Over My Dead Body’s Matthew Shaer on Making a Great True Crime Podcast

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For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — managing editor Nicole Raney, food and drink editor Sam Slaughter, and the inimitable host, Greg Nibler — sit down with the creator and host of Over My Dead Body, Matthew Shaer, to talk about his podcast, true crime, and why we’re all so obsessed with it.

To start, we find out how Shaer came across the crime that the first season of his podcast focuses on: the murder of Dan Markel. (We’ll give you a hint: It all starts with some particularly demented rabbis). From there, the gang digs into what it takes to make a true crime podcast. How do you research a chase? How long does it take to create a single season of a show? How does it feel now that the season is done?

Finally, the group digs into the true crime genre as a whole. Why does it continue to rise in popularity? What does that say about us as a culture? Is true crime going anywhere?

If you’re a fan of true crime, or even if you’re just starting to get into it because half of your Netflix recommendations seems to be about murderers and crimes, then this episode is for you. There is more to creating a successful crime podcast than being obsessed with a crime, and Shaer discusses everything it takes and more.

Are you a true crime fan? What shows do you listen to or watch? Do you know the next Serial and want to share that with us? If you have a question or comment for The Manual podcast crew, give us a shout at podcast@themanual.com — we’re always around! You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to subscribe and rate on your favorite podcast app, too!

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