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Meet the podcasters: Generation Why

Crime+Investigation is a partner of CrimeCon UK, a True Crime event, coming to the UK in June 2021. As part of the show, CrimeCon has gathered together your favourite True Crime podcasters in Podcast Row. Here fans will be able to meet the hosts of their favourite shows in the flesh.

In a series of Q&As, Crime+Investigation has spoken to some of the podcasting talent who will be attending next yeat's CrimeCon as part of Podcast Row. In the first installment, we spoke to Aaron from Generation Why.

Generation Why: Q&A

Generation Why released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron and Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies.

1. How would you describe your podcast in one sentence?

Two friends discuss crimes and mysteries and give their opinions on what happened and why.

2. What makes your podcast stand out from the crowd?

We aren't scripted.

3. What first sparked your interest in True Crime?

In Search Of with Leonard Nimoy as well as the novel Zodiac by Robert Graysmith.

 4. What's your favourite part of the podcasting process?

Recording with my co-host Justin.

5. What do you think your fascination with True Crime has taught you in your personal life?

That we won't always find the answers we seek.

6. What's your favourite episode and why?

Ariel Castro because I learned a lot about the different ways people survive when they have been kidnapped and held for a long time against their will. As well as how they can reclaim their lives again.

7. What case keeps you awake at night?

Jaryd Atadero because a parent's worst nightmare is to lose their child and not know what happened and why.

8. What do you now know about podcasting that you wish you knew when you started?

When I first started I didn't know which microphones would be most appropriate for how we record. I learned later, but knowing that from the start would have helped.

9. What's one cold case you would like to see solved?

Kyron Horman. It's a case of a missing 7-year-old child with just enough evidence to come close to finding him or solving the case but 10 years have gone by and it remains unsolved.

10. What reforms are needed in the world of policing and the judicial system?

Prosecutorial accountability and responsibility on the part of police for suspects in their custody.

11. What's your favourite True Crime podcast, documentary or TV series and why?

That's a tough question, but I would highly recommend The Keepers on Netflix.

12. If you didn’t have a True Crime podcast, what type of podcast would you have?

Mixed Martial Arts.

13. What are you most looking forward to at CrimeCon?

Meeting like-minded people and spending time with other podcasters who are friends of mine.

If you want to meet Generation Why in person then visit Podcast Row at CrimeCon, Justin & Aaron will be at the show all weekend along with many other of our favourite true crime podcast hosts – Check out the full podcast line up here.