beatings are commonplace, and prisoners work for pennies. Tensions have begun to boil over, and after a guard and inmate get into a fight, the maximum-security prison is pushed to the brink.

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2021-08-10
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Encore: Enron | The Reckoning | 5

A federal task force is formed to bring Enron?s corrupt executives to justice. Sherron Watkins arrives in Washington to participate in congressional hearings and struggles to process the staggering costs of Enron?s downfall.  

This episode originally aired on September 24, 2019.

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2021-08-03
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Encore: Enron | Death Spiral | 4

The Wall Street Journal works to expose the shady financial deals key to Enron?s success. With his company pushed to the brink of bankruptcy, Ken Lay engages in a desperate ploy to avert disaster.

This episode originally aired on September 17, 2019.

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2021-07-27
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Encore: Enron | Damage Control | 3

Ken Lay fights to restore public confidence in Enron as the bad publicity mounts and the stock price continues to fall. Sherron Watkins is encouraged when an internal review of company practices is launched, but stunned when it appears to backfire.

This episode originally aired on September 10, 2019.

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2021-07-20
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Encore: Enron | The Black Box | 2

Enron manipulates California's electricity market, and the state is plunged into an energy crisis. But Enron itself is threatened by the schemes of a corrupt CFO, a rocky transition of power, and an alarming discovery by Sherron Watkins.

This episode originally aired on September 3, 2019.

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2021-07-13
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Encore: Enron | A Sense of Urgency | 1

In the mid-1990s, Enron Corporation solidifies its position as the top energy company in America. Investment manager Sherron Watkins lands a dream job at Enron, but quickly learns that its office culture and accounting practices make it a treacherous place to work.

This episode originally aired on August 27, 2019.

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2021-07-06
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The Ice Pick Surgeon | Neural Implants and Superhumans | 5

Today, we're far from Walter Freeman and his ice pick lobotomies. But there are growing concerns about a new form of brain surgery that sounds like science fiction. The surgery involves devices known as neural implants, which connect the brain directly to computers. In this interview, Lindsay talks with Chris Kenneally, a science journalist and author. The two discuss the remarkable benefits of neural implants?as well as the deep fears they're already raising.

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2021-06-29
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The Osage Murders | A Shrinking Family | 1

A woman's body is found at the bottom of a gorge. It belongs to a member of the Osage Nation, a tribe that's grown incredibly wealthy from oil. When the victim's sister goes looking for answers, she begins to uncover a shocking conspiracy, one that puts her life in danger.

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2021-06-22
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The Ice Pick Surgeon | JFK's Response | 4

President Kennedy signs a bill that transforms mental healthcare in America. With his legacy on the line, Walter Freeman begins a desperate?and dangerous?quest to redeem the lobotomy.

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2021-06-15
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The Ice Pick Surgeon | A New Threat | 3

Walter Freeman goes public with his ice pick lobotomies. But that earns him new enemies?including some who are determined to stop him.

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2021-06-08
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The Ice Pick Surgeon | Trial and Error | 2

Walter Freeman and James Watts begin to experiment with the lobotomy. But their partnership is tested when a high-profile patient suffers disastrous results.

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2021-06-01
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The Ice Pick Surgeon | Search for a Cure | 1

Walter Freeman is devastated when he learns the truth about mental asylums. The medical care is barbaric, and for patients, everyday life is a nightmare. So Freeman begins searching for an alternative. It's a quest that leads him to one of the most controversial procedures in medical history.

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2021-05-25
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Host of "Disgraceland" on the Media and Celebrity Meltdowns | 5

The press has a long, troubled relationship with celebrities, from Marilyn Monroe, to Tupac Shakur, to Britney Spears. The paparazzi are often relentless, and media coverage can be vicious. Which raises a question: Does the press bear responsibility for celebrities' meltdowns? In this special interview, Lindsay chats with Jake Brennan, an expert on the topic, and the host of the podcast "Disgraceland."

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2021-05-18
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Lance Armstrong | Coming Clean | 4

Floyd Landis goes public about performance-enhancing drugs. Lance Armstrong struggles to contain the fallout, as the truth comes out.

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2021-05-11
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Lance Armstrong | Moral Choices | 3

Greg LeMond struggles to find allies in his fight against Lance Armstrong. Floyd Landis is caught in a difficult position, one that forces him to take a big risk.

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2021-05-04
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Lance Armstrong | Work Hard, Play Hard | 2

Lance Armstrong becomes an icon around the world. But when a former cycling legend begins asking questions about doping, Armstrong goes on the attack. 

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2021-04-27
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Lance Armstrong | The Boy from North Texas | 1

Lance Armstrong enters the cutthroat world of professional cycling. But after a string of humiliating losses, he's left searching for a new way to win.

