American Scandal

American Scandal

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Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage.Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls. And when the dust finally settles, we’re left to wonder: how did this happen? Where did they trip up, and who is to blame? From the creators of American History Tellers, Business Wars and Tides of History comes American Scandal, where we take you deep into the heart of America’s dark side to look at what drives someone to break the rules and what happens when they’re caught. Hosted by Lindsay Graham.


The Plame Affair - Inside the Fight in Washington | 4
Jan 7 • 36 min
Washington, D.C., erupted in a political firestorm in 2003, after Valerie Plame’s identity was revealed to the public. Host Lindsay Graham talks with Matthew Cooper, a journalist who covered the story for Time magazine. Cooper also became part of the…
The Plame Affair - Justice Served | 3
Dec 31, 2019 • 37 min
Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson make a surprising announcement. Scooter Libby faces a day of reckoning in court, and Patrick Fitzgerald’s case comes to an end. Support our show by supporting our sponsors! Policy Genius - You could save $1500 or more a year…
The Plame Affair - The Investigation | 2
Dec 24, 2019 • 36 min
The Bush administration comes under investigation for its role in the Plame leak. Meanwhile, Valerie Plame begins receiving alarming threats, which put a strain on her career and personal life. New York Times reporter Judith Miller faces an agonizing…
The Plame Affair - Exposed | 1
Dec 17, 2019 • 37 min
In 2003, America is at war with Iraq, as part of its global campaign on terror. Former diplomat Joe Wilson sharply criticizes the war, making him an enemy of the White House. Payback is swift, but the crosshairs are aimed at someone else: Wilson’s wife,…
Interview with Filmmaker Alex Gibney | 5
Dec 3, 2019 • 45 min
Host Lindsay Graham talks with Alex Gibney, director of “Client 9,” a documentary that examines the rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AS Bombas - Go to…
New York State of Crime - Two Men in a Cell | 4
Nov 26, 2019 • 41 min
Preet Bharara investigates Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos. The explosive trials and the aftermath. Links to NY Times articles mentioned: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/04/nyregion/sheldon-silver-trial-highlights.html…
Rethink Presidential Politics with American Elections: Wicked Game
Nov 21, 2019 • 4 min
American Elections: Wicked Game is a new podcast from Lindsay Graham that will explore all 58 presidential elections, leading up to the big day in November 2020. From the inevitable election of George Washington in 1789, to Donald Trump’s surprise…
New York State of Crime - Pay to Play | 3
Nov 19, 2019 • 39 min
Governor Cuomo tries to stamp out corruption with an independent commission who deals with interference from unexpected places. Attorney Preet Bharara lasers in on the committee’s findings. Links to NY Times articles mentioned: The Many Faces of New…
New York State of Crime - An Affair to Remember | 2
Nov 12, 2019 • 42 min
Troopergate explodes. Governor Spitzer finds himself embroiled in a scandal. Senator Bruno is investigated by the FBI. If you enjoyed American History Tellers, be sure to check out Lindsay Graham’s other shows, American History Tellers and American…
New York State of Crime - Three Men in a Room | 1
Nov 5, 2019 • 41 min
In 2006, Eliot Spitzer is elected governor on a promise to tackle corruption in the most dysfunctional state capital in the country—Albany, NY. He is quickly challenged by one of the most powerful men in the state. Will the governor change Albany or will…
Enron - Reckoning | 5
Sep 24, 2019 • 46 min
A federal task force is formed to bring Enron’s corrupt executives to justice. Sherron Watkins arrives in Washington to participate in congressional hearings and struggles to process the staggering costs of Enron’s downfall. For the next few weeks,…
Enron - Into the Death Spiral | 4
Sep 17, 2019 • 34 min
The Wall Street Journal works to expose the shady financial deals key to Enron’s success. With his company pushed to the brink of bankruptcy, Ken Lay engages in a desperate ploy to avert disaster. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Better Help - To…
Enron - Damage Control | 3
Sep 10, 2019 • 38 min
