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Dig into the real stories behind Netflix Original true stories– how our filmmakers got access, what ended up on the cutting room floor, and even the impact a Netflix show can have on the real lives of its subjects. Keep the conversation going on Twitter @CantMakeThisUp, or find us on Facebook at You Cant Make This Up Netflix.

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They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
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This week is a true cinephile’s delight. We’re diving into <em>They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead</em>, a new documentary directed by Academy Award Winning filmmaker Morgan Neville. <em>They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead </em>chronicles the making of Orson Welles’s previously unfinished final film, <em>The Other Side Of The Wind</em>. <br><br>Today on the podcast we have Karina Longworth interviewing director Morgan Neville about all things Orson Welles. Karina hosts the beloved Hollywood history podcast, <em>You Must Remember This,</em> and recently released her first book, <em>Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood. </em>Karina and Morgan talk about the making of <em>They'll Love Me When I'm Dead</em>, Orson Welles' impact and why they went with that title. Spoiler alert: it's a great title! While this interview is not <em>actually</em>&nbsp;spoiler heavy, both films are available on Netflix if you want to watch either before listening.
Nov 14, 2018
Salt Fat Acid Heat
2001
Samin Nosrat is a cook, teacher, author and now star of the new Netflix Original series, <em>Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat</em>. Based on her James Beard Award-Winning <em>New York Times</em> Bestselling cookbook of the same name, each episode dives into one of the four main elements of Samin’s cooking ethos. It's part cooking show, part travel show, and entirely Samin Nosrat.<br><br> In Salt, Samin cooks soy-braised short ribs with <em>New York Times Magazine </em>Associate Editor, Jazmine Hughes. So we thought it'd be fun for Jazmine to interview Samin and the series' director, Caroline Suh. They talk about how the show came to be, the parts that didn't make it in, and what it's like to see yourself on a Times Square billboard.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;
Oct 31, 2018
Making A Murderer Roundtable Discussion
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Now that you've had some time to dive into Part Two of <em>Making A Murderer</em>, we wanted to keep the conversation going! Dan Taberski, host of <em>Missing Richard Simmons </em>and the upcoming Headlong series, leads a roundtable discussion with <em>Criminal</em> host Phoebe Judge and attorney David Rudolf. <br><br>If you're a true crime documentary fan, you'll recognize David from the Netflix Original docuseries<em> The Staircase.</em> He represented Michael Peterson and brings the unique perspective of having been in a true crime documentary to this studio table. They talk about what draws them into this story, the power of the true crime genre, what they hope happens next, and more.&nbsp;
Oct 24, 2018
Making A Murderer
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Viewers have been anxiously awaiting the return of <em>Making A Murderer</em> since the first ten episodes came out in 2015. And on Friday, October 19th, Part Two is finally launching on Netflix. In anticipation of the new episodes, we sat down with <em>Making A Murderer</em> creators and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. They discuss how the series impact Manitowoc County, new developments in Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey's cases, and so much more. &nbsp;<br>You Can’t Make This Up will be back next week to continue the conversation (once you’ve had a chance to catch up on Part Two). Dan Taberski, host of Missing Richard Simmons and the upcoming Headlong series, is leading a roundtable discussion with Criminal host Phoebe Judge and attorney David Rudolf. If you're a true crime documentary fan, you'll recognize David from the Netflix Original docu-series<em> The Staircase.</em>&nbsp;He represented Michael Peterson and brings the unique perspective of having been in a true crime documentary to the table. So check back next week for that special discussion all about <em>Making A Murderer </em>Part Two and true crime.
Oct 17, 2018
Follow This | Black Survivalists
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Follow This is a new pop doc series from BuzzFeed and Netflix. When you read about doomsday preppers, or watch any films about them, you're most often seeing white survivalists. But BuzzFeed senior culture writer Bim Adewunmi was interested in finding out more about preppers who look like her. <br><br>Bim also co-hosts the podcast Thirst Aid Kit with writer and poet Nichole Perkins. So today on the show, we brought in Nichole to interview Bim about her experience reporting this story <em>and</em> how long she thinks she'd last in a post-apocalypse world.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
Oct 03, 2018
The Angel
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This week we're discussing the incredible true story behind the new Netflix Original film, <em>The Angel</em>. <em>The Angel</em> is a spy thriller based on the real life of Ashraf Marwan. Ashraf was the son-in-law of Egyptian President Nasser, a special adviser to Anwar Sadat, and one of Israel's most important informants.&nbsp;<br><br>Claudia Puig, president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., sits down with director Ariel Vromen to talk about how he brought this story to the screen.
