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SVU: She got tricked by a fake abortion clinic!
A teenage girl is found beaten around the abdomen and soon loses her baby. The squad learns she agreed to the attack because it was too late to legally terminate the pregnancy. That’s when Benson and Stabler find out the abortion clinic she went to was fake!
We’re talking about SVU S7 E9 Rockabye with four-time guest Lani Diane Rich from Chipperish Media. This episode takes cues from a 2005 case of Michigan teenagers purposely using a baseball bat to induce a miscarriage.
|Feb 12, 2020|
SVU: Sleep with me and your son will get into Hudson!
Mom wants Justin to get into Hudson SO BAD that she'll sleep with the admissions director, but - surprise - that guy's not really the admissions director. He says he's just a playboy, but Benson convinces Barba to charge him with rape.
We're talking about SVU S18 E3 Imposter. Our guest is Ralph Castaneda from the Hudson University parody twitter account. This episode takes cues from the real life case of Jared Rohrig.
|Jan 29, 2020|
L&O: The doctor injects his ex-lover with SARS
What was the carjack victim doing with vials of SARS in her trunk? Briscoe and Green learn the lab director infected his ex-lover with the virus, triggering an outbreak. But thanks to Serena, the doctor’s wife throws the trial into confusion.
We’re talking about Law & Order season 14 episode 3 “Patient Zero.” Our guest is Samantha Thompson from the Spooky Adventures of Alec and Sam podcast. This episode is inspired by the real-life case of Doctor Richard Schmidt.
|Jan 15, 2020|
SVU: Marcia Gay Harden is the killer in her own investigation
Old friend and FBI Agent Dana Lewis teams up with SVU to grill a suspect in an unsolved string of rape-homicides from the 1980s. But when Amaro catches her lying about her relationship with the fiancé one of the victims, he suspects the agent may be involved.
We're talking about SVU S14 E14 Secrets Exhumed with Melissa from the Moms and Murder podcast. This episode is inspired by the ripped-from-the-headlines case of Sherri Rasmussen.
|Jan 01, 2020|
SVU: The shoe fetishist cuts off a woman's foot
Who would cut off a dead woman's foot? Maybe it's the creepy bowling alley worker whose apartment she accidentally went to? And why not arrest his mother for creating a shoe fetish murderer in the first place?
We're talking about SVU S4 E16 Tortured with guest Aviv Rubenstein from the inferior podcast, "Special Viewing Unit." This episode was inspired by the real life case of Jerry Brudos.
|Dec 18, 2019|
L&O: McCoy's obsession with a rapist is OUT. OF. CONTROL.
When a woman is murdered and raped, McCoy blames a criminal whose parole he opposed. His desire to pin the act on Lewis Darnell causes McCoy to push the bounds of ethics and the law.
We have some issues with Law and Order season 7 episode 18 "Mad Dog." Our guest is Nick Capodice from the Civics 101 podcast.
This episode takes cues from the murder case of Megan Kanka.
|Dec 04, 2019|
L&O: Who did it? The mobster or his twin brother?
Gangster Cally Lonegan is the prime suspect in the murder of his crooked business partner, but the FBI says he was under surveillance at the time of the hit. Briscoe and Green learn the feds are covering for the mobster...and he has a twin brother!
We're talking about Law & Order season 11 episode 21 "Brother's Keeper." Our returning guest is author and Wisconsin Public Radio host Brady Carlson.
This episode is inspired by the lives of Whitey and Billy Bulger.
|Nov 20, 2019|
SVU: Is their rapist Danny from Caddyshack?
Olivia and Fin hunt a murdering rapist wearing a police uniform. Is it the line-crossing, prostitute-banging Officer Marcosi...or someone pretending to be a cop? We're discussing SVU S3 E14 Counterfeit with Mary Phillips-Sandy from the "Let's Talk About Cats" podcast.
This episode takes its inspiration from the 1986 murder of Cara Knott. We're sponsored by Best Fiends and Madison Reed.
|Nov 06, 2019|
SVU21: The celebrity fakes his own hate crime
A hip hop artist is the latest victim of a serial predator. But when the squad busts the actual culprit, they discover the celebrity faked his attack to get attention.
We're talking about the very latest episode in historic SVU season 21, episode 3 "Down Low in Hell's Kitchen." Our returning guest is Margo Donohue from the Book vs Movie podcast. This episode was inspired by the Jussie Smollett case.
We're sponsored by ThirdLove and Joybird.
|Oct 23, 2019|
SVU's FIRST EPISODE: The castrated cabbie!
CELEBRATING SVU'S 21 SEASON!
In honor of SVU's TV milestone, we look back at the episode that started it all. Veteran cop Elliot Stabler and his rookie partner Olivia Benson, along with a squad room of crazy characters, investigate the murder of a cabbie who got his junk cut off. But they soon discover the victim might be a war criminal accused of raping dozens of women.
We're talking about SVU season 1 episode 1 Payback. Our returning guest is Diana Goodman from the ThirtyTwentyTen podcast. This episode is inspired by stories of war atrocities during the Bosnian War.
|Oct 09, 2019|
SVU: Kathy Griffin tries to kiss Benson
Someone is raping lesbians! Brash activist Babs Duffy insults everybody, makes a pass at Benson, and swaps spit with Stabler. But to get a confession, Liv swings the other way.
Plus, there's a vampire.
Pucker up. We're talking about SVU S11 E13 P.C. Our guest is Haley Manrique from the "We're Not Together" podcast. This episode takes cues from the political movement known as Radical Lesbianism.
|Sep 25, 2019|
SVU: A family is held in a basement for years!
Detectives learn a boy abandoned in Times Square had been part of a family kept locked in a basement for years. Now the hunt is on to find their captor. Meantime, Olivia returns to work after her own kidnapping…and is not adjusting well.
