36 episodes

Witness Docs presents Unfinished, an investigative anthology series digging into America's unfinished business. Season 1, Deep South, produced in collaboration with Market Road Films, brought us on a journey into the Arkansas Delta to investigate the lynching of Isadore Banks. Season 2, produced with Critical Frequency, takes us to Short Creek, a community on the Utah/Arizona border divided by much more than a state line. Season 3, produced with Scripps, explores dual loyalties and hidden histories via the story of Ernest Withers, one of the most important photographers of the 20th century -- who was both a Civil Rights Movement photographer and a FBI informant. Hear more great stories about complicated people from Witness Docs at witnesspodcasts.com

Unfinished Witness Docs

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    • 4.7 • 2.2K Ratings

Witness Docs presents Unfinished, an investigative anthology series digging into America's unfinished business. Season 1, Deep South, produced in collaboration with Market Road Films, brought us on a journey into the Arkansas Delta to investigate the lynching of Isadore Banks. Season 2, produced with Critical Frequency, takes us to Short Creek, a community on the Utah/Arizona border divided by much more than a state line. Season 3, produced with Scripps, explores dual loyalties and hidden histories via the story of Ernest Withers, one of the most important photographers of the 20th century -- who was both a Civil Rights Movement photographer and a FBI informant. Hear more great stories about complicated people from Witness Docs at witnesspodcasts.com

    Ernie's Secret | E10 Exposed

    Ernie's Secret | E10 Exposed

    The FBI’s abusive domestic surveillance is exposed and after years of keeping his identity as an informant secret, Bill Lawrence and Ernest must testify under oath about their relationship. How far will they go to protect each other and preserve Ernest’s legacy as a hero of the civil rights movement?

    • 38 min
    Ernie's Secret | E9 The Assassination

    Ernie's Secret | E9 The Assassination

    Dr. King returns to Memphis on April 3 to make good on his promise to lead a non-violent march. But first he has to get the militants on board. Ernest is relaying dozens of tips from inside every meeting and negotiation. Eye-witnesses share details of King’s final hours, and Ernest is instrumental in getting the most iconic and intimate images out to the world.

    • 41 min
    Ernie's Secret | E8 The Invaders

    Ernie's Secret | E8 The Invaders

    We begin the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last eight days alive. A sanitation workers' strike brings King to Memphis - but by this time, March 1968, the movement is splintered. A homegrown Black Power group called the Invaders wants more active resistance, a non-violent protest turns into a riot and Ernest, now a paid racial informant, provides the FBI with a front row seat to an unfolding disaster.

    • 37 min
    Ernie's Secret | E7 Harm / No Harm?

    Ernie's Secret | E7 Harm / No Harm?

    Ernest was an informant, but just how much damage did he actually cause? To what extent do the sins of the government fall on one man’s shoulders? Two people look over their FBI records and what Ernest revealed about them and arrive at very different conclusions.

    • 39 min
    Ernie's Secret | E6 Informants

    Ernie's Secret | E6 Informants

    The FBI launches a massive, illegal intelligence dragnet to gather information that could be used to disrupt, discredit and damage people and groups it deems a threat. A lot of people get caught up in providing information to the law enforcement, including Ernest. So what made him different?

    • 38 min
    Ernie's Secret | E5 On The Front Lines

    Ernie's Secret | E5 On The Front Lines

    Being on the front lines was dangerous - especially for a Black man with a camera. But Ernest puts himself at the center of the action. It’s easy to make friends with the Northern “agitators” pouring into West Tennessee and feed the FBI’s growing demand for their pictures.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

jarbradbury ,

I Am A Man

Absolutely brilliant. My Mom was a civil rights activist in the 60’s. I’m so glad and grateful to you for this podcast.

Masstextnewbie ,

Deep South

I enjoyed style and music. However, it seemed they intentionally led us down one path only to ambush us with new info in the last 2 episodes. The info was new to us, but we find the hosts have known about this angle the whole time, just didn’t share. I felt like they wanted it to be the white community who killed him and were disappointed when they found the truth. I was let down.

fashionablyl8te ,

Unparalleled Story

The story is told with TRUE facts! Wonderfully told! I appreciate that his family and those who remember we him have the chance to share what they remember. I’m sharing this story and podcast with anyone who will listen. Excellent job!

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