13 episodes

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

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    • Documentary

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

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    • 5 min
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    • 8 min
    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 3

    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 3

    In the last of three special episodes, Alexandra Cunningham, showrunner of the new Bravo series, offers insight into how she approached the writing of the show and its titular psychopath. Jeffrey Reiner, who directed all eight episodes, discusses the creative team’s ambition to transcend the conventions of a traditional thriller.

    • 10 min
    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 2

    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 2

    In the second of three special episodes, Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville”) talks about playing Debra Newell in the new Bravo series, and why the story feels timely. Julia Garner and Juno Temple, who play Newell’s daughters, discuss how they came to inhabit their roles, and the show’s production designer and costume designer share details of how they helped create the characters’ worlds.

    “Dirty John” premieres on Bravo at 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. You can also find the original LA Times series, plus 14 other pieces of narrative journalism, in a new collection called “Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders,” by Christopher Goffard, published by Simon & Schuster.

    • 14 min
    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" | 1

    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" | 1

    In the first of three special episodes about the making of the Bravo limited series, Christopher Goffard talks with actor Eric Bana about his portrayal of John Meehan, and the parallels between actors and con-men.

      “Dirty John” premieres on Bravo at 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. LA Times Studios is participating as a producer on the Bravo series. You can also find the original LA Times series, plus 14 other pieces of narrative journalism, in a new collection called “Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders,” by Christopher Goffard, published by Simon & Schuster.




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    • 15 min
    Dirty John: Live at The Theatre at Ace Hotel | 7

    Dirty John: Live at The Theatre at Ace Hotel | 7

    In the months since “Dirty John” was released, more of John Meehan’s victims have told their stories. Carolina Miranda from the LA Times interviews Christopher Goffard, Debra and Terra Newell, and John Meehan’s first wife. Plus, a panel on coercive control and a special live performance by Tracy Bonham. Recorded live at the Ace Theatre.

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Customer Reviews

GehknxBnj ,

Amazing

It’s an amazing podcast! So great to listen to, but good lord. Debra and her Mom and the most aggravating and naive people you could image. Her daughter told her that she was living with an abusive husband, and she took the husbands side??? You just want to scream at her it’s so frustrating.

Ddghjjjgggfrxchh ,

Addictive

I pretty much listened to this podcast all the way through! I’ll say though that Debra Newell’s Mom is someone who’ll anger you- she is naive to the point of delusional and has the surprising habit of taking the sides of both her daughters’ abusive husbands, even going as far as saying she loves them- they are such swell guys! I hope Arlene pays for her crimes against her own daughters!

Of course, barely mentions the impact the abuse had on her daughters and her grandkids. Little wonder that Debra, for all her intelligence & success as a businesswoman, throws her kids under the bus in order to be with her obviously manipulative & criminal man! Her mother did the same to her and her sister, of course.

Corbeilgal ,

Good.....but

Good story overall but OMG Debra and her mother make me embarrassed to be a woman. They just made me want to slap them. Good luck to the daughters growing past their examples.

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