Ken Lay fights to restore public confidence in Enron as the bad publicity mounts and the stock price continues to fall. Sherron Watkins is encouraged when an internal review of company practices is launched, but stunned when it appears to backfire.…
Enron - The Black Box | 2
Sep 3, 2019 • 41 min
Enron manipulates California’s electricity market for financial gain, and the state is plunged into an energy crisis. Meanwhile, the schemes of a corrupt CFO, a rocky transition of power, and an alarming discovery by Sherron Watkins, threaten to tear the…
Enron - A Sense of Urgency | 1
Aug 27, 2019 • 44 min
In the mid 1990s, Enron Corporation solidifies its position as the number one energy company in America. Investment manager Sherron Watkins lands a dream job there, but quickly learns that Enron’s office culture and accounting practices make it a…
The Standoff at Wounded Knee - The Reign of Terror | 4
Aug 6, 2019 • 35 min
Mounting violence forces Dennis Banks and the rest of the occupation to decide how much they’re willing to sacrifice for their cause. Federal negotiators face a deadline to end the standoff at all costs, and Banks and Russell Means meet face to face with…
The Standoff at Wounded Knee - A Nation Reborn | 3
Jul 30, 2019 • 34 min
After defying a federal ultimatum to leave Wounded Knee or face a full-scale assault, the occupation doubles down by declaring themselves the Independent Oglala Nation. A new proposal from the feds causes Russell Means to ponder how much he’s willing to…
The Standoff at Wounded Knee - We’ve Bet with Our Lives | 2
Jul 23, 2019 • 38 min
Emboldened by their takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, AIM takes its campaign for Indian rights to the border towns of South Dakota. But now AIM is a top law enforcement priority, and violent clashes with police follow. When the Oglala Lakota of…
The Standoff at Wounded Knee - The Trail of Broken Treaties | 1
Jul 16, 2019 • 39 min
In early 1973, the militant civil rights group the American Indian Movement (AIM) takes control of the town of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The action launches a 71-day standoff between Indians and federal forces. But…
Tuskegee Syphilis Study - Parallels | 5
Jul 9, 2019 • 28 min
Black babies in the United States are twice as likely as white babies to die before their first birthday. It’s an alarming statistic that further highlights the wide disparities in healthcare that exist between black and white Americans. And while there…
Tuskegee Syphilis Study - What Was Done Cannot Be Undone | 4
Jul 2, 2019 • 42 min
After 40 years, the Tuskegee Study has been exposed, condemned, and ended. But for the survivors and African-American community at large, this is not the end of the story. A fight begins to ensure the deceived test subjects are properly compensated, and…
Tuskegee Syphilis Study - Controlled Genocide | 3
Jun 25, 2019 • 36 min
In the 1960s, as cultural attitudes shift and more doctors in the U.S. learn of the study, objections are raised on moral and political grounds. When the government refuses to end the experiment, a whistleblower goes public, and the test subjects turn to…
Tuskegee Syphilis Study - Treatment by Autopsy | 2
Jun 18, 2019 • 42 min
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is underway, with hundreds of African-American men unknowingly serving as human guinea pigs. Though it’s initially scheduled to last only a few months, the doctors in charge of the experiment land on a nefarious scheme to…
Tuskegee Syphilis Study - First, Do No Harm | 1
Jun 11, 2019 • 39 min
In early 1930s America, segregation is the law of the land, and syphilis remains a grave public health concern. A handful of white government doctors aims to treat African Americans in a rural Alabama county where infection rates are especially high. But…
Payola - Anything for a Hit | 6
May 28, 2019 • 37 min
Records stuffed with cash. Cassette cases full of cocaine. The details revealed at record promoter Joe Isgro’s payola trial shock the public. And the trial’s outcome is an even bigger surprise. Support our show by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter -…
Sponsored | American Epidemics - Dark Days in Dallas | 3
May 24, 2019 • 59 min
This episode is brought to you by Wondery in partnership with National Geographic in anticipation of their new series, The Hot Zone. In 2014, Ebola is tearing through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but the deadly disease hasn’t yet made landfall in the…
