Podcast Playlist

True crime podcasts to bring out your inner sleuth

Murder. Mystery. Multi-level marketing schemes. Put your detective hats on because we're about to investigate.

Let's get to the bottom of this.

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, speaks at the Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco. Forbes announced on June 1, 2016, that it has revised its estimate of Holmes net worth from $4.5 billion to nothing. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
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In the mid-70s, Jon Armond was traumatized by a cartoon he saw on Sesame Street about a girl who goes on an adventure with happy little creatures formed by the cracks on her wall. But late at night, behind the door, a horrifying monster emerges from the cracks who calls himself the "Crack Master." Decades later, Jon was unsure if this cartoon actually existed until he found a subculture of internet users who remembered being terrified by the exact same thing. In this episode of Studio 360, host Kurt Anderson investigates the making of this nearly 40-year-old cartoon to unveil once and for all who created it and why.

When you were a kid, did you have a demon who lurked in your closet, or a bogeyman that hid under your bed? As someone who used to be afraid of the dark, I found strength and humour both in listening to this podcast and in revisiting my own (irrational) childhood fears. Here's hoping it does the same for you.

- Kelsey Cueva, Associate Producer, Podcast Playlist

Podcasts featured this week:

The Dropout: Convinced of her own destiny even as a young child, Elizabeth Holmes would drop out of Stanford in her late teens, intending to model herself after the great tech icons of our time. Her obsession with Steve Jobs – down to his signature black turtlenecks – would become particularly pronounced as she launched her company Theranos.

The Dream: Multi-level marketing companies often promise you part time work and high salaries. But according to The Dream, it seems very few participants successfully make a living. Katie worried her work as a daily news reporter would be challenging once she had a family. She thought that being a Mary Kay consultant would offer the flexibility she wanted. She shares her story.

Believed: How did Larry Nassar, a respected gymnastics doctor, get away with abusing hundreds of women and girls for two decades? Believed is an inside look at how a team of women won a conviction in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history.

Studio 360: In the mid-1970s, Jon Armond was traumatized by something he saw on "Sesame Street." It was a cartoon about a little girl who encounters creatures formed by the cracks on her bedroom wall — including a horrifying, screaming face who called himself "The Crack Master." Decades later, Armond wasn't sure if the cartoon actually existed... until he discovered a subculture of obsessives who remembered the exact same thing.

Uncover: The Village:  Host Justin Ling investigates Bruce McArthur and whether he's connected to nearly two dozen murders from Toronto's Gay Village.

Over My Dead Body: Dan and Wendi are two good-looking attorneys whose wedding was featured in the New York Times. But when this "perfect" couple falls apart, it leads to a bad breakup and a terrible divorce. Then, a murder case involving a menagerie of high-priced lawyers and unexpected co-conspirators. 

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