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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.


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Introducing American Scandal

Introducing American Scandal

2018-09-1000:01:5531

American Scandal Premieres September 18th.
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 America’s darkest hours. The story is astonishing—and all of it is based on true events. You can listen to new weekly episodes of 1865 exclusively on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/1865 and use promo code '1865'.
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 electoral victory in 2016, we’ll attempt to discover if there ever was a “good ol’ days,” or if presidential politics have always been played dirty. Listen now at: wondery.fm/AmericanElectionsW
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!Ancestry.com - Get 20% off your AncestryDNA kit when you go to ancestry.com/asHelloFresh - Get $20 off your first 3 boxes when you visit them at HelloFresh.com/as60 and enter code as60 at checkout.
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 that will have unexpected results.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - Try Zip Recruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/as
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 undercover agent to try to bring down Barry Bonds.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Ancestry.com - Get 20% off your personal DNA kit when you visit them at Ancestry.com/AS
BALCO: Liars and Leaks | 4

BALCO: Liars and Leaks | 4

2018-10-0200:38:3036

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 neither is Marion Jones. And when confidential testimony gets leaked to the press, all hell breaks loose.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter- Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ziprecruiter.com/as
BALCO: Winners and Losers | 5

BALCO: Winners and Losers | 5

2018-10-0900:39:2631

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 for eleven years at a cost of a hundred million dollars, can agent Novitzky claim victory? Or has Victor Conte won the war?Support us by supporting our sponsors!Brooklinen - Get $20 off and free shipping when you use promo code AS at brooklinen.comAncestry.com- Get 20% off your AncestryDNA kit when you go to ancestry.com/as
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.” Support us by supporting our sponsors!
Iran Contra: Bud | 1

Iran Contra: Bud | 1

2018-11-2700:49:0862

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 - Get your first refill pack free when you purchase a toothbrush at getquip.com/asZipRecruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ziprecruiter.com/asArticle - Get $50 off your first purchase when you visit them at article.com/AS
Iran Contra: Ollie | 2

Iran Contra: Ollie | 2

2018-12-0400:42:5840

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 is Lieutenant Colonel Ollie North.Links to books:Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-up by: Lawrence E. WalshUnder Fire: An American Story by: Oliver L. NorthSpecial Trust by: Robert C. McFarlaneIran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power by: Malcolm Byrne
Iran Contra: Don and Ed | 3

Iran Contra: Don and Ed | 3

2018-12-1100:43:2429

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 books:Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-up - Lawrence E. WalshUnder Fire: An American Story - Oliver L. NorthSpecial Trust - Robert C. McFarlaneIran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power - Malcolm ByrneSupport this show by supporting our sponsors! Quip - Get your first refill pack free when you purchase a toothbrush at getquip.com/asLightstream - Go to LightStream.com/AS for an additional discount.Hair Club - Get a free hair analysis and free haircare kit ($300 value) at hairclub.com/as
Iran Contra: Walsh | 4

Iran Contra: Walsh | 4

2018-12-1800:44:4424

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 supporting our sponsors!The Art of Shaving- Get 15% off your order when you use code AS attheartofshaving.comZipRecruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ziprecruiter.com/as
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 - Get $50 off your first purchase when you visit them at article.com/AS ZipRecruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ziprecruiter.com/as
Iran Contra: Inside | 6

Iran Contra: Inside | 6

2019-01-0100:45:5021

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 players.Support this show by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ziprecruiter.com/as
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 is the end of life as they know itLinks to recommended reading:Not One Drop by Riki OttOut of the Channel by John KeebleThe Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez Disaster
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
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
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 SpillSupport us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ziprecruiter.com/asRobinhood - To sign up and get a FREE stock go to scandal.robinhood.com
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 author Antonia Juhasz on how Exxon Valdez compares to the 2010 BP oil spill.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ziprecruiter.com/as
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Comments (202)

Jason Wilson

Too much political bias. I'm done....

Jan 19th
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Aaron Britton

What a mess Iran Contra was.

Jan 10th
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Aaron Britton

Another addictive Podcast from Wondery!

Jan 6th
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Donna Olivenbaum

love American Scandal!!

Jan 6th
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Jackie White

Are you kidding, or just dumb?

Jan 5th
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Pete Adler

M. Avenatti's fast rise & even faster fall is a classic 15 seconds of fame story. MSM had a huge crush on him once he started representing Stormy D., while trading blows in the media with Michael Cohen, David Schwartz (Cohen's attorney) & President Trump. Even Ben Shapiro fell for the hype when he predicted M. Avennati would be the best candidate to lead the Democrats in 2020.

Jan 3rd
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valerova plameovich

elliot "swallows" would be in prison today were he not part of the arkansas mafia. interesting how his alleged "cleaning up" of wall street managed to avoid touching institutions partnered with HRC

Jan 1st
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valerova plameovich

why Joe Wilson would talk to the Ambassador about a highly sensitive security matter for which the Ambassador has never been cleared is astounding. The last person an Iraqi would speak about making procurement of uranium ore would be the US ambassador IF however if you wanted to be able to cite someone in authority who disputes the fact that the sale took place - the Ambassador would seem to be sufficiently authoritative. And complicit of course since that Ambassador had been appointed by Hillary Clinton - I mean "bubba" joey wilson never perforned the assigned duties his husband Valerieva Plamovich allegedly sent him to do. the CIA never aknowledged lil joe being dispatched

Jan 1st
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Vic Underwood

The walls are closing in!

Dec 31st
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Vic Underwood

I think I have heard this one before.

Dec 31st
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Vic Underwood

When was this.

Dec 31st
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Vic Underwood

Must be good?

Dec 31st
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Vic Underwood

Back then I wasn't sure exactly what happened so I am excited for this story.

Dec 30th
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Vic Underwood

Wow I had never heard of this. Thanks

Dec 29th
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Vic Underwood

I can't believe how long this went on for.

Dec 29th
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Vic Underwood

Sad story!

Dec 29th
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Vic Underwood

Glad I live now with today's medicine.

Dec 29th
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Vic Underwood

This guys star was gone quicker thank it came. 🌠

Dec 28th
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daisy

this is a good season

Dec 28th
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Vic Underwood

This guy likes to talk.

Dec 28th
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