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Episode Summary:

Jerri Williams discusses her transition from former FBI agent to author to podcaster. She weaves a compelling tale, detailing the challenges of creating a podcast based on interviews with FBI case agents, both former and current. Beginning with budgetary concerns, equipment, scheduling and family impact, she gets more in-depth while discussing her personal mission to present the cases and issues in true FBI fashion, unbiased and non-partisan.

About the Podcaster:

Jerri Williams has always been a storyteller and, after serving 26 years as a special agent in the FBI, she has plenty of stories to tell. During most of her Bureau career she worked major economic fraud investigations and was amazed at the schemes con-artist and corrupt corporate and public officials would devise to steal other people’s money. She has also had the opportunity to work bank robberies and drug investigations. The one thing she knows for sure is… “With a gun, you can steal hundreds. With a pen, you can steal millions.”

She is using her prior professional experiences with scams and schemers to write crime fiction inspired by actual true crime FBI cases and to produce and host FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime and history podcast where she interviews retired FBI agents about their high-profile cases and careers, corrects clichés and misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies, and reviews crime fiction.

In her new book, FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives, she presents her top 20 clichés and misconceptions about the FBI. Each cliché has its own chapter where she provides a reality check while breaking down the facts. Throughout the book, she also includes quotes from retired agents about how the FBI actually works and reviews popular films and fiction featuring FBI agent characters.

Highlights: 

  • Why Jerri decided to do a podcast
  • How long it took Jerri to execute her podcast
  • James Comey’s impact on Jerri’s social media presence
  • The budget and technology Jerri started podcasting with
  • The physical toll of podcasting and simultaneously writing her third book
  • Podcasting with side projects and family growth
  • Parts of podcasting that overwhelm Jerri
  • Does Jerri’s family share her love of podcasts?
  • How Jerri finds time to podcast and write
  • Jerri discusses how her new book FBI in Film and in Fiction combines her passions
  • Why podcasting for social impact is important to Jerri
  • How has podcasting negatively impacted Jerri’s life?
  • How has podcasting positively impacted Jerri’s life?
  • Something that should be changed about podcasting culture

Mentioned in this episode:

FBI Retired Ca

se Review Files

Jerri’s Website

PodcastExpo

Podcast Movement

She Podcasts Live

Just Busters Facebook Group

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The technical thing I learned from this episode: Always switch to the WiFi extender when you’re in a place that needs the WiFi boost. ALWAYS.

Cats in this episode: Fat Round. Who I think is now our official mascot. Jerri’s pup, Canyon, got jealous, so he’s in there, too.

Personal Podcasting Pain Point: When you love to listen to podcasts and have one of your own, it’s hard to keep up! Also, I need to get out of the house more! Also, Squadcast failed partway through this interview. Zencaster doesn’t work for me… ever. So, we finished up this recording on Zoom.us. And you can probably tell.

Special thanks to my awesome editor Michael for sorting out the mess that was this recording. He’s one Ya Ya Podcasting amazing team members and I’d be lost without him.