American Scandal

A weekly History, Society and Culture podcast featuring
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Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage.
Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls. And when the dust finally settles, we’re left to wonder: how did this happen? Where did they trip up, and who is to blame? From the creators of American History Tellers, Business Wars and Tides of History comes American Scandal, where we take you deep into the heart of America’s dark side to look at what drives someone to break the rules and what happens when they’re caught. Hosted by Lindsay Graham.
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165 episodes
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165 episodes
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This is a really neat podcast and it's created and told in wonderful, engaging fashion. The idea of picking scandals (well, American ones, although lord knows one could branch out...) and going back and revisiting them is brilliant. Most of us have probably lived through most of these events -- although not all -- and it's really nice to go back and see them again through the eyes of history, once all the fog has cleared up a bit and a lot more clarity on what actually happened has emerged. Honestly, this sort of thing should be part of the nightly news ("a look back at what stories we were obsessed with 10/25/50 years ago..."; I suspect we'd look at current news stories differently if we were reminded how we perceived things in the moment then). Also? This Lindsay Graham has one of the best voices and deliveries in podcasting. One thing that would be neat might be to occasionally do inter-series episodes interviewing experts (probably academics) on commonalities and differences in some of the scandals covered. Because there do seem to be themes that it might be nice to unpack now and then.
Great story telling! The Hare Krishna stories were very interesting. They even made the Exxon Valdez scandal a great listen. Highly recommend if you like historical recreations.
The good part of American scandal, is that the series are interesting. Every series explores a different but serious subject in decent detail. The podcast is fairly well researched, the storylines are quite compelling, and the narration has a nice pace. So far, so good. This podcast has the basics down. And if American scandal had just run with that, it would have been a five star podcast. But a good podcast takes more than just basics, and unfortunately that's where things fail. The most obvious failure is the horrible sound engineering. Time and again, the narrative is drowned out by a drone of supposedly ominous "music" clips (probably some freebie faux-rock). More depressingly, the same "music" is repeated in every episode of every series. So much for fantasy for the sound folks at Wondery. Another annoying part is that all staged scenes are basically told by the same person. So, when a woman is featured in a scene, you'll hear the voice of the same guy who tells the rest of the story. No additional cast, just one guy narrating everything. I guess that reveals something about the budget limitations at Wondery. Lastly, there's the gazillion of ads interrupting each episode. Sure, you can pay up and use the Wondery app, or you could fast-forward, but given my previous gripes, I'm kind of done with this podcast already.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Wondery
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Sep 6th, 2018
Latest Episode
Feb 24th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
166
Avg. Episode Length
31 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Serial
Language
English
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