Joe Exotic: Tiger King

Joe Exotic: Tiger King

By Wondery

We all have limits. And some people who are pushed beyond those limits will do unspeakable things. From Wondery, "Joe Exotic: Tiger King," is the story of a man who has devoted his life to raising and breeding lions, tigers, and other exotic animals at his Oklahoma zoo. He croons ballads, shoots guns, and puts it all on YouTube. But throughout his career, he's made a lot of enemies. And the biggest of all is the owner of a big cat sanctuary in Florida named Carole Baskin. The feud between Joe Exotic and Carole gets messy, vicious, and outrageous -- until both of them are pushed far beyond their limits. Reported and hosted by Rob Moor.


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Episodes

Wondery Presents: Against The Odds

In July 2018, 12 youth soccer players and their coach found themselves trapped 6 miles deep in a cave with no food or water and depleting oxygen. The rock formed maze became almost completely submerged as the water rose to levels nearly impossible for survival. There was no light and no way to communicate with the outside world. The first season of Wondery’s new original series Against the Odds takes you into the incredible events of when an adventurous group of teens found themselves fighting to save their lives, and the brave heroes that gave them their only chance at survival. With step by step recounts, experience for yourself what it was like to be in their shoes, and how they survived against the odds. Listen to Against the Odds at wondery.fm/ATO.
23/02/216m 44s

Introducing Band of Mothers

Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee, moms and creators of The Pump and Dump Show, are bringing you a new podcast: Band of Mothers. With no topic off limits, the Band of Mothers podcast explores women’s lifestyle subjects with honest, hilarious and entertaining conversations through the lens of being a mom in today’s world. This is a podcast for every mom, because every mom should have a Band of Mothers. Listen at wondery.fm/BandofMothersPodcast
02/02/214m 28s

Wondery Presents: The Apology Line

If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.Listen today at wondery.fm/JoeExoticTAL
19/01/216m 37s

Wondery Presents Even the Rich: Paris Hilton

The latest season of Wondery’s Even The Rich profiles the one and only Paris Hilton. The unconventional heiress who carved out an American Dynasty that eclipses even her own famous family. From a young age Paris knew she was different. Whether her family approved or not, she was going to do whatever it took to carve out her own place in pop culture. And when a sex-tape exposed her in a vulnerable moment, she used it to catapult herself into the cultural zeitgeist, where she sits comfortably to this day. Listen to Even the Rich: Paris Hilton at wondery.fm/ETR_Hiltons.
05/01/216m 51s

Wondery Presents: The Generation Why Podcast

June 13, 1996. Idaho Falls, Idaho. When 18-year-old Angie Dodge failed to show up to work, two of her coworkers went to her apartment looking for her. There they found Angie lying dead on her bedroom floor. She had been raped and murdered. In January 1997, police had a confession from 20-year-old Christopher Tapps. However, the DNA at the scene didn’t match Chris or the other two men he said were present at Angie’s death. Then Chris recanted his confession, claiming it was coerced. Who else was involved? And was Chris involved at all if there was no evidence of him at the crime scene?Listen now at wondery.fm/GenWhyAngieDodge
23/12/204m 11s

Wondery presents Catfish: The Podcast

From MTV and Wondery, “Catfish: The Podcast” brings you the most shocking episodes of the hit series, adapted for your ears for the very first time. Hosted by Nev Schulman.You finally find the person of your dreams, but there’s just one problem: you haven’t yet met them in real life. When you start to suspect something isn’t quite right, you need someone to help you find out the truth. That’s where “Catfish: The Podcast” comes in.A “Catfish” is someone who creates a false online identity to pursue romantic relationships. For eight seasons of the hit TV show, host Nev Schulman and his co-hosts have helped people track down their online love interests to uncover whether that person is real… or a catfish. Listen now: http://wondery.fm/Catfish_Podcast
09/12/204m 1s

Wondery presents Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound

Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Jacked_WonderyHosted by Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson. Have you ever had a dream? Something you wanted so bad you just couldn’t let it go? For a group of kids in Harlem in the Eighties, their dreams would change pop music forever. Teddy Riley, Timmy Gatling, and Aaron Hall form a group called Guy that would fuse hip-hop and R&B and launch a new sound. By the early Nineties, the New Jack Sound dominated the pop music charts: Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, and many more. But the rise of the New Jack sound would come at a cost, and not everyone would make it to the top. From Wondery and Universal Music Group, Jacked is a story of friendship, gangsters, double-crosses, and big dreams.
24/11/204m 49s

Wondery presents Do No Harm

Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Do_No_HarmFrom Wondery, the makers of Dr. Death and Dirty John, and NBC News, the team behind Dateline and The Thing About Pam - Do No Harm. Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting children from abuse, it has targeted innocent parents. With exclusive audio captured as the events unfolded, this harrowing six-episode series takes you inside the Brights' fight to hold their family together, against a system that can sometimes do more harm than good. Hosted by NBC News National Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh.
10/11/204m 25s

Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret.Laura Beil, returns with a second season of the award-winning series “Dr Death.”Click to listen to Dr. Death Season 2: wondery.fm/DrDeathS2_JoeExotic
27/10/204m 16s

