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Some terrorists use weapons. Some use information. The scariest use hostages. Every Thursday, Hostage tells electrifying crime stories culminating in intense, life-or-death negotiations. Within the stories, we examine tactics used by the FBI’s crisis negotiation unit, world governments, and even hostage’s parents, highlighting the techniques that saved lives, and the moments where everything went tragically wrong. Hostage is a production of Cutler Media, and part of the Parcast Network. New episodes release on Thursdays.

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Michael Scott Moore Pt. 2: 977 Days
As a journalist, he hoped to get an inside look at Somali piracy. Michael Scott Moore would get more than he bargained for in January 2012 when he was abducted by a criminal gang seeking a large ransom payoff. Beaten, bloodied, and lost in a foreign country, Moore had no choice but to hold on to the slim hope of rescue.<br><br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Away - Go to and use promo code HOSTAGE at checkout for $20 off a suitcase!<br><br>
Jul 18, 2019
Michael Scott Moore Pt. 1: Pirate Reporter Captured
After receiving a research grant, Michael Scott Moore packed his bags for Somalia to dig into the ongoing pirate crisis. The nature of piracy had changed after several high profile abductions brought more international naval attention on the region. The pirates were getting craftier.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit and use promo code HOSTAGE during checkout!<br><br><br>
Jul 11, 2019
Siege at Waco Pt. 2: Babylon at the Gates
In late February, 1992, the ATF laid siege to Mount Carmel, just outside Waco, Texas. Inside, David Koresh and his followers barricaded themselves, until Koresh finally found a bargaining chip that gave him carte blanche: his own children.<br><br>Parcasters - On Unexplained Mysteries we jump into the second half of our exploration of the Shroud of Turin. Leave no stone unturned and tune in to Unexplained Mysteries, available on Spotify or wherever you get your Parcast Originals!<br><br>
Jul 04, 2019
Siege at Waco Pt. 1: The Prophecy
For years, cult leader David Koresh was abusing the young girls in his cult and stockpiling weapons for the apocalyptic war he believed was coming. But in early 1992, just outside Waco, Texas, two events sparked a chain reaction that would result in numerous casualties.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - This week on Unexplained Mysteries we explore the Shroud of Turin, and the faint image of a man that appears on it’s fibers. Is it Jesus Christ? Let’s find out! Available now on Unexplained Mysteries, listen on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.<br>
Jun 27, 2019
Peter Weinberger: The Sideways M
When infant Peter Weinberger was stolen from his backyard in sleepy Westbury, New York, in 1956, a seven-week, state-wide manhunt ensued. But as false lead after false lead failed to pan out, police were shocked when a suspect emerged from a single, seemingly-insignificant clue: the letter M.<br><br>Parcasters - Tune in to Not Guilty today to hear the first episode on Kristine Bunch, and decide for yourself if the house fire that resulted in her son’s death was an accident… or arson! Available now on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts!<br>
Jun 20, 2019
Colleen Stan Pt. 2: Hidden in Plain Sight
In 1981, after four years of captivity, Cameron gave Colleen a single gift: a weekend home with her family in Oregon. But he warned her, if she so much as hinted that she was his captive, The Company would murder her parents in cold blood, and torture her sister to death.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - This week on Unexplained Mysteries we dig into the Zone of Silence, a patch of land where no radios or communication devices work. What is behind the phenomenon? Find out at<br>
Jun 13, 2019
Colleen Stan Pt. 1: The Girl in the Box
In May 1977, Cameron Hook abducted Colleen Stan while hitchhiking in Oregon, then kept her as a slave for the next seven years. Her ordeal earned her the nickname 'The Girl in the Box.' &nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - Theodosia Burr Alston is more than a character in a song from Hamilton! Find out about her life and mysterious disappearance this week on Gone. Available now at<br>
Jun 06, 2019
Shin Sang-ok & Choi Eun-hee Pt. 2: The Chase
After four years in North Korea as prisoners, both Choi Eun-Hee and Shin Sang-Ok were reunited at a dinner party in 1982 and ordered to resume making movies together. But when they weren't planning their next North Korean feature, they were plotting escape.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - Who was the Man in the Iron Mask? The king’s brother? The queen’s lovechild? A poor unlucky valet? This week we do our best to find out on Unexplained Mysteries! Available now on<br><br>
May 30, 2019
Shin Sang-ok & Choi Eun-hee Pt. 1: The Double Agent
Actress Choi Eun-hee expected to spend a week in Hong Kong on business in 1978. But she had been hoodwinked; abducted and thrown on a barge heading toward North Korea. It was only then that she learned who had ordered her capture.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - This week on Not Guilty, we take on the notorious Central Park 5 case, you won't want to miss it! Available now on<br>
