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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.
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Introducing White Lies

Introducing White Lies

2019-05-0600:02:0546

A new serialized podcast from NPR investigates a 1965 cold case. New episodes every Tuesday starting May 14.
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.
The Who And The What

The Who And The What

2019-05-2100:57:3063

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.
The Counternarrative

The Counternarrative

2019-05-2800:49:4650

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.
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 X On The Map

The X On The Map

2019-06-1100:50:1038

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.
Learn Not To Hear It

Learn Not To Hear It

2019-06-1800:50:5330

In Episode 6, we reveal the identity of the fourth man who participated in the attack on the Rev. James Reeb.
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.
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 research paper in high school. When he heard the story, he knew he had to do something.
Comments (52)

Derek Raymer

Chilling historical account that I bet is repeated countless times in our country. Thank you to the creators for not giving up on this painful but potentially healing American Tale.

Jan 21st
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Terry Lempriere

Brilliant podcast, investigation by this guys/there team. Where's the next set is/podcast? Why are we still waiting NPR?

Jan 19th
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Linda White

I tell people - especially younger generations - that "IT" wasn't that long ago. I for one am 5 generations removed from slavery raised by parents who ushered us through the civil rights era in what I call a protected environment as "Army Brats". There is so much truth that is not told all because of a system of disenfranchisement..... These systems flourish when people don't see others as equals and teach through word and deed that specific groups are inferior in some form or fashion. The fact that these truths remained untold creating an environment of unapoligetic protection is not surprising. The U S legacy of brutal slavery and continued oppression of an entire group of people continues in all systems today - more covertly than overtly. I absolutely appreciated the time and energy these Alabamisn journalists took to seek and find the truth. It is my hope that one day, the hatred and mistreatment of others because they are different is no longer supported. If that day comes, the deaths, beatings, and others injustices experienced by African Americans will have not been in vain. The fight continues.....

Dec 21st
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alli lent

how can the FBI seriously say they couldn't do anything if they found the guy and it wasn't a federal crime? they can't go talk to local law enforcement? are you kidding me?

Dec 12th
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Nick Bryant

best episode. to bad it's the last. I suppose it's time to learn from history. thank you for your devotion to a true story that included all involved.

Sep 23rd
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Kim A. R.

Wow, what an amazing series. Thank you Chip and Andy for taking us this emotional journey. I have to listen to it again!!! Peaceful Rest Mr.Jim Reeb.

Aug 5th
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Kim A. R.

Oh, so no Blacks need to be treated fairly???!!! Martin Luther King was a trouble maker seriously???!!!! Killing men and keeping silent about it, is horrific.

Aug 5th
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Kim A. R.

Mr. Capp. Wow.smh

Jul 30th
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Mark Lafhameyer

uuuuuugh... racism racism racism... the daily NPR subject line. had it with our "public" radio station. We need an FM alternative to this crap already!!!!

Jul 24th
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Faith Trent Verburg

Excellent and terrible at the same time. I was struck by the inability of the Selma individuals to think about the family almost like an institutional narcissism. I have lived in the Montgomery area for over 25 years and this series helped clarify the deep resistance to truth I have experienced. Thank you so much and love to the Reeb family

Jul 18th
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deborah cassidy

Wow emotional episode. Great work.

Jul 18th
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T M

What a miraculous luxury this old man whom has had, a full life, long marriage, and this ability to will the memory away of a possible accessory to murder. Bill Portwood is half assing his attempt at redemption to sate his own guilt. His wife seems to also believe that religious involvement is a trade equal for his violence and possibly murder of another religious person, while also ignorantly saying " he never was in trouble with the law", how utterly convenient.

Jul 15th
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Nadine DaCosta

that was an amazing piece.

Jul 12th
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Nicole Smith

The daughter's interview makes me so mad. They did what they had to do is such a cop out. Just say they were bigots. It sucks. It doesn't change what happened however, when it's called by it's name we can begin to quit picking at the scab.

Jul 11th
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Jerek Banks

It will take conversations like this to heal our nation, and show the ugliness of hate and racism to exacerbate why they have no place in this nation in the 21 century and beyond.

Jul 9th
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Tre Clark

I honestly enjoyed every bit of this series. It was so well done. I am so glad that I listened. Andy and Chip, you did a great job with telling this story and making me feel so connected. At times I could actually feel like I was there in the stories. Great job!!

Jul 9th
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Ione Moraes

Thia kind of investigate work is so important, especially nowadays. Thank you, NPR!

Jul 5th
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Heather Estep

❤❤❤ cannot get enough!

Jul 3rd
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keadra young

Amazing series! I visited Selma around this time last year for the first time and you can still feel all the emotion in that city. From there we went on to the slavery museum in Montgomery and talk about eye opening. This story is what so many need to hear in this day and age, thank you for doing the hard work and not giving up. I can't wait to hear what's up next!

Jul 2nd
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Autumn Mott Calvert

Brilliant!

Jul 2nd
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