While Joe Rogan is an undeniably influential figure within our modern culture, there’s always a bigger fish with an even more
cult-like considerable following. That’s why after years of remaining relatively unchallenged, The Joe Rogan Experience has been knocked off the Spotify podcast throne by Kim Kardashian’s The System: The Case of Kevin Keith.
Launched earlier this month, Kardashian’s eight-part true crime series momentarily overtook Rogan’s insanely popular talk show format over in the US. Here in Australia, The System: The Case of Kevin Keith still hasn’t surrendered the top spot. Yet. No doubt it’ll follow suit soon enough, ceding to The Joe Rogan Experience in the long run. But the achievement is no less impressive.
Kim Kardashian’s podcast tells the story of the eponymous Kevin Keith, a native of Bucyrus, Ohio who was arrested and charged with a triple homicide in February of 1994. The victims were his ex-girlfriend Marichell Chatman, her four-year-old daughter Marchae, and Marichell’s aunt Linda Chatman.
Despite there being zero physical evidence linking him to the crime in question, Keith has spent 28 years behind bars, a good deal of those on death row. Keith’s brother Charles has always been convinced of his innocence, and to this day, works tirelessly towards clearing his name.
Kardashian narrates alongside producer Lori Rothschild Ansaldi, spotlighting interviews with experts on the case, and reviewing the actual evidence at hand.
Kim Kardashian has been involved with the world of criminal justice since 2018. Having enrolled into law school and passed the California “baby bar” (another name for the First-Year Law Students’ Examination), the billionaire SKIMS founder has been undergoing what Forbes describes as a “four-year-long law apprenticeship” instead of attending a traditional university program.
With a particularly keen interest in the field of criminal justice reform, as some of you may recall, Kardashian’s crusade has taken her all the way to the White House, where she successfully convincing President Donald Trump to commute the sentence of 63-year-old great grandmother Alice Marie Johnson. Johnson was previously facing life imprisonment for selling drugs.
“I always say this is a team effort, I tell everyone I’m the last push at the end. I’m that vessel,” Kim Kardashian told TIME.
“I don’t look at prison reform as very political… The key is humanising these [people] and taking on these individual stories, to let everyone know that people on the inside are just like us.”