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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.

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    • 4.6 • 2.3K 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

    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
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Gillettemm ,

Incredible

One of my favorite podcast reporting - incredible journalism, and impactful storytelling. We need to continue reporting abuse like this and holding the abusers (and the doubters) accountable, with fact checking data driven reporting. Job well done with this piece, and wishing all the best to the survivors noted in this story.

Kate F E ,

Good story, worth a listen

Great storytelling, important story to have told. People complaining about the host’s voice/speech - stop! Sexist nonsense. Her voice is fine.

YoureFinallyDoingItYay ,

Extraordinary

The strength of these women and hearing how this story was reported is incredible

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