The Ballad of Billy Balls / The RFK Tapes

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Crimetown Presents is an investigative anthology podcast series created by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. Every season they introduce you to a new serialized story that pushes the boundaries of storytelling, sound design and music.

Season Two, The Ballad of Billy Balls*: it’s 1982, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy Balls. Author and activist iO Tillett Wright and Crimetown Producer Austin Mitchell unravel a mystery of love and loss, the tender binds of family, and the stories we tell ourselves just to survive.

Season One, The RFK Tapes: Zac Stuart-Pontier and Bill Klaber take a trip down a rabbit hole surrounding the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Featuring never-before heard police recordings, The RFK Tapes starts out a murder investigation and ends up revealing the power of conspiracy theories, and why it’s human nature to believe in them.

* scroll down to see the episodes of Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls.
43 episodes
43 episodes
There’s a magic to a podcast that evolves over time, not that it’s trying shock you but that it is a genuine journey. This podcast seems to be several things along the way but ends in such and honest and real place. I didn’t even realize the full impact until listening to all the subsequent bonus episodes
RFK a solid 4 stars + Billy Balls 5 stars, excellent stuff
The Ballad of Billy Balls is something that appears to be one thing at first and then morphs into something else. Sort of like S-Town. You start with a crime but end up somewhere different. Excellent production and a killer theme song are present in every episode and you cannot help but root for host IO Tillett Wright to get to the bottom of things.

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Podcast Details

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Crimetown Presents
Podcast Status
May 29th, 2018
Latest Episode
Jul 4th, 2019
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
31 minutes

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