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True crime insiders detail the most unforgettable cases of their careers in new podcast

Crime Story, the new weekly true crime podcast, is available wherever you get your podcasts.
Kathleen Goldhar, host of Crime Story, is pictured with headphones on in front of a microphone.
Crime Story is hosted by investigative journalist Kathleen Goldhar. (CBC Podcasts)

From the reporter who exposed Bill Cosby, to the writer who solved one of Australia's most chilling cold cases, Crime Story — the new weekly true crime podcast — speaks to journalists that have spent months, years, or even decades investigating a single crime.

Every Monday, Crime Story host Kathleen Goldhar goes deep into a different case with the storyteller who knows it best. Guests include Gilbert King (Bone Valley), Eric Benson (Project Unabomb), Carole Fisher (The Girlfriends), Julia Lowrie Henderson (Bikram), Yohance Lacour (You Didn't See Nothin), and many more. 

Crime Story is a podcast for audiences who love true crime, and want to get the insider scoop on dozens of high-profile cases. Below is a conversation with host Kathleen Goldhar.

Tell us about Crime Story. What differentiates it from other true crime podcasts?

Crime Story stands out because we get to put the spotlight on the people who do the work! The people who bring us these compelling characters and important stories. True crime podcasts are so popular right now and the work is just so good … I love that I get to speak to these storytellers and find out how they work and why they care. 

You're quite the investigative journalist in your own right. Can you tell us a bit about your reporting background? 

I started out as a newspaper reporter. My father is a journalist and my parents started a group of community papers in Toronto. It was a real family business. I began delivering the papers and eventually worked as a reporter. I wanted to keep working at newspapers but those jobs were hard to find in the early 2000s. I was lucky enough to find a job at CBC Winnipeg as a radio reporter. It was a very hard transition, but one that I worked hard at and I grew to love telling audio stories. I eventually made my way back to Toronto and after a few years in the newsroom at CBC I got hired as one of the original producers at The Current. There I got to explore and work on stories that I really cared about - including justice issues in Canada and around the world. That's where my investigative work started and it just expanded as I got to work on more complicated podcasts like Escaping NXIVM and Do You Know Mordechai

You have such an array of guests appearing on Crime Story this season. Can you share any standout moments / conversations for you? 

It's got to be with Gilbert King and Yohance Lacour. Both their podcasts are just so incredible. Both are very different. Gilbert's podcast Bone Valley basically proved that an innocent man was sent to prison — and showed how unjust things can be despite evidence. And Yohance's You Didn't See Nothin' was more than just a really important and well-told story. Its craft was incredible and it showed me new ways to tell an audio story. I have listened to both twice and both times I heard new and special things. 

Who is your dream Crime Story guest? 

I'd love to talk to Laura Beil — her work is so solid and she does a great job combining investigative journalism with engaging storytelling. 

I have to ask the true crime queen for a listening recommendation… What crime podcast are you bingeing these days?

I LOVED The Retrievals from Serial. I found one called Nobody Should Believe Me about Munchausen by proxy. And I'm very excited that Heavyweight is back! 

You talk with a lot of podcasters. The true crime podcasting space has seen tremendous growth and evolution since Serial hit our earbuds less than a decade ago. Where do you think true crime podcasting is headed next? 

Honestly I don't know! It's been hard to predict. Now that the time of the crazy money investments seems to be over (which I think is a good thing) I hope the focus will move away from quantity and be more about better quality. True crime is not going to go away — the audience is huge and continues to grow. The next few years will be very interesting. 


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