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White Lies
In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.7 stars from 10,541 ratings
This is an amazing podcast. I’m usually not a true crime fan but I’m very interested in Civil Rights history so the premise intrigued me. My curiosity however turned into a voracious need to keep listening as the story unfolded. Although the conclusion of the investigation is relatively straight...Read full review »
LeeMac27 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/21/20
An important listen.
What an excellent piece of investigative journalism. Thank you. Having just returned from an ADL civil rights trip to the south, my sense of justice and the importance of equality has been further ignited from this podcast. We were fortunate enough to meet with Joanne Bland and we heard Reverend...Read full review »
CdnAmes via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/20/20
The past isn’t best left buried
In order to understand the present, you must learn about the past. This podcast is excellent and well worth the time. Kudos to the journalists that had the tenacity to follow through on this hard fought research.
Staceycg via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/20/20
Recent Episodes
White Lies presents an episode for the new season of WNYC's The United States of Anxiety. The series is about the unfinished business of American history and its grip on our future — their starting point is Reconstruction and its legacy today.
Published 01/31/20
From the NPR podcast Code Switch: Eighty-five years ago, a crowd of several thousand white people gathered in Jackson County, Fla., to participate in the lynching of a man named Claude Neal. The poet L. Lamar Wilson grew up there, but didn't learn about Claude Neal until he was working on a...
Published 10/29/19
In our final episode, we examine the legacy of the Rev. James Reeb's death. We speak both to his descendants and to those of one of his attackers, exploring how the trauma and the lies that followed it affected both families.
Published 06/25/19
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