We’re talking about SVU season 15 episode 2 “Imprisoned Lives.” Our guest is Steven Pappas from the “Is This Adulting” podcast. This episode is inspired by the real-life case of Ariel Castro.
We're sponsored by Third Love and Best Fiends.
|Sep 11, 2019|
L&O: A girl dies during a botched exorcism
How else do you deal with a daughter who is hell on wheels? You perform an exorcism, of course. Carmichael wants to convict the former nun who hears the voice of Saint Michael...but McCoy isn't so sure it's an act.
We're talking about Law & Order season 9 episode 15 Disciple. Our returning guest is Lawrence Tucker from the Awesome 80s podcast. This episode is inspired by the 1998 death of Charity Miranda Martin.
We're sponsored by Madison Reed and Best Fiends.
|Aug 28, 2019|
SVU: There are pedophiles in the chat rooms!!!!
The squad hunts down a chat room predator and convinces him to throw a party for all the pedophiles he knows so they can arrest them as well. Meantime, Elliot is losing his mind because HIS CHILDREN HAVE A COMPUTER TOO!
Plug in your dial-up modems. We're going back to SVU season 1 episode 18 Chat Room. Our guest is Isaac Butler from Slate's "Lend Me Your Ears" podcast. This episode is inspired by real life tales of Internet predators.
We're sponsored by Third Love and Joybird.
|Aug 14, 2019|
That time the guest thought Hudson was a real school
It's our season three finale!
To mark the end of the season of These Are Their Stories, we're going to revisit some of our favorite moments from this year's podcasts. We'll hear from those who've had brushes with stardom, get advice on what to do at a swingers' club, discuss the wildest ripped-from-the-headlines stories, and hear everyone's favorite detective team.
|Jul 31, 2019|
L&O: Dad injects his son with a deadly bacteria
A dad who wants out of his marriage injects his son with a deadly bacteria. But when the bio-supplier won't turn over their records, McCoy charges the corporation as an accomplice to murder.
We're talking about Law & Order season 9 episode 4 Flight. Our guest is Isaiah Headen from the Sketch Nerds podcast. This episode is inspired by the real-life case of Brian Stewart.
|Jul 17, 2019|
SVU: The kidnapped girl will die in three days
The squad works around the clock to find a girl snatched by a kidnapper who kills his victims on the third day. And the long hours are making everybody tired and cranky (no, you may not use Fin’s eyedrops). We’re looking at SVU season 2 episode 15 “Countdown.”
Our guest is Carolyn Paine from the Big Little podcast. This episode was inspired by the real-life case of Robert Black.
|Jul 03, 2019|
SVU: The rapist says porn made him do it
Kelly can’t remember being raped. Fortunately Eric videotapes himself assaulting all his victims. His defense: he’s addicted to porn and the cross-examination boner proves it. (Plus there's dolphin porn!)
We’re talking about SVU season 10 episode 10 "Smut" with Repy Hattersley from the Hell and High Horror podcast live at PodX in Nashville. This episode was inspired by the ripped-from-the-headlines story of Andrew Luster.
We're sponsored by Third Love. Go to thirdlove.com/lawandorder for 15% off. We're also brought to you by Joybird. Go to joybird.com/ORDER and receive an exclusive offer for 25% off your first order by using the code ORDER.
|Jun 19, 2019|
SVU: A diplomat rapes a hotel maid and Stabler quits
Benson and newbie Rollins investigate a suave Italian diplomat who raped a chambermaid, but their victim has serious credibility issues. Then Olivia learns her BFF Stabler is quitting the force. We’re turning the page on SVU in season 13 episode 1 “Scorched Earth.” We’re joined by Stuart Rice from the Sketch Comedy Podcast.
This episode is inspired by the case of French diplomat Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
|Jun 05, 2019|
L&O: Someone stole that guy's kidney!
They didn't pick his pocket. This guy wound up in Central Park with his kidney stolen. Logan and Greavey find their man, but Stone and Robinette want the billionaire who paid the doctor to do it. We're going old school Law & Order with season 1 episode 21 "Sonata for Solo Organ."
Our guest is Dan Taberski from the Headlong podcasts "Missing Richard Simmons" and "Running from COPS." The episode was inspired by the 1989 organ scandal involving Amhet Koc.
|May 22, 2019|
L&O: John Slattery puts a woman in a coma to steal her money
How did rich Mrs. Moore wind up in an insulin-induced coma? A sex game called “necrophilia without tears.” McCoy and Carmichael find out the insulin was spiked with a drug that has left her “frozen.” Is the doctor who wants her money to blame?
We’re talking about Law and Order season 10 episode 23 Stiff. Our guest is Dr. Kelly Jones from the Still Pretty and Awegasm podcast.
This episode is inspired by the case of Claus and Sunny von Bülow.
|May 08, 2019|
SVU: Was Amaro inappropriate with that hot mess actress?
After a washed-up teen star accuses Amaro of coming on to her, the squad discovers a powerful Hollywood producer has been abusing underage actresses for years. We’re talking about SVU season 16 episode 3 “Producer’s Backend.” Our guest is Matt Reuter from the podcast Law & Order: Special Viewers Unit.
This episode is inspired by the sex accusations against director Bryan Singer.
|Apr 24, 2019|
SVU: A victim's false memory leads to Dad's murder
A woman's recovered memory of her father's abuse rips her family apart and leads to a frame-up. But when the father is murdered, Benson and Stabler learn the memory was false all along.
We're talking about SVU S3 E1 Repression with Kimberly from the A Date with Dateline podcast. Some inspiration for this episode comes from the real life case of Cheryl Pierson.
|Apr 10, 2019|
SVU: A fake child sex ring leads to a real child sex ring
A fake news story links a congressman to a sex ring run out of a Chinese restaurant. No sooner does SVU debunk the rumor then they stumble across a real child sex ring on the Internet. And once again Noah is...IN DANGER!
