A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Most of the pod is about a person scamming others, lying, deceiving and manipulating, but this behavior eventually has serious consequences. The main focus is the retelling of a story about a criminal who hurt those around them by lying. She's able to get away with her scam for a long time and fakes being terminally ill to get money and gifts. The resilience investigative producer, a detective, and an IRS Agent all show resilience and determination as they try to bring justice to those scammed.
Positive Role Models
The pod is to tells the story of a woman who lies about having cancer and scams thousands of people for personal and financial gain. Amanda lies and manipulates to get money and notoriety. She's able to get away with this for a long time. Host, Charlie Webster demonstrates positive curiosity and integrity as she uses her journalistic skills to explore this intriguing story. Investigative producer and Detective Martinez follow their instincts, even when it feels like they hit dead ends, and are resilient in their efforts to uncover the truth and seek justice.
The leading team of the podcast are two women, host and produce, Charlie Webster, and investigative producer Nancy Moscatiello. Detective Jose Martinez is Latino. The story centers around a White woman who fakes having a terminal illness in order to get money, gifts and attention.
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Violence & Scariness
Some verbal conflict is discussed when retelling the story of Amanda's scam.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some discussions of relationships. Talk of how Amanda started dating her friend's father and had a child with him. Nothing graphic.
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Words like "bitch", "s--t", "badass" are occasionally used when recounting parts of the story.
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Products & Purchases
Ads are heard in the middle of each episode.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One person interviewed mentions a time when they smoked cigars at a party. Brief mentions of alcoholism and drug abuse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scamanda is a true crime podcast about a California woman who pulls off a years-long scam, until an anonymous tip begins to unravel the shocking truth. Journalist Charlie Webster hosts this twisted pod that'll keep you guessing just how far Amanda will take her lies. The podcast is centered around criminal and negative behavior like lying, fraud and manipulation. Some explicit language is used like "s--t", "bitch", and "badass". Since a large part of the podcast follows how long Amanda is able to get away with her lies and how much money and support she's able to gain from lying, it may be hard for younger listeners to grasp the gravity of the situation, especially since the punishment for the crime isn't a major part of the episodes until the very last few. Older tweens and tweens may be more able to independently pull moral lessons from this podcast and use it for larger ethical discussions with friends, family or in a classroom setting.
Is It Any Good?
A heart wrenching journey of a woman battling cancer takes a twisted turn, in this addictive true crime pod. Scamanda starts off slow, but hits the ground running a few episodes in. The compelling interviews, brilliant investigative journalism and superb audio production combine to make this a podcast worth binging. Though it's not necessarily a podcast for kids, it could be a fun podcast for teens to listen to with their family, especially since it's not violent or gory like so many other true crime podcasts.
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