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True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture roundtable with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as jo...Show More
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When They See Us & This Land

1:23:29 | Jun 17th

Reviews of Netflix's When They See Us and the podcast This Land.
The Legend of Cocaine Island (Live from PodX!)

1:05:12 | Jun 10th

A review of The Legend of Cocaine Island and audience games at a live podcast recording.
HBO's Chernobyl and Killing Eve season 2

1:03:22 | Jun 3rd

Reviews of HBO's "Chernobyl" and BBC America's "Killing Eve" season 2.
White Lies and that Game of Thrones finale

1:04:30 | May 27th

A look at the new NPR podcast "White Lies" and a recap of the "Game of Thrones" finale.
That Zac Efron Bundy movie and The Last Days of August

1:21:49 | May 20th

A double review: Extremely Wicked Shocking and Vile on Netflix & The Last Days of August from Jon Ronson
Double review of "Charged" and "At the Heart of Gold"

1:17:51 | May 13th

Reviews of "At the Heart of Gold" and "Slate Presents: Charged"
Whatcha gonna do with our Running from COPS review?

1:14:55 | May 6th

A review of Headlong s3 "Running from COPS" and some Game of Thrones talk
Netflix's Madeleine McCann doc and a Make-a-wish mystery podcast

1:08:23 | Apr 29th

Reviewing Netflix's "The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann" and "The Stealer of the Diamonds" podcast.
The Murder Squad! A Blackout podcast review! And Billy Jensen!

1:07:18 | Apr 22nd

The panel reviews the hit podcast Blackout and also checks in with Billy Jensen of The Murder Squad.
A double review! Uncover: The Village and The Ballad of Billy Balls!

1:19:43 | Apr 15th

A review of "Uncover: The Village" and "Crimetown presents The Ballad of Billy Balls."
To Live and Die in LA - NOPE. Plus, an In The Dark SCOTUS update!

1:14:39 | Apr 8th

A four thumbs-down review of the true crime podcast To Live and Die in L.A.
The Case Against Adnan Syed Part 4 - So what did we learn?

1:28:01 | Apr 1st

The panel breaks down part 4 of the HBO docuseries The Case Against Adnan Syed and then reviews the series as a whole.
Breaking: Adnan Syed's DNA was NOT found in new evidence tests. But what does that mean?

16:20 | Mar 29th

New testing shows Adnan Syed's DNA was not at the Leakin Park crime scene. What does it mean?
The Case Against Adnan Syed Part 3 - Did we get that bombshell yet?

1:13:25 | Mar 25th

A breakdown and review of Part 3 of the HBO documentary The Case Against Adnan Syed.
The Case Against Adnan Syed Part 1 & Leaving Neverland

1:23:53 | Mar 11th

A breakdown and review of The Case Against Adnan Syed (part 1) and Leaving Neverland on HBO.
Update: Adnan Syed Denied A New Trial

08:50 | Mar 8th

Rebecca and Kevin react to the breaking news in Adnan Syed's legal case, and talk about what could happen next.
Over My Dead Body review, True Detective wrap, and a Steven Avery win

1:16:17 | Mar 4th

A true crime podcast review of Over My Dead Body, plus a final look at True Detective Season 3.
I am the Night! Reply All's The Founder! And an In The Dark update!

1:17:11 | Feb 25th

A review of I Am The Night, a look forward to In The Dark's new episodes, and a breakdown of the Reply All episode, "The Founder"
A Conviction Podcast Review! And An (Informed) Maura Murray Case Update!

1:25:32 | Feb 18th

Crime writers assemble! Lara gets to bitch about stuff she can’t hear them saying on “True Detective.” Toby discovers the “Crime Beat” podcast, which he predicts will go big. Rebecca talks to Maggie Freleng about new developments in the Maura Murray ...Show More
The Ted Bundy Tapes, The Dropout, and it's coming...The Case Against Adnan Syed

1:18:04 | Feb 11th

A double bill review of The Dropout podcast and Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix.
Is True Detective back? (Plus, Gimlet's new true crime project and Sheela's big screen potential!)

1:14:05 | Feb 4th

A breakdown and review of season 3 of HBO's True Detective, plus a whole lot of true crime podcast updates.
Abducted in Plain Sight....is bananas

1:08:52 | Jan 28th

A breakdown and review of Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix.
Monster: The Zodiac Killer - Is it a podcast worth listening to?

1:12:37 | Jan 21st

A breakdown and review of the hit podcast Monster: The Zodiac Killer
Broken Harts broke our hearts (and not in a good way)

1:10:43 | Jan 14th

A breakdown and review of the problematic hit podcast Broken Harts
Murder Mountain and Bandersnatch and Chill

1:11:00 | Jan 7th

The panel talks about Bandersnatch and Murder Mountain, two new offerings from Netflix
A big break, a Cold review and the Best of 2018

1:22:40 | Dec 17th, 2018

OH SNAP! Rebecca describes her misadventure in the woods. We make an announcement about PodX. In true crime update, Curtis Flowers's defense hopes to turn the tables on Doug Evans. We review Cold, the new podcast from KSL examining the Susan Powell ...Show More
A Teacher's Pet update, HBO's The Sentence and Headlong: Surviving Y2K

1:28:22 | Dec 10th, 2018

IRL Rebecca renders a verdict...and gets to check something off her bucket list. There's a true crime update out of Australia with an arrest in the Teacher's Pet case. Should we reconsider the quality of a podcast story poorly told, yet effective at ...Show More
Dirty John on TV, an Ear Hustle update, and our review of The City

1:11:58 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Good news/bad news in our true crime podcast updates. He’s podcasting’s second most-famous inmate. Now someone is leaving Ear Hustle…for a great reason. Also, a return trip to Winona by Madeline Baron and In the Dark gins up more CWO anger. Was that ...Show More
Serial Season 3 is over! And is Homecoming worth a watch?

1:24:07 | Nov 19th, 2018

Serial wraps up season 3 with more from Joshua behind bars (should the whole season have been him?). We leave some notes in the suggestion box for Sarah Koenig about how S3 could have pulled together the many themes touched on: overcharging, racial i...Show More
Serial Episode 8 & Believed (the podcast about Larry Nassar)

1:22:18 | Nov 12th, 2018

Sarah Koenig talking to a man behind bars who got done-wrong by the system. Wait, what season of Serial is this? We're talking about "A Madman's Vacation" with its revealing look at the Cleveland juvenile justice system. Then we talk about the power...Show More
Making a Murderer Season 2 - Our breakdown and review!

1:22:17 | Nov 5th, 2018

A comprehensive look at the much-anticipated follow-up to Making a Murderer from Netflix.
Serial Episode 7 and Gladiator from Wondery

1:14:35 | Oct 29th, 2018

In Serial episode 7, "Snowball Effect," we see the negative after-effects of Erimius's and Jesse's cases. What were once two men with the moral high ground against police misconduct are now spiraling into self-sabotage. Then we look at Gladiator: Aa...Show More
Serial Episode 6 and Happy Face (A hot mess review!)

