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The Silent Witness

Case: XTR Branded Podcast series

The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) provides Dutch and international organisations dedicated to maintaining peace, justice and security with reliable forensic information. In 2020, NRC XTR aired its first-ever series of podcasts in conjunction with the NFI, called De Stille Getuige (‘The Silent Witness’), in which we gave listeners a glimpse into a world behind doors that usually remain closed..

The NFI invests on an ongoing basis in knowledge and innovation, and in doing so responds to current social, technological and scientific trends and developments. It is an international leader in its field. Its forensic researchers uncover microscopic traces which are eventually analysed and interpreted in a court of law. The NRC XTR series of podcasts allows listeners to discover sophisticated investigative methods by visiting passionate researchers in a variety of fields, including biological traces, pathology and fingerprints.

De Stille Getuige/The Silent Witness is a specially commissioned NRC XTR-branded podcast production: a six-part series of podcasts, and our very first production in this format. With podcasts continuing to grow in popularity and since we are currently witnessing a growing interest in NRC’s three successful podcasts (NRC Vandaag, NRC Haagse Zaken and NRC Onbehaarde Apen), we have started creating customised branded podcasts in a new narrative format.

Podcast series

De Stille Getuige/The Silent Witness is a six-part series of podcasts, four episodes of which are now available on a special partner page on nrc.nl and on Spotify. The episodes are also advertised on various online banners.


Predominantly young audience

The episodes are available on our own website and on Spotify. There are currently four episodes available online, each with their own theme, which home in on some of the complex issues facing the NFI.

In the first episode, Tape onder de loep (‘Anatomy of a Tape’), we interview experts specialising in DNA, fingerprints and traces left by scratches, imprints and forms on how a piece of tape left behind at a crime scene can help find the perpetrator.
In Digitale misdrijven (‘Digital Crimes’), we visit the Data Analysis and Forensic Digital Technology teams of the NFI and learn more about how perpetrators of digital crimes are found. In the third episode, Forensische toxicologie en forensische pathologie (‘Forensic Toxicology and Forensic Pathology’), we talk to experts in this field and learn what human remains can teach us. We also visit bloodstain pattern analysts of the NFI in the episode Bloedspoorpatroonanalyse (‘Bloodstain Pattern Analysis’) and examine how bloodstain patterns can show us what occurred in a crime.

This podcast series is popular primarily with a young audience (aged 23-34). Data shows that 70% of people who listen to the podcast listen to the very end. The remaining two episodes will be made available later this year.

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