8 episodes

In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.

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In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.

    A Dangerous Kind Of Self-Delusion

    A Dangerous Kind Of Self-Delusion

    In our final episode, we examine the legacy of the Rev. James Reeb's death. We speak both to his descendants and to those of one of his attackers, exploring how the trauma and the lies that followed it affected both families.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Learn Not To Hear It

    Learn Not To Hear It

    In Episode 6, we reveal the identity of the fourth man who participated in the attack on the Rev. James Reeb.

    • 51 min
    The X On The Map

    The X On The Map

    In Episode 5, we search for the fourth attacker while digging into the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a black civil rights activist who was murdered in Alabama just weeks before the Rev. James Reeb. Jackson's killer was brought to justice in 2010. We look at his case for strategies to help solve Reeb's.

    • 51 min
    The Sphinx Of Washington Street

    The Sphinx Of Washington Street

    In Episode 4, we find a woman who says she knows who killed the Rev. James Reeb, because she was there. She's ready — for the first time in more than 50 years — to tell the truth about what she saw.

    • 45 min
    The Counternarrative

    The Counternarrative

    In Episode 3, we break down the conspiracy theory that emerged after the Rev. James Reeb's murder: that he was allowed to die or was killed because the civil rights movement needed a white martyr.

    • 50 min
    The Who And The What

    The Who And The What

    In Episode 2, we unravel the aftermath of the Rev. James Reeb's murder: the arrest of three men and the defense brought at trial. We also track down the last living jurors.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11.6K Ratings

11.6K Ratings

RevTess ,

I didn’t want it to end

I found this to be a sensitive and deep rendering of a difficult story. I admired your persistence and pursuing the story and trying to discover the truth. As a Unitarian Universalist minister I had heard parts of James Reeb’s story and have met the other two ministers with him that night.Thank you for your work and I would be happy to recommend this to anyone interested in the events of that time.

yearone829 ,

More than Civil Rights

I am stunned but I know I shouldn’t be. It’s stunning to me that people still hold on to the values that they were good people and that is just the way things were. There was and still is not any value given to the lives that were lost. Even in the face of all that is going on today people prefer to bury their head in the sand and believe people are above the law & White is always right. “That’s what they had to do…”. SMH. Sad.

Kyoostar1 ,

One of the best podcasts I’ve heard

Compelling, informative, important. Broadened my understanding of the past. Heartfelt, heart wrenching, sensitive examination. Brings you face to face with the truth of what’s happening in the present day with civil rights. If you thought all that was behind you, you are wrong. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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