11 episodes

In summer 2016, a police shooting upended the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year-old, non-speaking, autistic man. Aftereffect is Arnaldo’s story – a hidden world of psych wards, physical abuse and chemical restraints – and asks the question: How did Arnaldo’s life go so wrong? Aftereffect by Only Human is produced by WNYC Studios, a listener-supported producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and many others.
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    • 4.6, 26 Ratings

In summer 2016, a police shooting upended the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year-old, non-speaking, autistic man. Aftereffect is Arnaldo’s story – a hidden world of psych wards, physical abuse and chemical restraints – and asks the question: How did Arnaldo’s life go so wrong? Aftereffect by Only Human is produced by WNYC Studios, a listener-supported producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and many others.
© WNYC Studios

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Magella's Mum ,

So powerful

As the mother of a teenager with developmental disabilities and autism, I found this series so respectful of people like my daughter. The series appreciates the reciprocal relationship between Arnoldo and his family. (So often, reporters treat families like heroes and our sons and daughters like tragic mistakes. Not this one.) It deeply examines the fear that our communities often hold towards our sons and daughters. It examines the question of consent and agency for, and control over, people with developmental disabilities. I found it so refreshing. I loved that the reporter wanted to respect and listen to Arnoldo himself.

Years ago, I heard Lou Brown say that my own girl would be safest in wide open regular spaces with people who know her well and have no power over her. He said she would be most vulnerable in separate places with people who have power over her and no competent witnesses. We keep working to provide that for her. I so badly wish Arnoldo had that, too. This series clearly illuminates why all our communities need to be familiar with our sons and daughters so they can understand and appreciate and support them to make their own contributions and their own decisions.

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