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Criminal Records Podcast

Jul 18, 2024

When you're unhappy about the price of wheat, there's only one solution: Send a telegraph to the Australian government declaring war.

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Jul 11, 2024

When an Englishman with the rare ability to speak Mandarin Chinese got into a dispute with a corrupt local official in Zhejiang, he took his complaints all the way to the top, kicking off a diplomatic incident involving the emperor himself.

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Episode delayed by one week

Jul 2, 2024

Hi all,

Due to the 4th of July holiday there won't be an episode this week. But we'll have one for you next week!


Jun 21, 2024

A negotiation over fishing rights took an unexpected turn when a Lithuanian fisherman jumped onto an American Coast Guard ship to seek asylum. But as investigators dug into the story of this Soviet citizen's attempt to defect, they discovered that the defector's legal status was far more complicated than anyone—even...


Jun 6, 2024

In a country where gay sex is illegal, is a magazine for gay people a publication for criminals? Is the content obscene, even if there's no sexual content on the page, just because sex might be suggested somewhere off the page or in the pages of an entirely different publication? And most importantly, can you put this...