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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?

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The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight Somethin’ Else

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    • 4.5 • 193 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.

    Life Is Cheaper

    Life Is Cheaper

    In some ways, Sean Kealiher’s homicide has remained a mystery because people closest to him have long declined to talk publicly about what happened the night he was killed. 



    For the first time ever, two antifascists who were with Sean the night of his homicide tell their side of the story. 


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    • 53 min
    Summer 2020

    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
    Introducing Hemingway's Picasso

    Introducing Hemingway's Picasso

    Steve Kough lived many lives. He was an NFL journeyman, a male model, and one of the most well-connected smugglers in 1980’s Miami, the “Drug Capital of the World." Kough collected many souvenirs from his adventures, but his most treasured bounty – a beautiful ceramic, crafted by Pablo Picasso and gifted to Ernest Hemingway at the author’s Cuban home, the Finca Vigia... or so the story goes. 



    Lost during the Cuban Revolution, the artwork resurfaced when Kough took it as a payment for drug run financed by the notorious Pablo Escobar. 



    Kough passed away in 2018, passing the piece down to his son, Stevie, a skateboarding hippie growing weed in California. 

    Stevie feels he needs to complete his father’s mission – of selling this piece and telling Steve’s cinematic life story. 



    So, is the Picasso authentic—or a fraud?

    Was Steve Kough a big talker or a real deal smuggler?

    Does any of that matter or is this a story of aspiration, legacy, and difficult love? 



    Tune in on Monday’s starting on October 18th to find out! 



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    • 7 min
    Portrait of a Young Anarchist: An Interview with Ani Raven

    Portrait of a Young Anarchist: An Interview with Ani Raven

    Ani Raven is a longtime activist and community radio host in Portland. 

    She was also one of Sean Kealiher’s mentors when he joined the Occupy movement at 15 years old. 



    In 2011, Raven met Sean at the camps that Occupy protesters had set up in Portland city parks. 



    In this episode, released on the two-year anniversary of Sean’s killing, Raven discusses how she watched Sean grow as a young activist, and start to lead people in the street. 



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    • 20 min
    It’s Personal

    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
    This Isn't a Game

    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
193 Ratings

193 Ratings

podcastfam ,

This gave me chills

Parts of season 2 have given me chills. The Portland area is home and I hadn’t heard lots of this before.

Fricorfrac ,

On the whole

Compelling but on the whole, I find this coverage unbalanced. There’s plenty of problems at both extremes and the amount of damage done to downtown Portland during the 2020 protests was glossed over.

Also, some of the background music is quite intrusive.

dws other mom ,

very important pod

i can’t believe this isn’t getting more attention?? this is such a relevant, nuanced story about (but not limited to): a mother’s heartbreaking journey thru grief, corruption in law enforcement, Portland’s dark, racist history and the groups that formed to combat it, a thoughtful, non-naval-gaze-y take on extremism on the right and the left and it’s consequences, all told thru the vehicle of *literally* an unsolved murder mystery! like, what more do you want, people?? don’t listen to the fascist weenies in the reviews/comments (or ever), this is full of impressive and thorough local, on the ground reporting and super immersive archival. and amazing music! also, just want to say, Laura is such a fascinating person/subject/tough cookie—my heart really goes out to her. really can’t say enough good things about this. hats off to the reporters and producers!

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