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When Shapearl Wells's son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder and teams up with journalists from the Invisible Institute to confront the cops and find the truth about Courtney's death. Somebody explores the racial disparities and turbulent relationship between law enforcement and citizens in one of America’s largest cities. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
 

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When Shapearl Wells's son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder and teams up with journalists from the Invisible Institute to confront the cops and find the truth about Courtney's death. Somebody explores the racial disparities and turbulent relationship between law enforcement and citizens in one of America’s largest cities. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
 

    Courtney's Book Bag

    Courtney's Book Bag

    The team shares a major development in the case. Shapearl keeps busy with the Courtney Copeland Memorial Foundation's annual book bag giveaway (www.copelandmemorial.com), as Alison remembers the role of Courtney's own book bag in the murder investigation. And Shapearl memorializes one of Courtney's best friends, Steve Otero.
    
    A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
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    • 18 min
    "Democracy in the Streets," a Conversation with Shapearl Wells and Jamie Kalven

    "Democracy in the Streets," a Conversation with Shapearl Wells and Jamie Kalven

    Shapearl and Jamie sit down to talk about the uprising for Black lives happening in Chicago and around the nation, and their hope that this moment might translate to great positive change.

    A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
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    • 22 min
    Shapearl

    Shapearl

    Having taken her investigation as far as she can, Shapearl moves on to an even bigger fight: making sure this never happens to anyone else’s child. She travels to Brazil to speak at a summit of mothers of murdered children and works to honor Courtney’s legacy and advocate for police reform in new ways.
    A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
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    Host: Shapearl Wells
    Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy
    Story Editor: Sarah Geis
    Associate Producer: Ellen Glover
    Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven
    Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs
    Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge
    Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw
    Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael
    Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper
    Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson.
    Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez
    Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini
    Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment
    Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Elizabeth Van Brocklin's original story, "Scoop and Run: Where Cops Cars Double as Ambulances" first appeared in The Trace.
    Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC.
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    • 31 min
    Coming Up on the Season Finale

    Coming Up on the Season Finale

    After Shapearl and the Invisible Institute hand over all of their evidence to Chicago Police, the job is not done. In this Episode 7 season finale preview, Shapearl gives a glimpse into her life beyond Courtney's case as she advocates for reform and fights to preserve her son's legacy.
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    • 58 sec
    The Tipster

    The Tipster

    Shapearl receives a Facebook message from someone with crucial information, but police dismiss the tip. On Halloween night 2018, there’s a similar murder in the neighborhood where Courtney was shot. Shapearl and Alison decide to tell detectives what they know.
    A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
    We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com.

    Host: Shapearl Wells
    Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy
    Story Editor: Sarah Geis
    Associate Producer: Ellen Glover
    Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven
    Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs
    Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge
    Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw
    Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael
    Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper
    Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson.
    Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez
    Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini
    Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment
    Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf.
    Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC.
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    • 42 min
    The Two-Year Anniversary

    The Two-Year Anniversary

    On the second anniversary of Courtney’s death, Shapearl holds a middle-of-the-night protest in front of the police station. She drives the exact route that Courtney took the night he was killed, and runs into the supervising officer from that night. Two witnesses show up at the protest to tell Shapearl what they know.
    A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.
    We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com.

    Host: Shapearl Wells
    Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy
    Story Editor: Sarah Geis
    Associate Producer: Ellen Glover
    Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven
    Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs
    Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge
    Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw
    Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael
    Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper
    Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson.
    Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez
    Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini
    Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment
    Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf.
    Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC.
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

Jenwilk17 ,

THIS. And so much more of this.

This was an excellent listen. It was also extremely hard to hear how broken this momma is. But her strength and courage and story is going to change so many. The world needs humanity. But it needs the kind of humanity that understands that some things have been going badly for some time (if they've ever been going well). The kind of humanity that emerges in interaction and which keeps us going, even if it is challenging, because it is important. Her story is SO IMPORTANT. Courtney’s story is so important because he is important, his life was important. Blessings and peace to this family. Thank you for your bravery, honesty and for sharing this very important story.

Marc Pollard ,

Episode 3: The Police

Riveting and revolting. Cowardice, meet courage. Shapearl, the mother of slain Courtney, brings us into her world as she records her astonishing exchange with disgraced Chicago police officers, and we emerge with a better understanding that race and policing are inseparable. Episode 3 is hands down this podcast’s hook.

Alderete de la peña ,

Heart Breaking

I had such a hard time listening to this wonderful podcast. Just breaking my heart at every turn. Gave me nightmares too. This mother’s love can change the world. I wish her peace

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