“You Can’t Make This Up” is the companion podcast for series and films on Netflix, with recent episodes about The Tinder Swindler. This podcast is hosted by journalist, true crime author, and podcaster Rebecca Lavoie, as she is joined by filmmakers, actors, contributors, and more for interviews and behind-the-scenes takes of how these stories came to life.
Tune in for new episodes on Wednesdays, running under an hour on average. Start the series from part one’s discussion of a particular show or documentary, and the episode descriptions will warn listeners if spoilers are ahead. Since 2018, “You Can’t Make This Up” has released over 100 episodes exploring Netflix’s Britney vs. Spears, Tiger King 2, Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami, and Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed just to name a few.
The Tinder Swindler has 4 companion episodes, each under 40 minutes long. Rebecca spoke with Felicity Morris and Bernadette Higgins on creating the film. The director and producer focused on telling the victims’ stories and unveiling Simon Leviev’s sophisticated con artistry, finding women on Tinder, and the elaborate methods he used to hook them.
The next three podcast episodes dove into Simon’s earlier crimes from 2011-2012, how he made his story credible, filled his world with hired help, crafted a legit-looking Instagram persona, and posed as a wealthy man while swindling dollars from the female victims. In part 2, hear from one of Simon’s old friends that was unwillingly strong-armed into participating in fraud. Part 3 shares how he evaded law enforcement for years, was eventually arrested, and why he was released in 2020.
Another recent episode dove into the apocalyptic disaster film, Don’t Look Up, and its podcast companion series, “The Last Movie Ever Made.” Rebecca interviewed the film’s co-producer and podcast contributor, Staci Roberts-Steele. She discussed filming a fictional crisis while the real world was experiencing an emergency all its own with COVID-19. After Staci’s interview on “You Can’t Make This Up,” stay tuned for a full episode of “The Last Movie Ever Made.” Most of the podcast’s audio was recorded by crew members while filming and includes commentary from the stars on the accidental mimesis the film presented.
Cheer’s season 1 followed Navarro College’s competitive cheer squad. Season 2 premiered in January, and Head Coach Vontae Johnson of Trinity Valley Community College Cheerleading squad spoke with Rebecca for an episode.
There are plenty of episodes covering Netflix’s true-crime titles like Catching Killers, Heist, Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal, and Why Did You Kill Me?
Tune in for new, weekly episodes of “You Can’t Make This Up,” wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.