Sold In America
By Stitcher and E.W. Scripps Company, with Noor Tagouri
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Sold in America is an eight-episode journey into the world of selling sex in the United States. Hosted by journalist and activist Noor Tagouri, this deeply personal, deeply reported series takes listeners across the country to meet the human faces of this billion-dollar trade – and uncovers its surprising misconceptions.
||Explicit5. Survival Sex||Noor meets Laya, a trans woman of color who became a sex worker after she was shut out from her family and job. It’s called survival sex -- sex work done purely to survive. What makes sex work dangerous for people like Laya is that she can’t report violent buyers to the police without fear of being arrested. Now, she’s trying to get a new law passed by the Washington, D.C. city council to decriminalize the buying and selling of sex. Is this the solution Noor has been searching for, or just a band-aid? You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go to stitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'.||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS: UnErased: The History of Conversion Therapy in America||The team here at Stitcher has partnered with Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad on a new podcast, UnErased. This week we’re bringing you something extra: a preview of UnErased, revealing the hidden history of conversion therapy and its impact on America. Go find UnErased in your podcast app to hear the first episode now. UnErased in Apple Podcasts: https://applepodcasts.com/unerased||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4. Bunnies at Work||Nevada is the land of legalized prostitution. At the Bunny Ranch brothel, Noor explores a model of sex entirely as a business – just like any other. She meets a highly paid prostitute who plans to leave the ranch with hundreds of thousands in savings. The infamous pimp who runs the place argues that if you're selling sex for money in America and you're not doing it legally in a brothel, you're a criminal. But Noor learns that only a select few can meet the standards for working in the brothel. You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go tostitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'. This episode is sponsored by Casper Mattresses (www.casper.com/NOOR code: NOOR).||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3. The Buyers Club||Every day and every hour in this country, people are buying and selling sex. It’s on the street, it’s online, and it’s worth billions. And the people buying are mostly men. In most parts of the country, buyers rarely face any consequences, but one city is trying something different. Noor travels to Seattle where she meets a man who was arrested for buying sex, and the public official who wants to crack down on demand. But then she meets a sex worker in the city who flips the narrative about exploitation on its head. You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go to stitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'.||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2. Trafficked in Plain Sight||The sex trade in America may appear unseen, but it is not hidden. In Kentucky, where the opioid crisis is making people vulnerable to exploitation, Noor meets doctors and police officers who are training to recognize trafficking victims in medical settings and on the streets. By the time Noor leaves the Bluegrass state, she's convinced that we must talk about drugs and addiction if we want to help trafficking victims.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1. Sold In America||Our series begins where Noor’s journey into world of sexual exploitation and violence began, as a 12 year old girl in a hotel in Saudi Arabia. But when she sits down with a survivor of the sex trade, she begins to understand sex trafficking in a whole new light. And now Noor is face-to-face with how easy it is for women to be Sold in America. You can hear ad-free episodes of Sold in America only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of premium, go to stitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'AMERICA'.||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitComing Soon: Sold In America||Journalist and activist Noor Tagouri grew up thinking she knew everying about sex trafficking in the U.S. But when she embarks on a deeply personal, deeply reported journey, taking listeners into the world of selling sex in the United States, she realizes the story is more complicated. Join Noor as she travels across the country to meet the human faces of this billion-dollar trade – and uncover its surprising misconceptions. Sold In America launches October 10.||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
It’s All About How Great the Host Is
Wanted to love this, but the producers have made the atrocious decision to make this about the host Noor’s “personal journey.” So much of the first episode was all about her, how great she is, her life’s story, etc. We needed a journalistic approach here, something hard-hitting and professional, like a PBS Frontline documentary. I may try to stomach a later episode, but the “me me me” stuff in the opener really turned me off.
Not what I expected
I don’t doubt that the podcaster is genuinely motivated by this cause, but there’s an odd amount of… self promotion and first person narration. I’m not surprised someone who grew up with social media is this self-involved. Are you a lifestyle influencer or journalist?
Self Indulgent Reporter/Narrator
Too much ego, not enough substance. All of the ”I“ and ”we“ statements turn an important subject into “all about Noor.” The reporter insists on tying everything to her own personal thoughts and feelings as if her feelings were the story.
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