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American Scandal

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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  • 20.10.2020
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    The Feds vs. the Activists | Billie Holiday | 1

    Billie Holiday makes a decision. The jazz singer will perform "Strange Fruit," the protest song about lynchings, no matter what happens to her—and no matter how many times law enforcement tells her to stay quiet. But that puts her in the crosshairs of one federal official, who uses any means necessary to silence Holiday.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors! Policy Genius - If you need life insurance, head to policygenius.com right now to get started. You could save 50% or more by comparing quotes.

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  • 13.10.2020
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    Three Mile Island | Responding to Crises | 4

    It's been over 40 years since the crisis unfolded at Three Mile Island. But the nuclear accident still lingers with us today, as the United States confronts new public health emergencies. At the time of the accident, Peter Bradford was a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He joins Lindsay to discuss what went wrong at Three Mile Island; who was responsible for the crisis; and how nuclear power could play a larger role in the future, as the world looks to fight climate change.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE, go to ziprecruiter.com/as!SimpliSafe - Head to simplisafe.com/AS and get a FREE HD CAMERA. Upstart - Hurry to upstart.com/as to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate can be.

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  • 12.10.2020
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    Wondery presents Kamala: Next In Line

    Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/KamalaNextInLineIf she wins in November, Kamala Harris would become Vice President after one of the most consequential and tumultuous elections in American history. Harris would be the most significant player to help Joe Biden manage a country in crisis. So who is she?Kamala: Next in Line goes inside the cross-cultural journey that led Harris from her humble roots to become the first African-American woman to represent California in the Senate and now the first African-American woman to be the Vice Presidential nominee for a major party. Hosted by MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the show features exclusive interviews with those who know her best, painting a picture of a woman who has fought her way to the top at every turn. From Oakland to Howard University, California to Washington DC, experience her story as it has never been told before. This is an intimate and immersive dive into who Kamala is, what her critics say about her, and how she arrived at this moment.

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  • 06.10.2020
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    Three Mile Island | Fight or Flight | 3

    A large bubble of hydrogen emerges in the nuclear reactor, threatening to cause a catastrophic explosion. President Carter dispatches an envoy. The goal: to get control of the crisis. And Pennsylvania's leaders face a big moment, as they decide whether to evacuate the region.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - When you go to policygenius.com you can save up to 50%. Upstart - Find out how low your rate can be at upstart.com/as.

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  • 29.09.2020
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    Three Mile Island | The Ticking Clock | 2

    When politics intervene, the engineers at Three Mile Island find themselves up against a wall. Mike Pintek airs a stunning interview on the radio, and causes a panic. And Bill Scranton tries to restore calm to the shaken residents of Pennsylvania.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to upstart.com/as to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate can be.

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  • 22.09.2020
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    Three Mile Island | The Domino Effect | 1

    On March 28, 1979, Bill Zewe hears an alarm at Three Mile Island. Something has gone terribly wrong at the nuclear power plant, in southern Pennsylvania. And now, the operators at the plant must move fast—before a crisis engulfs the region. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/americanscandalSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter: Try ZipRecruiter now for free at ziprecruiter.com/as to see how they make hiring faster and easier.Policy Genius: If you need insurance, head to policygenius.com right now to get started.Upstart: Hurry to upstart.com/AS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate can be.

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  • 15.09.2020
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    The Breakup of Big Oil | American Monopolies | 6

    The United States is home to a large number of big businesses, from entertainment conglomerates to the giants of tech. Increasingly, members of the public and politicians are raising concerns about these companies—and the power that they wield. Chris Sagers, a law professor at Cleveland State University, joins Lindsay to discuss monopolies in the U.S., both in the past and the present. The two also discuss how the current, heated debates about big business may play out.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!SimpliSafe - Head to simplisafe.com/AS and get a FREE HD CAMERA. Upstart - Hurry to upstart.com/AS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate can be.

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  • 08.09.2020
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    The Breakup of Big Oil | Judgment | 5

    John D. Rockefeller is on the run. His company is under assault from state and federal lawsuits, and now, Rockefeller is moving from house to house, doing whatever he can to avoid a courtroom. But soon enough, his fate will be decided for him. Because the U.S. Supreme Court is about to issue a landmark decision.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius - Head to policygenius.com right now to get started. You could save $1500 or more a year! ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter right now for FREE at ziprecruiter.com/as.

