Have You Heard? is a series where the Pod Bible team meet the people behind the podcasts you may not have heard of yet. While the Oh. My. Pod. section in the magazine gives a quick shout out to shows of that ilk, Have You Heard? aims to go deeper in an effort to spread awareness for shows that deserve more exposure! We recently heard from Talia, one half of the team behind the true crime podcast, Crimes & Consequences…
Who are you and what’s your podcast about?
I am an attorney and co-host of Crimes & Consequences true crime podcast. My co-host, Tonya, and I are partners at our own law firm and lovers of all things true crime. We consider Crimes & Consequences to be a “hardcore” true crime podcast, because we don’t hold back on the graphic details of the crimes. In fact, our goal in creating this podcast was to give our listeners as many specifics about the cases as possible. There is a dark side to humans that we find fascinating and we explore this through discussions of true crime homicide cases.
What was the first podcast you ever listened to?
It may come as a surprise to many, but I had never heard of a podcast until April of 2019, when my sister introduced me to Crime Junkie. Then I discovered Morbid and Casefiles and began listening to these podcasts on my drive to and from work.
Why did you decide to start podcasting in the first place?
Tonya and I would listen to different true crime stories and discuss them with each other during our lunch break. In the summer of 2019, we decided to learn about podcasting as a sort of hobby. The concept seemed simple enough: record a really interesting true crime story and share it with others. We began recording in our office during our spare time and it was so much fun, that we decided to take it up a notch and release the recordings publicly.
Which podcasts do you take inspiration from?
I really am inspired by the podcast Casefiles. As a lawyer, I can appreciate the amount of research that goes into all of their stories and I aspire to include as many facts and details in each episode of Crimes & Consequences.
Who’s your dream guest for the podcast?
I would love to interview John Edward Douglas, a retired special agent and unit chief in the FBI. He is a criminal profiler and I’ve read all of his books.
What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far as podcasters?
I learned very quickly that there was a lot more to podcasting than just telling a story. If thousands of people are going to be listening to you, it’s really important that each and every case is thoroughly researched to ensure accuracy; if you make a mistake someone is going to point it out. There was a large learning curve with editing and recording, since we were starting from ground zero. In addition, I think it took us a few episodes to really figure out who we were and what we were about. What started out as two friends chit-chatting about true crime, developed into a show dealing with more serious issues such as wrongful convictions, questionable convictions, missing persons and unsolved murders. As the listeners sort through our playlist, they can hear the natural evolution into what we are today.
What episode would you say is the perfect introduction to your podcast?
One of the more recent podcasts that I really enjoyed is EP62: Don’t Go in the Basement. It is a story that has never been told before by any other media source and it’s a great murder mystery.
Where can Pod Bible readers find out more about you?
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