Your Own Backyard Investigative, Missing Persons

Hosted By: Chris Lambert

Your Own Backyard is a true crime podcast that investigates the 1996 disappearance of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart.

While the podcast does explore the darker side of the case, it never loses sight of Kristin Smart. Lambert is determined to find out what happened to her and to bring justice to her family.

Your Own Backyard Podcast Host:

Chris Lambert is a former journalist who has worked for outlets such as The San Luis Obispo Tribune and The Santa Cruz Sentinel. He is also the host of the podcast Are We Okay?, a weekly conversational podcast about creativity, positivity, and purposeful living.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Thorough Research: Listeners say that Lambert has done an incredible amount of research into the Kristin Smart case. He has interviewed dozens of people, including witnesses, family members, and law enforcement officials. He has also combed through thousands of pages of documents.
  • Advocacy: Lambert’s commitment to keeping Kristin’s case in the public eye and advocating for her family resonates deeply with listeners, inspiring them to support the quest for justice.
  • New Discoveries: Many fans of the podcast commend Lambert’s dedication to unearthing new evidence and potential leads, giving them hope that justice for Kristin is still attainable.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Speculation vs. Facts: As with many true-crime podcasts, some critics argue that Your Own Backyard occasionally blurs the line between established facts and speculative theories. While speculation can be engaging, some listeners prefer a more strictly evidence-based approach.
  • Length of Episodes: Some find the episodes too long, making it difficult to stay engaged throughout the entire episode.
  • Tone: Some listeners have found the tone of the podcast to be too sensationalized. They have argued that Lambert’s focus on the darker side of the case has overshadowed the focus on Kristin Smart.

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