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The Tip Off
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Welcome to The Tip Off — the podcast where we take you behind the scenes of some of the best investigative journalism from recent years. Each episode we’ll be digging into an investigative scoop- hearing from the journalists behind the work as they tell us about the leads, the dead-ends and of course, the tip offs. There’ll be car chases, slammed doors, terrorist cells, meetings in dimly lit bars and cafes, wrangling with despotic regimes and much more. So if you’re curious about the fun, complicated detective work that goes into doing great investigative journalism — then this is the podcast for you.
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Back in 2000 Jim DeRogatis received a fax that would change the course of his career forever.

This is the story of how one journalist stayed on a story for decades, continuing to report allegations of abuse while the rest of the world covered its ears.

Read all about it: https://www.abramsandchronicle.co.uk/book/soulless-the-case-against-r-kelly/

Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghan
Production support: Alice Milliken
Theme music: Dice Muse

This series of The Tip-Off is brought to you with support from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Ep.32 "Brother needs help",
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Brexit. It is all anyone is talking about. But while politicians argue and wring their hands, what is going on behind the scenes?Alice Ross and Lawrence Carter, part of Greenpeace's Unearthed team, set out to find out and discovered one way that lobbyists might try to get their ideas in front of the right people. Read all about it:https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/07/29/iea-hard-brexit-think-tank-access-ministers/https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/07/30/iea-brexit-shanker-singham-mark-littlewood-us-donors/Fund in Lyra McKee’s memory: https://uk.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-lyra-mckeeHosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanProduction support and edit: Cheeka EyersMusic: Dice MuseThis series of The Tip-Off is brought to you in association with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation.
Ep.31 Chicken,
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Madlen Davies has been reporting on a concerning topic for years: the rise of antibiotic resistance and superbugs. Her reporting started in the UK but she soon realised she would need to travel further to get the real story. Here she talks about one international reporting trip... a story with a tragic ending.Read all about it: https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2018-08-08/scourge-superbugs-killing-babies-malawi Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanProduction support and editing: Cheeka EyersMusic: Dice MuseThis series of The Tip-Off is brought to you in association with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation.
Ep.30 A Post Antibiotic Era,
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Ashley Fantz often covers police press conferences as part of her day job at CNN. But a few years ago she would attend one that would set her on a months long journey, forensically piecing together the evidence to reveal the systematic destruction of vital police evidence.This is the story of how a team at CNN revealed widespread issues in sexual assault investigations, across the USA.WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of sexual assault and listener discretion is advised.Read all about it: https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2018/11/investigates/police-destroyed-rapekits/index.htmlHosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanProduction support: Cheeka EyersMusic: Dice MuseThis series of The Tip-Off is brought to you in association with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation.
Ep.29 Proof,
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Ep.28 W1GWhat connects a wide-screen TV in the toilet, a faked blockbuster film and an elaborate Las Vegas heist? Turns out... it's one address in central London.This is the story of how Oliver Bullough followed a tangle of financial crimes back to the source, discovering a far-from-transparent system on the way!Read all about it: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/19/offshore-central-london-curious-case-29-harley-street and https://www.waterstones.com/book/moneyland/oliver-bullough/9781781257920Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanProduction support: Cheeka EyersMusic: Dice MuseThis series of The Tip-Off is brought to you in association with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and funding from Charities Aid Foundation.