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  • 01.09.2020
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    The Breakup of Big Oil | The Hunt | 4

    Ida Tarbell begins to investigate Standard Oil. And as she digs deeper, she receives help from some unexpected sources. Soon, John D. Rockefeller learns that his deepest secrets could come spilling out into the light.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try it now for free at ziprecruiter.com/as. SimpliSafe - Get FREE shipping and 60 day money back guarantee when you go to simplisafe.com/as.

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  • 25.08.2020
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    The Breakup of Big Oil | The Flood | 3

    John D. Rockefeller makes a bold move, one that helps him crush his opponents. Soon, disaster strikes in Titusville, Pennsylvania. And that means it's time for Ida Tarbell to return home—and to take on Standard Oil.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here

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  • 18.08.2020
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    The Breakup of Big Oil | Going to War | 2

    Standard Oil faces an organized resistance. But that doesn't slow down John D. Rockefeller. The oil titan continues to build his empire, and soon, some of his enemies have to make a terrible choice. They can keep fighting—and go bankrupt. Or they can team up with Rockefeller.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Safe - Compare quotes and save up to $1,500 per year at policygenius.com.SimpliSafe - When you go to simplisafe.com/as you get FREE shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.

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  • 11.08.2020
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    The Breakup of Big Oil | Rise of Rockefeller | 1

    John D. Rockefeller is a poor boy with a dream. He's going to become a businessman. And he's going to be wildly rich. Soon, he stumbles on the product that will seal his fate: oil. Thick, crude oil is gushing from the ground across America. It's creating boomtowns—and a new economy. Rockefeller begins to conquer the industry, but he quickly makes enemies, including a young woman who will challenge Rockefeller's growing empire.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!SimpliSafe - Get FREE shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee when you go to simplisafe.com/scandal.

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  • 04.08.2020
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    Big Tobacco | The New Frontier | 5

    It's been over 20 years since a major settlement forced the tobacco industry to reform—and pay billions of dollars for its mistakes. Still, despite a sea change in the public’s attitude toward smoking, the tobacco industry remains strong. And it continues to win over new customers. Annice Kim, a public health expert, joins Lindsay to discuss the explosion in e-cigarettes’ popularity, and the ways in which companies now use social media to sell these products.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here

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  • 28.07.2020
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    Big Tobacco | Killing the Marlboro Man | 4

    Jeffrey Wigand steps into the national spotlight. But with all the attention, he now faces a very real threat. The tobacco industry could launch its most vicious counterattack. Or, if Mike Moore has his way, Big Tobacco may waive the flag of surrender.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends on the Apple App Store of Google Play TODAY.

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  • 21.07.2020
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    Big Tobacco | Retaliation | 3

    Mike Moore files a landmark lawsuit. Jeffrey Wigand comes under attack. And the producers of 60 Minutes face a major roadblock, as they try to tell the story about Big Tobacco.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 14.07.2020
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    Big Tobacco | The Whistleblowers | 2

    A group of ambitious lawyers builds a case against Big Tobacco. But first, they'll need to convince the whistleblowers to speak up.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here Support us by supporting your sponsors!

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  • 07.07.2020
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    Big Tobacco | Smoking Guns | 1

    Merrell Williams stumbles on a terrible secret, one that's been hidden for decades. Jeffrey Wigand starts a new job with the tobacco industry, only to come face to face with a bitter truth. Soon, both will have to make a choice that could put them in danger.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here

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  • 30.06.2020
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    Boston College Gambling Scheme | Paid Athletes | 4

    Dan Murphy is a staff writer with ESPN. He’s been covering the changing landscape in college sports, in which athletes could soon make money from endorsements. He and Lindsay discuss the wide-reaching effects of a recent proposal, and look at the history of scandals in the NCAA.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 23.06.2020
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    Boston College Gambling Scheme | The Final Score | 3

    The FBI investigates the ties between Boston College basketball players and Jimmy Burke’s crime ring. As the point-shaving trial gets underway, the athletes discover there’s a larger game being played—and they’re the pawns. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 23.06.2020
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    Boston College Gambling Scheme | You Can Bet Your Life | 2

    Pressure mounts as the mafia starts pouring money into the betting scheme. But the players begin to crack, and mobsters start disappearing. And soon, the FBI launches its pursuit.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ here Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 23.06.2020
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    Boston College Gambling Scheme | Against the Odds | 1

