The World Beneath

By Imperative Entertainment

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The first-ever series that defines and exposes the true nature of the underworld: a second economy of dirty money, born from the intersection of organized crime and intelligence operations. They are twin heads of this realm, and they have never been separated. This is the world of MOBSTERS & SPIES.

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Welcome To The Sunshine Place
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Once called “the miracle on the beach,” Synanon began in the 1960s as an experimental rehab facility in Santa Monica, California with a radical claim: It could cure heroin addiction. Before long, it would make an even bolder claim: It could cure any of your problems. All you had to do was move in. What started in a house on the beach, soon spread to compounds across the country. The man who made the miracle happen, Charles E. Dederich, aka “Chuck,” would be the one to destroy it all, along with the lives of many of his followers and millions of dollars in assets. The Sunshine Place tells the mind-blowing, true-story of Synanon - one of America’s most cutting edge social experiments, turned into one of its most dangerous and violent cults - as it’s never been told before: by the people who lived it. Executive Produced by Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Emily Barclay Ford for Team Downey and C13Originals, together with Josh McLaughlin for Wink Pictures and written, produced, and directed by Peabody-nominated C13Originals, a Cadence13 Studio.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
New Series: In the Land of Lies
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From Sean Kipe and Imperative Entertainment comes the story of former Georgia police officer Michael Chapel, convicted of the 1993 robbery and brutal murder of Emogene Thompson and sentenced to life in prison. However, with the recent surfacing of new information, Chapel’s story may have taken a dramatic turn – one that could potentially prove his innocence. Kipe takes a deep dive into Chapel’s past to find the unbelievable truth behind a story that involves corrupt police officers, crime rings, drug trafficking, steroids, and murder. Listen to the series right now: https://link.chtbl.com/inthelandoflies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
Wondery Presents: Blood Ties Season 3 – “Strange Days”
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Our family members are not always who we think. When Eleonore Richland exposed her father’s dark legacy, she vowed to clean up the family business – and hired her half-brother, Santino Reyes, to help her do it. But old habits die hard. In the shocking new third season, Eleonore reckons with what her father always taught her growing up: medicine is a bloody business. From Wondery, the makers of “The Shrink Next Door” and “Dr. Death,” Blood Ties stars Gillian Jacobs (Community, Love), Christian Navarro (13 Reasons Why), and Peter Stormare. Listen to all six episodes ad free on Wondery+ on May 9.  Listen to Blood Ties - Strange Days: https://wondery.app.link/wplus/twb_bts3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Invaded from the Underworld Up with Andrew McCabe | Sitdown 10
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In the summer of 2017, the FBI's Deputy Director stood firm at the helm of that agency, guiding it through an all-out assault from the realm of mobsters and spies - foreign and domestic… and paid the price. LB sits down with Andrew McCabe to learn about how his early experience at the Bureau - as a street agent investigating Russian Organized Crime in Lucky Luciano's old territory, prepared him for an investigation into a Presidential candidate - who once housed those Kremlin-connected gangsters in his concrete cartel tower. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Buried Alive | Chapter 10
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Now having walked through the origin and partial evolution of the Second Economy - built from a smuggling empire, we return to the two assassinations that launched the series. And find our way into the space between them - where a wave of Russian mobsters and spies landed, conquered, and left us buried alive in their avalanche of crime.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 01, 2021
Smashing Codes with Jason Fagone | Sitdown 9
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LB sits down with author Jason Fagone to discuss his extraordinary book "The Woman Who Smashed Codes", and what we all can learn from the life and work ethic of our heroine, Elizebeth Friedman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 30, 2021
X Marks the Spot | Chapter 9
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The underworld re-organizes after the departure of Lucky Luciano. Elizebeth and William set down their swords and go gently into the good night. And Meyer Lansky's old business fronts lead us right to a modern President's old fixer.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
The Enemy Inside with Craig Unger and Yuri Shvets | Sitdown 8
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LB sits down with author and investigative journalist, Craig Unger, and former KGB agent Yuri Shvets - Unger's source for his deep dives on Donald Trump's Kremlin history before the Presidency, and career money-laundering for Putin's mobligarchs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
A Woman's Touch | Chapter 8
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Elizebeth breaks the German enigma machine - twice, and defends the Western Hemisphere from an Axis invasion. The extensive clandestine intelligence operation she ran during World War 2 has finally rightfully been attributed to her, despite the machinations and thievery of the man who hijacked her legacy as his own - J Edgar Hoover. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2021
Hunting at the FBI with Frank Figliuzzi | Sitdown 7
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LB does the important work of asking dumb questions about spies, so that we can all learn the meaning and value of counter-intelligence from the former assistant director of that division at the FBI, Frank Figliuzzi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 26, 2021
That Is One F*cked Up Rooster | Chapter 7
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The President that Lucky Luciano put into office transforms into the leader a world at war needs. Meyer protects the homefront by taking on Hitler's American Bund and living rent-free in that monster's head. And Lucky finds his way into the sacred hen house - US intelligence, walking away with all of the eggs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
