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True Crime podcast Midwest Murder to go on tour

Jonah Lantto and Dawn Palumbo of Minot are taking their popular Midwest Murder podcast on the road.

Thus far there have been three sold-out live broadcasts of the podcast, which tells the story of past murders in Minot and in surrounding states and Canadian provinces, said Lantto.

Now there will be a live tour that will begin at Off the Vine in Minot on April 22. Live taping will begin at 6 p.m. and doors will open prior to the broadcast.

The tour will also take them to Dickinson on April 28 at Phat Fish Brewing, to 510 2 Speakeasy in Bismarck on April 29, to DCR Brewing Company in Fargo on April 30, to Fergus Brewing Company in Fergus Falls, Minn., on May 1 and to Rhombus Guys Brewing Company in Grand Forks on May 2.

The live taping for all the shows will begin at 6 p.m., with doors open an hour prior to the broadcast, except at the event in Grand Forks, where live taping will begin at 3 p.m. and doors will open at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and include one free drink.

Lantto said the podcast had been in the works for about a year before it began. He and Palumbo conduct dozens of hours of research and writing prior to the taping of each show. While they do not shy away from the horrific details of the murder cases, they also strive to treat their subject matter with respect for the victims and with integrity. Lantto said reviewers have commented on the respect they show the victims.

Neither Lantto nor Palumbo has a background in the law or in investigation, though Lantto has hosted podcasts on a variety of subjects.

“I’m a content creator and a storyteller,” said Lantto. I can’t play an instrument, paint, or draw, but I can tell a story. My art form is dialogue. I want to create meaningful content that people want to hear. Writing true crime stories is thrilling. There is so much discovery throughout the research–a lot of wide-eyed moments gathering all the data and then putting the pieces together in a story that connects with our audience.”

Palumbo has an interest in crimes and how the progression of each case affects how legislation, policing, court casing, and the treatment of victims and witnesses has changed or been improved.

Lantto said previous broadcasts have covered cases such as the kidnapping and murder of 11-year-old Jeanna North by Kyle Bell in Fargo in 1993.

Lantto said they get a lot of suggestions for future stories from listeners and some families have asked them to cover murder stories that have impacted them.

Midwest Murder is a production of The Good Talk Network. Lantto and Palumbo are co-writers and co-hosts and ShaunAnne Tangney is a writer.

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