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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.

    A fourth defendant is indicted

    A fourth defendant is indicted

    A grand jury has indicted a former Glynn County district attorney, saying she violated her oath of office while responding to Ahmaud Arbery's death. Join host Bill Rankin as he takes a closer look at the indictment and explores the events of a pre-trial hearing in the case.
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    • 48 min
    The defense makes its case

    The defense makes its case

    During a hearing, the attorneys for the men accused in the death of Ahmaud Arbery formally asked a judge to allow evidence about the slain man's past before a jury. But that's not the only major update in the case. We have a federal hate crimes indictment, a change to Georgia's Citizen's Arrest Law, and a trial date.
    Join host Bill Rankin as he recounts the latest on the case.
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    • 49 min
    Is Ahmaud's imperfect past relevant?

    Is Ahmaud's imperfect past relevant?

    The lawyers for one of the three men accused in the death of Ahmaud Arbery are asking a judge to allow information about Arbery's past run-ins with the law to be entered into evidence. Join host Bill Rankin as he explores what this 404(b) could mean for the trial.
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    • 50 min
    He ran. And ran. And ran.

    He ran. And ran. And ran.

    Join host Bill Rankin on the one-year anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery's death as he explores who the man was in life.
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    • 41 min
    The immediate aftermath

    The immediate aftermath

    Just moments after Travis McMichael killed Ahmaud Arbery with three shotgun blasts, one Glynn County police officer after another arrived at the bloody scene.
    The seventh episode of Season 8 of the AJC’s “Breakdown” podcast focuses on recently released bodycam footage taken by some of those officers. They are seen securing the scene and, most importantly, interviewing McMichael, his father Greg McMichael and Roddie Bryan.
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    • 41 min
    The McMichaels plead for bond

    The McMichaels plead for bond

    Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael were denied bond after a two-day hearing in Brunswick, Ga. Join host Bill Rankin as he recounts what happened at the hearing -- and explores what led the judge to deny bond for the two men.
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

Groenemanf ,

What if

Just a comment about episode 9. There was speculation as to what Mr. Arbery was thinking which led to his actions. I sensed everyone interviewed and the hosts as well were missing the possibility that Mr. Arbery didn’t stop when confronted by those men because he didn’t have to. Why is it assumed that he should have stopped to speak with them? They had no right to confront him. He had no obligation to stop or speak to them. The analysis by the attorneys interviewed reeks of the endemic problems of white supremacy. The white people assume they have a right to stop a black man and the black man should adhere. That’s white supremacy for you. It never occurred to them those men had no right to corner Arbery. They had no right to stop him or engage him and as a free citizen of our country, Arbery had absolutely no obligation to speak to them or engage with them. The day that white people see that, will be a day of progress towards a more just society.

kimberlee wheeler ,

Love it except for the music

Love this Podcast!!! However, in the most recent season, peppy jazz music breaks in during the most somber moments. Please, please change the music!!! It really does not fit the content.

Szatv ,

Justin Ross Harris

Overall, I thought the JRH season was good but not great. The podcaster obviously has a bias and doesn’t disclose certain information that would give the listener valuable information.
One of the biggest grips was when the podcaster took the route Ross took when he killed his son. He said he couldn’t recreate the time it took to get from point A to B and doesn’t understand how the police were able to. The podcaster left out the info that the drive the police took was recorded on dash cam. I didn’t know this until I looked into it myself.

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