UM professor’s true-crime podcast named among the best

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Slate magazine recently picked the best true-crime podcasts, books and movies available in 2022, and Jule Banville’s “An Absurd Result” made the cut.

Banville, an associate professor at the University of Montana, teaches audio, reporting and writing courses at the School of Journalism and advises the Montana Kaimin student newspaper. Slate highlighted her seven-episode podcast in a list of media that thoroughly depict crime without exploiting victims and their families.

“An Absurd Result” explores the fallout from a 1987 assault on an 8-year-old girl in Billings. The story explores how the discovery of DNA affected this case.

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“It’s wonderful to see ‘An Absurd Result’ receive this sort of attention,” Banville said. “Meeting the rape survivor at the center of this story and hearing what she has to say about everything that’s happened to her — it was the most important reporting I’ve done in my career. I’m really honored to be in a list like this, and I hope it will help more people get to know Linda.”

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