50 episodes

In the Dark, hosted by Madeleine Baran, is an award-winning investigative-journalism podcast that started in 2016. Its first season looked at the mysterious abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the lack of accountability that sheriffs face when they fail to solve cases. Season 2 examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who was tried six times for the same crime. In 2020, In the Dark released a special report on the coronavirus pandemic in the Mississippi Delta. In 2023, In the Dark joined The New Yorker and Condé Nast. “The Runaway Princesses,” In the Dark’s first collaboration with a New Yorker staff writer, is a four-part series that asks why the women in Dubai’s royal family keep trying to run away. Season 3 of In the Dark is currently in production.In the Dark is a two-time Peabody Award winner and, in 2019, became the first podcast to win a George Polk Award, one of the top honors in investigative journalism. The program has also received an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

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    • 4.6 • 25.9K Ratings

In the Dark, hosted by Madeleine Baran, is an award-winning investigative-journalism podcast that started in 2016. Its first season looked at the mysterious abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the lack of accountability that sheriffs face when they fail to solve cases. Season 2 examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who was tried six times for the same crime. In 2020, In the Dark released a special report on the coronavirus pandemic in the Mississippi Delta. In 2023, In the Dark joined The New Yorker and Condé Nast. “The Runaway Princesses,” In the Dark’s first collaboration with a New Yorker staff writer, is a four-part series that asks why the women in Dubai’s royal family keep trying to run away. Season 3 of In the Dark is currently in production.In the Dark is a two-time Peabody Award winner and, in 2019, became the first podcast to win a George Polk Award, one of the top honors in investigative journalism. The program has also received an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

    The Runaway Princesses, Episode 1: Sisters

    The Runaway Princesses, Episode 1: Sisters

    As sex workers flee Sheikh Mohammed’s U.K. estate bruised and weeping, no one is held to account. British authorities look the other way after one of the sheikh’s own daughters tries to escape."The Runaway Princesses" is a four-part narrative series from In the Dark and The New Yorker. Subscribers to The New Yorker have early, ad-free access to all episodes. Visit newyorker.com/dark to subscribe.

    • 38 min
    The Runaway Princesses, Episode 2: Escape

    The Runaway Princesses, Episode 2: Escape

    Princess Latifa is desperate to help her sister Shamsa, who’s been captured, drugged, and imprisoned on her father’s orders. She makes a plan to flee Dubai."The Runaway Princesses" is a four-part narrative series from In the Dark and The New Yorker. Subscribers to The New Yorker have early, ad-free access to all episodes. Visit newyorker.com/dark to subscribe.

    • 43 min
    The Runaway Princesses, Episode 3: A Nice Lunch

    The Runaway Princesses, Episode 3: A Nice Lunch

    Latifa has made it to international waters, but she’s not out of danger. Her father has powerful forces at his command."The Runaway Princesses" is a four-part narrative series from In the Dark and The New Yorker. Subscribers to The New Yorker have early, ad-free access to all episodes. Visit newyorker.com/dark to subscribe.

    • 32 min
    The Runaway Princesses, Episode 4: Hostage

    The Runaway Princesses, Episode 4: Hostage

     Secret recordings reveal what happened to Latifa after armed men stormed the yacht she was hoping would bring her to freedom."The Runaway Princesses" is a four-part narrative series from In the Dark and The New Yorker.  To read Heidi Blake’s reporting on the princesses of Dubai, visit newyorker.com/princesses.

    • 45 min
    Trailer: The Runaway Princesses

    Trailer: The Runaway Princesses

    The wives and daughters of Dubai’s ruler live in unbelievable luxury. So why do the women in Sheikh Mohammed’s family keep trying to run away? The New Yorker staff writer Heidi Blake joins In the Dark’s Madeleine Baran to tell the story of the royal women who risked everything to flee the brutality of one of the world’s most powerful men. In four episodes, drawing on thousands of pages of secret correspondence and never-before-heard audio recordings, “The Runaway Princesses” takes listeners behind palace walls, revealing a story of astonishing courage and cruelty."The Runaway Princesses" is a four-part narrative series from In the Dark and The New Yorker. Subscribers to The New Yorker have early, ad-free access to all episodes. Visit newyorker.com/dark to subscribe.

    • 3 min
    Want all episodes of The Runaway Princesses today?

    Want all episodes of The Runaway Princesses today?

    New episodes of “The Runaway Princesses” will drop each week in the In the Dark feed. But if you want to listen right away, you can get the whole series now. Just visit newyorker.com/dark to subscribe for $1/week.If you’re already a New Yorker subscriber, download the app for iOS or Android to listen.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
25.9K Ratings

25.9K Ratings

Marasambala ,

Mind blowing corruption!! Excellent investigative journalism and podcast!! Mind bowing

SMH!! The level of corruption revealed by this podcast is UN-FREAKING-BELIEVEABLE!!!!
I have roots in this area of Mississippi so I'm not entirely surprised by I like to think that by 2024 the roots of racism would not have still run so deep. These people need to pray for their souls to be redeemed.

889069152119 ,

A gripping story highlighting the racial injustices of our court system

Absolutely amazing production; firstly I must say I couldn’t be paid enough to deal with people as the woman with the AG leaving the side exit in episode 13; “No! Go on! Get away get outta here go” as if she was shooing the dog away from the table. Congratulations to the team shining a light on the festering crew of good ole boys in the southern justice system. No one conservative or liberal can deny it’s a sad circumstance when there are rules that have been written to tell prosecutors/attorneys it isn’t right to decline someone due process based on the amount of melanin they possess. You guys are awesome keep doing what you’re doing would love to see more seasons focusing on cases like this

Season 2 episode 15 when Parker cornered Willie James at the courthouse and pressed him ! Yo! Parker is a gangster for that you could tell she shook his marbles up

1960Daniel ,

The Season 2 Series of the Wrongful Convictions

This entire long form journalism is the finest I have ever listened to or read. The three years the young journalist dedicated to this sick American Disease of Racial Prejudice is so clearly exposed. Mr. Flowers seems so kind, forgiving and fascinating.

The young female who narrates and I understand was the lead investigator is wonderful. Clearly she is very intelligent and most humane. The combination of the best of humanity juxtaposied best to the evil of White Mississippi is hard to reconcile. Your happy for Mr. Flowers , who is truly a character in the most wonderful . He ends most sentences with the soft Southern “ummm ha”, which is most effective in his form of journalism.

Similarly, the positive clear narration of the journalist who invested three years of her life to see this story to its positive outcome is simply amazing. A terrible take told with clarity and the central hero Mr. Flowers makes this better then anything I have listened to or read in recent years.

Congratulations to everyone who saw to right this wrong that is all too common in America. Hate breeds hate and faith , real faith, like Mr. Flower’s Mother had is more then touching.

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