Episodes
It’s a case that has haunted Jefferson Township, New Jersey, for more than 30 years. On a snowy January night, 14-year-old Tommy Sullivan did the unthinkable: he murdered his mother in cold blood, set fire to their house, and then took his own life. Out of the flames of this horrible tragedy, investigations revealed that Tommy was, himself, a part of a Satanic Cult, sparking a nationwide hysteria now known as the “Satanic Panic” This monumental moment in American culture led to communities...
Published 06/09/21
Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a...
Published 05/18/21
Listen now: wondery.fm/CC_ApologyLine The events of April 20th, 1999 shaped our nation and altered the American narrative. One of America’s deadliest school shootings took place in a small town in Colorado, leaving thirteen dead and another twenty-one severely injured. And it was all broadcast over national tv for the nation to see.  The second season of Confronting takes on one of the most prolific tragedies in American history: the Columbine High School massacre. It was a devastating...
Published 05/04/21
A woman named Becki is lounging by the pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel when she decides to proposition a strapping pool attendant. Go on a date with her...and her husband. What begins as an unconventional proposition will soon throw them all into the international spotlight. And that’s because the couple is none other than Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki, two of the most powerful figures in Evangelical America. Wondery presents In God We Lust, hosted by Brooke Siffrin and Aricia...
Published 04/27/21
A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR a story...
Published 03/29/21
Listen now: wondery.fm/MS_Apology MANslaughter tells intertwining stories about how one gunshot on a cold Wisconsin night in 1970 dramatically changed multiple lives. A bullet brutally tore through decorated law enforcement veteran LaVerne Stordock. Decades later, his niece, Dorothy Marcic, transformed herself into an amateur detective in a quest for truth and closure about that night. At the center of Dorothy’s investigation is Suzanne Brandon, LaVerne’s second wife, who confessed to the...
Published 03/17/21
What if you were trapped in a water-filled cave for 17 days with no food or drinkable water and depleting oxygen? In July 2018, 12 youth soccer players and their coach found themselves in that exact situation. The rock formed maze became almost completely submerged as the water rose to levels nearly impossible for survival. There was no light and no way to communicate with the outside world. The first season of Wondery’s new original series Against the Odds takes you into the incredible...
Published 02/26/21
Marissa talks to long time callers and listeners about the making of Apology Line then and now and what the making of this series has meant to her. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY. Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play. Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code...
Published 02/23/21
Allan’s death is like an atomic bomb going off in Marissa’s life. She’s left to make sense of his life, and his life’s work. And twenty-five years later, Marissa learns the truth about what happened to Richie. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY. Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google...
Published 02/16/21
With Richie gone from his life, Allan must reinvent himself and the Line. The community around the Line grows, while being married to Mr Apology becomes ever more challenging. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, here are some additional resources.  For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255.  For the National Alliance on Mental Illness dial 1-800-950-6264. And for the Crisis Text Line Text HOME, H-O-M-E to 741741. If you or someone you know...
Published 02/09/21
Richie is back and Allan is in over his head this time. Help comes in the form of Detective Ray Pierce. Together they devise a plan to find out who Richie really is. Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY. Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off,...
Published 02/02/21
Richie details his murders and answers Allan’s many questions on the Line. Allan wants to keep Richie talking. He wants to use the Apology Line as a space to reform and study violent criminals. But will Allan’s efforts be enough? Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY. Green Chef - Go to...
Published 01/26/21
Even as Allan reckons with a frightening threat, he continues to engage with callers in ways he hadn’t previously imagined. A regular cast of characters forms on the Line. From this sea of voices one caller named “Richie” emerges and pulls Allan in even deeper, much to Marissa’s dismay.    Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY. Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free...
Published 01/19/21
Marissa Bridge has only had a premonition twice in her life: one was on the day in 1981 that she met “Mr. Apology.” As posters for the Apology Line appear all over New York City, callers start to leave messages that confess their deepest secrets and darkest fears. Mr Apology quickly realizes he will have to do more than just sit back and listen.  Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY. Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and...
Published 01/19/21
If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do...
Published 01/05/21
Published 01/05/21