10 episodes

Elie Honig spent fourteen years as a federal and state prosecutor in New York and New Jersey. Now he peels back the curtain on the real-life, inside stories of the modern-day mafia with unprecedented access to the people who lived them. The fear, the pressure, the setbacks, and the triumphs. What does it take to bring down the world’s most secretive criminal organization?
Up Against The Mob is produced by CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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    • 4.9 • 518 Ratings

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Elie Honig spent fourteen years as a federal and state prosecutor in New York and New Jersey. Now he peels back the curtain on the real-life, inside stories of the modern-day mafia with unprecedented access to the people who lived them. The fear, the pressure, the setbacks, and the triumphs. What does it take to bring down the world’s most secretive criminal organization?
Up Against The Mob is produced by CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Real Goodfellas

    The Real Goodfellas

    Martin Scorsese’s iconic film Goodfellas introduced generations to life in the mafia. In this Up Against the Mob season finale, Elie is joined by two former SDNY colleagues, Lisa Zornberg, former Chief of the Criminal Division, and Daniel Chung, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney. They examine the story of Goodfellas, analyzing what’s accurate, what’s not, and share some of their own real-life experiences of taking on organized crime. 

    In the bonus episode for CAFE Insiders, Elie Honig and Safeena Mecklai take listeners behind the scenes of the sixth episode of Up Against the Mob. Become an Insider at cafe.com/Insider and enter code MOB for 50% off the annual membership price. 

    Up Against the Mob is produced by CAFE Studios and the Vox Media Podcast Network. Subscribe wherever you listen. 

    Executive Producer: Tamara Sepper; Senior Editorial Producer: Adam Waller; Technical Director: David Tatasciore; Audio Producers: Matthew Billy; Composer: Nat Weiner; Editorial Producers: Noa Azulai, David Kurlander, Sam Ozer-Staton, Jake Kaplan.
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    • 57 min
    Mob Mentality

    Mob Mentality

    Why are we enthralled with the mob? From the Sopranos, to Goodfellas, to the Godfather, pop culture representations of the mafia have become classics. Psychologist Maria Konnikova studies the widespread public fascination with mafia figures and the enduring allure of anti-heroes. She and Elie discuss the glamorization of the mafia, how mobsters juggle a life on the streets and a life at home, and Elie’s experience of these phenomena in his own work prosecuting the mob.

    In the bonus episode for CAFE Insiders, Elie Honig and Safeena Mecklai take listeners behind the scenes of the fifth episode of Up Against the Mob. Become an Insider at cafe.com/Insider and enter code MOB for 50% off the annual membership price. 

    Up Against the Mob is produced by CAFE Studios and the Vox Media Podcast Network. New episodes drop every Wednesday. Subscribe wherever you listen. 

    Executive Producer: Tamara Sepper; Senior Editorial Producer: Adam Waller; Technical Director: David Tatasciore; Audio Producers: Matthew Billy; Composer: Nat Weiner; Editorial Producers: Noa Azulai, David Kurlander, Sam Ozer-Staton, Jake Kaplan.
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    • 56 min
    Babysitting Sammy the Bull

    Babysitting Sammy the Bull

    James Gagliano was fresh out of the FBI Academy when he drew a bizarre assignment: safeguarding Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, a former Gambino mob boss who had recently flipped, becoming one of the government’s most important, and endangered, cooperating witnesses. Gagliano reveals details from those first few months when he lived with and protected Sammy the Bull, getting to know the most important mob cooperator in American history.  

    In the bonus episode for CAFE Insiders, Elie Honig and Safeena Mecklai take listeners behind the scenes of the fourth episode of Up Against the Mob. Become an Insider at cafe.com/Insider and enter code MOB for 50% off the annual membership price. 

    Up Against the Mob is produced by CAFE Studios and the Vox Media Podcast Network. New episodes drop every Wednesday. Subscribe wherever you listen. 