Payola - Music and the Mob | 5
May 21, 2019 • 34 min
In 1986, federal prosecutor Marvin Rudnick is close to cracking the biggest payola case in decades. It might even involve the Mafia and one of the record industry’s most notorious figures, Morris Levy. So why do his bosses abruptly take him off the case?…
Sponsored | American Epidemics - 1989 and The Hot Zone | 2
May 17, 2019 • 42 min
This episode is brought to you by Wondery in partnership with National Geographic in anticipation of their new series, The Hot Zone. The three-night limited series is inspired by true events surrounding the origins of the Ebola virus and its arrival on US…
Payola - The Network | 4
May 14, 2019 • 45 min
Twenty years after new federal laws were supposed to eradicate payola, it’s back. Now a mysterious group of record promoters called the Network are using it to control access to Top 40 radio. And to enforce their monopoly on the airwaves, they’ve enlisted…
Sponsored | American Epidemics - The Great Pandemic | 1
May 10, 2019 • 50 min
This episode is brought to you by Wondery in partnership with National Geographic in anticipation of their new series, The Hot Zone. The three-night limited series is inspired by true events surrounding the origins of the Ebola virus and its arrival on US…
Payola - Rock ’n’ Roll on Trial | 3
May 7, 2019 • 46 min
The Congressional payola hearings of 1960 are out to expose corruption in the music industry. But they’re also out to discredit a dangerous new form of music called rock ‘n’ roll. To do that, they’ve set their sights on rock’s most famous champions: DJ…
Payola - The Devil’s Music | 2
Apr 30, 2019 • 47 min
In 1959, rock ‘n’ roll is on the rise. But parents and politicians are alarmed by this rebellious new style of music and its powerful effect on America’s youth. So when Congress learns that some rock records are getting on the radio thanks to a system of…
Payola - The $50 Handshake | 1
Apr 23, 2019 • 40 min
The delicate system of secret bribes and kickbacks used to transform a mediocre record into a hit — that’s payola. And on the eve of rock ‘n’ roll, it’s consuming the music industry. As the public catches wind of the corruption, DJ Alan Freed and American…
Michael Avenatti’s Rise and Fall | 8
Apr 16, 2019 • 34 min
Stormy Daniels, secret hush money payments, and the lawyer at the center of it all: Michael Avenatti. In 2018, we saw an American scandal unfold right before our eyes — live on television. On this special episode, Los Angeles Times political reporter…
The Hare Krishna Murders: Inside and Out | 7
Apr 9, 2019 • 42 min
Former Hare Krishna Henry Doktorski talks about what led him to join the faith, day to day life on the West Virginia commune, and why he finally left. Read more about the Hare Krishna’s in Henry’s book, Killing for Krishna: The Danger of Deranged…
The Hare Krishna Murders - Retribution and Reform | 6
Apr 2, 2019 • 46 min
Keith Ham’s chief enforcer is summoned back to New Vrindaban for a mission. He enlists the help of a friend of the commune who turns informer. Steve Bryant goes into hiding. Deputy Westfall works with the state police to finally make some arrests, but…
The Hare Krishna Murders: The Fracture | 5
Mar 26, 2019 • 44 min
Steve Bryant is forced out of the commune at gunpoint and heads to California where he finds evidence that the Gurus are frauds. Berkeley Temple Leader Hansadutta has a meltdown that lands him in jail. An attempt to start a Guru Reform movement divides…
The Hare Krishna Murders: The WhistleBlower | 4
Mar 19, 2019 • 38 min
When a devotee in West Virginia goes missing, his wife suspects murder. Deputy Westfall is thwarted by the DA when he tries to take action. Keith flexes his muscles and expands his power over New Vrindaban. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Quip - Go…
The Hare Krishna Murders: A Vigil of Vultures | 3
Mar 12, 2019 • 44 min
When the Swami dies, eleven senior disciples declare themselves gurus and take control of the movement. In Berkeley, Hansadutta becomes paranoid and starts amassing an arsenal of weapons. In West Virginia, Keith Ham finishes constructing his palace of…
The Hare Krishna Murders: Sowing the Seeds | 2
Mar 5, 2019 • 41 min
When devotees at the NYC temple confront Keith Ham, he decides to found a commune of his own in West Virginia. Krishnas in temples across the country come up with illegal ways to raise money for the group, including drug dealing and money scams.
