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Episode 67: Paul Butler Reads: The Promise and Failure of “Queen and Slim”

Black protest – especially against police violence – scares some people.    The Attorney General of the United States, for example, does not think the police should be criticized.  Last week William Barr issued a  threat:  if certain communities don’t start showing the police “support and respect” they “might find themselves without the police protection they need.”   In an earlier speech to the Fraternal Order of Police, Barr claimed “the anti-police narrative is fanning disrespect for the law.”   This is, of course, a lie.  The movement for black lives is about holding the police accountable, to...

Episode 66: Why HBO? The Creators of the Great TV Crime Dramas Speak

On July 12, 1997, Oz premiered on HBO, ushering in the new era of uncensored and on interrupted one hour drama to the television landscape. Since that time, HBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking and influential crime TV series of all time, and the creators of four of those series have been guests on the Crime Story Podcast. On today’s episode, we take a look at why those creators believe that HBO was such a special place for them to work. We...

Episode 65: Molly Miller Reads: The Six Pack

The following stories are the same: 1. A family of three had moved to a small house in the woods after their apartment was burglarized in the city, an incident that traumatized their young son. One brisk morning they return home from gathering mushrooms for a stew and find that their front door is cracked open. Dirty footprints lead inside. The mother and young son stand back as the father opens the door. He sees that their smallest wooden chair is splintered to pieces on the floor. The food leftover...

Episode 64: Jury Duty – New Podcast Series – Pilot Episode

Today we introduce the pilot episode of Jury Duty, a new weekly podcast forum for the discussion of crime and justice storytelling, news and narrative analysis published by Crime Story Media. The pilot features a discussion between Crime Story, Publisher/Editor Kary Antholis and Crime Story Reporter Molly Miller about the stories, themes and issues that have arisen in Molly's coverage of the Los Angeles Criminal Justice System. Thanks for checking it out.

Episode 63: William Antholis Reads: High Crimes Story

The following piece was first published on the website for the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. It was written by the Miller Center’s Director and CEO, William Antholis, who is the brother of Crime Story’s Publisher and Editor, Kary Antholis. Impeachment is the central issue gripping the presidency today.  It has been 10 weeks since Speaker Pelosi announced that she was beginning an impeachment inquiry against President Trump....

Episode 62: Kary Antholis Reads: A Convicted Fireman-Arsonist and Me: The Beginning

“Serial arsonists are known to keep logs of their fires or keep pictures of them and I am sure that they get off on their coverage on the news.” — John Orr, April 1992 January 12, 1992. I was driving to a business breakfast and heard a radio report about a man who was under home detention on suspicion of being a serial arsonist. The reporter said that this man was one of the leading arson investigators in the state of California, a well-respected teacher of other investigators. I thought...