Criminal

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Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the “if it bleeds, it leads,” kind of crime but something a little more complex. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. The show’s producers are full-time radio people, but Criminal is what we do when we go home at night. 

To contact the show's creators, email thisiscriminal@gmail.com.

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156 Pieces

Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the “if it bleeds, it leads,” kind of crime but something a little more complex. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.

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33 Pieces

Stories of sacrifice, obsession, and the ways in which we make it up as we go along.


Pieces

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One day in the spring of 1986, a woman in Hot Springs, Arkansas named Ruth Coker Burks was visiting a friend in the hospital. She noticed a door do...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 27:33
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The song “I Fought the Law” by the Bobby Fuller Four reached number 9 on the Billboard Charts in the week of March 12, 1966. Just months later, Bob...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 42:01
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When Joan Borsten married actor Oleg Vidov, also known as “the Soviet Robert Redford,” he introduced her to beautiful Soviet animations created in ...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 34:29
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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...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 28:57
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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 photog...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 36:51
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“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 happ...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 33:08
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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 hom...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 34:33
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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 wa...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 39:19
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Our favorite story, for anyone who might be feeling a little lost.

  • Added: Jan 05, 2021
  • Length: 23:19
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In June of 2020, a 72-year-old man in the UK named Gerald Stratford posted a photograph of himself in his garden on Twitter. He wrote, “Just giving...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2021
  • Length: 25:11
  • Purchases: 1