Join us, snowflakes. We’re talking about SVU S18 E17 Real Fake News. Our guest is Jessa Nicholson Goetz from the Getting Off Podcast.
This episode is inspired by the ripped from the headlines controversy around Pizzagate.
|Mar 27, 2019|
L&O: Ellen Pompeo has her mother killed cuz she doesn't like her boyfriend
Mom and son killed, daughter shot, Olivet says dad could be a "family annihilator." But when she changes her diagnosis, it looks like before-she-was-famous Ellen Pompeo orchestrated the whole thing...all so she could spend more time with her boyfriend. Plus, Briscoe eats a baked potato covered in peanut butter.
We're talking about L&O original recipe season 6 episode 16 "Savoir." Our guest is podcaster and sports journalist Sonja Missio.
This episode takes some plot points from the case of John List.
|Mar 13, 2019|
SVU: Robin Williams is basically a super villain
In SVU's 200th episode, Robin Williams scams a burger manager to strip search an employee, defends himself at trial, appears on Morning Joe with a sheep named Elliot, organizes a Grand Central Station flash mob, kidnaps Benson and threatens Stabler to administer electrical shocks, blows up a recording studio, then disappears in the East River while still handcuffed. And gets nominated for an Emmy for doing it.
We're talking about SVU S9 E17 Authority with Michelle Rubenstein from the It Takes Three podcast network. This episode was inspired by a 2004 phone scam at a Kentucky McDonalds.
|Feb 27, 2019|
SVU: The State of the Unit Address
We're declaring a national emergency. Halfway through season 20, we hear from listeners and past guests about what's working and what isn't on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Then we'll ask the question: should SVU be renewed for a 21st season?
We'll hear from Rebecca Lavoie, Vaya Pashos, Margo Donohue, Henry Lavoie, Kimberly, and Sarah D. Bunting, plus Kevin Flynn will give the State of the Unit Address.
|Feb 13, 2019|
SVU: Benson goes into virtual reality to rescue Vixy Platinum by turning on the sun
How do you find a vanished woman whose online avatar is teen stripper Vixy Platinum? Go INTO the game and locate the kidnapper's virtual cabin by making the sun come out at night. Also there's a sleepwalking rapist and a girl who's been missing for 25 years and still carries a torch for her pedophile kidnapper.
We turn the bat-shit-crazy to 11 with Sarah D. Bunting as we talk about SVU season 9 episode 2 "Avatar."
The story takes plot points from the online world of Second Life.
|Jan 30, 2019|
L&O: Lawyer Sandy Duncan sells out her client
A co-ed is found dead in her dorm. The computer geek with the rape-and-murder fantasies and a pair of the victim's panties seems like a good suspect, but Briscoe and Curtis home in on her paranoid roommate. Instead of homicide, McCoy and Kincaid charge her with fraud for lying on her college application. Thank goodness her lawyer Sandy Duncan is willing the throw the case.
We're talking about original recipe season 6 episode 6 "Paranoia" with Lawrence Tucker of the Awesome 80s podcast.
This episode was inspired by the ripped from the headlines story of Gina Grant.
|Jan 16, 2019|
CI: Goren meets his nemesis Nicole Wallace for the first time
The Hudson University president is murdered, but who convinced the grad student to do the deed? The answer is Goren’s new nemesis: Nicole Wallace!
We’re talking about Criminal Intent season 2 episode 3 “Anti-Thesis.” We’re joined by returning guest, from Undisclosed and the Office Hours podcasts, Dr. Marcia Chatelain.
This episode takes some of its cues from the real-life squabble between Harvard President Larry Summers and Dr. Cornel West.
|Jan 02, 2019|
SVU: Stone is accused of rape, then taken hostage
Hard-drinking, hard-loving ADA Peter Stone is accused by a woman of raping her 12 years ago, an assault he has no memory of. No one in the SVU squad wants to believe it…and maybe that’s the bigger problem.
We’re talking about SVU season 20 episode 9 Mea Culpa. We’re joined by three-time guest (and TATS Triple Crown winner) Lani Diane Rich of Chipperish Media.
This episode is inspired by the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
|Dec 19, 2018|
SVU: Rooney Mara beats up fat people
Why did two fat kids beat up little Rooney Mara? Because she beat up their fat brother. Why did she beat up their fat brother? Because she used to be fat herself. (Wait, WTF?) Also, Anthony Anderson appears - not as L&O's Bernard - but as Stabler's hot-headed temporary partner.
We’re talking about SVU season 7 episode 20 “Fat.” Our guest is Jason Alme from the Shit Happens When you Party Naked podcast.
This episode is inspired by two teens who sued McDonalds for making them obese.
|Dec 05, 2018|
SVU: An orphan sets Dani Beck's apartment on fire
A shady adoption agency! A child smothered during “rebirthing” therapy! Foster kids kept in cages! Elliot gets stabbed with a pen! And 8-year-old Elle Fanning attempts a murder-suicide by setting fire to the apartment of Elliot's wannabe lover Dani Beck!
We’re looking at SVU season 8 episode 8 “Cage.” We’re joined by returning guest Vaya Pashos from the Buddywatch podcast.
This episode is inspired by the rebirthing death of Candace Newmaker.
|Nov 21, 2018|
L&O: A crazy man kills Ty Burrell's ex-wife on the subway
A crazy man bashes in a woman's head on the subway. McCoy isn't satisfied putting the lunatic in jail. He also charges the health insurance executive who kept him from getting his medicine in the first place. This time we're looking at Law & Order season 11 episode 2 "Turnstile Justice." Our guest is Lara Bricker from "Crime Writers On."
This story is based on the 1999 killing of Kendra Webdale.
