We were joined on the Popternative show by celebrated journalist Bill Kurtis, the original host and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated Cold Case Files, to discuss the brand-new series, Cold Case Files: DNA Speaks. Cold Case Files: DNA Speaks is a 10-part documentary series focusing on murder cases that remained unsolved for decades and were ultimately cracked with DNA evidence. It explores these stunning scientific developments as well as the unwavering dedication of families and investigators that eventually brought the killers to justice. The Emmy-nominated Cold Case Files was the original forensic science crime show when it first aired in 1999.
The series premiered August 17 on Hulu, and is narrated and executive produced by Bill Kurtis, and builds on the success of the original series with spectacular cinematography, extraordinary crime scene footage, and cutting-edge science. The show follows investigators, the latest DNA techniques, and the transformative combination of genealogy and DNA-tracing to bring closure to even the most mystifying murder cases.
In our interview, Bill discusses returning for a new Cold Case Files series and the preparation that went into it, as well as the true crime podcast boom that’s been occurring over the last few years. He also delves into some of the misconceptions about true crime. Watch the conversation with Bill Kurtis below.
Cold Case Files: DNA Speaks is streaming on Hulu.