21 episodes

14 months. 30 Banks. An all-access pass into the mind of one of Southern California’s most prolific bank robbers.


On the show, Joe Loya - the so-called “Beirut Bandit” - reveals his story of transformation from abusive childhood to prolific bank robber, violent convict, ex-con, writer and ultimately, a reconciled son.


Produced by Peabody-Award winning podcaster Ben Adair (The Sterling Affairs, Dr. Death, Reveal) at Western Sound in partnership with Acast Studios.

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    • 4.6 • 117 Ratings

14 months. 30 Banks. An all-access pass into the mind of one of Southern California’s most prolific bank robbers.


On the show, Joe Loya - the so-called “Beirut Bandit” - reveals his story of transformation from abusive childhood to prolific bank robber, violent convict, ex-con, writer and ultimately, a reconciled son.


Produced by Peabody-Award winning podcaster Ben Adair (The Sterling Affairs, Dr. Death, Reveal) at Western Sound in partnership with Acast Studios.

    Introducing Abuse of Power with David Rudolf and Sonya Pfeiffer

    Introducing Abuse of Power with David Rudolf and Sonya Pfeiffer

    Coerced confessions. Fabricated evidence. Arresting and prosecuting the innocent. The United States justice system commits wrongs of every degree against the very people it's supposed to protect: us.


    From Campfire & Acast Studios comes a brand new 10-episode podcast series that tells real-life stories of abuses of power in our criminal justice system that sometimes reflect incompetence but often involve intentional wrongdoing. Award-winning journalist and criminal defense attorney, Sonya Pfeiffer, and her husband and law partner, David Rudolf dive deep into each case, providing listeners with an overview of the abuse that occurred, interviewing those directly involved – including defendants, lawyers, experts and family members – and also highlighting the fallout of the untold stories of those impacted.


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    • 9 min
    Bonus Episode - Creating the Sound of the Bank Robber Diaries

    Bonus Episode - Creating the Sound of the Bank Robber Diaries

    Western Sound's Daniel Leone composed all the music and sound-designed the world of the Bank Robber Diaries. In this bonus episode, Ben talks with Dan about his creative process, the music and sound effects that brought Joe Loya's stories to life.
     
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    • 51 min
    Bonus Episode with Richard Rodriguez

    Bonus Episode with Richard Rodriguez

    Richard Rodriguez is a writer and essayist who played a very influential role in Joe's own development as a writer in prison. He appeared a few times in the last episodes of the show. In this almost full length interview he talks about Joe, the power of story and how hard it can be to write yourself in or out of your own narrative.
     
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    • 36 min
    Bonus Episode with Piper Kerman (Orange is the New Black)

    Bonus Episode with Piper Kerman (Orange is the New Black)

    What does Joe Loya have to do with Orange is the New Black? A lot more than you know!
     
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    • 16 min
    Last Words

    Last Words

    Everyone we've met in this season — Joe's family, friends, even the FBI agent who caught him — all weigh in on one, very complicated question: Has Joe really changed?
     
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    • 46 min
    Fatal Peril

    Fatal Peril

    Joe returns from prison a changed man, but adjusting to non-institutionalized life is harder than he expected.
     
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

katiebarryk ,

Great listen

Sound work and audio are great! As well as the content. Glad I found this podcast :)

tlprmum ,

Amazing- best listen this year

Joe and his family are so articulate and such natural storytellers and Ben is there with just the right prompts and questions.

Jimalalia ,

Not worth it

To be honest... This is ok but there's so many excellent podcasts out there that this one's not worth your time. Don't waste time on this.

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