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Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting children from abuse, it has targeted innocent parents. With exclusive audio captured as the events unfolded, this harrowing six-episode series takes you inside the Brights' fight to hold their family together, against a system that can sometimes do more harm than good. Hosted by NBC News National Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh, Do No Harm is a co-production of NBC News and Wondery.

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    • 4.7 • 6.7K Ratings

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Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting children from abuse, it has targeted innocent parents. With exclusive audio captured as the events unfolded, this harrowing six-episode series takes you inside the Brights' fight to hold their family together, against a system that can sometimes do more harm than good. Hosted by NBC News National Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh, Do No Harm is a co-production of NBC News and Wondery.

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    Wondery Presents: Over My Dead Body - Fox Lake

    Wondery Presents: Over My Dead Body - Fox Lake

    A small town cop is gunned down in a swamp in the summer of 2015. He quickly became a martyr in the national media, until a dogged investigator uncovered the officer's bizarre and dark past. When the truth comes out, the townspeople must reconcile betrayal, corruption and the secrets of an American hero. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes the third season of Over My Dead Body: Fox Lake.

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    • 5 min
    Introducing: Southlake

    Introducing: Southlake

    As a bonus for Do No Harm listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of “Southlake,” a new, six-part original podcast series from NBC News that takes listeners inside a Texas suburb’s war over race and education. Follow or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to listen to the first two episodes now: https://link.chtbl.com/southlake_feed

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    • 3 min
    Reporting Do No Harm

    Reporting Do No Harm

    Laura Beil, the host and reporter of Dr Death and Bad Batch, sits down with Mike Hixenbaugh to talk about the reporting of Do No Harm. We also have an update about the families at the center of this series.

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    • 45 min
    The Cost

    The Cost

    As the Brights and Butlers confront CPS, their shared struggles raise difficult questions: Who’s really protecting children? And is this what it takes to keep them safe?

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    • 46 min
    The Fighter

    The Fighter

    A pair of brash Texas lawyers step in to help the Brights, but by then, damage has already been done. As they each head to court, the Brights and the Butlers fear the worst.

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    • 39 min
    Standard Protocol

    Standard Protocol

    Across town, Lance and Sharde Butler have been fighting their own battle against CPS. After nearly a year, the system has almost broken them.  But soon the Bright’s case will intertwine with their own in ways that neither family could have imagined. 

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6.7K Ratings

6.7K Ratings

Blair CW. ,

I am sick.

As a healthcare worker who dealt with child abuse quite often, I cannot believe that an agency designed and named “child protective services” could be this wrong. As a mother, I’m appalled. This podcast was so well done and truly opening my eyes to the unimaginable. Thank you for reporting on this.

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From my heart I got this go fight win

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Great until deciding to inject race…

I really enjoyed this podcast until the last episode when as most leftist reporters, he had to interject race into this story. The white family he tried to pose as privileged had their children taken away by black case workers. And they faced almost the same trauma as the black family in this podcast.

Instead of letting both terrible stories standing on their own, the narrator had to interject race into it.

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