1:08:51 | Oct 22nd, 2018

We discuss Serial episode 6 and the Happy Face podcast.
Serial Episode 5 & The Dream (Yup, that podcast about MLMs!)

1:23:59 | Oct 15th, 2018

In Serial episode 5, Pleas Baby Pleas, Sarah brings us inside the prosecutor’s office, giving us a view of what it’s like to be one of too-few prosecutors in a system with too many felonies to prosecute, with some decisions made for justice and some ...Show More
Serial Episode 4 & American Vandal (Season Number Two!)

1:13:28 | Oct 7th, 2018

For Serial season 3 episode 4, "A Bird in Jail is Worth Two on the Street," Sarah introduces us to man charged with shooting of an infant in a car before the state dropped the charges. Could this have been avoided? We learn that a snitch in time coul...Show More
Serial Season 3: Episode 3 & Uncover: Escaping NXIVM

1:18:53 | Oct 1st, 2018

In Serial episode 3, "Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit," Sarah looks into the issue of how the police interact with the African-American population in their communities. A large topic writ small through the story of one arrest in a hallway. Which one of...Show More
Serial Season 3: Episode 1 and 2 - Our breakdown and review!

1:18:42 | Sep 24th, 2018

Get ready for the best discussion and analysis of the Serial podcast. Sarah Koenig is back for season 3 (finally!) - Along with Emmanuel Dzotsi, Sarah gives us a year in the life of the Cleveland Justice Center. For episode one, "A Bar Fight Walks i...Show More
Dr. Death, Ozark Season 2, and Serial Season 3 is almost here!

1:11:41 | Sep 13th, 2018

Weekly episodes of "Crime Writers On" have returned! And so has "Serial!" For season 3, Sarah K and Co. will look at the justice system from the inside: embedding themselves in a criminal courthouse in Cleveland. Note: for the duration of Serial's r...Show More
Serial Season 3 is almost here, guys

01:43 | Sep 5th, 2018

Those wacky Serial folks just dropped an 8-minute mini ep/trailer for season 3!! We are *all* over it.
This episode has IT ALL: Up and Vanished, Sharp Objects, Pam Smart, Kim Kardashian and MORE!

1:21:50 | Aug 31st, 2018

Wow, we've got more true crime than you can shake a stick at! This time out we talk about Kim Kardashian's new-found love of "Serial," the latest court filings in Adnan Syed's appeal, and the Facebook meltdown over "My Favorite Murder." The panel giv...Show More
A Double-Bill Review: Slow Burn and Castle Rock!

1:11:30 | Aug 16th, 2018

In the world of true crime updates, Irish authorities have issued a new report on police conduct in the West Cork case. Speaking of podcasts from Audible, what's happened to their podcast division? Rebecca gives a plug for her new project, Bear Brook...Show More
A Bundyville review! A Dark Tourist debate! And Rebecca gets called for jury duty!

1:15:17 | Aug 3rd, 2018

On our off week, the Crime Writers got together face-to-face for the first time in ages. We're back with lots to talk about. This includes the latest "In the Dark"-related court filings in the Curtis Flowers case, the passing of a troubled ex-prosecu...Show More
An S-Town lawsuit, an In The Dark tragedy, and a Sharp Objects Review

1:30:27 | Jul 20th, 2018

While Toby broadcasts from a beautiful island lake house, the rest of the panel sweats it out to bring you another episode of Crime Writers On with a brand new logo! There are true crime updates galore: We talk about the MD Court of Appeals grant...Show More
Rewinding The RFK Tapes and In The Dark's triumphant finale

1:22:58 | Jul 6th, 2018

Kevin is recording in his underwear and Stephen King has come to live at Lara's house. It must be time for the summer edition of Crime Writers On. In the first part of the podcast we'll review The RFK Tapes from the team behind Crimetown. Robert Ken...Show More
Has In The Dark surpassed Serial? Plus, Adnan Syed gets a timeline, and Flint Town gets our review.

1:16:56 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Is In The Dark a better podcast than Serial season one? Or would it not even exist were it not for Serial? The Crime Writers take on that debate as we check in with the latest installment of In The Dark's investigation into the investigation that le...Show More
Those new eps of The Staircase! An S-Town movie? And In The Dark has us like...

1:23:55 | Jun 15th, 2018

What a bad week for Lara. First she loses the chowder contest, then she had to listen to that enraging interview with DA Doug Evans from "In the Dark" (of which Rebecca genuinely worried for Lara's health). Everyone has thoughts about a proposed "S-t...Show More
'In the Dark' outrages, 'Killing Eve' slays, and what really happened to Maura Murray

1:13:20 | Jun 8th, 2018

Lara hits the roof after hearing the latest installment of "In the Dark." We knew the court was rough on the defendant - but the jurors too?! Kevin gives a plug for the June 8-9 Toronto True Crime Film Festival. He'll be there Saturday for a panel d...Show More
A hot review of 30 for 30's "Bikram," Adnan Syed responds, and an "In the Dark" recantation

1:11:32 | Jun 1st, 2018

More paper pasted this week in the Adnan Syed case. The defense has filed its conditional cross-petition. It basically says, "Hey state supreme court, don't take this case. But if you do, we got some stuff over here we want to talk about." This week...Show More
Dismissing Adnan's charges? The Handmaids return! An In The Dark Update! And Grading The Teacher's Pet!

1:03:50 | May 25th, 2018

Could it be? Could the next Baltimore State's Attorney be willing to drop charges against Adnan Syed? Well..he's gotta win first. How about them Handmaids - the feel-bad tv show of the year? Lara's Rage-o-meter buries the needle when she hears this w...Show More
Evil Genius! That HBO Adnan Syed Documentary! Miracle Whip! And More In the Dark!

1:14:56 | May 18th, 2018

There are TWO true crime updates this week in the Adnan Syed case. First, prosecutors have decided to ask Maryland's highest court to review the previous rulings granting Adnan a new trial. Second, HBO has announced a documentary about the case is in...Show More
In The Dark - A Great True Crime Podcast Returns!

1:14:22 | May 11th, 2018

This week the Crime Writers look at the second season of "In the Dark" from APM Reports. Madeline Baron and her team investigate the case of Curtis Flowers, a man who’s been tried six times for the same crime. Is the sophomore season of the Peabody A...Show More
The clock's ticking on Adnan Syed's case! Done Disappeared is back! And our Caliphate podcast review!

1:03:48 | May 4th, 2018

Lara makes her triumphant return, promising to bring her A game. We give an update on the COSA appeal in favor of Adnan Syed: why the next 15 days are important. Speaking of triumphant returns, John David Booter is back with season two of Done Disap...Show More
Is The Habitat a terrible podcast? Is the Golden State Killer caught??! And Westworld returns!

1:11:29 | Apr 27th, 2018

Lara picked the wrong week to go on vacation... The panel gives their reaction to the capture of the alleged Golden State Killer. Did Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark play a roll in the arrest or is it too soon to tell? Rebecca provides...Show More
Extra! The Golden State Killer has been caught! So here's our I'll Be Gone In The Dark book club show!

