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If you’ve ever wanted to listen to the best episodes of your favorite Wondery podcasts all in one place, well now you can. Introducing, The Best of Wondery. The Best of Wondery is a new podcast that features standalone full-length episodes of some of the most captivating, compelling, and exciting stories from all of Wondery’s originals, including Dr. Death, Business Wars, Life is Short with Justin Long, American History Tellers, Dying for Sex, The Shrink Next Door, American Scandal, Dirty Jo ...
 
Hey Wondery parents! Looking for unique ways to keep your kids entertained and learning while reducing screen time? Take a well-deserved break with Wondery Kids, a new podcast curation for the whole family to enjoy. Take them on the incredible journey of the most groundbreaking public figures with Imagined Life. Every episode explores unique stories and fascinating facts, like how the author of a set of wizardry novels created a worldwide phenomenon. Or bring your kids on an adventure into t ...
 
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The residents of the Valley View apartments organize a big costume party. Strangers come together. They argue and fight. They dance and drink. At times the party veers out of control. And when they wake up the next morning, one resident is dead. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/priva…
 
Benita Alexander thinks she’s found the perfect surgeon to feature in her documentary: he’s charming, talented, and the creator of a groundbreaking surgery that involves implanting biosynthetic organs into his patients. Then Benita falls in love with him. Will she get her fairy tale ending? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Califo…
 
Last fall, we brought you the story of 69-year-old Carolyn Riggins. In July of 2020, after a successful night at her favorite bingo hall just a few miles from her Fort Worth, Texas home, Carolyn had disappeared. Just weeks before we originally aired her story, Carolyn’s remains were found inside the backseat of her car in a deeply wooded, remote pa…
 
September 19, 2020. Keene, New Hampshire. 25 year old Jonathan Amerault is a no-show for his job at Teleflex on September 19th and two days later his mother reports him missing to the New Hampshire police. Britany Barron, his girlfriend and coworker, also missed work but had called in to say she was quitting. The authorities didn't believe this to …
 
In this special episode, former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong and her producer, Julie Berke, discuss the ongoing investigation of the death of Gabby Petito. As they recap recent events in the case, they explore the psychological workings that could be occurring, the steps investigators might be taking, and address the public’s insa…
 
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. Se…
 
Eight-year-old Tali Shapiro is abducted on her way to school. At the crime scene, LAPD officer Chris Camacho finds her attacker’s student ID. His name: Rodney Alcala. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
 
“There’s really no way to explain how it feels when you realize one decision you made in an instant altered the life of everyone around you.” See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
 
In this week’s special episode for the whole family, you long to go to Africa and have adventures like Tarzan. But everyone tells you girls aren’t supposed to do things like that. You’ll just have to prove them wrong. Hosted by Virginia Madsen. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privac…
 
You’re passionate about the law, but the men around you don’t think women belong in a courtroom. But you’ll show them that women belong wherever decisions are being made. Hosted by Rachel Bloom. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
In this week’s special episode for the whole family, you may be young, and small for your age. And you feel like no one takes you seriously—especially not your big sister. But that’s not going to stop you from becoming one of the greatest performers in the world. Hosted by Virginia Madsen. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Califor…
 
Caroline has six weeks to turn her passion into a career. As the streets of Paris buzz with excitement, the young girl embarks on a journey to become the city’s premier hat maker. Caroline wants her designs to sparkle as bright as the Eiffel Tower, but perfection takes time, and her mother has given her a strict deadline. How will she ever be able …
 
In an animal shelter, a curious cat named Eli dreams of being rescued from his purple cage. One day, after many long days, Eli finds a loving home but he still feels trapped. Eager to explore, Eli decides to let his curiosity lead the way. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-…
 
In the second and final part of Game of Griffins, Bea and Philpott march toward the Volcano of Fear for a final showdown with the evil king. Bea must free the griffins, but there’s one problem: she still has no plan. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
Nine-year-old Bea wakes up one morning as a character inside her favorite television series for grown-ups, Game of Griffins. But there’s one problem: she missed a crucial episode! Now she has no idea where this adventure will take her. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-…
 
Ginny and her daughter Kirby attend an event featuring self-help superstar James Arthur Ray. Ginny has some concerns about him, but Kirby is drawn in. She spends her life savings to travel for a week-long event in the desert. But when things turn deadly, Ginny is left to figure out what went wrong. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy an…
 
