John and Amanda have lived on the fringes their whole lives. They’re on welfare, living with John’s grandma, and struggling with addiction to opioids and Dungeons and Dragons. They’ve followed crooked paths to this point. John played in heavy metal bands and dabbled with Satanism. Amanda left home and discovered heroin before her 18th birthday. The couple converts to Islam in an attempt to turn their lives around. But things take a wild turn when a mysterious figure enters their lives and draws them into a web of conspiracy, deception and terror.
In this five-part series, host Dan Pierce will take listeners deep undercover into a sprawling anti-terror investigation, drawing on more than a hundred hours of police surveillance tape and intimate interviews with John and Amanda. Pressure Cooker is a rare glimpse inside the minds of two accused as they recount a story of love, faith and betrayal in the War on Terror.
Early access to Pressure Cooker will be available to Canadian audiences via CBC Listen. For listeners outside of Canada, episodes will be available early and ad-free when you subscribe to the CBC True Crime Premium channel on Apple Podcasts.
Police intercept two homegrown – and very peculiar – extremists intent on murder and mayhem at a national holiday festival. Pressure cooker bombs. Just like the Boston Marathon. But something about the official version of the story doesn’t add up.
The Mysterious Uncle Abe
Meet the misfit suspects behind the foiled attack. Learn how they fell down a rabbit hole of conspiracy, hate and terror. And how they crossed paths with a mysterious financier who pledged to fund their diabolical plot.
Point of No Return
John and Amanda’s struggles with addiction complicate their fledgling plot. Will these oddballs be able to pull off an attack? Police spending escalates as Project Souvenir gets more elaborate by the day.
Ticking Time Bombs
John and Amanda are losing their grip on reality, frustrating Abe and his shadowy accomplices. John has doubts and asks for spiritual guidance from an imam, but time is running out as zero hour approaches.
John and Amanda piece together their shattered reality while facing a possible lifetime in prison. As the full picture of Project Souvenir emerges in court, they start to wonder if the deception goes even deeper.
Introducing: Pressure Cooker
John and Amanda are outsiders. They’re devoted to Dungeons & Dragons, struggling with addiction and living on welfare when they find themselves at the centre of a sprawling terrorism investigation. Host Dan Pierce follows their wild journey in this five part series, launching September 5th. New episodes on Mondays with early access for CBC True Crime Premium subscribers.