Wondery presents Kamala: Next In Line

Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/KamalaNextInLineIf she wins in November, Kamala Harris would become Vice President after one of the most consequential and tumultuous elections in American history. Harris would be the most significant player to help Joe Biden manage a country in crisis. So who is she?Kamala: Next in Line goes inside the cross-cultural journey that led Harris from her humble roots to become the first African-American woman to represent California in the Senate and now the first African-American woman to be the Vice Presidential nominee for a major party. Hosted by MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the show features exclusive interviews with those who know her best, painting a picture of a woman who has fought her way to the top at every turn. From Oakland to Howard University, California to Washington DC, experience her story as it has never been told before. This is an intimate and immersive dive into who Kamala is, what her critics say about her, and how she arrived at this moment. 
05/10/206m 11s

Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga

Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi, told with Whitney’s signature wit and style.Listen to Podcast: wondery.fm/JoeExotic_BB
08/09/206m 9s

Introducing Even the Rich: The House of Versace

Even the Rich gives you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most infamous family dynasties in modern history. In their new season, The House of Versace, three siblings — Gianni, Donatella, and Santo — build one of the greatest fashion labels the world has ever seen. But When Gianni is murdered on the front steps of his Miami Beach mansion, the label loses its visionary. Can the House of Versace survive? On this four-episode series, we’ll dive into the origins of the Versace label. We’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at Gianni and Donatella’s relationship. And we’ll meet a few celebrities along the way, like Elton John, Princess Diana, and Madonna. Listen to the full episode here: http://wondery.fm/joeexotic_ETR.
18/08/206m 27s

Wondery Presents Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightment

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.Listen today at wondery.fm/JoeExotic_Guru
20/07/206m 2s

Bonus: Host Rob Moor Gets Candid with Justin Long

Justin Long asks Rob Moor about his journey into the world of the Tiger King, his thoughts on Netflix series, and Joe’s hopes for a pardon from the President. To hear the rest of their conversation, listen and subscribe to “Life is Short with Justin Long”: https://wondery.com/shows/justin-long/And to continue to receive bonus exclusives from Robert Moor's reporting, check out Wondery+ at https://wondery.com/plus/
16/04/2016m 18s

“Karma is a B****” | 6

Joe takes off for Florida, where he meets his match.A listener note: this episode discusses suicide. The episode also includes descriptions of mistreatment of animals.If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, here are some additional resources:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/joeexotic
14/04/2040m 38s

Bonus: John Reinke Lost His Legs and Quit the Zoo

John Reinke is no stranger to adversity. But nothing in his life would prepare him for Joe Exotic. John talks to Rob Moor about how the Wynnewood Zoo eventually came to consume his entire life.
09/04/2017m 2s

Straight to Hell | 5

A newcomer arrives at the zoo who might be able to help Joe finally solve his Florida problem. A listener note: this episode discusses suicide. The episode also includes descriptions of mistreatment of animals.If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, here are some additional resources:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/joeexotic
07/04/2033m 18s

Bonus: Rick Kirkham Keeps Rolling

When reality TV producer Rick Kirkham moved to the Wynnewood Zoo to create a show with Joe Exotic, he found a reality you couldn’t make up. In this extensive interview with Rob Moor, Rick shares more about what life was really like on and off camera at the zoo.
02/04/2015m 26s

Joe Exotic TV | 4

Joe has high aspirations of becoming a reality TV star. But his plan are about to go up in flames.A listener note: this episode discusses suicide. The episode also includes descriptions of mistreatment of animals.If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, here are some additional resources:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/joeexotic
01/04/2030m 57s

Bonus: I Was Married to Joe Exotic

John Finlay met Joe when he was just out of high school, moved in with him soon after, and later became his husband. In this never-before aired portion of Rob Moor’s extensive interview, we hear more about how he first got together with Joe, painful piercings, losing alligators, and what it was like being married to the Tiger King.This episode contains strong language and sexual content
30/03/2025m 14s

Cat and Mouse | 3

Joe goes on a helicopter mission to find more evidence but comes up short. Then someone hands him Carole’s diary.A listener note: this episode contains descriptions of mistreatment of animals.Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/joeexotic
28/03/2036m 53s

Bonus: Carole Baskin Talks About Her Past

In this special interview, we share a never-before-aired portion of Rob Moor’s extensive interviews with Carole. She opens up about her upbringing, leaving home at 15 years old, and details about how she met her second husband, Don Lewis. It gives greater insight into what life was like for Carole Baskin before she crossed paths with the Tiger King.
26/03/2016m 23s

More Wicked Than A Bobcat | 2

Carole Baskin leaves her husband and meets a stranger who hands her a gun. Then an unsolved disappearance casts a shadow over everything.A listener note: this episode contains descriptions of mistreatment of animals.Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/joeexotic
24/03/2038m 42s

The Tiger King | 1

Joe Exotic throws a most unusual wedding that includes monkeys, lions, tigers, and bears. But someone is killing his animals, and he is determined to put an end to it. The first episode in our six part series about two people who love big cats, but who despise each other.A listener note: this episode contains descriptions of mistreatment of animals.Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/joeexotic
19/03/2032m 16s

Wondery Presents "Joe Exotic: Tiger King"

Premieres on March 19th. Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/joeexotic
04/03/203m 26s
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