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  • Summary

  • Gold winner of the Best Documentary Podcast and Best Serialised Podcast Trophies at the 2021 New York Festivals Radio Awards

    Winner of the Best Podcast Trophy at the 2020 Mumbrella Publish Awards

    Bronze winner of the Best True Crime Podcast at the 2020 Australian Podcast Awards

    It's the $10 million heist you've never heard of. In a matter of months, dozens of truckloads disappeared from American highways. But what were they carrying? Nuts. Marc Fennell takes you into a rabbit-hole of crime syndicates, stolen identities and private investigators that will change the way you think about food forever. 80% of the world's almonds are grown in the heart of California but this journey will take you to Italy; the Spanish coast; deep under the earth; and even into space.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast and a Somethin' Else production. Free for members. You can download all 8 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd. (P)2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: The Heist

    May 31 2020

    No one saw it coming. It was one of the most outlandish and complex heists that struck one of the most important agricultural districts in the world.

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    25 mins
  • Ep. 2: Target Practice

    May 31 2020

    Marc is embedded with private investigators to better understand the scene of the crime, how the crimes go down and get closer to understanding who the criminals are.

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    31 mins
  • Ep. 3: Harvested

    May 31 2020

    We meet one of the first victims of the heists & the small town police tasked with the job of tackling the crime.

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    34 mins

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Great Podcast, Don't Listen to the Nay Sayers!

First of all, this is a podcast about true crime, not a robbery story. The journalist dives into the seedy world of agricultural crime and explains to the listener how socioeconomic's, corporate greed, environmental deterioration, and agricultural theft are all intertwined. This is not "personal political drivel,", or an "attack on Republicans", or "liberal BS". It is is a factual account of how and why agricultural theft is going on in our world today. First of all, the journalist is from Australia and is not accustomed to some of our American culture. Especially our gun culture. Therefore this is reflected in the narration of this part of the podcast. I won't spoil it for you but it IS NOT an "attack on Republicans" as one reviewer put it. Second, this doesn't have to do with just the theft of nuts and dives into the socioeconomic, corporate, and environmental world. As a Business major, I found this absolutely fascinating and relevant.

After listening to this podcast, it made me take a serious look at where my food comes from and who my money actually benefits. It also made me wonder how those companies treat their employees and am I funding what amounts to abuse. If you are a Marketing, Agricultural, Business, or Logistics major I highly recommend you listen to this podcast and do some further research. You'll be astounded at what you find. Even if you're just a regular, every day person, I highly recommend this for the same reasons. If anything, it will make you think about the life cycle of how your food got on your table and who it actually was that made that possible.

Great, great listen.

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Not about the crime.

Author starts by reviewing a crime and then turns it to a political story by making the criminal into the victim.

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Dont miss out on this one.

I can not believe there was only one review written before mine. This short series is informative, entertaining and well paced. Also who wouldn't want to hear someone say "Nut Heist" a bunch of times in an Australian accent? Give this one a listen, you will be glad you did.

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Not a fan.
Stopped listening after the second episode; he seemed to think this was a joke. Didn’t appreciate the uncalled for opinions of guns, stereotypical ‘Republicans’ (guess they all wear body armor) and the criticism of the investigators who were trying to show him what he asked for.
Too bad as the subject was interesting but the narrator was not.

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Pleasantly surprised

I was pleasantly surprised by this selection. It went on tangents that weren’t expected and was quite enlightening.

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Unusual true crime

This audiobook makes you think twice about everyday foods. It was enjoyable with lots of twists and turns! Hearing an Australian experience various nuances of American life was also highly amusing.

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  • 09-01-20

Really enjoyed this

This is such an amazing story. Took me to places I really didn't expect. And not your usual true crime show.

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Eye opening

Great story about something I never thought of. Good story that takes the listener from A to ?. I hope more comes.

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An in depth look at an unexpected crime

The podcast gives you a good overview of the nut industry, the trucking industry, how exports are scrutinized or not at busy ports, the people who work in agriculture and much more. It is light yet serious. He makes you understand how an independent trucker could be duped into unknowingly hauling a stolen load of nuts; the high rate of crime in the nut industry and how poor the workers are. If you liked Tomatoland, Extra Virginity or Real Food, Fake Food you will enjoy this podcast.

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A highly informative PodCast!

So very interesting. a perfect example of how we, as ignorant people, can cause chaotic results. Also showing how and why the selfish actions of some can make the lives of others so very hard!

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  • Erin M
  • 06-06-20

Interesting topic

I wasn't sure what to expect from the title. I thought it might be mental health based but it was free so I downloaded it. Nut Jobs actually was a great listen. From nuts being stolen, Oscars disappearing, flawed freight systems in America, water problems in California, effective crime organisations and lots of other issues I hadn't considered, I'll never look at an almond again without thinking of this series.

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  • Richard Williams
  • 06-06-20

I will never look at an almond the same way ever..

