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How Dostoyevsky Predicted the 'True Crime' Craze

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AND WHAT HE CAN TEACH TODAY’S PODCASTERS, JOURNALISTS AND TV PRODUCERS ABOUT WHERE IT SHOULD GO NEXT.

The “true crime” genre, spurred by podcasts like “Serial” and shows like Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” doesn’t seem to be slowing down. That’s welcome news for those who seek criminal justice reform. The genre is increasingly framed as reformist, with critiques of police abuses, overzealous prosecutions and mass incarceration playing central roles.

Earlier this month, the Peabody Award-winning podcast “In the Dark” announced that its second season would focus on

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