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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, Here Comes Pam, details the life of Pam Grier, the queen of Blaxploitation and Hollywood’s first female action star.  Be sure to also check out our previous seasons: I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich, about the legendary director and raconteur whose life was as thrilling and dramatic as any movie, The Devil’s Candy, the epic story of how The Bonfire of the Vanities went from bestseller to big-screen infamy, and Lucy, about the life and times of the most popular entertainer in Hollywood History.

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.

James Sheridan Researcher & Fact Checker

James Sheridan joined the TCM team for The Plot Thickens: Lucy. James is the co-author (with Barry Monush) of Lucille Ball FAQ: Everything Left to Know About America’s Favorite Redhead, which was published one month after he graduated from Fordham University. He also works on a variety of New York-based television productions.

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.

Shari Okeke Story Editor

Shari Okeke is creator of the Peabody-nominated podcast, Mic Drop. She’s an award-winning Canadian journalist with 24 years’ experience in television, radio and online at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Shari recently joined the faculty of the School of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University, where she teaches Advanced Podcasting and Radio Documentary.

Rachel Pilgrim Writer

Rachel J. Pilgrim is a multimedia investigative journalist who has covered social justice, crime, race and culture stories. Her experience is in radio, podcasting, long-form writing, scriptwriting, and both audio and video production. You can find her words and voice in the New York Times, Audible, HuffPost, The Root and more.

Special Thanks

Original music in Season 4 courtesy of Cadillac Jones.

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

Season 1 archival photos provided by the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington.