This is a podcast about two killers: Yaakov “Mio” Meidad, a highly accomplished operative working for the Israeli national intelligence agency, and Herbert Cukurs, aka “the Butcher of Latvia”, a savage and prolific Holocaust enforcer. But it is the former that takes on the role of chief protagonist — dare I say hero? — in Stephen Talty’s vivid retelling of Mio’s risky mission to exact vengeance on behalf of the Jewish People.
So, a pool boy, a throuple and a Christian university with a sexual voyeur in charge. Honestly, what else do you want? Okay, there are some pretty shady business ventures too, including a hostel in Miami bedecked in questionable art.
To go with this story, you have to buy into the unconvincing and poorly elucidated premise that Mennel is somehow destined to become Magill. That he is on his way to being wholesale alienated from his direct family members. That the touchy-feely final episodes are the necessary medicine to avoid this fate.
A times this podcast is dark, but it is never anything short of fascinating. It’s a glimpse into the secret world of some of the most controversial methods ever used by the US government against — and without the knowledge of — its own citizens.
Eddie Gallagher is what’s you might politely term a “divisive character.” Depending on who you ask, they could call him a decorated military hero or a murderous thug. In The Line, Dan Taberski attempts to separate fact from fiction in Gallagher’s controversial war crime case — and revisit some of the morally loaded questions around acceptable wartime behavior.
It is a curious tale of a larger-than-life femme fatale who moves to the States from her native Russia to study, and is very soon heavily ingratiated with big wigs among the gun-toting, right-wing political crowd.
With The Crisis, the team at VICE does a really laudable job of carefully drawing their audience into a particular place and time, before zooming out to demonstrate the unfortunate ubiquity of corruption — and the lesser discussed damage wrought by fossil fuel industries.
Just two young friends at a party, all cock-sure and doing-okay-thank-you-very-much, making a plan to scratch each other’s backs. To share a secret booty they can only acquire because they’re shrewd and successful (and dare I say privileged?).
This is a sad tale, in which there are no winners. Just a long trail of destruction that includes lives wasted, relationships severed, parents left without answers, and Anna’s own family at odds with one another.
This is a pacy tale of sex, drugs, greed, discrimination, talent, tragedy, frankly ludicrous situations and, of course, murder. It is dispatched by way of a beautifully composed, expertly scripted cacophonic narrative that unfolds with humor, but never scorn.