The second episode of Ronan Farrow’s new podcast, “The Catch and Kill Podcast With Ronan Farrow,” was released early Tuesday morning on RADIO.COM.
The Pineapple Street production serves as an audio companion to Farrow's book, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators,” recounting investigations and interviews he conducted surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct against media figures including Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer.
Episode 2 of the podcast tells the story of Ronan Farrow and former NBC producer Rich McHugh investigating allegations brought against Weinstein. The episode features an inside account of how Farrow and McHugh landed the story, through never-before-heard recordings from the investigation. The recordings are conversations in which the two men would debrief after reporting calls.
“This week’s episode of 'The Catch and Kill Podcast' has gotten an incredible reaction from early listeners,” said Farrow of the second episode. “Rich McHugh is such a powerful voice and such an unsung hero of this story — and you get to hear some pretty striking audio for the first time, including portions of Rich and my contemporaneous calls documenting the killing of the Weinstein reporting at NBC.”
McHugh was a longtime producer for NBC News. He’d worked on hundreds of investigative pieces in his career before eventually being teamed up with then-correspondent Farrow.
When Farrow began reporting on Weinstein for NBC, McHugh was with him every step of the way. He was there when NBC killed the story, and ordered them to stand down. And when Farrow took the story to the New Yorker, McHugh stayed behind, and watched from the inside as NBC dealt with the fallout.
“Ronan's reporting over the last few years has been incredible, and culture- changing,” says Max Linsky, co-head of Pineapple Street Studios and executive producer of the podcast. “But hearing its origins, listening to him and producer Rich McHugh investigate the story in real-time through these never-before-heard recordings, and then reflect back on it years later, has been powerful in a whole new way.”
“You can actually hear what this kind of reporting — the pressures and the stakes and the risks one needs to take — sounds like," says Linsky of the raw, revealing conversations featured on the episode.
In many ways, episode 2 is the crux of “Catch & Kill” — not just the investigation into the Weinstein allegations, but the tale of all of the people involved when a story this big gets broken.
For more from Farrow, listen to “The Catch and Kill Podcast With Ronan Farrow” on the RADIO.COM app.