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February 28, 2020
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.
February 13, 2020
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.
February 13, 2020
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.
February 5, 2020
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.
January 29, 2020
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.
January 21, 2020
"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.
January 14, 2020
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.
December 17, 2019
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.
December 10, 2019
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.
December 3, 2019
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.
November 26, 2019
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.
November 22, 2019
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.
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