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The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture. True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.' Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on X @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at [email protected].

517 Episodes

Murder 101

Did a high school class project about some local cold cases lead to the identification of a serial killer? We’ll talk about the podcast “Murder 101.”

Transcribed - Published: 11 April 2024

Death and Other Details

A murder on an ocean liner. A ship full of rich suspects with secrets to hide. Is the crime connected to the world’s greatest detective and the old case he could never solve? We’ll review the Hulu mysteries series “Death and Other Details.”

Transcribed - Published: 8 April 2024

CWO Classic: Slow Burn

It was the scandal that took down a President…but it didn’t happen all at once. We’ll revisit our 2017 review of the classic podcast “Slow Burn.”

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2024

Beyond All Repair

A man says his sister was accused of killing her mother-in-law, but did his brother set her up to take the fall? Host Amory Sivertson searches for the truth in the podcast “Beyond All Repair” from WBUR.

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

CWO Classic: Gladiator

We'll revisit our 2018 review of Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

Dissident at the Doorstep

He went from being a celebrated human rights activist shining a light on oppression in China to being in Washington on January 6th. How did he get there? We’ll discuss the podcast “Dissident at the Doorstep” from Crooked Media.

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2024


Did a Columbian drug lord buy off an entire North Carolina town to get cocaine into the United States? A journalist and a famous actor explore that story in the podcast “Varnamtown.”

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2024

The Program: Cons, Cults and Kidnapping

Years after she left a brutal school for troubled teens, a filmmaker returns to the facility to confront its ghosts and its previous operators. We’ll discuss the Netflix documentary series “The Program: Cons, Cults and Kidnapping.”

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

Shocking, Heartbreaking, Transformative

A journalist flips the script by allowing her subjects to shape their stories. Does it create documentaries that are elevated...or just watered down? We’ll talk about the podcast “Shocking, Heartbreaking, Transformative” from Radiotopia Presents.

Transcribed - Published: 14 March 2024

The Truth About Jim

A woman digs into the past of a late family member…was he responsible for a string of unsolved murders from the 1970s? We’ll talk about the Max Original “The Truth About Jim.”

Transcribed - Published: 11 March 2024

CWO Classic: Murder on Middle Beach

A young filmmaker sets off to find his mother’s killer. What he uncovers shocks him. In this CWO Classic Rewind we talk about HBO’s “Murder on Middle Beach.”

Transcribed - Published: 7 March 2024

Cover Up: Body Brokers

Residents now know why the local funeral home offered deep discounts on cremations. The director was secretly selling body parts for profit. We’ll talk about the podcast “Cover Up: Body Brokers.”

Transcribed - Published: 4 March 2024

CWO Classic: True Detective 3

An aging detective with a failing memory struggles to solve the kidnapping case that has haunted him his whole career. In this CWO Classic Rewind we’ll look back on our many discussions on season three of HBO’s “True Detective.”

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

True Detective: Night Country

How are the strange deaths of a team of scientists and an indigenous woman in the Alaskan arctic connected? A pair of cops must put aside their differences to solve the mystery in season four of HBO’s “True Detective: Night Country.”

Transcribed - Published: 26 February 2024

Runaway Joe

A man accused of murdering his wife escapes custody and flees to Ireland. After being captured years later, he escapes again. We’re talking about the podcast “Runaway Joe” from RTÉ.

Transcribed - Published: 22 February 2024

They Called Him Mostly Harmless

A group of online sleuths work to identify a mysterious dead hiker. Will they be shocked by who they’re looking for? We’ll talk about the Max Original “They Called Him Mostly Harmless.”

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

On Our Watch: New Folsom

Was the death of a corrections officer linked to his investigation into abuse and corruption inside California’s most violent prison? We’ll discuss the podcast “On Our Watch: New Folsom” from KQED.

Transcribed - Published: 15 February 2024

Dr. Death: Bad Magic

He said his cutting-edge treatments could cure cancer and HIV, but it was all an illusion…one that may have ended in murder. We’ll discuss season four of “Dr. Death: Bad Magic.”

Transcribed - Published: 12 February 2024

Gwyneth vs Terry: The Ski Crash Trial

Who crashed into whom on that Utah ski slope: the optometrist or the rich movie star? We’ll talk about “Gwyneth vs. Terry: The Ski Crash Trial.”

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2024

The Runaway Princesses

They’re the daughters of the most powerful man in Dubai. Why do they keep trying to escape the country - and failing? We’ll talk about the new podcast "The Runaway Princesses” from The New Yorker and "In the Dark."

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2024

The Vanishing Point

Why are indigenous men and women disappearing from the same tribal area in the Pacific Northwest? And what is being done to solve their cases? We’ll discuss the podcast The Vanishing Point.

Transcribed - Published: 1 February 2024


He preached of armed revolt before becoming a man of God. Then he was arrested for murdering a cop. But did he actually do it? We’ll talk about the podcast “Radical.”

Transcribed - Published: 29 January 2024

The Estate

Did his late father have his business partner killed five decades ago? The host investigates the case against his old man in the podcast “The Estate.”

Transcribed - Published: 25 January 2024

American Nightmare

Police accuse a California couple of making up an elaborate abduction and rape, but proof of the crime lies in a single strand of hair. We’ll talk about the Netflix series “American Nightmare.”

Transcribed - Published: 22 January 2024

In Her Defence

A Canadian woman is accused of murdering the husband who abused her for 30 years. Did her punishment fit the crime? We’ll talk about the podcast “In Her Defence” from The Globe and Mail.

Transcribed - Published: 18 January 2024

Peacock's Dr Death 2

A journalist falls in love with a charming transplant surgeon. But he’s neither the boyfriend nor doctor he says he is. We’ll talk about Peacock’s TV adaptation of Dr. Death season 2.

