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For the past two years, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow has been following a trail of clues from his investigation of Harvey Weinstein to other blockbuster stories about the systems that protect powerful men accused of terrible crimes in Hollywood, Washington, and beyond. But he didn’t bring that information to light on his own. A compelling cast of sources—from brave whistleblowers to shadowy undercover operatives—decided the fate of these investigations, sometimes risking everything in the process. The Catch and Kill Podcast brings you their stories, in their own words, for the first time.
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Coming Tuesday, November 26th, The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow. A look at the years-long investigation into Harvey Weinstein and the systems that protect powerful men in Hollywood, Washington, and beyond. Featuring never-before-heard recordings from inside a story that changed America. A new series from Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 1: The Spy

Episode 1: The Spy

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Igor Ostrovskiy is a private investigator in New York. In 2017, he was contracted to surveil Ronan Farrow on behalf of a secret client. Igor would eventually learn that the secret client was Black Cube, an Israel-based agency with roots in the Mossad, and they were working on behalf of Harvey Weinstein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 2: The Producer

Episode 2: The Producer

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Rich McHugh was a veteran TV news producer when he teamed up with Ronan Farrow, then a correspondent at NBC News, as he began reporting on Harvey Weinstein. McHugh didn’t expect that the assignment would lead to him witnessing what he believes to be a historic example of a major news outlet killing a story—when executives ordered him and Farrow to stand down. Now, McHugh tells a new part of his story, about what happened when Farrow took the investigation to the New Yorker and McHugh stayed behind to watch from the inside as NBC dealt with the fallout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 3: The Wire

Episode 3: The Wire

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In 2015, Ambra Gutierrez agreed to do something that terrified her. A day after she told police that Harvey Weinstein had assaulted her, she decided to participate in a sting operation designed to extract a confession from the Hollywood executive. But those hours of dodging and weaving to escape Weinstein’s advances—and the threat he'd discover the wire she was wearing—would turn out to be just the beginning of a multi-year saga that pitted Gutierrez against powerful interests in Hollywood and law enforcement that seemed to want her evidence buried. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 4: The Assistants

Episode 4: The Assistants

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In 2017, Rowena Chiu declined requests for interviews from Ronan Farrow and other reporters. Chiu was 24 years old when she took a job as an assistant to Harvey Weinstein. It was only a matter of weeks before she found herself in a situation that would change the course of her life. In this episode, Chiu recounts her alleged assault, the effort to silence her through a non-disclosure agreement, and the forces that kept her from speaking to journalists for 20 years. She and others with allegations against Weinstein discuss the complex pressures that prevent sources from coming forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 5: The Hunt

Episode 5: The Hunt

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Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial is underway in New York City. While the allegations against him were finally made public in October 2017, whispers of Weinstein’s alleged abuse go back decades. And so does the reporting on it. In this episode, we look at the small but dogged community of journalists who spent years trying to break the story open, including two who got tantalizingly close, The New Yorker's Ken Auletta and The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters. Taken together, their stories represent a decades-long, cross-country hunt for the hardest truth in Hollywood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 6: The Pattern

Episode 6: The Pattern

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"If you want to spend time with me, whatever, I will mentor you, teach you, whatever. But you have to, you know, relax with me," Harvey Weinstein says in never-before-heard tape from a police sting operation. "Don't be foolish," he warns her. "If you don’t trust me then we have no reason to do anything and you will lose big opportunities." Through that newly unearthed recording and testimonials from women who encountered Weinstein across the decades, this episode examines his pattern of dangling promises of career advancement—promises that could quickly turn into traps. It explores how that pattern could play a role in Weinstein's criminal trials in New York and Los Angeles. And it looks at the women who fought back and broke the cycle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 7: The Editors

Episode 7: The Editors

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At a precarious moment for the free press—as journalists face rhetoric about “fake news,” hostility toward reporters at political rallies, and efforts by powerful interests to suppress and manipulate the news—this episode looks at a group of people on the frontlines of the fight for the truth. Take a rare trip inside the walls of The New Yorker and learn how its editors, fact checkers, and lawyer stared down threats from titans of industry (and their hired spies) to break major stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Donald Trump’s alleged attempts to broker legally questionable deals to secure a political advantage are facing unprecedented scrutiny. But those deals didn’t start with Ukraine and Joe Biden. In the first of a two-part series about the sprawling saga of Trump’s alliance with the National Enquirer and its parent company, American Media Inc., we look at a secret deal between a presidential candidate and a tabloid empire—and the first instance during the campaign of a practice called “catch and kill.” It’s a stranger-than-fiction investigation of an unproven rumor and the very real transaction that buried it, featuring a former accountant named Pecker, a former bodyguard named Calamari, and the first extensive interview with the former Trump Tower doorman at the heart of the story.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 9: The President

