9 episodes

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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 • 849 Ratings

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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.

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    Who’s Sorry Now?

    Who’s Sorry Now?

    Marissa Bridge has only had a premonition twice in her life: one was on the day in 1981 that she met “Mr. Apology.” As posters for the Apology Line appear all over New York City, callers start to leave messages that confess their deepest secrets and darkest fears. Mr Apology quickly realizes he will have to do more than just sit back and listen.

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    Going Public

    Going Public

    Even as Allan reckons with a frightening threat, he continues to engage with callers in ways he hadn’t previously imagined. A regular cast of characters forms on the Line. From this sea of voices one caller named “Richie” emerges and pulls Allan in even deeper, much to Marissa’s dismay.

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    Your Dungeon or Mine?

    Your Dungeon or Mine?

    Richie details his murders and answers Allan’s many questions on the Line. Allan wants to keep Richie talking. He wants to use the Apology Line as a space to reform and study violent criminals. But will Allan’s efforts be enough?

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    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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    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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    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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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
849 Ratings

849 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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