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||CleanEp. 17: Alex and Kevin: 8/23/16||In the final chapter, Episode 17, Alex and Kevin come together and discuss their life, the experience of telling their story and the feeling of working on the mat together, again.||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 16: So Miami: 8/22/16||In Episode 16, So Miami, we come full circle. Kevin returns to this wrestling roots in Miami. And he makes a stunning decision.||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 15: Washed and Dried: 8/19/16||Kevin is close to making a major bust. He's infiltrated a Colombian cartel through a DEA sponsored money-laundering operation. He doesn't know it. He's cleaning Alex's cash.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 14: Back To Work: 8/18/16||Alex is in the mountains of Colombia, held hostage. He's still running his U.S. smuggling operation and begins rotating between cartels, ultimately working for Pablo Escobar.||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP. 13: Chasing The Chameleon: 8/17/16||Kevin joins the DEA and gets word of a big investigation. Alex begins to get worried and flees the country through Mexico. He eventually makes it to Rio de Janeiro.||8/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12: Hard Time: 8/16/16||Meet Jim Burke, the cop, and Paul Pelletier, the prosecutor, who combined to track down Alex using an informant and the U.S. government's War on Drugs to get the job done.||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP. 11: Nowhere To Hide: 8/15/16||Kevin leaves the Army to care of his wife. She's hooked on crack cocaine. His life crumbling, he files for divorce. One night he's home with the barrel of a gun in his mouth.||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 10: Bimini and Beyond: 8/12/16||Just 50 miles off the Florida coast, the Bahamas were the perfect spot for the last step in Colombian cocaine smuggling. Alex finds out the Coast Guard was aware of this, too.||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 9: Zip Six: 8/11/16||Alex starts stealing drugs from drug traffickers. This puts his life in danger, but also leads to the opportunity that would put him at the top of the smuggling trade.||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8: El Tigre: 8/10/16||In episode eight, Alex loses his biggest supporter and his life begins to go off the rails. Then a friend introduces him to something new, something dangerous.||8/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7: College: 8/9/16||In Episode Seven, Alex excels at the University of Georgia while Kevin struggles at West Point. Their hometown Miami is changing and Alex goes back and fits right in with the scene.||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP. 6: The Coach: 8/8/16||In Episode Six we meet Barry Zimbler, Palmetto High's Hall of Fame wrestling coach and the source of Alex and Kevin's All-American careers, camaraderie, and rivalry.||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5: Contraband: 8/5/16||Episode five explains why Colombia is the capital for producing cocaine, and how the profit margins led to the growth of drug cartels and the birth of the smuggling business.||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4: The Wildcard: 8/4/16||In episode four, Alex, the natural athlete meets a new friend who introduces him to wrestling, and eventually another endeavor he becomes really good at, too.||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3: The Straight Arrow: 8/3/16||In Episode Three we meet Kevin, the self-made wrestler whose work ethic made him a state champion but still wasn't enough to please the one person who matters most to him.||8/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2: From Farm To Table: 8/2/16||Pin Kings is a 16-episode podcast that tells the story of two All-American high school wrestlers, teammates and friends who end up on opposite ends of the War on Drugs. In Episode Two: Learn why a submarine is being constructed in Bogota, nearly 300 mile||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1: Off The Mat, Off The Grid: 8/1/16||Pin Kings is a 16-episode podcast that tells the story of two All-American high school wrestlers, teammates and friends who end up on the opposite side of the War on Drugs. In Episode One you meet Alex and Kevin.||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp: Zero: 7/25/16||PinKings is a 16-episode podcast that launches Aug. 1. It's the story of two All-American high school wrestlers and friends who end up on opposite ends of the War on Drugs. This is Episode Zero: The Introduction.||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Compelling story/bad production
All the bad things about TV brought to a podcast. The storyline was broken so much so that I had to check each episode to make sure I was going in the correct order. There was endless repetition especially in early episodes. Like in bad television, producers would bookend commercials with verbatim repetition almost As if the had to stretch the content out by several hours to fill advertising, so much so that the flow of the story would stall for 5-10 minutes. You will sound bites 3-4 times that do nothing to advance or enhance the story. The narrators themselves say the same thing over and over again as if trying to teach a toddler how to say the alphabet.
The only saving grace was that the story was so compelling for me as a former wrestler. Even though they hyperbolized Kevin's role in finding or bringing Alex to justice the story itself was very engaging.
I really hope they adjust to the podcasting community and ditch TV antics in future podcasts.
The Story behind this podcast is so fascinating. The actual podcast itself is terrible.
The narrators record an unscripted conversation between them like a talk show, which is a terrible choice for a documentary series. The narrators are bumbling, unsure and correct themselves and each other often. The podcast would have been SO MUCH better served by having a scripted narrator.
The story has no pacing. It jumps backward, forwards, and back in time again for no reason at all.
Episode 1 doesn't really introduce the story. Instead of talking about how Alex got involved with drugs, they skip right from high school to the time he is a kingpin in the late 80s in the middle of the episode .
Again, I cannot stress how fascinating and one-of-a-kind the story is. It has all the trappings or a story that straight out of Hollywood. But just because the podcast is focused on a great story, doesn't mean it is a good podcast. Based on the first couple episodes, I would much rather read an article or book on this story instead of finishing this podcast.
The podcasters are a great story tellers with a very unique story. Can't wait for the next episode!! Thank you!!