IS THIS ILLEGAL?
By Alissa Fleck
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A podcast about stories of questionable legality produced by investigative reporter Alissa Fleck.
||ExplicitEP#12--InCels, Pick Up Artists, and the Friend Zone: Toxic Masculinity Abounds||Where did InCels come from and why does everyone suddenly care? Why is the friend zone a problematic concept? How are pickup artists actually hurting you? All these questions answered and more. WARNING: This episode contains graphic content around...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP#11--The Man Who Tried To Cure Cancer With Lemonade||The lemon juice/maple syrup/cayenne pepper Master Cleanse...you've probably heard of it. But you've probably never heard of Stanley Burroughs, the man who decided this concoction could cure cancer, and put it into practice. Our Facebook...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP#10--WebSleuths, Crowdsourcing & The Golden State Killer||Through crowdsourcing and data mining, the Internet helped nail the Golden State Killer in more ways than you probably realized. Unfortunately the Internet failed missing person Brian Shaffer, who managed to vanish inside a bar. Should crowdsourcing...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP#9--Accidental Killers||You think it will never happen to you. According to Gene Weingarten, "there may be no act of human failing that more fundamentally challenges our society’s views about crime, punishment, justice and mercy." But it happens all the time, and then your..||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP#8--The Surprising Secret Life of "Realborn" Baby Dolls||*(DUPLICATE OF EP#12--CORRECTED AUDIO)* One day, a series of innocent posts from Jaime Beebe landed her on the "Insane People of Facebook" page. Yes, Jaime Beebe is a grown mother of three who collects, photographs, and interacts with stunningly...||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP#7--Peremptory Challenges & Racial Bias in the US Legal System: The Case of Curtis Flowers||In 1996, an African American man named Curtis Flowers was sentenced to death for capital murder. Thus began a legal battle that continues today, a battle that has seen Flowers sucked into a world dominated by endless legal loopholes and rampant racial..||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP#6--Death & Corruption on Wall Street||In May of 2015, JPMorgan Chase pleaded guilty to a felony count by the U.S. Justice Department for its role in rigging foreign currency exchange trading. That year, six big banks, including JP Morgan were fined billions of dollars for their role...||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP#5--Sometimes I Part My Wig in the Middle, and Sometimes I Tease it a Little!||Join host Alissa Fleck as she explores the ethics of the human hair market, and tries to find out if Disneyland is truly the happiest place on Earth. Included is a PSA about the Superbowl being the number one incident of human trafficking in the USA....||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP#4--Are The Deaths Of 80 Doctors Connected? (A Murder Mystery)||They say Erin Elizabeth is a raving lunatic for trying to connect what she sees as the suspicious deaths of more than 80 holistic doctors in the US in the last 2.5 years. But here at IS THIS ILLEGAL, we have a soft spot for lunatics. Is...||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP#3 The Long Con (PART II)||Multilevel marketing companies employ millions of people worldwide. Thousands of people join MLMs every single day, as others quit when they realize the possibility for growth is finite. Someone probably just signed up for an MLM in the time it took...||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP#3--Your Internet Job May Be Illegal & You Don't Even Know It (PART I)||Join host Alissa Fleck for a juicy investigation into companies that make up a big portion of the US economy: multi-level-marketing companies. Some love them, some call them thinly-veiled pyramid schemes or "a cancer on our society." Part I is just...||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP#2--Nazis in Costumes & Extreme Haunted Housing (Halloween Edition)||This week on IS THIS ILLEGAL?, just in time for Halloween, Alissa Fleck examines claims that Nazis have infiltrated the Furry community and discusses the most disturbing case of "extreme haunted housing." These are some seriously bizarre stories of...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP#1--How Not To Disappear: Stories of Death Fraud Gone Wrong||Join host Alissa Fleck as she explores death fraud and other hoaxes of questionable legality--and as she contemplates a career change. From the black market for unclaimed corpses to people who were never really there, this one's an emotional...||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Such interesting stories!
Entertaining, interesting, and well researched stories! Can’t wait to hear more!
A Great New Podcast!
Although there are a lot of true crime podcasts out there Is This Illegal? is able to set itself apart with unique and interesting stories that touch upon the strange and often quirky situations where legality is murky. Alissa’s journalistic skills are clearly evident in the well researched podcast and every episode so far has been funny and thought provoking! I’m looking forward to more!
I just listened. I found it very interesting. I like the tone of the podcast, touching on often over looked topics. Great episode! And thank you for giving Michelle Mcnamara the credit she is due. Looking forward to listening to the backlog of episodes!