Criminal Nonviolent

Hosted By: Phoebe Judge
Produced By: Vox Media Podcast Network

Not all crimes involve murder and gore and Criminal takes you through the fascinating stories of those who’ve done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.

From topics ranging from what it feels like to be robbed at gunpoint to the mysterious escape of two inmates and the realtor who’s life was changed by a single social media post… you’re sure to find a topic that has you dropping your jaw and asking what you would do in that same situation.

With new episodes coming out twice a month, and typically thirty minutes in length, Criminal makes it easy for listeners to get their true crime fix on the go.

Criminal Podcast Host:

Previously, Phoebe Judge 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.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Human Perspective: One of the podcast’s greatest strengths lies in its ability to humanize the individuals involved in criminal activities. Criminal goes beyond the surface of crime, delving into the motivations, circumstances, and emotional complexities that drive people to break the law.
  • Meticulous Research: Phoebe Judge and her team demonstrate a commitment to thorough research, ensuring that each episode is backed by accurate information and reliable sources.
  • Unconventional Stories: Criminal isn’t afraid to explore lesser-known or unconventional stories, uncovering hidden gems within the vast landscape of true crime. This willingness to venture beyond the mainstream contributes to the podcast’s appeal and keeps listeners engaged.
  • Engaged Community: The podcast has fostered a passionate and engaged community of listeners. The Criminal fan base discusses episodes, shares theories, and engages with the host and fellow listeners, creating a sense of camaraderie and shared interest.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Pacing: Some listeners have found the pacing of certain episodes to be slow or uneven, wishing for a faster narrative or more consistent storytelling tempo throughout.
  • Lack of Depth: A few critics have mentioned that in some cases, Criminal tends to scratch the surface of certain stories without delving deeply enough into the complexities or providing a comprehensive analysis.
  • Limited Diversity: While Criminal covers a wide range of crime stories, there have been criticisms regarding the lack of diversity in terms of the subjects and voices featured. Some listeners have called for more representation of marginalized communities and perspectives.

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  • Jen
    May 25, 2019 at 12:55 am

    I could listen to Pheobe all day! The stories shared are always so different than what you usually hear on true crime podcasts and they’re all around 30 minutes, which is perfect for me. It’s a must listen!

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