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Beyond True Crime: Using this exploding genre to tell a bigger story

True crime podcasts are everywhere, and many listeners love a good who dunnit. But is it possible to capitalize on the popularity of this genre, and move beyond the mystery to provide a deeper understanding of the causes behind injustice?

True crime podcasts are everywhere, and many listeners love a good who dunnit. But is it possible to capitalize on the popularity of this genre, and move beyond the mystery to provide a deeper understanding of the causes behind injustice?

Host Connie Walker & producer Jennifer Fowler of Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo share how one family’s story provided the narrative to give listeners a crucial history lesson about the experience of Indigenous families in Canada’s child welfare system. They offer strategies on how to use the space made by podcasts - including true crime podcasts! - to let subjects lead the investigation, guided by empathy and a sensitivity to historical trauma that results in a richer, more thoughtful story.


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