13 episodes

A podcast about stories of questionable legality produced by investigative reporter Alissa Fleck.

IS THIS ILLEGAL? Alissa Fleck

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 19 Ratings

A podcast about stories of questionable legality produced by investigative reporter Alissa Fleck.

    EP#12--InCels, Pick Up Artists, and the Friend Zone: Toxic Masculinity Abounds (Part II Re-release)

    EP#12--InCels, Pick Up Artists, and the Friend Zone: Toxic Masculinity Abounds (Part II Re-release)

    Where did InCels come from and why does everyone suddenly care? Why is the friend zone a problematic concept? How are pickup artists actually hurting you? All these questions answered and more. WARNING: This episode contains graphic content around sexual violence.

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    • 11 min
    EP#11--The Man Who Tried To Cure Cancer With Lemonade

    EP#11--The Man Who Tried To Cure Cancer With Lemonade

    The lemon juice/maple syrup/cayenne pepper Master Cleanse...you've probably heard of it. But you've probably never heard of Stanley Burroughs, the man who decided this concoction could cure cancer, and put it into practice.  Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IsThisIllegalPodcast/

    • 18 min
    EP#10--WebSleuths, Crowdsourcing & The Golden State Killer (Minisode)

    EP#10--WebSleuths, Crowdsourcing & The Golden State Killer (Minisode)

    Through crowdsourcing and data mining, the Internet helped nail the Golden State Killer in more ways than you probably realized. Unfortunately the Internet failed missing person Brian Shaffer, who managed to vanish inside a bar. Should crowdsourcing crime-solving be legal?  
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    • 16 min
    EP#9--Accidental Killers

    EP#9--Accidental Killers

    You think it will never happen to you. According to Gene Weingarten, "there may be no act of human failing that more fundamentally challenges our society’s views about crime, punishment, justice and mercy." But it happens all the time, and then your life is never the same. WARNING: THIS EPISODE HAS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF DEATH. 

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    • 19 min
    EP#8--The Surprising Secret Life of "Realborn" Baby Dolls

    EP#8--The Surprising Secret Life of "Realborn" Baby Dolls

    One day, a series of innocent posts from Jaime Beebe landed her on the "Insane People of Facebook" page. Yes, Jaime Beebe is a grown mother of three who collects, photographs, and interacts with stunningly realistic baby dolls. But does that make her insane? And remember those fake baby simulators you had to carry around in high school? Studies found they may actually increase incidences of teen pregnancy, so why are they still in use? 

    • 15 min
    EP#7--Peremptory Challenges & Racial Bias in the US Legal System: The Case of Curtis Flowers

    EP#7--Peremptory Challenges & Racial Bias in the US Legal System: The Case of Curtis Flowers

    In 1996, an African American man named Curtis Flowers was sentenced to death for capital murder. Thus began a legal battle that continues today, a battle that has seen Flowers sucked into a world dominated by endless legal loopholes and rampant racial bias. It all leads us back to peremptory challenges--should they be illegal? 

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Agent96105 ,

GSK episode

I just listened. I found it very interesting. I like the tone of the podcast, touching on often over looked topics. Great episode! And thank you for giving Michelle Mcnamara the credit she is due. Looking forward to listening to the backlog of episodes!

Turn Of Phrases Podcast ,

A show this good must be illegal.

I’m drawn into each story, finding myself informed while being entertained. This is an excellent show!

msrose1025 ,

One of my favorite podcasts!

The host has a real talent for picking compelling and often overlooked stories. Her presentation is engaging and the theme song is very catchy. I love this show! I can't wait for the next episode!

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