Bonkers story that makes you question everything and makes you want to eat something other than nuts!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-20

Wonderfully enlightening

Thank you so much for making me stop and think? unfortunately, humans seem to have an inbuilt greed... until that changes... nothing else will!

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  • Justine S.
  • 07-15-20

So Well done!!!

Billiant investigative insightful unfolding of an amazing story. Mark has such a great aproach revealing so much about the interconected reality of global food processes with peoples lively hoods , the earth and our choises and morality in the balance ....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-20

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Great sound editing and captivating narration create an amazing story that leads you from one place to another, drawing a big picture around the simple subject of an almond, in which we find ourselves a part of.

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  • Eric Dale
  • 06-09-20

Brilliant thought provoking very well paced.

All the above. very relevant in the current era of pandemic. All in all a good listen

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  • Macstiv
  • 06-09-20

food for thought indeed

A lot more than a story about theft. An insightful study on where our food comes from and the lives impacted so that it just appears on the shelf.

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  • darren
  • 06-09-20

really loved it will start to finish

nothing to do with this podcast but whatsoever really enjoyed but it and found it very hard so have to write15 words that how reason like use Audible would be pretty obvious to anyone what we did read this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-20

know how you are fed.

hopefully people will take the time to listen to this report. it was well made and delivered. we need to eat. we want to provide a decent living for our family and that needs to be paid for, we are all connected.

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  • cellarista
  • 06-07-20

makes you look at food differently...

This was an incredible combination of heist tale, and a story with world-wide ramifications, and some facts slammed in to make you look at your food differently. The presenter is incredibly appealing, and funny, and then you find out where he is leading you... You never know where this story will take you next, it has some most unexpected twists and turns. Who would have thought that a story about stolen nuts could be quite so important, and serious, and jaw-dropping,

It IS amazingly entertaining, but the story it tells is one we should all be aware of, the worldwide implications of what he finds out are startling, and should be more widely-known.

An absolute top-class podcast: this one has everything. Highly recommended.

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  • James
  • 08-28-20

A good but lesser follow-up

Much more sprawling and unfocused than 'It Burns', though this is perhaps appropriate given that the topic is the logistics industry, which sprawls across the globe and—so we learn—is unfocused among a multitude of independent trucking contractors. But whether that parallel was deliberate or not, this podcast lacked narrative cohesion. Fennell is still an engaging host, and he still brings personal angles into the story (this time through his young son). All the individual pieces of information he presents are interesting (I found the episode with Marion Nestle to be particularly illuminating). But he doesn't tie them together and doesn't draw much of a conclusion, to say nothing of solving the titular mystery (he gets no more specific than "probably the Armenian Mafia").

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-20

interesting food crime series

I really enjoyed this! it was quirky and entertaining and sad. Finished it very quickly and I wish there was more.

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  • Rodney Wetherell
  • 08-31-20

Unexpectedly fascinating

Marc Fennell has written an entertaining 'crime thriller' about the theft of an awful lot of nuts in California. Along the way, often via guests who are either people involved in the case or experts, he tells us a lot about the food industry, especially the complex web by which food is transported to local cities, and to ports from which it can be exported overseas. I listened to Marc's previous book It Burns and enjoyed that too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-20

A tough nut to crack, excellent series.

Thought provoking and fascinating. never take any food for granted. Excellently presented by Mark Fennell.

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  • Tony
  • 06-06-20

where does my food come from

this is a very enlightening account of food production challenges in California, how it supplies the world, and the costs to the planet and humanity. as well as being a crime and technology battle. a good listen.
my only gripe is the background noise and sound effects were distracting. but the were part of the story at times

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-20

So many perspectives

A wonderful ride through an event and the circumstances which caused it all to happen.

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  • Anonymous
  • 06-02-20

Fascinating, totally hooked!

Marc Fennell's done it again. I loved It Burns. This new podcast is awesome too - a fresh and fun twist on the true crime genre, totally hooked.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-20

A story with a trick instead of a resolution

For the majority of the text the writer who is no doubt a deft writer and journalist lays out the context and allegations of the storry but then instead of a resultion where the perpetrators are identified and brought to justice an abrupt deviation occurs where a tirade on climate change is the only objective. Though scientifically accurate it is becoming tiresome having an activist tirade as a conclusion instead of a resolution to what was in fact the subject written on the cover of the series.

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  • Ashley
  • 07-20-20

Peaks early

Starts off great but obviously struggling to find content in the last 2 episodes going off on wild tangents and then the compulsory "we're destroying the world" statement at the end.

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  • Caine
  • 07-03-20

Disappointing 'who dunnit' that doesn't get solved

This could have been a much greater story. I was left disappointed as it is basically just a bunch of sound bites from various parties involved with Marc's opinion or feelings in between.
The case doesn't get solved, and in the end it becomes less about the crime and more about food security and the environment.

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