The Score: Bank Robber Diaries podcast

The Score: Bank Robber Diaries

Acast Studios & Western Sound

14 months. 30 Banks. An all-access pass into the mind of one of Southern California’s most prolific bank robbers.


On the show, Joe Loya - the so-called “Beirut Bandit” - reveals his story of transformation from abusive childhood to prolific bank robber, violent convict, ex-con, writer and ultimately, a reconciled son.


Produced by Peabody-Award winning podcaster Ben Adair (The Sterling Affairs, Dr. Death, Reveal) at Western Sound in partnership with Acast Studios.

22 Episodes

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    New show from Ben - LOST HILLS

    13:32

    Hi folks -- it's Ben here, co-host of The Score: Bank Robber Diaries. I want to let you know about our new show --LOST HILLS is a mystery that takes place in idyllic Malibu, California. It's hosted by New Yorker writer Dana Goodyear and it's about what happened when a man was shot while camping with his two young children in Malibu Creek State Park. The police followed a crumb trail of clues and arrested a drifter living outside in the hills. And that's when things get complicated.Lost Hills is going to be your new favorite show. Follow and subscribe now. You're really going to love it. 
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    Introducing Abuse of Power with David Rudolf and Sonya Pfeiffer

    9:53

    Coerced confessions. Fabricated evidence. Arresting and prosecuting the innocent. The United States justice system commits wrongs of every degree against the very people it's supposed to protect: us.From Campfire & Acast Studios comes a brand new 10-episode podcast series that tells real-life stories of abuses of power in our criminal justice system that sometimes reflect incompetence but often involve intentional wrongdoing. Award-winning journalist and criminal defense attorney, Sonya Pfeiffer, and her husband and law partner, David Rudolf dive deep into each case, providing listeners with an overview of the abuse that occurred, interviewing those directly involved – including defendants, lawyers, experts and family members – and also highlighting the fallout of the untold stories of those impacted.Subscribe to Abuse of Power with David Rudolf and Sonya Pfeiffer on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/abuseofpower 
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    Bonus Episode - Creating the Sound of the Bank Robber Diaries

    51:25

    Western Sound's Daniel Leone composed all the music and sound-designed the world of the Bank Robber Diaries. In this bonus episode, Ben talks with Dan about his creative process, the music and sound effects that brought Joe Loya's stories to life. 
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    Bonus Episode with Richard Rodriguez

    36:01

    Richard Rodriguez is a writer and essayist who played a very influential role in Joe's own development as a writer in prison. He appeared a few times in the last episodes of the show. In this almost full length interview he talks about Joe, the power of story and how hard it can be to write yourself in or out of your own narrative. 
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    Bonus Episode with Piper Kerman (Orange is the New Black)

    16:06

    What does Joe Loya have to do with Orange is the New Black? A lot more than you know! 
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    Last Words

    46:39

    Everyone we've met in this season — Joe's family, friends, even the FBI agent who caught him — all weigh in on one, very complicated question: Has Joe really changed? 
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    Fatal Peril

    43:22

    Joe returns from prison a changed man, but adjusting to non-institutionalized life is harder than he expected. 
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    The Monster

    40:03

    After cracking in solitary confinement, Joe begins to transform into a different kind of inmate. A different kind of person. 
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    Cracks in the Wall

    41:24

    After getting out of his handcuffs and stabbing another inmate, Joe is taken to solitary. And that's when he finally starts to crack. 
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    Second Time In

    43:58

    After pleading guilty to robbing three banks, Joe is sent back to prison — only this time, it's maximum security, federal prison. New people, new rules, new dangers, and new opportunities. 
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