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This award-winning and Peabody-nominated podcast documents how locals are addressing the role of jails in their backyards. Reporters travel around the country and hear from people directly impacted by their encounter with jails and to chronicle the progress ground-up efforts have made in diversion, bail reform, recidivism, adoption of technology and other crucial aspects of the move toward decarceration at local levels.
 
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Case #166: Synanon; The Cult Disguised as Substance Rehabilitation Classification: [Cults] Synanon, a cult founded by Alcoholics Anonymous fanatic Charles Dederich, started as a misguided substance addiction program. It soon gripped the money, freedom, and lives of hundreds, conducted abusive attack “therapy sessions” and grew to allegedly attempt …
 
A year ago, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize drug possession. The goal is to reverse some of the negative impacts of the War on Drugs by approaching drug use from a health-centered basis. We visit an addiction and recovery center in Portland that’s gearing up for what they hope will be an influx of people seeking treatment. Reported b…
 
Classification: [Controversial Topics] Our crisis continues as we map out the future of the oceans, life, agriculture, glaciers, costal cities, the food supply, humanity, happiness, life as we know it. Then, to tie a bow on climate change, an interview with PhD candidate Anastasia Shavrova -Sponsored by- Our Patrons at…
 
Case # 165b: Climate Change: Is it too late? The hosts have a existential crisis over the future of humanity. Join in as Ood guides everyone through the evidence of climate change happening on a mass and rapid scale. Let us look into the inevitable future that is paved before all of us. -Sponsored by- Our Patrons at http://www.patreon.com/ovpod htt…
 
Police encounters during a mental health crisis have a greater chance of turning deadly if you're Black. New response mechanisms bypass law enforcement and result in helpful interventions. Reporter Jeneé Darden looks at how folks in Northern California are trying to reimagine crisis response services. Find a resource guide and annotated transcript …
 
Case # 164: How to Slay (and Lay) Monsters Classification: [Mythology] Today, on Halloween, we cover the most pressing issue in the world today. A basic guide on how to kill, and alternatively seduce and fuck, classic types of monsters. How do you combat Cthulhu? How do you have sex with a ghost? Are vampires all bottoms? Just how do you hunt a wer…
 
Case # 163b: Mysteries of the Egyptian Pyramids Classification: [Real world Lore] We've covered the culture and history behind these great structures, we've looked at a day in the life of a builder and TODAY in this episode, we finish off the case. We look at the step by step process taken to build a pyramid, bite a chunk out of some “ancient alien…
 
Classification: [Real world Lore] 4580 years ago, before Iron, before coins, before cranes, before basic machines, Ancient Egyptians cut, refined, and transported over two million stones, weighing multiple tons each, up to 800 miles, and stacked them in a 450 foot tall structure that survives to this day. Just how did they pull this off? -Sponsored…
 
Many organizers in St. Louis have given up on reforming the criminal legal system. Now, they’re working to abolish it. And they’re starting with the closure of one notorious jail. To reach their goal, they’ve decided to get involved in electoral politics. Reporter Chad Davis takes a look at what happens when you go from agitating from the outside t…
 
We wanted to see what has happened since we first reported on mental health interventions for arrestees in Miami, how the "bond angels" save lives in New Orleans, and what the digital police surveillance network called Project Greenlight has meant for Detroit. Reported by Danny Rivero, Eve Abrams and Sonia Paul. Find a resource guide and annotated …
 
This special roundtable of experts looks at how policing and incarceration practices are impacting COVID-19 rates in BIPOC communities around the country. Because being jailed means an increased risk of getting COVID-19, those released might unknowingly bring the virus home, putting their loved ones and communities at risk. Our editor, Jen Chien, m…
 
Nearly one in two Black women in the US have a loved one who has been impacted by our carceral system. Many become de facto civilian experts as a result. Some rise to lead as outside catalysts for change. And now, scores of Black women are joining the ranks—as officers of the court, police, judges—to manage and advance a system that has had such an…
 
The saying goes that “justice delayed is justice denied.” One part of Illinois’ judicial system has had an outsized role in delaying justice for decades: the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Home to Chicago, Cook County’s court system is massive, with more than a dozen courthouses generating millions of records. And in the records disarray, …
 
