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  • Summary

  • If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.
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  • Introducing: The Apology Line (Ad-free)

    Jan 4 2021
    If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.
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    2 mins
  • Who’s Sorry Now? (Ad-free)

    Jan 19 2021
    Marissa Bridge has only had a premonition twice in her life: one was on the day in 1981 that she met “Mr. Apology.” As posters for the Apology Line appear all over New York City, callers start to leave messages that confess their deepest secrets and darkest fears. Mr Apology quickly realizes he will have to do more than just sit back and listen.
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    37 mins
  • Going Public (Ad-free)

    Jan 19 2021
    Even as Allan reckons with a frightening threat, he continues to engage with callers in ways he hadn’t previously imagined. A regular cast of characters forms on the Line. From this sea of voices one caller named “Richie” emerges and pulls Allan in even deeper, much to Marissa’s dismay.
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    33 mins

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Inquiring minds want to know

The complete package, except without being complete... More Please! Fascinating in every way! Standing Ovation

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Intriguing

This is a great listen. can't wait for more episodes, I really wish they were all uploaded at once because I'm addicted.

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Amazing!

I had no idea about this apology line thing and the story is amazing! How fun that would be to be the director of the apology line! Creepy!!!

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Captivating

I have found few voices that have drawn me in long enough to want to continue listening to the story but everything was great. I'm upset because I want to hear more.

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Addicted!!!

All I can say is wow!! This is my very first podcast experience, I am absolutely hooked on this one! Extremely interesting, I can’t wait for more!!!

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Love this series

One it’s an AMAZINGLY interesting story, told so well by his wife and through the apology line recordings and recordings of friends.

That’s it actually. It’s a great story told super well about a man who led a very interestingly strange life.

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More please!

Awesome listen! Intense listen. Can't wait for next episode. Really makes you think about, what if?

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edge of my seat the whole time

definitely got hooked right away and stayed hooked all the way through! wish I could've been a caller.

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No Apologies

There's nothing about this podcast I don't love. I can't believe I'd never even heard of The Apology Line before I listened to this podcast. This is something that definitely would have caught my attention as a "child of the 80's" (born in the 70s). It's an amazing case study of an artist and his art, and the others who ended up as collaborators, for better or worse. Wonderful in every way!

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Love it!!

This is so interesting.. the story line, especially the concept of the apology line to start with. Definitely gotta listen to this one.