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.
Chapter 7: "I'll find my joy"
Two women come face to face.
Chapter 6: "You can always have the last word"
How will the accused respond? And what will his defenders say?
Chapter 5: "He's hurt my daughter"
A family reckons with the consequences of long-kept secrets.
Chapter 4: "To serve as a judge"
A judge rises to national prominence, fueled by 40 years of experience and activism.
Chapter 3: "No way in hell she would make this up"
Unexpected roadblocks slow the search for evidence.
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.
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"It was my problem...and then it was your problem too"
This is extraordinarily powerful. We have all been assaulted, the women of my generation, and we normalized it. We still have much to learn about our own experiences. I am not sure how to reconcile the vital concerns raised by #metoo and #BLM. The tensions come into view, but will need further discussion. Thank you to those who shared their stories, your bravery has already inspired others.
Thoughtful and Compelling Journalism
Such an engaging and thoughtful listen. Amy navigated these sensitive narratives with respect and integrity. It was a privilege to hear these women’s stories.
Courageous women. Thank you Lauren and Carole for your bravery. Thank you Amy for reporting!