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Criminal is the first of its kind. A show about people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Hosted by Phoebe Judge. Part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. read less

Our Editor's Take

Criminal is a hit with true crime enthusiasts. The series uncovers a wide variety of stories from different eras and locations worldwide. Episodes cover everything from serial killers' sagas to stories of people who have disappeared without a trace. The host is journalist Phoebe Judge, who also hosts the This Is Love podcast. Judge is a favorite of true crime fans for her empathetic reporting and distinctive speaking voice. Together with co-host/producer Lauren Spohrer, Judge selects and dissects cold cases and true crime stories.

Two new episodes come out each month on Fridays. Each installment lasts from 30 to 45 minutes. Listeners can dive into the series chronologically or hit play on the story that piques their interest. The Criminal podcast aired for the first time in January 2014. Since then, it has become known as one of the best true crime podcasts. Each episode examines one real-life crime story. The hosts record the podcast at the WUNC radio studio in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

This popular podcast has earned many awards. It won the Webby Award for Podcasts and Digital Audio in both 2018 and 2019. Wired magazine named it one of the Best Podcasts of 2015. The Criminal podcast is the perfect series for a listening binge. Listeners can dive into the hundreds of episodes available on Amazon Music.

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