May 23, 2019
Shawn Hornbeck Pt. 2: The Missouri Miracle
Michael Devlin hadn't realized how hard it would be to keep a teenage boy hostage. In late 2007, just outside St. Louis, he finally resolved to kill Shawn Hornbeck--until Shawn made a surprising proposal.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - Did Vikings reach the American Midwest on a secret exploratory mission? That's what the Kensington Runestone would see to imply, but is it a legitimate relic? Find out today on Unexplained Mysteries! Available on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts!&nbsp;<br><br>
May 16, 2019
Shawn Hornbeck Pt. 1: The Missouri Monster
In 2007, Shawn Hornbeck should have been back to his family’s home in Missouri by dinnertime. But as 5pm came and went, his family realized something was horribly wrong.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - Checked out Not Guilty yet? We’re following up our examination of the Robert Blake trial with a real corker, the trial of Cythia Payne, the Madam of London. Find out more at<br>
May 09, 2019
Michelle Renee Pt. 2: The Fall Guy
In November 2000, after being forced to rob the California bank she managed, Michelle Renee was quick to alert police and the FBI. But it wasn't until her third interrogation that she realized the police weren't trying to help her find peace of mind.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - For more mystery and intrigue, you have to listen to Assassinations this week. What happens when a husband with something to hide finds out his wife knows too much? The story of Fred and Sara Tokars will have you at the edge of your seat, available now at<br><br>
May 02, 2019
Michelle Renee Pt. 1: The Perfect Mark
Chris Butler had robbed banks before, but they heist had always gone awry. Then in the year 2000, he got an idea: have someone else rob the bank for him. All he needed was the perfect mark. A single mother with a child to lose. When he laid eyes on Michelle Renee of Needles, California he knew he'd found his dream girl.<br><br>Parcasters - Check out our new show today! We cover the most intriguing exoneration and&nbsp; acquittal cases in Not Guilty, now available at<br><br><br><br>
Apr 25, 2019
Charley Ross Pt. 2: The Kidnapper's Pen-pal
After Charley was kidnapped on July 4, 1874 in Philadelphia, negotiations took place for over a year, stymied at every turn by police, politicians, and the public alike. No one but Charley's own father seemed to care that the fate of a four-year-old boy was caught in the crosshairs of a political nightmare.<br><br>Parcasters - We know you love stories where people overcome extreme odds, so you won't want to miss this week's episode of survival. Follow the story of the survivors who fought through one of the most intense tornadoes ever at
Apr 18, 2019
Charley Ross Pt. 1: America’s First Ransom Note
Two men earned Charley’s trust by bringing him and his brother candy every afternoon. One day in 1874, 4-year-old Charley and Walter Ross hopped into a carriage with these two men, thus beginning the first kidnapping for ransom in US History.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Upstart - Hurry to to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is! Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!<br><br>
Apr 11, 2019
Virginia Piper Pt. 2
In 1972, Bobby struggled to follow the intricate directions left for him by his wife’s kidnappers, while she sat in the woods of Minneappolis, praying she had been taken by men of their word. But as dawn began to break, Virginia Piper was given reason to believe her kidnappers had abandoned her to die.<br><br>Parcasters - Thank you for listening to Hostage! If you're in the mood for another podcast with high stakes, check out Survival! Catch up on an incredible escape from a North Korean prison camp before next week's new story:<br><br>
Apr 04, 2019
Virginia Piper Pt. 1
When Minneapolis socialite Ginny Piper was kidnapped from her own home in 1972, the police struggled to unearth suspects. Her husband Bobby was prepared to pay ransom, but soon realized that one wrong move could leave his wife dead.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Hostage a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at<br><br>
Mar 28, 2019
Natascha Kampusch Pt. 2
By the time she turned 18, Natascha promised herself she would escape her kidnapper. Between 2004 and 2006, the beaten, emaciated, but courageous teenager schemed to escape the man who took her hostage at 10-years-old. It was either escape, or die in a dungeon.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - If you haven’t checked out our new show, Crimes of Passion, you’re missing out! Listen to our newest episodes on the Jodi Arias trial at<br><br>
Mar 21, 2019
Natascha Kampusch Pt. 1
