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Murder, She Reported

In late 2014, the Serial podcast became a phenomenon. Downloaded millions of times, this multi-episode journalistic reinvestigation of a 1999 Baltimore, Md., murder case has propelled the podcast form into the media mainstream. Week by week, Sarah Koenig and her team — veterans of the This American Life radio show — crafted an intelligent, compelling, even addictive listening experience. But are there drawbacks as well as benefits to presenting a real-life tragedy in narrative form? What are the responsibilities and risks involved in “hooking” listeners, or readers, with a “true crime” story? What can we learn from the success of another true crime classic, Truman Capote’s 1966 “non-fiction novel” In Cold Blood?

Guests who have not yet listened to Serial can access it through the podcast’s website.

But be warned, once you start listening, it’s hard to stop…

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Robert Cremins is a Human Situation lecturer and also communications coordinator for the Honors College. He is the author of the novels A Sort of Homecoming and Send in the Devils. Recent short fiction has appeared in The Dublin Review and recent non-fiction in The Los Angeles Review of Books. He has appeared on the Houston Public Media shows Manor of Speaking and Arts InSight. Originally from Ireland, Cremins is married to a Houstonian; they have two sons. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and in the writing program at the University of East Anglia in the U.K.