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Up Against The Mob

12 EpisodesProduced by CAFEWebsite

Elie Honig spent fourteen years as a federal and state prosecutor in New York and New Jersey. In Up Against the Mob, he peels back the curtain on the real-life, inside stories of the modern-day mafia with unprecedented access to the people who lived them. In season two, The Springfield Crew, Elie te… read more

12 Episodes | 2021 - 2023

Introducing Up Against The Mob

August 20th, 2021


Up Against the Mob is a new podcast from CAFE hosted by former prosecutor Elie Honig. Each week, he sits down with cops, undercover agents, defense lawyers, mobsters-turned-cooperators and more to tell the stories of …

The Cooperator

September 8th, 2021


Once a rising star in the Genovese crime family, Michael Visconti decided to leave the mafia and become a cooperating government witness. Visconti opens up to Elie Honig about his life and rise in the mob — how he first …

Declassified Insider Bonus: The Cooperator

September 15th, 2021


In this bonus episode of Up Against the Mob, Elie Honig and Safeena Mecklai take listeners behind the scenes of the first episode. They discuss the challenge of flipping a mafia member to become a cooperating witness …

Liberty’s Last Champion

September 15th, 2021


Murray Richman is a longtime criminal defense attorney who’s better known as one of the country’s top mob lawyers. Purportedly the real-life “Better …

Deep Cover

September 22nd, 2021


Joaquin “Big Jack” Garcia is a legendary former FBI undercover agent. Posing as mob member “Jack Falcone,” Garcia infiltrated the Gambino Family deeper than anyone else in history. Garcia reveals how he bonded with …

Babysitting Sammy the Bull

September 29th, 2021


James Gagliano was fresh out of the FBI Academy when he drew a bizarre assignment: safeguarding Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, a former Gambino mob boss …

Mob Mentality

October 6th, 2021


Why are we enthralled with the mob? From the Sopranos, to Goodfellas, to the Godfather, pop culture representations of the mafia have become …

The Real Goodfellas

October 13th, 2021


Martin Scorsese’s iconic film Goodfellas introduced generations to life in the mafia. In this Up Against the Mob season finale, Elie is joined by two …

Up Against the Mob, Season 2: The Springfield Crew — Trailer

February 24th, 2023


This season follows the rise and fall of a faction of the famed Genovese crime family. Set in Springfield, Massachusetts, it’s a riveting tale of …

It’s Shangri-La Up There

March 1st, 2023


Springfield, Massachusetts, 2003. Mob boss Alfonso “Big Al'' Bruno is shot dead in a parking lot, shocking the community. How does an “untouchable” …

A Piece of Work

March 8th, 2023


Rising Mafia star Anthony Arillotta is asked to perform the ultimate test of loyalty: murder. 

For more untold stories from the Springfield Mafia and …

The First Domino

March 15th, 2023


Local authorities follow a key lead in their search for Al Bruno’s killer. But an unfortunate accident threatens the investigation. 

For more untold …

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