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Criminal is a true­ crime podcast that understands crime as something sociological, historical, even anthropological — that crime is a function of people, time, and place. With incredible sound design, marvelous writing, and a boldness in the way it makes its choices, there are few shows that feel more alive.” -­ New York Magazine


“The purist’s true crime series” – Time


“No matter how strange or ghastly the crime, the voice of the host Phoebe Judge somehow remains implacable and oddly soothing.”The New York Times 


Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, and the winner of a 2015 Third Coast International Audio Festival “Best Documentary” award for 695-BGK. Criminal launched January 2014, and is based in Durham, North Carolina. New episodes come out twice a month. If you’d like to learn about sponsoring the show, write to Say hello here.




Phoebe Judge is the host and co-creator of Criminal. Previously, she was a host at WUNC North Carolina Public Radio, a producer for The Story with Dick Gordon, and a reporter based in the gulf coast of Mississippi. She covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. Phoebe’s work has won multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards. She attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Twitter: @phoebevjudge. Email Phoebe.

Lauren Spohrer is the co-creator of Criminal. Previously, she was a producer at NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday and Bryant Park Project, and APM’s The Story with Dick Gordon. She has a Master’s degree in fiction writing from Columbia University, and is the founder of the online literary magazine Two Serious Ladies. Twitter: @laurenspohrer. Email Lauren.

Nadia Wilson was a producer for NPR’s How To Do Everything and Planet Money. Before that she helped make things at Radiolab, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atavist, among others. She was awarded the SoundCloud Fellowship in 2012 and attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Twitter: @oh_hey_nadia. Email Nadia.

Rob Byers mixes the show and is the Production Specialist on NPR’s Training Team. Before that, he was an audio engineer at Minnesota Public Radio|American Public Media, where his work contributed to a Peabody and a Pulitzer. He’s an avid cyclist, a drummer, and a lover of jazz. Twitter: @robbyers1. Email Rob.

Julienne Alexander is an illustrator and designer in Durham. Her work can be seen at Email Julienne.

Alice Wilder is our intern.

Amanda McCormick designed this site.