It starts with a schoolyard fight that leads the Palm Beach police to a horrific discovery about Jeffrey Epstein. The evidence is clear. But it will take a newspaper investigation a decade later for the real story to be revealed. If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, reach out for help. In the US, you can contact the National Se…
 
Joe Exotic throws a most unusual wedding that includes monkeys, lions, tigers, and bears. But someone is killing his animals, and he is determined to put an end to it. The first episode in our six part series about two people who love big cats, but who despise each other. A listener note: this episode contains descriptions of mistreatment of animal…
 
What makes a good marriage? Dan is smitten when he meets Wendi. But after a lavish wedding and a move to Tallahassee for Dan’s job, cracks in their relationship start to appear. Dan is blindsided when he comes home from a work trip and Wendi is gone. Maybe he should have read her novel. “Where the Enemy Sleeps” is performed by Scott Mackay featurin…
 
All physicians are taught, “First do no harm.” But what happens when a doctor does harm his patients? Dr. Robert Henderson was a veteran spinal surgeon in Dallas when he got an unusual phone call from a local hospital: a new surgeon had operated so poorly that a patient who’d walked in on her own two feet now couldn’t even wiggle her toes. Dr. Hend…
 
An 11-year-old with a penchant for writing letters to friends and family around the country decided to pen a thank you note to her postman. She never could have imagined what would happen next. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
A retweet from a bestselling fantasy author changes the fate of a small, struggling bookshop in Petersfield, England. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
 
How did Meghan Markle go from a game-show hostess to the fiancee of a prince, and then decide “Nah, not for me”? Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as royals took the world — and their family — by complete surprise. In our first four-episode series, we ask: Was the writing on the wall? And what did everyone wear along the way? Listen to the f…
 
Eight-year-old Tali Shapiro is abducted on her way to school. At the crime scene, LAPD officer Chris Camacho finds her attacker’s student ID. His name: Rodney Alcala. Listen to the full series: wondery.fm/bestofwondery_DGK. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info…
 
In 1993, a massive conflict erupts in rural Texas. The federal government launches a siege against the Branch Davidians, a religious group based in the outskirts of Waco. What follows is the longest firefight in the history of American law enforcement. And it’s a battle that ends in tragedy. But the standoff has its genesis years before. It’s then …
 
A supertanker carrying 53 million gallons of crude oil runs aground in Prince William Sound sparking the worst man-made ecological catastrophe in the country’s history at the time. As Exxon struggles to get the cleanup underway, fishermen worry that this is the end of life as they know it. Listen to the full season: wondery.fm/bestofwondery_AS. See…
 
Blasts. Jacks. Moonshots. Grand salamis. Nothing's quite so mythical as baseball's home run. In 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa reminded the nation of that as they tried to smash into the record books. They thought they were going to save baseball. Instead, they destroyed their reputations. Listen to the full season: wondery.fm/bestofwondery_SW. …
 
You've been given a huge responsibility. A test you never expected. But to succeed, you'll have to win over all your doubters—and fend off your most vicious opponents. Listen to more episodes of Imagined Life: wondery.fm/bestofwondery_IL. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-n…
 
You are going to fight tooth and nail until you're famous. But as you struggle for recognition, you’ll have to face something that's tormented you throughout your whole life. Listen to more episodes of Imagined Life: wondery.fm/bestofwondery_IL. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/priva…
 
You spent your childhood bouncing between homes, with only the beats in your head to keep you company. Now, you have to choose between living the life you want and staying true to the life you’ve had. If only you could find a way to do both. Listen to more episodes of Imagined Life: wondery.fm/bestofwondery_IL. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.c…
 
It’s 1984 and the cola war is neck and neck. After years of struggle, Pepsi looks ready to triumph over Coca-Cola. So Coke’s striking back by opening a new battlefront in the quest for soda supremacy: outer space. But its plan to send its world-famous drink into orbit won’t stay secret for long. And when Pepsi finds out, it sparks a new space race.…
 
You’re an artist. A visionary. But making your dreams a reality—well, that’s not so easy. Because first, you'll need to win over some powerful people. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
 
In 1913, the young aviation industry was in trouble. The Wright brothers’ broad proprietary claim on airplane technology—and their willingness to sue competitors—created a legal bottleneck that was stifling the airplane’s development. Their legal power over aviation stemmed from the idea that they were the first to build a plane capable of flying. …
 
