190 episodes

Criminal is the first of its kind. A show about people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Hosted by Phoebe Judge. Part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Criminal Radiotopia

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 31K Ratings

Criminal is the first of its kind. A show about people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Hosted by Phoebe Judge. Part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Episode 180: The Boycott

    Episode 180: The Boycott

    15 years after the Supreme Court ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools across the South were still segregated. Some school districts actively blocked desegregation. North Carolina passed legislation authorizing tuition grants to white private schools, sometimes called "segregation academies." Members of the KKK held rallies in North Carolina, describing desegregation as "anti-Christian" and "communistic." When the Federal government pressured school boards to comply or lose their funding, many responded by shuttering Black schools and assigning Black students to formerly all-white schools. It was called "one-way desegregation."
    In a very rural part of North Carolina, Black students and their families decided to fight back.
    We speak with Dr. Dudley E. Flood about his work desegregating every school in North Carolina.


    Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Follow the show and review us on Apple Podcasts: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.

    Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Check out our online shop. 

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    • 37 min
    Episode 179: A Splendid Newfoundland, Cursing Birds, and the Fashion Fox

    Episode 179: A Splendid Newfoundland, Cursing Birds, and the Fashion Fox

    Stories of animals really going for it.
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    • 33 min
    Episode 178: "The experiment requires that you continue."

    Episode 178: "The experiment requires that you continue."

    1. Please continue. 2. The experiment requires that you continue. 3. It is absolutely essential that you continue. 4. You have no other choice, you must go on.
    Gina Perry's book is Behind the Shock Machine: The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments.
    Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Follow the show and review us on Apple Podcasts: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.
    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.
    Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Check out our online shop. 
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    • 41 min
    Episode 177: Palace of Justice

    Episode 177: Palace of Justice

    When Benjamin Ferencz was 27 years old, he prosecuted his very first trial. There were 22 defendants, each of them high-ranking members of Nazi Germany’s death squad. The entire world was watching.
    Today, we take a look at the Nuremberg trials and their role in defining international law after World War II.
    This episode originally aired in 2018—this version includes an update with Benjamin Ferencz, who celebrated his 101st birthday earlier this year.
    Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Follow the show and review us on Apple Podcasts: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.
    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.
    Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Check out our online shop. 
    Episode transcripts are posted on our website.
    Criminal is part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.
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    • 35 min
    Episode 176: The Red Flag

    Episode 176: The Red Flag

    In 2006, a man named William Ramsey went to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida for a life-saving liver transplant. It was a success, and so when his health started to decline after the procedure, doctors couldn't figure out why.
    Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Follow the show and review us on Apple Podcasts: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.
    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.
    Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Check out our online shop. 
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    • 40 min
    Episode 175: Ghost Racket Crusade

    Episode 175: Ghost Racket Crusade

    The story of two famous friends — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini — and the disagreement that ended their friendship: can we speak to the dead?
    Read Rose Mackenberg's essays in Tony Wolf's book, Houdini's Girl Detective: The Real-Life Ghost-Busting Adventures of Rose Mackenberg.
    Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Follow the show and review us on Apple Podcasts: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.
    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.
    Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Check out our online shop. 
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31K Ratings

31K Ratings

kitchenhooker ,

Easy

“I’m Phoebe Judge, and this is Criminal”.

bigspendermamma ,

Wonderful content

I heard about this podcast from another one. It has not disappointed!! Great content. My one trivial complaint is that in the commercials, when the narrator gives a website, she says “dot com” as “dot calm”. If this is a speech impediment, I am terribly sorry. If it is in error, I really wish they could re-record that small detail. It has gotten on my nerves to a point that I consider not listening.

Garden punk ,

Fascinating stories

I’m really enjoying these extraordinary stories but the host’s voice can’t be real. So affected. Pretentious sounding. Yet she lets the stories be told so I’ll keep listening!

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