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If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.

The Apology Line Wondery

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 841 Ratings

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All episodes are available for free, with ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers.

If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.

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    Wondery Presents Against The Odds: Disaster at Sea

    Wondery Presents Against The Odds: Disaster at Sea

    Imagine you're on a war ship in the final days of World War Two. The conflict is winding down, and you're excited to get back home soon. But then, disaster strikes. Your ship is struck by enemy torpedoes. And within minutes, you're floating in the ocean, fighting for survival. From Wondery, the new season of the AGAINST THE ODDS podcast puts you in the shoes of the men who experienced the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, and their fight to stay alive.

    This is just a preview of Against The Odds, but you can listen to the full episode at wondery.fm/ATO_ApologyLine.

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    • 7 min
    Introducing Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders

    Introducing Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders

    In the era of some of the most heinous serial killers of all time — one murderous family went curiously unnoticed: The McCrary’s. Led by a psychopathic patriarch and his cunning son-in-law, this Texas clan roamed the country robbing, kidnapping, and killing up to 20 people, most of them taken from donut shops. “Families who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders” recounts the wild and deeply disturbing story of an unhinged American family and the terrible brutality they unleashed. The podcast features the taped confessions of one of the killers, given when he was serving a life term in Colorado.

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    • 5 min
    And The Calls Live On

    And The Calls Live On

    Marissa talks to long time callers and listeners about the making of Apology Line then and now and what the making of this series has meant to her.

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    • 34 min
    Strawberry Fields Forever

    Strawberry Fields Forever

    Allan’s death is like an atomic bomb going off in Marissa’s life. She’s left to make sense of his life, and his life’s work. And twenty-five years later, Marissa learns the truth about what happened to Richie.

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    • 31 min
    Mrs. Apology

    Mrs. Apology

    With Richie gone from his life, Allan must reinvent himself and the Line. The community around the Line grows, while being married to Mr Apology becomes ever more challenging.

    If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, here are some additional resources. 

    For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255. 

    For the National Alliance on Mental Illness dial 1-800-950-6264.

    And for the Crisis Text Line Text HOME, H-O-M-E to 741741.

    If you or someone you know is experiencing intimate partner violence here are some additional resources.

    For the National Domestic Violence Hotline call 1-800-799-7233.

    Or visit thehotline.org to chat with someone live at any time.

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    • 40 min
    To Catch A Serial Killer

    To Catch A Serial Killer

    Richie is back and Allan is in over his head this time. Help comes in the form of Detective Ray Pierce. Together they devise a plan to find out who Richie really is.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
841 Ratings

841 Ratings

Pegah1010 ,

Worth Listening🤍

I absolutely loved the skillful story telling and I’m amazed that some people have called it “boring”?!!!
It hooked me from minute one to the last second and I loved it!
It was full of life lessons and great thought provoking points!
But also it was just fun to listen to as I was doing my daily routine works.
I also enjoyed the nostalgia from listening to the REAL tapes😱
Thank you for all the hard work you put into this!🤍

ajhc7 ,

Hooked!

I’d tried listening to podcasts a million times but never really took off - however this one I listened to and was hooked. Fantastic. I’m now listening to other Wondery podcasts too.

T.L.B ,

Worth the listen

I enjoyed this.

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