Having covered trials and lawyers and courts for more than 20 years, Rankin has a close acquaintance with the state’s public defender system and its practitioners. He knows how police and prosecutors try to piece together a case, and how defense attorneys try to unravel that work. And in the Chapman case, he has documented the near collapse of the justice system.
Rankin narrates the seven-part podcast, which was inspired by the enormously popular "Serial" podcast of 2014, by "This American Life" producer Sarah Koenig. As Rankin remarks in Episode 1: "Now, obviously, I'm no Sarah Koenig. I'm used to writing stories, not speaking them. But I do have an important story to tell you."
Rankin has traveled repeatedly to Bremen and will take you there in his podcast and on the ajcbreakdown.com website. You’ll find a sleepy city crisscrossed by railroad tracks, where the lonesome thunder of freight trains fractures the stillness dozens of times a day.
Join us for Breakdown: railroad justice in a railroad town.