20 episodes

14 months. 30 Banks. An all-access pass into the mind of one of Southern California’s most prolific bank robbers.


On the show, Joe Loya - the so-called “Beirut Bandit” - reveals his story of transformation from abusive childhood to prolific bank robber, violent convict, ex-con, writer and ultimately, a reconciled son.


Produced by Peabody-Award winning podcaster Ben Adair (The Sterling Affairs, Dr. Death, Reveal) at Western Sound in partnership with Acast Studios.

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    • 4.7, 1.3K Ratings

14 months. 30 Banks. An all-access pass into the mind of one of Southern California’s most prolific bank robbers.


On the show, Joe Loya - the so-called “Beirut Bandit” - reveals his story of transformation from abusive childhood to prolific bank robber, violent convict, ex-con, writer and ultimately, a reconciled son.


Produced by Peabody-Award winning podcaster Ben Adair (The Sterling Affairs, Dr. Death, Reveal) at Western Sound in partnership with Acast Studios.

    Bonus Episode - Creating the Sound of the Bank Robber Diaries

    Bonus Episode - Creating the Sound of the Bank Robber Diaries

    Western Sound's Daniel Leone composed all the music and sound-designed the world of the Bank Robber Diaries. In this bonus episode, Ben talks with Dan about his creative process, the music and sound effects that brought Joe Loya's stories to life.
     
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    • 51 min
    Bonus Episode with Richard Rodriguez

    Bonus Episode with Richard Rodriguez

    Richard Rodriguez is a writer and essayist who played a very influential role in Joe's own development as a writer in prison. He appeared a few times in the last episodes of the show. In this almost full length interview he talks about Joe, the power of story and how hard it can be to write yourself in or out of your own narrative.
     
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    • 36 min
    Bonus Episode with Piper Kerman (Orange is the New Black)

    Bonus Episode with Piper Kerman (Orange is the New Black)

    What does Joe Loya have to do with Orange is the New Black? A lot more than you know!
     
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    • 16 min
    Last Words

    Last Words

    Everyone we've met in this season — Joe's family, friends, even the FBI agent who caught him — all weigh in on one, very complicated question: Has Joe really changed?
     
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    • 46 min
    Fatal Peril

    Fatal Peril

    Joe returns from prison a changed man, but adjusting to non-institutionalized life is harder than he expected.
     
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    • 43 min
    The Monster

    The Monster

    After cracking in solitary confinement, Joe begins to transform into a different kind of inmate. A different kind of person.
     
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

BC6891 ,

Great story

A little disjointed in the telling though. Ben does a great job asking the right questions and getting people to show emotion but there were multiple points where the story gets lost (ex: hearing the FBI agents life story before we even hear about Joe being arrested for the robberies).

Overall a good story but could have a better structure to it.

listener julian ,

only halfway thru

This Joe fella has the sort of self awareness that can only come from directly facing the beast. Proper respect.

listenerofpodcast9 ,

Fascinating perspective. Great podcast.

I hope someone makes a movie about this story with Michael Peña playing Joe Loya. They’ve got the same voice.

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