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Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV

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Spectacle is a series that analyzes the cultural and societal implications of your guilty pleasures. From reality TV to true crime, Spectacle simultaneously celebrates and critiques the media, people and places that define us. For advertising opportunities, contact [email protected].

SEASON 3: This season of Spectacle delves into the history of true crime — from the cases that shook us to our core, to its passionate audience, and what narratives and stereotypes it reinforces in our… Continue Reading >>
Spectacle is a series that analyzes the cultural and societal implications of your guilty pleasures. From reality TV to true crime, Spectacle simultaneously celebrates and critiques the media, people and places that define us. For advertising opportunities, contact [email protected].

SEASON 3: This season of Spectacle delves into the history of true crime — from the cases that shook us to our core, to its passionate audience, and what narratives and stereotypes it reinforces in our culture. From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Spectacle: True Crime is available June 23rd.

SEASON 2: Las Vegas
It's a city that has defined popular culture. An oasis in the desert, a mirage — a playground for adults replete with casinos, showgirls, and all-you-can-eat buffets. But how did Vegas become “Sin City”? From the genesis of shotgun weddings, to film portrayals of the mob-era, to the social engineering behind mega-casinos…season 2 of Spectacle explores the fabulous, the incorrigible, Las Vegas. << Show Less
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Introducing Smoke Screen: Deadly Cure Smoke Screen: Deadly Cure is a podcast about a family on the fringe who convinced tens of thousands of people across the globe to buy a miracle liquid made of poison, the international conspiracy they ignited, and the people who fought to take them down.

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Introducing Smoke Screen: Deadly Cure Smoke Screen: Deadly Cure is a podcast about a family on the fringe who convinced tens of thousands of people across the globe to buy a miracle liquid made of poison, the international conspiracy they ignited, and the people who fought to take them down.

Smoke Screen: Deadly Cure is a Neon Hum Media, Bloomberg & Sony Music Entertainment production.

Want the full story? Unlock all episodes of Smoke Screen: Deadly Cure, ad-free right now by subscribing to The Binge — All Episodes. All at Once. Plus, you’ll unlock brand new stories, dropping every month – that’s all episodes, all at once, all ad-free.

Just click ‘Subscribe’ on the top of the Smoke Screen: Deadly Cure show page on Apple Podcasts or visit GetTheBinge.com to get access wherever you listen.

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Introducing: Death of an Artist Sharing a preview of a new Sony Music Entertainment and Pushkin podcast, Death of the Artist. For more than 35 years, accusations of murder shrouded one of the art world’s most storied couples: Was the famous sculptor Carl Andre involved in the death of his up-and-coming artist wife Ana Mendieta? Host Helen Molesworth revisits Mendieta’s death, taking a closer look at how she might have fallen out of the window of Carl’s 34th floor New York apartment, and the following trial which has divided the art world since 1985. Hear more from Death of an Artist at https://link.chtbl.com/chameleonartist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
True Crime | 12. True Crime, Glass of Wine, Bed by 9 — A White Lady Obsession True crime podcasts have developed a devoted female following. It’s made fun of in SNL skits and coined cutesy phrases on t-shirts like “true crime, glass of wine, bed by nine.” The thing is, some of the most popular true crime podcasts are largely led by white women and focused on white victims. And that white lens… well it impacts how they view violent crime, policing and what justice looks like. And that’s what this episode is about – what happens when those voices and those stories are the loudest in the room? Featuring interviews with writer P.E. Moskowitz and Associate Professor of Law Lindsey Webb.

A Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment production.
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True Crime | 11. Forensic Files, CSI and the Peddling of Junk Science This week on Spectacle, forensic sciences. Shows like CSI or Forensic Files make us believe that fingerprints, bite marks or tool marks can close the case. But in reality, aside from DNA, none of it is legit. In fact, it’s been publicly called out by the National Academy of Sciences for lacking scientific merit but regardless, it’s still used in criminal cases around the country – leading to misleading testimony and worse, wrongful convictions. Featuring interviews with The Intercept’s Jordan Smith and Chris Fabricant of The Innocence Project.

A Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment production.
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True Crime | 10. Is Prestige True Crime Sensationalizing Real Pain? If you’re turned on any streaming channel, from Netflix to Hulu to HBO Max, true crime dominates. As of late, what’s especially popular are shows and movies that give true crime the arthouse movie treatment. There's killer cinematography, an A-list cast and a gripping story. The thing is… these stories are often based on tragic events in the recent past. The victims, the families of the victims and the perpetrators are often still alive and aren’t involved. In this episode of Spectacle, we dig into what it means when real tragedies become true crime fodder, featuring interviews with Buzzfeed’s Stephanie McNeal and Margie Ratliff, a participant in The Staircase documentary series.

A Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment production.
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True Crime | 9. The Feminist Fantasy of Law & Order: SVU It's not often that cases get the justice they deserve, unfortunately. But in the Law & Order: SVU universe, victims always get justice delivered by a certain superwoman detective. In this week’s episode, Host Mariah Smith looks into how this popular crime procedural show serves as a feminist fantasy — led by its hero Olivia Benson — and how the show has set up an unrealistic perception of policing in America. Featuring interviews with ICYMI podcast co-host Rachelle Hampton, and Laurie Ouellette, professor of media and cultural studies at the University of Minnesota.

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Introducing The Sunshine Place Once called “the miracle on the beach,” Synanon began in the 1960s as an experimental rehab facility in Santa Monica, California with a radical claim: It could cure heroin addiction. Before long, it would make an even bolder claim: It could cure any of your problems. All you had to do was move in. What started in a house on the beach, soon spread to compounds across the country. The man who made the miracle happen, Charles E. Dederich, aka “Chuck,” would be the one to destroy it all, along with the lives of many of his followers and millions of dollars in assets. The Sunshine Place tells the mind-blowing, true-story of Synanon – one of America’s most cutting edge social experiments, turned into one of its most dangerous and violent cults – as it’s never been told before: by the people who lived it. Executive Produced by Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Emily Barclay Ford for Team Downey and C13Originals, together with Josh McLaughlin for Wink Pictures and written, produced, and directed by Peabody-nominated C13Originals, a Cadence13 Studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
True Crime | 8. Soledad O'Brien Highlighting 'Black & Missing' Women On this week’s episode of Spectacle, our obsession with certain missing women. When Gabby Petito disappeared in September 2021, the world went crazy. It was covered on the news regularly and ordinary folks joined in the investigation as well, scouring her Instagram for digital clues. But why do women like Gabby get so much attention… while others, especially Black women, get little to none? We talk to HBO’s Black & Missing EP Soledad O’Brien and Natalie and Derrica Wilson of the Black & Missing Foundation.

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True Crime | 7. From Dirty John to Anna ‘Delvey’ — why we love a good con From tech bro scammers to fake heiresses, there’s a scammer story for everyone… nearly everywhere. In this week’s episode, Host Mariah Smith digs into our fascination with conartists with the podcast that kicked off the latest craze… Dirty John. Featuring interviews with Los Angeles Times Reporter Chris Goffard and Huffpost Reporter Caroline Bologna.

A Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment production.
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