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Episode 8: Vince Gilligan and Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad – Part 1

Kary: This is the Crime Story Podcast with Kary Antholis where we have conversations about how and why narratives of crime and justice are told. Today’s podcast is part one of a two part conversation with Vince Gilligan, the creator and showrunner of one of the great series in television history, Breaking Bad and one of his key collaborators on that series, director/executive producer Michelle MacLaren. 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...

Episode 7: Molly Miller Reads Strong Female Lead

It’s almost like a gritty, high-octane action flick. The female lead is a young prostitute and this is the climax of her narrative arc. After years of being mentally and physically abused by her pimp, they get into one last altercation outside of a bank. The pimp punches her face, elbows her eye and slams a car door on her head. She fights back — teeth, nails, everything she’s got — and manages to knock him to the ground. Then she gets into the car and looks at her pimp through the windshield. She slams her foot on the...

Episode 6: Molly Miller Reads The Bullet and the Door (Martinez 1)

My mother always said there are two sides to every story. In this story, there are two sides to the same door. It’s the wooden front door of the Martinez two-bedroom, one-story residence in Montebello, California. On one side of the door, a shot was fired. On the other side, a man was killed. Outside of the door, on the evening of October 28, 2014, 45-year-old Pomona Police Officer Shaun Diamond was called to take part in a SWAT operation. His team was tasked with serving a search warrant to a house inhabited by David Martinez, a member of the...

Episode 5: Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, Serial

Longtime members of the team at This American Life and co-creators of the Podcast series Serial - Koenig and Snyder discuss their careers and influences with a particular focus on Season 3 of Serial, a deep dive into the criminal justice system in and around Cleveland Ohio. Kary: This is the Crime Story Podcast with Kary Antholis where we have conversations about how and why narratives of crime and justice are told.   Today’s podcast is a conversation with longtime members of the team at This American Life and co-creators of the Podcast series Serial - Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder. The conversation...

Episode 3: Paul Butler, Georgetown Law

Professor Butler offers his perspective on my interview with Attorney General William Barr. Guest: Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler Kary:  This is the Crime Story Podcast with Kary Antholis, where we have conversations about how and why narratives of crime and justice are told.   Paul Butler:  The Attorney General appears to me to endorse torture… I understand that when we see a bad guy get his just desserts, in an extra-legal way, it might fulfill some kind of base emotion, but we know the path that those actions lead down.  Kary:  In this special podcast program, we will be joined by Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler...

Episode 2: Attorney General William Barr

A conversation with Mr. Barr about how his thinking about criminal justice issues has evolved since he first served as Attorney General in the early 1990s, as well as a conversation about the themes of justice as depicted in popular culture. Guest: United States Attorney General William Barr Kary:  This is the Crime Story Podcast with Kary Antholis where we have conversations about how and why narratives of crime and justice are told.   Attorney General Barr:  … To me justice is the right outcome... I believe a sense of justice is hardwired into human beings. Don't ask me why, but it is there…  Kary:  On today’s...