14 episodes

When Shapearl Wells's son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder and teams up with journalists from the Invisible Institute to confront the cops and find the truth about Courtney's death. Somebody explores the racial disparities and turbulent relationship between law enforcement and citizens in one of America’s largest cities. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 1.8K Ratings

When Shapearl Wells's son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder and teams up with journalists from the Invisible Institute to confront the cops and find the truth about Courtney's death. Somebody explores the racial disparities and turbulent relationship between law enforcement and citizens in one of America’s largest cities. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.

    Courtney

    Courtney

    On March 4, 2016, Shapearl Wells wakes up to a bamming at her door. It’s the police, telling her that her 22-year-old son, Courtney Copeland, has been shot. Detectives tell her Courtney drove his BMW to a police station for help. But Shapearl’s grief turns into suspicion when police start asking her questions.
    A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
    We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com.

    Host: Shapearl Wells
    Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy
    Story Editor: Sarah Geis
    Associate Producer: Ellen Glover
    Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven
    Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs
    Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge
    Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw
    Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael
    Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper
    Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson.
    Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez
    Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini
    Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment
    Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf.
    Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC.

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    • 28 min
    The Nurse

    The Nurse

    Police promise Shapearl they’ll do everything they can to solve Courtney’s case, but the detectives won’t release the names of officers who interacted with her son. With nowhere left to turn, Shapearl begins her own investigation and has a serendipitous run-in with the nurse who treated Courtney the night he died.
    A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
    We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121.

    Host: Shapearl Wells
    Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy
    Story Editor: Sarah Geis
    Associate Producer: Ellen Glover
    Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven
    Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs
    Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge
    Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw
    Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael
    Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper
    Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson.
    Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez
    Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini
    Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment

    Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf.
    Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC.

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    • 29 min
    The Police

    The Police

    Shapearl enters a legal battle with the City of Chicago, to get them to release videos from the night Courtney died. She contacts a journalism organization called the Invisible Institute and teams up with them to investigate the case. With this added pressure, the city releases the videos, and Shapearl and her family gather to watch. New information prompts the Invisible Institute and Shapearl to re-examine the case.
    A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.

    We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121.

    Host: Shapearl Wells
    Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy
    Story Editor: Sarah Geis
    Associate Producer: Ellen Glover
    Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven
    Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs
    Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge
    Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw
    Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael
    Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper
    Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson.
    Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez
    Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini
    Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment

    Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf.
    Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Secret Girlfriend

    The Secret Girlfriend

    Shapearl and Alison sit down with Courtney’s secret girlfriend. Turns out, she knows more than she initially told Shapearl and provides new leads in the case.
    A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
    We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com.

    Host: Shapearl Wells
    Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy
    Story Editor: Sarah Geis
    Associate Producer: Ellen Glover
    Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven
    Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs
    Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge
    Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw
    Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael
    Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper
    Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson.
    Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez
    Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini
    Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment
    Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf.
    Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC.

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    • 43 min
    The Two-Year Anniversary

    The Two-Year Anniversary

    On the second anniversary of Courtney’s death, Shapearl holds a middle-of-the-night protest in front of the police station. She drives the exact route that Courtney took the night he was killed, and runs into the supervising officer from that night. Two witnesses show up at the protest to tell Shapearl what they know.
    A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
    We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com.

    Host: Shapearl Wells
    Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy
    Story Editor: Sarah Geis
    Associate Producer: Ellen Glover
    Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven
    Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs
    Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge
    Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw
    Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael
    Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper
    Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson.
    Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez
    Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini
    Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment
    Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf.
    Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC.

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    • 26 min
    The Tipster

    The Tipster

    Shapearl receives a Facebook message from someone with crucial information, but police dismiss the tip. On Halloween night 2018, there’s a similar murder in the neighborhood where Courtney was shot. Shapearl and Alison decide to tell detectives what they know.
    A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
    We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com.

    Host: Shapearl Wells
    Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy
    Story Editor: Sarah Geis
    Associate Producer: Ellen Glover
    Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven
    Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs
    Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge
    Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw
    Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael
    Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper
    Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson.
    Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez
    Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini
    Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment
    Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf.
    Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC.

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

kryshelle11 ,

Extraordinary Mother

Man!!!!! This is just amazing! This podcast had me invested emotionally… Shapearl you are so amazing a great example of going to the ends of the earth to get answers. I commend your hard work and dedication. Your family will stay in my prayers ❤️

#smithereens ,

Never F*** with a Mama Bear

This podcast is just WOW! I've never listened to a podcast where the victim's MOTHER takes the lead, conducts the interviews, hosts the show and narrates. This one will tug on your heartstrings and leave you in awe at this woman's strength. Incredible job, Shapearl! But more importantly, I am so sorry for your loss. Your son sounds like an amazing you man.

-jor ,

Beautiful🖤

It’s amazing that you did all this for your son !
No one should have to go through anything like this, you are a strong woman. Thank you for sharing your story with us. One day those police officers will have to speak to a higher justice.

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