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Let’s talk about Conviction, Season 1, hosted by Saki Knafo. This story is the first in Gimlet’s Conviction series, which will feature a new piece of investigative reporting each season.
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Conviction, Season 1
Host: Saki Knafo
Genre: Non-Fiction, Crime
Listen on: Spotify
Manuel Gomez is a detective straight out of a detective novel. He carries a pen that’s a knife, wears a watch that’s a camera, and adores Sherlock Holmes and Miami Vice. But the cases Gomez takes on are all too real: cases of young men in New York City who say they’ve been arrested for crimes they didn’t commit. In the first season of Conviction, reporter Saki Knafo follows Gomez as he tackles the biggest case of his career—and along the way, Saki explores big questions about criminal justice in America.
Since I’m a multi-tasker, I often listen to podcasts while working. They about have ten minutes to capture my attention, or I find that I tune it out completely and just let it play in the background. The first time I attempted to listen to Conviction, Season 1, I must have been distracted because half of an episode in, I realized that I had completely missed what this podcast was about. I decided to give it one more chance this morning and listened to all seven episodes in one day. Manuel Gomez’s voice immediately took me in. I could picture exactly what he looked like before even hearing his description. I googled him, and my mind had nailed it. I love podcasts dedicated to making things right in the justice system, so I was hopeful that this was one of those stories. I was surprised when it went from one particular case to more of a podcast about the players involved. Conviction, Season 1 didn’t disappoint. I’ll be listening to the other seasons soon!
I give Conviction, Season 1 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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