Ep.28 W1G,
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Ep.27 MotherLorna Tucker doesn’t think of herself as a journalist, more of a collector of stories. So years ago, when she stumbled on a story that needed to be told, she knew she wouldn’t stop until the truth came out. This is how she helped to document the stories of several Native American women who had undergone forcible sterilisation in the USA.Read all about it: https://amamovie.com/ Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanProduction support: Cheeka EyersMusic: Dice Muse
Ep. 27 Mother,
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Shiv Malik thought he was onto something special. He’d been working with a source who was offering incredible insights into the UK terrorist scene. And now, this same source was saying he was ready to turn his back on his past life and he wanted Shiv to tell that story.Then things fell apart.Shiv's book The Messenger will be released in June 2019.Read all about it: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-messenger/shiv-malik/9781783350452Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanProduction support: Cheeka AyersMusic: Dice Muse, Poddington Bear, Blue Dot Sessions and Komiku
Ep. 26 Burnt,
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Just a quick one to say thanks for all your support in 2018 and to update on plans for what comes next...... oh and to announce Maeve's part in a charity Christmas single.... yes you read that right!We don't ask for much at The Tip Off but we'd be overjoyed if you'd spend just 99p to buy The Sounds of Christmas by Podcast Al-lStars. All money raised goes to Samuel's Charity which provides treats to sick children: https://www.samuelscharity.co.uk/The Sounds of Christmas is available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and elsewhere: https://awal.lnk.to/podcastchristmas
A festive message from The Tip Off,
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A court case, a mysterious witness and an envelope at the Post Office... this is the story of how Sam Bungey and Jennifer Ford unravelled a decade old murder case.Recorded in front of a live audience as part of Audible's Spoken Worlds Festival- Maeve hears how Sam and Jennifer made the smash-hit podcast series: West Cork.Read all about it:https://www.amazon.com/West-Cork/dp/B0792BWQWTHosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanMusic:  Dice MuseAudio clips thanks to Audible.
Ep.25 The Tip Off LIVE - Tales from West Cork,
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In The Dark, the US podcast team, finished their acclaimed first series with a request: they wanted to hear what their audience thought they should be investigating next. And there, buried in the hundreds of responses they got was a simple, short email. An email about Curtis Flowers.From dusting off records in abandoned jail cells to reconstructing get-away routes and tracking down mystery men, this is the story of how a team of investigative journalists exposed huge questions around a troubling death-row case.Read all about it:https://www.apmreports.org/in-the-dark/season-twoHosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanMusic:  Dice Muse, Blue Dot Sessions, Podington Bear.
Ep.24 Shining a Light,
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Three continents, 80 interviews and an investigation that took more than a decade. This is the story of how Cam Simpson uncovered one of the great David vs. Goliath stories of our time.In this episode, Cam wrestles with duplicitous sources, flies across the world twice and arranges an undercover embed, all to find out how 12 men came to die far from home, in the Iraqi desert. Read all about it:https://camsimpson.com/https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062449719/the-girl-from-kathmandu/Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanMusic:  Dice Muse, the Losers, Blue Dot Sessions. Recordings from Turku and Samuel Corwin.@MaeveMCC@TipOffPodcast
Ep.23 Many miles from home,
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New Yorker writer Alexis Okeowo wants to tell stories differently. Her new book A Moonless Starless Sky, tells the stories of people affected by extremism in Africa.In this episode, Alexis tells us how she came to find two of the main characters of her book: Eunice and Bosco, a couple with a complicated past.Warning: mention of sexual violence.Read all about it:https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781472153708https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/04/uganda-sudan-trauma-child-soldiers-alexis-okeowo-moonless-starless-sky-book-extract Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanMusic:  Dice Muse, Podington Bear, Springtide, Blue Dot Sessions.@MaeveMCC@TipOffPodcast
Ep.22 Resolution,
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BBC File on Four's Alys Harte explores a shocking case of a sexually abused teenager who was failed by the authorities.From speed-reading in-depth reports, to casting famous actors- this is the behind-the-scenes of how a team of journalists told an emotional and legally sensitive story.Read all about it:https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08y134bHosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanMusic: Dice Muse, Podington Bear, the Losers, Blue Dot Sessions.Tickets to Refuge Woman Tour:https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/blog/2018-06-14/were-putting-investigative-journalism-on-stage-across-the-uk
Ep. 21 Ready to talk,
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Ben Bryant was having fun, mingling with friends at a house party when inspiration struck in the most unusual way. This is the story of how one moment of piqued interest turned into a year of investigation.From trawling the dark web to making contact with drug dealers, this is how Ben uncovered a previously unreported surge in fake prescription drugs.Read all about it:https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-british-teenagers-became-hooked-on-xanax-2fh6tqznw https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/fake_xanax_the_uks_largest_ever_dark_net_drugs_bustHosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanEdited and co-produced: Cheeka AyersMusic: Dice Muse, Podington Bear, the Losers.
