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Wild crimes
As Tori Herridge of the Natural History Museum informs us, wildlife crime is the fourth most lucrative illegal industry in the world, after narcotics, human trafficking and arms trafficking. The first episode of this captivating podcast on the subject, led by Herridge and his colleague Khalil Thirlaway, examines the demand for pangolins, for the production of everything from wine to shoes. Episode two focuses on reptile smuggling and episode three on the black market eel trade, with payouts on ivory, bushmeat, fossils and more.
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Live and die in Los Angeles
“How far would you go to find a missing person you have never met?” Neil Strauss asks in catnip style. Last season an auditor helped resolve a case, and this time the missing person is Elaine Park, 20, who has gone missing in Malibu. Strauss and his ex-wife Ingrid stray from the usual tropes of tired murder, preferring to get a feel for Park’s personality with the help of Mike Einziger of rock band Incubus and his wife Anne-Marie Simpson. The result is a survey with empathy. Hannah verdier

Author Neil Strauss, left, and Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger, of the To Live and Die in LA podcast, in Malibu, Calif., At the location where the car belonging to Elaine Park was found. Photograph: Willy Sanjuan / Invision / AP

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Chosen by Elena Morresi

I was completely thrilled to stumble upon The Atlas Obscura podcast almost by accident at the start of the summer. A childish dizziness came over me as I walked down the same street where I had been doing my daily exercise since the start of the pandemic. Suddenly I was transported to the largest treehouse in the world; a natural swimming pool in Iceland; the North Pole. It’s a cliché to say, but the smelly, noisy city has dissipated, and before I knew it I had listened to five episodes of the travel show and walked away far outside my door. entry.

Dylan Thuras and a never-ending stream of captivating journalists bring this series packed with research and quick 15-minute episodes, each investigating an unexpected place on the planet. Atlas Obscura was my ticket to wanderlust that no travel restrictions could override. They have new episodes every day – and they organize trips to the real world when traveling is possible.

Discussion points

  • A new Audible podcast will look into the life of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell. Chasing Ghislaine is hosted by reporter Vicky Ward, who featured Epstein for Vanity Fair in 2003 and claimed the magazine had blocked her from publishing allegations of sexual misconduct. It will launch on July 15.

  • Why not try: International infamy | Tom Allen’s Gift Room | Decoder Ring

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