True crime podcast produces results

By Janel O’Brien

The link Between Cold Cases and True Crime Podcasts

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True crime has been a consistent obsession in the United States for over a decade according to Google search data. True crime podcasts have collided with the fascination and made it a complete mania. After the wildly popular Serial podcast in October 2014,  the gap began to close between the search terms “cold cases” and “true crime podcast” and officially overlapped in June of 2017.

Some cases that have been explored by podcasts have gone cold for years, or even decades. Serial was about a disappearance and murder of a Baltimore teen in 1999 and was reopened by Sarah Koenig in 2014. Thanks to the podcast, the main suspect in the case had a 2016 court hearing after being convicted of the murder back in 2000.

Serial was widely acclaimed for genuine storytelling mixed with a meticulous review of the evidence involved in the case. Podcasts have the ability to share a story in a unique way compared to other mediums, such as documentaries and television shows. With Serial’s ability to reopen the case itself, the possibilities became endless for many other unsolved cases across the country.

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at It’s been repurposed with permission for this assignment:

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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