There are plenty of great podcasts with great storytelling, production and hosts. Sadly, this is not one of them.
The story of this podcast is seeminglhy very compelling, but, the storytelling, production and host are so bad, it makes an interesting story intolerable.
The host, Payne Lindsey sounds so stiff and his devlivery so forced and robotic, you'll find yourself wondering how any reasonalbe producer could allow him to host this. It's just awful in every way.
The production is also painful. A flood of archival newscaster audio, often just inserted to seemingly fill time and not to support the narrative, just overwhelms the story without adding to it. Interviews are clipped, the audio design, although really great from a music perspective, is overused and insterted at weird moments that literally destroy the tension (instead of amplify or build on it). Honestly, how this level of awful production is allowed in what seems to be a professional podcast is unconscionable.
Finally, the storytelling. Literally, the most important part of a great podcast and, in this case, the element that will make you want to smash your phone. In Storytelling 101, each episode builds to a tension-releasing crascendo and resolution (or, at least to some sort of conclusion). But, this story is literally all over the place with little to no rhyme or reason as to what it's trying to say or reveal. There is even an episode about conspiracy theories that is so effective in throwing the entire story off the rails, that you question why you are listening in the first place.
Don't waste your time with this podcast unless you are doing research on all the wrong ways to effectively tell a story.