Just a Woman with Jill Wine-Banks | Sitdown 6
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Eunice Carter was the first woman prosecutor to take on the mob, and Jill Wine-Banks followed her lead to become the first to take on a President. LB sits down with the legend to discuss what it's like to be a woman warrior in the ultimate inner sanctum of male power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
Operation Underworld | Chapter 6
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Thanks to a woman prosecutor, Lucky Luciano finally faces the long arm of the law. And with a second world war on the horizon, the stage is set for the realms of mobsters and spies to cross the rubicon… and become partners.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 23, 2021
Beware of Strongmen with Ruth Ben-Ghiat | Sitdown 5
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When crime lords, or their puppets, find their way into political office, the worst of mankind is unleashed. LB sits down with scholar and author Ruth Ben-Ghiat to talk Mussolini and Hitler, the techniques and circumstances that lead to a Strongman's rise, and the devasting parallals and symbiosis they have with mob bosses - past and present. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
Shifting Silhouettes | Chapter 5
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Two gangland hits propel Meyer and Lucky to the top of the world they helped create; while Elizebeth's investigations show a darker product being shipped through their smuggling empire. One that would only grow with Prohibition's repeal, and ravage our families and communities for generations to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
The Jersey Situation with Stuart Syvret | Sitdown 4
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The offshore laundromat that Meyer Lansky created continues to ravage the free world today. LB sits down with Stuart Syvret, former Senior Senator of Jersey Island - a Crown Dependency in the English Channel. Senator Syvret is the only political prisoner in the world without legal representation thanks to the global mobsters who control the Queen's island. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 20, 2021
The Laundromat | Chapter 4
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Elizebeth successfully hunts and exposes a pivotal piece in The Syndicate's smuggling empire, enabling Elmer Irey and his T-Men to finally nail Public Enemy #1…and leaving Meyer Lansky shaking in his fedora. To save The Syndicate's money, Meyer runs to Switzerland to create the global laundromat... and the Second Economy is born.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 19, 2021
The Silent Warrior with Melissa Davis | Sitdown 3
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LB sits down with Melissa Davis - Director of Library and Archives at the George Marshall Foundation, guardian of William and Elizebeth Friedman's legacy, and world's happiest librarian. Melissa lets us into the more personal side of Elizebeth and William's life together, raising a loving family while protecting the nation's most valuable secrets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 18, 2021
Pirates of Fifth Avenue | Chapter 3
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Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano find the business mentor they need to launch their bootlegging empire. Once they do, the Treasury Department sends an officer to go knock on Elizebeth's door. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021
History Matters with Greg Olear | Sitdown 2
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LB sits down with friend and novelist Greg Olear, who was one of the first artists to write and warn about the invasion of mobsters and spies that swarmed us in the Trump Presidency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
Love Code | Chapter 2
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We meet our first season's hero: Elizebeth Smith Friedman, creator of cryptanalysis and godmother of the NSA. And she would never have formed what would become the world's most powerful intelligence agency without a conspiracy theory about Shakespeare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
Humanizing the NSA with Mr. Black ("Unc") | Sitdown 1
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LB's first sit-down is with her uncle, Jeremy Black - a loving father, terrific twin brother, and 35+-year veteran of the National Security Agency. Mr. Black walks us through the everyday workings of the NSA. And the man from the world's most secretive intelligence agency let's the cat out of the bag: his niece's real name. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
Two Dead Bodies | Chapter 1
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LB introduces The World Beneath with two assassinations in 1985: the Boss of Bosses of the American Mafia and the Little Godfather of the KGB's Russian Vor. Unanswered details between the two hits lead us on a journey back in time to find the first intersection of mobsters and spies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 13, 2021
Treasure
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Season one of The World Beneath explores the motivation behind the creation of the underworld of mobsters and spies. It was built in pursuit of one, simple thing. Treasure. When the pirates of the old world were taken over by the gangsters of the new, the criminal realm organized itself around the money – the bounty - that could be earned through Prohibition and vice. And our most formidable spies found the way to both capture them and partner with them through the map to their treasure, they left behind. We’re going to follow the money. The World Beneath launches on June 28. Season one publishes new episodes every Monday and Thursday or you can binge the entire season right away on Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
Teaser: The World Beneath
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COMING JUNE 28: The first-ever series that defines and exposes the true nature of the underworld: a second economy of dirty money, born from the intersection of organized crime and intelligence operations. They are twin heads of this realm, and they have never been separated. This is the world of MOBSTERS & SPIES. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 05, 2021