22 episodes

Portland-based anti-fascist Sean Kealiher was killed in 2019, months before the uprising that would bring Portland international attention. Nearly two years later, his homicide remains unsolved. His mother, Laura, believes she hasn't received justice because of police hatred for her son and his politics. Dying For A Fight, the second installment in Somethin’ Else’s Fault Line series, goes in search of answers: What happened the night Sean was killed? Why have no arrests been made? Who are the Americans living at the political extremes? And how did things escalate from Portland to the Capitol? This show is a co-production with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Listen now to new episodes of The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight every Monday wherever you get your podcasts!

Season 1 of The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq, is also available to view on this platform. On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest international ally: British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 18 months later, Bush and Blair led a coalition into a war that went horribly wrong. David Dimbleby, one of the BBC’s best known news hosts and reporters, takes us back to those crucial 18 months. Talking to prime ministers, politicians, spies and weapons inspectors he asks how and why we came to invade Iraq. And as we experience an era of lies and mistrust - did the events of 17 years ago set the stage for the world we live in now?

This is a Somethin' Else production.

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    • 4.5 • 247 Ratings

Portland-based anti-fascist Sean Kealiher was killed in 2019, months before the uprising that would bring Portland international attention. Nearly two years later, his homicide remains unsolved. His mother, Laura, believes she hasn't received justice because of police hatred for her son and his politics. Dying For A Fight, the second installment in Somethin’ Else’s Fault Line series, goes in search of answers: What happened the night Sean was killed? Why have no arrests been made? Who are the Americans living at the political extremes? And how did things escalate from Portland to the Capitol? This show is a co-production with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Listen now to new episodes of The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight every Monday wherever you get your podcasts!

Season 1 of The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq, is also available to view on this platform. On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest international ally: British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 18 months later, Bush and Blair led a coalition into a war that went horribly wrong. David Dimbleby, one of the BBC’s best known news hosts and reporters, takes us back to those crucial 18 months. Talking to prime ministers, politicians, spies and weapons inspectors he asks how and why we came to invade Iraq. And as we experience an era of lies and mistrust - did the events of 17 years ago set the stage for the world we live in now?

This is a Somethin' Else production.

    Dying For A Fight | 1. The Death of Sean Kealiher

    Dying For A Fight | 1. The Death of Sean Kealiher

    Sean Kealiher was killed on Oct 12, 2019, near a popular bar for Portland’s antifascist scene. 



    An SUV ran him over and crashed outside the Democratic Party of Oregon office. Gunshots rang out through the night, and whoever was driving fled the scene, leaving the vehicle behind. 

    Now, almost two years later, his mother Laura Kealiher is demanding police answer why his killing remains unsolved. 


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    • 39 min
    Dying For A Fight | 2. A Fight Brews

    Dying For A Fight | 2. A Fight Brews

    Portland, Oregon, had been a hotbed for political clashes between the far left and the far right for years before 2020. 



    Sean Kealiher was among the people who regularly took to the streets to fight — sometimes physically — with people who opposed Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements. 



    We look at who was in the streets leading up to one of the most significant years in American protests. 



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    • 49 min
    Dying For A Fight | 3. It’s a Conspiracy

    Dying For A Fight | 3. It’s a Conspiracy

    Oregon’s long history of racism was what brought Sean Kealiher and so many protesters like him to the streets. 



    The fights between anti-racist skinheads and neo-Nazis in the 80s and 90s set the stage for Portland to found America’s first official Antifa chapter.  



    And Laura Kealiher says the way police are intertwined with those past fights makes her skeptical they will ever solve Sean’s homicide. 


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    • 47 min
    Dying For A Fight | 4. This Isn't a Game

    Dying For A Fight | 4. This Isn't a Game

    When Sean Kealiher and his friend Micah Fletcher began confronting racists in their community, neither one could have predicted the consequences. 



    In 2017, Micah would nearly lose his life when he was attacked on a Portland train as he defended two teenage girls from a racist tirade. 

    Now, he reflects on how he was lauded as a hero while his friend Sean was treated as a thug for doing the same things. 



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    • 38 min
    Dying For A Fight | 5. It’s Personal

    Dying For A Fight | 5. It’s Personal

    After Sean Kealiher was killed, his mother Laura was subjected to brutal harassment from conservative trolls at her home and online—and it was Sean’s antifascist friends who provided her security, not the Portland police. 



    Meanwhile, we ask the former head of police detectives in Portland why there has been no progress in solving Sean’s homicide. 



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    • 38 min
    Dying For A Fight | 6. Summer 2020

    Dying For A Fight | 6. Summer 2020

    The uprising of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 swept the country. 



    As many as 1 in 10 adult Americans attended a protest. They got a taste of the world Sean Kealiher had been inhabiting for years before he was killed. 

    And in Portland, the culture war over race and politics would turn deadly. 



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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
247 Ratings

247 Ratings

A nameless hack ,

Gripping

Having lived in Portland since 1985, I’ve been witness to the unfolding political drama that has happened here since then. This podcast was eye-opening in many ways mostly because it’s the news that didn’t make ’the news’ and explains why law enforcement here is questionable

Mitch Coos ,

S2 is good

The season about Sean K in portland is well done. Sergio Olmos is a great host.

Biznana ,

Very well done

Excellent reporting of a tragic unsolved murder in its historical, political, and personal context. Provides true insight about the current political climate in Portland.

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