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Now in its eighth season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin to examine the case of Ahmaud Arbery. On Feb. 23, Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot three times as he jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside of coastal Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who took the now-familiar video of the incident, all face felony murder charges. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

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Now in its eighth season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin to examine the case of Ahmaud Arbery. On Feb. 23, Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot three times as he jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside of coastal Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who took the now-familiar video of the incident, all face felony murder charges. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

    Ahmaud Arbery's killer takes the witness stand

    Ahmaud Arbery's killer takes the witness stand

    It isn’t often a defendant takes the witness stand with his life on the line. But Travis McMichael did just that last week. He might as well have had the life of his father, Greg McMichael, on the line, too.
    The 18th episode of the Eighth Season of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Breakdown” podcast focuses on what happened inside the courtroom and outside of it as the trial for the McMichaels and William “Roddie” Bryan near an end. All three men are being tried for the alleged murder of Ahmaud Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    'We don't want any more Black pastors'

    'We don't want any more Black pastors'

    The Atlanta-Journal Constitution's Bill Rankin, Asia Burns and Shaddi Abusaid are in Brunswick to follow developments in the first full week in the trial of the three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery's killing. The jury heard from the owner of the home under construction that Arbery visited before he was killed. And a defense lawyer makes a widely condemned statement regarding the Rev. Al Sharpton's presence at the trial.
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    • 1 hr
    11 white jurors, one Black juror

    11 white jurors, one Black juror

    Jury selection in the trial of three men accused in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery concluded amid controversy inside and outside the courtroom. Following that, the state and lawyers for Travis McMichael and his father Greg McMichael gave powerful opening statements. Join host Bill Rankin as he explores these developments and looks ahead in the trial.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    We’re almost there

    We’re almost there

    The second week of jury selection ended with the end in sight. It is expected that 64 Glynn County residents will be qualified into a pool from which 12 jurors and four alternates will soon be chosen.
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    • 40 min
    Jurors express some strong opinions

    Jurors express some strong opinions

    Jury selection for the murder trial of the three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery's death is underway in Brunswick and many prospective jurors have expressed very strong opinions. Join host Bill Rankin as he unpacks the first week of jury selection and what it could mean for the upcoming trial.
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    • 35 min
    The Ahmaud Arbery murder trial begins

    The Ahmaud Arbery murder trial begins

    The trial for the three men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery will begin Oct. 18, almost 20 months to the day after he was shot and killed. Join host Bill Rankin ahead of what is expected to be one of the most closely followed trials in Georgia history.
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

spsheridan ,

Please Fix Audio Levels

I love your podcast but please fix your audio levels - they’re all over the place. Case in point: S08, Ep. 9, where I had to turn up the volume a lot just to hear the courtroom audio only to have my ears blasted when Bill, Asia, and particularly Ashleigh started speaking. There are several audio leveling applications that can perform this function for you automatically. Please consider using one of them.

RED DOG 54 ,

Leave Facts In & Take Bias Out

Breakdown in the past has focused more on the facts and details of particular cases rather than the host(s) personal points of view. This season has been different, and unfortunately has led this case to be covered with bias and narrative over facts, details and legalese regarding the case. It feels this podcast has become just another mainstream media approach to “news” rather than focusing on providing information and allowing the listener to decide on their own.

Skee1b3p ,

Sigh…

I’ve been a listener of this podcast since it’s inception back in 2015 and I’ve always loved the attention to detail, legal analysis of experts, etc. However, the current season is unbearably political. As a young defense attorney passionate about defendants’ rights and ensuring that the government is held to their burdens of proof under the law, I am disturbed by the way the attorneys are being portrayed in this season. To attack an attorney incessantly, for what is actually a legitimate argument in terms of what his sole job is in this case, is a disservice to those tuning in. While the defense attorneys perhaps could have been more articulate in the specific wording of some of their arguments, to think that the presence of famous civil rights figures each day of trial will not have an undue influence on the jury in this case is naive. To then infer some racist intent on the defense for making objections on that basis undermines the entire justice system. I signed a petition in support of indicting these defendants after this tragedy. Nothing in the trial has changed my mind on what the outcome should be. So while I don’t disagree with you on that front, I ask that you just please, PLEASE, stop trying to tell the listeners what to think, stop trying to infer that everyone who believes in due process here is a racist, and instead return to just reporting the facts. Otherwise, I don’t think it’s unfair to say that this podcast does a disservice to real journalism as well.

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