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The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture. True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.' Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at crimewriterson@gmail.com. Artwork by Benjamin Frisch

The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture. True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.' Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at crimewriterson@gmail.com. Artwork by Benjamin Frisch

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The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture. True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.' Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at crimewriterson@gmail.com. Artwork by Benjamin Frisch

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English


Episodes

Wind of Change and Son of a Hitman

5/25/2020
In this episode: two investigations that touch on spycraft and show business. First, he was a professional gambler in-and-out of trouble with the law. He was also the father of future-actor Woody Harrelson. But in 1979, Charles Harrelson was charged with slaying a federal judge. The new podcast “Son of a Hitman,” explores Harrelson’s life of crime with the help of his son, Brett. Was he involved in the most famous assassination in history? FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "SON OF A HITMAN," GO...

Duration:01:13:38

Trial by Media on Netflix

5/18/2020
Sweat pants? Has Kevin finally given up? Plus, does Toby know who anybody is? And why does it sound like he's recording this week's show in a public toilet? The crime writers discuss “Trial by Media,” from Netflix. The six part series looks at a group of high-profile cases and how press coverage influenced their outcomes. Sometimes the intense media coverage and live television broadcasts were major factors. Sometimes, public opinion shifted and turned one-time heroes into villains. And in...

Duration:01:17:05

Giri/Haji and Waco (Both on Netflix!)

5/11/2020
A murder in London sparks a gang war in Tokyo among rival Yakuza. Detective Kenzo Mori is told his brother, thought to be dead, may be living in the UK and central to the conflict. “Giri/Haji,” from BBC-2 and Netflix. is a bilingual drama that bends genres...plus it has an ending unlike anything we’ve seen. FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "GIRI/HAJI" GO TO 25:00 Then we talk about the re-release of the Paramount Network’s miniseries “Waco.” It features a sanitized version of David Koresh as...

Duration:01:02:09

Run & The Innocence Files eps 4-7

5/4/2020
After a rage-inducing opening act, the crime writers discuss the final two sections of Netflix's The Innocence Files. Each story is good on its own; how do they work stacked side-by-side? FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE INNOCENCE FILES" EP 4-9, GO TO 33:00. Then the panel hits the rails for HBO's romantic comedy, Run. Starring Emmy-winner Merritt Wever, we’re left to wonder where the reunited couple are going and what they’re leaving behind. FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "RUN," GO TO...

Duration:01:11:33

Bad Education and The Innocence Files (Part 1)

4/27/2020
School’s in! We’re looking at HBO’s new movie, “Bad Education.” Based on a true story, school superintendent Frank Tassone is on top of the world, but things begin to unravel when a high school journalist is assigned a story about the budget. Does it get a passing grade? (Note: Bad Education is based on this outstanding New York Magazine article by Bob Kolker.) FOR OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “BAD EDUCATION,” GO TO 28:00 Then, a look at episodes 1-3 of Netflix’s ambitious series, “The...

Duration:01:09:32

Atlanta's Missing & Murdered, and The Pale Horse

4/20/2020
Are the crime writers eating well? Some of them are. Leading off: A woman dies under mysterious circumstances with a list of names in her shoe. Are they in danger? And does it have anything to do with a coven of witches in an English village? The two-part adaptation of “The Pale Horse” from BBC One and Amazon Prime veers from Agatha Christie’s novel, keeping its supernatural overtones but leaning more on domestic suspense than its murder-for-hire origins. FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE...

Duration:01:04:00

Ozark & How to Fix a Drug Scandal

4/13/2020
When Massachusetts State Police discover a chemist has been tampering with evidence at the drug lab, it opens a legal Pandora's box. Netflix’s four-part “How to Fix a Drug Scandal” follows the lawyers seeking answers, the prosecutors who tried to cover it up, and the troubled life of one of the chemists whose personal addiction up-ended the scales of justice. FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “HOW TO FIX A DRUG SCANDAL,” GO TO 29:00 In season three of Netflix’s “Ozark,” a drug war in Mexico has...

Duration:01:13:21

Cool Mules and The Valhalla Murders

4/6/2020
Our first review is “Cool Mules” from Canadaland. Vice Canada music editor Slava Pastukhov believed the only way to advance at the gonzo news outlet was through more extreme journalism. A mix of greed and ambition led him to orchestrate a drug trafficking ring to Australia. OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “COOL MULES” BEGINS IN MINUTE 34 Next is a look at Netflix’s foriegn-language series, “The Valhalla Murders.” This police procedural is the latest in the growing number of shows set in Iceland...

Duration:01:14:37

Introducing Toby Ball's "Strange Arrivals"

3/31/2020
Rebecca and Kevin introduce Toby Ball's new podcast, "Strange Arrivals." On a September night in 1961, in the mountains of New Hampshire, Betty and Barney Hill encountered something they could not explain. What really happened that autumn night? Welcome to Strange Arrivals, where host Toby Ball will unravel one of history's most famous cases of alien abduction. This seasonal ten-part series will have new 25 to 30-minute episodes every Tuesday, starting March 31. You can listen to on Apple...

Duration:00:06:21

Tiger King on Netflix

3/30/2020
The panel discusses the much-buzzed about documentary, "Tiger King." Expanding on the characters and themes of the recent "Joe Exotic" podcast, this Netflix doc dives even deeper into the world of big cats and the shady people who love them. No doubt it's entertaining, but does it handle the people and issues in a responsible way? FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "TIGER KING" GO TO 1:03 PLUS: A big announcement from Toby! His new 10-part podcast, "Strange Arrivals," is out March 31. Subscribe...