Children were being abducted all over Austria, however Natascha Kampusch never thought anyone would want her. Little did she know that on a fateful spring morning in 1998, Natasha would be thrown into a van and abducted on her way to school. She would spend over 3,000 days in captivity, held in a small concrete cell where no one could hear her screams.<br><br>Parcasters - Hi Hostage fans! If you haven’t heard, Irma and Carter recently offered insight on a captivity oriented killer on our other podcast Serial Killers! Check it out here:;<br><br>
Mar 14, 2019
John McCain Pt. 2
After a year in captivity, John McCain had lost all hope of ever returning home. Then, in 1968, a new commander took control of the prison, and asked McCain to teach him English. McCain used his proximity to power to manipulate his North Vietnamese captors into special privileges, and established a network of secret communication throughout the Hoa Loa prison.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - To learn about an iconic event in American history, check out our our new episode on John McCain on HOSTAGE, wherever you get your shows. Listen now at<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Upstart - Hurry to to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes and won’t affect your credit!<br><br>
Mar 07, 2019
John McCain Pt. 1
On October 26, 1967, young, audacious Naval Lieutenant John Sidney McCain III prepared for his 23rd mission over North Vietnam. This area was normally off-limits to fighter jets, but they had a mission to destroy a power plant in central Hanoi. Nobody thought the mission would result in McCain being held captive for close to 6 years.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Robinhood - Get a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at<br><br>
Feb 28, 2019
Cynthia Ann Parker Pt. 2: A New Identity
After his 9-year-old daughter was kidnapped in 1836, James Parker made it his life mission to find her. Twenty-four years passed and Cynthia Ann Parker had adopted the Comanche way of life and birthed three children. She refused to return to white society and considered herself part of the Tribe.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - If you are interested in stories of captivity and thrilling escape, check out other podcast CULTS, where we discuss the followers Aravindan Balakrishnan held prisoner in the name of workers’ rights. Listen now at<br><br>
Feb 21, 2019
Cynthia Ann Parker Pt. 1: Naduah
In search of a better life, the Parker family migrated West. Their peaceful settlement in Texas was raided by the Comanche Tribe in 1836. Cynthia Ann Parker and other members of her family were kidnapped and held in captivity. Parker adapted the the Comanche lifestyle and lived with them for 24 years. Until she was abruptly taken from a world she had grown accustomed to.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - Be sure to check out our newest podcast Extraterrestrial! It’s out of this world!&nbsp; Listen at<br><br>
Feb 14, 2019
Chiang Kai-shek Pt. 2: Captive in Exile
Desperate to flee the rebel soldiers, he dove out a window and headed through the mountains in the dead of winter. Freezing and exhausted, Chiang Kai Shek’s options were limited. His ultimate exile in 1949 would give rise to Communist China.&nbsp;<br><br><br>Sponsors!<br><br><br>Upstart - Hurry to to find out how low your Upstart rate is! Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!<br><br>
Feb 07, 2019
Chiang Kai-shek Pt. 1: Civil War Bargain
In charge of the Chinese army in 1936, Chiang Kai-shek was kidnapped during the invasion of Manchuria, where the Japanese invaded. He quickly becomes a political prop used to manipulate and influence free speech laws.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - After you are free from this episode of Hostage, head over to our new show Extraterrestrial. Learn all about the abduction of Barney and Betty Hill. Listen at<br><br><br>
Jan 31, 2019
Shergar Pt. 2: A Racehorse Against Time
A race to save Ireland’s most prized racehorse turns deadly. After Shergar was kidnapped from his stable in 1983, officials suspected IRA involvement. They negotiate with a man that goes by the alias King Neptune to attempt to save Shergar before it’s too late.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - Once you’re done with this episode, gallop over to Kingpins to learn about one of Chicago’s biggest drug lords, “Diamond Jim” Colosimo. Listen now at<br><br>
Jan 24, 2019
Shergar Pt. 1: The Stolen Stallion
One of the most valuable races horses in the world won the Epsom Derby by 10 lengths, the longest win margin in the race’s 226-year history. Shergar’s kidnapping in 1983 sent the entire country of Ireland into a frenzy. The beloved horse was a mere pawn in a political chess match; abducted by an extremist group pushing Ireland towards the brink of civil war.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Zola - To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to<br><br>
Jan 17, 2019
Welcome Trailer!
Every Thursday, Hostage transports you to a heart-pounding situation where innocent lives hang in the balance. We analyze the tactics used by the FBI’s crisis negotiation unit, world governments, and even bystanders, highlighting the techniques that saved lives, and the moments where everything went tragically wrong. Hostage is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.
Oct 02, 2018
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Dec 31, 2013