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Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the “if it bleeds, it leads,” kind of crime, but something a little more complex. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We’re 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 was co-created by Lauren Spohrer, Phoebe Judge and Eric Mennel. We launched in January of 2014. Say hello here. If you’d like to learn about sponsoring the show, write to




Phoebe Judge is the host 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 was a producer, director and editor for The Story with Dick Gordon. Before that, she was a producer with NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday and Bryant Park Project. She writes fiction, and founded the online literary magazine Two Serious Ladies. Twitter: @laurenspohrer. Email Lauren.

Rob Byers mixes the show.

Our beautiful artwork is by Julienne Alexander.

Alice Wilder is our intern.

Amanda McCormick designed our site.