5 episodes

From Serial Productions and The New York Times in partnership with ProPublica and Nashville Public Radio, “The Kids of Rutherford County” is reported and hosted by Meribah Knight, a Peabody-award winning reporter based in the South.

For over a decade, one Tennessee county arrested and illegally jailed hundreds, maybe thousands, of children. A four-part narrative series reveals how this came to be, the adults responsible for it, and the two lawyers, former juvenile delinquents themselves, who try to do something about it.

The Kids of Rutherford County Serial

    • True Crime
    • 4.2 • 2.5K Ratings

From Serial Productions and The New York Times in partnership with ProPublica and Nashville Public Radio, “The Kids of Rutherford County” is reported and hosted by Meribah Knight, a Peabody-award winning reporter based in the South.

For over a decade, one Tennessee county arrested and illegally jailed hundreds, maybe thousands, of children. A four-part narrative series reveals how this came to be, the adults responsible for it, and the two lawyers, former juvenile delinquents themselves, who try to do something about it.

    Episode 1: The Egregious Video

    Episode 1: The Egregious Video

    A police officer in Rutherford County, Tenn., sees a video of little kids fighting, and decides to investigate. This leads to the arrest of 11 kids for watching the fight. The arrests do not go smoothly.

    From Serial Productions and The New York Times in partnership with ProPublica and Nashville Public Radio, “The Kids of Rutherford County” is reported and hosted by Meribah Knight, a Peabody-award winning reporter based in the South.

    • 27 min
    Episode 2: What the Hell Are You People Doing?

    Episode 2: What the Hell Are You People Doing?

    A young lawyer named Wes Clark can’t get the Rutherford County juvenile court to let his clients out of detention — even when the law says they shouldn’t have been held in the first place. He’s frustrated and demoralized, until he makes a friend.

    From Serial Productions and The New York Times in partnership with ProPublica and Nashville Public Radio, “The Kids of Rutherford County” is reported and hosted by Meribah Knight, a Peabody-award winning reporter based in the South.

    • 32 min
    Episode 3: Would You Like to Sue the Government?

    Episode 3: Would You Like to Sue the Government?

    Wes Clark reads a telling line in a police report about how Rutherford County’s juvenile justice system really works. He and his law partner Mark Downton realize they have a massive class action on their hands.

    From Serial Productions and The New York Times in partnership with ProPublica and Nashville Public Radio, “The Kids of Rutherford County” is reported and hosted by Meribah Knight, a Peabody-award winning reporter based in the South.

    • 47 min
    Episode 4: Dedicated Public Servants

    Episode 4: Dedicated Public Servants

    The lawyers settle with the county, which agrees to pay the kids who were wrongfully arrested and illegally jailed; the hard part is actually getting the kids paid.

    From Serial Productions and The New York Times in partnership with ProPublica and Nashville Public Radio, “The Kids of Rutherford County” is reported and hosted by Meribah Knight, a Peabody-award winning reporter based in the South.

    • 38 min
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    For over a decade, one Tennessee county arrested and illegally jailed hundreds, maybe thousands, of children. A four-part narrative series reveals how this came to be, the adults responsible for it, and the two lawyers, former juvenile delinquents themselves, who try to do something about it.

    From Serial Productions and The New York Times in partnership with ProPublica and Nashville Public Radio, “The Kids of Rutherford County” is reported and hosted by Meribah Knight, a Peabody-award winning reporter based in the South. Get it everywhere you get your podcasts on Thursday, October 26th.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

DoctahMom ,

Important Story

Loved the podcast, thought it was well done. Maybe I am more tolerant, or busier doing other things while listening, but I think the narrator is good.

slamgranderson ,

Story well told

Great show. Fantastic reporting. Engaging structure and pacing. I liked how it came with a healthy dose of humor.

Listeninglinguist ,

Great story - couldn’t listen to host

This story was so beautifully researched and timely. The host is clearly a fantastic journalist, but her voice was grating after seconds. I’m an academic linguist, I know there’s a sexist attitude to speech affects that are predominantly used by women. This is NOT the reason her voice was irritating to your listeners. It was her cadence, modulation and vocal fry all working together that made every sentence monotonous - tortured, even. Sorry - but I agree with the other reviewers: nails on a chalk board (and I’d say it about a male narrator with the same issues too!)

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