1:05:15 | Apr 25th, 2018

If you've been following the news, you've probably heard that the man dubbed the Golden State Killer by I'll Be Gone In The Dark author Michelle McNamara has been caught, according to multiple sources. You probably also know that we just started mak...Show More
Death in Ice Valley! And our review of Unforgotten (on PBS!)

1:06:49 | Apr 20th, 2018

Internet fame is bestowed upon one of the crime writers (thanks to The Daily podcast and interpretive dancing). News from West Cork...Ian Bailey is going to have to pay a lot of money. And the panel wants to know more about what a "taint team" is. T...Show More
Marcia Clark Investigates! And is Felonious Florida a felonious podcast?

1:16:48 | Apr 13th, 2018

This episode Toby announces the title and guest panel for his next Patreon book club podcast (name of podcast still TBD). The Peabody Award nominations are out, and true crime is well represented. And Rebecca reveals her new (sort of) friendship with...Show More
A legal victory for Serial's Adnan Syed & A review of Empire on Blood

1:34:09 | Apr 6th, 2018

This episode we breakdown the recent COSA decision affirming Adnan Syed's right to a new trial. Kevin asks Undisclosed's Colin Miller (aka Legal Siri) about how the winning and losing arguments were flipped, Adnan's chances on bail, and the local pol...Show More
Wild Wild Country, Moon over New Mexico, and We are the Champions

1:14:56 | Mar 30th, 2018

We said we had to win the whole damn thing - and we did! THANKS TO LISTENERS LIKE YOU we won Podcast Madness, vanquishing This America Life in the championship bracket. Now we take a victory lap! We return to normal programming with news from the Di...Show More
BREAKING NEWS: Adnan Syed wins in court!

03:23 | Mar 29th, 2018

True crime podcast update: The Court of Special Appeals has affirmed Serial subject Adnan Syed's lower court ruling which vacated his conviction and grants him a new trial. Journalist and Crime Writers On co-host Kevin Flynn has a brief breakdown o...Show More
Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo, The Staircase returns, and an Atlanta Monster take-down

1:20:08 | Mar 23rd, 2018

IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP! Crime Writers On is facing off against This American Life for a chance to win DiscoverPods's PODCAST MADNESS. We are one win away from SHOCKING THE WORLD! Let's get it done: vote now at discoverpods.com. The panel tackles quite ...Show More
O.J. Confessed? Atlanta Monster revisited? Seven Seconds Reviewed! (And more!)

1:12:48 | Mar 16th, 2018

This episode the panel blitzes through a bunch of topics. Who knew Stormy Daniels was an accomplished equestrian? That $500m lottery winner gets to remain anonymous. Why did Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth) get paid less than Matt Smith (Prince Philip) o...Show More
A McMafia Review, An EPIC Rant & "I'll be Gone in the Dark"

1:05:49 | Mar 9th, 2018

The panel talks about updates from "The Pope's Long Con" and "Mommy Dead & Dearest." We listen to a profanity-laden rant from "Crime in Sports" about self-important podcasters. And we talk about the gripping new book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, publis...Show More
Disgraceland reviewed, the Pope's final con, & Dassey's SCOTUS appeal

1:09:33 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Before we take a week off for school vacation (thank you, children) we'll circle back to some important True Crime Updates. The election to fill the statehouse seat of the late Danny Ray Johnson, subject of the "The Pope's Long Con," was this week......Show More
HBO's Mosaic, lottery woes, and a brief return to West Cork

1:15:51 | Feb 16th, 2018

This week we ponder the problems of winning $550 million in the lottery and keeping a low profile. We get a love letter from Ireland and circle back to "West Cork" with a spoiler-full discussion about the prime suspect. IF YOU STILL WANT TO REMAIN S...Show More
Double Take: The Onion's 'A Very Fatal Murder' and our (spoiler free) 'West Cork' review

1:05:56 | Feb 9th, 2018

Not even a blizzard can stop the Crime Writers from their appointed rounds (though it may crackle the connection once in a while). We get skeeved out by the latest accusations of "Making a Murderer" defense-lawyer-now-judge Len Kachinsky (cue your o...Show More
A Done Disappeared encore, Slow Burn’s next story, The Walk’s big idea, The Alienist reviewed

1:05:05 | Feb 2nd, 2018

A Done Disappeared encore, Slow Burn’s next story, The Walk’s big idea, and an Alienist review The Crime Writers take on a trio of True Crime Podcast Updates as Slow Burn wraps up season one and teases a *fantastic* follow-up, Dirty John lands a scr...Show More
In which we review "Dark" from Netflix and retract our criticism of a maligned media figure

1:12:47 | Jan 25th, 2018

This week we unveil the new name for Studio C (it's a mouthful), learn Toby's actually the nice one, and get freaked out by what this drug can make you do in your sleep. The Crime Writers eat some humble pie and admit they were too quick to dismiss ...Show More
Atlanta Monster gets our review! And Dirty John gets the prime time treatment!

1:24:04 | Jan 19th, 2018

It was one of 2017's biggest podcasts. Now the tale of "Dirty John" gets the treatment from Dateline NBC. Does a 42 minute TV episode add anything to a story already told over five hours in podcast form? Maybe just some pictures of how hunky John Mee...Show More
WTF Wormwood? At least we still have Slow Burn...

1:15:27 | Jan 12th, 2018

"We are not crooks." This episode we'll circle back to Slate's excellent Watergate-based series, "Slow Burn." Look what happens when those who believe in conspiracies learn those conspiracies are actual conspiracies. (And no, Toby still doesn't belie...Show More
The Pope's Long Con and Done Disappeared finale! (And by the time you hear this we might all be dead.)

1:10:33 | Jan 5th, 2018

The Crime Writers might be from New Hampshire, but the shizz that's been going down with our weather has been BANANAS. Seriously, by the time you hear this, we might all be dead. BUT - we're not dead yet, so we responded to some sassy listener email...Show More
A Godless Review, Adnan Syed's Witness, & A New Jinx Lead?

1:18:16 | Dec 22nd, 2017

In our last installment of 2017, we have an exclusive interview with Undisclosed’s Rabia Chaudry. She’ll be talking about a defense alibi witness for Adnan Syed, whose recent arrest again points to prosecutors looking the other way when it came to wi...Show More
Dassey Hopes Dashed, Done Disappeared Does Us, and a Voyeur Review

1:09:10 | Dec 15th, 2017

Well, lookie lookie here. We've got the latest disappointing news for Brendan Dassey's hopes of a new trial, get to spread some podcast love to both Amber Hunt and Bill Rankin, and take the hit from Done Disappeared's wicked send up, "Crime Writers O...Show More
Slow Burn Podcast Review, Making A Murderer Misstep & A Cow Named Lara

1:08:47 | Dec 8th, 2017

The Crime Writers dig in to the problem with sending flowers to a judge, even when said judge has just ruled the way you wanted her to in the Steven Avery case. Also, a cow named Lara? Toby's daughter is a star? And only Rebecca swears too much? T...Show More
Done Disappeared, Alias Grace on Netflix and More

1:11:30 | Dec 1st, 2017

OMG - We can't get enough of Done Disappeared, the amazing parody true crime podcast by the unparalleled talent that IS John David Booter. We review that show and try to figure out the mystery of just what happened to missing 1987 woman Clara Pockets...Show More
Manson, Long Shot, and our Must-Listen Podcast Recommendations