There’s a place in rural St. Johns, Arizona, where teens who have encounters with officers of the law can play pool, make music, and get mentored instead of going to jail. It’s called The Loft, and it’s the brainchild of a judge who wanted to save the county hundreds of millions of dollars and divert young people towards the support many were not g…
 
Case # 162b: Palliative Care and Death with Dignity Classification: [Controversial Topics] The Hosts and Guest Dr. Adam Fowler continue talking about the complications palliative care doctors commonly treat, clear up myths about Palliative care, and have a frank discussion about what people should do to prepare for their death. -Sponsored by- Our P…
 
Case #162a: Palliative Care and Death with Dignity Classification: [Controversial Topics] Death, it’s the unrelenting force that will come for us all. Preparing people for the reality of passing on and the health complications leading up to death are the problems guest Dr. Adam Fowler will lead the OVPOD crew through today -Sponsored by- Our Patron…
 
Classification: [Real world Lore] The third installment of OVpod’s Mysterious recordings, What animals sound like human screams? What pitch does a black hole sing in? What would it sound like to be on a boat in the midst of being attacked by German troops? Find those, and more, in this edition of Mysterious Recordings -Sponsored by- Our Patrons at …
 
Peabody Award-nominated podcast 70 Million is coming back for our fourth season! Join us for more in-depth reporting and rich narrative storytelling from communities impacted by the carceral complex. We'll bring you updates from previous seasons and new dispatches from the frontlines of criminal legal system reform. First episode launches September…
 
Case # 160b: The Sinking of The Essex Classification: [History] The Essex is sunk, the whale that stoved it lived on. The only question left, who will survive to tell the tale? Join in on a tale grimmer than fiction as the crew of the Essex fight off starvation, salt toxicity, tuberculosis, and each other. -Sponsored by- Our Patrons at http://www.p…
 
Case # 160a: The Sinking of The Essex Classification: [History] The real-life event that inspired “Moby Dick”. The real story of a whale taking “revenge” on a whaling vessel, and the survival struggle that ensued. How many lives will the hunt for sperm whales claim? Tune in to find out -Sponsored by- Our Patrons at…
 
Case # 159: Logical Fallacies Classification: [Skepticism] “Logical Fallacy” is a fancy term for “bad argument”. On this episode, Leon will take you through some basic logical fallacies, how to spot them, and just what makes those arguments illogical -Sponsored by- Our Patrons atBy Ood, Sage, Leon, Richard and Radio Demon
 
Case # 158b: Lie Detection Classification: [Pseudoscience] We cap off Lie Detection by completing the story of the polygraph, and how it relates to Expert Testimony in court, Birth Control, Wonder Woman, and philosopher enclave/Band Aqua Guest (s): Scott Pinkerton Lead Researcher(s): Richard Bigly Poison: District Brewing Company Mentioned Topics: …
 
Case # 158a: Lie Detection Classification: [Pseudoscience] Can you tell when someone is lying? Can the police? Can government agencies? Can scientists and researchers? Is there any reliable way to detect if someone is telling the truth or telling a lie? Guest (s): Scott Pinkerton Lead Researcher(s): Richard Bigly Poison: District Brewing Company Me…
 
Case # 157B: False Confessions Classification: [Societal Issues] Part 2. What would drive an innocent person to confess to a crime that could imprison them for years? Many assume it would take an impossible amount of pressure to “break” and confess. So why does it happen so frequently? Here us as we continue to answer that question. Lead Researcher…
 
Case # 157A: False Confessions Classification: [Societal Issues] Would you confess to a crime you did not commit? It seems like an obvious answer to most, but yet, many people choose to falsely confess. Join the OVPOD crew as they look at the factors and consequences of having a legal system that regularity generates false confessions. Lead Researc…
 
Case # 156: The Bayou of Pigs AKA Operation Red Dog Classification: [Historical Event] Join the ovpod hosts and guest presenter Scott Pinkerton, @YOUCAUGHTSCOTT , as we dive into a failed 1980s white supremacist plot to invade Dominica, coined “The Bayou of Pigs” after another failed invasion from 1961. https://www.ovpod.ca/ Guest Host(s): Scott Pi…
 
Occultae Veritatis Podcast Case #155b: Nuclear Waste Warnings Part 2 of 2 We continue to answer the question, how will we warn the people of the distant future about the nuclear waste we create today? What will the waste vault look like? What messages can we send that will be understood? Join us as we finish up this topic! Subscribe: https://ovpod.…
 
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