Glenn Curtiss may have mastered the technical aspects of the airplane, but in September of 1909, Curtiss found himself painfully ill-equipped to handle the latest challenge before him: the Wright brothers were suing him for patent infringement., demanding he stop building, selling, and even flying his planes. While Curtiss was the main target of th…
 
Think for a moment about some of the pioneering developments from the earliest days of American aviation: The first pilot’s licence; the first flight from one city to another; the first airplane sold commercially. More than a century later, most people attribute these milestones to the Wright brothers. But the Wright brothers were responsible for n…
 
After four straight head-to-head wins, the era-defining rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is trending strongly toward Nadal. But Federer is already looking to reverse his fortunes at the next major -- the 2009 Australian Open -- a hard court tournament that could possibly yield his record-tying 14th Grand Slam title. As for Rafa, he’s …
 
Roger Federer enters the 2008 Wimbledon Grand Slam as a five-time defending champion. The tabloids mark him as finished -- mostly because of his poor performance in the year’s first two grand slams. Rafael Nadal is coming off a dominant French Open title and the bad taste of last year’s loss at Wimbledon. It is the perfect storm to create what is w…
 
Rafael Nadal continues to add French Open titles, but winning on the grass courts of Wimbledon proves elusive because of one person: Roger Federer. The Swiss Champion holds as much dominance on grass as Nadal has on clay. So when the 2007 Wimbledon Final goes to Federer in a closely-won match over Nadal, the Spaniard believes he’s lost his best opp…
 
At age 19 Nadal dominates on clay and shoots up the world rankings. Now he’s looking to prove his win in Miami over Federer was no fluke. Meanwhile, Federer tries to capture the career grand slam, but to get it, he’ll need to beat Nadal on his best surface at the French Open. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy No…
 
In this series we explore the unique tennis rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal-- two very different players, both exceptional, in pursuit of perfection. Swiss-born Roger Federer was seemingly born with a racquet in his hand and at a young age he quickly masters the game, but what he needs to reach the top is to learn how to master his e…
 
It's been a hard fought battle for decades, and in the 1970s there's no signs of Ford or Chevrolet slowing down. But this time they're fighting on new grounds, ones dominated by Japanese cars. Honda, Toyota and Datsun dominate the market, and Ford and Chevy seem like they're just... running out of gas. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privac…
 
In the 1960s, the biggest generation of Americans of all time are reaching driving age. They want cars, and they want them to be fast and powerful, and they want them now. The best showcase for these cars is by winning races, and in the 1960s, Ford and Chevy are gunning for each other at every turn. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy a…
 
FDR believed that WWII was a contest of mass production. Whoever could build the most trucks, tanks, guns and airplanes would come out on top. What power could defeat the United States of America and its massive automobile industry? But for Roosevelt’s arsenal to work automakers will have to put aside their rivalries and retool. See Privacy Policy …
 
In 1896, Henry Ford puttered around Detroit streets testing his “Quadricycle.” This was the whimsical beginning to a revolution that redesigned the landscape of America. Cars changed the way America lived, worked, ate, shopped, and listened to music. And more than 100 years ago, the entire industry was a group of men, whose names are now emblazoned…
 
JFK said that nothing in the 1960s was "...more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space..." than getting a man to the moon and back safely. As the Apollo 11 flight neared, the entire nation waited, enraptured. But back in the USSR, the Soviets were also making strides. Though the contest with the Soviets for…
 
In times of crisis, Americans had always put their confidence in their country’s superiority in power, technology and leadership. America had never failed them. And in 1961, hope and faith in their country burned brighter than ever as NASA prepared to launch the first man into space. A month out from launch, that light was effectively snuffed. The …
 
Information sharing was normal in the global scientific community, but when it came to rockets, normal rules didn’t apply. If the details got passed along to civilian scientists, there was no telling where that intel might end up… But for many Americans, the Eisenhower just wasn’t moving fast enough. Sputnik was still orbiting! The Soviets were win…
 
Remember Werner von Braun? We talked a little bit about him in our Cold War series. He was in charge of the German rocket program in World War II. First used to lob missiles and bombs all over Europe, von Braun always dreamed of something better for his rockets. As the Soviet and American forces were closing in on Germany to end the war, von Braun …
 
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