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.
In March 2018, two white moms and their six black kids drive off a California cliff. What are they running from?
"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.
"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?
"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.
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.
"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.
Great Podcast / Sad Story
I actually listened to this following watching the episode of the FX show ATLANTA in which they envisioned the situation. The podcast does well however I am angered by the lack of response by the agencies, people and organizations that allowed this to get to this point.
Hard listen but excellent quality
This podcast is obviously a difficult listen. However, it is a high quality piece that delves not just into a terrible tragedy but also how this is possible. Difficult questions examining the system are proposed and investigated. In the end it is obvious with this reporting that both foster parents and the children need more support, especially for mental health.
I also recommend reading the articles written by Lauren Smiley published by Glamour Magazine.