    Executive Producer: Tamara Sepper; Senior Editorial Producer: Adam Waller; Technical Director: David Tatasciore; Audio Producers: Matthew Billy; Composer: Nat Weiner; Editorial Producers: Noa Azulai, David Kurlander, Sam Ozer-Staton, Jake Kaplan.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Deep Cover

    Deep Cover

    Joaquin “Big Jack” Garcia is a legendary former FBI undercover agent. Posing as mob member “Jack Falcone,” Garcia infiltrated the Gambino Family deeper than anyone else in history. Garcia reveals how he bonded with powerful mob leaders, fooled the family into accepting him as their own, and ultimately took down a powerhouse Gambino Family crew. 

    In the bonus episode for CAFE Insiders, Elie Honig and Safeena Mecklai take listeners behind the scenes of the third episode of Up Against the Mob. Become an Insider at cafe.com/Insider and enter code MOB for 50% off the annual membership price. 

    Up Against the Mob is produced by CAFE Studios and the Vox Media Podcast Network. New episodes drop every Wednesday. Subscribe wherever you listen. 

    Executive Producer: Tamara Sepper; Senior Editorial Producer: Adam Waller; Technical Director: David Tatasciore; Audio Producers: Matthew Billy; Composer: Nat Weiner; Editorial Producers: Noa Azulai, David Kurlander, Sam Ozer-Staton, Jake Kaplan.
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    • 1 hr
    Liberty’s Last Champion

    Liberty’s Last Champion

    Murray Richman is a longtime criminal defense attorney who’s better known as one of the country’s top mob lawyers. Purportedly the real-life “Better Call Saul” character, Murray takes pride in being “liberty’s last champion.” He tells of his life defending top mafia chieftains and hip-hop stars—and, of the time he went out with Frank Sinatra after fighting for his mob boss client’s acquittal.

    In the bonus episode for CAFE Insiders, Elie Honig and Safeena Mecklai take listeners behind the scenes of the second episode of Up Against the Mob. Become an Insider at cafe.com/Insider and enter code MOB for 50% off the annual membership price. 

    Up Against the Mob is produced by CAFE Studios and the Vox Media Podcast Network. New episodes drop every Wednesday. Subscribe wherever you listen. 

    Executive Producer: Tamara Sepper; Senior Editorial Producer: Adam Waller; Technical Director: David Tatasciore; Audio Producers: Matthew Billy; Composer: Nat Weiner; Editorial Producers: Noa Azulai, David Kurlander, Sam Ozer-Staton, Jake Kaplan.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Declassified Insider Bonus: The Cooperator

    Declassified Insider Bonus: The Cooperator

    In this bonus episode of Up Against the Mob, Elie Honig and Safeena Mecklai take listeners behind the scenes of the first episode. They discuss the challenge of flipping a mafia member to become a cooperating witness and how Elie would speak to his young children about his job prosecuting organized crime.  

    To hear future bonus episodes of Up Against the Mob become a member of CAFE Insider at cafe.com/Insider and enter code MOB for 50% off the annual membership price.

    Up Against the Mob is produced by CAFE Studios and the Vox Media Podcast Network. New episodes drop every Wednesday. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen. 

    Executive Producer: Tamara Sepper; Senior Editorial Producer: Adam Waller; Technical Director: David Tatasciore; Audio Producers: Matthew Billy; Composer: Nat Weiner; Editorial Producers: Noa Azulai, David Kurlander, Sam Ozer-Staton, Jake Kaplan.
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
518 Ratings

518 Ratings

KF2nd ,

Great listen!

Listening to this - great conversations! Loving the voices of the guests and host. And I’m learning interesting mob life & FBI details!

DSFL123 ,

Mob Mentality

The series is fascinating and well presented. Mob Mentality was very interesting in its treatment of the psychological aspects of the people involved. Respectfully, what appeared to be a nervous giggle of your guest at certain discussions of serious crimes was off putting.

Lambo6383 ,

Outstanding Podcast

Elie does a tremendous job narrating these interviews and provides such detailed insights to the world of the mob! Anyone looking to learn more about this underworld, you have to listen to this podcast.

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