8 episodes

In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.

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In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6.6K Ratings

6.6K Ratings

Shelbelle79 ,

Must listen!

Most important podcast of the decade, in my humble opinion. There is no healing the racial divide in our nation without cutting out the roots and working for justice. This gripping piece of investigative journalism does just that.

Chicarun ,

Outstanding educational podcast!

Intriguing, frustrating, disgusting, beautiful, emotional, motivating....all in one podcast. Thank you Bama boys for taking this Bama girl on a very special journey into the past. We must remember so we make better choices now and in the future. While racism is still a part of the present, it has dwindled...not enough, but that is something we can all contribute to improving. The wise great granddaughter on your podcast expressed that if we were all just more empathetic with each other what a difference that would make in this world. Indeed.

Zaphodbbrox92 ,

Amazing investigative journalism!!

I was immediately drawn into the story that Andrew Beck Grace and Chip Brantley started to weave with the first episode about Jim Reeb’s murder. You will be horrified, mortified, and aghast all at once at the incredible descriptions of white supremacist ideology that occurred not so long ago. As the truth takes form, it speaks to the power that shaped this ugly narrative. Some of the most moving parts are the interviews with the descendants of the perpetrators and victim. Thank you Andrew and Chip for storytelling at its finest, not only a sad primer on the systemic racism and daily injustices African-Americans have endured (and still do), and is an incredible way to honor Jim Reeb and bring some peace to his family. May you both uncover more “white lies” that whites tell each other so we continue to believe we aren’t part of the structural racism present today.

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