STRANGELAND is a new series from audiochuck that reexamines cases in immigrant neighborhoods. Hosted by investigative journalist Ben Adair and world-renowned interpreter Sharon Choi, Season One’s investigation goes where the police in California couldn’t and uncovers new evidence that may change the course of a case that stunned K-town. Strangeland is produced by Western Sound.
Ep 10 of 10: The Results
The results of the new DNA tests are in, with big implications for Robin Cho, Byung Song, and the victims of this crime. So, the question is, will justice be served and how?
Ep 9 of 10: The DNA
Ben and Sharon visit the lab that did the DNA testing that led to Robin Cho’s conviction. While touring the facility, they learn of DNA from the crime scene that’s never been tested.
Ep 8 of 10: Holes in the Case (Part 2)
It’s courtroom 101: the prosecution’s trying to make a case, the defense is trying to get their client off, and it’s the jury’s job to figure out the truth. But how much of the science that’s presented at court is actually scientific? Ben and Sharon look closely at specific pieces of evidence presented at trial and find out that some of the bedrock assumptions about evidence and crimes… could be wrong.
Ep 7 of 10: Holes in the Case (Part 1)
As part of Strangeland’s reinvestigation, Ben and Sharon have been keeping a list that goes way beyond culture clashes and misunderstandings. It shows that the prosecution’s already-tenuous motive for Cho is even less solid than they thought. At the same time, Cho’s behavior doesn’t do him any favors.
Ep 6 of 10: We Affirm
After almost eight weeks of trial and deliberations, there’s a verdict. However, though the jury has reached a decision, they don’t seem very confident when it comes to sentencing Robin Cho.
Ep 5 of 10: The Trial
The man dubbed “The Koreatown Killer” heads to trial, and the prosecution presents its case — with no witnesses, no weapon, and no concrete motive. The jury must decide if one piece of evidence is enough to send Robin Cho to Death Row.
Good Investigating, Just Cut Ben Adair Out
Sharon Choi should lead the podcast as main host. She’s the translator and main investigator. Ben Adair doesn’t add much. He’s there to make the cadence seem like a back and forth conversation between the two. It doesn’t really work here; not organic. He should just step back.
Loved both Sharon and Ben. Besides their investigation and analysis, their voices are very pleasant. Well written, we’ll done!
Just one host, please!
It sounds like Ben’s voice was mixed into the narrative somehow. It doesn’t sound like a natural conversation between him and Sharon, and that is distracting. Too bad, because it’s a compelling series!