FROM THE ED­I­TOR

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One of my great­est plea­sures is lis­ten­ing to pod­casts. If you ever sit in traf­fic and want to keep your brain busy, there’s noth­ing bet­ter.

Un­til now, the bar has been set in­cred­i­bly high – This Amer­i­can Life and off­shoot, Se­rial, are great. The record­ings al­low you into a story in a way that words on a page can’t.

More re­cently, Se­rial pro­duc­ers went one bet­ter with S-Town, also a clas­sic and a bril­liant story.

This week, one of our own got into the act, and we’ve cre­ated some­thing to ri­val all of those that come out of the States.

Black Hands, from Martin van Bey­nen at the Press, and pro­duced by Tan­dem Studios, is ex­cep­tional. The story of the Bain fam­ily mur­ders is one that is at the heart of our coun­try’s nar­ra­tive, and this lat­est in­ves­ti­ga­tion and retelling of the story is com­pul­sive and com­pul­sory lis­ten­ing.

If you haven’t heard it yet, get to iTunes and down­load it. It takes jour­nal­ism to the next level and is a work of art.

- Shan­non.

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