    Criminals in Pittsburgh have a plan. It involves gambling and manipulating the scores of college basketball games. But to pull it off, they'll first need some help from the basketball players themselves.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Encore: Exxon Valdez | Winner Take Nothing | 4

    The fishermen run a blockade. Alyeska Pipeline goes to extremes to root out a mole. Exxon and the fishermen face off in court. Photos of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill can be found hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Encore: Exxon Valdez | The Spin Cycle | 3

    After Captain Hazelwood’s arrest, Exxon tries to clean up its public image. President Bush tells Exxon to pick up the pace on the cleanup. Fisherman Riki Ott takes on Big Oil in the Alaska State Legislature.Photos of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill can be found hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Encore: Exxon Valdez | The Mosquito Fleet | 2

    The fishermen find that damage from the spill is even worse than expected, while a winter storm destroys Exxon’s plans for a quick cleanup. Captain Hazelwood disappears.Photos of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill can be found here.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Encore: Exxon Valdez | Oil Meets Water | 1

    A supertanker carrying 53 million gallons of crude oil runs aground in Prince William Sound sparking the worst man-made ecological catastrophe in the country’s history at the time. As Exxon struggles to get the cleanup underway, fishermen worry that this is the end of life as they know itLinks to recommended reading:Not One Drop by Riki OttOut of the Channel by John KeebleThe Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez DisasterSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Waco - The Fire Rages On | 7

    Eric Benson is a senior editor at the magazine Texas Monthly. In 2018, Benson wrote a series of articles that helped shed new light on the tragedy at Mount Carmel. He and Lindsay discuss how the event still shapes American life today.Listen ad-free on Wondery+ hereSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Waco - Day 51 | 6

    The Branch Davidians prepare to surrender. But their plan unravels when they face the FBI, which is under intense pressure to get quick results.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Waco - Broken Promises | 5

    The Branch Davidians remain locked in a tense standoff with the federal government. And with the FBI now in charge, negotiators try to secure a peaceful surrender. But the FBI—and the Davidians—face a major obstacle: the always-unpredictable David Koresh.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Waco - The Raid | 4

    The federal government prepares for a raid at Mount Carmel. But a chance encounter eliminates the element of surprise—and sets the course for a massive battle between federal forces and David Koresh's community.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Waco - Ranch Apocalypse | 3

    The Branch Davidians are accused of child abuse and stashing illegal firearms. With a federal investigation now underway, paranoia grows at Mount Carmel. And a government raid appears imminent.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Waco - The Betrayal | 2

    Vernon Howell faces criminal charges in court. And soon, his followers begin to turn against him—fueling his paranoia, and setting the stage for his fateful standoff against the U.S. government.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Waco - The New Messiah | 1

    In 1993, a massive conflict erupts in rural Texas. The federal government launches a siege against the Branch Davidians, a religious group based in the outskirts of Waco. What follows is the longest firefight in the history of American law enforcement. And it’s a battle that ends in tragedy. But the standoff has its genesis years before. It’s then that Vernon Howell comes looking for a new religious community to call home. He finds it with the Branch Davidians, and soon, he begins working to seize power.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    The Lenny Bruce Obscenity Trial - Lenny’s Impact | 3

    Brett Gary is a professor at NYU who studies media and American culture, and focuses on the public battles over censorship. He joins Lindsay to discuss the enduring influence of Lenny Bruce and the comedian’s obscenity trial.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    The Lenny Bruce Obscenity Trial - I’m Not a Comedian | 2

    Lenny Bruce faces a terrifying moment, when his health takes a sudden downturn. But a recent Supreme Court case lifts his spirits, and raises the prospects that he'll triumph over his own legal troubles. The trial winds down, and soon, the verdict is in.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    The Lenny Bruce Obscenity Trial - The Obscenity Circus | 1

    In the 1960s, Lenny Bruce was a trailblazing standup comedian who took aim at American culture. Bruce clashed frequently with law enforcement, but his decisive legal battle began in 1964. Bruce faced obscenity charges over one of his performances. He also faced a criminal-justice system bent on silencing an outspoken social critic.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Volkswagen Diesel Scandal - Uncovering the Truth | 5

