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4 podcasts worth getting addicted to over the holidays

From cold cases turned resurrected true crime stories to a haunting look into today’s status quo on terrorism, we’ve got you covered with some gripping, escapist podcasts over the long, lazy days that lie ahead.

Dirty John
Deception; a dashing con artist; a dreamy coastal setting; and a climactic finale, this addictive true crime story has it all. Debra is a single mother and interior designer who falls for handsome John — a man who seems, to everyone but Debra, too good to be true.

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At first glimpse, Chris and Lyn appear to be the perfect married couple. But when Lyn goes missing, dark secrets emerge. This is the sordid story of strangely close twin brothers, teenage student lovers, and a probable murder, that has gripped the world over.

Caliphate
The war on terror might have fizzled from our newsfeeds, but New York Times terrorism correspondent Rukmini Callimachi explores it here in a truly up-to-date sense. It’s is a gripping, serialised, and beautifully produced podcast you should make time for.

Dear Franklin Jones
Jonathan Hirsch looks back on his childhood in a spiritualist cult and his family’s complex relationship with its leader. This podcast is a stripped-down look at how cult mentalities can seep slowly — and parasitically — into the everyday lives of an American family.

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