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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Hope in Darkness: The Josh Holt Story KSL Podcasts

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    • 4.1 • 1K 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

    The Knock at the Door

    The Knock at the Door

    Josh Holt, a young man from Utah, finds himself on the wrong side of the law in Venezuela, where he's just arrived to get married and spend his honeymoon. How did this happen to an American citizen?

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    • 31 min
    Thamara

    Thamara

    Thamara Holt searches for answers after her husband of just two weeks is arrested. Armed men continue to round people up. After one of the longest days of their lives, Josh and Thamy wind up under interrogation at El Helicoide, an infamous Venezuelan prison. 

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    • 32 min
    The Venezuela Crisis

    The Venezuela Crisis

    Josh and Thamy Holt are forced to wait four days with no answers about what is going on or why they were arrested. What are the political and economic conditions in Venezuela that exacerbated the situation? We bring in two well-known experts on Latin American politics to sort through what is happening. 

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    • 33 min
    Independence Day

    Independence Day

    Court date after court date comes and goes without any resolution for the Holt family. Thamy and Josh find themselves stripped of both dignity and basic human rights. At home, July 4th festivities are tinged with news of the Holts’ arrest. 

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    • 26 min
    El Helicoide

    El Helicoide

    We take a closer look at El Helicoide itself and how it serves as a metaphor for the chaos in Venezuela. The first of several health crises to strike Josh Holt leaves him struggling, helpless and alone. A fellow inmate offers more context and perspective.   

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    • 31 min
    Paging Mama Bear

    Paging Mama Bear

    Back home in the US, Josh's mom, Laurie Holt, is busily making her voice heard from West Jordan to Washington, D.C. A smuggled cell phone becomes Josh's lifeline to his family.  

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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

lp6364 ,

Interesting Facts

The story itself is an interesting one, however this podcast was not the very best. The long pauses during it were annoying. Also, the lady who interpreted for Josh’s wife had a very annoying voice. Just my personal opinion of course!

pdcali38 ,

Enjoyed

Enjoyed listening to Josh and Tammy’s story. Very scary something like this could happen to Americans in a foreign country. Makes one leary to travel to international countries, suppose you just need to choose carefully. So very glad you made it back home, although no doubt with PTSD. The trust you and Tammy had in each other never waivered and here’s wishing you both have a beautiful long, happy marriage and life together. Thanks to Josh’s family, Tammy’s family and everyone else who contributed to this story.

LS3030 ,

Could have been a good story

Really compelling and sad story of what has happened in Venezuela.
Also a great story of people coming together to help a US citizen.
Josh is pure cringey and hard to listen to - young, immature, pampered and goes to a country going through upheaval, ignoring warnings from friends, family and government, so this is a situation of his own making.
He only calls Tami “my wife”. Gross.
He calls Tami’s girls “my daughters” after just meeting them. The eldest’s father was still in her life.

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