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From the co-creators of Slow Burn, Fiasco is a narrative podcast that transports listeners into the day-to-day reality of America’s most pivotal historical events. The fifth season of the show goes deep on the AIDS epidemic in America, with a special focus on the early years of the crisis, when a diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence. The eight-part series looks at the mystery and missteps around identifying and treating a new, contagious disease, and what it took to get the public — and the government — to care.

If you want more Fiasco, be sure to check out the latest season, available exclusively on Audible. The six-part series tells the story of a shooting that took place in 1984 on the New York City subway, leaving four Bronx teenagers gravely wounded and turning a man named Bernie Goetz into a national folk hero. Fiasco: Vigilante offers a panoramic but intimate view of how this era-defining story unfolded, giving voice for the first time to key players, and immersing listeners in the gritty, paranoid world of ’80s New York City.

Fiasco: Vigilante launches July 27th on Audible at

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Episode Date
Introducing... FIASCO: VIGILANTE
Aug 14, 2023
Episode 8: No Harm
Jun 09, 2023
Episode 7: Lazarus
Jun 09, 2023
Episode 6: Drugs into Bodies
Jun 09, 2023
Episode 5: Leading Men
Jun 09, 2023
Episode 4: Blood
Jun 09, 2023
Episode 3: The Baths
Jun 09, 2023
Episode 2: How to Have Sex in an Epidemic
Jun 09, 2023
Episode 1: Gay Plague
Jun 09, 2023
Introducing Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis
Jun 09, 2023
Episode 6: No Precedent
Oct 29, 2020
Episode 5: Contingencies
Oct 27, 2020
Episode 4: Spin-Off
Oct 22, 2020
Episode 3: Ballot With Butterfly Wings
Oct 20, 2020
Episode 2: Real Numbers
Oct 14, 2020
Episode 1: Homestead
Oct 14, 2020
Introducing Fiasco: Bush v. Gore
Oct 06, 2020