Christopher Allen was trying to make it as a war reporter when, aged just 26, he was shot and killed on the frontline in South Sudan. But as news of his death began to spread, suspicion grew. Some claimed he was really there as a mercenary, a fighter. Others said he was a reckless freelancer, in over his head. And there was another question: was he killed on purpose, or was this another accident of war? From Tortoise and the team behind Sweet Bobby, Pig Iron is a dark adventure in war and journalism – and into what really happened to Christopher Al...
Fiona McCann • Irish Times • Nov 12, 2022
"Much of the success of Pig Iron is its nuanced and meticulous approach to a story with an ending at once clearly defined and shrouded in mystery. Pig Iron does best: shows how lines get blurred and sometimes erased, how even Cummings’s own impulses to help Allen’s parents must be admitted and interrogated, how difficult it is to ever claim objectivity or cling to cardinal rules of reporting."
Ximena Smith • Stuff NZ • Oct 29, 2022
"...not giving too much away just yet (it’s a classic Tortoise Media podcast in this sense, like a tapestry being unfurled). The sound design of the episode was innovative and played with audio in interesting, subtle ways – an increasingly necessary move in an overcrowded true crime market."