Our family members are not always who we think. When Eleonore and Michael Richland lose their parents unexpectedly in a small plane crash, they must choose between honoring their father’s legacy as a world-renowned cardiologist and health care magnate — or risk it all to tell the truth. In the second season, they must grapple with the consequences of their decisions, as well as stumble upon disturbing new revelations about the family business. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John” and “Dr. Death,” Blood Ties stars Gillian Jacobs (Community, Love), Josh Gad (Frozen, Avenue 5), Amy Landecker (Transparent), Dominic Monaghan (Lost), and Wayne Knight. New episodes of the second season release every Wednesday.
Introducing: The Devil Within
It’s a case that has haunted Jefferson Township, New Jersey, for more than 30 years. On a snowy January night, 14-year-old Tommy Sullivan did the unthinkable: he murdered his mother in cold blood, set fire to their house, and then took his own life.
Out of the flames of this horrible tragedy, investigations revealed that Tommy was, himself, a part of a Satanic Cult, sparking a nationwide hysteria now known as the “Satanic Panic”
This monumental moment in American culture led to communities nationwide enforcing draconian measures to protect their children from what they perceived to be the devil’s influence. Even the Catholic church was convinced this was a case of demonic possession.
On the new podcast, The Devil Within, the truth of the grisly murder is finally revealed.
Did Tommy act alone? Did he really commit suicide? Is his cult still in power? The Devil Within finally sheds light on questions left unanswered for decades...
Listen Here: wondery.fm/TheDevilWithin
Wondery Presents: The Vaping Fix
Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a crisis.
Listen to the Vaping Fix: wondery.fm/VF_BloodTies
Introducing: 1865 Season 2
Listen now: wondery.fm/1865season2
April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil.
Secretary of War Edwin Stanton takes control, determined to bring the assassin to justice—but the hunt for John Wilkes Booth isn’t all that grips Stanton.
Lincoln’s successor, Vice President Andrew Johnson, is likely to bend to southern interests and undo the very progress for which Lincoln died. Edwin Stanton must employ every bit of political wile he can muster to secure the future of the freed slaves, and the nation.
Consumed by his conviction, Stanton will betray his friends, his honor, and the very constitution he is sworn to protect, all to steer the country towards justice.
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The Real Stories That Inspired Season Two
In this special interview episode, Gillian Jacobs and the series’ director Marshall Lewy talk about how working on the real stories behind other Wondery podcasts like Dr. Death and Bad Batch informed the second season. And they share what it was like recording an audio drama from inside actors’ closets. And Gillian dreams up a new podcast idea starring Wayne Knight.
In the Season Two finale, Eleonore and Michael get a do-over for their dad’s memorial service, but the problems of the family won’t be as simple to lay to rest.
When FBI agents show up on their doorstep in New York, Eleonore and Michael return to the island.
Better than tv
This is the best podcast I’ve ever heard
Great performances of a disappointing script
I absolutely love the performances by Gillian Jacobs and Josh Gad. I was enjoying trying to figure out the mystery, when I listened to the behind-the-scenes episode and found that the scriptwriters had no idea where the story was going. A critical moment in the last episode was improvised, giving them a new direction, which revealed that they started the show with no idea of a story arc.
This made me so angry. How could they start a murder mystery with no idea who the murderer was? The one thing you have to know about writing mysteries is - you can’t let the audience feel smarter than the script.
The story is riddled with inconsistencies, red herrings, and frustrating hints that are never picked up on. I am itching to get my hands on the script and fix it. I can’t say what I want to change because that would involve huge spoilers, but I’m so angry that these performances are wasted on such a sloppy scaffold.
It’s worth listening because the actors are terrific and fun. It’s better than most podcast dramas. But keep expectations medium, that’s all.
I absolutely love this podcast. Kept you listening and very entertained. I hope to find more like this. Love all of the Wondery stories I’ve listened to. Keep up the great work 💚