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The Blotter Presents

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The Blotter Presents is devoted to discussing (and/or despairing of) the best and worst of TV true crime: present-day shows, vintage gems, and everything in between. Hosted by Sarah D. Bunting.

The Blotter Presents is devoted to discussing (and/or despairing of) the best and worst of TV true crime: present-day shows, vintage gems, and everything in between. Hosted by Sarah D. Bunting.
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The Blotter Presents is devoted to discussing (and/or despairing of) the best and worst of TV true crime: present-day shows, vintage gems, and everything in between. Hosted by Sarah D. Bunting.

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Episodes

078: Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath And "The Apostate"

12/12/2018
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Jeb Lund is back to put the third season of Leah Remini's eponymous confrontation of Scientology "on the cans," and we don't mean to be entheta about it, but why not change the format to include some expert analysis from psychologists, debriefers, or forensic auditors? Why isn't Mike Rinder using his counter-PI-terrorism skills to find Shelly Miscavige? Why is dental floss apparently suppressive? And why doesn't Remini ever drive? Folded into that conversation is a "celebration rundown" of...

Duration:01:10:36

Brief 19: 48 Hours, "The Mysterious Death Of Casey Kasem"

12/10/2018
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Was there a crime committed in Kasem's 2014 death? Which one? And by whom? "The Long, Strange Purgatory Of Casey Kasem" (https://www.gq.com/story/last-days-of-casey-kasem) "The Worst Kasem Scenario" (http://previously.tv/law-and-order-svu/the-worst-kasem-scenario/)

Duration:00:08:09

Brief 18: Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland

11/30/2018
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Kate Davis and David Heilbroner's latest for HBO is a poetically harsh investigation of Sandra Bland's death in 2015.

Duration:00:06:25

077: Believed And 30 For 30's "The Two Escobars"

11/28/2018
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Stephanie Early Green probably regrets suggesting Believed as a Most Wanted topic, but nicely saw the idea through as she sat down to discuss Michigan Public Radio's difficult but significant new podcast on the predations of Larry Nassar -- what he did, how he got away with it, and how survivors finally brought him down. Later, we thought a vintage 30 For 30 on soccer might lighten the mood...but given how much Pablo Escobar loved the sport, and the lengths he was willing to go to to prevail...

Duration:00:57:07

Brief 17: No Man's Land

11/26/2018
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The Wing's new podcast about "women who were too bad for your textbooks." [NB: I biffed the location of the Riverside Terrace Mausoleum; it's in HAMILTON Heights, not Morningside Heights. Mgmt regrets etc.]

Duration:00:08:46

076: Dirty John And Stuff You Missed In History Class

11/21/2018
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[NB: The sound's tinny this week; I'm so sorry.] Bravo has turned the L.A. Times series, then podcast Dirty John into an all-star-cast TV series, and book glutton/attorney Julian Gross is here to discuss it. Did it need to become a TV series? Is Eric Bana the right casting as the titular John? Will we stick with it despite 1) some pacing issues and 2) knowing the outcome, which may affect 1) for us? And could someone please nominate Veronica for president? Later, it's a look at the How Stuff...

Duration:00:59:36

Brief 16: The Truth About True Crime With Amanda Knox

11/19/2018
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A seemingly reluctant true-crime figure wades into the podcasting fray with a companion podcast to Sundance's Jonestown docuseries.

Duration:00:07:34

Brief 15: Reply All Episode 99, "Black Hole, NJ"

11/16/2018
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Reply All takes a Mystery-Show-ish journey into the dark Russian-online-shopping-hacker heart of...Woodbridge?

Duration:00:09:03

075: Jonestown: Terror In The Jungle And Frontline's Amerithrax Episode

11/14/2018
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The fortieth anniversary of the mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana is next week, and Sundance's Jonestown: Terror In The Jungle miniseries looks back; Toby Ball joins me once again to talk about when Jim Jones's sincere dreams of utopia curdled, which Jonestown property is the least difficult to get through, and what we hope became of that Willie kid. Later, with both the MAGA bomber and Robert Mueller in the headlines recently, we're also looking back at another series of attacks by mail --...

Duration:01:07:04

Brief 14: Kingpins

11/12/2018
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Parcast's latest takes a three-part look at Pablo Acosta Villarreal and the pre-cartel Mexican drug trade.

Duration:00:07:45

Brief 13: What Haunts Us

11/9/2018
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An Emmy-nominated look at a prep-school predator and the wide swath of his crimes, from a first-time documentarian.

Duration:00:07:22

074: Dr. Death And Gypsy's Revenge

11/7/2018
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Stephanie Early Green joined me for Ep 009 on Mommy Dead And Dearest, so it felt only right that she sit with me again for Gypsy's Revenge, a follow-up on the Gypsy Rose/Dee Dee Blanchard case from ID that, to our surprise, was pretty good and not superfluous. (Our conversation about Gypsy's father's sexy audiobook voice? Deeehhhfinitely superfluous.) But before that, we dug into the eminently bingeable, utterly horrifying Dr. Death, Wondery's six-part look at the reign of surgical terror of...

Duration:00:50:47

Brief 12: The Disappearance Of Phoenix Coldon

11/5/2018
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Oxygen's latest special event is infuriating, baffling...and not boring for a second.

Duration:00:12:51

Brief 11: Crimetown's Second Season

11/2/2018
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Crimetown moves from Providence to Detroit; I try to put my finger on something in the age of Peak Podcast.

Duration:00:06:04

Brief 10: History's 3-Part Watergate Doc

11/1/2018
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Oscar-winner Charles Ferguson takes on the fall of the Nixon White House for the History Channel. Set your DVRs; it's good!

Duration:00:07:42

Brief 9: Bag Man

10/31/2018
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In her first podcast, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow digs into the very dirty forgotten history of Nixon VP Spiro Agnew.

Duration:00:06:51

Brief 8: The Lost Tapes: Clinton Impeachment

10/30/2018
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Smithsonian Channel's archival overview of Clinton's high crimes and misdemeanors is solid, but perhaps superfluous.

Duration:00:08:09

Brief 7: Carruth

10/29/2018
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The Charlotte Observer's look at the 1999 hit on Cherica Adams by her child's father, Rae Carruth, makes an NFL-crime-podcast trifecta. Should you listen?

Duration:00:09:57

Brief 6: Taberski, Rudolf, And Judge On Making A Murderer

10/26/2018
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Netflix's You Can't Make This Up podcast on MAM Pt. 2 doesn't quite work.

Duration:00:06:09

073: Making A Murderer And Karla

10/24/2018
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Is MAM still the same marathon-able, frustrating, compelling show in Part 2 as it was in 2015? Should Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi have tried harder to make the second season less "one-sided" as to Steven Avery's guilt -- or not at all? Does the second act suffer from a dearth of Strang and Buting, or of suspense as to Avery and Brendan Dassey's fates? And where does Kathleen Zellner keep all those stylish jackets? Speaking of disgraces, the less said about 2006's Skinemax-y take on Karla...

Duration:00:57:48