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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.
7 Episodes
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Learn Not To Hear It

Learn Not To Hear It

2019-06-1800:51:511

In Episode 6, we reveal the identity of the fourth man who participated in the attack on the Rev. James Reeb.
The X On The Map

The X On The Map

2019-06-1100:51:0712

In Episode 5, we search for the fourth attacker while digging into the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a black civil rights activist who was murdered in Alabama just weeks before the Rev. James Reeb. Jackson's killer was brought to justice in 2010. We look at his case for strategies to help solve Reeb's.
In Episode 4, we find a woman who says she knows who killed the Rev. James Reeb, because she was there. She's ready — for the first time in more than 50 years — to tell the truth about what she saw.
The Counternarrative

The Counternarrative

2019-05-2800:51:0126

In Episode 3, we break down the conspiracy theory that emerged after the Rev. James Reeb's murder: that he was allowed to die or was killed because the civil rights movement needed a white martyr.
The Who And The What

The Who And The What

2019-05-2100:58:2032

In Episode 2, we unravel the aftermath of the Rev. James Reeb's murder: the arrest of three men and the defense brought at trial. We also track down the last living jurors.
In 1965, the Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Ala. No one was ever held to account. We return to the town where it happened, searching for new leads in an old story.
Introducing White Lies

Introducing White Lies

2019-05-0600:02:0526

A new serialized podcast from NPR investigates a 1965 cold case. New episodes every Tuesday starting May 14.
Comments (11)

Ann Wolterbeek Hawkins

thank you for your persistence.

Jun 11th
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Ann Wolterbeek Hawkins

thank you. great job of getting to the truth of the matter. I'm glad I found this podcast. Sad to hear so many people hide the truth, hard to comprehend the mentality.

Jun 8th
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Brian Bowman

as

Jun 7th
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Matthew Cibellis

what an incredible podcast! I love the way these guys just pulls the veil away and lays it all bare. then each episode ends with this great music. I never feel manipulated by their story telling. The Sphinx of Washington Street made me want to go to Selma... dying to meet and listen to this piece of history.

Jun 6th
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Christopher Beverley

Wow the length people will go to cover up there own racism.

Jun 1st
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Pat Muldoon

sad

May 30th
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William

what is the song that plays at the end? it's excellent!

May 28th
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Wendy Bruder

That juror. Wow. That's just insanity.

May 24th
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Erfan Zadshir

:)

May 21st
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Michael Stegbauer

Very good so far (ep1). I'd love to hear more of the interviews and the LBJ and Ladybird tapes. Perhaps some links in the episode notes, or even a "behind the scenes" with more chunks of interviews released on Thursdays or Fridays?

May 15th
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Diane Thompson

This was a heartbreaking and very interesting story thank you

May 14th
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