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 (link here) and Tuesday (link here), 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 a two-part conversation with Ezra Edelman, Producer and director of the Oscar and Emmy winning 10 hour documentary O.J.: Made in America.
During our conversation, we discussed Ezra’s path into storytelling, the development of his craft as a cinematic storyteller, the evolution of his interest in sports and African-American history, how he was convinced to make the film, and the process of conceptualizing and producing the documentary.
You can find a transcript of that conversation here.