Three years ago, on the day Prince died, I met a woman named April Balascio in the conference room of an Ohio law office. I was working on a story about her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, that I thought would end up in a magazine. It's taken a lot of turns since then. On July 18, 2019, the culmination of three years of us working together -- and, for the last 18 months, with Pineapple Street producer Jonathan Menjivar -- landed in podcast apps around the world. The Clearing is an 8-episode investigation of April's life, and also her father's life. It's a true crime show that, we hope, comes at things a little differently. It was #1 on iTunes within two days of launch and has been Apple's #1 show ever since, as well as the highest ranked narrative show on Spotify.