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Criminal is the first of its kind. A show about people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Hosted by Phoebe Judge. Named a Best Podcast of 2023 by the New York Times. Part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. read less

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Criminal is a hit with true crime enthusiasts. The series uncovers a wide variety of stories from different eras and locations worldwide. Episodes cover everything from serial killers' sagas to stories of people who have disappeared without a trace. The host is journalist Phoebe Judge, who also hosts the This Is Love podcast. Judge is a favorite of true crime fans for her empathetic reporting and distinctive speaking voice. Together with co-host/producer Lauren Spohrer, Judge selects and dissects cold cases and true crime stories.

Two new episodes come out each month on Fridays. Each installment lasts from 30 to 45 minutes. Listeners can dive into the series chronologically or hit play on the story that piques their interest. The Criminal podcast aired for the first time in January 2014. Since then, it has become known as one of the best true crime podcasts. Each episode examines one real-life crime story. The hosts record the podcast at the WUNC radio studio in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

This popular podcast has earned many awards. It won the Webby Award for Podcasts and Digital Audio in both 2018 and 2019. Wired magazine named it one of the Best Podcasts of 2015. The Criminal podcast is the perfect series for a listening binge. Listeners can dive into the hundreds of episodes available on Amazon Music.

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48 Hours, Part 2
Jan 19 2024
48 Hours, Part 2
This episode picks up where 48 Hours, Part 1 left off. We suggest you listen to them in order. When Aaron Quinn called the Vallejo police to report that his girlfriend Denise Huskins had been kidnapped, and went into the station for questioning, a detective told Aaron that he didn't believe him. When Denise was released after being held captive for about 48 hours, police didn't believe her either. It soon became clear that the police viewed Denise and Aaron as suspects, not victims. Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn’s book is Victim F. This episode was originally released in 2021. Criminal is going back on tour in February! We’ll be telling brand new stories, live on stage. You can even get meet and greet tickets to come and say hi before the show. Tickets are on sale now at We can’t wait to see you there! Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Follow the show and review us on Apple Podcasts: Sign up for Criminal Plus to get behind-the-scenes bonus episodes of Criminal, ad-free listening of all of our shows, members-only merch, and more. Learn more and sign up here. Listen back through our archives at We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Check out our online shop. Episode transcripts are posted on our website. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit