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Badlands is a true crime podcast that explores the real life stories of the famous at their most infamous. Badlands is voiced by Jake Brennan, host of the award-winning podcast DISGRACELAND. In Badlands, each episode digs into the crimes and scandals of our most beloved cultural figures. How did Marilyn Monroe really die? What caused Heath Ledger to end up on the bad side of revenge-seeking paparazzi? How did Winona Ryder help solve a kidnapping case in her adoptive hometown? New scripted episodes of Badlands are released every Wednesday while bonus episodes are released every Friday. Badlands is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. Certain dialogue and scenes are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes as they are in most scripted entertainment based on true events. Sources and credits for each episode are available at Badlands is available wherever you get your podcasts.

Episode Date
REWIND - The Black Dahlia (Elizabeth Short): A Gruesome Murder, a Corrupt Police Department, and an Unsolvable Mystery
Apr 19, 2024
REWIND - Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: A Teenage Jewel Thief, a Heel Turn Betrayal, and Raising the People’s Eyebrow
Apr 17, 2024
REWIND - Tim Allen: Cocaine in Kalamazoo, Life in Prison, and Flipping for the Feds
Apr 12, 2024
Presenting DISGRACELAND - Kobe Bryant: The Black Mamba's Revenge
Apr 10, 2024
REWIND - Pete Rose: Full-Throttle Hustle, Gambling with Gangsters, and Winning at Any Cost
Apr 05, 2024
REWIND - Patty Hearst: Brainwashing, Cyanide Bullets, and an Heiress-Turned-Terrorist 
Apr 03, 2024
REWIND - Joe Namath: Rubbing Elbows with the Mafia, Accused of Assault, and the Birth of the Rockstar Gladiator
Mar 29, 2024
REWIND - Lana Turner: The Preeminent Pinup Girl, the King of Los Angeles, and the Death of Johnny Stompanato
Mar 27, 2024
REWIND - Sonny Liston: Managed by the Mob, Heavyweight Champ of the Prison and then the World, and What It Takes to Be the Baddest of Them All
Mar 22, 2024
Presenting DISGRACELAND: Steve McQueen: Mustangs, Magnums, and Manson's Hit List
Mar 20, 2024
REWIND - Danny Trejo: A Prison Riot, the Gas Chamber, and Becoming Fear
Mar 15, 2024
REWIND - Sal Mineo: Street Gangs, Ouija Boards, and Unabashed Pride
Mar 13, 2024
Presenting DISGRACELAND: Anthony Bourdain: Junk, Romance, and a Lust for Life
Feb 21, 2024
Presenting DISGRACELAND - Icons Trailer
Jan 31, 2024
Paul Newman: Fast Cars, Cold Beers, and Forgotten Memories
Jan 24, 2024
Lorenzen Wright: Mexican Drug Cartels, Million Dollar Contracts, and a Murder in Memphis
Jan 17, 2024
Sharon Stone: Basic Instincts, Baring It All, and the Butcher of Montreal
Jan 10, 2024
Bonus Episode: Odd Jobs, Bad Reviews, and The Jerry Lee Lewis of Cinema
Jan 05, 2024
Harrison Ford: Smashing Bottles, Slinging Weed, and Partying with the Stones
Jan 03, 2024
Presenting Disgraceland - Derek and the Dominos: Clapton, Cocaine, Motorcycles, and Murder
Dec 29, 2023
Presenting Disgraceland - Mariah Carey: Armed Guards, Gang Burglaries, and the True Meaning of Christmas
Dec 27, 2023
Bonus Episode: Altitude Adjustments, Non-Christmas Movies?, and Parental Roadmaps
Dec 22, 2023
Robert Blake: Child Actors, Killer Roles, and the Murder of Bonny Lee Bakley
Dec 20, 2023
Bonus Episode: Bourdain's Books, Christmas Classics, and Gilmour's Guitar
Dec 15, 2023
Benedict Cumberbatch: Lost in the Himalayas, Stopping a Mugging in London, and a Kidnapping in South Africa
Dec 13, 2023
Bonus Episode: Shetland, Christmas Movies, and Firstborn Unicorns
Dec 08, 2023
Dorothy Stratten: A Playboy Pinup, a Private Investigator, and a Chilling Murder
Dec 06, 2023
Bonus Episode: Clandestine Casinos, Presidential Plotting, and Get Off the Shed!
Dec 01, 2023
Thelma Todd: The Ace of Hearts Stalker, Hollywood Mobsters, and the Mysterious Death of the Ice Cream Blonde
Nov 29, 2023
Bonus Episode: Whodunnits, The Morning Show, and the Man on the Phone
Nov 17, 2023
Phil Hartman: Blackmail, an Attempted Presidential Assassination, and a Murder-Suicide
Nov 15, 2023
U2: Death Threats, a Song that Inspired a Killer, and the Murder of Rebecca Schaeffer
Nov 14, 2023
Presenting Disgraceland - Season 14 Trailer
Nov 13, 2023
Bonus Episode: Suspiria, Batting 1000, and the Story of Sly
Nov 10, 2023
The Misfits: Car Wrecks, Heart Attacks, Marilyn Monroe, and One of Hollywood’s Most Cursed Films
Nov 01, 2023
Presenting Disgraceland - The Misfits: Robbing Graves, Night of the Living Dead and the Teenagers from Mars
Oct 31, 2023
Bonus Episode: Firewalking, A Sam Spade Concept Record, and The Mystery of Dennis Farina
Oct 27, 2023
John Huston: A Duel, a Fatal Car Crash, and Living Hand to Mouth
Oct 25, 2023
Bonus Episode: The Addiction, Ed Gein and Danny Rolling, and Improbable Career Transitions
Oct 20, 2023
Alex Rocco: A Mob Murder, a Boston Gang War, and Leaving Winter Hill for the Corleones
Oct 18, 2023
Bonus Episode: Musician David Lynch, a Young Jeffrey Lebowski, and Bob from the Black Lodge
Oct 13, 2023
David Lynch: A Brutal Murder, a Corrupt Small Town, and the Secret Origins of Twin Peaks
Oct 11, 2023
Bonus Episode: Trailerization, Horror Films, and Fiddling With a Severed Hand
Oct 06, 2023
Badlands Season 9: Hollywoodland (Trailer)
Oct 04, 2023
Bonus Episode: First Reformed, Burn After Reading, and Insightful Hillbillies
Sep 29, 2023
Jane Fonda: Hailed for Heroism, Accused of Treason, and Targeted by the President
Sep 27, 2023
Bonus Episode: Camp Firewood, Movie Set Deaths, and Great American Jawlines
Sep 22, 2023
Brandon Lee: Hungry Ghosts, Cursed Movies, and a Goth Masterpiece
Sep 20, 2023
Bonus Episode: Crossing Delancey, The Big Sleep, and Stone-Cold Sexual Charisma
Sep 15, 2023
Humphrey Bogart: Mob Assassins, Rat Packs, and the Downfall of Murder, Inc.
Sep 13, 2023
Bonus Episode: Amadeus, Scorsese on Scorsese, and an (almost) French Pop Star
Sep 08, 2023
Jodie Foster: A Teenage Star-Turn, a Deranged Stalker, and the Attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan
Sep 06, 2023
Bonus Episode: The King of Karaoke, Made Men, and the many Hunter S Thompsons
Sep 01, 2023
Bill Murray: Airport Drug Busts, Backstage Brawls, and Crashing Elvis’s Burial
Aug 30, 2023
Bonus Episode: Rags to Riches, Westerns, and the Hoover FBI Connection
Aug 25, 2023
Joan Crawford: Stag Films, Dead Presidents, and No Wire Hangers
Aug 23, 2023
Bonus Episode: Divine Goddesses, Steve McQueen, and Telemarketers
Aug 18, 2023
Sigourney Weaver: A Goddess, Beasts and Demons, and Paying Tribute from Death Row
Aug 16, 2023
Bonus Episode: Rockabilly Haircuts, Rocky is a Love Story, and The Getaway
Aug 11, 2023
Johnny Depp: Homemade Bombs, Bootleg Quaaludes, and Unsolved Disappearances
Aug 09, 2023
Badlands Season 8: Hollywoodland (Trailer)
Aug 02, 2023
Bonus Episode: Jaws, Asteroid City, and the Greatest Movies of the Seventies
Jul 28, 2023
