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The Plot Thickens

The Plot Thickens is the award-winning documentary podcast from Turner Classic Movies.  Since 1994, TCM has devoted itself to exploring every aspect of cinema and film history.  Now, with The Plot Thickens, we’re sharing that passion in a whole new way.

Our current season, Lucy, brings to life the incredible story of the most popular entertainer in Hollywood history, Lucille Ball.  Be sure to also check out our previous seasons: in 2020 we released I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich, about the legendary director and raconteur whose life was as thrilling and dramatic as any movie.  And in summer 2021 we launched our second season, The Devil’s Candy, which told the epic story of how The Bonfire of the Vanities went from bestseller to big-screen infamy.

Stay tuned for news about future installments, which will tell more stories about movies and the people who make them.


Angela Carone Director of Podcasts

Angela Carone has worked in audio and video storytelling for almost 20 years. She came to TCM from the NPR affiliate in San Diego, CA where she worked as an award-winning radio reporter and producer. Angela moved to Atlanta to produce short documentaries for FilmStruck. She still makes documentaries for broadcast on TCM.

Michael Voulgaris Editor

Michael Voulgaris started his career as an editor at Turner in 2000. He has worked on short video content for TCM such as “How Bogart Became a Star,” “Julie Andrews: At Home in Hollywood” and “Blackface & Hollywood,” to name a few. The Plot Thickens is his first time editing a podcast. His favorite film is 2001: A Space Odyssey, album is Steely Dan’s Aja, and book is The Cormorant by Stephen Gregory.

Charles Tabesh Executive Producer

Charles Tabesh is senior vice president of programming and production for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). In this capacity, he is responsible for managing programming, scheduling and acquisition selection strategies for the brand. Tabesh also leads the programming for the network’s annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.

Joanne Faryon Story Editor

Joanne Faryon is an investigative reporter and producer. She is the creator of the hit podcast “Room 20,” from the L.A. Times, which debuted at number one on iTunes in the U.S. and Canada in 2019. Faryon is also a professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she teaches reporting and an investigative podcast class.

Susan White Story Editor

Susan White has been an editor for three Pulitzer Prize-winning projects at three different organizations – ProPublica, InsideClimate News and the San Diego Union-Tribune. She began working on podcasts in 2018 and was the senior editor for the hit podcast “Room 20” from the L.A. Times Studios.

Yacov Freedman Senior Producer

Yacov Freedman has been a producer for HLN, Entertainment Tonight, and a bunch of other TV shows – but his first love has always been the movies.  He has degrees in film studies from Northwestern and Emory Universities, and since 2015 he’s been working at Turner Classic Movies, the greatest network in the world.

Technical Credits

Music by Tunewelders, a custom music creation and audio production company based in Atlanta, GA.

Archival photos provided by the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington.