Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin

Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin

Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
Smoke Screen is an investigative documentary series on people with complex motives and morals. Follow characters on the fringes of society — con artists, cult leaders, corrupt politicians — as they seduce their marks and bend communities to their will. Join us as we unravel their stories and bring justice to the people they’ve deceived. For advertising opportunities, contact podcastadsales@sonymusic.com. SEASON 4: Puppy Kingpin Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love. From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin is available June 16th. Subscribe on apple podcasts to binge all episodes or listen weekly wherever you get your podcasts. Smokescreen: Puppy Kingpin is part of The Binge - a new podcast channel from Sony Music Entertainment. The Binge: All Episodes, All at Once. Coming Soon. SEASON 3: The Sellout Councilperson Jose Huizar grew up in Boyle Heights – a working-class Latinx neighborhood in L.A. For the most part, people trusted Huizar... until the day the FBI raided his home and offices, looking for evidence of a criminal enterprise. He stands accused of taking bribes from luxury developers as his constituents were displaced from their homes. Produced in collaboration with LA Taco, journalist and host Mariah Castañeda investigates how Huizar got the power to do what he did, and how the community that raised him paid the price. SEASON 2: I Am Rama To some he was an enlightened master, and to others a dangerous cult leader. One thing’s for sure, the spiritual leader Rama was a product of the 80s: designer clothes, a rock band, sports cars and a modern message were only some of the things that made Rama a fascinating and complex teacher. Host Jonathan Hirsch explores his life and untimely death. SEASON 1: Fake Priest Ryan Scott, known to some as “Father Ryan,” was no ordinary con man. He’d been accused of abusing followers and enriching himself with their money. He's left a wake of angry people across multiple states. And that’s not all. There are questions surrounding the brutal deaths of two priests he associated with. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman explores Scott's bizarre, quizzical, and sometimes dangerous world.
  1. November 16, 2021
    37 min
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    The Sellout | 5: How Downtown Was Won
    No man is an island. Huizar couldn’t have pulled off the alleged corruption scheme without help. Host Mariah Castañeda tells the story of how Huizar allegedly built the criminal enterprise the FBI would eventua…
  2. November 23, 2021
    37 min
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    The Sellout | 6: The Heyday
    Gentrification comes in waves. Over years, a piece of downtown LA transformed from Skid Row, to a bastion for young artists, to a hipster neighborhood with some of the highest rents in the city. By 2018, Huizar…
  3. November 30, 2021
    31 min
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    The Sellout | 7: The Coverup
    Huizar’s downfall started with a sexual harassment lawsuit. He didn’t have the hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle the suit on his own... so the Feds say he relied on a new friend. A developer who had pl…
  4. December 07, 2021
    37 min
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    The Sellout | 8: The Downfall
    Huizar’s carelessness starts to catch up with him. After more than a dozen all-expenses paid trips to Vegas with plenty of perks, Huizar gets played by one of his own. A businessman turned FBI informant gives H…
  5. December 14, 2021
    38 min
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    The Sellout | 9: There's A Fire
    Mariah talks to the Boyle Heights residents who watched as FBI agents raided Huizar’s home and offices. Three months into the pandemic, he’s arrested and pleads not guilty. The residents of CD14 are left in lim…
  6. December 15, 2021
    5 min
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    Introducing: Harsh Reality – The Story of Miriam Rivera
    It was supposed to be a reality show with a twist. In a sun-drenched villa in Ibiza, six hot guys compete for a cash prize and for the love of the beautiful and mysterious Miriam. It’s meant to be her big break…
  7. April 25, 2022
    6 min
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    Introducing: Will Be Wild
    From critically acclaimed podcast studios Pineapple Street and Wondery comes a new 8-part series called Will Be Wild that shines a light on the human stories left out of the headlines. It goes deep into the liv…
  8. May 20, 2022
    19 min
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    Bonus episode: Where's my money?
    Last year, as the final episodes of The Sellout aired, LA TACO got a tip from a listener: for years, Jose Huizar had been awarding flashy scholarships to college-bound students from Boyle Heights and East LA. B…
  9. May 25, 2022
    2 min
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    Coming Soon: Puppy Kingpin
    Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of…
  10. June 06, 2022
    8 min
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    Introducing A New Investigation: Explaining the Unexplainable
    Publicly, the government once called UFOs a “waste of time”, but new evidence and uncovered documents prove that the U.S. government is, and for decades has been, very interested in the UFO phenomenon. Who are…
  11. June 16, 2022
    49 min
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    Puppy Kingpin | 2. Inside a Puppy Mill
    Alex sets out to learn more about Jolyn Noethe, but ends up getting an inside look at a puppy mill and how they operate legally. We’ll hear audio of the day authorities descended on the farm of Barbara Kavars,…
  12. June 16, 2022
    52 min
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    Puppy Kingpin | 1. Follow the Puppies
    When Mindi Callison finds out a local pet shop might be selling puppies from a puppy mill, she takes action. Soon, she’s tracking dogs being transported from state to state and stumbles onto a company that hide…
  13. June 23, 2022
    40 min
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    Puppy Kingpin | 3. Hobo K9
    Authorities learn of unusual “rescue puppies” starting to turn up in Chicago and begin an investigation. Soon, they are on the trail of the secretive businesswoman responsible.A Neon Hum Media and Sony Music En…
  14. June 24, 2022
    16 min
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    A Q&A with Smoke Screen host Alex Schuman
    Spectacle: True Crime host, Mariah Smith, sits down with Alex Schuman to chat all things about the newest season of Smoke Screen, Puppy Kingpin. She puts host Alex Schuman in the hot seat and they dig into true…
  15. June 30, 2022
    38 min
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    Puppy Kingpin | 4. A Kind of Identity Theft
    Multiple lawsuits now accuse Jolyn Noethe of creating rescues to sell commercially-bred puppies where they’ve been outlawed. Alex learns how the scheme reaches beyond the Midwest and meets Lizette Chanock. She…
  16. July 07, 2022
    34 min
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    Puppy Kingpin | 5. Small Town Secrets
    Alex heads to Britt, Iowa where Jolyn Noethe grew up and her for-profit enterprise, J.A.K.’s Puppies, is headquartered. He discovers that a family dispute is part of the reason she started her own brokering bus…
  17. July 14, 2022
    38 min
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    Puppy Kingpin | 6. License to Sell
    The Iowa AG’s lawsuit against Jolyn comes to a conclusion as she faces challenges from multiple sides. Alex looks more closely at the USDA as a growing number of breeders and animal rights activists think a USD…
  18. July 21, 2022
    34 min
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    Puppy Kingpin | 7. Consequences
    Jolyn Noethe faces a class action lawsuit that accuses her of a federal crime and might cost her up to 5 million. The puppy pipeline isn’t going to change overnight, but Alex meets with a breeder who has nothin…
  19. August 01, 2022
    15 min
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    A New Case: The Criminal Empire of Scam Calls
    Chameleon: Scam Likely host, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, sits down with Alex Schuman to chat about the newest season of the blockbuster Chameleon franchise. The duo dig into another scam you should be wary of - tel…
  20. August 04, 2022
    7 min
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    GOING UNDERCOVER
    Alex Schuman, host of Puppy Kingpin, spoke to Deborah Howard, the president of CAPS, the Companion Animal Protection Society, and an undercover investigator who goes by the pseudonym Pete Paxton. In this bonus…

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