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The Opportunist


The Opportunist tells true stories of regular people who turn sinister by embracing opportunity. How does an everyday person turn into a thief, a scammer or a cult leader? Perhaps the most dangerous person is the one who appears the most normal. Perhaps there is a dark potential lurking inside all of us that is just waiting for the right opportunity to emerge. The Opportunist is an original podcas... more

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More rumors circulate around Chris Bathum, especially over the death of a beloved client named Mo. Meanwhile, a devoted employee named Jill is skeptical of CRLA's insurance billing and Rose sets out to find the truth behind the biggest rumor of them ... more

3 days ago

Chris tells Rose that all the rumors about him are because of Cliff Brodsky, a former investor in CRLA's predecessor, Walking Miracles. Chris paints Brodsky as his nemesis, an unhinged wild card who wants to destroy their community. But his battle ag... more

10 days ago

In 2013, Rose Stahl sought the help of Christopher Bathum, a therapist and CEO of a burgeoning recovery organization called Community Recovery Los Angeles. Chris would eventually offer Rose a job at CRLA. But after a while, she started hearing unsett... more

17 days ago

Two years ago, Kyle MacLachlan, the star of Twin Peaks, called investigative journalist Joshua Davis with a strange story. Kyle had heard a rumor that Pablo Escobar did a deal in the early 1980s with a remote, coastal Southern town of 300 people. In ... more

3 months ago


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 14.9k ratings
  • Brilliant

    I love this podcast. I enjoy listening to well investigated stories about true crime, including murders, scammers and impostors. The title of this podcast, “The Opportunist”, conveys the journalistic attitude and integrity of Hannah Smith and her team. Rather than sensationalist story dumping this podcast is well researched and presents a nuanced exploration of troubling human behaviour, all delivered with clever story structure and compelling narration.

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia8 days ago
  • Thoughtful and Incredible Journalism

    I never leave reviews on podcasts, but this show is just so so good. Hannah and her producers do an incredible job of telling the full story in an honest and respectful way. All of the seasons are very well done and meticulously produced, but the Aubrey Lee Price season is really what prompted me to leave this review. Hannah is incredibly (and honestly very impressively) respectful during all of her interviews, but I was especially impressed by her decorum and poise while talking to Lee himself.... more

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    Allie M. H.
    United States12 days ago
  • Very impressed

    This podcast is class. I’ve listened to tonnes in this genre, and this is the most consistent in terms of presentation and subject matter. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Dug’s Leish
    United Kingdom13 days ago
  • Wow

    Incredible podcast and I listen to A LOT of podcast.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States13 days ago
  • They sold the show

    From what I understand Hannah Smith never actually owned this podcast and it has been sold. :( The recent podcast published on 4.8.24 is an old episode. Follow Hannah Smith for her new projects! I have no idea how to actually rate this now. It was my favorite podcast and would have rated it 5/5, but now that I know it was sold and she’s no longer the host I want to rate it much lower so I’ll stick with 2/5?

    Apple Podcasts
    United States14 days ago

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