31 episodes

Immersive true stories, narrative non-fiction and tales inspired by true events. Written by award-winning journalists and storytellers. This is Paperless, an audio magazine from Vespucci.
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Paperless Vespucci

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Immersive true stories, narrative non-fiction and tales inspired by true events. Written by award-winning journalists and storytellers. This is Paperless, an audio magazine from Vespucci.
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    Afterword: The Beanie Baby Heist of '97

    Afterword: The Beanie Baby Heist of '97

    A conversation with journalist Serena Coady, author of THE BEANIE BABY BANDIT '97.
    HOST: MICHAEL LAPOINTE
    EDITING: THOMAS CURRY
    MUSIC, SCORING & SOUND-DESIGN: NATALIA RODRIGUEZ

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    • 9 min
    The Beanie Baby Heist of '97

    The Beanie Baby Heist of '97

    It's Chicago in the summer of '97, and criminal defense attorney Kathleen Zellner (of Making a Murderer fame) is feeling worn out. After once defending a serial killer, she promised herself never to defend a guilty person again, and has devoted her life to exonerating the innocent. But after years of gruesome murder trials, she needs a holiday. When a lemon-yellow stretch Cadillac bounces into her parking lot, and out hops a five-foot-tall, 77-year-old man named Ben Perri, that holiday arrives. Ben has been accused of a bizarre crime: the theft of hundreds of ultra-rare Beanie Babies from the manufacturer's secret warehouse. With Beanie Baby mania in full swing, the toys are fetching stratospheric prices, and Ben will gladly hook you up with an elusive Digger the Crab or Radar the Bat. The press calls him the Beanie Baby Bandit, but he swears he's innocent. As this jovial grandfather and veteran charms Kathleen and her team, his carefree way of life gives her a new outlook on the difficult job she's chosen. But still, she can't quite answer whether he's guilty, and whether she's broken her promise to herself. Is Ben just an innocent lover of toys, or is he really the Beanie Baby Bandit?
    JOURNALIST: SERENA COADY
    EDITING: THOMAS CURRY
    SOUND-DESIGN & AUDIO MIX: ALICE BOYD
    VOICE: JILL WINTERNITZ

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    • 36 min
    Afterword: The Mockbuster

    Afterword: The Mockbuster

    A conversation with journalist Shaun Raviv, author of THE MOCKBUSTER.
    HOST: MICHAEL LAPOINTE
    EDITING: THOMAS CURRY
    MUSIC, SCORING & SOUND-DESIGN: NATALIA RODRIGUEZ

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    • 8 min
    The Mockbuster

    The Mockbuster

    When small-time money counterfeiter Edward L. Montoro nearly dies in a plane crash, he decides to reinvent himself as a filmmaker. It's the late 1970s, the dawn of the age of the blockbuster, and Montoro pioneers the "mockbuster"—knock-off productions that capitalize on the popularity of mainstream Hollywood films. But as his little studio attracts the wrath of the movie industry, Montoro makes a desperate decision, sparking one of the great unsolved mysteries in cinematic history.
    JOURNALIST: SHAUN RAVIV
    EDITING: THOMAS CURRY
    SOUND-DESIGN & AUDIO MIX: ALICE BOYD
    VOICE: ERIC JASON MARTIN

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    • 30 min
    Afterword: The Way We're Built

    Afterword: The Way We're Built

    A conversation with journalist Alex Mayyasi, author of The Way We're Built.
    HOST: MICHAEL LAPOINTE
    EDITING: THOMAS CURRY
    MUSIC, SCORING & SOUND-DESIGN: NATALIA RODRIGUEZ

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    • 13 min
    The Way We're Built

    The Way We're Built

    Facing hard times in the early 1990s, Subaru of America is trying to understand who exactly buys their sturdy but drab brand of cars. That's when one marketing executive notices a peculiar niche in their focus groups—lesbian women. In the conservative corporate culture of Subaru, a group of marketing executives will try to turn the company's fortunes around through a secretive marketing campaign.
    JOUNALIST: ALEX MAYYASI
    EDITING: THOMAS CURRY
    MUSIC, SCORING & SOUND-DESIGN: DOMINIC GOZO
    VOICE: NESBA CRENSHAW

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    • 35 min

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