Why does everyone love true crime?

Hosted by
Sara Schleede

Sara Schleede was an audio director with The Drag and host of the "35" and "Request Pending" podcasts.

Look at the trending podcasts on any streaming app, and odds are there is at least one true crime series topping the charts. These tales of horrifying violence, conniving killers, and kindhearted victims who didn’t see it coming inspire shock and interest across the internet, and the audience is notably female. Podcasts like “Crime Junkie” and “My Favorite Murder” use discussion and comedy to give women a safe space to confront their fears. Other podcasts like “Dr. Death” and “Serial” take a more journalistic approach to covering these stories. How can we consume and create these stories with sensitivity? Featuring Haley Butler and Tinu Thomas, hosts of “The Orange Tree” podcast.

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