1:13:14 | Nov 22nd, 2017

It's our 100th episode and we're celebrating by...doing what we always do. We'll look at the times and crimes of the late Charles Manson. The panel offers holiday travelers some recommendations of podcasts and TV shows that will make Thanksgiving be...Show More
A CWO Gameshow! Some Up and Vanished News, and Elizabeth Smart on A&E

1:08:14 | Nov 17th, 2017

Watch out - this episode is punchy! The Crime Writers settle a beef, play a couple of games, and yes, talk about Payne Lindsey's new TV deal AND his YouTube music video alter ego. Then, a look at the Elizabeth Smart case through the lens of the new ...Show More
Stranger Things 2 Reviewed, Maura Murray Disputed, Bowe Bergdahl Sentenced

1:18:09 | Nov 10th, 2017

The Crime Writers complain about Rebecca's jet lag and a certain crappy airline, and Lara is LITERALLY about to become a crazy cat lady. Plus, Toby's book is classy AF. Then, a trio of True Crime Updates: Bowe Bergdahl's been sentenced! That Maura M...Show More
Heaven's Gate, Toby's Cult of Personality, & Stranger Things 2 First Impressions

1:10:31 | Nov 3rd, 2017

No more Amazon list??? Yup, the behemoth site kicked us out of their affiliate program, so we'll have to find something else for Toby to do... The Crime Writers open up the hit podcast Heaven's Gate, and, KNOWLEDGE ALERT, one of the panel is kind of...Show More
Mindhunter from Netflix, Making a Murderer's Paper Trail, and an Ode to Stampy

1:20:28 | Oct 27th, 2017

The Crime Writers dive in to Mindhunter - a series from Netflix about FBI profilers that even Rebecca can get behind. And newly-minted Broadway Siri Patrick Hinds makes a cameo with a little Groffsauce primer you won't want to miss! Plus, Stampy die...Show More
Accused Season 2 and BIG Serial and S-Town legal news

1:05:49 | Oct 20th, 2017

The Crime Writers review the second season of Rebecca's favorite true crime podcast from last year, Accused by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Will the story of the unsolved murder of Retha Welch stand up to the success of season one? (Spoiler alert: one of...Show More
Dirty John (and Debra!), a Sarah Koenig encounter, and a (maybe) deal for Serial's Bowe Bergdhal

1:19:28 | Oct 13th, 2017

Rebecca met Sarah Koenig!! She fills us in on that awkward encounter. What's the latest with Serial season two subject Bowe Bergdahl? Seems he's made some kind of deal with the government. We invite back retired USMC Lt Col James Weirick of the Mili...Show More
Law & Order does the Menendez Brothers, Scott Peterson's guilt in question, Steven Avery gets dealt a blow

1:07:40 | Oct 6th, 2017

The Crime Writers review the totally not Law & Order take on a famous case: Law & Order: The Menendez murders. Plus, a big setback for Stephen Avery has the panel revisiting our opinions on the Making a Murderer protagonist's guilt. Also in question....Show More
American Vandal, The Confession Tapes, and a Making a Murderer update

1:12:17 | Sep 29th, 2017

Did Brendan Dassey's dubious confession on "Making a Murderer" make your skin crawl? The Chief Circuit Judge in his ongoing appeal said it did. But the other two federal judges may be leaning the other way. In podcast news: "Accused" will roll out a...Show More
The Deuce review, updates on Slenderman, S-Town and Unabomber and SO much more

1:18:28 | Sep 22nd, 2017

The Crime Writers change the way we do business because someone told us to. We dive into a bunch of updates on cases surrounding the S-Town podcast and the super-creepy stabbing at the center of the HBO documentary "Beware the Slenderman," plus Kevin...Show More
We review Hanging AND catch-up on Laci, Scientology, Slenderman & more!

1:08:01 | Sep 15th, 2017

Weekly episodes have returned (no more goldbricking for Bricker - no more laying about for Lavoie)! The Crime Writers revisit some of the content they've recently discussed and give final verdicts on Homecoming, The Murder of Laci Peterson, and updat...Show More
That Laci Peterson series, a Bowe Bergdahl update, and a podcaster controversy

1:23:31 | Sep 1st, 2017

Red-eyed and jet-lagged, Rebecca and Kevin are back from Podcast Movement in Anaheim with stories of their exploits with your (and their) favorite podcasters. They'll spill some tea over what caused some controversy a big name - "NOT a podcaster" Pay...Show More
Casting Call, Black Hands & Ozark Binge

1:16:24 | Aug 18th, 2017

We're ready for our close ups! Our listeners asked and answered the hypothetical question, "If there were a movie about the Crime Writers, who would be cast to play them?" The results are in from #crimewriterscasting. Let's say three out of the four ...Show More
Manhunt: Unabomber, A Profiler Debate, & Homecoming Season 2 Review

1:06:42 | Aug 4th, 2017

The Crime Writers tackle a pair of hot media properties this week with a look at the Discovery Channel's latest foray into crime with Manhunt: The Unabomber. This leads to a heated debate about how FBI profilers are portrayed in crime drama...and Reb...Show More
OJ Gets Out, Game of Thrones Groans, Breakdown Returns, A Trace Review

1:13:28 | Jul 21st, 2017

So that happened...OJ Simpson got early release for his 2007 Las Vegas robbery conviction. After watching the "Parole Hearing of the Century," what do the Crime Writers think? Should the parole board have considered his past arrest in that infamous d...Show More
Dassey Hopes Dashed, More Ear Hustling, & Making a Mogul

1:07:22 | Jul 7th, 2017

As David Lee Roth said, "I heard you missed us. We're back." A one-week break gives us plenty of time to listen to stuff. And catch up on the latest news from the world of true crime. We circle back for a listen to the sophomore installment of "Ea...Show More
True Crime & Wine, Disappointing Verdicts, & Raccoon Badassery

1:11:12 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Love mail galore as listeners weigh in on Ear Hustle, Toby's dog-like voice, and listening to our show during the most important moments of their lives (really!). Then, our take on the not-so surprising (but still upsetting) verdicts in the trials of...Show More
Ear Hustle Crushes It! Adnan's Judges Get It! & Another S-Town Twist

1:10:04 | Jun 15th, 2017

What should Toby's standard karaoke song be? THE WORLD IS WEIGHING IN. Rebecca heard something in this week's Undisclosed episode on Adnan Syed's cross appeal proceeding that she REALLY wants you to hear. The judges really seem to get it...we think?...Show More
Adnan Syed & Steven Avery Updates, The Keepers (Wrapped in Newspaper!) Detail & 74 Seconds

1:16:02 | Jun 9th, 2017

The State of Maryland got its bite at the apple, asking a three judge panel to reinstate Adnan Syed's conviction. The hour-long hearing dove more into Asia McClain and not-so-much into fax cover sheets. What's next for the "Serial" season one subject...Show More
Jeepers! Netflix's The Keepers, Tiger Woods' Fall, and Dede Revisited

1:26:32 | Jun 2nd, 2017

We start with a pat on the back for Kevin, as our spin-off podcast "...These Are Their Stories" has been nominated for Best TV/Film Podcast by the Academy of Podcasting. No one know how or why the show was picked, but they needed 10 to fill out the c...Show More
She can walk?!!! A 'Mommy Dead and Dearest' review - Is it PEAK true crime?