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|Nov 07, 2018|
SVU: John Ritter rips the baby right outta his cheatin' wife's belly
When someone attacks a pregnant woman and cuts the baby out of her stomach - instead of focusing on arrogant neat-freak husband John Ritter - Elliot has to make it ALL ABOUT HIM. Boo freakin' hoo.
We're talking about SVU S3 E11 "Monogamy." Our guest is Rebecca's best friend Molly McKean, Esq. (For photos of Molly's chickens and other things, follow her on Instagram at Coldakitty.) The ripped-from-the-headlines story is the murder of expectant mother Bobbie Jo Stinnett.
|Oct 24, 2018|
L&O: Joe Piscopo helps Gary Busey kill his wife
She’s a grifter. He’s a washed-up celebrity. She wound up dead on the sidewalk. Who did it? Well, Gary Busey appears in the first 30 seconds of this episode, so you tell us. We’re looking at a classic Law & Order, season 12 episode 6 “Formerly Famous.” Our guest is John Davenport from the Hollywood Outsider podcast.
This episode was based on the murder trial of Robert Blake.
|Oct 10, 2018|
SVU: Dad kidnaps his son to teach Mom a lesson
A boy is abducted from his school. The kidnapper later says his Mom paid to have him taken. Or was it the Dad? We’re looking at SVU season 16 episode 22 “Parents’ Nightmare.” Our guest is Maureen McMurray from the new Bear Brook podcast.
This episode is based on the ripped-from-the-headlines story of a family who faked a kidnapping to teach their boy about “stranger danger.”
|Sep 26, 2018|
SVU: Rose McGowan commits TWINCEST!
Benson and Stabler go undercover in a sex club [swoon] to catch a pair of con artist swingers who have a surprising amount in common. Like the same mother. Like they're doing it. Like they're twins and they're doing it.
We're looking at SVU season 12 episode 19 "Bombshell." Our guest is Toronto Sun sex & relationship columnist Simone Paget. The inspiration for one of the characters is burlesque star Dita von Teese.
|Sep 12, 2018|
L&O: Julia Roberts tries to bang Curtis
A financier dies of a Viagra overdose! A billionaire wants a football stadium! Briscoe makes dick jokes...blah blah blah.... IT'S JULIA ROBERTS!
Julia guest stars as a femme fatale who wants to get it in with her then-boyfriend Benjamin Bratt. We're talking about Law & Order season 9 episode 20 "Empire." Our guest is Aaron Peterson of the Hollywood Outsider and The Blacklist Exposed podcasts (the bastards who beat us for Best TV/Film Podcast of 2017).
This episode is inspired in part by the plans of George Steinbrenner, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump to build a new Yankee Stadium.
|Aug 29, 2018|
SVU: Amaro shoots a kid and Cragen hits the road
After joining a police foot chase, Amaro shoots an unarmed teen. Now IAB is after him. But it's Cragen who turns in his badge, as the iconic character retires after 400 L&O and SVU episodes. We're talking with Kimmie Smith of Athleisure Mag about Special Victims Unit season 15 episode 10 (sometimes listed as episode 11) "Amaro's One-eighty."
This story is inspired by the real life case of Ramarley Graham.
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|Aug 01, 2018|
SVU: He fell for the banana in the tailpipe
The oversexed victim was buggered by fruit. The trail leads Benson and Stabler to a Turkish bath house, high-priced Russian hookers, the mysterious second floor loft in the squad room, and a male porn star named “Bull Dozer.” We’re looking at SVU S1 E12 “Russian Love Poem” with Brittni Liyanage from the D20 Dames podcast.
This episode’s ripped-from-the-headline story deals with the Russian mob.
|Jul 18, 2018|
L&O: Dad shoots the prison escapee who shot his daughter
Green and Cassady (memba her?) chase an escaped prisoner all over Manhattan, only to corner him in a classroom where he shoots four children. McCoy and Rubirosa want the convict to get the death penalty. So why should they prosecute the vigilante who killed him for them?
We're looking at Law & Order, season 17 episode 9 "Deadlock." Our guest is Nick Capodice from the Civics 101 podcast.
This episode takes cues from the ripped from the headlines case of Gary Plauche.
Note that we will be discussing a fictional school shooting.
|Jul 04, 2018|
L&O: A woman gets chased off a bridge and Rey's wife leaves
A woman jumps from a crowed bridge. Did she kill herself...or was she chased to her death? Also, Rey's wife finds out about his infidelity and leaves him (for now). We're looking at classic Law & Order season 7 episode 11 "Menace." Our guest is author Brady Carlson.
This podcast episode was originally released on October 12, 2016, but this encore episode contains additional material. This TV episode is inspired by the real life case of Delitha Ward.
|Jun 20, 2018|
CI: Instead of freezing the Senator's body they stole the brain
Doesn’t being cryogenically frozen after death sound good? Not to the billionaire who wants that brain to cure his son’s Alzheimer’s. This time we look at Criminal Intent season 2 episode 15 “Cold Comfort.” Our guest is Lisa Gallagher of the Toronto True Crime Film Festival.
This episode is inspired by the real-life controversy around the death of baseball legend Ted Williams.
|Jun 06, 2018|
SVU: She makes rapists call her "Mommy"
This therapist thinks she can cure rapists by reading them bedtime stories, making them suck their thumbs, and calling her "Mommy." Then she straight up sleeps with one and is attacked by the patient's
This episode is based on the case of Doctor Margaret Bean-Bayog. We welcome a new sponsor this episode: Good Cigar Company. Go to goodcigar.co and use promo code ORDER for 10% off any subscription.
|May 23, 2018|
CI: Goren finds the hidden gold in the dumbbells
The kidnapping of a famous atheist goes wrong, with the victim and one of the kidnappers dead and his accomplices gone with the gold coins. But Goren is no dumbbell when it comes to cracking the case. This time we look at Criminal Intent season 4 episode 5 "Eosphoros" with Katie from the Date with Dateline podcast.
