Charlie Rowan was a small-time cage fighter in rural Michigan who couldn't get a break.
His punches weren't landing. He owed money to impatient people. He needed to start over, but he didn't know how.
Then, at home on the sofa, he came up with a plan.
Original long-form journalism from The New York Times, read by the actor Bobby Cannavale.
When small-time cage fighter Charlie Rowan was reported dead from a car crash at age 25, it turned out there was a lot more to the story. In Tomato Can Blues, New York Times sports reporter Mary Pilon investigates aspiring MMA fighter Rowan's failed plan to end his troubles and start life anew by faking his own death. A polished performance from Emmy award-winning actor Bobby Cannavale, known for his portrayal of Gyp Rosetti on Boardwalk Empire, lends a dramatic edge to the story, while well-timed music adds to the mood and pace. A slickly-produced, compelling performance of a well-researched piece of long-form journalism, Tomato Can Blues makes for an intriguing listen.
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Can I have that half an hour back please?
- Andrew Stuart