10 episodes

If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.

The Apology Line Wondery

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 6.7K Ratings

If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.

    Introducing: The Devil Within

    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

    • 8 min
    Wondery Presents: The Vaping Fix

    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_ApologyLine

    • 6 min
    And The Calls Live On

    And The Calls Live On

    Marissa talks to long time callers and listeners about the making of Apology Line then and now and what the making of this series has meant to her.

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    • 35 min
    Strawberry Fields Forever

    Strawberry Fields Forever

    Allan’s death is like an atomic bomb going off in Marissa’s life. She’s left to make sense of his life, and his life’s work. And twenty-five years later, Marissa learns the truth about what happened to Richie.

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    • 31 min
    Mrs. Apology

    Mrs. Apology

    With Richie gone from his life, Allan must reinvent himself and the Line. The community around the Line grows, while being married to Mr Apology becomes ever more challenging.

    If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, here are some additional resources. 

    For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255. 

    For the National Alliance on Mental Illness dial 1-800-950-6264.

    And for the Crisis Text Line Text HOME, H-O-M-E to 741741.

    If you or someone you know is experiencing intimate partner violence  here are some additional resources.

    For the National Domestic Violence Hotline call 1-800-799-7233.

    Or visit thehotline.org to chat with someone live at any time.

    Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline.

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    Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY.

    Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping.

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    • 40 min
    To Catch A Serial Killer

    To Catch A Serial Killer

    Richie is back and Allan is in over his head this time. Help comes in the form of Detective Ray Pierce. Together they devise a plan to find out who Richie really is.

    Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline

    Support us by supporting our sponsors!

    Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY.

    Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping.

    Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com.

    Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com.

    Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6.7K Ratings

6.7K Ratings

JacqueinCurrie ,

Wow!!

I am always searching for a great podcast! This one blew my mind! It was shocking in the beginning and all the way to the end! At the end though, I was crying like a baby! Powerful yet heartbreaking!!

PeachySpeechy ,

Excellent

Riveting - a must listen!

Brd0042 ,

Great story. Too much Wondery.

Not a fan of Wondery’s brand: drawing out a story into a much longer series than necessary, blasting it with ads every few minutes. The story is fascinating. Wish another company produced it.

Edit to add:
The complete irony of how The Apology Line ended..

-Spoiler maybe-

Paywalling the apologies. Marketing it like he was chasing a serial killer. Madison Reed commercial during funeral scene.

Whew. Wondery sure knows how to take a cool story and milk it for cash.

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