211 episodes

Underworld exposes the secret world of transnational criminal networks that have flourished since there were banks to bust, drugs to smuggle, and scams to run. Journalists Danny Gold and Sean Williams bring their experience reporting on dangerous people and organizations to take listeners on a global tour of mobsters, warlords and crooks - from Brooklyn to Beijing, from the streets to the boardrooms - and everywhere in between. Underworld is a show about heroes, villains, and the barely visible mafias that affect all our lives, whether we know it or not.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 175 Ratings

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Underworld exposes the secret world of transnational criminal networks that have flourished since there were banks to bust, drugs to smuggle, and scams to run. Journalists Danny Gold and Sean Williams bring their experience reporting on dangerous people and organizations to take listeners on a global tour of mobsters, warlords and crooks - from Brooklyn to Beijing, from the streets to the boardrooms - and everywhere in between. Underworld is a show about heroes, villains, and the barely visible mafias that affect all our lives, whether we know it or not.

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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    BONUS: The Booming Arms Trafficking of Southeast Asia, Fueled by Military Stockpiles

    BONUS: The Booming Arms Trafficking of Southeast Asia, Fueled by Military Stockpiles

    Journalists Lindsey Kennedy and Nathan Paul Southern join Sean to discuss their recent, wild reporting for The Diplomat. In Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and the surrounding areas, a flourishing black market for guns is facilitated by military excess–gangsters, human traffickers, and scammers are armed by governments with impunity.

    (https://thediplomat.com/2024/06/in-southeast-asia-the-authorities-are-the-biggest-gun-dealers-in-town/)

    El Chapo's Sons Built a Fentanyl Empire: Los Chapitos

    El Chapo's Sons Built a Fentanyl Empire: Los Chapitos

    With El Chapo locked up in a supermax prison and never going home, there's been a battle to maintain the power of his feared Sinaloa cartel. Many thought his sons, groomed to take his place, would falter. Seen mostly as spoiled rich kid "narco juniors" who possessed neither the intelligence nor the strength to outmaneuver older, more experienced druglords, the men known as Los Chapitos have surprised many by turning their faction of the cartel into a ruthless powerhouse pumping out fentanyl into the US.
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    • 49 min
    The Deadliest Biker War in History: Hells Angels vs Rock Machine

    The Deadliest Biker War in History: Hells Angels vs Rock Machine

    In the mid 90's, the Quebec Hells Angels made an offer to every drug trafficking organization in Montreal: buy from us or die. The Rock Machine motorcycle club refused to bend the knee, allying with a secretive group of business owner drug dealer money launderers known as the Dark Circle.
    What followed was 8 years of unparalleled violence, resulting in over 160 killed and turning the streets of Montreal into a war zone. Meanwhile, the Hells Angels and their leader Mom Boucher kept up their war on the authorities and sought to monopolize the entire drug market, raking in hundreds of millions in the process.
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    • 52 min
    BONUS: The Great Lego Heist of L.A.

    BONUS: The Great Lego Heist of L.A.

    Quick hit for you guys, we know we've been slacking but we have a bunch more coming in the next few weeks to make up for it.

    This month a Lego thieving ring was busted with over $300,000 of the Danish toy in an LA home. But the daring duo aren’t alone: across the US and Europe gangs are targeting Lego, whose value has gone through the roof since COVID. Why? And how did a California thief get spooked by his own shadow?

    The Meth SuperCartels Destroying Tropical Paradise

    The Meth SuperCartels Destroying Tropical Paradise

    For years the Pacific region, and its tiny, tropical nations, steered clear of the global meth and cocaine trade. But politics, war and wild profit margins have pushed ships and planes out from Latin America to Australia across a new ‘drug highway.’
    The phenomenon is prompting mass murder, crippling governments, and creating a wave of addiction where none existed. Locals are getting corrupted into becoming cartel ‘doors.’ And local gang underworlds have been upended, uprooted and hunted down like never before. Unless something changes, it'll be Paradise Lost.
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    • 43 min
    How the Hells Angels Became Canada's Most Powerful Crime Family

    How the Hells Angels Became Canada's Most Powerful Crime Family

    The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club first chapter emerged in the US in the 1940's but didn't reach Canada until 1977. Less than 20 years later, they would be neck deep in the bloodiest motorcycle gang war ever fought as the Quebec chapter sought to monopolize the cocaine trade, utilizing car bombs and death squads to turn the city of Montreal into a war zone. Led by the psychotic and brilliant Maurice "Mom" Boucher, the Hells got so powerful they not only took on any and all rival biker gangs and criminal organizations, but the state itself.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

JCwasreal ,

Pretty good fellas

I like the show, I wish they'd vary the style a little bit. Every episode format feels a touch generic. Start at the third act then jump back to where it all started. Little bit hacky but I'm just nitpicking

kempy14 ,

Great podcast listens to all stories

Great stories. Only thing I would get them to do is make ad breaks as it cuts sometimes mid word to go to adverts. Great podcast always doing fascinating stories.

JoeO234 ,

Consistently bad audio

Themes / stories are good.

Production is sub par with ads in the middle. Audio is consistently bad, music / background music terrible

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