The TV episode's name comes from the Greek god of the morning star, the brother to god of the evening star, Hesporos. The episode was inspired by the kidnapping and murder of Madalyn Murray O'Hair.
This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker glasses. Go to warbyparker.com/order to begin your free home try on experience. We're also sponsored by Third Love. Get 15% off your first bra at thirdlove.com/lawandorder.
|May 09, 2018|
SVU: Joan Cusack's daughter gets kidnapped...again!
SVU searches for little Mackenzie who ran away from her smothering parents. Their older daughter was kidnapped and vanished years ago, and now they're making Mackenzie look just like her (with plastic surgery and a microchip). We're talking about SVU S12 E1 Locum with actor Chase Williamson.
This episode takes some cues from the ripped from the headline story of Jaycee Dugard.
|Apr 25, 2018|
SVU: He didn't know he's sleeping with his daughter
You think the guy in the creepy clown mask kidnapping the teen girl is the weirdest this episode gets. But HOLD ON. Wait until the music teacher finds out the student he's been sleeping with is actually the love child he never knew he had. (Vomit here.)
We're still stunned by SVU S19 E17 "Send in the Clowns" and we'll talk about it with Kimberly from the Date with Dateline podcast. This episode is inspired by the case of Steven Walter Pladl.
|Apr 11, 2018|
L&O: The basketball player kills the fan suing him for $20m
How's this for a March Madness tie in? A pro basketball player is accused of snapping the neck of his biggest heckler who happened to be suing him for $20 million. We're taking a shot with Law & Order season 15 episode 16 "The Sixth Man." Our guest is James Pietragallo from Crime and Sports and the Small Town Murder podcast.
This episode was inspired by the real-life 2004 sports brawl known as The Malice at the Palace.
|Mar 28, 2018|
SVU: The child porn victim sues her viewers & Benson and Cassidy break up
Pay no attention to that little girl hanging off a balcony. It's her mom who's the special victim. Now an adult, she'd been made to do porn as a child. Barba convinces her to sue the men still viewing her images for millions of dollars. Also, Benson and Cassidy have the least-drama filled breakup in television history.
We're talking about SVU S15 E19 "Downloaded Child" with Aussie star Kate Barkley from the Pups and Pop Culture podcast.
This SVU episode was inspired by the real-life court case of "Amy Unknown."
|Mar 14, 2018|
L&O: Boys rape a [r-word] classmate & Briscoe's daughter is murdered
In one of Law & Order's most powerful episodes, a mentally handicapped girl is raped by her classmates. McCoy must fight the judge who sets aside the jury's verdict because the disabled sexual assault victim "had the time of her life." The result is a reflection on the meaning of dignity and acceptance. Meantime, Lenny's daughter pays the ultimate price for testifying against a drug dealer. We talk about L&O season 8 episode 22 "Damaged" with Mark Blankenship of the Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs podcast.
Note: the original episode and our commentary use the words "retard" and "retarded," as use of both words are relevant plot points in the episode.
To read Mark's article on why "Damaged" is among the best in the L&O canon, click here.
|Feb 28, 2018|
SVU: Benson poses as Stabler's hooker & Cragen rescues a monkey
The SVU team somehow gets involved in an exotic animal smuggling operation. A woman is killed by a tiger, Stabler gets shot, Benson shows off her bra, Kathy wants to leave, and Cragen gets a hug from a $1 million gibbon smuggled in a basketball. We can't even with Tara Ariano from the Extra Hot Great podcast as we talk about SVU S10 E7 "Wildlife."
To read a magazine article about how this television episode was made, click here.
This episode is inspired by the real international blackmarket for exotic animals.
|Feb 14, 2018|
L&O: A girl gets killed above a deli and Green goes gangsta
An actress is murdered above a famous deli and Branch wants to give the three suspects the death penalty...including the two guys who just stole the TV. Green goes undercover as a drug dealer, gets sued for beating down a perp, and reveals his affinity for Elvis Costello. And a witness reminds us who put Baby in a corner.
We're hungry to talk about L&O season 13 episode 4 "Tragedy on Rye" with Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam. This episode is based on the real life Carnegie Deli Massacre of 2001.
|Jan 31, 2018|
SVU: She got her boyfriend to rape, then kill, her little sister (w/Kate Casey)
It wasn't an accident the little girl got shot in the stick-up crossfire. Cabot gives her psycho sister immunity before learning she convinced her boyfriend to rape the girl, give her gonorrhea, then set up the fatal shoot-out to keep her quiet. We try to stomach SVU season 4 episode 11 "Damaged." Our guest is Kate Casey from the Reality Life podcast.
This episode is based on the crime spree by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka.
|Jan 17, 2018|
BONUS: SVU S19 E9 Instant Recap! Grandma Sheila was Noah's kidnapper all along!
As a follow up to our last episode about SVU S19 E8 "Intent," part 1 of a cliffhanger, we're dropping this bonus episode to briefly talk about the conclusion of the kidnapping storyline in E9 "Gone Baby Gone." We'll hear from Rebecca Lavoie and Sarah D. Bunting about muttonchops, Twitter meltdowns, and how to get to New Hampshire.
|Jan 06, 2018|
SVU: The double catfish, Carisi tries to kiss Rollins, and Noah gets kidnapped (w/Margo Donohue)
We're looking at the most recent episode from SVU! You know...the one with the double catfishing scheme, Rollins and Carisi almost make out, and Noah gets kidnapped at the end. Let's talk about SVU season 19 episode 8 "Intent." Our guest is Margo Donohue from the Book vs. Movie podcast.
