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Smoke Screen: Fake Priest

Smoke Screen: Fake Priest

For 30 years, a man claimed to be a priest. He performed baptisms and took confession. Every time he ran into trouble, Father Ryan would move on to another small Midwestern town and start his scheme all over again. Followers who once worshiped him, now accuse him of exploitation, fraud and abuse. Multiple prosecutors have charged him, but he’s never been imprisoned for his crimes. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman, who hails from a small Iowa town himself, set out to find out how Father Ryan got away with it for so long and why on earth he did it. Along the way, he discovers Father Ryan has connections to a murdered priest, a false prophet, and an entire subculture where he and other frauds can thrive. In season one of Smoke Screen, join Alex Schuman as he unravels this con and gets answers from this white-collar criminal himself. Listen to Smoke Screen: Season 1 Fake Priest, an all-new podcast from Neon Hum Media.

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Motive for Murder

Two murders, months apart, in Houston. The young victims knew each other, but did they also know their elusive killer? Dateline’s Josh Mankiewicz takes you inside one of the most twisted and confounding cases he’s ever covered. From the team who brought you the #1 podcast The Thing About Pam comes the chilling story of the race to find a killer by unmasking the motive. 


Murder on the Towpath

Soledad O’Brien takes us back to 1964 when a well-connected white artist was murdered, a black man stood accused, and a barrier-breaking civil rights lawyer rose to his defense—in what would become one of the most fascinating unsolved cases in US history.


Bag Man

Is it possible for an American Vice President to carry out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and have nobody remember? To have one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history play out before the country while nobody’s paying attention? Production and editorial support from Neon Hum Media.

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The Thing About Pam

Two days after Christmas, 2011, Russ Faria came home from game night to find his wife, Betsy, dead. He was soon charged and convicted of her murder. But Russ Faria insisted he did not kill his wife. Betsy’s brutal murder set off a chain of events that would leave one man dead, another man implicated, and expose a diabolical scheme. It would also see Dateline NBC—the true-crime original—become a part of the never-ending saga that proves the old adage: Truth is stranger than fiction. This original series from Keith Morrison and Dateline defies all expectations.



From Legendary producer Dick Wolf comes a new audio fiction series starring Parker Posey about the U.S. Marshals dedicated to capturing the country’s most dangerous fugitives. When four convicts escape from a maximum security prison, Deputy Marshal Emily Barnes (Posey) is called in to pursue the criminals in one of the most treacherous and violent manhunts in United States history. Directed by Shawn Christensen (“Blackout”) and produced by Jenny Radelet Mast (Marvel’s “Wolverine”), HUNTED is the first in a slate of audio fiction series to be produced by Wolf Entertainment in partnership with Endeavor Audio. Learn more at


This Land

An 1839 assassination of a Cherokee leader and a 1999 murder case – two crimes nearly two centuries apart provide the backbone to an upcoming 2019 Supreme Court decision that will determine the fate of five tribes and nearly half the land in Oklahoma.

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The Only Podcast Left

It’s post-apocalyptic Glendale. The Jocks, Cheermazons, STEM Punks, Disciples of Kardashia, and more are battling for dominance in the valley. And after you tear through Daybreak Season 1, you’ll want to meet the A.V. Club. They’re a group of kids who survived the apocalypse by using their skills to rig cameras and spy on warring tribes all over the valley. And now they’re making a show about it, while juggling their own personal drama and trying to stay alive as mutant pugs, ghoulies, and a mysterious new tribe all try to kill their vibe. It’s The Only Podcast Left.


Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life is a documentary podcast about Big Willie Robinson, a 6-foot-6, muscle-bound street racer who preached peace a quarter-mile at a time. Cops and criminals, movie stars and miscreants, even Crips and Bloods — out at the drag strip, Big Willie could get them all to see eye to eye, easing tensions and making L.A. a safer and more unified place.


Set It Straight with Midland

Your boys from Midland attempt to uncover the truth behind infamous stories from country music history.

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Sonic Boom

For more than four decades, the Seattle SuperSonics were among the NBA’s most iconic franchises. But in 2008, they packed their bags for Oklahoma. ‘Sonic Boom’ tells a story of basketball and politics, wealth and power—revealing new truths about the NBA’s greatest heist.

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Break Stuff: The Story of Woodstock ‘99

In 1999, a music festival took place in upstate New York that became a social experiment. There were riots, looting, and numerous assaults. And it was set to a soundtrack of the era’s most aggressive rock bands. Incredibly, it was the third iteration of Woodstock, a festival known for peace, love, and hippie idealism. But Woodstock ’99 revealed some hard truths behind the myths of the 1960s, and the danger that nostalgia can engender. Listen to the entire season here.

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Hosted by WeTransfer CCO Damian Bradfield, Influence is a documentary podcast that takes a deep dive into the world of advertising. 

How much of a say do we really have when it comes to the things we buy? And what does the way we consume advertising say about our culture, our economy and our world? Featuring in-depth interviews, dramatic retellings and some iconic archival ads, Influence shines a light on the power of advertising – the good, the bad and the ugly.


Remade In America

Join Bassem Youssef, formerly an Egyptian satirical talk show host often called the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” who recently arrived in the United States, as he explores being an outsider in America figuring out what it means to belong.


Lenny Says

A Spotify Original podcast dedicated to showcasing stories, essays, and art by and for women. Production and editorial support for season 2 of Lenny Says from Neon Hum Media