The Hare Krishna Murders: Go West, Old Man | 1
Feb 26, 2019 • 42 min
An elderly swami from India captures the zeitgeist of 1960s counterculture in America with his message of peace and love. But his western disciples are hungry for power, and one of his most trusted devotees betrays him. You can find new episodes of…
Exxon Valdez: 30 Years Later | 5
Feb 19, 2019 • 38 min
It’s been 30 years since the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Port William Sound, but the disaster still reverberates. A conversation with marine conservation professor and Alaska fisherman Rick Steiner about the state of things today. Plus, journalist and…
Exxon Valdez: Winner Take Nothing | 4
Feb 12, 2019 • 45 min
The fishermen run a blockade. Alyeska Pipeline goes to extremes to root out a mole. Exxon and the fishermen face off in court. Photos of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to…
Exxon Valdez: The Spin Cycle | 3
Feb 5, 2019 • 42 min
After Captain Hazelwood’s arrest, Exxon tries to clean up its public image. President Bush tells Exxon to pick up the pace on the cleanup. Fisherman Riki Ott takes on Big Oil in the Alaska State Legislature. Photos of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Exxon Valdez: The Mosquito Fleet | 2
Jan 29, 2019 • 42 min
The fishermen find that damage from the spill is even worse than expected, while a winter storm destroys Exxon’s plans for a quick cleanup. Captain Hazelwood disappears. Photos of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Exxon Valdez: Oil Meets Water | 1
Jan 22, 2019 • 37 min
A supertanker carrying 53 million gallons of crude oil runs aground in Prince William Sound sparking the worst man-made ecological catastrophe in the country’s history at the time. As Exxon struggles to get the cleanup underway, fishermen worry that this…
Iran Contra: Inside | 6
Jan 1, 2019 • 44 min
How does the Iran Contra investigation compare to the Russia investigation today? We go behind the scenes with Michael Bromwich, a lawyer who worked on the Iran Contra case. He tells us what it’s like to delve into the dealings of America’s most powerful…
Iran Contra: The Inner Circle | 5
Dec 25, 2018 • 44 min
Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh sets his sights on the White House and tries to answer the question everyone has been asking: Exactly how much did President Reagan know and when did he know it? Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Article -…
Iran Contra: Walsh | 4
Dec 18, 2018 • 43 min
Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh is called to D.C. to investigate Iran-Contra and bring those responsible to justice. But what he discovers will shake his political allegiances, and drive a wedge through the heart of the country. Support this show by…
Iran Contra: Don and Ed | 3
Dec 11, 2018 • 41 min
When the story breaks that senior US government officials secretly traded arms for hostages, Congress and the American people demand answers. Chief of Staff Don Regan and Attorney General Ed Meese begin building a wall around the President. Links to…
Iran Contra: Ollie | 2
Dec 4, 2018 • 41 min
Two of Reagan’s top priorities are in jeopardy: American hostages are still in the hands of terrorists in Iran, and the Contras are losing their fight against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. In early 1986, the two operations merge. In the middle of it all…
Lindsay Graham’s Newest Podcast: 1865
Dec 3, 2018 • 11 min
April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton takes control, determined to bring the assassin to justice. Heavily researched, this historical political thriller is an audio drama that explores…
Iran Contra: Bud | 1
Nov 27, 2018 • 47 min
In July of 1985, the National Security Advisor to President Reagan, Robert “Bud” McFarlane puts a plan in motion that could change the course of history and turn the Reagan administration upside down. Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Quip -…
BALCO: Interview with authors Mark Fainaru Wada and Lance Williams | 6
Oct 16, 2018 • 37 min
Host Lindsay Graham talks with the journalists who broke the BALCO scandal and almost went to jail. Mark Fainaru Wada and Lance Williams are the authors of “Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports.”…
BALCO: Winners and Losers | 5
Oct 9, 2018 • 37 min
Victor Conte loses his battle when he’s sentenced to prison. Marion Jones’ carefully crafted defense threatens to collapse because of a bitter divorce. And agent Novitzky’s case hits some snags as Barry Bonds fights for his reputation. After investigating…
BALCO: Liars and Leaks | 4
Oct 2, 2018 • 36 min
The raid on BALCO succeeds beyond Agent Novitzky’s wildest dreams. He gets all the evidence he needs to prove that some of the top athletes in the world have cheated their way to records and medals. But Barry Bonds isn’t going down without a fight and…
BALCO: Syringes and Secrets | 3
Sep 25, 2018 • 36 min
A syringe with a mysterious substance sets off a race to save the Olympics from a doping scandal. Backstabbing, recriminations and a dedicated team of investigators threaten to destroy everything Victor Conte has created. And agent Novitzky plants an…
BALCO: Gold Medals and Bad Blood | 2
Sep 18, 2018 • 33 min
Track star Marion Jones gets caught in the middle of an Olympic steroid scandal and turns to Victor Conte for help. In baseball, Barry Bonds is fed up watching other players beat records and garner fame. He teams up with a trainer who sets him on a path…
BALCO: Steroids and Snake Oil | 1
Sep 18, 2018 • 36 min
A college dropout with no background in science turns himself into an expert on performance enhancing drugs. Soon he attracts some of the world’s best athletes—along with the attention of a determined federal agent. Support us by supporting our sponsors!…
Introducing American Scandal
Sep 10, 2018 • 1 min
American Scandal Premieres September 18th.