Criminal proudly brings the gray area into true-crime reporting, while keeping focused enough to tell a full story in less than a half hour. Billing itself as "stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged or gotten caught somewhere in the middle," the podcast – part of Public Radio Exchange's Radiotopia – was cooked up by North Carolina Public Radio producers Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer. Over lunch one day, they decided if they started a podcast about crime, they would never run out of stories. Since launching in early 2014, they've put out almost 50 episodes where they look into the stories around a crime. Using expert original reporting – interviews with perpetrators, victims and onlookers – Criminal delves into what it means to make bad decisions – and why we all do it.