Overlooked

5.0/5

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Former Kansas City, Kansas, detective Roger Golubski is accused of putting an innocent man in jail, exploiting vulnerable Black women, and terrorizing the community for decades. How did he get away with it for so long, and what does justice look like for his victims? From KCUR Studios and the NPR Midwest Newsroom, Overlooked is a new investigative podcast about the systemic problems long left unaddressed throughout the Midwest.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Eric Thomas • Kansas Reflector Apr 21, 2023

"...the “Overlooked” podcast, produced by NPR affiliate KCUR, provides something that even dedicated newspaper reporting can’t...the six-part series smartly balances two very different storylines. The podcast producers are careful to keep un-convicted crimes as “alleged” when writing about Golubski...the podcast delivers a second narrative, one that requires compassion and delicacy. “Overlooked” creates its own style in a genre that is both popular and accomplished: podcasts about shoddy murder investigations. KCUR’s work mixes the generational scope of “White Lies” (a podcast about a civil rights era murder in Alabama) with the personal writing (and a bit of the musical tone) of “Serial.” That is all to say that “Overlooked” is its own thing: a blend of thorough reporting, vibrant writing and narrative storytelling. This particular series rises to the vanguard of an often cluttered pile of podcasts. By dedicating years of dogged recording along with veteran skilled journalists to the investigation of this one sordid story."

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Score: 5

The Crime Writers Squad • Crime Writers On Apr 20, 2023

"We loved the compelling stories of the people affected by Golubski's heavy hand. That's when the podcast's investigation into the untouchable cop is interrupted...by the FBI. …"

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Score: 5

IRE Judges • Investigative Reporters and Editors Mar 4, 2023

"This is incredibly compelling storytelling on an important and long-overlooked story. The suspenseful storytelling puts the audience in the moment and left us wanting more. Several of the judges mentioned an eagerness to keep listening to discover how this white male police officer exploited Black women in the community – and how he was allowed to do it for decades."

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