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Investigative podcast Broken: Jeffrey Epstein returns for second season with new host Tara Palmeri

PRESS RELEASE — March 5, 2020

NEW YORK, NY – March 5, 2020 – Acclaimed podcast Broken: Jeffrey Epstein returns for a second season on Thursday, March 26, with accomplished investigative and political journalist Tara Palmeri as the show’s new host, it was announced today by Three Uncanny Four Productions. The new season of the weekly podcast is executive produced by Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer at Three Uncanny Four Productions, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick at Hyperobject Industries, and Julie K. Brown from the Miami Herald.

The full story of Jeffrey Epstein – the notorious financier, sex criminal and confidant to many of America’s most powerful politicians, billionaires, and entertainers – is far from over for Epstein’s victims, enablers, and friends as they continue to deal with the aftermath of his sudden death. Season 2 of Broken: Jeffrey Epstein will focus on the women who were assaulted by Epstein and their ongoing journey for justice. The new season also will examine the fallout around the people who helped Epstein perpetrate one of the largest sex-trafficking rings in history.

As host, Palmeri will highlight first-hand survivor accounts, investigate new information, and spotlight Epstein’s alleged enablers as she tells the story of the women fighting for victims’ voices to be heard and explores who participated, aided and witnessed these crimes. The trailer for the new season is available now.

Palmeri said, “To me, this story is bigger than Jeffrey Epstein. It’s about how our society treats women and how our power structures protect some of the worst abusers. I am excited to work with Three Uncanny Four to shed a light on important new stories about both the brave women who have survived Epstein’s abuse and about the people who could help his victims find justice and accountability.”

Prior to joining the Three Uncanny Four team, Palmeri gained national attention and broke several exclusive stories as a White House Correspondent at ABC News and Politico before that. Previously she served as a CNN Political Analyst and covered the European Union for Politico in Brussels. Her work has taken her across the globe, from covering President Trump’s first meetings with Kim Jong Un in Singapore to North Korea as one of the few American journalists with an official delegation.

Davidson and Mayer said, “Tara’s dedication and passion for uncovering the truth will help shape the way we continue to explore the Epstein story. She is unafraid to ask tough questions and committed to authentically conveying experiences of those involved.”

Broken: Jeffrey Epstein has been profiled in The New York Times, selected as podcast of the week by The Guardian, named a monthly podcast pick by The New Yorker and named one of the top 50 podcasts of 2019 by The Atlantic. It has also been selected as a New & Noteworthy pick in Apple Podcasts and has previously topped its true crime show chart with more than three million downloads.

Listeners can subscribe to Broken: Jeffrey Epstein on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. Click here to listen to the trailer.


Julie K. Brown exposed Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes to the world. Now his survivors are fighting for the truth. This season, host Tara Palmeri follows the women who are making their own justice.


THREE UNCANNY FOUR PRODUCTIONS was co-founded by Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. Davidson is a contributing writer for The New Yorker and a leading broadcaster and podcasting voice who co-founded and co-hosted NPR’s Planet Money and served as a frequent contributor to This American Life. His co-reporting on the episode “The Giant Pool of Money” for This American Life received the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and Polk Awards and was named one of the top works of journalism of the decade by New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. In addition, he has previously worked with Adam McKay as a co-host of Gimlet Media’s Surprisingly Awesome podcast. Mayer, who started her career in radio as a producer across multiple shows at WNYC New York Public Radio including the Fishko Files and On the Media, is a highly accomplished podcast producer. She previously oversaw all podcast production and launched dozens of shows for Panoply Media and also led the first season of production of Revisionist History. Most recently, she was the Executive Producer for Show Development at Stitcher where she developed and produced numerous projects for the company’s comedy-focused Earwolf network and Stitcher label.

HYPEROBJECT INDUSTRIES is a multi-platform production company from Academy-Award winning writer-director-producer Adam McKay. The company’s name is a shout-out to environmental philosopher Timothy Morton’s use of the term ‘hyperobject’ and his belief that humankind needs to re-evaluate its relationship with nature as a whole. The team includes McKay’s longtime producer Kevin Messick and producers Betsy Koch and Todd Schulman. Hyperobject Industries’ focus is wide ranging from comedies, dramas, horror, documentaries and documentaries-series as well as politically charged and challenging subjects with which McKay has become synonymous. Hyperobject Industries has also teamed with Adam Davidson, Laura Mayer and Sony Music Entertainment’s Three Uncanny Four Productions to develop original podcasts with an initial slate of shows scheduled to launch in 2020.

Television projects include the previously announced HBO limited series, chronicling the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers and a limited series based on Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown’s upcoming book about Jeffrey Epstein. McKay and Bong Joon Ho are partnering to develop an HBO limited series inspired by Bong Joon Ho’s Academy Award Best Picture Parasite. McKay and Messick continue to serve as Executive Producers on HBO’s critically acclaimed and Golden Globe-winning series Succession, which will head into production this year for its third season.

McKay and Hyperobject Industries upcoming film feature is the previously announced comedy Don’t Look Up (Netflix), starring Jennifer Lawrence, due out late 2020.

JULIE K. BROWN is an investigative reporter with the Miami Herald. During her 25-year career, she has worked for a number of newspapers as a general assignment reporter, crime and courts reporter, education reporter, night city editor and enterprise editor. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Herald’s investigative team. She won a Polk Award for justice reporting for “Perversion of Justice,” a series about how a federal prosecutor in President Trump’s cabinet helped a wealthy sexual predator avoid a lengthy prison sentence in Florida. In 2014, she won an earlier Polk Award for her 2014 series about abuse and corruption in Florida prisons, which also garnered the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights story of the year. She is the author of a forthcoming book on the Epstein case, to be published by Dey Street Books in early 2021. Prior to her work for the Herald, she worked for the Philadelphia Daily News. She is a graduate of Temple University.

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BROKEN: Jeffrey Epstein
By Three Uncanny Four/HyperObject Industries

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