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Episode 48: What Happened to Joan Risch + Sunanda Pushkar?

Content Warning This episode contains a discussion of suicide and domestic violence. Please take care of yourself, and use the resources listed below if you need support.

This week, Kirsten + Andrew look at two deeply disturbing and mysterious cases, both unsolved and both surprisingly under-represented in the larger pop cultural landscape.

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Listener Resources

United States

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) to speak to someone or chat here.
  • Veterans in crisis, press “1” to be directed to local VA resources.
  • Deaf, hard of hearing TTY and chat options here.
  • En Español, llama a 1-888-628-9454.

Crisis Text Line

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance offers these and many more resources for those experiencing suicidal thoughts or other mental health crises. 


The Mind Your Mind website has a long list of resources, both within Canada and internationally.


Findahelpline.com has an extensive list of resources in India, including 1 Life, whose hotline you can call 24/7 at 078930-78930.

Other Countries

Findahelpline.com also maintains resource lists for many other countries on their website.

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