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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Listeners are encouraged to think critically about true crime cases as evidence is presented. Listeners may be motivated to complete their own research and learn more about the cases. Gives general knowledge of some notorious murders, disappearances and other crimes.
Episodes describe excessively graphic depictions of murder cases as well as suspects escaping persecution.
Positive Role Models
While the presented cases may peak interest, the content doesn't offer positive takeaways, especially for kids. The hosts Jillian and Izzie clearly do research and take notes on the cases, in turn modeling research skills and openly give their opinions on each case they talk about. They do also have some slightly self-deprecating comments sometimes calling themselves "stupid" when they get something wrong or make a mistake. They also relate what they're learning in high school and how they relate that to how they're analyzing the cases they talk about (one host is taking a criminal justice class through an NYU summer program). They model great friendship and sharing passion for investigating true crime.
Episodes feature cases that involve victims from a variety of different ethnic backgrounds. This brings attention to cases from underrepresented backgrounds that are not be typically covered in the national media. They also call out racism and racial profiling in many of the cases.
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Violence & Scariness
Episodes feature descriptions of physical violence, sexual abuse and graphic description of autopsies and murder. Some cases are unsolved which could perpetuate messaging of criminals getting away with murder.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to relationships and sexual innuendos are sometimes mentioned in relation to the crimes Izzie and Jillian.
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Moderate profanity such as "f--k" and "s--t".
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There is reference to substance abuse in crime cases.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Teen Girls Investigate Crime is a podcast that explores American true crime stories, hosted by two high school students, Izzie and Jillian. Episodes explore evidence and facts surrounding famous and lesser known cases of murder and kidnapping. True crime fans may recognize notorious names such as JonBenet Ramsey and The Zodiac Killer. Parents should be aware that Izzie and Jillian don't hold back on graphic descriptions or details involved in the cases. Each episode begins with a disclaimer that warns listeners about depictions of physical violence, sexual abuse as well as graphic descriptions of autopsies. In addition some episodes include violence towards minors as well as substance abuse and sexual innuendos. Since the show centers around two teenagers having a natural dialogue, there is some moderate profanity throughout each episode. This podcast may be fun and intriguing for older teens and adults looking for a true crime podcast that's a little less serious and dramatic.
Is It Any Good?
Jillian and Izzie's passion for mystery and podcasting shine through each episode. Teen Girls Investigate Crime is a well-researched true crime podcast that could rival its adult competitors. The hosts present each episode in a way that's attention grabbing and sure to satisfy the curiosity of any true crime fan!
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