12 episodes

For the past two years, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow has been following a trail of clues from his investigation of Harvey Weinstein to other blockbuster stories about the systems that protect powerful men accused of terrible crimes in Hollywood, Washington, and beyond. But he didn’t bring that information to light on his own. A compelling cast of sources—from brave whistleblowers to shadowy undercover operatives—decided the fate of these investigations, sometimes risking everything in the process. The Catch and Kill Podcast brings you their stories, in their own words, for the first time.

The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow Pineapple Street Studios

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 9.8K Ratings

For the past two years, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow has been following a trail of clues from his investigation of Harvey Weinstein to other blockbuster stories about the systems that protect powerful men accused of terrible crimes in Hollywood, Washington, and beyond. But he didn’t bring that information to light on his own. A compelling cast of sources—from brave whistleblowers to shadowy undercover operatives—decided the fate of these investigations, sometimes risking everything in the process. The Catch and Kill Podcast brings you their stories, in their own words, for the first time.

    Episode 1: The Spy

    Episode 1: The Spy

    Igor Ostrovskiy is a private investigator in New York. In 2017, he was contracted to surveil Ronan Farrow on behalf of a secret client. Igor would eventually learn that the secret client was Black Cube, an Israel-based agency with roots in the Mossad, and they were working on behalf of Harvey Weinstein.
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    • 35 min
    Episode 2: The Producer

    Episode 2: The Producer

    Rich McHugh was a veteran TV news producer when he teamed up with Ronan Farrow, then a correspondent at NBC News, as he began reporting on Harvey Weinstein. McHugh didn’t expect that the assignment would lead to him witnessing what he believes to be a historic example of a major news outlet killing a story—when executives ordered him and Farrow to stand down. Now, McHugh tells a new part of his story, about what happened when Farrow took the investigation to the New Yorker and McHugh stayed behind to watch from the inside as NBC dealt with the fallout.
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    • 48 min
    Episode 3: The Wire

    Episode 3: The Wire

    In 2015, Ambra Gutierrez agreed to do something that terrified her. A day after she told police that Harvey Weinstein had assaulted her, she decided to participate in a sting operation designed to extract a confession from the Hollywood executive. But those hours of dodging and weaving to escape Weinstein’s advances—and the threat he'd discover the wire she was wearing—would turn out to be just the beginning of a multi-year saga that pitted Gutierrez against powerful interests in Hollywood and law enforcement that seemed to want her evidence buried.
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    • 38 min
    Episode 4: The Assistants

    Episode 4: The Assistants

    In 2017, Rowena Chiu declined requests for interviews from Ronan Farrow and other reporters. Chiu was 24 years old when she took a job as an assistant to Harvey Weinstein. It was only a matter of weeks before she found herself in a situation that would change the course of her life. In this episode, Chiu recounts her alleged assault, the effort to silence her through a non-disclosure agreement, and the forces that kept her from speaking to journalists for 20 years. She and others with allegations against Weinstein discuss the complex pressures that prevent sources from coming forward.
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    • 40 min
    Episode 5: The Hunt

    Episode 5: The Hunt

    Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial is underway in New York City. While the allegations against him were finally made public in October 2017, whispers of Weinstein’s alleged abuse go back decades. And so does the reporting on it. In this episode, we look at the small but dogged community of journalists who spent years trying to break the story open, including two who got tantalizingly close, The New Yorker's Ken Auletta and The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters. Taken together, their stories represent a decades-long, cross-country hunt for the hardest truth in Hollywood.
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    • 42 min
    Episode 6: The Pattern

    Episode 6: The Pattern

    "If you want to spend time with me, whatever, I will mentor you, teach you, whatever. But you have to, you know, relax with me," Harvey Weinstein says in never-before-heard tape from a police sting operation. "Don't be foolish," he warns her. "If you don’t trust me then we have no reason to do anything and you will lose big opportunities." Through that newly unearthed recording and testimonials from women who encountered Weinstein across the decades, this episode examines his pattern of dangling promises of career advancement—promises that could quickly turn into traps. It explores how that pattern could play a role in Weinstein's criminal trials in New York and Los Angeles. And it looks at the women who fought back and broke the cycle.
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
9.8K Ratings

9.8K Ratings

julespino ,

Wow!

Loved this podcast with all the actual recordings, truly sad when it was over. The only thing I didn't get is the last section where it takes a sharp left turn into a hit piece for politics that had nothing to do with the rest of the story.

HBCosmo ,

Great but goes south

This is a great podcast. I wish i was able to listen and learn from all of these women in my 20s and 30s while in the work place. Don’t listen to the last two shows. It’s unfortunate that the podcast went side ways at the end.

Raised in the Smokys ,

Bait and Switch

You lost all credibility when in the last two episodes you veered into another subject that has nothing to do with Weinstein. You are naive to think you can slip in your agenda and think we will fall for it. And people who call themselves journalists wonder why the American public have no respect for them. So sells absorbed and no perspective.

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