Episode 9: The President

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In our final episode, we go inside the case that ultimately brought Donald Trump’s alliance with the National Enquirer tumbling down and landed one Trump associate behind bars. It’s the story of an historic scheme to swing a presidential race—one that starts at the Playboy Mansion and ends with a master list of Trump dirt, a safe full of secrets, and a shredding party at the Enquirer’s headquarters before the election. But it’s also a personal story, about a schoolteacher from the Midwest who found herself drawn into an underworld where porn, tabloids, and a black market for political information all intersect—and who came face to face with stark lessons about how powerful people can distort the truth, and what it takes to hold them accountable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
On Monday, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of sex crimes and taken into police custody. He faces up to 29 years in jail. Just hours after the jury announced its verdict, Ronan Farrow sat down with the actress Rose McGowan, the first woman to go on camera as Farrow reported on Weinstein, to reflect on the verdict and her long, strange journey to it—through Hollywood sexism, media executives willing to shut down her story, and hired spies willing to pose as friends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ronan has a recommendation for a new podcast to try. It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions. Decades later, New Yorker journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. Wind of Change is his journey to find the truth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Comments (72)

Melissa Ortiz

the part where you thank her 😭

Oct 21st
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Vanessa Simonin

Also, going to buy the book!

Aug 20th
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Vanessa Simonin

I love this podcast! Please, keep going!!! I hope the victims will see justice. 🤞

Aug 20th
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lynn

I love her speaking voice! such a brave woman

Aug 14th
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lynn

when he said he was from Australia I was like "woah, apparently I don't know what an Australian accent is" lol he got me!

Aug 13th
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Teresa Ellis

Seriously?!? I didn't recognize the title of the song, but as soon as I heard the opening notes, I was like, "I remember this song! I love this song! I haven't heard it in years, but it still gives me goosebumps hearing it." My next steps are to download the podcast and then buy a copy of the song. I'm so glad that I now have money to buy music now. When that song came out I was too young to have a job to earn money for buying music. I remember thinking that even the books at the Scholastic Book Fairs were a bit out of my price range. 😄

Jul 3rd
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Abel Rojas

trump has to pay for sex

Apr 21st
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Julie homewood

great podcast, shocking story well told .

Mar 23rd
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Nancy W

"I just want to take out the trash" (Rose McGowan @ 47:13) BOTH of my arms are punching the air in a celebratory gesture of mad respect for you Rose. You are a force, and I am inspired by your integrity and willingness to speak and stand behind your important convictions. I hope you are immensely proud of what you have accomplished💗

Mar 12th
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Leeanne Sibila

so you are pointing out the "fake news" and the corrupt/slanted news that favors political figures. AMI likely killed stories that were unfavorable towards DT. Now are you going to expose MSNBC, CNN and so many others that do it for Hillary, Bill, Obama, Epstien, Weinstein and others?

Mar 3rd
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Ivan

Rose McGowan is like the female version of Johnny Rotten calling out BS wherever it presents itself. Both clearly fight the system. Outsiders fighting to be heard, counted, acknowledged, respected. They both spoke of things that must be addressed that would make its way to happen and see them vindicated in society.

Mar 2nd
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daisy

brave woman

Feb 29th
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صديق ابراهيم عمر فاروق

سلام انا من السودان

Feb 29th
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Cheri Anderson Phillips

So how is that different? Or bad even? Its HIS podcast. Your cynical remark is stupid and is not a useful critic of the podcast. Please....go write a book yourself.

Feb 26th
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DieselEstate

I am NOT making excuses for Weinsteink but I am confused. Ms. Chiu said that in the preamble with Ms. Perkins for the second assistant job, nobody would take the job if preparation for rape was required. Yet, alone in a hotel room with a "big man" Ms. Chiu then allows him to remove her second pair of tights. Surely the point at which the job is not worth it to any rational person, is the point where the man suggesting the removal of clothing. That is the difference between business and pleasure.

Feb 22nd
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DieselEstate

Fighting unethical behaviour with more unethical behaviour, makes everybody ashamed and wrong.

Feb 22nd
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BC

gotta respect that hustle. he mentions the book he wrote in the sponsored ad. Amazon just paid him to talk about his own book.

Feb 17th
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Manny Mo

I was hoping there was more about NBC and Matt lauer

Feb 15th
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Jessica Crites

Next week is the FINAL episode!!!??? I need more, I've thoroughly enjoyed listening and continue to be so impressed with all those involved that didn't give up on what is RIGHT!

Feb 13th
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Mathew Sykes

What has this episode got to do with Epstein??

Feb 13th
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