Apple has today released a brand new podcast series under the TV+ banner, titled ‘Hooked’, with the first two episodes of nine now available in the Podcasts app.
The new Apple Original tells the story of how a successful airplane engineer became one of the most notorious bank robbers in American history and takes a look at the country’s opioid epidemic in the process.
When Tony Hathaway was arrested outside a Seattle bank in February 2014, it brought an end to one of the most prolific bank robbery streaks in American history. Hathaway robbed 30 banks in a single year, all within a 30-mile radius of his suburban home. But that’s not the most surprising part of this story. Before Hathaway was a masterful bank robber—a shape-shifting professional who confounded multiple police departments and the FBI—he was a top design engineer at Boeing, one of America’s most important companies. Hathaway traveled the world in business class, working on the 747, while hiding a gigantic secret: an OxyContin addiction that ultimately unraveled his life. Based on three years of conversations between Hathaway and journalist Josh Dean, Hooked is a different kind of crime story that takes listeners on an exceptional and very personal tour of America’s opioid epidemic.
The podcast is produced by Campside Media and narrated by co-founder Josh Dean, who revealed on Twitter that he initially wrote to Hathaway in prison after reading about his story. It’s a fascinating thread that is well worth a read as you delve into the podcast.
James has been a fan of Apple for as long as he can remember. He is a film & TV obsessive and has also written for several publications such as BBC Good Food Magazine. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland and can usually be found drinking copious amounts of coffee, watching Apple TV+ and talking about it with anyone who will listen.