“I had no idea there would be a banking crisis.”

New episode: The Network

A shadowy group of political insiders tries to cover up a crisis. A mobbed-up banker vanishes after embezzling millions of dollars. And one renegade ex-nun saw the whole thing coming.

Listen to Chapter 13: The Network

Fell Off the Back of the Truck

Bonus content we couldn't fit into this week's episode

Crimetown: A Public Auction for Joseph Mollicone Jr.'s House
As a banking crisis tore through Rhode Island, Joseph Mollicone Jr. — one of the bankers who set it off — was on the run. Nowhere to be found, Mollicone failed to pay his mortgage and property taxes, so authorities auctioned off his house. And a mysterious "elderly gentleman" checked out the property. Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Archives/WJAR.


This week, Marc and Zac spoke to Interview Magazine about Crimetown, their Providence connections, and The Jinx.

Here are some other recommendations from the Crimetown team:

Marc is watching this season of Homeland. He says to give it a few episodes.

Zac says it's weird, but he really enjoyed Zootopia. The Disney animated movie is actually a cop buddy comedy, and it was just added to Netflix. 

Drew recommends the big New York Times investigation into so-called "no-knock search warrants" and the use (and abuse) of SWAT teams for minor drug raids. In addition to the exhaustive investigative work, it includes a lot of appalling details, like the gruesome injuries suffered by an infant after a flash-bang grenade was thrown into his playpen.

Austin recommends the podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz. He says it’s a super polished show about sound that might change the way you think about how audio affects our daily lives.

Laura recommends Andrea Silenzi’s podcast Why Oh Why. After a long day of going through archival tapes about crime, Laura loves to listen to Andrea’s tender stories about dating and relationships. Andrea also makes for the loveliest host and occasional protagonist. 

Rob has been enjoying the music of Providence-based band Arc Iris. The eclectic act is led by Jocie Adams, formerly of The Low Anthem (another pillar of the Providence music community). Rob recommends you start with the track "Kaleidoscope."

Anonymous Tips

"I covered Buddy for an alternative weekly. My stories annoyed him so much he offered me a job."
- David
"WBRU was Brown's local radio station and during the mid-1980s they played a parody song about Buddy sung to the tune of 'Billie Jean' — 'Buddy C. Is Not Our Mayor.' Honest to God it seemed they played it every hour."  
- Jim
"My dad was an inventor. Mom painted his patent number across two bedsheets and hung them across the garage doors to greet him when he came home. Our neighbor came over, greeted my mom and asked 'Oh, is that your husband’s parole number?'"
- John
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