This episode is inspired by the real-life case of NBA player Chris Andersen.
|Jan 02, 2018|
THE BANNED L&O EPISODE: Rape at the Puerto Rican Day parade
Well this one struck a nerve! The Puerto Rican Day parade is marred by a roaming mob assaulting women in Central Park. Meantime, the wife of a tech giant is found beaten to death nearby. What follows is an investigation driven by politics, wealth, and race. NBC banned LO S11 E11 "Sunday in the Park with Jorge" from re-runs for nearly a decade. Our guest is returning panelist Lani Diane Rich from Chipperish Media.
This episode is inspired by the real-life sexual assault incidents during New York's 2000 Puerto Rican Day parade.
|Dec 20, 2017|
SVU: The one where the woman pretends she's still in high school
The bloody BDSM scene turns out to be an accidental death from two high school buddies conducting "extreme wrestling." But there's something wrong with the victim's girlfriend. Turns out she's a 28-year-old pretending to be a teen! We're blown away by SVU season 8 episode 21 "Pretend." Our guest is Stephanie Craig of the History Fangirl podcast.
The episode takes its inspiration from the true story of Treva Throneberry.
|Dec 06, 2017|
SVU: That girl can't be a killer Lolita, can she?
The SVU squad investigates a dead writer, a drunken lovelorn landlady, a pedophile impostor, and the tempting teen who might have had an affair with the victim. And Stabler suddenly realizes his daughter is going to have sex someday. We're going all the way back to SVU season 1 episode 5 "Wanderlust." Our guest is Benjamin Frisch of the Slate podcast network.
The episode takes much inspiration from the book Lolita.
|Nov 22, 2017|
L&O: Rey joins the team & the bad guy gets shot in court
Here we meet Briscoe's new partner, the smiling, good-natured, loving family man Rey Curtis (boy how things will change). And of course, Briscoe can't stand him. But once they catch the bad guy, the victim's mom shoots him in court...getting blood all over Claire's new suit. We're looking at Law & Order season 6 episode 1 "Bitter Fruit." Our guest is Erin Fox of the "You, Me, and PTSD" podcast.
This episode takes some cues from the real life case of Ellie Nesler.
|Nov 08, 2017|
SVU: Fifty shades of plagiarism and Barba gets choked with his own belt
She's the beautiful author of an erotic novel. He's the talk show host who likes to choke women with his belt. Was the sex consensual? Did she really write the book? And why is Munch reading a BSDM book to his blind mother? We're looking at SVU season 14 episode 3 "Twenty-five Acts." Our guest is Julia Turner, Editor-in-Chief at Slate magazine.
The episode takes some cues from the blackmail scandal of Late Night host David Letterman.
|Oct 25, 2017|
SVU: The annoying lab tech was really the killer
The psycho suspect escapes by riding through a Fun House, then fleeing super villain-style by dumping toxic gas to cover his tracks. But it's Benson who rescues Stabler from the real killer by repeatedly slapping her partner and making out with the bad guy. We're looking at SVU season 10 episode 22 "Zebras." Our guest is from the "In Trouble for Talking" podcast, Sonia Sells.
This podcast is scheduled to drop on Wednesday Oct 11. The episode takes some cues from the life of SVU regular Richard Belzer.
|Oct 11, 2017|
SVU: I didn't stab the Captain with a pickle
A woman get horny and dies after eating mushrooms. A mime refuses to talk. Some guy is snipping women's hair in the park. A dog coughs up a tampon. And Benson has the weirdest freak out after being exposed to toxic fungi. And that's just the FIRST HALF! We're looking at SVU season 12 episode 5 "Wet." Our guest is KCUR reporter and podcaster Sam Zeff.
The episode is based on the controversy around the effects of soda on the health of children. And it's also not.
|Sep 27, 2017|
CI: Goren faces off again with Nicole Wallace
Goren again matches wits with super criminal Nicole Wallace. Is she trying to hasten the death of a little girl to inherit her $5m lawsuit settlement...or is she protecting the child from her own father who wants the money too? And the new guy in the squad with nothing to do is Mike Logan. We're looking at Criminal Intent season 5 episode 1 "Grow." Our guest is author and comedian Dan Wilbur.
This podcast is scheduled to drop on Wednesday Sept 13. The episode's villain is derivative of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Moriarty, who is based on the real-life criminal mastermind Adam Worth.
|Sep 13, 2017|
L&O: The militia guy says the fringe on the flag makes him a POW
It's an armored car heist! No! It's actually a militia hoping to overthrow the government! And as long as there are fringes on that American flag, the defendants consider themselves prisoners of war. We're looking at a classic L&O season 8 episode 5 "Nullification." Our guest is retired Lt Col James Weirick of the Military Justice podcast.
The original episode is inspired by the real life cases of anti-government militia activity of the 1990s.
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|Aug 30, 2017|
SVU: The teen makes his own kiddie porn site
We still aren't sure what to say about this SVU episode that starts with a puppet show, ends with a kidnapping, and makes some really messed up twists in Teddy's Treehouse along the way. We're looking at SVU season 7 episode 21 "Web." Our guest is Molly McKean from the upcoming podcast HGTV & Me (also from Partners In Crime Media).
The TV episode was inspired the real life child pornography case of Justin Berry.
|Aug 16, 2017|
These are "These Are Their Stories" season 1 finale
TATS SEASON 1 FINALE
What started off as a honey-do project has blossomed into a fun podcast with lots of great fans. We're even nominated for Best TV podcast at this month's Podcast Movement convention. (We're going to lose. We're gonna lose hard. We're going to lose like the Washington Generals always lose to the Harlem Globetrotters.)
