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If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.

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The Apology Line Premieres on January 19th, or you can listen right now Ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline
Who’s Sorry Now? | 1

Who’s Sorry Now? | 1

2021-01-1941:57113

Marissa Bridge has only had a premonition twice in her life: one was on the day in 1981 that she met “Mr. Apology.” As posters for the Apology Line appear all over New York City, callers start to leave messages that confess their deepest secrets and darkest fears. Mr Apology quickly realizes he will have to do more than just sit back and listen. Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologylineSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY.Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play.Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com.Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com.Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY.
Going Public | 2

Going Public | 2

2021-01-1937:5099

Even as Allan reckons with a frightening threat, he continues to engage with callers in ways he hadn’t previously imagined. A regular cast of characters forms on the Line. From this sea of voices one caller named “Richie” emerges and pulls Allan in even deeper, much to Marissa’s dismay.  Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologylineSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY.Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play.Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com.Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com.Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY.
Your Dungeon or Mine? | 3

Your Dungeon or Mine? | 3

2021-01-2642:5564

Richie details his murders and answers Allan’s many questions on the Line. Allan wants to keep Richie talking. He wants to use the Apology Line as a space to reform and study violent criminals. But will Allan’s efforts be enough?Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologylineSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY.Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play.Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com.Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com.Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY.
Richie is back and Allan is in over his head this time. Help comes in the form of Detective Ray Pierce. Together they devise a plan to find out who Richie really is.Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologylineSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY.Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play.Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com.Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com.Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY.
Mrs. Apology | 5

Mrs. Apology | 5

2021-02-0945:0444

With Richie gone from his life, Allan must reinvent himself and the Line. The community around the Line grows, while being married to Mr Apology becomes ever more challenging.If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, here are some additional resources. For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255. For the National Alliance on Mental Illness dial 1-800-950-6264.And for the Crisis Text Line Text HOME, H-O-M-E to 741741.If you or someone you know is experiencing intimate partner violence  here are some additional resources.For the National Domestic Violence Hotline call 1-800-799-7233.Or visit thehotline.org to chat with someone live at any time. Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY.Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play.Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com.Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com.Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY.
Allan’s death is like an atomic bomb going off in Marissa’s life. She’s left to make sense of his life, and his life’s work. And twenty-five years later, Marissa learns the truth about what happened to Richie.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY.Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play.Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com.Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com.Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY.
And The Calls Live On | 7

And The Calls Live On | 7

2021-02-2339:1115

Marissa talks to long time callers and listeners about the making of Apology Line then and now and what the making of this series has meant to her. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY.Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play.Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com.Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com.Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY.
A woman named Becki is lounging by the pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel when she decides to proposition a strapping pool attendant. Go on a date with her...and her husband. What begins as an unconventional proposition will soon throw them all into the international spotlight. And that’s because the couple is none other than Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki, two of the most powerful figures in Evangelical America. Wondery presents In God We Lust, hosted by Brooke Siffrin and Aricia Skidmore-Williams of Even the Rich. A story of an alluring sex scandal, power, money and a very public fall from grace. When word of their affair fell into the wrong hands it led to political extortion and a public outing that brought Jerry Falwell Jr.’s empire crashing down. Listen at wondery.fm/IGWL_ApologyLine.
Listen now: wondery.fm/CC_ApologyLineThe events of April 20th, 1999 shaped our nation and altered the American narrative. One of America’s deadliest school shootings took place in a small town in Colorado, leaving thirteen dead and another twenty-one severely injured. And it was all broadcast over national tv for the nation to see. The second season of Confronting takes on one of the most prolific tragedies in American history: the Columbine High School massacre. It was a devastating example of how easily a place of learning, familiarity and peace can descend into a war zone of chaos in a moment, the teenagers present that day are now adults who bear the mental and physical scars of the carnage they lived through. Amy Over, a Columbine survivor who is still living with its aftermath and raising her own children in its shadow, confronts many of the realities, questions and myths that surround the massacre to this day. Amy, through her own experience and by speaking with survivors, investigators, classmates, reporters on the scene and other important voices, brings a first-person account of the physical, emotional and spiritual journey that comes along with confronting the worst day of her life.
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Loopy

Thanks. This story had me intrigued from start to end.

Apr 29th
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Ashley Roberts

Loved the whole podcast!

Apr 6th
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Gary Segadi

Thank you for sharing. Never heard of the apology line. Found each episode intriguing. Sorry for you loss.

Mar 22nd
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bob caygeon

A sad, tragic ending for a man who sacrificed so much for strangers at the expense of his own relationships. To the soulless person who took his life, you live each day with what you did, and I hope the guilt consumes you like a metastatic cancer. To Mrs. Apology, I hope you are doing well. Key West is a good place for a fresh start; congrats on joining 0ne Human Family that's accepting and less prone to judgement.

Mar 21st
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FREE PALESTINE 🇵🇸❤️

Podcast Gold. Loved Every Episode.

Mar 13th
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Chesca

the first story where Allan teaches her a lesson by leaving her underwater. Dangerous both in action and the type of man/person that feels they can teach someone that way. maybe Richie had a point, maybe Allan was suppressing some dark desire...

Mar 10th
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Nada Clontz

This has been a fascinating story, thank you for sharing it with us! Now I would really love to see it as a TV series or a movie, like Dirty John. Who would play Allan?

Mar 4th
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Taylor

the story ws interesting but damn, a different voice would of been great. Such a monotone, boring, voice made it hard to get through and the ending was complete trash. Even if the ending isn't super exciting you would think they would try to make it wrap up in a interesting way.

Feb 24th
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Susan James

I also think this was a fascinating story, with so many facets. I get the art project concept and while it is viewed in that context, there was no responsibility for anything that transpired or the content of the calls. However ethically as a social/psychological experiment, it was unconscionable (maybe not at that time, but certainly now). There must have been an intrinsic moral aspect for Alan, though? He created something that really tore apart the fabric of morality and whether “confession” or “apology” is really healing guilt or shame. Art? Or philosophy as “art”?

Feb 24th
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April

This was a fascinating podcast.

Feb 23rd
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Kris Bensley

interesting pod topic ruined by god awful narration that tends to meander into irrelevant or self-endugent reflections and monologues. I found myself skipping so much to get to something interesting and the final reveal was a huge anti-climax. with better narration and writing this could have been good but as it is its quite a frustrating experience and the pay off doesn't outweigh that

Feb 23rd
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Camilo Herrera

the lady talking ruins the podcast

Feb 22nd
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Maggie D

Had so much potential but the narrator's droning voice made me lose interest.

Feb 21st
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Goomer Doctor

a good podcast could be made about the apology line,but I don't think this is it. Don't know what it is about it just seems missing something.

Feb 20th
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Alexandra Lorelei

Loved this whole story, even though it ended unexpectedly. Marissa is honest and a great narrator please leave her alone.

Feb 18th
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Joshua

What a let down

Feb 18th
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King Tyrant

This was excellent. All the right ingredients for a great podcast. 👍🏿

Feb 17th
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Steve

I really wanted to like this but by the end I was forcing myself to finish the last episode. Bummer

Feb 17th
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J Shot Productions

all that for nothing.. 😒

Feb 17th
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Lucy Liu

Podcast junkie here! I love this podcast. It is suspenseful, intriguing, fascinating, a bit auditorily voyeuristic and unique! 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ #theapologyline #truecrime

Feb 13th
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