    Cynthia Giles was a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency. She helped negotiate a major settlement with Volkswagen, as the automaker faced fallout from its diesel emissions scandal. She joins Lindsay and tells behind-the-scenes stories from the scandal.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Volkswagen Diesel Scandal - The Wheels Keep Turning | 4

    Federal prosecutors kick into high gear, and soon, VW executives meet their fate. Meanwhile, Matthias Müller faces his own changing fortune, as company insiders initiate a power play. It's the beginning of a new era for Volkswagen.Support our show by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Volkswagen Diesel Scandal - Crash | 3

    Martin Winterkorn takes a drastic step, as Volkswagen faces withering criticism. U.S. officials prepare their case against the automaker. And VW struggles to defend itself, as drivers file a blizzard of lawsuits.Support our show by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Volkswagen Diesel Scandal - The Defeat Device | 2

    Alberto Ayala fights to get the truth from Volkswagen. But the carmaker stonewalls the government—again and again. That is, until a VW employee offers a shocking confession, and sets the course for a massive fight.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Volkswagen Diesel Scandal - Whatever It Takes | 1

    In 2006, Volkswagen executive Martin Winterkorn hatches a plan to boost auto sales in America. The way to do it? Clean diesel cars. But VW's engineers run into a wall, and so they take a troubling shortcut—one that a group of graduate students will inadvertently expose.Support our show by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    The Plame Affair - Inside the Fight in Washington | 4

    Washington, D.C., erupted in a political firestorm in 2003, after Valerie Plame’s identity was revealed to the public. Host Lindsay Graham talks with Matthew Cooper, a journalist who covered the story for Time magazine. Cooper also became part of the story, when he was held in contempt of court for refusing to name the sources who disclosed Plame’s identity to him.Support our show by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    The Plame Affair - Justice Served | 3

    Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson make a surprising announcement. Scooter Libby faces a day of reckoning in court, and Patrick Fitzgerald’s case comes to an end.Support our show by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    The Plame Affair - The Investigation | 2

    The Bush administration comes under investigation for its role in the Plame leak. Meanwhile, Valerie Plame begins receiving alarming threats, which put a strain on her career and personal life. New York Times reporter Judith Miller faces an agonizing choice about her role in the leak.Support our show by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    The Plame Affair - Exposed | 1

    In 2003, America is at war with Iraq, as part of its global campaign on terror. Former diplomat Joe Wilson sharply criticizes the war, making him an enemy of the White House. Payback is swift, but the crosshairs are aimed at someone else: Wilson’s wife, covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.Support our show by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Encore: Interview with Filmmaker Alex Gibney | 5

    Host Lindsay Graham talks with Alex Gibney, director of “Client 9,” a documentary that examines the rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer.Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Encore: New York State of Crime - Two Men in a Cell | 4

    Preet Bharara investigates Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos. The explosive trials and the aftermath. Links to NY Times articles mentioned:https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/04/nyregion/sheldon-silver-trial-highlights.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/19/nyregion/dean-and-adam-skelos-trial-highlights.htmlSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Encore: New York State of Crime - Pay to Play | 3

    Governor Cuomo tries to stamp out corruption with an independent commission who deals with interference from unexpected places. Attorney Preet Bharara lasers in on the committee’s findings.Links to NY Times articles mentioned:The Many Faces of New York’s Political Scandals:https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/23/nyregion/23moreland-commission-and-new-york-political-scandals.html?_r=0NY Times article about Moreland Commission:https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/nyregion/governor-andrew-cuomo-and-the-short-life-of-the-moreland-commission.htmlSupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Encore: New York State of Crime - An Affair to Remember | 2

    Troopergate explodes. Governor Spitzer finds himself embroiled in a scandal. Senator Bruno is investigated by the FBI.If you enjoyed American History Tellers, be sure to check out Lindsay Graham’s other shows, American History Tellers and American Elections: Wicked Game.

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Encore: New York State of Crime - Three Men in a Room | 1

    In 2006, Eliot Spitzer is elected governor on a promise to tackle corruption in the most dysfunctional state capital in the country--Albany, NY. He is quickly challenged by one of the most powerful men in the state. Will the governor change Albany or will Albany change him?Support us by supporting our sponsors!

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  • 05.06.2020
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    Enron - 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. For the next few weeks, American Scandal will be taking a short break while Lindsay Graham hosts an important mini-series on the Jeffrey Epstein story. Subscribe today at wondery.fm/TMMESupport us by supporting our sponsors!

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