We're celebrating the end of season one (and the upcoming start of season two) with a look back at some of the best moments from the first year of These Are Their Stories. We'll relive some good episode discussion, favorite detective teams, Hey-it's-that-guys, and the best ripped from the headlines.
|Aug 02, 2017|
L&O: The bikini girl, the news anchors, and the Ponzi scheme
A bikini posing TV reporter gets murdered and all the anchors want to do is stab each other in the back. But could the lightweight journalist have been close to exposing a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme when she was killed? This time we look at original recipe season 19 episode 17 "Anchors Away." Our guest is host of the Accused podcast Amber Hunt.
This episode was inspired by the Bernie Madoff case and the scandals of TV anchors Larry Mendte and Alycia Lane.
|Jul 19, 2017|
SVU: Grifters fake a rape to extort a Trump-like billionaire
Boy, it can really ruin the grand opening of a 5-star hotel when a guest is assaulted...even if it's only part of a convoluted scam to extort $10 million from the owner. This time we look at SVU season 2 episode 8 "Taken." Our guest is writer and co-host of Slate's DoubleX Gabfest podcast June Thomas.
This episode was inspired by the fake rape extortion case at Walt Disney World.
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|Jul 05, 2017|
SVU: Come back with my frozen embryos!
This case has everything! Someone stealing frozen embryos! A mother harvesting her disabled daughter's eggs! Olivia baby angst! A courthouse steps shooting! Dwarfs! Luis from "Sesame Street"! We'll try to figure out what happened in SVU season 9 episode 14 "Inconceivable." Our guest is writer and co-host of the Slate's Mom and Dad Are Fighting podcast Carvell Williams.
Part of the story references the controversial case of little girl "Ashley X" and the medical treatment used to address her severe disabilities.
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|Jun 21, 2017|
SVU: John Stamos has 20 kids & gets blown up with a knife
Remember when John Stamos was the guest star on SVU? And he fathered 20 kids by 20 different women (which isn't actually a crime)? And he got killed by a special knife that made his chest blow up? Yeah...it's kind of hard to forget. We're going to figure out what happened in SVU season 12 episode 22 "Bang." Our guest is Gillian Pensavalle from the True Crime Obsessed podcast.
This episode is based loosely on a clinical study into "reproductive coercion," and also the story of British bloke Keith Macdonald who had ten baby mommas.
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|Jun 07, 2017|
L&O: The stalker strangled the soap star
How do you track down a deranged fan who'd choke their favorite soap star in Central Park? Interview a studio grip, a female impersonator, and Allison Janney. And stop to get some fettuccine before you make an arrest. Logan and Cerreta chase a stalker in L&O season 2 episode 12 "Star Struck." Our guest is repeat offender Brady Carlson of Wisconsin Public Radio.
This L&O episode is based on several high-profile cases, including the Rebecca Schaeffer murder.
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|May 24, 2017|
CI: Goren suspects everyone in the family bludgeoned Dad
When a wealthy financier is bludgeoned to death in his home, whom does Goren suspect? The soon-to-be-ex? The new boyfriend? The nanny? The brother-in-law? The children? The answer: everyone.
|May 10, 2017|
SVU: The rape joke comic was a rape joke rapist
He's a stand up comic who likes to tell female hecklers it would be funny if they got raped. Then when one of them walks home...well, it's SVU so you can guess the rest. Kevin & Rebecca dive into SVU S15 E15 "Comic Perversion" with Pat Dixon, comedian and host of the podcast "NYC Crime Report."
|Apr 26, 2017|
L&O: The singer caused the mob restaurant shooting
Nothing like eating an expensive meal in an Italian restaurant when one mobster shoots another because he's heckling the singer. But that's just the start of the trouble in this mafia-and-meatballs-themed episode L&O S14 E20 "Everybody Loves Raimondo's." Green & Briscoe (in one of Jerry Orbach's last episodes) think a movie producer was the victim of a conveniently-timed hit at an exclusive restaurant frequented by celebrities, judges, and mobsters alike.
|Apr 12, 2017|
L&O: The Holocaust survivor who married a Nazi
Kevin and Rebecca go back to the Stone Age to watch Law & Order Original Recipe Season 3, Episode 13. In "Night and Fog," Briscoe and Logan learn a pair of Holocaust survivors quarreled about a Nazi collaborator who came from the husband's village, and Stone and Robinette believe the woman was murdered because she'd learned his war-time secret.
|Mar 28, 2017|
SVU: The prep school rapist & the Cherry Pickers Club
This episode, Kevin & Rebecca are joined by Undisclosed: The Killing of Freddy Gray journalist Amelia McDonell-Parry as they look at SVU season 17 episode 12 "A Misunderstanding." What really happened between those two teens in the prep school darkroom? The girl's texts are hurting the case, but then the squad learns the boy is part of a virgin-collecting contest in the secret "Cherry Picker's Club."
|Mar 15, 2017|
L&O: The one that's TOTALLY not based on Martha Stewart
Kevin & Rebecca welcome comedian Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny podcast) for look at Law & Order season 13, episode 15 "Bitch." Brisco & Green tie a stockbroker's murder to a multi-millionaire business woman who's committed some insider trading.
|Mar 01, 2017|
SVU: The twin girl learns she's really a boy
Kevin and Rebecca welcome Jack O'Brien (Cracked podcast, Cracked magazine) to talk about SVU season 6 episode 12 "Identity." Benson & Stabler's search for the victim of a botched rape leads them to a set of twins...and the sister has more in common with her brother than she realizes.
This SVU episode is based on the real-life case of David Reimer.
