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The First and Last Time I Robbed a Bank 15 MIN, 3 SEC

The first story comes from a podcast called "First Time Last Time," from producer, host, public radio guru Ben Adair and it tells these sometimes-big sometimes-small stories that are milestones in peoples lives… Firsts and Lasts ... of all kinds.

Joe Loya was once known as the smooth-talking "Beirut Bandit," During a 14-month crime spree in the 1980's, he robbed dozens of banks all over Southern California — so many, even he lost count. Then, he got arrested. And then he robbed five more. He talked to Ben about how he got became a bank robber — how he got the idea and then the nerve… to knock over that first bank.

Produced by Ben Adair. You can subscribe to the "First Time Last Time" podcast on iTunes

Joe Loya wrote a book about his life … his descent into crime … and how he turned his life around in prison. It’s called, "The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell."

Joe Loya’s mugshot
Photo courtesy Joe Loya

Joe Today
Photo courtesy Joe Loya

Can't Rewind the Past 5 MIN, 10 SEC

A short but action-packed story produced a few years ago, but worth hearing again (and again.) A street criminal, hoping to "curb his wild ways," spots an opportunity he just can't pass up. As it turns out, he should have walked on by. Even more thrilling and than the story itself, is the unusual way the story is put together. Think of the movie, "Momento."

Produced by Steve Urquhart, it was a Falling Tree production for BBC Radio Four. It was produced in association with members of the London-based crime reduction charity, Only Connect.

Steve Urquhart is an award winning radio producer, sound designer, announcer and musician. He's produced other stories for UnFictional.

Boca 8 MIN, 17 SEC

Finally… Vicki Juditz is excited to attend a fancy dance party with her new boyfriend. The party ends up being more fussy than she was expecting, so she feels out of place. Luckily, there's an open bar, so Vicki commences to try and have a good time. Her idea of a good time gets in the way of her boyfriend's work function, and she has a life-altering moment next to the parking valet.

Vicki Juditz has performed hat festivals and theaters across the country, including the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee. Los Angele audiences have cheered her on at the Moth StorySLAMS and GrandSLAMS. In a former life, she performed comic roles on shows such as Coach, Everybody Loves Raymond and My Name Is Earl, and sold everything from birth control pills to cat beverages in TV commercials.

Vicki Juditz
Photo courtesy Stephen Burr


Episode photo: Joe Loya caught on a bank surveillance camera (Photo courtesy Joe Loya)


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