IS THIS ILLEGAL?
A podcast about stories of questionable legality produced by investigative reporter Alissa Fleck.
info_outline EP#12--InCels, Pick Up Artists, and the Friend Zone: Toxic Masculinity Abounds 05/11/2018
EP#12--InCels, Pick Up Artists, and the Friend Zone: Toxic Masculinity Abounds Where did InCels come from and why does everyone suddenly care? Why is the friend zone a problematic concept? How are pickup artists actually hurting you? All these questions answered and more. WARNING: This episode contains graphic content around sexual violence.
info_outline EP#11--The Man Who Tried To Cure Cancer With Lemonade 05/08/2018
EP#11--The Man Who Tried To Cure Cancer With Lemonade The lemon juice/maple syrup/cayenne pepper Master Cleanse...you've probably heard of it. But you've probably never heard of Stanley Burroughs, the man who decided this concoction could cure cancer, and put it into practice. Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IsThisIllegalPodcast/
info_outline EP#10--WebSleuths, Crowdsourcing & The Golden State Killer 05/01/2018
EP#10--WebSleuths, Crowdsourcing & The Golden State Killer Through crowdsourcing and data mining, the Internet helped nail the Golden State Killer in more ways than you probably realized. Unfortunately the Internet failed missing person Brian Shaffer, who managed to vanish inside a bar. Should crowdsourcing crime-solving be legal?
info_outline EP#9--Accidental Killers 04/25/2018
EP#9--Accidental Killers You think it will never happen to you. According to Gene Weingarten, "there may be no act of human failing that more fundamentally challenges our society’s views about crime, punishment, justice and mercy." But it happens all the time, and then your life is never the same. WARNING: THIS EPISODE HAS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF DEATH.
info_outline EP#8--The Surprising Secret Life of "Realborn" Baby Dolls 03/30/2018
EP#8--The Surprising Secret Life of "Realborn" Baby Dolls One day, a series of innocent posts from Jaime Beebe landed her on the "Insane People of Facebook" page. Yes, Jaime Beebe is a grown mother of three who collects, photographs, and interacts with stunningly realistic baby dolls. But does that make her insane? And remember those fake baby simulators you had to carry around in high school? Studies found they may actually increase incidences of teen pregnancy, so why are they still in use?
info_outline EP#7--Peremptory Challenges & Racial Bias in the US Legal System: The Case of Curtis Flowers 03/14/2018
EP#7--Peremptory Challenges & Racial Bias in the US Legal System: The Case of Curtis Flowers In 1996, an African American man named Curtis Flowers was sentenced to death for capital murder. Thus began a legal battle that continues today, a battle that has seen Flowers sucked into a world dominated by endless legal loopholes and rampant racial bias. It all leads us back to peremptory challenges--should they be illegal?
info_outline EP#6--Death & Corruption on Wall Street 02/28/2018
EP#6--Death & Corruption on Wall Street In May of 2015, JPMorgan Chase pleaded guilty to a felony count by the U.S. Justice Department for its role in rigging foreign currency exchange trading. That year, six big banks, including JP Morgan were fined billions of dollars for their role in market fixing. But by that point, the mysterious deaths had already begun...
info_outline EP#5--Sometimes I Part My Wig in the Middle, and Sometimes I Tease it a Little! 01/12/2018
EP#5--Sometimes I Part My Wig in the Middle, and Sometimes I Tease it a Little! Join host Alissa Fleck as she explores the ethics of the human hair market, and tries to find out if Disneyland is truly the happiest place on Earth. Included is a PSA about the Superbowl being the number one incident of human trafficking in the USA. You should tell somebody. www.humantraffickinghotline.org.
info_outline EP#4--Are The Deaths Of 80 Doctors Connected? (A Murder Mystery) 12/19/2017
EP#4--Are The Deaths Of 80 Doctors Connected? (A Murder Mystery) They say Erin Elizabeth is a raving lunatic for trying to connect what she sees as the suspicious deaths of more than 80 holistic doctors in the US in the last 2.5 years. But here at IS THIS ILLEGAL, we have a soft spot for lunatics. Is Elizabeth a paranoid crackpot as they claim, or are efforts to silence her part of a much larger conspiracy?
info_outline EP#3 The Long Con (PART II) 12/06/2017
EP#3 The Long Con (PART II) Multilevel marketing companies employ millions of people worldwide. Thousands of people join MLMs every single day, as others quit when they realize the possibility for growth is finite. Someone probably just signed up for an MLM in the time it took you to read this. This is what makes these companies work, and people are going to extremes to be a part of it. But who really profits?
info_outline EP#3--Your Internet Job May Be Illegal & You Don't Even Know It (PART I) 11/29/2017
EP#3--Your Internet Job May Be Illegal & You Don't Even Know It (PART I) Join host Alissa Fleck for a juicy investigation into companies that make up a big portion of the US economy: multi-level-marketing companies. Some love them, some call them thinly-veiled pyramid schemes or "a cancer on our society." Part I is just the tip of the iceberg in a journey to discovering the truth behind MLMs. If this podcast has surprised you so far, you won't believe the things you hear on IS THIS ILLEGAL? this week and next.
info_outline EP#2--Nazis in Costumes & Extreme Haunted Housing (Halloween Edition) 10/25/2017
EP#2--Nazis in Costumes & Extreme Haunted Housing (Halloween Edition) This week on IS THIS ILLEGAL?, just in time for Halloween, Alissa Fleck examines claims that Nazis have infiltrated the Furry community and discusses the most disturbing case of "extreme haunted housing." These are some seriously bizarre stories of questionable legality.
info_outline EP#1--How Not To Disappear: Stories of Death Fraud Gone Wrong 10/15/2017
EP#1--How Not To Disappear: Stories of Death Fraud Gone Wrong Join host Alissa Fleck as she explores death fraud and other hoaxes of questionable legality--and as she contemplates a career change. From the black market for unclaimed corpses to people who were never really there, this one's an emotional rollercoaster. You might even learn something. WARNING: This is NOT your mother's true crime podcast.