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.
Introducing “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates”
What happens when a secret becomes too much to bear? “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates” is a new podcast series about two women, separated by decades and united by their refusal to stay silent. Hosted by Amy Brittain.
Chapter 1: "The system failed us"
A stranger attacks a jogger in D.C., sparking a four-year courtroom saga and a campaign for justice.
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.
Chapter 3: "No way in hell she would make this up"
Unexpected roadblocks slow the search for evidence.
Chapter 4: "To serve as a judge"
A judge rises to national prominence, fueled by 40 years of experience and activism.
Chapter 5: "He's hurt my daughter"
A family reckons with the consequences of long-kept secrets.