13 episodes

Markis, Hannah, Devonte, Abigail, Jeremiah, and Sierra Hart—six beautiful black children, ranging in age from 12 to 19—were all adopted by Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both white. On Jen’s Facebook page, it looked as if they were the perfect blended family, even earning the nickname “Hart Tribe” from friends. Then, on March 26, 2018, the family’s GMC Yukon was found belly-up on the rocks below California’s Highway 1. The news of the murder-suicide shocked their friends and made national headlines, leaving many wondering what possibly led to the fatal crash. Could these lives have been saved? Broken Harts, a new podcast from Glamour and HowStuffWorks, investigates this question with more than 30 never-before-heard interviews. Cohosts and Glamour editors Justine Harman and Elisabeth Egan and reporter Lauren Smiley follow the family’s journey from South Dakota through Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington, and finally to that 100-foot cliff in California.

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    • 4.3 • 10.4K Ratings

Markis, Hannah, Devonte, Abigail, Jeremiah, and Sierra Hart—six beautiful black children, ranging in age from 12 to 19—were all adopted by Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both white. On Jen’s Facebook page, it looked as if they were the perfect blended family, even earning the nickname “Hart Tribe” from friends. Then, on March 26, 2018, the family’s GMC Yukon was found belly-up on the rocks below California’s Highway 1. The news of the murder-suicide shocked their friends and made national headlines, leaving many wondering what possibly led to the fatal crash. Could these lives have been saved? Broken Harts, a new podcast from Glamour and HowStuffWorks, investigates this question with more than 30 never-before-heard interviews. Cohosts and Glamour editors Justine Harman and Elisabeth Egan and reporter Lauren Smiley follow the family’s journey from South Dakota through Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington, and finally to that 100-foot cliff in California.

    "Fear"

    "Fear"

    In March 2018, two white moms and their six black kids drive off a California cliff. What are they running from?

    • 34 min
    "If Not Us, Who?"

    "If Not Us, Who?"

    Jennifer and Sarah Hart adopt two sets of siblings in three years. Chaos ensues—with an undercurrent of something else. Something sinister.

    • 26 min
    "The Perfect People"

    "The Perfect People"

    Welcome to the fantastical world of the Harts. What's real? What's imaginary? And how does a private family end up in so many incredibly public moments?

    • 34 min
    "My God, There's Six of Them"

    "My God, There's Six of Them"

    The Harts' neighbors don't know what's going on with the family on the other side of the driveway. Until one day, Devonte Hart starts begging for food.

    • 25 min
    "Owies"

    "Owies"

    The trouble starts when a teacher notices a bruise on Hannah Hart's arm. It follows Jen and Sarah Hart across three states, to the blue house in Woodland, Washington, where they're supposed to get a fresh start.

    • 28 min
    "Beautiful Black Boys"

    "Beautiful Black Boys"

    The Hart kids are "crack babies." Developmentally-delayed. The victims of racist attacks. There are so many family stories, but each one has the same theme: Jen and Sarah are saviors.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
10.4K Ratings

10.4K Ratings

Kat611 ,

Good Journalism

Overall, I appreciate the journalism. As an African American this really confirms that White people are oblivious to so many issues that people of color face. It’s absurd that so many of the Hart’s so-called friends turned a blind eye to children that were clearly starving. I applaud those who had enough awareness to speak up and report the abuse.

Additionally had anyone investigated the possibility that Jen and Sarah somehow killed Devonte in the home, after his interactions with the neighbors? Maybe that’s what precipitated the murder/ suicide crash.

soul24 ,

Could not get very far

Lots of apparent excuse making for murdering children. Being LGBTQ doesn’t alleviate responsibility for one’s own actions especially when it literally kills innocent children.

SarahhBuddayy ,

Bad journalism

The fact that they labeled this murder as a “rational decision” is mindboggling. At the beginning, the hosts seem to be unbiased and neutral. However, as the story progresses, they empathize more and more with the murderous adoptive parents. This podcast did not do the children justice.

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