The Girlfriends

The Girlfriends

By iHeartPodcasts & Novel

It’s 1995 and Carole Fisher is a high-flying divorcee looking for love in Las Vegas. It’s slim pickings in the medical community she works in. But then Bob comes to town. Bob Bierenbaum is a plastic surgeon who flies planes and speaks several languages. Her mom loves that he’s Jewish - but there’s something off about him. He’s perfect on paper but he’s quick to anger and he never talks about his ex-wife. Who, it turns out, is missing and presumed dead.

After Carole and Bob break up she tells her friend Mindy all about Bob’s wife and his bizarre behavior. You see, Mindy dated Bob too, in fact a lot of women in Vegas dated Bob and they all have their own strange stories to tell. Before too long they form a club dedicated to bitching about Bob, eating noodles and figuring out what happened to his wife, Gail.

In this riveting nine part series, Carole Fisher uncovers the truth of Gail Katz’s death, the systems that failed her and all the girlfriends that brought her justice.

Episodes

Introducing: The Godmother

In the 1930s, Lucky Luciano, one of American history’s most notorious mobsters, was finally taken down by a rookie prosecutor. Eunice Carter was one of the first Black Women ever to become a prosecutor in America. She operated from the heart of the Harlem Renaissance to navigate the corrupt world of downtown Manhattan politics, and a deeply racist and sexist pre-civil rights American society. But her pioneering role in what became known as the “trial of the century” has been forgotten by popular history. Hers is the story of a writer, social worker, mother, teacher, sister, socialite, political candidate, community organizer and unheralded pioneer. This eight part immersive podcast is hosted by poet and writer, Nichole Perkins. It tells the story of Eunice Carter: a bad-ass anti-hero unafraid to bend the rules in pursuit of ambition, justice and legacy. Listen to The Godmother on the iHeartRadio App or wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-the-godmother-141201920/  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/01/24·2m 56s

9: A Sisterhood

After 20 years behind bars Bob finally speaks about what he did.  Carole, Mindy and Alayne discuss what it means to live in a world without Gail, and so many other women like her.  If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.   The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio. For more from Novel visit novel.audio Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore. Follow Carole on social media here: LinkedIn: Carole Fisher Facebook: Carole Fisher X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher Instagram: @CaroleAFisherSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/08/23·42m 54s

8: The Girlfriends Vs Bierenbaum

15 years after Gail’s death, Bob is put on trial.  The Girlfriends, Gail’s friends and Alayne all weave together the circumstantial evidence that the prosecution believe is enough to prove Bob murdered Gail.  But the defense has a secret weapon, a star witness that says he saw Gail in a bagel shop in the hours that the prosecution believe she was already dead.  If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.   The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio. For more from Novel visit novel.audio Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore. Follow Carole on social media here: LinkedIn: Carole Fisher Facebook: Carole Fisher X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher Instagram: @CaroleAFisherSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/08/23·35m 41s

7: Cowabunga

Bob learns that the DA are after him and when his arrest becomes a national news story, another Girlfriend surfaces.   If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.   The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio. For more from Novel visit novel.audio Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore. Follow Carole on social media here: LinkedIn: Carole Fisher Facebook: Carole Fisher X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher Instagram: @CaroleAFisherSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/08/23·37m 43s

6: Women Who Like to Gab

The prosecutors arrive in Las Vegas to interview The Girlfriends.  Hearing the stories from Bob’s time in Vegas, they become convinced that he murdered Gail. But in an attempt to make their argument water tight, they uncover a catastrophic mistake that was made back in 1989, putting their investigation at risk.  If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.   The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio. For more from Novel visit novel.audio Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore. Follow Carole on social media here: LinkedIn: Carole Fisher Facebook: Carole Fisher X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher Instagram: @CaroleAFisherSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/08/23·28m 39s

5: The Best Job a Lawyer Could Have

Bob moves again, but this time to the sleepy midwestern town of Minot, North Dakota.  For Carole and Mindy it seems like Bob might be getting away with it, until some prosecutors from the Manhattan DA’s cold case unit turn up in Vegas.   If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.   The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio. For more from Novel visit novel.audio Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore. Follow Carole on social media here: LinkedIn: Carole Fisher Facebook: Carole Fisher X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher Instagram: @CaroleAFisherSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31/07/23·30m 16s

4: Phone Calls from Manhattan

The search for Gail begins.  After a rocky start, Gail’s sister Alayne, takes over the investigation into her disappearance. After four years of searching, the police make a shocking discovery.  If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.   The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio. For more from Novel visit novel.audio Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore. Follow Carole on social media here: LinkedIn: Carole Fisher Facebook: Carole Fisher X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher Instagram: @CaroleAFisherSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/07/23·38m 50s

3: Bubbly, Bouncy and Very Alive

We head to New York City to learn about Gail. In conversation with her loved ones, Carole hears about Gail’s love stories, curly hair, teenage dreams and the last time her friends saw her.  If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.   The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio. For more from Novel visit novel.audio Correction: Alayne Katz has brought to our attention that on the morning of Gail and Bob's wedding day (August 29th, 1982) Bob did not stay at their apartment as reported in the podcast, instead he stayed at his parents house in New Jersey. In the morning Gail traveled from her parents house, in Long Island, to their Manhattan apartment where she met with Ouidad to get her hair done. Ouidad did not come out to Long Island as reported. Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore. Follow Carole on social media here: LinkedIn: Carole Fisher Facebook: Carole Fisher X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher Instagram: @CaroleAFisherSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/07/23·43m 54s

2: Lobsters for Dinner

Carole is wined, dined and shouted at by Bob until they split. After their break up, Carole tells her friend Mindy about the skeletons in Bob's closet and they start investigating.  If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.   The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio. For more from Novel visit novel.audio Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore. Follow Carole on social media here: LinkedIn: Carole Fisher Facebook: Carole Fisher X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher Instagram: @CaroleAFisherSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/07/23·30m 15s

1: The Good Jewish Doctor

It’s the early 90s and a new eligible bachelor named Bob has arrived in Las Vegas.  Every local single Jewish lady wants to date him, but something’s off. It turns out Bob has a secret that he hoped he could leave behind in New York City.    If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.   The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio. For more from Novel visit novel.audio Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore. Follow Carole on social media here: LinkedIn: Carole Fisher Facebook: Carole Fisher X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher Instagram: @CaroleAFisherSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/07/23·30m 32s

Introducing: The Girlfriends

Introducing the new podcast The Girlfriends.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/06/23·2m 48s
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