12 episodes

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

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    • Documentary
    • 4.6, 38.4K Ratings

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

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    Introducing Dying for Sex

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    When she’s diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, Molly decides to do something bold: she leaves her unhappy marriage and embarks on a series of sexual adventures to help her feel alive. These experiences are beyond anything she could have imagined, so she shares the details with her closest friend, host Nikki Boyer. The two best friends dissect these hilarious, often touching stories. And they growing even closer as they share Molly's journey together. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Imagined Life, Dying for Sex is a six-part series about friendship, death, sex, and what you do with the time you have left.

    • 7 min
    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 3

    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 3

    In the last of three special episodes, Alexandra Cunningham, showrunner of the new Bravo series, offers insight into how she approached the writing of the show and its titular psychopath. Jeffrey Reiner, who directed all eight episodes, discusses the creative team’s ambition to transcend the conventions of a traditional thriller.

    • 10 min
    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 2

    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series “Dirty John” | 2

    In the second of three special episodes, Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville”) talks about playing Debra Newell in the new Bravo series, and why the story feels timely. Julia Garner and Juno Temple, who play Newell’s daughters, discuss how they came to inhabit their roles, and the show’s production designer and costume designer share details of how they helped create the characters’ worlds.

    “Dirty John” premieres on Bravo at 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. You can also find the original LA Times series, plus 14 other pieces of narrative journalism, in a new collection called “Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders,” by Christopher Goffard, published by Simon & Schuster.

    • 14 min
    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" | 1

    Bonus Episode: Inside the TV Series "Dirty John" | 1

    In the first of three special episodes about the making of the Bravo limited series, Christopher Goffard talks with actor Eric Bana about his portrayal of John Meehan, and the parallels between actors and con-men.

      “Dirty John” premieres on Bravo at 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. LA Times Studios is participating as a producer on the Bravo series. You can also find the original LA Times series, plus 14 other pieces of narrative journalism, in a new collection called “Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders,” by Christopher Goffard, published by Simon & Schuster.




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    • 15 min
    Dirty John: Live at The Theatre at Ace Hotel | 7

    Dirty John: Live at The Theatre at Ace Hotel | 7

    In the months since “Dirty John” was released, more of John Meehan’s victims have told their stories. Carolina Miranda from the LA Times interviews Christopher Goffard, Debra and Terra Newell, and John Meehan’s first wife. Plus, a panel on coercive control and a special live performance by Tracy Bonham. Recorded live at the Ace Theatre.

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Terra | 6

    Terra | 6

    Episode 6: Jacquelyn and Terra Newell suspect that John has been watching them. When Jacquelyn tells her mother that he is in town, her mother believes she is mistaken. Jacquelyn warns Terra to carry her pocket knife. But Terra is preoccupied by a country-music concert, and she is watching for the wrong car. 




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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38.4K Ratings

38.4K Ratings

dhissbgdsksbsb ,

Arlane Hart

Great podcast. The most disturbing part thus far has been Arlane defending the man who murdered her daughter.

While listening it became clear very quickly that Arlane is a callous narcissist masquerading as a god-loving woman. She hides her ignorance and egomania behind her illusion of Christianity.

The first thing she said when Cindy died was “I’ll be ok.” CINDY is dead. It’s not all about YOU and if YOU’LL be ok! Cindy lost her life, her future, and her hopes and dreams. But her own mother couldn’t care less.

Meanwhile Arlane defended the demonic savage who killed Cindy! How DARE she deface her daughter’s memory this way. Poor Cindy is turning over in her grave wondering how her mom, the one person is supposed to always love her, turned on her and supported the sociopath who took EVERYTHING from her. It is devastating and downright nauseating to witness a mother abandon her dead child. Cindy was gone, so she could not be there to defend herself at the trial. Therefore, Cindy was RELYING on her loved ones, like her mother, to defend her memory and fight like hell for her and for justice. But instead Arlane disregarded her own daughter’s life like a worthless piece of trash.

Arlane is a deranged hypocrite who blindly follows her self-crafted pseudo-religion. She is an accomplice to misogyny for trying to help that man get released- and she put OTHER WOMEN IN DANGER by doing so! Christianity teaches us to do the right thing. It does not teach us it’s ok to murder!

drhackenbush1 ,

UNBELIEVABLE!

I saw the television movie and thought it was GREAT! I couldn’t believe how incredibly stupid this well accomplished woman is. After everything that was put in front of her and everything she knew to be the facts she still allowed herself to be wrapped up with him.

labgal39876 ,

Unbelievable woman

As I listened to the last episode where the podcast producers tried to justify Debra Newell’s actions I wanted to get sick. This woman (mother which I will use the term loosely) put her family and so many other people in danger because of her selfishness. The producers tried to compare Newell’s circumstances to his first wife, but these were two very different circumstances. Newell had ample opportunities to make different choices and decisions. She chose to be gullible and traded that for some sick need she had. I think her behavior was selfish and irresponsible.

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