A lot of us at Salv are true podcasts fans. No matter the topic, podcasts are a great way to up your knowledge and skills and get some new insights on relevant topics. Whether you’re just starting out in the AML industry, or you’re already a seasoned guru looking for an easy and enjoyable way to keep yourself up to date with what’s going on — there are some great listens out there.

That’s why we asked our network of AML specialists and crime-fighters which podcasts they follow and this is what they came up with.

So, in no particular order, here are some of the best podcasts around if your mission is like ours — beat financial crime.

1. The Dark Money Files

We just love Graham Barrow and Ray Blake — 2 financial crime fighters with considerable experience in helping banks, regulators, tech providers, NGOs and other organisations grapple with criminal abuse in the financial system. The Dark Money Files introduces itself as a podcast series that can explain to a non-technical audience how “Dark Money” — i.e. money laundering, corruption, bribery, tax evasion — enters into the financial system and infects everything it touches. We’re not entirely sure if it’s the gentlemens’ good old English humour and charm, but Graham and Ray make the hard topics and latest industry case studies really easy and entertaining to listen to.

The Dark Money Flies started in 2019, with new episodes — around 20 minutes each — airing almost weekly. If you’re up for it, you’ll find about 60 different episodes waiting for your listening pleasure.

2. Bribe, Swindle or Steal

Another one of our favourites is Bribe, Swindle or Steal. Through expert interviews the podcast explores the world of financial crime, what motivates people to break the law, how wrongdoers cover their tracks, and just what can be done to put a stop to the looting.

The show is hosted by Alexandra Wrage, president of TRACE, who interviews luminaries in the field of financial crime — including bribery, fraud, money-laundering, insider trading and sanctions. Each week, Alexandra and her guests discuss who commits “white collar crime,” how it works, and what’s being done to stop it. The collection of experts the show attracts is really impressive, and the engaging discussions worth tuning into.

Bribe, Swindle or Steal began in spring 2017, and has already aired its 199th episode. The usual length of one episode is about 20-30 minutes.

3. Financial Crime Matters

In the Financial Crime Matters podcast series, Kieran Beer, Chief Analyst at ACAMS, interviews the movers and shakers of the anti-financial crime world. Give it a listen for fast-paced conversations about the latest financial scandal to hit the newsstands and insights on trending Financial Crime topics. Kieran interviews various industry experts from crime fighters and criminal investigators to experienced journalists who write on the topics.

Financial Crime Matters started in Spring 2019, and still airs new episodes usually once or twice a month.

4. The Missing Cryptoqueen

The Missing Cryptoqueen is a gripping BBC podcast series hosted by Jamie Bartlett and Georgia Catt. As the title indicates, the series is dedicated to one woman — Dr Ruja Ignatova, who managed to persuade millions to join her financial revolution before disappearing. Jamie and Georgia are on the hunt for “the queen” who promised to make millions rich through a cryptocurrency called OneCoin. Although the series mostly talks about the endeavours of Dr Ignatova, it also opens up about the world of cryptocurrency and the crimes related to it. Prepare to be amazed by the greed, deceit, and herd madness that lead intelligent, everyday humans to make some not-so-great financial decisions.

The series launched in September 2019 and has just launched its second season.

5. The AML Talk Show

Launched in 2019 by KYC360, The AML Talk Show is hosted by Martin Woods and Stephen Platt. In this podcast series, Martin and Stephen interview key figures in the world of financial crime prevention and examine successes and failures in the global fight against money laundering and related crimes like drug trafficking, bribery and corruption, sanctions evasion, human trafficking, and tax evasion.

If you visit their website, you’ll find 15 episodes already waiting for you. And good news for all of you working in the field. When listening through the website, you can also record your listening time on an online CPD (Continuing Professional Development) wallet.

6. Captivated Audience: A Financial Crime Podcast

Captivated Audience: A Financial Crime Podcast is the newest crime-fighting podcast to join the scene. As the podcast hosts Samantha Sheen and Marie Lundberg said, they were “inspired by the evolving Covid-19 restrictions and how it has impacted compliance professionals working in financial crime prevention.” Reaching out to individuals across the globe, Sam and Marie look at how people are adjusting to working remotely while still keeping up efforts to detect, prevent, and disrupt financial crime. Topics range from governance, KYC and transaction monitoring, to cyber security and accountability. Marie and Sam analyse notable cases involving financial crime, “epic compliance fails,” and lessons learned along the way. And to help fellow compliance professionals keep on top of their professional development, Marie and Sam include case studies with illustrative slides — so imagine it’s a bit like story time for adults. Enjoy!

7. Suspicious Transaction Report

The Suspicious Transaction Report is the flagship podcast from RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS). It offers behind-the-scenes insights and practical advice on how to implement the latest financial crime research and policy developments in the real world — from anti-money laundering and illicit financial flows, to sanctions evasion and cryptocurrency abuse.

What stands out about this podcast is its format. The first part is an informative roundup of the latest financial crime news discussed by the episode’s host and two guest contributors. Guests give their perspective on why the latest news matters, pointing to long-term trends and what these could mean for different stakeholders. The second part does a deep-dive into a new piece of financial crime research. Pretty nifty, especially for all you veterans of the field.

8. FinCrime Spotlight

FinCrime Spotlight is the podcast hosted by FINTRAIL shines a light on the FinTech community and their fight against financial crime. FinTechs have disrupted the financial services industry and transformed the ways in which we identify, monitor, and expose bad actors and criminal organisations. Which is why the podcast offers listeners the opportunity to hear from frontline FinCrime fighters, delve into FinCrime investigations, examine the technology underpinning the industry, and explore the social impact of financial crime. They just finished up their first 9-episode season in July, can’t’ wait for the next.

9. Hunting Warhead

Hunting Warhead isn’t light listening, but if you want to see more of the human side, then this is a podcast worth listening to. The single season, serial podcast jumps into the depths of one of the darkest criminal networks out there. Host Daemon Fairless — yes, we assume that’s his real name — takes us on the journey of how a team of people took down one of the worst criminals you’ve ever heard of. Find out how law enforcement, journalists, and experts rescued children from all over the world trapped up in one of the darkest corners of the internet.

10. Smuggler’s Daughter

We’ll end our podcast recommendations on a lighter note. Smuggler’s Daughter is a 11-part podcast hosted by Rainbow Valentine — definitely not her real name. Rainbow grew up in a happy childhood with an artist Mother and a “businessman” father. But, later on, she discovered her parents were actually deeply embedded in the illegal drug trade. Follow Rainbow as she interviews family and friends, and re-assesses a lot of what she just saw as normal. The podcast is lighthearted and funny, but still shows a realistic picture of what her parents did to launder their drug trade money — sometimes literally.

Happy listening!