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The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow

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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.
Episode 1: The Spy

Episode 1: The Spy

2019-11-2600:35:58101

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.
Episode 2: The Producer

Episode 2: The Producer

2019-12-0300:48:5073

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.
Episode 3: The Wire

Episode 3: The Wire

2019-12-1000:38:2355

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.
Episode 4: The Assistants

Episode 4: The Assistants

2019-12-1700:40:1043

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.
Episode 5: The Hunt

Episode 5: The Hunt

2020-01-1400:41:5937

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.
Episode 6: The Pattern

Episode 6: The Pattern

2020-01-2100:45:2032

"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.
Episode 7: The Editors

Episode 7: The Editors

2020-01-2900:51:0938

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.
Episode 8: The Love Child!

Episode 8: The Love Child!

2020-02-0500:51:4833

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.
Episode 9: The President

Episode 9: The President

2020-02-1300:52:2827

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.
Comments (54)

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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ID12117870

As a lawyer, I see disappointingly few opportunities to say what I get to say here: "I'm proud of my profession." Of course, only one of the attorneys in this piece is deserving of plaudits, and boy do I covet his job. Susan Mee

Feb 10th
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BC

Jon Lovett talks about being followed in Pod Save America. It was pretty funny.

Feb 7th
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judith Moore

So glad the New Yorker had their integrity in place, otherwise this story wouldn't have been told. Just want to know when the New Yorker and Mr. Farrow will publish the terrible, gritty, criminal facts about trump and all his coverups and the people supposedly serving our country covering for him. Similiar to Weinstein, it is a long dirty trail I am sure. This podcast is great, hearing the people involved really brings it to life but the book was so detailed, couldn't put it down. "War on Peace" was the first book I read by Ronan. Keep up the integral work you do Ronan.

Feb 4th
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daisy

this is an amazing series

Jan 31st
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Val Specht

A really enjoyed this podcast. Very interesting and well done.

Jan 29th
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Nancy W

Way to go New Yorker magazine!!!! I am so grateful to all who worked to get this story out, and all of the other stories they strive to cover and put into print. I have just subscribed to the magazine due to this podcast and can't wait to start reading❤

Jan 29th
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Mae Lee Arant

journalists and the press/media are at the frontlines of this war against democracy and truth. Sincere gratitude for those who serve.

Jan 29th
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Em Gannon

This podcast has quickly become one of my absolute favorites. It's quality is unmatched. Thank you for sharing this story

Jan 20th
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Nancy W

People who are willing to stand behind their convictions and stand up to powerful entities are AWESOME. I am grateful to Rich and Ronan for their dedication to the truth and their willingness to put everything on the line to provide it. This podcast is wonderful in that it gives voice to the bravery of those who took down a terrible man.

Jan 20th
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Nancy W

Thank goodness there are still people who have an ethical back bone and use it to fight injustice and abuse. Ronan and Igor, you both have incredible integrity and courage

Jan 20th
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Nancy W

WAY TO GO AMBER!!!! You are a hero and I am so impressed by your desire to put a stop to this awful creature of a man and his abuse. You were a turning point and integral to his downfall. Thank you🙏❤

Jan 20th
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Dawn Shields

thank you so much for using your talent to make this world a better place

Jan 17th
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GjpgrD

New eppy - finally! Yays!!

Jan 16th
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