John and Amanda have lived on the fringes their whole lives. They’re on welfare, living with John’s grandma, and struggling with addiction to opioids and Dungeons and Dragons. They’ve followed crooked paths to this point. John played in heavy metal bands and dabbled with Satanism. Amanda left home and discovered heroin before her 18th birthday. The couple converts to Islam in an attempt to turn their lives around. But things take a wild turn when a mysterious figure enters their lives and draws them into a web of conspiracy, deception and terror. In this five-part series, host Dan Pierce will take listeners deep undercover into a sprawling anti-terror investigation, drawing on more than a hundred hours of police surveillance tape and intimate interviews with John and Amanda. Pressure Cooker is a rare glimpse inside the minds of two accused as they recount a story of love, faith and betrayal in the War on Terror. Early access to Pressure Cooker will be available to Canadian audiences via CBC Listen. For listeners outside of Canada, episodes will be available early and ad-free when you subscribe to the CBC True Crime Premium channel on Apple Podcasts.
Updated: Nov. 14, 2022