Hi. This is Madeleine Baran, host of In the Dark. I've got some great news to share with you. In the Dark isn't over! We're getting started right now on a second season.
This one won't be about the Jacob Wetterling case.
What we really want to do with In the Dark is to get at questions we think aren't being asked often enough — the kind of questions that as soon as you think about them, you wonder, "Why haven't I thought about THAT before?" That was our aim in the first season with the question about whether law enforcement is any good at solving crime.
We have a bunch of ideas for Season 2 — all of them involving some seriously fascinating situations and people. The story we select will be investigative and will shine a light in some very dark places. We haven't settled on a story yet, though. So that's where you come in. If there's a story that you think we should investigate, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a couple of other things you can do to help us out. Please stay subscribed to In the Dark wherever you listen to podcasts. That's where the second season will be released — and where we might release more updates on the Wetterling case. We're still waiting for the Stearns County Sheriff's Office to release the entire investigative file. I'll be reading that file closely, and I'll make sure to let you know what I find.
If you sign up for email notifications, we'll let you know about the progress on Season 2.
And here's another thing. Investigative reporting takes a lot of time and resources. Our team spent a year full-time reporting on the Jacob Wetterling case. We had reporters, producers, editors, a photographer, a graphic artist and a researcher. We needed that much time and all those people to tell the story responsibly and accurately. But let's be honest. This kind of reporting isn't cheap. Our second season will also require months and months of in-depth reporting. And we're hiring two more people.
We're doing all of this because we're committed to this kind of reporting. We think it's critical in a democracy for all of us to know what powerful people and institutions are doing. That's the only way the public can hold them accountable.
But we need your help. Please consider donating $5 today to help fund In the Dark. Your donation will allow us to continue to bring you the in-depth reporting you've come to expect from us. You can make a contribution in any amount. And if you've already donated, thank you! We seriously couldn't do it without you.
And thanks for listening to In the Dark. It's been incredible to see the response from the first season. As a reporter, I have to say that there's nothing quite like checking your email and finding messages from all across the country from people who decided to look up their clearance rates for the first time. This is important work, and you play an important role in it.
We want to hear from you. Send us story ideas for a future season of In the Dark or general feedback about the podcast.