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Dirty John

29 episodes - English - Latest episode: 4 months ago - ★★★★★ - 39.9K ratings

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

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Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

October 27, 2020 06:30 - 4 minutes - 3.91 MB

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret. Laura Beil, returns with a second seaso...

Wondery presents Kamala: Next In Line

October 05, 2020 07:30 - 6 minutes - 5.66 MB

Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/KamalaNextInLine If 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 ...

Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga

September 08, 2020 08:30 - 5 minutes - 5.17 MB

Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story o...

Introducing California City, presented by LAist Studios

July 27, 2020 08:30 - 7 minutes - 6.63 MB

California City is out now! California City is a new investigative podcast series from LAist Studios.  Deep in the Mojave Desert, there is a little town with a big name and a bizarre history: California City. For decades, real estate developers have sold a dream here: if you buy land now, you’ll be rich one day. Thousands of people bought this dream. Many were young couples and hard-working immigrants looking to build a better future. But much of the land they bought is nearly wort...

Wondery Presents Blood Ties Season 2

July 15, 2020 08:30 - 11 minutes - 11 MB

Blood Ties Season 2 is out now! Blood Ties is a scripted audio drama starring Gillian Jacobs, Josh Gad, Dominic Monaghan, Amy Landecker, and Wayne Knight.   After the sudden death of Michael and Eleonore Richland’s billionaire father, disturbing allegations emerge about his dark past. These revelations thrust them into a fight they’re completely unprepared for. As the stakes of telling the truth continue to rise, they grapple with their father’s legacy and what to do with it.  Li...

Wondery Presents GURU: the Dark Side of Enlightenment

July 03, 2020 08:30 - 6 minutes - 5.7 MB

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Nex...

LA Times Presents It Was Simple: The Betty Broderick Murders.

May 26, 2020 07:05 - 4 minutes - 3.88 MB

From the LA Times team behind Dirty John, Man In The Window and Chasing Cosby, comes “It Was Simple: The Betty Broderick Murders.” This fascinating new true-crime podcast follows the case of Betty Broderick, who thought she had a perfect life. Until her husband left. Five years later, Betty killed him and his new wife. Thirty years later, we still can’t look away.  From the Los Angeles Times and host Patt Morrison, comes the spiritual sequel to Dirty John, “It Was Simple: The Betty...

Introducing Motive for Murder

May 07, 2020 11:30 - 4 minutes - 3.66 MB

Motive for Murder is a new podcast from Dateline NBC. 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 the killer by unmasking the motive. Subscribe to Motive for Murder now: https://link.chtbl.com...

Introducing Dying for Sex

February 12, 2020 10:00 - 7 minutes - 6.54 MB

Listen to Dying for Sex at wondery.fm/dirtyjohnDFS When she’s diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, Molly decides to do something bold: she leaves her unhappy marriage and embarks on a series of sexual adventures to help her feel alive. These experiences are beyond anything she could have imagined, so she shares the details with her closest friend, host Nikki Boyer. The two best friends dissect these hilarious, often touching stories. And they growing even closer as they share Mol...

Introducing Blood Ties

December 17, 2019 10:00 - 11 minutes - 10.7 MB

BLOOD TIES: A scripted audio series starring Gillian Jacobs and Josh Gad as Eleonore and Michael Richland. After the sudden death of their billionaire father, disturbing allegations emerge about his dark past. These revelations thrust Eleonore and Michael into a fight they’re completely unprepared for. As the stakes of telling the truth continue to rise, they grapple with their father’s legacy and what to do with it. Listen now at wondery.fm/dirtyjohnBT

LA Times Presents Detective Trapp with Chris Goffard

November 19, 2019 10:30 - 8 minutes - 7.83 MB

Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs – as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Sa...

From the Creators of Dirty John: Detective Trapp with Chris Goffard

November 19, 2019 10:30 - 8 minutes - 7.83 MB

Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs – as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Sa...

Introducing Detective Trapp

November 19, 2019 10:30 - 1 minute - 1.27 MB

Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs – as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Sa...

Wondery Presents Bad Batch

October 23, 2019 09:00 - 5 minutes - 4.96 MB

In Wondery's new series Bad Batch, host Laura Beil (Dr. Death) investigates the multi-billion dollar underregulated industry of stem cell therapy where greed and desperation collide. When a group of patients wind up in a Texas hospital in critical condition, the trail leads back to one stem cell company and its charismatic CEO. What happens when a supposed miracle cure leaves you worse off than before? Listen to Bad Batch at wondery.fm/BadBatchPod

Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" Part 3 | 3

November 21, 2018 08:05 - 10 minutes - 9.9 MB

In the last of three special episodes, Alexandra Cunningham, showrunner of the new Bravo series, offers insight into how she approached the writing of the show and its titular psychopath. Jeffrey Reiner, who directed all eight episodes, discusses the creative team’s ambition to transcend the conventions of a traditional thriller.

Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 3

November 21, 2018 08:05 - 10 minutes - 9.9 MB

In the last of three special episodes, Alexandra Cunningham, showrunner of the new Bravo series, offers insight into how she approached the writing of the show and its titular psychopath. Jeffrey Reiner, who directed all eight episodes, discusses the creative team’s ambition to transcend the conventions of a traditional thriller.

Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" Part 2 | 2

November 19, 2018 08:05 - 14 minutes - 12.9 MB

In the second of three special episodes, Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville”) talks about playing Debra Newell in the new Bravo series, and why the story feels timely. Julia Garner and Juno Temple, who play Newell’s daughters, discuss how they came to inhabit their roles, and the show’s production designer and costume designer share details of how they helped create the characters’ worlds. “Dirty John” premieres on Bravo at 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. You can als...

Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 2

November 19, 2018 08:05 - 14 minutes - 12.9 MB

In the second of three special episodes, Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville”) talks about playing Debra Newell in the new Bravo series, and why the story feels timely. Julia Garner and Juno Temple, who play Newell’s daughters, discuss how they came to inhabit their roles, and the show’s production designer and costume designer share details of how they helped create the characters’ worlds. “Dirty John” premieres on Bravo at 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. You can als...

Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" | 1

November 14, 2018 08:05 - 15 minutes - 14.5 MB

In the first of three special episodes about the making of the Bravo limited series, Christopher Goffard talks with actor Eric Bana about his portrayal of John Meehan, and the parallels between actors and con-men.   “Dirty John” premieres on Bravo at 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. LA Times Studios is participating as a producer on the Bravo series. You can also find the original LA Times series, plus 14 other pieces of narrative journalism, in a new collection called “Dirty John a...

Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" Part 1 | 1

November 14, 2018 08:05 - 15 minutes - 14.5 MB

In the first of three special episodes about the making of the Bravo limited series, Christopher Goffard talks with actor Eric Bana about his portrayal of John Meehan, and the parallels between actors and con-men.   “Dirty John” premieres on Bravo at 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. LA Times Studios is participating as a producer on the Bravo series. You can also find the original LA Times series, plus 14 other pieces of narrative journalism, in a new collection called “Dirty John a...

Introducing Dr. Death | 1

September 04, 2018 07:01 - 12 minutes - 11.4 MB

A year ago a listener of Dirty John emailed Wondery which produced Dirty John with the LA Times, with a tip about a surgeon. He said the surgeon appeared to have a lot in common with John Meehan. This is a story not just about a surgeon and the 33 patients he hurt, but about a system that failed to protect those patients at every possible turn. And It's the same system that supposed to protect you and me today. I hope you help us spread the word because it’s a story that everyone sh...

Dirty John: Live at The Theatre at Ace Hotel | 7

January 16, 2018 08:05 - 1 hour - 73.2 MB

In the months since “Dirty John” was released, more of John Meehan’s victims have told their stories. Carolina Miranda from the LA Times interviews Christopher Goffard, Debra and Terra Newell, and John Meehan’s first wife. Plus, a panel on coercive control and a special live performance by Tracy Bonham. Recorded live at the Ace Theatre. Thank you to our sponsors: Hunt A Killer - Get 10% your subscription when you use the code DIRTY JOHN at checkout when you visit www.huntakiller.c...

Terra | 6

October 08, 2017 07:05 - 40 minutes - 37.2 MB

Episode 6: Jacquelyn and Terra Newell suspect that John has been watching them. When Jacquelyn tells her mother that he is in town, her mother believes she is mistaken. Jacquelyn warns Terra to carry her pocket knife. But Terra is preoccupied by a country-music concert, and she is watching for the wrong car.  Subscribe today so you don't miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/dirtyjohn Do you like the music from Dirty John? To find out more, as well as find other podcasts to listen ...

Escape | 5

October 07, 2017 07:05 - 47 minutes - 43.1 MB

Episode 5: John finds a lawyer and plots to unleash a blizzard of lawsuits against his enemies, with the aim of proving to Debra that he is the victim, in case after case. The lawyer believes her life is in danger. As her painful isolation from her family deepens, she secretly plans her escape from the marriage.  Subscribe today so you don't miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/dirtyjohn Do you like the music from Dirty John? To find out more, as well as find other podcasts to lis...

Forgiveness | 4

October 05, 2017 07:05 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

Episode 4: Debra is in hiding, living out of hotels and disguising herself with a wig. Debra fears she will meet the fate of her sister Cindi, who was killed by her husband as she tried to escape a bad marriage. John has explanations for the accusations against him. He weeps and apologizes. Three decades earlier, that had helped Cindi’s killer walk out of prison.  Subscribe today so you don't miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/dirtyjohn Do you like the music from Dirty John? To ...

Filthy | 3

October 04, 2017 07:05 - 46 minutes - 42.8 MB

Episode 3: Debra grapples with the question, “Who did I marry?” The story of John’s mysterious past unfolds through the eyes of his sisters, his law-school housemate, his ex-wife, and an Ohio cop who hunted him. The origins of John’s nickname are revealed. Bed-ridden in an Orange County hospital, he pleads with Debra to take him back. Subscribe today so you don't miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/dirtyjohn Do you like the music from Dirty John? To find out more, as well as find...

Newlyweds | 2

October 02, 2017 08:05 - 36 minutes - 33.1 MB

Episode 2: After an intruder appears in John and Debra’s livingroom, John insists that they install security cameras. Debra begins to wonder whether he is spying on her. Her nephew, Shad, looks into John’s background and confronts him with what he finds. Debra’s vision of an idyllic marriage is shattered when she discovers a stash of paperwork in John’s home office. Subscribe today so you don't miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/dirtyjohn Do you like the music from Dirty John? T...

The Real Thing | 1

October 02, 2017 07:05 - 39 minutes - 36.2 MB

Episode 1: Debra Newell, an interior designer in Southern California, meets John Meehan on an over-50 dating site. His profile looks exciting: Anesthesiologist, divorced, Christian. She falls in love fast. But her children dislike him and warn her that his stories don’t add up. A psychologist advises Debra to set firmer boundaries with her kids, saying she has a right to be happy. Subscribe today so you don't miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/dirtyjohn Do you like the music fro...

Introducing Dirty John

September 11, 2017 07:05 - 2 minutes - 2.71 MB

A true story about seduction, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times. Premieres October 2nd. Subscribe today so you are the first to hear Dirty John when it comes out: https://smarturl.it/dirtyjohn