The Outlaw Ocean

CBC, Los Angeles Times

The Outlaw Ocean


Critic Rating

The high seas are beyond the reach of international law – and beyond the beat of most reporters. But Pulitzer-Prize-winner and former New York Times journalist, Ian Urbina, has sailed into uncharted territories. Urbina sets out on a years-long quest to investigate murder at sea, modern slave labour, environmental crimes and quixotic adventurers. Part travelog, part true-crime thriller, this 7-part series takes listeners to places where the laws of the land no longer exist. The Outlaw Ocean is brought to you by CBC Podcasts and the LA Times and produced by The Outlaw Ocean Project.

Critic Reviews

Score: 4.5

Samantha Hodder • Bingeworthy Nov 24, 2022

"The first episode delivers. As promised, it digs into the story of the murder video...But here’s the thing: By the end of the first episode, he solves the case...delivered with journalistic prowess to be envied. This could have been a truly incredible narrative podcast that followed one story, down a million layers, and revealed lots of fascinating things along the way. But it wasn’t. Instead, it was a series of topics, strung together (which makes a lot of sense in a book format, less so in a podcast series)."

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Score: 5

Lauren Passell • Podcast The Newsletter Oct 24, 2022

"Outlaw Ocean makes you feel like you’re there...The show is revealing some of the world’s darkest, most undocumented atrocities (plus the hidden cost of cheap tuna) by going under the sea to find the hidden underbelly of our global economy. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles in the production, here. Just jaw-dropping audio and wonderful storytelling, kind of whispered by Ian, which makes you lean in close to hear what he has to say."

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