Apple debuts war crimes podcast The Line

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Apple’s foray into podcasting continues with a new series called The Line that debuted Tuesday.

The podcast, which follows the true-crime blueprint successfully laid out by Serial, tells the story of former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was accused of war crimes. The first two episodes are now available to listen to.

Apple’s preview for the six-part series reads as follows:

“In 2018, a group of Navy SEALs broke ranks and accused their chief, Eddie Gallagher, of murder — sucking them all into the biggest war crimes trial in a generation. Did a Navy SEAL cross the line in Iraq?

Dan Taberski (Running from COPS) takes you inside that courtroom for the first time, peeling back the curtain on how America wages its wars now and revealing the story that the media covering the trial blew right past. Through intimate conversations with over 50 special operators, the series explores just how blurred the line between right and wrong has become in the forever wars — and what that’s doing to the hearts and minds of those we send to fight them.”

The Line podcast available now

Apple debuted the first two episodes The Line podcast today. Additional episodes will arrive weekly, following the model laid out by some Apple TV+ original shows. A four-part Apple TV+ series based on The Line will launch later this year.

Unlike Apple Originals on Apple TV+, you don’t need a paying subscription to get The Line podcasts. However, Apple has reportedly considered a premium podcast service. This service, which could be thought of as Apple Podcasts+, would be a bit like Apple TV+ or Apple News+ in terms of requiring a monthly paid subscription. In July 2019, Apple was said to be in discussions with podcasters about buying the rights to their shows.

The Line isn’t Apple’s first branded podcast. Earlier this year, it created a companion podcast for its Apple TV+ sci-fi series For All Mankind. It also has a daily podcast news briefing called Apple News Today.

You can tune into The Line here.