1:11:49 | May 26th, 2017

The crime writers take on the super weird and (sort of) satisfying HBO film Mommy Dead and Dearest. Plus, we explain why we talk about some podcasts and not others, Rebecca asks our listeners for a HUGE favor, and a listener schools the panel on how ...Show More
Serial Justice, Podcast Crushes, And A Big Hand For The Handmaid's Tale

1:10:55 | May 18th, 2017

First: More listener-driven shenanigans Next: The panel makes recommendations for podcasts you should be downloading. They include finishing the long-but-excellent "Crimetown," a double recommendation for "My Dad Wrote a Porno," and the brand new sh...Show More
Richard Simmons Strikes Back, 'Trigger Warning' Debate, and Casting JonBenet

1:14:10 | May 12th, 2017

We open up the mail bag and let you weigh in on our discussions about "13 Reasons Why" and the former-profiler-turned-podcaster who's caused a bit of a dust-up among our fans. Richard Simmons may have lost touch with many people, but his lawyers are...Show More
Real-Crime Profile of S-Town, 13 Reasons Why & The War on Twitter

1:23:48 | May 5th, 2017

We needed that week off. Seems like everyone's got a podcast side gig now. Toby's hosting Radio Free Dystopia, Kevin's making an appearance on Jed Bartlet is My President, and Rebecca is a new permanent panelist on Slate's Mom and Dad Are Fighting. ...Show More
Richard Simmons Emerges! Adnan Syed Update! And Casey Anthony...WTF?

1:11:51 | Apr 20th, 2017

Did Missing Richard Simmons flush out our favorite fitness guru? The Crime Writers give their take. Plus, Kevin reaches out to Legal Siri (AKA Colin Miller of Undisclosed) to get the latest scoop on the never-ending Adnan Syed appeal. Then, WTF was ...Show More
S-Town by Serial: Group Therapy on a Post-Podcast Couch

1:14:09 | Apr 14th, 2017

The Crime Writers are taking you to church (er...not that church) as we share your love for and criticisms of S-Town (and your criticisms of our criticisms).   Were we made to sympathize with racist characters? Did we miss a deeper significance in e...Show More
S-Town by Serial - Episodes 5-7 recap

1:19:48 | Apr 5th, 2017

The crime writers review chapters 5, 6, and 7 of S-Town, the new podcast series from Serial and This American Life. The entire series, featuring host Brian Reed, dropped on Tuesday, March 28. This discussion gets a little deep, covering some of the c...Show More
S-Town by Serial - Episodes 2-4 Recap & Review

1:12:04 | Mar 31st, 2017

The Crime Writers jump in to chapters two through four of "S-town," the new podcast series from Serial and This American Life. The entire series, featuring host Brian Reed, dropped on Tuesday, March 28. Watch your feed for recap shows reviewing epis...Show More
S-Town by Serial - Episode 1 Recap & Review

36:54 | Mar 29th, 2017

The Crime Writers review episode one of S-Town - the new podcast series from the folks behind Serial and This American Life. The entire series, featuring host Brian Reed, dropped on Tuesday, March 28. Watch your feed for recap shows reviewing epis...Show More
Missing Richard Simmons Finale Review, Tickled Shocker, And A Breakdown Breakdown?

1:14:27 | Mar 24th, 2017

After recommending people watch the documentary "Tickled," the response from our listeners was an overwhelming, "What the F did I just watch"? Then a shocker: David D'amato, a key figure in the investigation, "died suddenly" this week according to th...Show More
Intrigued by S-Town ! Disturbed by Tickled ! And the Owl Theory takes flight!

1:04:25 | Mar 17th, 2017

What do you do in the middle of blizzard? Record a podcast, of course.  First, the trailer for the new Serial spin-off "S-town" dropped! What will the seven episode series be about? We don't know, but Sarah Koenig's crew gave us an interesting taste...Show More
A Richard Simmons Slump! An Adnan Syed Tidbit! And A Review Of Time: The Kalief Browder Story

1:04:46 | Mar 10th, 2017

The panel is at full strength now that Lara managed to talk her way out of an arrest by the railroad police (yes, there is such a thing). We begin with some voice messages from listeners wondering what the "Up and Vanished" serendipitous conclusion...Show More
State v Adnan Syed (AGAIN), MORE Missing Richard Simmons & HBO's Big Little Lies

1:05:23 | Mar 4th, 2017

It's another paper dump in the ongoing appeals around Adnan Syed from Serial season one. Kevin takes a look at yet another news-making turn in the case, and Rebecca gives it a big old eye roll (cute the hate mail!). And, episode 3 of Missing Richard...Show More
We Talk About 'Missing Richard Simmons' AND That 'Up and Vanished' True Crime Update!

1:14:05 | Feb 25th, 2017

Can you feel the love tonight? The Crime Writers can.  Plus, the gang dives in to the breaking news about an arrest in the Tara Grinstead case - that's the one featured in the "Up and Vanished" podcast. At the time of our recording, it was unclear...Show More
Out Like A Serial Flynn, Etan's Legacy, & Netlix's Shadow Of Truth

1:06:28 | Feb 17th, 2017

In a jam-packed episode, the panel drinks the hater-aid as they read some of their correspondence. Rebecca name drops her fill-in gig on Slate's "Mom & Dad Are Fighting" podcast - which, ironically, is what the Lavoie-Flynn kids call "Crime Writers O...Show More
The Staircase/Michael Peterson Owl Theory, Alford Pleas & A Stranglers Podcast Review

1:01:37 | Feb 11th, 2017

The panel tackles a HUGE true crime update - the Alford plea taken by Michael Peterson, the novelist and suspected murder featured in The Staircase - a documentary Rebecca contends is the Citizen Kane of true crime. As a bonus, our very own Legal Sir...Show More
YUGE Serial News! Beware the Slenderman! And the Bear Brook Murders...solved?

1:18:42 | Feb 4th, 2017

The first Serial spinoff, "S-town," will be dropping in March. And we do mean "dropping." Serial Productions says it will release all of its episodes at once...making it one of the first major podcasts to invite fans to binge listen. Will you listen?...Show More
No Serial Pardon, Bowe Bergdahl's Trump Problem & The Myth Of Kitty Genovese

1:04:07 | Jan 28th, 2017

Note: next week we're talking about HBO's "Beware the Slenderman." (Homework is optional!) Pardon us. Please. We're looking into the latest twist in the court martial of Serial season two protagonist Bowe Bergdahl. We're joined by friend-of-the-show...Show More
Serial Appeal Stumble, Journalism Bullies & Suspect Convictions

1:13:18 | Jan 21st, 2017

Toby's back...just in time to weigh in on the newest true crime podcast fill our ears. But first - the state of Maryland has won the latest round in Adnan Syed's quest to get out of prison now that his conviction has been overturned. What does it mea...Show More
Serial Snobbery? A JonBenet Lawsuit! And Scientology & The Aftermath

1:15:41 | Jan 14th, 2017

When Toby's away, the mice will play...AND talk about all sorts of great stuff. Special guest panelist Amelia McDonnell-Parry gives us a lowdown on what she saw at Adnan Syed's PCR hearing, and why she thinks Sarah Koenig isn't doing the right thing...Show More
Adnan Syed's Setback, Serial's Audio Boo-Boo, and a Homecoming Podcast Review

1:04:25 | Dec 30th, 2016

After a holiday break, we're back. And so much has happened again. In the land of true crime podcast updates, Adnan Syed has been denied bail while he awaits a new trial. The panel talks about that decision. In other Serial news, we learned Sarah K...Show More
A FEISTY Split Decision: Should You Listen to This True Crime Podcast?

