When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo, who has taken on Finkel’s identity, his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel’s relentless pursuit of the shocking truth.
In February 2002, New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel received a startling piece of news: a young man named Christian Longo, wanted for killing his entire family, had been captured in Mexico, where he’d taken on a new identity: Michael Finkel of the New York Times.
The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, came another troubling item: a note from the editors explaining that Finkel, having falsified parts of an investigative article, had been fired. Nonetheless, the only journalist Longo would speak with was the real Michael Finkel, and so Finkel placed a call to Oregon’s Lincoln County jail, intent on getting the true story. So began a bizarre and intense relationship, ending up as a reporting job that eventually morphed into a shrewd game of cat-and-mouse. Part mystery, part memoir, part mea culpa, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.
True Story was made into a movie starring Jonah Hill & James Franco.
Podcasts have seen a rapid upsurge in popularity in recent years. From true crime to design, popular culture and modern relationships, fiction to in-depth reportage, podcasts have proliferated to the point where no matter how esoteric the subject, there’s bound to be a show that deals with it. Amid this cornucopia of audio delights, however, how do you pick the podcast that’s most worth your while? This
Synopsis: This digs into the case of Keli Lane, re-investigating every part of Keli’s version of the events that led to the disappearance of her baby Tegan and Keli’s eventual murder conviction. Caro Meldrum-Hannaleave no stone unturned.
Synopsis: In 2005, Natalee Holloway disappeared without a trace while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba. It’s was a massive, highly publicised case at the time, and Dr Phil got sued for defamation over his coverage of the case.
Tell us about your book. Meg Hughes is a 75-year-old unmarried pensioner who, after a lifetime of caring for others, finds herself alone in her family home with only her pet African grey parrot for company. Following a shocking home invasion, she joins a homeshare program in the hopes of finding a little companionship and security.
Andy Chan is a 21-year-old international student who is trying to make a home for himself in Australia but is struggling with his studies. When his father’s business in Hong Kong collapses and his parents can no longer afford the rent on his city apartment, he reluctantly moves in with Meg.
SINCE MAKING A Murderer first aired in December 2015, US attorney Dean A Strang has been busy.
Having lost his anonymity after featuring in the Netflix documentary, his office has been batting at frequent media requests, he’s been asked to make countless guest appearances at universities across the world, including a guest lecture at the University of Limerick last year. This June, he’s to speak at the Dalkey Book Festival.
Strang says taking part in the series had caused him to “think more broadly” about criminal justice issues, about whether justice is being served by the current system in the US, and to engage with other legal professionals from different disciplines and countries.
Even if you haven’t seen a single episode of Making A Murderer, the story is almost inescapable: Wisconsin man Steven Avery served 18 years in prison for the wrongful conviction of an attempted murder of a woman
Pose just dropped the trailer for its second season, and we couldn’t be more excited.
FX’s celebrated series about the New York ballroom seen in the late 1980s has been acclaimed for celebrating queer people of color. The show, created by tv producing master Ryan Murphy (of Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story, and more), was nominated for two Golden Globes, a Gotham Award, a Writers Guild Awards, and a Broadcast Film Critics Award. Then, Pose won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series and the Peabody Award for Entertainment.
Now, all of that buzz around the first season has fans and industry members excited for the second one.
The British Podcast Awards this week announced its winners. Featuring everything from gripping true crime to hilarious comedy, this year’s entries covered all bases.
We’ve hand-picked our top ten to keep your commutes ticking by and to give you the upper hand in topical debates.
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1. Ways to Change the World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Channel Four News anchor, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, hosts this engaging and insightful podcast. Each week Guru-Murthy interviews a different celebrity, philanthropist or activist, delving into the ways in which they have ‘changed the world’. So far guests have included, activist and actress Jameela Jamil, author Salman Rushdie and singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. 2. Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
Another interview podcast but this time with a culinary twist, Off Menu features comedians James Acaster and Ed Gamble. Each episode the pair ask
Even when Annie Lennox is trying to blend in, she can’t help but command the attention of the room. I’m standing in the lobby of the Bowery Hotel for mere seconds before I spot the Scottish rock star, lounging in the back patio amongst other patrons working from their laptops and sipping midday cocktails. She’s sporting the signature bleach-blonde pixie crop she’s been rocking since the ‘80s, an era she helped define as a member of the synth-pop duo Eurythmics alongside David A. Stewart. Buoyed by the runaway success of their 1983 single “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Eurythmics continued to record hit albums and songs like “Would I Lie to You?” and, in a duet with Aretha Franklin, “Sisters Are Doin It (For Themselves).” When the duo parted ways in 1990, Lennox made the transition to a critically acclaimed solo career.