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Now in its eighth season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin to examine the case of Ahmaud Arbery. On Feb. 23, Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot three times as he jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside of coastal Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who took the now-familiar video of the incident, all face felony murder charges. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

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    • 4.3 • 175 Ratings

Now in its eighth season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin to examine the case of Ahmaud Arbery. On Feb. 23, Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot three times as he jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside of coastal Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who took the now-familiar video of the incident, all face felony murder charges. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

    He ran. And ran. And ran.

    He ran. And ran. And ran.

    Join host Bill Rankin on the one-year anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery's death as he explores who the man was in life.
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    • 41 min
    The immediate aftermath

    The immediate aftermath

    Just moments after Travis McMichael killed Ahmaud Arbery with three shotgun blasts, one Glynn County police officer after another arrived at the bloody scene.
    The seventh episode of Season 8 of the AJC’s “Breakdown” podcast focuses on recently released bodycam footage taken by some of those officers. They are seen securing the scene and, most importantly, interviewing McMichael, his father Greg McMichael and Roddie Bryan.
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    • 41 min
    The McMichaels plead for bond

    The McMichaels plead for bond

    Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael were denied bond after a two-day hearing in Brunswick, Ga. Join host Bill Rankin as he recounts what happened at the hearing -- and explores what led the judge to deny bond for the two men.
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    • 51 min
    The Elephant in the Room

    The Elephant in the Room

    Prosecutors building a case against the three men accused in the death of Ahmaud Arbery have passed several motions regarding what evidence can be submitted in court.
    Meanwhile, the contention that gunman Travis McMichael uttered a racial epithet while standing over Arbery's body remains the most explosive element of the case. However, jurors may never hear about it.
    Join host Bill Rankin as he explores how issues raised now could shape the outcome of a trial.
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    • 36 min
    Father and Son

    Father and Son

    Since Ahmaud Arbery's death, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael have been condemned by many as racist vigilantes who targeted a Black man running down their street. Attorneys for the men claim that is far from true. Join host Bill Rankin as he explores the McMichaels' history prior to their fateful meeting with Ahmaud Arbery.

    Nothing could be further from the truth, lawyers for both Travis and Greg McMichael recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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    • 43 min
    S08, Ep3: How Georgia lets citizens arrest fellow citizens

    S08, Ep3: How Georgia lets citizens arrest fellow citizens

    An attorney for one of the three men accused of chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery in February says the group's actions are legally justifiable by a law dating back all the way to the 1860s. Meanwhile, Georgia's legislature is considering repealing the law because of the case. Join host Bill Rankin as he examines what Georgia's citizen's arrest law says and how it may impact the Arbery murder case.
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

Jenkinsdraws ,

Superb!

I'm a devotee of true crime podcasts. This one is among the very best. The writing is crisp, focused and accessible. The main host ( Episode 7 ) has a personable, not over-polished and engaging delivery. Breakdown lacks all of the annoying and amateurish touches that inflict so many lessser efforts; sensationalism, over-dramatic music, long, rambling interviews, blaring commercials, and obvious bias. Breakdown does everything damn near perfectly. Kudos! More!

Mich GoBlue ,

Sloooow

Pedantic pace is killing me. Had to unsubscribe.

Ghostly Falcon ,

Our absolute favourite

My girlfriend and I are from Toronto and love listening to this podcast on long drives with hot drinks in hand. We’re always hooked on absolutely everything that happens, and it’s sparked some incredible conversations and debates between us. I would pay subscription fees for this without hesitation. The trailer for this coming fall’s season had us drooling. PLEASE keep it coming, this is the best podcast out there today.

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