13 episodes

American Josh Holt and his Venezuelan wife-to-be Thamy fell in love from three thousand miles apart. Just two weeks after their wedding, there was a knock at their door. In the middle of the night, police from the government of Nicolás Maduro burst into their home and took them captive. Their dream relationship turned into a nightmare. 
From KSL Podcasts, the creators of the hit show Cold, comes Hope in Darkness: The Josh Holt Story. This new 12 part series uncovers the harrowing story of the two years that Josh and Thamy spent inside a notorious Venezuelan prison, punished for crimes they did not commit. From the tireless efforts of their families working to get them home, to the inspiring ways they coped while incarcerated, host Becky Bruce and Josh Holt share this story of devotion, determination, and Hope in Darkness. 
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    • 3.9 • 72 Ratings

American Josh Holt and his Venezuelan wife-to-be Thamy fell in love from three thousand miles apart. Just two weeks after their wedding, there was a knock at their door. In the middle of the night, police from the government of Nicolás Maduro burst into their home and took them captive. Their dream relationship turned into a nightmare. 
From KSL Podcasts, the creators of the hit show Cold, comes Hope in Darkness: The Josh Holt Story. This new 12 part series uncovers the harrowing story of the two years that Josh and Thamy spent inside a notorious Venezuelan prison, punished for crimes they did not commit. From the tireless efforts of their families working to get them home, to the inspiring ways they coped while incarcerated, host Becky Bruce and Josh Holt share this story of devotion, determination, and Hope in Darkness. 
Follow us on Social Media @HopeDarknessPod Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

    Homecoming

    Homecoming

    The Holts arrive on US soil. Josh and Thamy meet the president and make the rounds on morning television. Adjusting to life on the outside requires more faith and hope than expected. 

    On social: @HopeDarknessPod Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 

    • 36 min
    Prison Riot

    Prison Riot

    A riot erupts inside El Helicoide as tensions mount in Venezuela. Barricaded in his cell, Josh Holt sends a series of fearful videos begging for help from the United States. We go in-depth for the first time on exactly what set it off – and how it resolved. 

    On social: @HopeDarknessPod Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 

    • 35 min
    Connecting the Dots

    Connecting the Dots

    We go in-depth on all the work behind the scenes to secure Josh and Thamy Holt's freedom – including never-before-heard details about the strange interplay of faith, legal, political and human rights activists.   

    On social: @HopeDarknessPod Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 

    • 33 min
    The Darkest Hour

    The Darkest Hour

    After realizing his life and safety may well be in danger, Josh Holt negotiates a transfer "up the hallway" to a cell among the political prisoners. Health and prison conditions combine to sink Josh into his lowest point as a hostage of the Venezuelan government.   

    On social: @HopeDarknessPod Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 

    • 33 min
    Marian & Nathalia

    Marian & Nathalia

    The Holts work to get Thamy's daughters to the US. Josh and Thamy finally start getting regular "visits" from the outside world – but also become frustrated to their breaking point over their lost human rights.  

    On social: @HopeDarknessPod Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 

    • 32 min
    Working the System

    Working the System

    Josh and Thamy Holt continue to learn how to navigate life in a corrupt dictatorship – from which guards to bribe and how, to how to get along with their fellow inmates. New connections with cellmates provide new opportunities.    

    On social: @HopeDarknessPod Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Maddison Wendy ,

Good, but stretched out

It feels very stretched out, making exciting subject matter a little slow. Perhaps some would call it anticipation, but I find that barely anything happens in an episode and it could be told in half the time. More time = more ads? It’s still a well told and produced podcast, not slow enough that I didn’t listen to every episode.

Percival P. Pennywhistle ,

Josh needs to say her name not “my wife”

Interesting.
But it would be nice to hear Josh say her name rather than “my wife”as if she’s an item he owns, and only about him and HIS wife. Thamara and the host refer to him by name, why can’t he?

Sunshinejo1717 ,

Hope in Darkness podcast review

I really enjoyed listening to this podcast, I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster, going from crying to raging to laughing to smiling several times as I heard about Josh’s adventure. I am so happy that it worked out for them. Many people locked up abroad aren’t so lucky.

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