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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.

Canary: The Washington Post Investigates The Washington Post

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    • 4.6 • 1.1K Ratings

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"

    Chapter 7: "I'll find my joy"

    Two women come face to face.

    • 29 min
    Chapter 6: "You can always have the last word"

    Chapter 6: "You can always have the last word"

    How will the accused respond? And what will his defenders say?

    • 41 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
    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 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 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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Briseis27 ,

"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.

RilesMcKenna ,

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.

Awesome sauce4815162342 ,

Courageous Women

Courageous women. Thank you Lauren and Carole for your bravery. Thank you Amy for reporting!

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