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|Feb 15, 2017|
SVU: Bob Saget puts a microchip in his wife then gives her his liver
Kevin & Rebecca are joined by Outside/In and Bear Brook senior producer Taylor Quimby - better known to our fans as Uncanny Valleys, the composer of our catchy theme song. The panel discusses a CRA-zy SVU installment from season 8 episode 9, "Choreographed." Rabid dogs, mute witnesses, philandering husbands, secretly implanted microchips, a liver transplant...and Stabler & Benson are reunited after his fling with temporary partner, Dani.
|Feb 01, 2017|
SVU: Harry Connick Jr macks on Olivia & busts rapey military contractors
Patrick Hinds of True Crime Obsessed joins Kevin & Rebecca to dish on SVU S13 E12 "Official Story." Harry Connick Jr makes a guest stint as a DA who goes after some military contractors who drugged and gang-raped a co-worker in Afghanistan - and then goes after Olivia who's swooning over him.
|Jan 18, 2017|
L&O: Van Buren sends an innocent man to prison
Kevin & Rebecca talk with scholar and social justice advocate Dr. Marcia Chatelain (Office Hours podcast). In original recipe season 12 episode 7, "Myth of Fingerprints," a homicide lead Briscoe & Green to revisit the case that helped Van Buren make lieutenant - only to find the fingerprint evidence that put two men away was fudged.
This episode of Law & Order was inspired by the evidence tampering scandal of Joyce Gilchrist.
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|Jan 05, 2017|
L&O: Rubirosa accuses Cutter of pimping her out
A missing teenage girl is spotted in the company of a pimp and hooker before turning up dead. Will Cutter use Rubirosa's sex appeal to win the case? Kevin & Rebecca are joined by the anonymous Hollywood blogger known as the Bitter Script Reader. They look at Law & Order season 18 episode 10 "Tango."
|Dec 21, 2016|
CI: The guy from Stranger Things sends his family to heaven
CI S8E9 "Family Values": Comedian, author, and producer of the hit podcasts "The Black Tapes" and "Tanis" Paul Bae gives Criminal Intent a try. In S8 E9 "Family Values," a conservative man believes he can save his family's souls by sending them to heaven. Can Goren and Eames save his daughter before it's too late?
|Dec 07, 2016|
L&O: A creepy celebrity watches kids from an ice cream truck
LO S13E24 "Smoke": TVGuide.com reporter Erin Fox joins the gang to discuss original recipe season 13, episode 24, "Smoke." A baby falls to his death after being dangled from a window by his celebrity father. But the investigation uncovers allegations of other improper conduct.
|Nov 30, 2016|
CI: A woman poisons people to open a kid’s clothing store
Lani Diane Rich, writer and host of the StoryWonk network of podcasts (Dusted, We Used to Be Friends, The Light Bulb) chimes in on Criminal Intent season 1 episode 7 "Poison." Goren and Eames hunt someone putting cyanide in headache medicine. Is she trying to kill lots of people...or just one in particular?
|Nov 23, 2016|
L&O: Van Buren shoots a teenager in front of her kids
LO S5E6 "Competence": Writer and comedienne Sarah Hohman joins the panel to break down original recipe season 5, episode 6 "Competence." In an episode that feels familiar today, Van Buren kills an unarmed kid during an apparent robbery. Race, gender, politics, loyalty, and intellectual disabilities all complicate the investigation.
This episode is based in part on the real life story of Eleanor Bumpers.
|Nov 09, 2016|
SVU: The sex offender didn’t actually kill that kid
Kevin & Rebecca welcome Aussi podcaster Vaya Pashos (The Neighbuzz podcast) to talk about old school SVU, season 1 episode 7, "Uncivilized." Benson and Stabler look into the murder of an 8-year-old boy. How far are they willing to go to pin it on the neighborhood sex offender?
|Nov 02, 2016|
SVU: Tim Daly is a preacher who hates gay people
Singer/songwriter and L&O addict Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) joins Kevin & Rebecca to discuss SVU season 8, episode 17, "Sin." It looks like a male prostitute is murdered in a ritualized killing, but the trail leads Stabler & Benson to a charismatic preacher who may be hiding a secret. Special thanks to Mike, who let us use his new single, "I Can't Believe I Found You in That Town."
|Oct 26, 2016|
L&O: A woman gets chased off a bridge & Rey's wife leaves
On this installment, author and Law & Order savant Brady Carlson joins Kevin and Rebecca as they dig into the classic Mothership episode, season 7 episode 11, "Menace." A woman jumps from a crowded bridge. Did she kill herself or was she chased to her death?
|Oct 12, 2016|
SVU: Scott Bakula names his penis King Sebastian
Kevin and Rebecca are joined by podcaster and Tomato Nation founder Sarah D. Bunting as they take on SVU season 14 episode 7, "Vanity's Bonfire." In this episode, the kidnapping of a baby leads the squad into the mystery of who the father is...could he be the politically powerful man hoping to avoid a scandal?
|Oct 05, 2016|
L&O: The mob kills everyone and Jon Cryer’s father is the judge (w/Jon Cryer)
In this episode, we're joined by Jon Cryer, star of "Two and a Half Men," "Pretty in Pink," and the "Undisclosed Addendum" podcast. We'll discuss Law & Order season 1, episodes 15 & 16, "The Torrents of Greed" parts 1 & 2. Greevey and Logan bust an illegal cigarette ring, but Stone can't nail the mob boss behind it.
We'll also hear Jon Cryer's personal connection to the episode.
|Sep 28, 2016|
L&O: The murder victim is a horse
Someone murdered an expensive show horse because he can't jump. Brisoce & Curtis are on the case and soon discover a larger criminal scheme.
In the premier episode of "...These are Their Stories," host Kevin Flynn is joined by true crime author Rebecca Lavoie and special guest, from the "Extra Hot Great" podcast and Previously.tv, Tara Ariano.
|Sep 14, 2016|
Trailer - These Are Their Stories: The Law & Order Podcast
You might know Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie from their hit podcast Crime Writers On... But you may not fully understand the depth of Rebecca's obsession with Law and Order. So, Kevin decided to make a podcast about it. Listen to the trailer and then subscribe, because the first full-length episode of These Are Their Stories: The Law & Order Podcast is coming your way on September 12.
|Aug 05, 2016|