1:03:47 | Dec 16th, 2016

The CBC's Someone Knows Something is back with a second season. So should you listen? That's the question the crime writers will try to answer. Spoiler: it's a split decision, with at least one of the panelists (ahem, Kevin) expressing a very passio...Show More
Crimetown & Westworld Have Us Like Whoa!!

1:14:48 | Dec 9th, 2016

This week we dive in to two format-smashing shows: one the up-ends the conventions of podcast storytelling, and one that challenges the concept of story telling itself. The panel examines "Crimetown." This podcast from Gimlet sounds like nothing we'...Show More
Serial Scoop? Breakdown Conviction! Undisclosed Up Close! And Missing & Murdered

1:18:43 | Dec 3rd, 2016

So many gifts for true crime fans this holiday season, as a new batch of podcasts are hitting the charts. Where to begin...where to begin? First, the panel drops a ton of true crime updates. These include a last-minute order keeping Brendan Dassey in...Show More
Writing Crime, Podcasting and More: A Special Live Show

1:01:04 | Nov 19th, 2016

A Serial spinoff?! A verdict in the Breakdown / Justin Ross Harris case! Brendan Dassey can go home, and then he can't! All great topics to talk about, right? Sorry to say we're not going to get to any of those this week. That's because we pre-reco...Show More
Serial Season 3 News? Sort Of. And What's Different About Up And Vanished?

1:18:44 | Nov 11th, 2016

Breaking: Lara's cat has a super weird disease! For real. Some maybe-news about Serial Season 3 has us theorizing. Was Kevin super, duper wrong when he said Sarah Koenig would never do a true crime story again? Plus, we get a whole lot of listener ...Show More
Was In the Dark Better Than Serial? Plus Our Book, TV & Podcast Picks

59:15 | Nov 5th, 2016

What do people want to talk about? World Series? Presidential election? Nope. The world wants to know what Lara Bricker got arrested for. (Hint: it wasn't election fraud.) Looks like her accomplices left her holding the bag...literally. In our audien...Show More
Adnan Syed's Bail Motion, Sarah Koenig's Serial Choices, Offshore's Big Splash

1:18:49 | Oct 28th, 2016

Heads up Baltimore City Court! Here comes Adnan Syed seeking a bail hearing. It's not your usual motion, written more like a campaign speech than a legal brief. The Crime Writers dig into the latest in the efforts of Serial's protagonist to get out...Show More
A Triple True Crime Podcast Bonanza - Phoebe's Fall, Breakdown & In The Dark

1:15:39 | Oct 21st, 2016

Things get back to normal in the Crime Writers' world. They discuss the perils of doing bad accents and explain why they can't do audio book versions of their own books. A true crime update (add your own echo): Burke Ramsey has followed through on h...Show More
Amanda Knox - The Documentary And Case That Divides Us All

1:20:45 | Oct 15th, 2016

Oh no! We went there! The Crime Writers discuss the controversial Netflix doc "Amanda Knox." Why are we still intrigued by the murder case? Does any of the evidence add up? Is the motive believable? Is Knox herself credible? As she says, "Either I a...Show More
We Stand Accused ...of Loving the Podcast 'Accused'

1:25:41 | Oct 8th, 2016

Every couple of weeks, other podcast comes along and seems like the heir to "Serial." Few live up to the anticipation. Is it possible that the Cincinnati Enquirer's "Accused" podcast has replicated the secret sauce: a truly compelling murder mystery ...Show More
That JonBenet Ramsey Special - Yup, We Went There

1:12:01 | Sep 30th, 2016

The Crime Writers take on what's good - and what's *not* so good - about the The Case of JonBenet, the four-hour CBS special featuring profilers Jim Clemente and Laura Richards and an all-star cast of forensic investigators. We talk about the case, t...Show More
In The Dark...as Usual

1:27:56 | Sep 24th, 2016

Now that the crime writers are all back in their closet studios after their awesome live show, they tackle the newest high-quality true crime podcast, "In the Dark." It's like "Someone Knows Something"... if someone actually knew something. Rebecca b...Show More
Live From The Mall: The Crime Writers Book Club Special

1:12:31 | Sep 16th, 2016

Yup, the Crime Writers went all in with a live show taping - there was even a real-life audience there to hear it! We talked about our summer book club pick, Laura Lippman's Wilde Lake. Toby also read an epic items list, we answered audience question...Show More
New Evidence in the 'Making A Murderer' Case? And Last Call for 'The Night Of'

1:09:04 | Sep 9th, 2016

We heard you missed us. But hey, we're back! After a semi-vacation over the summer, the crime writers are back weekly to talk about all things criminal - in real life and in pop culture. News on the Steven Avery case continues to break. The new...Show More
Making a Murderer Brendan Dassey SHOCKER! Plus, Bergdahl Update & The Night Of Predictions

1:19:19 | Aug 20th, 2016

Another episode, another questionable murder conviction vacated. The panel reacts to the news that a federal magistrate has vacated the conviction of Brendan Dassey, the accused accomplice in the Steven Avery "Making a Murderer" documentary. Althou...Show More
Sneak Preview - These Are Their Stories: A Law & Order Podcast

03:44 | Aug 12th, 2016

Just for fans of our show, here's a trailer for our spinoff, in which Kevin will talk with Rebecca and a special guest about their obsession with Law & Order, and break down the true crime cases behind ripped-from-the-headlines episodes of Law & Orde...Show More
Stranger Things, Serial Update(s) & Omar on The Night Of

1:13:04 | Aug 5th, 2016

Well, it took more than one try, but the Crime Writers are getting it done with a well-rehearsed discussion on Netflix's newest breakout hit, "Stranger Things." It's like Stephen King and Steven Spielberg had a baby that was eight-episodes long. (Alm...Show More
HBO's The Night Of, DNA Shenanigans, A Serial Update & Rebecca's Big Win

1:21:54 | Jul 23rd, 2016

It's been more than ten days. What's the latest on whether the state will appeal Judge Welch's decision to vacate Adnan Syed's conviction? "The Night Of" is sure to be "the show of the summer." This moody, unsettling murder mystery is everything tha...Show More
Serial Epilogue: Adnan Syed Gets a New Trial...Maybe

