12 episodes

After a sexual assault case in the District of Columbia, one woman’s public warning ricochets all the way to Birmingham, Ala., where another woman gives voice to a devastating allegation.

This seven-part investigative series from The Washington Post follows the Alabama woman’s decision to come forward with a claim of sexual assault against a high-ranking figure in the D.C. criminal justice system, and the spiraling effects of that choice.

“Canary: The Washington Post Investigates” is about the intertwining stories of these two women, separated by decades and united by a shared refusal to stay silent. It’s a podcast about what it takes to report this story — and why it matters. Hosted by investigative reporter Amy Brittain.

Canary: The Washington Post Investigates The Washington Post

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    • 4.6 • 2.4K Ratings

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After a sexual assault case in the District of Columbia, one woman’s public warning ricochets all the way to Birmingham, Ala., where another woman gives voice to a devastating allegation.

This seven-part investigative series from The Washington Post follows the Alabama woman’s decision to come forward with a claim of sexual assault against a high-ranking figure in the D.C. criminal justice system, and the spiraling effects of that choice.

“Canary: The Washington Post Investigates” is about the intertwining stories of these two women, separated by decades and united by a shared refusal to stay silent. It’s a podcast about what it takes to report this story — and why it matters. Hosted by investigative reporter Amy Brittain.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Introducing “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates”

    Introducing “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates”

    What happens when a secret becomes too much to bear? “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates” is a new podcast series about two women, separated by decades and united by their refusal to stay silent. Hosted by Amy Brittain.

    • 3 min
    Chapter 1: "The system failed us"

    Chapter 1: "The system failed us"

    A stranger attacks a jogger in D.C., sparking a four-year courtroom saga and a campaign for justice.

    • 28 min
    Chapter 2: "A secret that she couldn't tell"

    Chapter 2: "A secret that she couldn't tell"

    We head to Alabama to investigate allegations about a prominent figure in the D.C. justice system.

    • 28 min
    Chapter 3: "No way in hell she would make this up"

    Chapter 3: "No way in hell she would make this up"

    Unexpected roadblocks slow the search for evidence.

    • 27 min
    Chapter 4: "To serve as a judge"

    Chapter 4: "To serve as a judge"

    A judge rises to national prominence, fueled by 40 years of experience and activism.

    • 23 min
    Chapter 5: "He's hurt my daughter"

    Chapter 5: "He's hurt my daughter"

    A family reckons with the consequences of long-kept secrets.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

chagirrrl ,

Intricate and interesting

This story is absolutely fascinating. Two seemingly unrelated situations tie two women together in a journey where they get to be defined not by what happened to them but by how they showed up for themselves and their communities.
The episode where the two subjects finally meet is affirming and beautiful and makes me proud to be a woman. Let’s go ladies (and gents and nbs) who participated and worked on this!

Deep South Listener ,

mother blamed 16 year old daughter

I never heard the term grooming ascribed to the judge. The Alabama woman was groomed beginning at the age of 13 by her father’s “best friend”. It could be that she hasn’t been able to heal her trauma because she hasn’t recognized and accepted the role that her parents played in that trauma: Her mother should have gone to her husband with her concerns. Her husband should have immediately had a private conversation with his “best friend” and insured that his daughter was never in the presence of that groomer again. Tragically, instead, her mother made her 16 year old daughter responsible for an adult man’s pedophilic grooming when she told her to spend her time with the cousins. Now that is some deep, deep trauma.

dm2022! ,

Grilling and Important

Exceptionally well done.

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