After a sexual assault case in the District of Columbia, one woman’s public warning ricochets all the way to Birmingham, Ala., where another woman gives voice to a devastating allegation.
This seven-part investigative series from The Washington Post follows the Alabama woman’s decision to come forward with a claim of sexual assault against a high-ranking figure in the D.C. criminal justice system, and the spiraling effects of that choice.
“Canary: The Washington Post Investigates” is about the intertwining stories of these two women, separated by decades and united by a shared refusal to stay silent. It’s a podcast about what it takes to report this story — and why it matters. Hosted by investigative reporter Amy Brittain.
Chapter 7: "I'll find my joy"
Two women come face to face.
Chapter 6: "You can always have the last word"
How will the accused respond? And what will his defenders say?
Chapter 5: "He's hurt my daughter"
A family reckons with the consequences of long-kept secrets.
Chapter 4: "To serve as a judge"
A judge rises to national prominence, fueled by 40 years of experience and activism.
Chapter 3: "No way in hell she would make this up"
Unexpected roadblocks slow the search for evidence.
Chapter 2: "A secret that she couldn't tell"
We head to Alabama to investigate allegations about a prominent figure in the D.C. justice system.
Highly recommend this show
Very engaging investigative reporting, with a heart- provides empathetic and balanced reporting on a very loaded story, about multiple sexual assaults, that are linked in a surprising way. A very worthwhile listen- keep the tissue close by, tears will be shed. Love to all brave enough to tell their stories.
A very interesting and important topic. Two beautiful stories well told. Writing this review in the hopes that even more people will listen!
Well Reported, Sensitive, and Engaging
Thank you to the brave women who stepped forward to tell their stories, and thank you to Amy and The Washington Post for listening to them and believing in them. This was a brave, difficult, and extremely timely podcast. While the episodes deal with and explore incredibly traumatic experiences, they’re always told with sensitivity, honesty, and respectfulness.
I was deeply moved listening to Carole’s parents go through their metamorphosis, from not wanting to speak with Amy to finally telling their own truths, and listening to Carole’s mother speak about confronting the Judge at the airport. I broke down listening to Lauren learn about Carole’s story and agreeing to meet with her. When I listened to their conversation I was absolutely devastated and yet also so proud of the women and their journey to find one another.