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.

The Score: Bank Robber Diaries Trailer
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When is walking to a bank not just walking to a bank? When you’re walking to a bank robbery — and you’re the robber.The Score: Bank Robber Diaries — coming soon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2019

3 min 30 sec

Ever wonder what it's like to rob a bank?Breaking the rules at a young age set Joe Loya up for a descent into crime. From his first time robbing a bank, to a violent altercation behind bars, this is Joe Loya’s origin story.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2019

44 min 14 sec

After his mom dies when he’s just 9 years old, Joe’s life begins to unravel. The death wreaks havoc on his home in ways that would affect him his entire life.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2019

46 min 28 sec

Young Joe's relationship with his father pushes him in unexpected directions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2019

41 min 56 sec

Joe's troubled home life gets complicated with the arrival of his new step mom.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2019

35 min 6 sec

The violence in Joe's household reaches a new level. And Joe makes a promise to his dad, his brother and himself.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2019

41 min 16 sec

Joe's relationship with his dad comes to extreme and tragic violence. The result propels him in a completely new direction — towards power and crime.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2019

33 min 39 sec

How many banks did Joe rob? A lot of effing banks!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2019

35 min 34 sec

In a couple weeks, Joe's going to sit down and answer YOUR questions in a special "Ask Me Anything" podcast episode.Send your questions to thescore@western-sound.com and we'll try to answer every one of them. You can also DM us on IG at @westernsound and @thescore.podcastSend those questions in — let's go!PS: this will probably be the only file in this feed NOT marked explicit, so enjoy the lack of f-bombs for a change :)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2019

1 min 56 sec

Is bank robbery a victimless crime? No. No, it's not.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2019

36 min 39 sec

After all these banks we’ve been hearing about, I’m sure you’re wondering, how far can one bank robber go?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jan 2020

39 min 45 sec

A special AJA episode (Ask Joe Anything) featuring your questions. Sorry we didn't have enough time to get to all of them!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jan 2020

38 min 11 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jan 2020

43 min 58 sec

After getting out of his handcuffs and stabbing another inmate, Joe is taken to solitary. And that's when he finally starts to crack.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jan 2020

41 min 24 sec

After cracking in solitary confinement, Joe begins to transform into a different kind of inmate. A different kind of person.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 2020

40 min 3 sec

Joe returns from prison a changed man, but adjusting to non-institutionalized life is harder than he expected.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 2020

43 min 22 sec

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?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 2020

46 min 39 sec

What does Joe Loya have to do with Orange is the New Black? A lot more than you know!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 2020

16 min 6 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 2020

36 min 7 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 2020

51 min 25 sec

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 2020

9 min 53 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 26

13 min 33 sec