Sep 19, 2018
American Vandal
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The second season of <em>American Vandal </em>just launched on Netflix. To celebrate, we have an exclusive interview with documentary wunderkids Peter Maldonado and Sam Ecklund. In their sophomore year of high school, Peter and Sam followed the aftermath of a massive phallic vandalism at Hanover High in Oceanside, California. The school wrongly accused and expelled senior Dylan Maxwell, but ultimately, Sam and Peter's docu-series brought national attention to the school, and justice for Dylan.&nbsp;<br><br>This season, they're taking their cameras all the way to St, Bernadine High School in Burlington, Washington. Journalist Lauren Lopez sits down with Peter and Sam to discuss the end of season one, what Ming Zhang's been up to, and the new serial vandal, The Turd Burglar.&nbsp;<br>
Sep 14, 2018
Amanda Knox
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This week we're revisiting the Netflix Original documentary film, <em>Amanda Knox</em>. Eric Eddings, co-host of Gimlet's <em>The Nod</em>, chats with <em>Amanda Knox </em>director Brian McGinn about the making of the documentary.&nbsp;<br><br>If you haven't yet seen this film, or aren't familiar with the Amanda Knox story, here's a brief recap. In 2007, Amanda Knox was studying abroad in Italy when she was arrested for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. She spent almost four years in an Italian prison, while she became a household name across the world. This documentary takes a deeper look into the murder and convictions, the international obsession with the case, and the eventual acquittals, by talking to the people who were directly impacted by it all.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
Sep 05, 2018
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
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This week we're talking about the Emmy nominated documentary film, <em>Jim &amp; Andy: The Great Beyond, Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton</em>. (Yes, that is the real full-length title.) The film documents Jim Carrey's transformation into Andy Kaufman by using over 100 hours of behind the scenes footage from the set of <em>Man On The Moon.</em> And here to discuss that transformation and the making of <em>this</em> film are comedian Michael Ian Black and the film's director, Chris Smith.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>
Aug 22, 2018
The Bleeding Edge
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Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, the Academy Award nominated team behind <em>The Hunting Ground</em> and <em>The Invisible War,</em> sit down with Joan Lunden to discuss their new Netflix Original documentary film,<em> The Bleeding Edge</em>. As a journalist, author, TV Host, and breast cancer survivor, Joan brings her own experience with, and knowledge of, the medical device and health industry to the conversation. <br><br><em>The Bleeding Edge </em>investigates the medical device industry; from its innovations to its regulation. What you don’t know about the devices doctors use or implant in people every day will shock you, or at least will influence your next doctor’s appointment. It's available to stream on Netflix now.<br><br><br><br><br>
Aug 08, 2018
Last Chance U
1996
The third season of Emmy nominated docuseries <em>Last Chance U </em>dropped July 20th, and we can't stop thinking about it. So we brought in sports writer Rembert Browne to interview <em>Last Chance U</em> director Greg Whiteley and Coach Jason Brown about filming the season.&nbsp;
Jul 25, 2018
Icarus
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Max Linsky, co-host of the Longform podcast, interviews director Bryan Fogel about his Academy Award Winning documentary, <em>Icarus</em>. They discuss how the film has changed Byran and Grigory's lives, how it's impacted the world of sports, and the world at large.<br><br>In the Netflix Original film, filmmaker Bryan Fogel sets out to make a documentary about how athletes were getting away with doping by doping himself. He gets Grigory Rodchenkov, then director of Russia's national anti-doping laboratory, to help him figure out how. What unfolds, however, is an international doping scandal that shifts the worldwide dialogue for everything from the Olympics to the world cup, and beyond.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
Jul 11, 2018
(More Stuff), Explained
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We've got the hosts of <em>Death, Sex &amp; Money, Food 4 Thot, </em>and <em>Call Your Girlfriend </em>on the show to watch and talk about three new episodes of Explained<em>. <br><br></em>Anna Sale wrestles with the ethical issues surrounding Designer DNA. Fran Tirado and Joseph Osmundson dissect Monogamy. And Aminatou Sow tries to figure out Cryptocurrency (so we don't have to). Plus, we brought back Sean Rameswaram to host the episode!<br><br><em>Explained</em> is a new pop doc series from Vox and Netflix. Each episode is a mini 15 minute documentary covering pop culture, tech, science, and beyond. All the pop docs discussed in this episode are out on Netflix now.&nbsp;
Jun 27, 2018
The Staircase
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Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi (Throwing Shade) take us deep down <em>The Staircase </em>rabbit hole. They debate Michael’s innocence, critique sexuality as evidence, put on their best Southern accents for Freda Black's iconic closing arguments, and so much more! <br><br><em>The Staircase</em> comes from Academy-Award winning Director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. The docuseries about the mysterious death of North Carolina business executive, Kathleen Peterson and the trial of her husband Michael, comes to Netflix with 3 never-before-seen episodes. These new episodes bring a conclusion to the story told over 15 plus years. Warning, there are spoilers ahead! But lucky for you, <em>The Staircase</em> is available to watch on Netflix right now.<br><br>
Jun 13, 2018
K-pop, Explained
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<em>Explained</em> is a new pop doc series from Vox and Netflix. Each episode is a mini 15 minute documentary covering pop culture, tech, science, and beyond. So on this week's <em>You Can't Make This Up</em>, we borrowed one of Vox's own to host today's episode. Sean Rameswaram hosts the hit podcast, <em>Today, Explained. </em>He's joined by Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers, the hilarious comedy duo and co-hosts of the pop culture podcast, Las Culturistas. Matt and Bowen watched K-POP, Explained<em>, </em>and are here to discuss the South Korean music phenomenon. There may or may not be singing.
