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The Apology Line

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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  • 09.06.2021
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    08:53
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    Introducing: The Devil Within

    It’s a case that has haunted Jefferson Township, New Jersey, for more than 30 years. On a snowy January night, 14-year-old Tommy Sullivan did the unthinkable: he murdered his mother in cold blood, set fire to their house, and then took his own life. Out of the flames of this horrible tragedy, investigations revealed that Tommy was, himself, a part of a Satanic Cult, sparking a nationwide hysteria now known as the “Satanic Panic” This monumental moment in American culture led to communities nationwide enforcing draconian measures to protect their children from what they perceived to be the devil’s influence. Even the Catholic church was convinced this was a case of demonic possession. On the new podcast, The Devil Within, the truth of the grisly murder is finally revealed. Did Tommy act alone? Did he really commit suicide? Is his cult still in power? The Devil Within finally sheds light on questions left unanswered for decades... Listen Here: wondery.fm/TheDevilWithin

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  • 31.05.2021
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    06:27
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    Wondery Presents: The Vaping Fix

    Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a crisis. Listen to the Vaping Fix: wondery.fm/VF_ApologyLine

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  • 31.05.2021
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    35:34
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    And The Calls Live On | 7

    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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY . Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play . Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com . Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com . Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Strawberry Fields Forever | 6

    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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY . Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play . Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com . Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com . Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Mrs. Apology | 5

    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. Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY . Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play . Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com . Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com . Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    34:54
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    To Catch A Serial Killer | 4

    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. Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY . Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play . Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com . Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com . Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Your Dungeon or Mine? | 3

    Richie details his murders and answers Allan’s many questions on the Line. Allan wants to keep Richie talking. He wants to use the Apology Line as a space to reform and study violent criminals. But will Allan’s efforts be enough? Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY . Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play . Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com . Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com . Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Going Public | 2

    Even as Allan reckons with a frightening threat, he continues to engage with callers in ways he hadn’t previously imagined. A regular cast of characters forms on the Line. From this sea of voices one caller named “Richie” emerges and pulls Allan in even deeper, much to Marissa’s dismay. Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY . Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play . Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com . Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com . Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Who’s Sorry Now? | 1

    Marissa Bridge has only had a premonition twice in her life: one was on the day in 1981 that she met “Mr. Apology.” As posters for the Apology Line appear all over New York City, callers start to leave messages that confess their deepest secrets and darkest fears. Mr Apology quickly realizes he will have to do more than just sit back and listen. Listen to new episodes of THE APOLOGY LINE early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline Support us by supporting our sponsors! Noom - Sign up for your free trial at Noom.com/APOLOGY . Green Chef - Go to GreenChef.com/APOLOGY90 and use code apology90 for $90 off, including free shipping. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE in the Apple App Store or Google Play . Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month of Talkspace with code APOLOGY at Talkspace.com . Care/Of - Receive 50% off your first Care/Of order with code apology50 at TakeCareOf.com . Honey - Get Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/APOLOGY .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Introducing: The Apology Line

    The Apology Line Premieres on January 19th, or you can listen right now Ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/theapologyline

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