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Investigative Reporting

Uncovering the truth

Investigative reporting has become a staple of journalism, and podcasting is the newest way to experience it. Offering engaging stories that dig deep into the subject, the hosts assume the role of detective, bringing listeners along with them as they follow leads and unravel the story.

The American show, Serial may have put this genre of podcasts on the map, however there are many great investigative podcasts to broaden your mind while keeping you on the edge of your seat. Here are a few of our favourites.

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The Coming Storm

QAnon and the plot to break reality. A year on from the Capitol Insurrection in Washington DC on 6 January 2021, Gabriel Gatehouse journeys into the dark undergrowth of modern America. He’s looking for the origins of the story that drove the crowds to storm the heart of US democracy. From conspiracy-soaked barrooms in 1990s Arkansas, via spies in hotel rooms in the shadow of the Kremlin, to anarchic chatrooms on the early internet, this is a search for the answer to one big question: did this just happen, or is somebody trying to break reality?

7 Episodes

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The Lazarus Heist

Hosted by journalists Jean Lee and Geoff White, The Lazarus Heist explores the cybercrimes carried out by the Lazarus Group. Was it the most daring bank theft ever attempted? From hacking Hollywood to a billion-dollar plot. North Korea stands accused but says it had nothing to do with it. A fascinating and intriguing story.

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Freshwater

In 2011, five men were sentenced to a total of 104 years for conspiracy to import £53m worth of cocaine. They have always said they are innocent. As new evidence is due to be put before the court of appeal, Anushka Asthana and Today in Focus investigates the case of the Freshwater Five.

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Girl Taken

A stolen daughter, a grieving mother and a real life search for the truth. Join BBC Journalist Sue Mitchell and former soldier Rob Lawrie in the race to find a little girl taken.

10 Episodes

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Where is George Gibney

A famous Irish Olympic swimming coach charged with multiple accounts of child sexual abuse never stood trial. Instead, he vanished. Reporter Mark Horgan travels across Ireland, the UK and the US on his trail.

10 Episodes

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The Immaculate Deception

The fertility doctor Jan Karbaat was renowned for getting amazing results. Women who were desperate for children would visit him at his Rotterdam clinic, and many would leave pregnant. But when the clinic closed, rumours circulated about the methods Karbaat used to achieve his success. The Immaculate Deception is a story about a doctor who was determined to create life – by any means possible. Reported and hosted by Jenny Kleeman.

7 Episodes

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Wind Of Change

It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change” by the Scorpions. Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumour: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth.

8 Episodes

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The Jungle Prince

For 40 years, journalists chronicled the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats who lived in a ruined palace in the Indian capital. It was a tragic, astonishing story. But was it true? On a spring afternoon, while on assignment in India, Ellen Barry of the NY Times got a phone call that sent her looking for the truth.

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Guru

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.

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