May 30, 2018
Evil Genius
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Comedian Matt Bellassai talks with the team behind Evil Genius, Trey Borzillieri, executive producer/co-director, and Barbara Shroeder, writer/co-director. <em>Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist</em> is a four part Netflix docuseries about a man who goes to deliver a pizza, but gets a bomb strapped to his neck and sent on a scavenger hunt to rob a bank. Trey and Barbara discuss what it was like to open a cold case, interview conspirators in the crime, and find out details no one else has. Plus, Trey and Barbara reveal what they're watching on Netflix.
May 23, 2018
Prologue | Evil Genius
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Comedian Matt Bellassai will be talking with the people behind Evil Genius, executive producer/co-director Trey Borzillieri and writer/co-director Barbara Shroeder. <em>Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist</em> is a four part Netflix docuseries about a man who goes to deliver a pizza, and ends up getting a bomb strapped to his neck and sent on a scavenger hunt to rob a bank.&nbsp;<br><br>We were so excited about this new series, we couldn't wait to put out the prologue! Make sure to watch the show, subscribe to this podcast, and join us next Wednesday for the full discussion.<br><br>
May 18, 2018
The Keepers
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It's been a year since The Keepers came out, so we're revisiting the story and catching up with some of the people impacted by it. <br><br>NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews The Keepers director Ryan White and Jean Wehner, one of the survivors who bravely shared her story. Plus, self proclaimed grandma Nancy Drew, aka Gemma Hoskins, updates us on the cold case and what her life has been like since the series came out. <br>You can find more information and resources on how to support survivors at <a href="http://thekeepersimpact.com/">thekeepersimpact.com</a>. <br><br>Gemma Hoskins is also supporting the SURF GoFundMe page to help raise money for Sexual Abuse Survivors of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. You can find out more about that here: <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/5au8h7c">www.gofundme.com/5au8h7c</a>.<br><br><br><br>
May 16, 2018
Prologue | The Keepers
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It's been a year since The Keepers came out, so we wanted to revisit the story and catch up with some of the people impacted by it.&nbsp;<br><br>NPR's Kelly McEvers will be in conversation with The Keepers director Ryan White and Jean Wehner, one of the survivors who bravely shared her story. And we'll hear from Gemma Hoskins, who updates us on the cold case and what her life has been like since the series came out.&nbsp;<br><br>If you haven't seen it yet, or you need a reminder, The Keepers is a seven part docuseries that investigates the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a nun and Catholic high school teacher in Baltimore. Make sure to subscribe for the full length episode next week.
May 09, 2018
Wild Wild Country
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Wild Wild Country directors Chapman and Maclain Way sit down with Lindsey Weber, co-host of the podcast Who? Weekly, for an in depth conversation about the series. They talk about constructing the narrative, visiting Antelope now, what it was like interviewing Ma Anand Sheela, and so much more.
May 02, 2018
Prologue | Wild Wild Country
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Lindsey Weber from Who? Weekly will be in conversation with the directors of Wild Wild Country next week! But for now, here's a taste of what's to come...<br><br>Welcome to the first prologue episode of You Can't Make This Up! In these mini episodes, we reveal which Netflix Original series or film we'll be watching and talking about the following week.&nbsp;<br><br>We're kicking things off with Wild Wild Country. It’s a six part documentary that follows the Rajneeshpuram, a so-called sex cult from India that takes over a small Oregon town. You can watch anytime, it's already out on Netflix.<br><br>Stay tuned for the full length episode next week. We've got Lindsey Weber, co-host of the pop culture podcast, Who? Weekly, in conversation with the docuseries directors, Chapman and MaClain Way. Make sure to subscribe to hear the whole interview, plus more fun stuff next week!&nbsp;<br><br>Join the conversation on Twitter @CantMakeThisUp and on Facebook at You Can't Make This Up Netflix.
Apr 25, 2018
Coming soon...
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You Can't Make This Up delves into the world of Netflix Original programming that are incredibly true. Each episode features a rotating interviewer in conversation about the real stories in Netflix shows that you just can't believe. We’ll dive into how our filmmakers got access, get the questions you want answered, find out what ended up on the cutting room floor, and even understand the impact a Netflix show can have on the real lives of our subjects. You can keep the conversation going on Twitter @CantMakeThisUp, or find us on Facebook at You Cant Make This Up Netflix.&nbsp;<br><br>
Apr 22, 2018