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The Apology Line

Wondery

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 something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.

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 something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.

Location:

United States

Networks:

Wondery

Description:

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 something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.

Language:

English


Episodes

Wondery Presents: Spy Affair

3/29/2021
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...

Duration:00:05:41

Introducing: MANslaughter

3/17/2021
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...

Duration:00:06:02

What to Listen to Next: Against the Odds

2/26/2021
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...

Duration:00:07:17

And The Calls Live On | 7

2/23/2021
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...

Duration:00:38:55

Strawberry Fields Forever | 6

2/16/2021
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...

Duration:00:38:40

Mrs. Apology | 5

2/9/2021
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...

Duration:00:46:59

To Catch A Serial Killer | 4

2/2/2021
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,...

Duration:00:41:22

Your Dungeon or Mine? | 3

1/26/2021
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...

Duration:00:45:39

Going Public | 2

1/19/2021
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. 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...

Duration:00:41:40

Who’s Sorry Now? | 1

1/19/2021
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. Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. -...

Duration:00:42:58

Introducing: The Apology Line

1/4/2021
The Apology Line Premieres on January 19th, or you can listen right now Ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline

Duration:00:02:33