Roman Polanski: Nazis, Murder, and Life on the Lam
Jul 26, 2023
Bonus Episode: Satanism, Hot Sticky Summertime Noir, and The Dirty Dozen
Jul 21, 2023
Jayne Mansfield: Nude Scenes, Satan’s Slave, and a Gruesome Death
Jul 19, 2023
Bonus Episode: The Bear, Movie Remakes, and Hugh Grant
Jul 14, 2023
Hugh Grant: Sex on the Sunset Strip, Assault with a Non-Deadly Weapon, and Cracking Open
Jul 12, 2023
Sharon Tate Pt 2: Rape, Drugs, and Murdering New Hollywood
Jul 07, 2023
Sharon Tate Pt 1: Wild Parties and Dangerous Company
Jul 05, 2023
Bonus Episode: Improbable Duos, Congas, and Marlon Brando
Jun 30, 2023
Marlon Brando: A Fake Kidnapping Gone Wrong, Jungle Madness, and a Dead Boyfriend
Jun 28, 2023
Bonus Episode: Great Movies with Not-So-Great Soundtracks, Mel Gibson and the Hungerford Massacre, and The Lion in Winter
Jun 23, 2023
Bonus Episode: Eerily Similar Celebrity Deaths, The Boston Red Sox, and Anna Nicole Smith
Jun 16, 2023
Anna Nicole Smith: Methadone, a Murder Plot, and a Fate Like Marilyn’s
Jun 14, 2023
Bonus Episode: Jake’s Summertime Jams, Defending HBO’s “The Idol”, and Will Smith, the Double Threat
Jun 09, 2023
Will Smith: Fist Fights, Jail Cells, and the Slap Heard 'Round the World
Jun 07, 2023
Bonus Episode: Succession Series Finale, Paul Simon, and Star Wars
Jun 02, 2023
Carrie Fisher: Acid in the Desert, Snakes in the Amazon, and More Postcards from the Edge
May 31, 2023
Bonus Episode: Hoosier Actors, Bad UFO Documentaries, and The Bling Ring
May 26, 2023
Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Sofia Coppola, and The Bling Ring
May 24, 2023
Bonus Episode: M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs", Your Favorite SNL Sketches, and the Curse of the James Dean Death Car
May 19, 2023
James Dean: A Death Foretold, a Gruesome Publicity Stunt, and a Haunted Car
May 17, 2023
Bruce Springsteen: Shootouts, Killing Sprees, and the Making of Nebraska
May 16, 2023
Bonus Episode: Jake's Favorite SNL Era, Old School Baseball Documentaries, and Your Sci-fi Film Recs
May 12, 2023
Chris Farley: Raging Bulls, Insatiable Appetites, Dead Comics, and a Four-Day Plunge off the Edge
May 10, 2023
Presenting Disgraceland Season 12 (Trailer)
May 09, 2023
Bonus Episode: Comedians and Tragedy, Richard Pryor's Gig with the Prince of Darkness, and John Mulaney's "Baby J"
May 05, 2023
Richard Pryor: Stabbing, Shooting, F***ing, Burning, and Freebasing
May 03, 2023
Badlands Season 7: Hollywoodland (Trailer)
Apr 26, 2023
Badlands Oscar Party: Top Gun, Tar, and Best War Movies
Mar 08, 2023
Lawrence Taylor: Broken Legs, Handshake Drugs, and Undercover Grandmas
Dec 28, 2022
Bruno Fernandes de Souza: Sex Parties, Paternity Tests, and Murder
Dec 21, 2022
Andrés Escobar: Laundered Drug Money, a Cocaine Kingpin, and the Goal that Led to a Shocking Murder
Dec 14, 2022
The Hillsborough Disaster: A Fatal Human Crush, Soccer Hooligans, and a Massive Cover-up
Dec 07, 2022
Paul Gascoigne: A Dead Pool, a Police Standoff, and a Cold-Blooded Killer
Nov 30, 2022
Diego Maradona: Stolen Blood, Italian Gangsters, and the Hand of God
Nov 23, 2022