Ep.20 Chill Pill,
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Gary Younge explains how he set out on a year long project to record the number of children and teenagers killed by knife violence.Funerals, heartbreaking interviews and a tenacious hunt for data. This is the story of how a team of journalists produced award-winning and timely stories.Read all about it:https://www.theguardian.com/membership/series/beyond-the-bladehttps://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/05/what-the-life-of-quamari-serunkuma-barnes-tells-us-about-child-knife-deaths-in-britainhttps://www.theguardian.com/membership/2017/sep/19/the-boy-who-killed-and-the-mother-who-tried-to-stop-himHosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanProduction support: Cheeka AyersMusic: Dice Muse and Trekks.Listen to Letter to Q here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzGiBPDl5d0
Ep. 19 Lives cut short,
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Madison Marriage broke a story that ricocheted around the world. The sleazy goings on of the President’s Club fundraising dinner provoked shock and outrage from all camps.But where did it all begin…. ? This is the story of how Madison and a team of FT colleagues uncovered one of the biggest stories of the year so far.Wanring: This episode contains some bad language and adult themes.Read all about it:https://www.ft.com/content/075d679e-0033-11e8-9650-9c0ad2d7c5b5https://www.ft.com/content/c6c8d488-0060-11e8-9650-9c0ad2d7c5b5Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanProduction support: Cheeka AyersMusic: Dice Muse, Podington Bear, The Losers and Blue Dot SessionsEpisode artwork: Andrew Garthwaite
Ep.18 All the President's Club Men,
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A sneak peek at what's coming in series 3.... and a quick ask!We've been shortlisted for TWO British Podcast Awards- yippee! (Best New Podcast and Smartest Podcast). But we're up against some big names! If you want to help us out, you can vote for The Tip Off in the Listeners' Choice Award, it just takes a second at: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote
Hot off the press: The Tip Off Series 3 coming soon,
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A journalist is on the trail of a big story, unravelling how an 18 year-old rape victim came to be, not only disbelieved, but charged with false reporting after being attacked by a serial rapist. He is putting all the pieces together when he gets an email that will change everything…Journalists Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller talk through how they told a story of two halves, one that wound up earning them a Pulitzer prize.WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of sexual assault and bad language and is not suitable for all.Read all about it:https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/12/16/an-unbelievable-story-of-rape?ref=hp-2-112#.nXDOj42tQhttps://www.thisamericanlife.org/581/anatomy-of-doubthttps://www.amazon.co.uk/False-Report-T-Christian-Miller/dp/1786330806Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanMusic: Dice Muse, Podington Bear, Fake Cats Project
Ep.17 Two sides to the story,
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After months of digging the end is in sight for Heidi Blake and the Buzzfeed team. They are piecing together a puzzle of mysterious deaths on British soil, and all the signs are pointing to Russian influence….Then one night… a shady figure appears outside the journalist’s home...Read all about it:https://www.buzzfeed.com/heidiblake/poison-in-the-system?utm_term=.roABLnaNPR#.mkzxDMG72ohttps://www.buzzfeed.com/janebradley/scientist-who-helped-connect-litvinenkos-murder-to-the?utm_term=.ch1Vp3oQ7L#.jjbvRoG806Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanMusic: Dice Muse, Blue Dot Sessions John Ripper
Ep.16 Web of death- part 2,
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In the corner room of Buzzfeed’s office is a wall is covered with photographs. Photographs that are linked up in a web of connections. Photographs of dead men.These are the people Heidi Blake suspects were killed with impunity on British soil.This is the story of how Heidi and a team of reporters followed the clues surrounding a series of mysterious deaths, back to the same, shady source.(This is the first in a two part episode.)Read all about it:https://www.buzzfeed.com/heidiblake/from-russia-with-blood-14-suspected-hits-on-british-soil?utm_term=.auAz5gv9ow#.wcRPV72yqkPentagon Papers clip from Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRXhttps://www.revealnews.org/episodes/the-pentagon-papers-secrets-lies-and-leaks/Hosted and produced: Maeve McClenaghanProduction support: Cheeka EyersMusic: Dice Muse and The Losers
Ep.15 Web of death- part 1,
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