A Richard Simmons Slump! An Adnan Syed Tidbit! And A Review of Time: The Kalief Browder Story.
The panel is at full strength now that Lara managed to talk her way out of an arrest by the railroad police (yes, there is such a thing).
We begin with some voice messages from listeners wondering what the "Up and Vanished" serendipitous conclusion means for the realm of true crime podcasting.
We return again to the white hot podcast "Missing Richard Simmons." Are the crime writers still committed to seeing (hearing) this journey through?
Then we turn our attention to Spike TV's six-part doc "Time: The Kalief Browder Story." It's a heavy look at the true story of a black teen who spent 800 days in solitary confinement on Rikers Island while awaiting trial of a flimsy robbery charge. Is it perhaps too heavy to enjoy...or too important to ignore?
The Crime of Week deals with a politician whose resume is all sizzle and no steak.