8 episodes

John and Amanda have lived on the fringes their whole lives. They’re on welfare, living with John’s grandma, and struggling with addiction to opioids and Dungeons and Dragons. They’ve followed crooked paths to this point. John played in heavy metal bands and dabbled with Satanism. Amanda left home and discovered heroin before her 18th birthday. The couple converts to Islam in an attempt to turn their lives around. But things take a wild turn when a mysterious figure enters their lives and draws them into a web of conspiracy, deception and terror.

In this five-part series, host Dan Pierce will take listeners deep undercover into a sprawling anti-terror investigation, drawing on more than a hundred hours of police surveillance tape and intimate interviews with John and Amanda. Pressure Cooker is a rare glimpse inside the minds of two accused as they recount a story of love, faith and betrayal in the War on Terror.

Early access to Pressure Cooker will be available to Canadian audiences via CBC Listen. For listeners outside of Canada, episodes will be available early and ad-free when you subscribe to the CBC True Crime Premium channel on Apple Podcasts.

Pressure Cooker CBC True Crime

    • True Crime
    • 3.7 • 138 Ratings

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John and Amanda have lived on the fringes their whole lives. They’re on welfare, living with John’s grandma, and struggling with addiction to opioids and Dungeons and Dragons. They’ve followed crooked paths to this point. John played in heavy metal bands and dabbled with Satanism. Amanda left home and discovered heroin before her 18th birthday. The couple converts to Islam in an attempt to turn their lives around. But things take a wild turn when a mysterious figure enters their lives and draws them into a web of conspiracy, deception and terror.

In this five-part series, host Dan Pierce will take listeners deep undercover into a sprawling anti-terror investigation, drawing on more than a hundred hours of police surveillance tape and intimate interviews with John and Amanda. Pressure Cooker is a rare glimpse inside the minds of two accused as they recount a story of love, faith and betrayal in the War on Terror.

Early access to Pressure Cooker will be available to Canadian audiences via CBC Listen. For listeners outside of Canada, episodes will be available early and ad-free when you subscribe to the CBC True Crime Premium channel on Apple Podcasts.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Project Souvenir

    Project Souvenir

    Police intercept two homegrown – and very peculiar – extremists intent on murder and mayhem at a national holiday festival. Pressure cooker bombs. Just like the Boston Marathon. But something about the official version of the story doesn’t add up.

    • 35 min
    The Mysterious Uncle Abe

    The Mysterious Uncle Abe

    Meet the misfit suspects behind the foiled attack. Learn how they fell down a rabbit hole of conspiracy, hate and terror. And how they crossed paths with a mysterious financier who pledged to fund their diabolical plot.

    • 47 min
    Point of No Return

    Point of No Return

    John and Amanda’s struggles with addiction complicate their fledgling plot. Will these oddballs be able to pull off an attack? Police spending escalates as Project Souvenir gets more elaborate by the day.

    • 51 min
    Ticking Time Bombs

    Ticking Time Bombs

    John and Amanda are losing their grip on reality, frustrating Abe and his shadowy accomplices. John has doubts and asks for spiritual guidance from an imam, but time is running out as zero hour approaches.

    • 52 min
    Trapped

    Trapped

    John and Amanda piece together their shattered reality while facing a possible lifetime in prison. As the full picture of Project Souvenir emerges in court, they start to wonder if the deception goes even deeper.

    • 55 min
    Introducing: Pressure Cooker

    Introducing: Pressure Cooker

    John and Amanda are outsiders. They’re devoted to Dungeons & Dragons, struggling with addiction and living on welfare when they find themselves at the centre of a sprawling terrorism investigation. Host Dan Pierce follows their wild journey in this five part series, launching September 5th. New episodes on Mondays with early access for CBC True Crime Premium subscribers.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

Emilyjane33 ,

Great podcast!

Enjoyed this story very much. Lots of research and informative. The host is a great storyteller and keeps you engaged. Only small point I would knock off is when the producer comes on, she sounds so scripted and unnatural. Her information is good but presented awkwardly; however her parts are very small. Would recommend this, I binged it!

MJ HALESTONES ,

Don’t get it! Why low?

I personally love podcast! Listen for yourself, I think the majority a listeners will enjoy podcast! 5 out 5 for me..Boom! ;)

thegreenmama ,

All the mystery of true crime with the best of investigative journalism

From the moment this series begins, we are right in the action of a story so fantastic that if it weren’t real, a listener would think it unbelievable. Yet, it is real. Terribly and terrifyingly real with the undercover tapes provided by the RCMP to prove it.

Do the ends justify the means? What if the ends involve stopping terror? What if the means include spending nearly $2million dollars and employing 250 officers for years, colluding in acts of terror, and creating terrorists from disenfranchised, but largely harmless, outsiders?

I listened to this series, twice, the last one with my class of high school students. They loved it. We met with Dan and Sarah and asked many questions. The students left believing that journalists and documentary film makers are not just important but essential to creating a society we want to live in.

You will love this podcast and learn some (scary) truths about the lengths a free society will go to in the name of keeping us safe.

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