The parent corporation of Minnesota Public Radio has abandoned “In the Dark,” the award-winning podcast from American Public Media.
According to the Minnesota Reformer, American Public Media CEO Jean Taylor informed staff on Wednesday that the acclaimed true-crime podcast series had been canceled and eight positions had been eliminated. This comes less than a month after Chris Worthington, managing director of the investigative unit APM Reports, and another employee were let go.
The St. Paul-based podcast’s first season’s discoveries about the long-ago disappearance of Jacob Wetterling and its later examination of the murder trial of Curtis Flowers, a Black man who was convicted of killing four people at a Mississippi furniture store and sentenced to death, were among its accomplishments. After the second season of the podcast, Flowers’ case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, and she was finally freed from jail.
APM spokesperson Suzi Kim Scott wrote in an email on Wednesday, “After two seasons of incredibly impactful, award-winning and deep investigative work, we are no longer able to sustain support of ‘In the Dark,’ and are immediately beginning to explore opportunities to find a new home – either for the entire enterprise or for components of the work.”
Employees allegedly complained to the National Labor Relations Board in late June, claiming that the media organization had misled them regarding the future of their positions and other employment options at MPR when APM Reports dissolves.
There were at least 18 workers at APM Reports. The MPR will incorporate up to 14 employees. “We are attempting to connect them with possibilities in available jobs inside (American Public Media Group),” Scott said of the eight staffers whose positions were terminated.