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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 12,083 ratings
So important, so well-told
Everyone should hear this story. And try to understand it. Process the implications of who died and who killed him and the motives behind the cover up and the power of the lie that we white people have been telling ourselves for generations. These reporters in particular were able to finally...Read full review »
pretty girl from argentina via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/20/20
Harsh Reality...
Great job though, well done
Zeus-Acer via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/10/20
Fantastic
I truly enjoyed every episode. I didn’t know the details of Rev. Reeb’s story. So many aspects of the civ rights movement and all the people that were impacted by hate through this particular story. I loved the format and overall, this podcast should stand as an example of what being an ally and...Read full review »
tdjackso via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/08/20
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
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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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