When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Studios in association with Gimlet.
Introducing Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen
From The Clearing host Josh Dean comes a new show about one of the most incredible and baffling true crime stories in recent memory. For the past year, Dean, along with National Magazine Award winning journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis, has been unraveling the so-called Hollywood Con Queen scam—which has baited hundreds of Hollywood gig workers into flying to Indonesia for a movie project that doesn't exist. Listen to an extended clip from the show here, and then join them on the hunt for the masterminds behind it by subscribing to Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen wherever you listen to The Clearing.
Introducing Suspicious Activity: Inside the FinCEN Files
From the producers of The Clearing comes a new show about a very different kind of crime. Pineapple Street Studios and BuzzFeed News have teamed up to bring you this five-part series investigating how the most powerful banks in the world can facilitate the worst of humanity – terrorism, human trafficking, the drug trade – all in plain sight of the government.
The next episode of Suspicious Activity: Inside the FinCEN Files is available right now wherever you listen to The Clearing.
Introducing Wind of Change
It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions.
Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth.
Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.
Introducing Conviction: American Panic
When John Quinney was ten years old, he took the stand to testify against his own father. He had come to believe that his dad Melvin was the murderous leader of a satanic cult. It would be decades before John would learn that his family was just one of many swept up in a panic that gripped America in the 1980s—one in which hundreds of people were accused of taking part in underground satanic cults that sacrificed infants and sexually abused children. By the time the panic had subsided, scores of people were in prison, convicted on little to no evidence—people like John's father. Conviction: American Panic takes you inside one of the darkest and most bizarre chapters of American history. The next episode of Conviction is available right now for free, only on Spotify. https://smarturl.it/conviction-s2e2
8. Tie A Knot In It
On a farm in Wisconsin, April sees some good.
7. He's In The Water
April finds a connection in Akron, OH.