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The RFK Tapes

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From the creators of Crimetown and Cadence13, this is The RFK Tapes, a podcast documentary series that takes a new look at the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, a murder we were told was solved. Sirhan Sirhan was captured at the scene, gun in hand. He plead guilty and is serving a life sentence... Nevertheless, questions linger... like who was the mysterious woman in the polka dot dress? Were there more bullets fired than Sirhan had in his gun? Why doesn’t Sirhan remember the murder? And why did the LAPD lock away hours and hours of recorded witness testimony for more than twenty years. Over ten episodes, you’ll hear that testimony alongside new interviews with the people who were there. Information that may have you too believing in conspiracy theories. Hosted by Zac Stuart-Pontier (Crimetown) and Bill Klaber (author Shadow Play).

From the creators of Crimetown and Cadence13, this is The RFK Tapes, a podcast documentary series that takes a new look at the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, a murder we were told was solved. Sirhan Sirhan was captured at the scene, gun in hand. He plead guilty and is serving a life sentence... Nevertheless, questions linger... like who was the mysterious woman in the polka dot dress? Were there more bullets fired than Sirhan had in his gun? Why doesn’t Sirhan remember the murder? And why did the LAPD lock away hours and hours of recorded witness testimony for more than twenty years. Over ten episodes, you’ll hear that testimony alongside new interviews with the people who were there. Information that may have you too believing in conspiracy theories. Hosted by Zac Stuart-Pontier (Crimetown) and Bill Klaber (author Shadow Play).
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From the creators of Crimetown and Cadence13, this is The RFK Tapes, a podcast documentary series that takes a new look at the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, a murder we were told was solved. Sirhan Sirhan was captured at the scene, gun in hand. He plead guilty and is serving a life sentence... Nevertheless, questions linger... like who was the mysterious woman in the polka dot dress? Were there more bullets fired than Sirhan had in his gun? Why doesn’t Sirhan remember the murder? And why did the LAPD lock away hours and hours of recorded witness testimony for more than twenty years. Over ten episodes, you’ll hear that testimony alongside new interviews with the people who were there. Information that may have you too believing in conspiracy theories. Hosted by Zac Stuart-Pontier (Crimetown) and Bill Klaber (author Shadow Play).

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5/29/2018
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Fifty years after the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, questions about the crime still linger. The RFK Tapes will explore the case through rare recordings and new interviews to try to understand what really happened on June 5, 1968. A new ten-part documentary series from the makers of Crimetown. Premiering June 5.

Duration:00:04:11

[1] June 5, 1968

6/5/2018
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Fifty years ago, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, moments after winning the California Democratic primary. A lone gunman was captured at the scene, pistol in hand. Police said the case was open and shut. But was it? Meet Bill Klaber (author, Shadow Play) - a researcher who has a very different idea of what happened on June 5, 1968.

Duration:00:28:10

[2] My God, the Cosmos Shook

6/12/2018
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Allard K. Lowenstein encourages Senator Robert F. Kennedy to run for president but ends up wheeling him into the morgue. Years later, when he picks up the autopsy report, Lowenstein is stunned at what he finds. Through intimate private recordings, we follow Lowenstein as he begins questioning the official version of his friend’s murder.

Duration:00:33:52

[3] You Do Not Destroy Evidence!

6/19/2018
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As Allard K. Lowenstein continues his investigation into Senator Robert F. Kennedy's murder, he enlists the help of Paul Schrade, one of the surviving shooting victims in the case. Together, they force a reexamination of the evidence collected by the LAPD in an effort to determine, once and for all, if more than one gun was firing in the kitchen pantry.

Duration:00:30:26

[4] Reach For Your Gun, Sirhan

7/3/2018
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Was the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy a deliberate political statement or the act of a sick mind? As Sirhan Sirhan sits in jail awaiting trial, the prosecution sends in a psychiatrist to find out.

Duration:00:39:57

[5] The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress

7/10/2018
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Moments after Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, Sandra Serrano, a young campaign worker, says she saw a suspicious woman in a polka dot dress running away from the hotel screaming, “We shot him, we shot him.”

Duration:00:33:33

[6] The Manchurian Candidate

7/17/2018
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To prepare for Sirhan Sirhan’s 2011 parole hearing, his current legal team brings in an expert to investigate whether or not Sirhan was hypno-programmed to shoot Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Duration:00:32:12

[7] He Didn't Think He Was Bulletproof

7/31/2018
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Zac sets out on his own to talk with former aides to Senator Robert F. Kennedy about what that 1968 campaign was like, and what they believe happened the night of the California primary.

Duration:00:35:15

[8] I Wanted to Solve This F*cking Murder

8/7/2018
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Investigative journalist Dan Moldea begins a quest to try to find evidence of a second gun in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel… by talking to the cops who were there that night.

Duration:00:32:18

[9] Here’s Where You and I Part Ways

8/14/2018
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Investigative journalist Dan Moldea finds the man he believes assassinated Robert F. Kennedy.

Duration:00:43:49

Slow Burn, Season 2

8/21/2018
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Slate's Slow Burn excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history -- and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 2 captures what it felt like to live through the saga of Bill Clinton's impeachment. And...The RFK Tapes will be live in Brooklyn on August 29! Zac and Bill will be joined by guest Dan Moldea to discuss the RFK case, take your questions and get into all the juicy details that didn't make it into the show. Tickets available at...

Duration:00:39:00

[10] You May Not Be the Same Zac

8/28/2018
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Zac goes back to Acidalia for one last interview with Bill.

Duration:00:43:07

[BONUS] Live in Brooklyn

9/4/2018
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Last week, Zac and Bill sat down in front of a live audience at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The show featured a heated debate between Bill and special guest Dan Moldea, plus musical performances by Rosaleen Eastman.

Duration:00:44:23

[BONUS] The Trial of Scott Enyart

9/11/2018
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On the night of Robert Kennedy’s murder, a young photographer named Scott Enyart had his film confiscated by the LAPD. When Enyart sued the city more than twenty years later, Bill Klaber was there.

Duration:00:27:51

Up and Vanished, Season 2

9/18/2018
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Up and Vanished merges storytelling with investigation, highlighting a new missing persons case each season. Season 2 focuses on the disappearance of young mother Kristal Reisinger from a remote mountain town in Colorado. Follow along with host Payne Lindsey as he travels to Colorado to trace Reisinger's path.

Duration:00:36:57

[BONUS] He Was Irreplaceable

9/25/2018
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A collection of the best Robert F. Kennedy stories and speeches that didn't make it into the show, featuring speechwriter Adam Walinsky, special assistant William vanden Heuvel and campaign coordinator Steve Isenberg.

Duration:00:32:40

[BONUS] Follow the Lies

10/2/2018
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Bill takes the reins as he goes through some of the additional evidence that convinced him a second gun was firing the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Duration:00:39:07

[BONUS] That’s Not the Girl You Described

10/9/2018
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On the night of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, waiter Vincent DiPierro told police that he saw a girl in a polka dot dress standing with Sirhan in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel. Bill and Zac pay DiPierro a visit and hear an unbelievable story.

Duration:00:31:50