1:16:06 | Jul 9th, 2016

Ever since Sarah talked to Asia the world wondered whether she was the key to getting Adnan Syed a new trial. In the end, it was a single sentence in a pile of thousands of documents. The result is in. Judge Welch has ruled Adnan's Sixth Amendment...Show More
Quick Tease: Serial Subject Adnan Syed Gets a New Trial

03:24 | Jun 30th, 2016

Rebecca and Kevin give their quick thoughts on the breaking news of Adnan's Syed's being granted a new trial. We'll be talking about the case in our episode dropping July 9th, so we're asking you to send your questions, comments, and thoughts in an ...Show More
OJ: Made in America, Adnan Syed: Made for TV

1:21:15 | Jun 24th, 2016

We've spent a lot of time with the boob tube (ahem) so far this summer. This episode, the Crime Writers take out their ear buds and tune in to some of the season's most talked about television. The Adnan Syed case finally gets the prime-time treat...Show More
Reply All Does True Crime & Shines Bright Like King Diamond

1:21:08 | Jun 11th, 2016

Who thought we'd see Serial reborn in a podcast about the internet? Reply All's Sruthi Pinnamaneni brings us a four-part story about an inmate, his blog, the shifty characters associated with his crime, a flimsy evidence and nutty trial, and then - w...Show More
Two And A Half Crime Writers (AKA The One Where We Chat With Jon Cryer!)

1:00:18 | May 28th, 2016

Why the heck would mega TV and movie star Jon Cryer agree to be on our little podcast? Because he's a fan, dammit! It also turns out that he's a HUGE fan of true crime, including many of the podcasts we've talked about, like Serial and Undisclosed. ...Show More
Bowraville - The Podcast From A Land Down Under

1:13:50 | May 21st, 2016

This week, the panel talks about Bowraville, the true crime podcast created by The Australian newspaper. (Scroll down to listen!) Rebecca also connects with Dan Box, the Brit-turned-Aussie who reported the story, and asks, why is your newspaper being...Show More
Bowe Bergdahl's Court Win & The SWAT Team Controversy

58:10 | May 14th, 2016

When news broke last week that Bowe Bergdahl's legal team had scored a victory in his case, we weren't sure we understood exactly what happened. So, Kevin reached out to our trusty military legal eagle James Weirick for a quick run-down. As a bonus, ...Show More
Breakdown's Breakdown and British Crime's Dark Side

1:07:35 | May 7th, 2016

Just when we were getting ready to see how Justin Ross Harris's trial in the baby-in-the-hot-car homicide would play out, a twist no one saw coming. This means an unexpected hiatus for the "Breakdown" podcast and questions about media influence on th...Show More
These Are Their Stories: A Very Special Law & Order Special

1:15:06 | Apr 30th, 2016

Kevin and Rebecca are joined by two very special guests to discuss Law & Order: "Original Recipe," AKA, the first series in the juggernaut franchise that's been on the air for nearly three decades. The panel talks about what makes Law & Order so c...Show More
S2 Ep 13: Endings are Important! Plus, Our Podcast & Media Picks

1:07:14 | Apr 23rd, 2016

The crime writers respond to a listener's very British rant about the critical nature of endings in a good story, talk about what TV shows totally failed at the end, and settle a long-term marital dispute that's been tearing Kevin and Rebecca apart. ...Show More
S2 Ep 12: Does Someone Know Something? Damned if We Know.

1:04:30 | Apr 16th, 2016

The Crime Writers talk about another true crime podcast, Someone Knows Something, the Canadian-crafted cold case show that's holding firm on the charts. Rebecca also checks in with the show's creator and host, David Ridgen. Also, we talk about the...Show More
S2 Ep 11.5: The People Vs. Serial Season 2 - Was OJ The Better-Told Story?

1:24:30 | Apr 9th, 2016

The Crime Writers welcome very special guest Lt. Col (R) James Weirick on board to talk about the art of storytelling, and whether Serial delivered on the big promises it made in season 2. We also take apart the storycraft behind The People Vs. OJ...Show More
S2 Ep 11: Reporting For The End (of Serial Season 2)

1:14:35 | Apr 2nd, 2016

After eleven episodes, Sarah and team tapped out of season two. In "Present for Duty," the Serial squad does some solid enterprise reporting into whether anyone was actually killed or wounded in efforts to recover Bowe. While saving judgement on t...Show More
S2 Ep 10.5: JAGged Little Pill, Your Questions, & A People Vs. OJ Breakdown

1:27:59 | Mar 26th, 2016

It's yet another a super long episode! (Sorry about that.) But hey, at least there are t-shirts you guys can buy. Here's the link to those. For civilians, is there something about Serial Season 2 that neither we nor Sarah fundamentally get? ...Show More
S2 Ep 10: We Never Promised You A Rose Garden - Serial Season 2

1:12:37 | Mar 19th, 2016

The Crime Writers dissect almost every aspect of Serial, Season 2, Episode 10, "Thorny Politics." It gets so deep that Rebecca feels the need to include extra out-takes for comic relief. Plus, Kevin explains what a "news fixer" is and makes a bett...Show More
S2 Ep 9.5: Ruff Week, Trumping Bowe, OJ on the Side, & Downton's Downturn

1:08:32 | Mar 12th, 2016

The Crime Writers talk about why it's not a good idea to say you think someone committed a murder in public and also cover some new developments around Bowe Bergdahl media projects and his lawyer's request to interview Donald Trump. Plus, there ...Show More
S2 Ep 9: Trade...Ahem...Secrets - Serial Season 2

1:02:57 | Mar 5th, 2016

The Crime Writers zoom all around a huge episode of Serial in which Sarah unpacks the attempts at diplomacy that led (and didn't lead) to Bowe Bergdahl's release. Also, we talk about that mysterious throat clearing incident, beg our listeners to ...Show More
S2 Ep 8.5: Bowe's Brain, Loose Story Threads, & Listener Questions - Serial Season 2

1:07:30 | Feb 27th, 2016

The Crime Writers pick at some loose threads from Serial's recent episodes, and talk with an actual expert on about how Bowe's personality disorder may have led to his walking away but also helped him cope with five years in captivity. Plus, Toby's a...Show More
S2 Ep7/8: Hindsight, in Two Episodes - Serial Season 2

1:12:15 | Feb 20th, 2016

The Crime Writers dissect the most interesting aspects of this week's 2-part Serial Season 2 release, 'Hindsight.' Highlights include Rebecca's unprecedented disagreement with Sarah Koenig, Toby's astute analysis of "slippery slope," the over-use of ...Show More
S2 Ep 6.5 Megasode: Making a Murderer's 'Silver Fox', Adnan Syed's PCR Wrap, Bowe's Brain, & The People Vs. O.J. Simpson

1:36:46 | Feb 13th, 2016

Rebecca's dream comes true as she gets the chance to chat with Making a Murderer's breakout press-pool guy Aaron Keller. Well, it would have been her dream come true if Kevin hadn't tagged along. Anyway, the Crime Writers also talk about how Adnan...Show More
S2 Ep6: Adnan's Hearing & Bowe's 5 O'Clock Shadow - Serial Season 2 (and 1!)

