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A Podcast From Adam McKay Examines Jeffrey Epstein and His World

The far-reaching story of Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who was facing charges of sex trafficking when he killed himself four weeks ago, has been playing out for months. Now it will be the subject of a high-profile podcast, the latest entry in the heated market for audio storytelling.

The first episode of “Broken: Jeffrey Epstein” will be released Thursday from a team that includes Adam McKay, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind “The Big Short” and “Vice,” and the podcasting veterans Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer, whose new studio, Three Uncanny Four Productions, is backed by Sony Music Entertainment.

The show will also feature Julie K. Brown, an investigative reporter at The Miami Herald whose series of articles last year brought new scrutiny to Mr. Epstein and the 2008 plea deal he reached after being accused of sexually abusing dozens of young women and girls. That agreement allowed him to evade federal charges and serve 13 months in the Palm Beach County Jail.

“The Epstein story still has dozens and dozens of unanswered questions,” Mr. McKay said in a statement.

The weekly show, hosted by Ariel Levy of The New Yorker and available widely on podcasting platforms, will look in detail at the case and Mr. Epstein’s connections to the rich and powerful. It will also endeavor to cover any new developments, according to Mr. Davidson, a contributing writer at The New Yorker who was one of the creators of NPR’s “Planet Money” podcast.

“Broken: Jeffrey Epstein” is the first project of Three Uncanny Four, which was formed four months ago. The studio’s original plan for an Epstein project, Mr. Davidson said, had been to “wait awhile,” perhaps tying a series to a trial. That timeline was accelerated after Mr. Epstein was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on Aug. 10.

Ms. Mayer, a former producer at WNYC, said one of the goals of the show was to explore the social context of Mr. Epstein’s crimes — the networks of power and money that allowed him to escape justice for so long.

“He’s not the disease,” she said. “He’s a symptom of it.”

Three Uncanny Four is half-owned by Sony Music, which made an undisclosed investment in the company; its remaining 50 percent is owned by Mr. Davidson and Ms. Mayer. The studio, in Brooklyn, plans a slate of five to eight shows by next year.

Mr. Davidson said his interest in the story began four years ago when he was working as a technical adviser on “The Big Short” and Mr. McKay told him about the Epstein case.

“I remember saying to him, ‘I think you’ve got the story wrong, because if what you’re saying is true, this would be the biggest story in the world,’” Mr. Davidson said.

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