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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 • 7.1K Ratings

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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.

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    Introducing: Harsh Reality - The Story of Miriam Rivera

    Introducing: Harsh Reality - The Story of Miriam Rivera

    It was supposed to be a reality show with a twist. In a sun-drenched villa in Ibiza, six hot guys compete for a cash prize and for the love of the beautiful and mysterious Miriam. It’s meant to be her big break: the moment she becomes the superstar she was born to be. But this is the era of “cruel reality TV” and the show producers have a different goal: they want to surprise the men with the fact that Miriam is trans. A new six-episode investigative series from Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and The Apology Line, and from Novel, HARSH REALITY is the story about love, lies, reality TV and a woman before her time: Miriam Rivera. Written by Agnes Borinsky and hosted by Trace Lysette.




    Listen to Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera at wondery.fm/HR_Suspect

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    • 4 min
    Introducing: Operator

    Introducing: Operator

    During the 1-900 number craze of the Nineties, one company provided the vast majority of phone sex. American Telnet was an empire founded by the man who called himself “The Telephone Pimp.” He ran the company “like General Motors” and got filthy rich doing it. But for the (mostly) women who answered the calls and delivered fantasies 24-7, it was a different story. The powerful stigma against sex work was always lurking just beneath the surface, until it threatened to tear apart the whole company. Hosted by Tina Horn (Why Are People Into That?), OPERATOR is an eight-part series about big ambitions, Shakespearean-level corporate backstabbing, men and women at the cutting edge of a technological revolution...and on the front lines of a sexual one.

    Listen to Operator at http://wondery.fm/OP_The_Apology_Line

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    • 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.

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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.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
7.1K Ratings

7.1K Ratings

ricky4rmthebay ,

Great!

I have been addicted to podcasts this last month or so. I just started this one and it amazes me how it puts me right there! I have never been to New York but this makes me feel like I’m there and I kinda scared to listen at night! It’s great! Looking forward to the next episodes.

AlyssaRose924 ,

Super eerie!

Perfect for spooky season. Disturbing and interesting!

MakMack ,

Not True Crime

If you are interested in true crime, this podcast will only disappoint. It’s a nice story, but definitely not true crime. It’s a love letter from a widow to her lost husband. If you a looking for a good story, it’s an easy listen.

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