Apple to launch new original series on World Trade Center bombing ahead of 30th anniversary

Show comes from the creator of hit true-crime podcast Crimetown, Marc Smerling

Tech giant Apple has announced it is launching a brand-new original series exploring the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, with the finale premiering the day after its 30th anniversary. 

Operation: Tradeboom is a nine-part true crime podcast series premiering on 9 January, and will dissect the international investigation made after the terrorist attack that led to the murder of six people in New York City.

Academy-award nominated film producer Marc Smerling is leading the production of the podcast, under his production company Truth Media, having worked on it with Apple for over a year.

Guests that are expected to appear on the show include FBI agent John Anticev and NYPD detective Louis Napoli, both of whom were former members of New York City’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. They will explore topics including the events that led up to and followed the attack, as well as the religious and political tension that unfolded afterwards. 

This is the latest in a wider list of audio series that Smerling has worked on in the true crime genre, which have included the popular podcast Crimetown launched in 2016 with co-host Zac Stuart-Pontier, as well as others like Crooked City, Firebug, and Morally Indefensible.

This podcast is also a part of Apple’s initiative to create more original podcasts, having been invested into production companies like Futuro Studios in August 2022. Its pipeline of originals include true crime podcasts Hooked, Run, Bambi, Run, and Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy which is now being developed into a scripted series for Apple TV.