Robert Rozier: Severed Heads, Death Angels, and the Devil’s Night Out
Nov 16, 2022
Michael Vick: Shallow Graves, Dogfights, and Self-Destruction
Nov 02, 2022
Ray Lewis: Survival in Baltimore, a Brutal Beating in Miami, and a Double Murder in Atlanta
Oct 26, 2022
Charlie Chaplin: Japanese Assassins, Murder on a Yacht, and a Stolen Corpse
Aug 03, 2022
Bob Crane of Hogan’s Heroes: Sex, Lies, Videotape, and Murder
Aug 03, 2022
Lucille Ball: Gun Wounds, Refugees, and the Redhead Who Survived the Red Scare
Aug 03, 2022
Drew Barrymore: Curses, Corpses, and a Coked-Up Child Star in the Club
Aug 03, 2022
Charlie Sheen: Tiger Blood, Porn Stars, and the High-Priest Vatican Assassin Warlock
Aug 03, 2022
Armie Hammer: Dirty Texts, Bloodthirsty Fetishes, and a Cannibal Kink
Aug 03, 2022
Robin Williams: A Manic Mind at Breakneck Speed, an Addiction to Laughter, and the Devil’s Dandruff
Jul 13, 2022
The Dating Game Killer: Persuasion, Charm, and a Depraved Murderer at Large
Jul 06, 2022
Mickey Rourke: Organized Crime, the IRA, and Method Acting into Oblivion
Jun 15, 2022
Woody Harrelson: Contract Killers, JFK Conspiracies, and Fathers & Sons
Jun 08, 2022
Judy Garland: Seconals, Benzedrine, and Dexedrine…Oh My
Jun 01, 2022
Sean Penn: A Prison Escape, The Night Stalker, and Madonna’s True Blue Bad Boy
May 25, 2022
Winona Ryder: Drowning, Designer Theft, and a Deadly Kidnapping
May 18, 2022
Lindsay Lohan: Morgues, Ankle Bracelets, and an Addiction to Chaos
May 11, 2022
Robert Downey Jr.: Running on Empty, Rock Bottom, and Ironclad Resolve
Apr 20, 2022
Robert Mitchum: Reefer Madness, a Daring Escape from a Chain Gang, and Not Giving a Damn
Apr 06, 2022
Brittany Murphy: Pills, Paranoia, and Poison
Mar 23, 2022
Poltergeist Curse: Paranormal Activity, a Plane Crash, and Murder
Mar 16, 2022
Jack Nicholson: Hidden Drugs, Road Rage, and a Shocking Crime
Feb 23, 2022
Ty Cobb: Playing Smart and Mean, Fighting Dirty and Often, and Separating Truth from Fiction
Nov 10, 2021
Spider Sabich: Freak Power, Cocaine, and Murder in Aspen
Nov 03, 2021
Tonya Harding: Free Will, Bad Luck, a Whack Gone Wrong, and Being Doomed from the Start
Oct 20, 2021
Evel Knievel: Cracking Safes, a Beatdown with a Baseball Bat, and Jumping the Shark
Oct 06, 2021
Aaron Hernandez: A Botched Execution, a Rattled Cage, and a Disgraced Patriot
Sep 29, 2021
Oscar Pistorius: Prison Threats, Crime Bosses, the World’s Most Impossible Olympian, and a Valentine’s Day Murder
Sep 22, 2021
Natalie Wood: Secrets, Prophecies, Pills, and When the Wrong Dreams Come True
Jun 30, 2021
Dennis Hopper: Dynamite, Cocaine, Cheating Death, Subverting Hollywood, and Life on the Fringe
Jun 23, 2021
George Reeves: Elusive Truth, Absent Justice, and the American Way...Hollywood Style
Jun 16, 2021
Bruce Lee: Fists of Fury, the Death Touch, Murder Suspect #1, and Hollywood’s Ultimate Outsider
Jun 09, 2021
John Holmes: Big Units, Freebase Briefcases, Four on the Floor, and the Wonderland Murders
Jun 02, 2021
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle: Underground Brothels, Hush Money, Bootlegged Booze, and the Making of Hollywood’s Greatest Scandal
May 26, 2021