Duration:01:16:35

The Dating Game Killer and Lost Girls

3/23/2020
The crime writers check in with updates on how they're dealing with self-isolation and ponder the world confronted by the coronavirus. In the first review, the panel discusses "The Dating Game Killer" from Wondery and Hollywood & Crime. The docu-drama recalls the tale of serial killer/game show contestant Rodney Alcala. How will the team react to the podcast's style and substance? FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE DATING GAME KILLER," GO TO 29:00 Then the group gets into Netflix's film...

Duration:01:05:31

Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders and Verified

3/16/2020
This week, Lara's son takes a very bad fall and Kevin has some professional news. Leading off, the crime writers discuss the new podcast from HLN, “Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders.” The reporters attempt to shed light on a double killing with few publicly known facts. Can they advance the story? OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “DOWN THE HILL” BEGINS IN MINUTE 33 Then, they jet to Italy for “Verified” from Witness Docs and Stitcher. This ten-part series looks at a group of women and their search...

Duration:01:15:06

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez and a recommendations roundup!

3/9/2020
After a week of reeling in the years, the Crime Writers are back discussing the hard-hitting Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez.” Viewers learn the long trail of physical and emotional abuse suffered by Gabriel and the many missed opportunities to save his life. And it dives into the issues around the failings of law enforcement, social services, elected officials, and the System’s desire to protect itself at the expense of the children it’s supposed to help. OUR SPOILER...

Duration:01:20:49

200th EPISODE SPECIAL

3/2/2020
This is our 200th episode, and to mark the occasion we’re going to look back at some of our favorite moments from Crime Writers On. We’ll revisit reviews from classic podcasts, games, milestones, things that made us cry with laughter, and shed other kinds of tears. For exclusive podcasts and more, go to patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia. This week's special episode cover art: Top row Millie Bobby Brown from “Stranger Things” David Rudolf from “The Staircase” Bowe Bergdahl from “Serial”...

Duration:01:21:49

McMillions and The Other Latif

2/24/2020
As the crime writers prepare for their 200th episode special, Rebecca and Kevin have an invitation to London-based listeners. First off, in “The Other Latif,” Latif Nasser learns a Moroccan native who shares his name has been held for years at Guantanamo accused of being a top military adviser to Osama bin Laden. This miniseries from RadioLab explores whether his namesake is as dangerous as the US says he is. OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “RADIOLAB: THE OTHER LATIF” BEGINS IN THE 31st MINUTE....

Duration:01:14:38

The Pharmacist and Uncover: Satanic Panic

2/17/2020
After casting their votes in the New Hampshire Primary, the panel is ready to vote on two new true crime titles. First, the crime writers discuss the new season of Uncover: Satanic Panic. Host Lisa Rundle brings us to a Saskatchewan town rocked in the 90s by an alleged pedophilia ring run by devil worshipers. The podcast recalls the mass hysteria and the lives forever changed by the charges. OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “UNCOVER: SATANIC PANIC” STARTS IN THE 28 MINUTE OF THE SHOW. Then,...

Duration:01:11:21

Chasing Cosby and The Sneak

2/10/2020
Greetings from New Hampshire, where the Crime Writers will be among those casting their First in the Nation primary ballots. Hear them discuss the new text technology campaigns will be using to get your vote. Leading off, USAToday Sports and For the Win is out with a podcast covering an unusual bank Heist. “The Sneak” tells us of a bizarre armored car holdup where a man disguised as a landscaper escaped down river on an inner tube. Host Nate Scott says there’s much more to the story. OUR...

Duration:01:11:14

The Officer's Wife and Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

2/3/2020
Mixed reviews this week from the crime writers. First, they explore "The Officer's Wife" from Vault Studios. Just as you think the story will be a typical by-the-numbers true crime tale...it offers a real plot twist. But does it leave too many listener questions unanswered? OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE OFFICER'S WIFE" BEGINS AROUND THE 34 MINUTE MARK. Then, Netflix has a new documentary tackling the life and crimes of the late NFL star Aaron Hernandez. Much like the 2018 podcast...

Duration:01:09:54

No Body Recovered and The Outsider

1/27/2020
The panel takes a moment to reflect on the premature demise of two of their favorite shows, HBO’s “Watchmen” and Netflix’s “Mindhunter.” The Crime Writers follow BBC Radio to County Donegal for a look at Ireland’s longest unsolved missing child case. In season one of “No Body Recovered,” host Kevin Connolly explores the 1977 story of Mary Boyle, through the eyes of the family torn apart by her disappearance. OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “NO BODY RECOVERED” BEGINS AROUND THE 36 MINUTE MARK....

Duration:01:20:16

The Dream and Disorganized Crime

1/20/2020
In an episode that seems to go off the rails at times, the panel discusses season two of “The Dream.” Host Jane Marie tackles the wellness industry, covering everything from healing crystals and medicinal herbs to vitamins and natural childbirth. Are they coming after the thing YOU believe is saving you from illness? OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “THE DREAM” BEGINS IN THE 29th MINUTE OF THE SHOW. Then the crime writers review the long, strange trip in “Disorganized Crime: Smuggler’s Daughter.”...

Duration:01:13:44