Bad Watchdog Season 2 launches June 20.

Bad Watchdog

In this award-winning investigative podcast, host Maren Machles explores how accountability failures in Washington D.C. impact the lives of people all over the country, and she showcases the investigators, experts, and activists who keep our government working for the people. 

In the first season, Maren focused on the department’s Office of Inspector General, revealing a shocking pattern of misconduct that resulted in a failure to investigate some of the most troubling events in recent history. 

In 2024, Bad Watchdog won a silver medal for investigative journalism podcasting at the New York Festivals Radio Awards and was nominated for the Ambie Awards' Best Politics or Opinion Podcast. 

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Bad Watchdog is a member of the Airwave Media network and a part of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts that examines what’s broken in our democracy and how we can work together to fix it.

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Announcing Bad Watchdog Season 2

Announcing Bad Watchdog Season 2

In the wake of 9/11, and in fear of another attack, members of Congress agreed to create a powerful new...

June 06, 2024 | Podcast

Bad Watchdog Episode 6: The Perfect Storm

Bad Watchdog Episode 6: The Perfect Storm

Maren returns to the missing January 6 texts scandal with a fresh perspective, some new evidence, and finally asks the...

February 23, 2023 | Podcast

Bad Watchdog Episode 5: Who is Joseph Cuffari?

Bad Watchdog Episode 5: Who is Joseph Cuffari?

Nick and Adam detail DHS watchdog Cuffari’s early fights with his own staff, alleged ethics violations, and dubious qualifications. Maren...

February 16, 2023 | Podcast

Bad Watchdog Episode 4: The Story of an Agency

Bad Watchdog Episode 4: The Story of an Agency

Maren talks to former Border Patrol officer and current reform advocate Jenn Budd about her own painful experiences working for...

February 09, 2023 | Podcast