“This is Criminal” An interview With Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer


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See transcript at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2016/03/this-is-criminal-an-interview-with-phoebe-judge-and-lauren-spohrer/

“This is Criminal” is a popular, deep-diving, intimate podcast that takes listeners into the thoughts and actions of people caught up in the criminal justice system. Counterfeiters, book thieves, a serial killer, tourists who raid petrified forests for wood, a mother and daughter corner, and the role of animals in crime are all topics for the podcast.

We interviewed co-creators Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer.

From the Huffington Post:  “To be human is to sort things into categories: right and wrong, good and bad, guilty and innocent. “Criminal,” a podcast from Radiotopia and PRX, reminds listeners with every episode that the truth is many shades blurrier than that.”

“I hope what we do is put forth an interesting story in as unbiased a way as possible and allow the listener to decide what they think,” she added.

“Sitting at the Venn diagram overlap of public radio listeners and “Law & Order” fans, the podcast, in so few words, is about crime. It’s doesn’t rest on the unedited voyeurism of the televised “Cops,” nor does it offer the clear resolution of a fictional courtroom drama like “The Practice.” Instead, “Criminal” covers the human aspect of the many roles — perpetrator, victim, enforcer, witness — that surround a wrongdoing.”

See the full article at  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/criminal-podcast-true-crime-phoebe-judge_us_56afd185e4b0b8d7c230436f.

The website for, “This is Criminal” is available at http://thisiscriminal.com/.

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