Transcribed - Published: 15 January 2024

Burden of Guilt

Her parents say she killed her baby brother when she was two-years-old. Can she prove after all these years she wasn’t responsible? We’ll talk about the podcast “Burden of Guilt.”

Transcribed - Published: 11 January 2024

Boston Globe's Murder in Boston Podcast

A high profile crime hoax shook the city. Decades later, local reporters examine the lasting damage of the Charles Stuart case. We’ll discuss The Boston Globe’s companion podcast to the documentary series “Murder in Boston.”

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

HBO's Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage & Reckoning

A fatal carjacking kicks off a high-profile manhunt targeting Boston’s Black neighborhoods. The response inflamed simmering racial tensions, though evidence of the crime pointed elsewhere. We’ll discuss the HBO series “Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage & Reckoning.”

Transcribed - Published: 4 January 2024

The Bakersfield Three

Three friends go missing or are killed within weeks of each other. Their families wonder if the crimes are all connected. We’ll review the podcast “The Bakersfield Three.”

Transcribed - Published: 1 January 2024

Best TV of 2023

From gripping dramas to light hearted fare and unforgettable documentaries told by the people who lived them. The crime writers each give their list for the Best TV of 2023.

Transcribed - Published: 28 December 2023

Best Podcasts of 2023

Wrongful convictions. Personal reflections. A justice system that’s broken. We’ll each give our lists for the Top Ten Podcasts of 2023.

Transcribed - Published: 25 December 2023

Great Photo, Lovely Life

A journalist confronts her family’s darkest secrets, but her investigation opens fresh wounds in already-fractured relationships. We’ll review the HBO Original "Great Photo, Lovely Life."

Transcribed - Published: 21 December 2023


A journalist delves into the abuse, lasting trauma, and economics surrounding the troubled teen industry. We’ll review the new podcast "Gooned."

Transcribed - Published: 18 December 2023

"Gay Girl Gone"

A queer Muslim blogger becomes a voice of hope during the Syrian revolution. But when she’s captured by the government, the effort to free her reveals shocking secrets! We’ll review the new CBC podcast “Gay Girl Gone.”

Transcribed - Published: 14 December 2023

Gay Girl Gone

A queer Muslim blogger becomes a voice of hope during the Syrian revolution. But when she’s captured by the government, the effort to free her reveals shocking secrets. We’ll review the new CBC podcast “Gay Girl Gone.”

Transcribed - Published: 14 December 2023

Love Has Won: The Cult of Mother God

A cult leader said she would ascend to the stars upon her death. It’s what her followers later did with her body that got attention. We’ll discuss HBO’s “Love Has Won: The Cult of Mother God.”

Transcribed - Published: 11 December 2023

Ghost Story

A reporter sets out to learn if the ghost that haunted his childhood bedroom is his wife’s great-grandmother who was murdered next door and whose killer may have gotten away with it. We review “Ghost Story.”

Transcribed - Published: 7 December 2023

Imperfect Paradise: People vs. Karen

A white woman accused two people of color of trying to kidnap her kids in a story that went viral. Then the police charged her with filing a false report. We review "Imperfect Paradise: People vs. Karen."

Transcribed - Published: 4 December 2023

Witnessed: Fade to Black (resending)

We're republishing to replace a corrupted file in Monday's episode.

Transcribed - Published: 27 November 2023

Witnessed: Fade to Black

In “Witnessed: Fade to Black,” host Josh Dean tries to pull apart fact from fiction, with new reporting on whether screenwriter Gary DeVore’s death was a high-stakes assassination or a simple accident.

Transcribed - Published: 27 November 2023

The Kids of Rutherford County

“The Kids of Rutherford County” looks into the mass illegal detentions of children in one Tennessee county and the lawyers who try to stop it.

Transcribed - Published: 20 November 2023


If prosecutors can’t prove a Maryland mother who killed her kids in 2014 is competent for trial, the charges will be dropped. The podcast "Unrestorable" asks "is she faking it?"

Transcribed - Published: 16 November 2023


“Earwitness” picks apart the original investigation of Toforest Johnson and the credibility of the key witness. What does it say when even the people who put an innocent man on death row can’t get the justice system to right a wrong?

Transcribed - Published: 13 November 2023

Murder in Apartment 12

In “Murder in Apartment 12,” host Keith Morrison looks back at his two decades of covering the Nona Dirksmeyer case, a Dateline NBC mystery does not get wrapped up in a bow at the end.

Transcribed - Published: 9 November 2023

Navajo Police: Class 57

The HBO Original documentary series “Navajo Police: Class 57” takes us inside the academy of a Navajo police force desperately trying to fill its ranks and into the complicated lives of those seeking to wear the uniform.

Transcribed - Published: 6 November 2023

CWO Classic: Happy Face

In this CWO Classic, we'll revisit our October 22, 2018 review of "Happy Face."

Transcribed - Published: 2 November 2023

Big Vape

Netflix’s “Big Vape: The Rise and Fall of Juul” chronicles the history of the controversial tobacco product. Did Juul’s mission backfire, making the public health crisis it tried to mitigate only worse? Or did its financial success blind its creators to the inevitable outcomes of perfecting smokeless tobacco?

Transcribed - Published: 30 October 2023

CWO Classic: MANslaughter

On this CWO Classic we’ll revisit our epic April 12, 2021 review of MANslaughter.

Transcribed - Published: 26 October 2023

Magnificent Jerk

The Apple Original podcast “Magnificent Jerk,” produced by Pineapple Street Studios, is the true story of the fake story of a real life. The host takes a journey into the colorful past of the uncle she thought she knew and finds a tale about identity, ambition, and family.

Transcribed - Published: 23 October 2023

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