This past Saturday, January 25, 2020, marked the 25th anniversary of the beginning of oral arguments in the trial of The People v O.J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. This week, Crime Story will commemorate that anniversary by presenting a series of special interviews related to the way the historical narrative of the trial has been preserved for posterity.

On Monday and Tuesday, we present a two-part interview with Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, the creators of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning limited series The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

On Wednesday and Thursday, we present a two-part interview with Ezra Edelman the producer and director of the Oscar and Emmy winning documentary epic, O.J.: Made In America.

And on Friday, on a special episode of our Jury Duty podcast, we present my exclusive interview with Bill Hodgman who had oversight responsibilities for the team prosecuting O.J. Simpson: Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden.

Also, you can hear me talking about putting this week together, the OJ trial and a bunch of other Crime Story related topics on the Josh Marshall podcast here.

Today’s podcast is Part One of my conversation with Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, creators, executive producers and writers of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning limited series, The People v. O.J. Simpson as well as many other award-winning films and television programs.

The conversation was recorded as part of a series of classes that I taught at The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Each week I would host an artist for a discussion that would help us better understand their values and aims as storytellers in the world of crime and justice.

During Part One of our conversation we discussed how they met, their development as storytellers, the evolution of their partnership, how they became known as the “kings of the anti-bio pic,” how they came to write The People v. O.J. Simpson, the writing process on the series, and we began a discussion of how the production itself came together.

You can find a transcript of that conversation here.

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