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2021-04-20
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The Red Scare | The Power of Fear | 5

Joseph McCarthy was one of the most consequential politicians in American history. He upended Washington, and even influenced foreign policy for years to come. In this interview, Lindsay chats with Larry Tye, the author of Demagogue, a biography of McCarthy. The two discuss the early stages of the Red Scare, which laid the foundation for McCarthy?s rise. Tye also reveals why McCarthy was able to grow so powerful?and so popular.

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2021-04-13
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The Red Scare | McCarthy on Trial | 4

Accusations emerge that Joseph McCarthy blackmailed the military. He faces investigations in the Senate, and a potentially devastating outcome.

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2021-04-06
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The Red Scare | Fighting an Army | 3

Joseph McCarthy searches for communist infiltrators in the U.S. government. He lands on a big target, one that earns him a formidable enemy.

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2021-03-30
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The Red Scare | Loyal Americans | 2

Joseph McCarthy gets help from powerful allies in Washington. As McCarthy?s influence grows, other senators weigh the political cost of challenging him.

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2021-03-23
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The Red Scare | Tail Gunner Joe | 1

Joseph McCarthy dreams of a bigger life. He wants something beyond the farms of Wisconsin, something more important than cornfields and local disputes. He wants political power in Washington, D.C. And he has a plan to get it.

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2021-03-16
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Bernie Madoff | Never Trust a Con Artist | 4

Bernie Madoff conned some of the smartest people in the world, from savvy investors to famous artists. All the while, he deceived government regulators. So how did he fool so many people, and for so long? Diana Henriques is a journalist and author who's written extensively about Madoff. In this interview, she describes what made him such a successful con man. And she warns about the possibility of another Bernie Madoff.

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2021-03-09
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Bernie Madoff | Collapse | 3

The U.S. economy begins to fall apart. So Bernie Madoff takes a risk, and makes a fateful decision about his Ponzi scheme. 

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2021-03-02
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Bernie Madoff | The Numbers Always Rise | 2

A financial analyst raises red flags about Bernie Madoff's record. Madoff faces an investigation from the SEC. 

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2021-02-23
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Bernie Madoff | Sins of the Father | 1

Bernie Madoff is young and broke. And he's hungry for a big paycheck. So he sets out for Wall Street. But a market crash forces him to make a difficult decision, one that will haunt him for years.

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2021-02-16
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Encore: Iran Contra | American Coups | 6

For decades, the U.S. has led covert campaigns abroad. These campaigns?spearheaded by the CIA, among others?have shaped the balance of power in the world. The U.S. has even helped topple foreign governments. In this new interview, Lindsay chats with Stephen Kinzer, an author who's written extensively about America's foreign policy, and the way our government's actions have had unintended consequences.

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2021-02-09
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Encore: Iran Contra | The Inner Circle | 5

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?

This episode originally aired on December 24, 2018.

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2021-02-02
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Encore: Iran Contra | Walsh | 4

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. 

This episode originally aired on December 18, 2018.

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2021-01-26
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Encore: Iran Contra | Don and Ed | 3

When the story breaks that senior U.S. 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.  

This episode originally December 11, 2018.

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2021-01-19
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Encore: Iran Contra | Ollie | 2

Two of Reagan?s top priorities are in jeopardy: American hostages are still in the hands of terrorists, and the Contras are losing their fight against the Sandinistas. In early 1986, the two operations merge. In the middle of it all is Lieutenant Colonel Ollie North.

This episode originally aired on December 4, 2018.

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2021-01-12
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Encore: Iran Contra | Bud | 1

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.  

This episode originally aired on November 27, 2018.

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2021-01-05
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The Unabomber | The Followers | 5

Ted Kaczynski warned that technology was crushing the human spirit?and harming the planet. Since 1995, when his manifesto was published, Kaczynski has gained a large number of followers. John H. Richardson, a journalist and author, corresponded with Kaczynski, and joins Lindsay to discuss the wide-reaching influence of Kaczynski's ideas. 

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2020-12-29
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The Unabomber | Hard Evidence | 4

The FBI gets closer to the Unabomber. But a leak to the media threatens the case. And soon, agents are forced to take action. 

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2020-12-22
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The Unabomber | 35,000 Words | 3

A fight erupts between Ted Kaczynski and his brother, David. And when tragedy strikes, the Kaczynski family begins to break apart.

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2020-12-15
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The Unabomber | In the Woods | 2

Ted Kaczynski falls in love. But soon, he's shocked by some news?and retreats into the wilderness in Montana. It's there that he pushes forward with a deadly bombing campaign.

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2020-12-08
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