1:13:51 | Feb 6th, 2016

The Crime Writers take on Sarah Koenig's phoned-in updates on Adnan Syed's PCR hearing and try to solve the mystery of why she's staying in a hotel that provides animal-print bathrobes. Plus, we dissect Serial Season 2 Episode 6: 5 O'Clock Shadow, t...Show More
S2 Ep 5.5 Mega Show: Kratz's Book, Your Questions, & The Black Tapes - Tanis Guys

1:23:19 | Jan 30th, 2016

The Crime Writers discuss Ken Kratz's book and Making a Murderer fatigue. answer listener questions and give their own podcast and TV recommendations. Also, Rebecca talks to the guys who make Tanis and The Black Tapes Podcast! It's pretty epic.
S2 Ep5: We Zoomed! To Tampa! - Serial Season 2

1:03:27 | Jan 23rd, 2016

We talk all about Serial's episode 'Meanwhile, In Tampa.' We also get the lowdown on how Lara would commit murder, hear more on why Rebecca's convinced Obama might show up on Serial, and find out why Toby can relate to a Super Soldier. Plus, Kevin gi...Show More
S2 Ep4.5: Sarah Pauses, Colin Ponders, & Nancy Interrupts

1:10:29 | Jan 16th, 2016

We talk about Sarah Koenig's big announcement about Serial going biweekly and return to our dissection of the Netflix series "Making a Murderer." Colin Miller makes an appearance, and Toby watches Nancy Grace for the first time - it's pretty traumati...Show More
S2 Ep4: Making a Murderer is Still Our Captor...So is Serial Season 2

1:10:11 | Jan 9th, 2016

The gang talks some more about the Netflix hit documentary series "Making a Murderer," and then chats about Serial's "Captors." Also, Rebecca makes the case for "Poorfluenza," Jon Cryer humiliates Kevin, someone barely tolerates Toby, and Lara learns...Show More
S2 Ep3.5: Bonus - We Talk About 'Making a Murderer' from Netflix

1:15:40 | Jan 2nd, 2016

The Crime Writers talk about the 10-part true crime series "Making a Murderer" from Netflix. Lara loses her mind over the ethics of Dassey's defense, Toby is skeptical but sympathetic, Rebecca goes out on a limb, and Kevin gives his wife a terrible a...Show More
S2 Ep3: The Escaping Clause - Serial Season 2

1:00:40 | Dec 27th, 2015

The Crime Writers discuss every aspect of Episode 3 of Serial, including Bowe Bergdahl's twin escape attempts, those propaganda videos, and Bowe's cool affect when recounting his captivity. Also, Lara has a big theory, Toby talks about Mad Dog 20/20,...Show More
S2 Ep2: Why Did the Golden Chicken Cross the Road? - Serial Season 2

1:03:19 | Dec 20th, 2015

The Crime Writers dissect every aspect of Serial Season 2 Episode 2, "The Golden Chicken," and it gets pretty heated. Also, Rebecca is afraid of being accidentally racist, Toby and Kevin disagree on a bunch of stuff, and Lara didn't bring cheesecake....Show More
S2 Ep1: DUSTWUN in the Wind - Serial Season 2

55:47 | Dec 12th, 2015

The Crime Writers dissect every aspect of Serial Season 2's first episode and bring back Rebecca's favorite part of the show, the Crime of the Week. Also, Kevin forgets something pretty important!
Season 2 Teaser - Serial's Back...And We Are, Too!

00:50 | Dec 10th, 2015

Rebecca reveals the details behind the premiere of Crime Writers On... Season 2.
Serial Season 2, Limetown, Dishing Maura Murray

1:07:26 | Oct 4th, 2015

Rebecca, Kevin, Toby and Laura talk about the possibility of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's story as the focus of season two of Serial. Rebecca also interviews the guys behind Missing Maura Murray, a podcast that has the rest of the panel up in arms. Plus, the...Show More
WTF, True Detective? Plus, We Answer Your Questions!

1:02:35 | Aug 5th, 2015

We get the world (and TV series) we deserve. In this episode, we ask if "Undisclosed" has anything left to disclose and whether the new season of "True Detective" has lived up to the hype (spoiler alert: it hasn't). Is Sarah Koenig taking notes on ho...Show More
Lividity, Brian Williams, and Book Picks

58:18 | Jun 19th, 2015

Rebecca and the panel talk about the possibilities for Serial seasons two and three. Will Sarah K. and company have the same success without a murder mystery to solve? Next, with Rebecca lending technical assistance to the "Undisclosed" podcast, Kev...Show More
Podcastception! Full Disclosure On 'Undisclosed.'

51:32 | May 14th, 2015

Rebecca and the panel talk about the podcast 'Undisclosed,' which features Rabia Chaudry, Colin Miller, and Susan Simpson talking about the evidence and developments in Adnan's case.  After that, Rebecca asks Lara to intervene in a spousal writing s...Show More
House of Rabia and Scientology

1:12:25 | Apr 3rd, 2015

Rebecca talks with Rabia Chaudry, the person who started this whole thing by bringing Adnan's case to Sarah Koenig.  After that, Rebecca and Kevin, along with fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball, talk about the interview and about the HB...Show More
JINXED! We talk about The Jinx & The Staircase

48:03 | Mar 17th, 2015

Rebecca and Kevin invite fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk a little bit about Serial, and a WHOLE LOT about The Jinx and The Staircase. If you haven't watched them and you hate spoilers, you will hate this episode! Rebecca also...Show More
No One Puts Asia in a Corner!!! Urick, that affidavit & Natasha's drama

49:58 | Jan 23rd, 2015

Rebecca and Kevin invite fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about Serial prosecutor Kevin Urick's Intercept interview, the drama surrounding Natasha Vargas-Cooper's Intercept pieces, and that new affidavit from Asia McClain.  We...Show More
O...M...Jay!!! We talk about that interview.

49:14 | Jan 5th, 2015

Rebecca and Kevin invite special guests and fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about Jay's interview with The Intercept and the discussion/debate that's followed. We also talk about the intellectual guilt of true crime lovers, a...Show More
Bonus Episode: Season One's Best Moments

34:45 | Dec 24th, 2014

Rebecca and Kevin invite special guests and fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about their favorite moments from Serial: Season One. It's a little bit listicle, and just a little bit like those "very special" clips show they used...Show More
Episode 12 Discussion: "What We Know"

50:52 | Dec 19th, 2014

Rebecca and Kevin invite special guests and fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about the finale episode of Serial: What We Know. It gets pretty meaty, guys. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes right here. If you do, pleas...Show More
Episode 10 Discussion: "The Best Defense is a Good Defense"

36:14 | Dec 13th, 2014

Rebecca and Kevin invite special guests and fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about Episode 10 of Serial: The Best Defense is a Good Defense. Also, the panel catches up on the series, and reveals where they stand on the "did he ...Show More
Episode 11 Discussion: "Rumors"

45:17 | Dec 13th, 2014

Rebecca and Kevin invite special guests and fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about Episode 11 of Serial: Rumors. Not everyone loved it. But Rebecca did. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes right here. If you do, please ...Show More